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Your chances of getting into Norfolk State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

89.5%
Admission Difficulty for Norfolk State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at NSU is 89.5%.  Its admission rate is the 33rd lowest in Virginia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into NSU and can you get accepted?

Norfolk State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 7,951 out of the 8,884 who applied were admitted.

Norfolk State University typically accepts and attracts "B-" average high school students with an average GPA around 2.9. 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into NSU?

89% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Norfolk State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 2.9 or better
  • Earn B- grades in high school
  • Score 940 on the SAT
  • Score 17 on the ACT

NSU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

2.9

Typical High School Grades 

B-

What GPA do you need to get into Norfolk State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into NSU are to have around a 2.9 high school GPA. You can get into NSU with slightly below average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 2.9 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NSU accepts 89% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at NSU is 2.9 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B- letter grades and regularly score around 80-82 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #40 in Virginia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since NSU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 2.9 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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NSU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Norfolk State University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 16% of students submitted SAT scores and 5% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

840-1040

Applicants Submitting SAT 

16%
SAT Scores for Norfolk State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 430
Math 25th Percentile 410
Composite 25th Percentile 840
SAT Scores for Norfolk State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 530
Math 75th Percentile 510
Composite 75th Percentile 1040
Average SAT Score 940

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Norfolk State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at NSU is 940 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 840-1040. Students who get into Norfolk State University score in the top 86 percent of all SAT test takers..  NSU ranks #38 in the state of Virginia for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 940 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. NSU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 840 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 840, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 740, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Norfolk State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 940 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 940, you have around a 89% chance of being admitted. A 1040 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 94% chance of getting in.

Norfolk State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1040 and Above Good >94%
940 to 1040 Avg + 89%-94%
840 to 940 Avg - 81%-89%
740 to 840 Reach 69%-81%
Less than 740 Low <69%
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NSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

15-20 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

5%
ACT Scores for Norfolk State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 15
ACT Scores for Norfolk State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 20
Average ACT Score 17

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into NSU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to NSU is 17, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 15 and 20.  The school ranks #37 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 17. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 15 and score in the score in the top 81 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 12.

5 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Norfolk State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Norfolk State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into NSU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 17 score has around 89% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 95% with a 20 ACT score.

Norfolk State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
20 and Above Good >95%
17 to 20 Avg + 89%-95%
15 to 17 Avg - 83%-89%
13 to 15 Reach 74%-83%
Less than 13 Low <74%
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Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Norfolk State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,130 2,754 8,884
Accepted 5,567 2,384 7,951
Acceptance Rate 91% 87% 89%
Enrolled 831 469 1,300
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 20% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

May 31, 2024

Days left to Apply

5

Applicants have 5 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on May 31, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Norfolk State University is $25.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Norfolk State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Norfolk State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Norfolk State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Norfolk State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 2.9 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 940 and ACT of 17 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Norfolk State University often consider these colleges

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

FAQs

Does Norfolk State University prefer SAT or ACT?

16% of students submit their SAT scores to NSU. 5% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Norfolk State University?

89% of those who apply are granted admission to NSU. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Norfolk State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 840 and 1040. The average SAT score is 940. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Norfolk State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 15 and 20. The average ACT score is 17. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.