Virginia Union University: Narrative Description

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1500 North Lombardy St.
Richmond, VA 23220-1170
Tel: (804)257-5600
Free: 800-368-3227
Admissions: (804)257-5881
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Independent Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1865. Setting: 72-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 1,777. Faculty: 140 (84 full-time, 56 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 3,468 applied, 71% were admitted. 4% from top 10% of their high school class, 10% from top quarter, 29% from top half. Full-time: 1,374 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 26 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 44% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 96% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 6% 25 or older, 3% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; computer/information sciences; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: essay, 3 recommendations. Placement: SAT or ACT required. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. Comprehensive fee: $17,696 includes full-time tuition ($11,090), mandatory fees ($1170), and college room and board ($5436). College room only: $2536. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and course load. Part-time tuition: $462 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $370 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 710 college housing spaces available; 619 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. L. Douglas Wilder Learning Resource Center and Library with 147,611 books, 311 serials, and an OPAC. 128 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Richmond.

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