Virginia State University Reviews

  • 16 Reviews
  • Petersburg (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,409
88% of 16 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 16 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Cedric Scott
  • Reviewed: 9/3/2017
  • Degree: Chemistry
"Virginia State University boasts a beautiful campus in Petersburg, VA. The school has an amazing social and academic atmosphere for personal and professional development. The Department of Chemistry and Physics provides strong foundational knowledge and experience due to the small, focus-group style class sizes (10-15 students). The faculty within the department are extremely helpful and maintain positive communication beyond graduation, updating students and recent graduates with professional/learning opportunities. Highly recommended!"
Naghmeh Moadab
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2017
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"I had great familiarity with Virginia State University prior to applying for a graduate degree. Many professors were highly attentive and genuinely wanted their students to thrive and grove in the program. I studied Clinical Psychology and I can unequivocally state that I was well prepared for my current employment post-graduate."
Tayvon Moore
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2017
  • Degree: Sports Management
"Virginia State University is a wonderful and diverse environment where learning is top priority. Virginia State University offers many different programs and activities to get involved with. Virginia State is a top HBCU and it continues to live up to the legacy."
Mara Ramrez
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Great institution! Professors are great! I feel very comfortable and have amazing relationships with my professors. We are all one big family. The Psychology graduate program has prepared me very well and I feel prepared enough to obtain a P.h.D once I finish my masters."
Aleah Heath
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2016
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Virginia State University is an institution of higher learning that thrives in the success of their students. They provide a plethora of opportunities to help solidify a successful life post graduation. While matriculating you will always feel at home due to the heavy atmosphere of love and support which is given from administration, faculty and fellow Trojans. Each department have many academic clubs which allow students to network with organizations and agencies in their field. Additionally, on campus there are many social organizations that can be joined based on the preference of the individual, such as modeling, mentoring and performance arts just to name a few. There are always activities on campus to pass down time between classes and when there is not to do on the weekend. Social skills and academics are prime entities focused on the help make the college experience as easy and memorable as possible. The professors are always willing to take time out of their schedules to ensure that the material covered in classes is fully understand during their office and even outside of them. My 4 years at this University have been nothing but a joyous experience. Despite personal ups and downs, I was always comforted by friends and faculty helping me to persevere and be the best that I can be. I am elated to be an alumna of this prestigious institution and will whole heartily recommend anyone to go there if they desire an open environment that promotes both a social and academic success."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Marketing
"This was an amazing college experience. If I could do my fours over again, I would and wouldn't change thing. I love everything about VSU!"
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"It was a great school! I think one on the best. There's always things to do"
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2014
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"The education was great for me VSU, if you ever get into unfortunate situations that are not your fault, VSU will not be on your side they will sweep everything under the rug and cover themselves before the help you, which is very very unfortunate. Besides the unfortunate event VSU was a great school"
Vareka Gary
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2014
  • Degree: Visual Communications
"I do not feel that the program offered enough classes in web-design. I only received one web-design class while I was studing at VSU and that was not sufficient. I enjoyed the Fine Arts classes."
Kelly Dennis
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2014
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"The teachers of our graduate program truly care about the students and are concerned with their academic and personal growth. I feel as though the graduate students have become new and more positive citizens after attending Virginia State University. However, the undergraduate life makes the campus "dirty". By "dirty" I do not mean that there is an abundance of literal campus trash and litter, but I do mean a trashy culture. Undergrads consistently twerk, curse, and spit in public. They are never found without loud music and ratchet conversation. Most importantly, one can expect regular campus violence."
Ronnika Davis
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2013
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"Aspects of my graduate program that I consider as pros are the cohort sizes and availability/knowledgeability of the professors within my department. I would also like to commend the atmosphere and challenging academic environment of my program. Aspects that I would consider cons of my program would be the financial aid that is provided to graduate students in the programs."
Adrienne Jones
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2013
  • Degree: English
"This is a great school that feels like family."
Ronald Johnaon
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2013
  • Degree: Public Health
"The positive is it not that big so more concentration and availiability of faculty. But they need better facilities and not charge for ever single thing. Also need people who want to be there and treat us like adults instead of kids."
Lauren Merritt
  • Reviewed: 7/7/2013
  • Degree: English
"My particular program is rigorous. I suggest anyone entering this program should be prepared to read, write, and research more than the average student. Graduate class sizes are typically smaller, so English programs (depending upon the university) run even smaller. With that being said, always be prepared. You never know when the class could be just you and the professor. This could be a definite con, but it could also be seen as a way to better understand the material and bond with your professor one on one. Transportation is decent. There are cabs and buses. Some students find the bus rides too long or the cabs too pricy, so we have shuttles throughout the week. Most students prefer to have their own cars. Many like to explore the surrounding cities like Richmond or as far away as Virginia Beach. Graduate student recognition still has a way to go on campus, but it is gradually getting better. There are certain organizations and events geared toward graduates that can assist students professionally. The university realizes that the next step is a career, so professors will guide you upon request. It's graduate school. No one is going to seek you out. Aside from education, there are numerous events on this lively HBCU campus, you just have to be willing to venture out and have a little fun. All in all, everyone has the same chance to fail or succeed. As always, college is what you make it no matter where you are. So, if one decides to soak up every opportunity (socially, academically, etc.) then you received what you came for."
Kelly Dennis
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2013
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"Virginia State University has the most understanding and flexible faculty and staff that I have ever experienced. The professors provide challenging and relevant assignments. On the other hand, the negative side of Virginia State University is the high cost. I, sadly, cannot afford it."
Darius Edwards
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2012
  • Degree: Communications
"The M.A. Media Management program at Virginia State University is fairly new, and in only three years has blossomed into a big attraction for those seeking further education in the communications field. With courses that focus on broadcast, public relations, research, media convergence, law, theory and economics - there's an array of possibilities to study and succeed. The department is very tight knit, and professors are always available to assist. There a few ways to get hands-on experience through the Graduate Teaching Assistantship, and simply joining projects professors or cohort classmates are involved in. Overall, the VSU Master's Media Management program is decent."