Norfolk State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Norfolk State University Admissions Overview:

Norfolk State University has an acceptance rate of 85%. Students interested in applying to Norfolk State will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and letters of recommendation. For complete guidelines and instructions, be sure to visit the school's website, or contact the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Norfolk State University Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Norfolk State University Description:

Norfolk State University (NSU) is a historically Black university located on a 134-acre campus in Norfolk, Virginia. The university has seen significant growth in recent years with the opening of a new student center and the construction of a new library. Students enroll from across the country with over two-thirds coming from Virginia. Among undergraduates, professional fields such as business, communications and nursing are extremely popular, as are biology and the social sciences. Norfolk State has an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Norfolk State Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,421 (4,739 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 84% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,738 (in-state); $20,340 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $2,535 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,490
  • Other Expenses: $4,038
  • Total Cost: $24,801 (in-state); $36,403 (out-of-state)

Norfolk State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 82%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,972
    • Loans: $7,138

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Communications, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 37%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 24%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 37%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Cross Country, Football, Track and Field, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Bowling, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Norfolk State University Mission Statement:

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"Through exemplary teaching, scholarship, and outreach, Norfolk State University transforms lives and communities by empowering individuals to maximize their potential, creating life-long learners equipped to be engaged leaders and productive global citizens."

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