Norfolk Colleges and Schools

Norfolk is a friendly port city where Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Students who attend Norfolk colleges can head downtown to restaurants, food trucks, live music festivals and museums. Sailing, kayaking, fishing and swimming are popular recreational activities. Getting around town is easy on foot, bicycle, bus, light rail, ferry and water taxi.

Norfolk Technical Center prepares high school students to move into the work force and/or into postsecondary education at colleges in Norfolk. Training programs are run like businesses and cover marketing, business, fine arts, engineering, technology, and health and human services.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Norfolk

Tidewater Community College is the largest two-year institution in Norfolk and the second-largest one in Virginia. Popular programs include human services, maritime technologies, industrial technology, and business administration. TCC has a Center for Military and Veterans Education, as well as services for first-generation college students, low-income students, and others.

Tidewater Tech Trades provides hands-on training for careers in automotive technician, building maintenance and repair, combination welding, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

Fun Facts about Norfolk Colleges and Universities

There are two main four-year colleges in Norfolk.

Norfolk State University has more than 100 student groups, Greek life, NCAA Division athletic teams, intramural sports, even a campus bowling alley. Of 31 bachelor's degree programs, the most popular are psychology, sociology and interdisciplinary studies.

Old Dominion University began as an extension of William and Mary College. The campus now sits on over 300 acres and hosts over 300 student organizations. It is consistently ranked a "military friendly" school and it has a long tradition of offering distance education. A time-honored tradition: For good luck, students rub the belly of the Bronze Statue of the school Mascot.

Graduate Schools in Norfolk

Three universities in Norfolk have graduate schools.

Eastern Virginia Medical School offers only graduate degree programs, including the dual degrees MD-MPH and MD-MBA.

Norfolk State University offers 15 graduate programs and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, materials science, and social work.

Old Dominion University is an entrepreneurial-focused research university with 65 graduate programs.


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Education Institutes in Norfolk
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On Campus and Online Programs in Norfolk
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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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