Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA 23504-8000


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 5,421
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 17:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,406 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Norfolk State University is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 4,439 applications and 3,795 students were granted admission. Norfolk State University is at the #83 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 21% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 99% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT620 to 860
ACT16 to 20

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Norfolk State University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $16,920 and in-state students paid $5,318.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Norfolk State University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 68% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,915 (which is 10.9% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Norfolk State University in 2016-2017, was 375, which is 82% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,440 (which is 21.5% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Norfolk State University has enrolled a total of 5,421 students (4,445 students full-time and 976 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 5,421 students, 491 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 35% men and 65% women and 4,739 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 682 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 243 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Black/African American: 84%

White: 5%

Two or more races: 4%

Hispanic: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Asian: 1%

Non-resident alien: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Norfolk State University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 15% 381 0
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 15% 377
Education 9% 234 0
Psychology 8% 206 0
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 6% 150 0
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 4% 114
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4% 102
Visual And Performing Arts 3% 86
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 3% 80
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3% 73

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Norfolk State University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Norfolk State University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $18,100. Last year, out of the total 288 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 216 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 0 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 0 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $18,100
Employment Rate 75% --
Total Graduates 288 0

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

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Old Dominion University
3.5 mile away
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69.1 mile away