Virginia Union University (VUU)

1500 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA

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Virginia Union University is a nonprofit private historically black institution located in Richmond, Virginia. Many historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were founded after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. The school's Baptist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Approximately a thousand students enroll at Virginia Union University per year.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Theology And Religious Vocations
  • Social Sciences
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then studied by the admissions office. The most common standardized test scores among students admitted to this school are between 13 to 17 for the ACT exam, or 690 to 860 on the SAT. This school has an admissions rate of 75 percent of which only 8 percent decided to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $16,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to use the school's net price calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. The price of on-campus housing is approximately $3,600 annually. Students at Virginia Union University may qualify for aid which is generally loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Virginia Union University Panthers participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Available sports offered:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Students who would like to see more about Virginia Union University may take a look at their website at today.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the students VUU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Virginia Union University has a total student population of about 1,900, where graduate students make up roughly 24% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $14,000-$17,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $450 to $540 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid99%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships95%$9,329
Receiving Student Loans97%$6,502
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Virginia Union University may offer services like:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment

Graduation Rates

Virginia Union University has an overall graduation rate which is around 35%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years22%
Graduating in 5 Years12%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 1999)
  • Theology (Ministry) Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (since 1971)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Virginia Union University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Track and Field (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Football (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Virginia Union University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature


    Mathematics and Statistics

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences


    Public Administration and Social Services

    Social Sciences

    Theology and Religious Vocations

    Visual and Performing Arts

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    Data Disclaimer

    Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Virginia Union University for official up-to-date information.

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