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Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate67%
Acceptance Rate67%

About Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University Overview

Norfolk State University is a public, state school in an urban setting in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk State University was founded in 1935 and enrolls 4,992 undergrads and no graduate students. Norfolk State University provides on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Norfolk State University for Fall 2023 is May 31.

Planning to play sports? Norfolk State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Norfolk State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Norfolk State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 67%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 2.9
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 88%
In-State Tuition $5,752
Out-of-State $16,920

Is Norfolk State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer view of what Norfolk State University offers and if the school might be a good fit for you.

Norfolk State University Acceptance Rate 2022

Norfolk State University is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 67% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 2,817 applications received in 2022, 1,895 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Norfolk State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 70% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Norfolk State Universityare still enrolled their sophomore year. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Norfolk State University Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Norfolk State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Norfolk State University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

For information on Norfolk State University's financial aid options for first-year students, check with the school directly.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Norfolk State University.

Based on this information, is Norfolk State University the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Norfolk State University a good school for you?

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Where is Norfolk State University?

Norfolk State University is located in the city of Norfolk, Virginia.

If you are interested in seeing Norfolk State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 264 to Norfolk, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Norfolk International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Norfolk State University and Norfolk are like without leaving home.

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College Info

700 Park Avenue Norfolk, VA 23504

Campus Setting: Urban

Norfolk State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Norfolk State University is May 31.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Norfolk State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 19

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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19 and Above


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16 and Less


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Norfolk State University SAT Scores


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Norfolk State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Norfolk State University is like? There are approximately 4,992 students enrolled at Norfolk State University. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 86% percent are from VA and 14% percent of students are from other states.


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