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Norfolk State University Overview

Located in Norfolk, Virginia, Norfolk State University is a public institution. Norfolk is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Norfolk State University Known For?

615 Undergraduate Awards
$26,020 Avg Cost After Aid
90% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Norfolk State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Norfolk State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Norfolk State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Norfolk State University?

Location of Norfolk State University

Contact details for Norfolk State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504-8000
Phone: 757-823-8600
Website: www.nsu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Norfolk-State-University/114887855927
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nsuspartanz

How Do I Get Into Norfolk State?

You can apply to Norfolk State online at: www.nsu.edu/Admissions-Aid/Apply-Online

Admission Requirements for Norfolk State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Norfolk State?

90% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
100% Submit SAT Scores
Norfolk State has the high acceptance rate of 90%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 100% of students accepted to Norfolk State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 430 and 530. Math scores were between 410 and 510.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Norfolk State University  ( 430 to 530 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Norfolk State University  ( 410 to 510 )
200
800
Norfolk State received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 21.

ACT Composite Scores for Norfolk State University  ( 17 to 21 )
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36

Can I Afford Norfolk State University?

$26,020 Net Price
83% Take Out Loans
11.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Norfolk State is $26,020. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Norfolk State, approximately 83% of students took out student loans averaging $10,704 a year. That adds up to $42,816 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Norfolk State is 11.3%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Norfolk State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,133 Full-Time Undergraduates
65% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,660 undergraduate students at Norfolk State, with 4,133 being full-time and 527 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Norfolk State

There are also 544 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,133 full-time undergraduates at Norfolk State, 35% are male and 65% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Norfolk State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Norfolk State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Norfolk State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 19
Black or African American 3,521
Hispanic or Latino 158
White 144
International Students 16
Other Races/Ethnicities 275

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Norfolk State University. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 25 countries are represented at Norfolk State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Kenya, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Norfolk State University

242 Took All Classes Online
3,233 Took At Least One Class Online
6.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at Norfolk State. In 2017-2018, 3,233 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Norfolk State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 28th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Norfolk State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Norfolk State University was 6.4%. This is the #1,563 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Norfolk State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Norfolk State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health & Medical Administrative Services 10%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Norfolk State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Norfolk State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
History #42
History #42
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #71
Information Technology #80
General Psychology #102
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #141
Psychology #142
Health & Medical Administrative Services #214
Computer & Information Sciences #258

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Norfolk State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Social Work 0 61 72 2 135
General Psychology 0 67 0 0 67
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 16 44 0 60
General Business/Commerce 0 58 0 0 58
Sociology 0 55 0 0 55
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 42 7 0 49
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 42 0 0 42
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 34 0 0 34
Health & Physical Education 0 30 0 0 30
General Biology 0 29 0 0 29
Nursing 0 25 0 0 25
Computer Information Systems 0 19 4 0 23
Electrical Engineering 0 13 6 0 19
Political Science & Government 0 19 0 0 19
Fine & Studio Arts 0 18 0 0 18
Information Technology 0 0 16 0 16
Music 0 14 1 0 15
General English Literature 0 13 0 0 13
Accounting 0 12 0 0 12
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 10 0 10
Special Education 0 0 9 0 9
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) 0 7 0 0 7
Other Engineering 0 6 0 0 6
Computer Engineering Technology 0 5 0 0 5
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 5 5
Journalism 0 4 0 0 4
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 4 0 0 4
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 4 0 0 4
Chemistry 0 4 0 0 4
Urban Studies 0 0 4 0 4
Architectural Engineering Technology 3 0 0 0 3
History 0 3 0 0 3
Physics 0 2 1 0 3
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 3 3
Drama & Theater Arts 0 3 0 0 3
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 3 0 3
Construction Engineering Technology 0 2 0 0 2
Mathematics 0 1 0 0 1
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3 612 177 10 802

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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