#17 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

Virginia Union University

Richmond, Virginia

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Virginia Union University overview
Location Richmond, Virginia
Online vuu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Baptist
Virginia Union University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Virginia Union University is a private, historically black university located in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1865, it rests on a campus known for its fusion of historic buildings and modern facilities, reflecting a respect for tradition alongside contemporary advancements. The institution's academic profile emphasizes liberal arts, with noteworthy programs in education, psychology, and theology. While the university maintains a selective admissions policy, it is dedicated to providing access and support to a diverse student body. On-campus housing is available, serving to accommodate a significant portion of the student population. Virginia Union is also recognized for its involvement in NCAA Division II athletics, participating as the Panthers. The university's proximate relation to downtown Richmond enables students to engage with the cultural, historical, and professional opportunities of a major urban center while maintaining a distinct campus environment.

In the most recent statistical year 4,386 prospective students applied, and 3,533 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 395 enrolled in the school.  1,458 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 402 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $10,530 plus fees of $3,775. Virginia Union University is ranked 1021 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Virginia Union University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Virginia Union University is rated within the lower 13% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 2 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Virginia Union University overview
SAT 813/990
GPA 2.71

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Virginia Union University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,000
Other Fees$3,775
Room and Board $9,286
Budget for Other Expenses$5,000
Total One Year Cost$30,591

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$33,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

29% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Virginia Union University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 35%
Business 20%
Communication 9%
Psychology 7%
Human Services 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234164 IPEDS survey data for Virginia Union University.

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