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Norfolk State University Data & Information Overview

76 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
91% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Norfolk State University Ranked?

#1,611 Best Colleges in Nation
#40 Best Colleges in VA
Public Administration & Social Service Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Norfolk State University was awarded 76 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is public administration and social service.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Norfolk State as #1,611 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Norfolk State held the #1,856 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Norfolk State is also ranked #40 out of 65 schools in Virginia.

See all of the rankings for Norfolk State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Norfolk State?

91% Acceptance Rate
70% Of Accepted Are Women
84% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Norfolk State University has an acceptance rate of 91%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Norfolk State.

Average Test Scores

About 84% of students accepted to Norfolk State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 430 and 520. Math scores were between 410 and 500.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Norfolk State University  ( 430 to 520 )

SAT Math Scores for Norfolk State University  ( 410 to 500 )
Norfolk State received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 15 and 20.

ACT Composite Scores for Norfolk State University  ( 15 to 20 )

Learn more about Norfolk State University admissions.

Norfolk State University Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Norfolk State University, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Norfolk State University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Norfolk State University

68% Freshmen Retention
15% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Norfolk State University is 68%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  68 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 15% for first-time, full-time students at Norfolk State, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  15 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Norfolk State University.

Norfolk State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,529 Full-Time Undergraduates
95.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
67.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,992 undergraduates at Norfolk State with 4,529 being full-time and 463 being part-time.

How Much Does Norfolk State University Cost?

$15,657 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
$47,588 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Norfolk State is $15,657. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Norfolk State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,013 $15,321 $16,581 $18,741 $26,439

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Norfolk State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Norfolk State, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $11,897 a year. That adds up to $47,588 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Norfolk State is 11.5%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Norfolk State Graduates Make?

$39,696 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Norfolk State make about $39,696 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Norfolk State University make the most money.

Location of Norfolk State University

Virginia State
4,529 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Located in Norfolk, Virginia, Norfolk State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Norfolk State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504-8000
Phone: 757-823-8600

Norfolk State University Majors

40 Majors With Completions
692 Undergraduate Degrees
115 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 40 majors graduated from Norfolk State University. Of these students, 692 received undergraduate degrees and 115 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 97 NA
General Psychology 96 NA
Sociology 63 NA
General Biology 56 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 53 NA
Health & Medical Administrative Services 45 NA
Social Work 44 NA
Communication & Journalism (Other) 44 NA
Political Science & Government 19 NA
History 18 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Norfolk State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Norfolk State

87% Take At Least One Class Online
6% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 4,737 students took at least one online class at Norfolk State University. This is an increase from the 3,670 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 4,737 338
2018-2019 3,670 310
2017-2018 3,233 242
2016-2017 2,691 280
2015-2016 2,400 243

Learn more about online learning at Norfolk State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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