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Academics

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College Sophomore

Academics: I am currently undecided after going the music road. the music road is extraordinarily tough, I think it can be slightly easier when pursuing an instrument that isn't piano or voice but even then, the music road is very tough to complete. most cannot complete it in four years and a lot of students drop the program after one or more semesters. Its very vigorous in that the professors expect a lot from you but the music organizations and frats lend some lax and enjoyable moments in between, though at other times they add to the stress as well. It is required to be in a musical ensemble of either band or a choir or an instrumental ensemble to be a music major and that dosent include the music orgs or frat groups.

Ive heard a lot of the other paths have their own struggles as well due to accreditation, location, requirements and overall course load. I would have a backup or minor major in mind, minor in mind incase you change your mind. take an intro class or a music ensemble group and a beginners music course if youre interested in another major or in music. I would do a usic ensemble and intro course because there are differences in the music ensembles than the music courses. the teachers and classes for these ensembles and courses, such as music fundamentals or something like that vary in their teaching and in their belief of what music is.

I would recommend not pursuing a recording career with a music degree at state. If youre truly interested in recording and mainstream related music careers, I would continue that as a side thing and get a new major or find a school that better caters to those needs. State simply does not as this point in time.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Since i began school here i think the art and engineering programs are absolutely incredible, they do all they can to reach each and every student as long as your hardworking and willing to try hard and stay organized

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a Business Management major at Virginia State University, I have came across events at the school where we could meet and greet people that were willing to help up better our future and possibly provide with a job. The work load specifically was a good amount due to the amount of work we had to complete.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics that are offered at my school are very open and more often than not meets the needs of everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: some teachers were good and some of them were bad

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Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
264
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
219
Total FT Faculty
280
Average Faculty Salary
$65,509
Full-Time Retention Rate
65%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
16%
Graduation Rate
42%
Programs/Majors Offered
43
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 5%
  • Mass Communication: 5%
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching: 5%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 41 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 37 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 8 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 67% James Avery
  • 17% Dominique Da Diva
  • 17% Kwame Brown

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 8 responses

  • 12% This was my dream school.
  • 38% This was one of my top choices.
  • 50% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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