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About Virginia Union University

Although the roots of the school stretch back to 1865, it took roughly 100 years and mergers with four schools over the course of that time period - Richmond Theological Seminary, Wayland Seminary, Hartshorn Memorial College and Storer College - for Virginia Union University to attain it's current configuration. The university is located in Richmond, VA, and its initial purpose was to provide emancipated slaves a chance to obtain an education. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university 61st among the best regional colleges in the South.


The university operates four schools: the Sydney Lewis School of Business, which offers six majors; the Evelyn R. Syphax School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies, which offers nine majors; the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, which offers nine majors; and the School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, which also offers nine majors. The university also operates a School for Professional and Continuing Studies. This school offers adult learners the opportunity to complete baccalaureate degree program studies.

Graduate students can attend the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. This school offers Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education degree programs.


Applications can be submitted online or by mail. Undergraduate applications must include transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, recommendations, and a $25 application fee. In the fall of 2011, the school received 8,327 applications, of which it accepted 75%. Of accepted students, eight percent enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $6,657 per semester. During that same period of time, room charges ranged between $1,620 and $2,250 per semester, and board was estimated at $2,036 per semester. Part-time students during the 2012-2013 school year paid $422 per credit hour.

The school offers numerous scholarships, including ones awarded based on merit or field of study. In 2011, the average amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to a student was $18,879.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, masters and doctoral degrees*
Religious Affiliation Baptist*
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body In 2011: 1,333 undergraduate and 345 graduate students*
Student Housing Seven living accommodations are available, including residence halls**
Schools and Programs Four schools offering about 33 undergraduate majors**
One theological seminary offering three graduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: social sciences (57)*
Master's: theology and religious occupations (118)*
Doctoral: theology and religious occupations (7)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 16% in four years*
29% in six years**
Admission Rate 75% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 508 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 55%*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2011: Middle 50% SAT math: 350-430 and writing: 340-430*
Middle 50% ACT composite: 13-17*
Application Due Date June 30th for fall semester**
Decision Notification Date Unavailable**
Tuition (2012-2013) $6,657 per semester for undergraduate students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011:
Federal grants (79%)*
Pell grants (79%)*
State-local grants (47%)*
Federal student loans (86%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 96% in 2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Virginia Union University, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1500 N. Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA 23220
  • Phone: 804-342-3565
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