Virginia Union University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University is a private Baptist HBCU situated on an 84-acre campus in Richmond, Virginia. The university dates back to 1865 when it was founded to provide educational opportunities for newly emancipated slaves. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are backed by a 16 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. For more serious athletes, the VUU Panthers play in the NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA).


  • Total Enrollment: 1,561 (1,186 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male/55% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $17,448
  • Books: $1,500
  • Room and Board: $8,598
  • Other Expenses: $3,512
  • Total Cost: $31,058

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 89%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88%
    • Loans: 78%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,330
    • Loans: $7,416

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Criminology, History, Mass Communications, Psychology, Social Work

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 68%
  • Transfer Out Rate: -%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 20%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 33%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Football, Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country

Overview of Virginia Union University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Virginia Union University Acceptance Rate: 44%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 402/490
    • SAT Math: 380/480
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 15/18
    • ACT English: 13/17
    • ACT Math: 15/18

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Virginia Union University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Virginia Union University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University (MO), Harris-Stowe State University, Pine Manor College, Paul Quinn College, Wiley College, Medgar Evers College (City University of New York)

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Virginia Union University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Mount Ida College, Albertus Magnus College, Bloomfield College, College of St. Joseph, Texas Southern University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Virginia Union University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Applying to Virginia Union University

Application Deadline: June 30

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