Freshman applications up over 2013
Published date: February 19, 2014
Applications for Fall 2014, first-time freshmen at Virginia State University are up 12 percent over 2013. The increase is based on data reported for February 7, 2014. Applications for in-state students demonstrate a 16 percent increase, while out-of-state students’ applications are up 10 percent.
Concurrently, the number of students offered admission to VSU for the Fall 2014 semester has increased 12.3 percent over 2013. In-state admissions have shown a significant increase of 25.5 percent, while out-of-state admits have increased by five percent.
VSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. W. Weldon Hill attributed the increase to a combination of recruiting strategies and financial aid incentives. “We are aggressively seeking qualified students who will benefit from the broad-based, student-focused education VSU offers,” he said. “Additionally, we have increased our financial aid offerings, especially for top scholars, to a level that is competitive with other schools in Virginia.”
Dr. Hill said that, in addition to the University benefitting from national exposure from the VSU Gospel Chorale’s appearance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, students are becoming more aware of the depth of VSU’s academics and student engagement. Over the past year, VSU’s Reginald F. Lewis College of Business was cited as the nation’s best among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and also received several awards for technology and innovation. The University’s Social Work program recently received full accreditation.
Recently, The Huffington Post recognized VSU as one of five HBCUs “saving the world through sustainability” and the University was named, for the first time, to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll.
For information about VSU and the University’s programs and application process, or to schedule a campus visit, students and families can call the Admissions Office at (804) 524-5902, (800) 871-7611 or visit www.vsu.edu.