Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the suburban setting of the medium-sized town of Petersburg (population range: 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Virginia. Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Virginia State University (VSU) is a small (enrollment range: 5,000-5,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Virginia State University (VSU) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 134 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this US higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. VSU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.