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VSU Demographics & Diversity

Petersburg, Virginia

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very Low

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at VSU are mostly Black with a small White population. The school has very low racial diversity. 97% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Virginia State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.

Racial demographics of Virginia State University students
Race Percent of Students
White 3%
Black 87%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
International 0%
Race Unknown 7%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Medium

There are 58% more female students than male students enrolled at Virginia State University with a gender ratio of 61% women to 39% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, VSU has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is slightly less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Virginia State University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 39%
Women 61%
Enrollment by gender for Virginia State University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 1,557
Women 2,463

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Low

VSU serves a low number of students outside of Virginia, with 63 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Virginia State University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 63%
Out of State 37%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$59,119 per year

67% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Enrollment
4,020
Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 9.9%
Part time Undergrads 4.8%

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