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ACCEPTANCE RATE

91.69%

FINANCIAL AID RATE

97%

STUDENT TEACHER RATIO

16:1

DEGREE OFFERED ONLINE

16

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.

$11,643

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Norfolk State University

Also known as Norfolk State; NSU

5301 E Princess Anne Rd, Norfolk, VA

About
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.

Academics
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.

Athletics
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)
  • Basketball
  • Bowling (Women Only)
  • Cross Country
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Tennis
  • 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

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Norfolk State University is about 5,200, with undergraduate students making up about 90% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

$14,800

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $25 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: $5,800-$6,900
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$20,300
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $440-$520 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $950-$1,100 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid97%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships71%$10,124
Receiving Student Loans83%$10,704
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To 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

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

Intercollegiate Athletics

Norfolk State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-FCS 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)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling
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Programs Offered

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  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • English Language and Literature

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Public Administration and Social Services

  • Visual and Performing Arts

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