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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Norfolk State University Office of Admissions has adopted a test-optional policy for first-year applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Keeping the safety of our students, families, faculty and staff first, we are not hosting on campus visits at this time. NSU continues to monitor the developing COVID-19 situation as we plan for our academic year. Learn More

  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  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
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
From Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University is four-year, public, urban, coeducational comprehensive university offering 31 undergraduate, 15 graduate, and 3 doctoral programs. Our 134-acre campus is near downtown Norfolk, VA with its shops, restaurants and museums. Ranked as a top 20 HBCU by U.S. News and World Report, NSU prides itself of helping our students reach their full potential.

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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
90%
SAT Range
860-1040
ACT Range
15-21
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$12,645/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$12,190/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
78%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.96 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.108 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.109 responses

Majors

Nursing

NSU's Traditional Nursing Bachelor’s Degree (BSN) is a highly competitive pre-licensure program that prepares students as generalists in the practice of professional nursing. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX–RN).

Online

Online Programs Offered
5
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    59%
  • On Campus
    37%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,133Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
527
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
73%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 57 responses
  • Individuality
    37%
  • Motivated
    16%
  • Bandwagons
    12%
  • Fashionable
    12%
  • Original
    9%
  • Outgoing
    7%
  • Judgemental
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.118 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.132 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 60 responses
  • Lively
    35%
  • Family
    28%
  • A Family type environment
    18%
  • DISORGANIZED
    7%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Normal
    3%
  • Terrible
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $35,800/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    36%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    75%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.56 responses

    Norfolk State University Reviews

    1,451 reviews
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    Behold the Green and Gold! Norfolk State University is a 4 year historically Black college that is known for its immaculate STEM and athletic programs. It has a very rich and diverse culture within its student body campus. This school is located in the Norfolk/ Hampton Roads area and is the highlight of Norfolk's education system. As a student at Norfolk State, you can always expect to be doing something on campus. The Spartan tradition offers daily activities during the day that are inclusive for all types of students. This type of learning environment offers hands-on and top of the line resources such as the new Writing Center and the Spartan Sucess center. The main goal for the students of Norfolk State is to create professional individuals to become leaders in the world. Therefore, If you are looking for a school with diversity, culture, and tradition; then, Norfolk State is for you!
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    I had to take online course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My school handled online teaching very well. For our class lectures, we utilize the zoom feature and had class at the normal time we would in person. For the test and quizzes, there was a secure lockdown browser. The Norfolk State professors were very patient and understanding when it came to different student's learning styles. It was a great experience through this rough time!
    I enjoy Norfolk State University, I'm goin going on my second year this August and I couldn't be more excited. The people are very friendly and enjoy engaging, the activities are always fun and the student life is good for any new comer. The games and spirit weeks are mostly my favorite thing about the school because you get to meet a lot of people and network. Only thing is the out of state cost is crazy high, mainly for the dorm and boarding. For what I am paying I would expect more. Also, the staffing needs a little more work on their customer service. Otherwise I absolutely enjoy bring a spartan!