Norfolk State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University (NSU) is an HBCU situated on a 134-acre campus in Norfolk, Virginia. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. For undergraduates, professional degree programs such as business, communications, and nursing are extremely popular, as are biology and the social sciences. Norfolk State has a 16 to 1 student/faculty ratio. A healthy student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.  The Norfolk State Spartans play in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).


  • Total Enrollment: 5,204 (4,660 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35% Male/65% Female
  • 89% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,622 (in-state); $24,742 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,901
  • Room and Board: $10,844
  • Other Expenses: $3,244
  • Total Cost: $25,611 (in-state); $40,731 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 71%
    • Loans: 83%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,972
    • Loans: $7,138

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Communications, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 25%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 15%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 35%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Norfolk State University Admissions

Norfolk State University has an acceptance rate of 90%. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

  • Norfolk State University Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 440/520
    • SAT Math: 420/510
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 16/21
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Norfolk State University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Norfolk State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Texas Southern University, Bennett College, California State University Dominguez Hills, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Pine Manor College, Paul Quinn College, Wiley College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Norfolk State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Southern Vermont College, Buffalo State College, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College, Bloomfield College

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Norfolk State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

La Salle University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Applying to Norfolk State University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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