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NSU Demographics & Diversity

Norfolk, Virginia

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very Low

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at NSU are mostly Black with a small White population. The school has very low racial diversity. 95% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Norfolk State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.

Racial demographics of Norfolk State University students
Race Percent of Students
White 5%
Black 84%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
International 0%
Race Unknown 3%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 101% more female students than male students enrolled at Norfolk State University with a gender ratio of 67% women to 33% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, NSU has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Norfolk State University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 33%
Women 67%
Enrollment by gender for Norfolk State University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 1,920
Women 3,863

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

NSU serves a low number of students outside of Virginia, with 65 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Norfolk State University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 65%
Out of State 31%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 4%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$56,695 per year

68% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 28.1%
Part time Undergrads 16.5%

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