Virginia State University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.01 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 13 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 4,584 (4,165 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 39% part-time, 61% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $11,217 in-state; $21,518 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2012

I had great familiarity with Virginia State University prior to applying for a graduate degree. Many professors were highly attentive and genuinely wanted their students to thrive and grove in the program. I studied Clinical Psychology and I can unequivocally state that I was well prepared for my current employment post-graduate.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

Great institution! Professors are great! I feel very comfortable and have amazing relationships with my professors. We are all one big family. The Psychology graduate program has prepared me very well and I feel prepared enough to obtain a P.h.D once I finish my masters.
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Visual Communications
Graduation Year: 2009

I do not feel that the program offered enough classes in web-design. I only received one web-design class while I was studing at VSU and that was not sufficient. I enjoyed the Fine Arts classes.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2014

The teachers of our graduate program truly care about the students and are concerned with their academic and personal growth. I feel as though the graduate students have become new and more positive citizens after attending Virginia State University. However, the undergraduate life makes the campus "dirty". By "dirty" I do not mean that there is an abundance of literal campus trash and litter, but I do mean a trashy culture. Undergrads consistently twerk, curse, and spit in public. They are never found without loud music and ratchet conversation. Most importantly, one can expect regular campus violence.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

Aspects of my graduate program that I consider as pros are the cohort sizes and availability/knowledgeability of the professors within my department. I would also like to commend the atmosphere and challenging academic environment of my program. Aspects that I would consider cons of my program would be the financial aid that is provided to graduate students in the programs.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013

I love how our program is hands on, the student to teacher ratio is wonderful because we are able to develop a positive relationship. However, some professors were not as willing or as diligent when it came to assisting some of the students. We were sometimes left in the dark & often had a hard time understanding some of the work with no assistance at all.
4.92 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

This is a great school that feels like family.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2014

The positive is it not that big so more concentration and availiability of faculty. But they need better facilities and not charge for ever single thing. Also need people who want to be there and treat us like adults instead of kids.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2014

My particular program is rigorous. I suggest anyone entering this program should be prepared to read, write, and research more than the average student. Graduate class sizes are typically smaller, so English programs (depending upon the university) run even smaller. With that being said, always be prepared. You never know when the class could be just you and the professor. This could be a definite con, but it could also be seen as a way to better understand the material and bond with your professor one on one. Transportation is decent. There are cabs and buses. Some students find the bus rides too long or the cabs too pricy, so we have shuttles throughout the week. Most students prefer to have their own cars. Many like to explore the surrounding cities like Richmond or as far away as Virginia Beach. Graduate student recognition still has a way to go on campus, but it is gradually getting better. There are certain organizations and events geared toward graduates that can assist students professionally. The university realizes that the next step is a career, so professors will guide you upon request. It's graduate school. No one is going to seek you out. Aside from education, there are numerous events on this lively HBCU campus, you just have to be willing to venture out and have a little fun. All in all, everyone has the same chance to fail or succeed. As always, college is what you make it no matter where you are. So, if one decides to soak up every opportunity (socially, academically, etc.) then you received what you came for.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Virginia State University has the most understanding and flexible faculty and staff that I have ever experienced. The professors provide challenging and relevant assignments. On the other hand, the negative side of Virginia State University is the high cost. I, sadly, cannot afford it.
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