#15 Best Public Universities in Virginia

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

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Norfolk State University overview
Location Norfolk, Virginia
Online nsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Norfolk State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Norfolk State University (NSU) is a public historically black university located in Norfolk, Virginia, with origins dating back to 1935. The urban campus, predominantly characterized by modernist architecture, stretches over 134 acres within a more extensive 255-acre tract and lies in proximity to the cultural and economic hub of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. NSU offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs across its eight schools and colleges, with a particular emphasis on STEM fields, social work, and business. The university is moderately selective, catering to a diverse student body and providing various on-campus housing options to accommodate its students. While NSU hosts a variety of extracurricular activities, the institution is noted for its contribution to research and public service rather than athletic prowess. Its strong academic programs are complemented by a commitment to providing accessible education, often to first-generation college students and those from underserved communities.

In the most recent statistical year 8,884 prospective students applied, and 7,951 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,300 enrolled in the school.  4,894 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 889 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,752 plus fees of $3,870. NSU is ranked 1008 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Norfolk State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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NSU is rated within the lower 21% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Norfolk State University overview
SAT 840/1040
ACT 15/20
GPA 2.9

Applications Accepted

Norfolk State University overview
Applications Due May 31, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend

Virginia Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Norfolk State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,750
Other Fees$3,870
Room and Board $10,844
Budget for Other Expenses$4,494
Total One Year Cost$26,710

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Norfolk State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,750
Other Fees$3,870
Room and Board $10,844
Budget for Other Expenses$4,494
Total One Year Cost$37,878

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$36,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

33% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Norfolk State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 21%
Business 16%
Social Sciences 11%
General Studies 10%
Communication 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232937 IPEDS survey data for Norfolk State University.

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