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Virginia State University Enrollment on Upward Trend

Published date: June 24, 2016

VSU Credits TrojanAdvance Program with Summer Enrollment Increase

Virginia State University, VA — Virginia State University (VSU) is pleased to announce a significant increase in summer enrollment numbers at the University. Preliminary estimates also suggest an increase in fall enrollment.

Enrollment numbers for both sessions of summer school (traditional and on-line) show an increase of 19 percent over last summer. The most significant increase comes from students taking advantage of the University’s new innovative tuition cost savings initiative, the TrojanAdvance Program. “The increase is evidence that our $99 TrojanAdvance Program is working,” says VSU President, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah. “We saw a need and implemented this program as a cost savings strategy to help students stay on track for graduation. We believe in creating opportunities for our students.” Through the TrojanAdvance Program, VSU students pay $199 for an on-line summer course. If they receive a B or higher, $100 will be credited back to their account. So far this summer, VSU has seen a 42 percent increase in the number of students taking these on-line classes compared to a year ago.

In addition, early data suggests enrollment numbers for fall 2016 will increase over last year. To date, VSU has admitted 5414 students for fall 2016. That is a five percent increase compared to this same time last year. Preliminary data also shows a 30 percent increase in the number of freshmen who have accepted offers to attend VSU in the fall compared to a year ago. University officials expect that number to increase as the fall semester nears. VSU has also seen an increase in the number of transfer offers accepted.

“We are excited that more students are recognizing the benefits of attending VSU,” says Rodney Hall, VSU Executive Director of Enrollment Services. “We offer excellent academic programs, and we are one of the most affordable and best academic values in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” says Hall. Virginia State University was recently named one of the nation’s “Top 20 Best Colleges for African Americans” by ESSENCE magazine. ESSENCE partnered with Money magazine to create the list of schools in the U.S. that best serve African Americans.

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