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Your chances of getting into Virginia State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

89.7%
Admission Difficulty for Virginia State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at VSU is 89.7%.  Its admission rate is the 36th lowest in Virginia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into VSU and can you get accepted?

Virginia State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 7,384 out of the 8,230 who applied were admitted.

Virginia State University typically accepts and attracts "B-" average high school students with an average GPA around 2.85. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into VSU?

90% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Virginia State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 2.85 or better
  • Earn B- grades in high school
  • Score 930 on the SAT
  • Score 15 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

VSU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

2.85

Typical High School Grades 

B-

What GPA do you need to get into Virginia State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into VSU are to have around a 2.85 high school GPA. You can get into VSU with slightly below average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 2.85 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as VSU accepts 90% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at VSU is 2.85 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B- letter grades and regularly score around 80-82 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #41 in Virginia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since VSU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 2.9 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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VSU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Virginia State University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 18% of students submitted SAT scores and 3% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

830-1030

Applicants Submitting SAT 

18%
SAT Scores for Virginia State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 430
Math 25th Percentile 400
Composite 25th Percentile 830
SAT Scores for Virginia State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 530
Math 75th Percentile 500
Composite 75th Percentile 1030
Average SAT Score 930

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Virginia State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at VSU is 930 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 830-1030. Students who get into Virginia State University score in the top 87 percent of all SAT test takers..  VSU ranks #39 in the state of Virginia for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 930 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. VSU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 830 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 830, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 730, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Virginia State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 930 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 930, you have around a 90% chance of being admitted. A 1030 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 94% chance of getting in.

Virginia State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1030 and Above Good >94%
930 to 1030 Avg + 90%-94%
830 to 930 Avg - 83%-90%
730 to 830 Reach 71%-83%
Less than 730 Low <71%
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VSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

14-17 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

3%
ACT Scores for Virginia State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 14
ACT Scores for Virginia State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 17
Average ACT Score 15

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into VSU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to VSU is 15, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 14 and 17.  The school ranks #38 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 15. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 14 and score in the score in the top 87 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 12.

3 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Virginia State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Virginia State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into VSU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 15 score has around 90% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 95% with a 17 ACT score.

Virginia State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
17 and Above Good >95%
15 to 17 Avg + 90%-95%
14 to 15 Avg - 85%-90%
13 to 14 Reach 79%-85%
Less than 13 Low <79%
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High School Class Rank

57% of Virginia State University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 17% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Virginia State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 5%
Top 25% of class 17%
Top 50% of class 57%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Virginia State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,454 2,776 8,230
Accepted 4,964 2,420 7,384
Acceptance Rate 91% 87% 90%
Enrolled 813 569 1,382
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 24% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

May 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

15

Applicants have 15 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on May 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Virginia State University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Virginia State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Virginia State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Virginia State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Virginia State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 2.85 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 930 and ACT of 15 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Virginia State University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234155 IPEDS survey data for Virginia State University.

FAQs

Does Virginia State University prefer SAT or ACT?

18% of students submit their SAT scores to VSU. 3% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Virginia State University?

90% of those who apply are granted admission to VSU. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Virginia State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 830 and 1030. The average SAT score is 930. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Virginia State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 14 and 17. The average ACT score is 15. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.