About Virginia State University:
Virginia State University, founded in 1882, is one of two land grant institutions in Virginia. Delegate Alfred W. Harris, a Black attorney, sponsored a legislative bill that passed, despite hostile adversary, charted the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute.
In 1920, the land-grant program was moved from a private school, Hampton Institute, to Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. In 1923 the college program was restored, and the name was changed to Virginia State College for Negroes in 1930. In 1956 the two-year branch in Norfolk became a four-year branch and gained independence as Norfolk State College in 1969. Meanwhile, the parent school was renamed Virginia State College in 1946. In 1979 the present name, Virginia State University became official.
VSU prides itself on a commitment to empowering people of all ages, abilities and ambitions. Today the university has a current student population of approximately 4,700, multiple baccalaureate and master degree programs, as well as 2 two doctoral degree programs.