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Virginia State University Hospitality Management Petersburg, Virginia

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General Information

Public, coeducational, university. Small-town setting. Founded in 1882. Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Information

Offered since 1981. Accredited by Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). Program calendar is divided into semesters. 4-year bachelor’s degree in hospitality management.

Program Affiliation

American Culinary Federation; American Dietetic Association; American Hotel and Lodging Association; Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education; International Food Service Executives Association; Multicultural Hospitality and Foodservice Alliance; National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners; National Restaurant Association; National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation; National Society for Minorities in Hospitality.

Areas of Study

Beverage management; food and beverage management; food preparation; food purchasing; lodging; meal planning; meeting and event planning; nutrition and food service; restaurant management.


2 classrooms; computer laboratory; food production kitchen; gourmet dining room; lecture room; public restaurant; snack shop; teaching kitchen; lodging labs; automated front desk.

Student Profile

85 total: 80 full-time; 5 part-time. 77 are under 25 years old; 2 are between 25 and 44 years old; 1 is over 44 years old.


4 total: 3 full-time; 1 part-time. 3 are industry professionals; 1 is a culinary-certified teacher. Prominent faculty: Deanne Williams, EdD, CHE; Yan Zhong, PhD; Cary Snow, CEC. Faculty-student ratio: 1:20.

Special Programs

Paid internships, conferences relating to the hospitality industry, professional development seminars, international study tour, annual food show and exhibition.

Typical Expenses

Application fee: $25. In-state tuition: $1503 per semester. Out-of-state tuition: $5150 per semester.

Financial Aid

In 2005, 8 scholarships were awarded (average award was $2000). Program-specific awards include assistance with trip costs, industry sponsorships. Employment placement assistance is available. Employment opportunities within the program are available.


Coed and apartment-style housing available. Average off-campus housing cost per month: $400.

Application Information

Students may begin participation in January and August. Applications are accepted continuously. Applicants must submit an essay and submit a formal application and letters of reference.



Dr. Deanne Williams
Program Director
Hospitality Management
PO Box 9211
Petersburg, VA 23806
Telephone: 804-524-6753
Fax: 804-524-6843
World Wide Web: http://www.hospitality/hospitalitymanagement.htm. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Virginia State University Hospitality Management Petersburg, Virginia