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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
Norfolk State is a public university located in Norfolk, Virginia. As a historically black college, NSU has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,002 undergraduate students. The Norfolk State acceptance rate is 85%. Popular majors include Psychology, Business, and Social Work and Youth Services. Graduating 35% of students, Norfolk State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $24,900.
About Norfolk State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Address
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
Website
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Norfolk State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
85%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
620-860
ACT Range
16-20
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$15,103/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,952/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,121/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,036/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,493/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,867/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.96 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.99 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.100 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,002Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
68%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 49 responses
Report
  • Individuality
    39%
  • Motivated
    16%
  • Bandwagons
    14%
  • Fashionable
    14%
  • Original
    8%
  • Judgemental
    4%
  • Depressed and ready to transfer
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.109 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.123 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Lively
    41%
  • Family
    29%
  • A Family type environment
    18%
  • DISORGANIZED
    8%
  • Normal
    2%
  • Terrible
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
35%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.56 responses
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My first two year at Norfolk State University had been overall wonderful. I think that Norfolk State University needs to hire more professors that are able and willing to teach. You can tell that most professors are over worked or simply just dont care if you pass or fail.
Student life on campus is amazing. It is no two days alike. It is something always going on campus. Different activities like greek life, music, dance, and also an information table setup of different things going on around campus.
Safety on Norfolk State University campus is great. I feel like students are watching out for one another. Norfolk State University police are always around. If something happens on or around campus they send out text messages very fast that are very detailed so that everyone knows what is going on and what to look for.
I am looking forward to finishing up my last years at Norfolk State University!
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I appreciated my experience at Norfolk State University. Norfolk State University provided a platform for me to expand my horizons in philosophy, politics, and literature. I always had interests in these subjects, yet they were always given secondary attention due to my strong STEM background while pursuing my dual Associate's Degrees in Science and Nursing.

This environment challenged me and groomed me for my current position in the United States Coast Guard. My job requires me to have great analytical skills in light of competing demands, public speaking abilities, and the capacity to engage in active listening. All of these "soft" skills were acquired or honed at Norfolk State University in the classroom, the student union, or during off campus community service projects. I will always cherish my time at Norfolk State University.
The college experience is great, however, the food, housing, and parking is not the best. Nonetheless, this HBCU makes everyone feel welcomed and is one big family. The activities that are provided for the students and alumni are amazing, and the faculty are well educated and world renowned. Once graduated, you will be prepared to make a difference in the world. COLLEGE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT!