Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University is a four-year, state-supported, liberal arts university located in Norfolk, Virginia. It was established in 1935 as the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University. It was renamed Norfolk State University in 1979. NSU is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and the Virginia High-Tech Partnership. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It is organized into the following academic units:

  • College of Engineering, Science & Technology
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work

NSU's sports teams participate in the NCAA's Division I in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Its athletic teams are nicknamed the Spartans.

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Norfolk State University
700 Park Ave
Norfolk , VA 23504-8000
General Phone: (757) 823-8600

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Norfolk State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts188English, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, urban studies, history
Business and Management139business, accounting
Education and Teaching123education of disabled, kindergarten/preschool teaching, teacher education, business teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine99registered nursing
Family and Social Work97family and human sciences, social work
Therapy and Counseling76psychology, clinical psychology
Media69journalism, communication and journalism
Science44biology, chemistry, physics, atomic physics
Engineering Technician31architectural engineering tech, electronics tech, mechanical engineering related tech, construction engineering tech, computer engineering tech
Computer Science and Engineering26computer and info science
Art Studies25visual and performing arts, art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy24exercise science
Music23music, music performance
Engineering16electrical engineering, materials science, various engineering courses
Medical Administration11health care administration, medical records admin
Security and Law Enforcement9criminal justice and safety
Medical Support and Technology8clinical lab tech
Funeral and Mortuary Science2funeral and mortuary science
Office and Administration1office management

Number of programs and degrees for Norfolk State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree73733
Master's degree22214
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years21
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship12
Associate's degree542
Doctor's degree - professional practice31

Norfolk State Student Body

Norfolk State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Norfolk State had a total enrollment of 6,155 students (5,132 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 8%
Black 84%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 28%
20-21 23%
22-24 18%
25-29 11%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York5%
Washington, DC3%
North Carolina2%
New Jersey2%
State unknown1%
(International Students)1%

Norfolk State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 32 %

Norfolk State Room and Board (2007)

Norfolk State offers campus housing for 2,464 of its 5,132 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Norfolk, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Norfolk State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal400470
SAT Math390470
ACT Composite1619

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT84%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT17%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Norfolk State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,560
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,807
Room and board $ 8,884
Room charge $ 4,534
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,582
Books and supplies $ 1,320
Other expenses $ 3,084

Financial Aid:
Norfolk State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 376500)

Norfolk State Faculty

Norfolk State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2341
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3350

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year13$95,9405$97,862
Associate professorcalendar year5$88,7946$87,261
Assistant professorcalendar year1*3$73,168
Instructorcalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year21$88,42616$85,088

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year46$78,37119$83,476
Associate professoracademic year26$70,69115$66,298
Assistant professoracademic year33$54,59548$57,658
Instructoracademic year17$49,52531$50,142
All faculty totalacademic year122$66,283113$61,084

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Norfolk State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Baseball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Track Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports63440

Norfolk State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Materials Science

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other
Social Work

Funeral And Mortuary Science
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Atomic/Molecular Physics
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Psychology, General

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% of degrees in family and social work
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Minority % of student body
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Top 13%Norfolk State Number of students
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 14%Norfolk State Dorm rooms per full-time student
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 16%Norfolk State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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% of freshmen enrolled part-time
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Top 17%Norfolk State % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 18%Norfolk State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in media
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Top 19%Norfolk State % of degrees in media

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