Freshmen Requirements

We are committed to admit students who possess a diverse range of talents and abilities, and our acceptance rates are competitive with other HBCU colleges. Read on to learn more about specific Virginia State University GPA requirements, application packet items, and more.

VSU College-Preparatory Requirements

Freshmen students are expected to complete a college-preparatory or an Advanced Studies Program in high school. The selected program must include:

  • 3 units of mathematics that must include the full Algebra I curriculum and two additional courses at or above the level of Algebra I. It is strongly recommended that students complete Geometry, Algebra II, and a fourth higher level math course
  • 4 units of English
  • 2 units of Science (must include a laboratory science, i.e. Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • 2 units of Social Studies (History, Government, Civics, Geography)
  • 2 Units of Foreign Language recommended

VSU Application Requirements

First-Time Freshmen applying for admission should have the following items in their application packet:

  • An application (Do this by applying online.)
  • Official high school or GED transcript (Mail this in a sealed envelope or your high school may send electronically through a secure site.)
  • SAT or ACT scores (Send through College Board or ACT.)
  • 2 Letters of recommendation (This is part of your online application. You will need the name, title and email address of your recommenders.)
  • Personal Statement (You will upload this in your online application).

A delay in receipt of the application packet items will delay the evaluation process.

VSU GPA Requirements

  • a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (grades 9-11).
  • evidence of strong performance in a challenging academic curriculum as demonstrated by a grade of B or better in core course.

In addition to meeting Virginia State University's GPA requirements, SAT or ACT scores will be required for freshman applicants who wish to be considered for VSU’s merit-based scholarships (the Presidential, Provost and Presidential STEM scholarships). Students admitted based on the test optional program may be considered for merit based scholarships upon submissions of their SAT or ACT test scores.

A word about test scores. SAT/ACT test scores are required for all students who are under 21 years of age applying as first term freshmen. The total score is determined by adding the critical reading and math scores. The writing score is not used in the admission decision process. When the test is taken more than once, the highest score achieved in each category is the one used in the calculation. We encourage you to take the test more than once. You may schedule your test by going to or You may view the College Board site in Spanish at

The transcript and test scores are the most important items in the packet and are reviewed carefully. We encourage students to take dual enrollment classes, AP and IB courses. Credit may be granted upon receipt of the proper documentation.

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