For Black Colleges:
Virginia State University
Virginia State University was founded in 1882 as the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, making it the first fully state supported, four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks in America. Today, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions.
VSU students live and learn on a 236-acre main campus, with more than 50 buildings, including 15 dormitories and 16 classroom buildings, and a 416-acre agricultural research facility.
The University’s academic programs include the “Bridges to Baccalaureate” program for students transferring from two-year colleges who want to major in the sciences, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program for students planning to pursue doctoral degrees in their chosen field of study. Honors scholarships are also available to entering freshmen, including the Presidential and Provost Scholarships.
In 2006, VSU
inaugurated the Low Income Families With Talented Students (LIFTS)
financial aid program, the first of its kind among HBCUs. LIFTS
promises to meet 100 percent of a qualifying student’s financial
need by providing 75 percent of a student’s need through
scholarships and grants and limiting debt through student loans
to 25 percent of VSU’s in-state cost of attendance over
four years, regardless of state residency.