Norfolk State University, located in Norfolk, Virginia, was established in 1935 as part of Virginia Union University. By 1942 the school became an independent institution, but was once again made part of another school system two years later, this time as part of Virginia State College. By 1969 the school has once again achieved independence, this time with ability to confer bachelor degrees, followed by earning university status in 1979. Norfolk State University is a mostly black college established in the tradition of Historically Black Universities.
Norfolk State University offers a number of programs that may result in an undergraduate or graduate degree. Students may pursue the major that bests suits his or her interests and goals. Programs are divided up among different schools that comprise the university. Graduate programs have additional criterion for entry into a program, including having earned a bachelor's prior to admissions.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested on enrollment at Norfolk State University must submit an application and have earned a minimum 2.3 GPA. Students under the age of 21 must also have taken the SAT or ACT and have earned the posted minimum scores to be considered. As a Virginia public school, priority in admissions is given to residents of the state.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will then be used to determine need, eligibility and financial awards. Students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation to ensure that the information provided is accurate prior to the disbursement of financial awards.
The Norfolk State University Spartans participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Intercollegiate athletics allow students to experience personal and group success in an environment of healthy competition, while developing useful skills and habits, such as discipline and good health, which are applicable to one's daily life. Additionally, students will learn to work with others in pursuit of a common goal, and experience the emotions from forming bonds with teammates. The school colors are green and gold.
Athletic programs offered:
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Bowling (Women Only)
- Cross Country
- Football (Men Only)
- Softball (Women Only)
- Track and Field
- Volleyball (Women Only)
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may provide a better idea of the applicants Norfolk State; NSU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Norfolk State University is about 5,100, with undergraduate students making up about 89% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $45 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range estimates:
- State Residents: $5,200-$6,200
- Out-of-State: $17,000-$20,300
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $330-$390 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $720-$860 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||96%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||96%||$10,550|
|Receiving Student Loans||83%||$8,820|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and alumni, Norfolk State University may provide student services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Academic counseling for students
- Student employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care
Norfolk State; NSU has an overall graduation rate which is around 34%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||19%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||11%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||3%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dietetics Program
- Music Program
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
Norfolk State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
- Basketball (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
- Track and Field (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
- Football (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Norfolk State University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Mathematics and Statistics
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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