Chances of getting into Norfolk State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Norfolk State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into NSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 90% acceptance rate ranking it #40 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,675 out of 7,442 applicants were admitted making Norfolk State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 79 percent. Norfolk State University typically accepts and attracts "B-" average high school students. Only 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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NSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Norfolk State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 440
SAT Math 25th 420
SAT Composite 25th 860
SAT Scores for Norfolk State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 520
SAT Math 75th 510
SAT Composite 75th 1030
Average SAT Score 950

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

Norfolk State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 83 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 860 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 770. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 950 out of 1600. The school ranks #35 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 83 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Norfolk State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1030 and Above Good >94%
945 to 1030 Avg + 90%-94%
860 to 945 Avg - 84%-90%
775 to 860 Reach 76%-84%
Less than 775 Low <76%
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NSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Norfolk State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 16
ACT Scores for Norfolk State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 21
Average ACT Score 18

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that NSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 16 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 75 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 18 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 21 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #36 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 14 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Norfolk State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Norfolk State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
21 and Above Good >94%
18 to 21 Avg + 90%-94%
16 to 18 Avg - 85%-90%
14 to 16 Reach 79%-85%
Less than 14 Low <79%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You can get into Norfolk State University with slightly below average high school grades. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Norfolk State University was 2.92 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #38 in Virginia for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 2.92 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NSU accepts 90% of all applicants.

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Admission Statistics

Norfolk State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,058 2,384 7,442
Accepted 4,605 2,070 6,675
Acceptance Rate 91% 87% 90%
Enrolled 719 379 1,098
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 18% 16%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Norfolk State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Norfolk State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

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

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data for Norfolk State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

83% of students submit their SAT scores to NSU. 14% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

90% 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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 860 and 1030. 83% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 16 and 21. 14% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.