Virginia State University, founded in 1882, is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. With a current student population of 5,300, the University sits atop a rolling landscape overlooking the Appomattox River with expansive views of Petersburg. VSU offers 55 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, two doctoral degree programs and three certificates within five schools. They also offer a bachelor of individualized studies degree program, which is a non-traditional program designed primarily for working adults. As a cornerstone of their community, they pride themselves on their commitment to empowering people of all ages, abilities and ambitions. They are committed to building a better world through challenging academic programs, diverse student organizations and exciting extracurricular activities.