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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
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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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Norfolk State University Reviews

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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!
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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!
I am a local student of NSU,meaning I live in the area. Honestly, in comparison to my experience at ODU, NSU has an environment where you feel like a part of a family once you walk In. I enjoy how dedicated and passionate the professors are about my success. At NSU, Your dreams will come true if you put forth the effort. It is a relatively small campus, which makes social interaction, class size, and personal relationships with professors more realistic. I would definitely change the area in which this University is located. A lot of the local people tend to walk on campus without authorization, which could be a safety hazard. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing about my HBCU. BEHOLD !