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One of the nation’s oldest HBCU’s- founded in 1865

Established on the site of Lumpkin’s Jail – a holding cell for runaway slaves

Virginia Union University (was formed by the merger of two older schools, Richmond Theological Institute and Wayland Seminary. Later Hartshorn Memorial College (the first college in Richmond for African-American Women)and Storer College were merged into the University forming a true “union”.

Virginia Union University (VUU) is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Virginia Union University was the first HBCU to establish a completely wireless network infrastructure.

Virginia Union University is the only HBCU with a police training academy housed on its campus, offering joint programs with the Department of Criminal Justice.

Virginia Union University currently has a population of about 1700 students.      


Sydney Lewis School of Business (Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Program)

School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies (Accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology (Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada) Second oldest Historically Black Seminary School in the United States.

Twenty-four majors offered at the baccalaureate level. Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Education and Doctor of Ministry degrees also offered.


Notable Alumni

Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor, Theologian, civil rights activist, former presidend of Virginia Union University and North Carolina A&T State University

L. Douglas Wilder, First elected African American governor of a state

Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP

Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Highest ranking African American officer in the Navy
Leontine T. C. Kelly, First woman of any denomination consecrated as a bishop
Will Downing, R&B singer
Dr. Donda West, Author and mother of rap artist Kanye West
Randall Robinson, Author and civil rights activist
Rev. Wyatt T. Walker, Civil rights activist and theologian
Spotswood Robinson, First African American appointed to US District Court for Washington, DC

Charles Oakley, Professional basketball player
Ben Wallace, Professional basketball player


Virginia Union has won four NCAA Division II National Basketball Championships. Three for the men’s team in 1980, 1992 and 2005; and one for the women’s team in 1983.

 The men’s team has also been to the Division II "Final Four" seven times (1980, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006)

The men’s basketball team has won the CIAA Championship a record 17 times.