B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
Norfolk State University is ...
Public, HBCU
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Address
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
Website

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
79%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
700-910
ACT Range
15-19
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$13,468/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,974/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,411/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,946/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,773/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,245/ year

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
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.95 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.96 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,739Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
71%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Individuality
    42%
  • Bandwagons
    16%
  • Motivated
    16%
  • Fashionable
    11%
  • Original
    9%
  • Judgemental
    4%
  • Depressed and ready to transfer
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.105 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.119 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Lively
    40%
  • Family
    30%
  • A Family type environment
    19%
  • DISORGANIZED
    9%
  • Terrible
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
33%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.56 responses
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Norfolk State University Reviews

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The atmosphere is fun and inviting--like you're apart of a family of students and faculty. The professors are excellent (most), and they take the time to work with you as much a possible. The location is centralized and just minutes from downtown Norfolk and Virginia Beach, so it's always something to do. The administration could be better. Most are low on patience and they have complexes. All-in-all, great school!
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As a freshman at Norfolk State University I did not want to attend the university. Once I moved into my dorm and experienced my first week of college classes, my mind changed at the blink of an eye! Now after the first five weeks grading period I know what I have to improve on. I've also learned that Norfolk State isn't the best when it comes to supporting their student athletes. By this I mean, most students aren't at the games because they aren't aware that there is a game that day. Although the university could be better at school spirit, Norfolk State is not lacking in improving their campus. I definitely think that since NSU is making improvement to their campus, it is drawing in more students.
The main thing that I like about Norfolk State is the people. When I went to orientation the group leaders were so nice and understanding. They also made sure that any questions you had were answered before you left the campus! There is nothing that I would change about this school, great college overall!