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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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Virginia State University

There are two land-grant institutions located in Virginia. One of them happens to be Virginia State University, which was founded in 1882 on March 6. On this day, the legislature passed a bill sponsored by Delegate Alfred W. Harris, a Black attorney whose offices were in Petersburg. The bill chartered the Virginia Normal Collegiate Institute. The name was changed to Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute in 1902 when the legislature revised the charter act to curtail the collegiate program. In 1920, the land-grant program for Blacks was moved from Hampton Institute. It was relocated at Virginia State Normal and Industrial Institute. Three years later the school’s college program was saved. It became known as Virginia State College for Negroes just four years later in 1930.

In 1944, the two-year branch from Norfolk was added then changed into a four-year branch in 1956.The parent school though, had been renamed to Virginia State College in 1946. Finally in 1969, Norfolk gained its independence as Norfolk State College. The legislature passed a law in 1979 that provided the school with its present name, Virginia State University, also known as VSU.

VSU prides itself for its long list of amazing faculty and administration. Their first President, John Mercer Langston, was one of the best-known blacks of his day due to the fact that he was ever elected to the United States Congress from Virginia in 1888. Until 1992, he was the only Black that had achieved such an outstanding goal. President Langston was also the great-uncle of spectacular writer Langston Hughes.

VSU is “committed to building a better world through challenging academic programs, diverse student organizations and exciting extracurricular activities.” The school’s current student population is 5,300.The University overlooks the Appomattox River with outstanding views of Petersburg. The 236-acre campus boasts 16 dormitories, 17 academic buildings and a 416-acre agriculture research facility. VSU has five schools: The School of Agriculture; The Reginald F. Lewis School of Business; The School of Engineering, Science and Technology; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach. They offer 55 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, two doctoral degree programs and three certificates. VSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Many individual programs are accredited by the relevant accreditation association, such as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

By Jasmine L. Rucker
(Philander Smith College)

Academia                                                                                                                              Athletics
School of Engineering, Science and Technology                                               Men Sports                      Women Sports
School of Agiculture                                                                                        Baseball                           Softball
School of Liberal Arts and Education                                                              Basketball                        Basketball
Reginald F. Lewis School of Business                                                               Cross Country                  Cross Country
Bachelors of Individual Studies                                                                        Football                           Volleyball
School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach                                        Golf                                  Bowling
                                                                                                                       Track and Field                Track and Field
                                                                                                                       Tennis                               Tennis

VSU Home Page Link Below:
VSU Home Page

Virginia State University
1 Hayden Dr.,
Virginia State University, VA 23806,

Admissions Link Below:

Virginia State University
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 9018
Virginia State University, VA 23806
(804) 524-5902
(800) 871-7611
(804) 524-5055 (Fax)


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