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The Virginia State University Welcome Center is pleased to welcome you to our dynamic and historic campus. Our new Welcome Center was designed to be your first stop on your tour of the “Land of Troy!”

The best way to check out all that Virginia State University has to offer is to visit the campus and immerse yourself in the culture, the history and the people that make this school a place where Transformative Experiences occur! Whether you are coming for a prospective student tour or you’re just interested in getting to know us better, use the information below to schedule a tour.

The Virginia State University Campus

Our scenic campus is spread over 200 acres and is home to several historic landmarks and countless stories. Located minutes from shopping and attractions in the Greater Richmond area, our visitors have much to enjoy when their business on campus ends. We encourage campus tours so that prospective students and their families can obtain a better understanding of one of this nation’s oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

Campus Tours

The VSU Office of Enrollment Services conducts tours of campus Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, for high school students and their families at 10 am and 2pm. Our tours begin with a 30-minute Admissions presentation followed by a walking tour by the VSU Student Ambassadors. The Student Ambassadors are both informed and enthusiastic as they proudly discuss places of interest while sharing insightful information about the student experience.

Helpful Hints for a Great Campus Tour

  • Request your tour as a family or group at least two weeks in advance.
  • Contact the campus visitation team if you encounter any unexpected delays. If you are more than 15minutes late, the delay may result in a walking tour only, an abbreviated Admissions presentation, or a request to reschedule your tour.
  • Please let us know if anyone in your group has a special needs related to a disability.
  • If you are interested in meeting with a specific department, please schedule the appointment after your campus tour.
  • As the walking portion of the tour may last for one hour, we recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and attire appropriate for the weather.
  • In case of light rain, walking tours will be provided. If rain is in the forecast for the Petersburg area, be sure to pack a small umbrella for your trip. If the conditions become challenging, only the information session will be provided.

We also conduct WALKING TOURS ONLY (WITHOUT INFORMATION SESSIONS) on Tuesday – Thursday at 12:30pm.

Enjoy time on campus and experience the magic of Virginia State University!

Tour Blockout Days

Campus Tours are not available on the following dates:

May 2-7th Final Exams
October 8-9th Fall Break 
October 18-20th Homecoming
November 21-25th Thanksgiving Holiday 
December 14th - January 14th Winter Break

Tour Schedule

May 8th - August 2nd Summer Tours
September 18th - December 13th Fall Tours
January 15th Spring Tours Resume

School and Group Tours

Counselors, teachers and coordinators who wish to arrange a visit for high schools or community colleges, please contact our Office of Campus Visitation at 804-504-7519. Our Campus Visitation Specialist will be glad to help plan your visit which will include a guided walking tour, admissions information session and an opportunity to speak with current VSU students.

The Office of Enrollment Services requires that schools and groups provide at least 14 days advance notice. Request received after that time line may not be approved. Many groups and schools visit the campus during the months of March and April If you would like a campus tour during this time, please schedule your visit at least 4 months in advance. If there are any special requests or special needs, please include that information on your request form.

Dining On Campus

The Office of Enrollment Services is glad to assist groups who wish to dine on campus during their visit. Groups can enjoy our dining services in Jones Dining Hall where students choose from a buffet style menu that will literally give them a taste of the variety of campus dining has to offer. If you are interested in scheduling your group to have lunch with us please contact Ms. Le’Andra Graves at (804) 524-1648 or lsgraves@vsu.edu or Jones Dining Hall directly at 804-524-5112.

Late Arrival Policy

If you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled tour, please contact the Campus Visitation Office at 804-504-7519. While we will make every effort to accommodate those who are late, in an effort to remain on schedule with the families/groups who arrived on time, the delay may result in a walking tour only, an abbreviated Admissions presentation, or a request to reschedule your tour.

Inclement Weather

To protect the safety and welfare of all tour participants, in the event of inclement weather occurs, tours will be rescheduled and participants will be notified using the phone number used on the registration form. When you register, please be sure to provide a cell number that can be used to reach your designated point of contact for the campus visit.

Summer Tours

We know that visiting a college campus during the summer months is a great opportunity to see the beautiful campus, meet with Admissions representatives and ask questions. Please be mindful that the weather may be hot and to dress accordingly as the tour is a walking tour. Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful as you prepare to schedule your visit to Virginia State University. As one of Virginia’s two land- grant institutions, VSU is more than books and buildings! It is a place where we are creating an environment charged with the pursuit of academic excellence. It is a place for students whose curiosity is as great as their ambition; whose desire to serve matches their desire to achieve. If that describes what’s on your heart, then this may be the place for you! We look forward to hearing from you soon as together we make VSU a TRANFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE.

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