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Norfolk State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Norfolk State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Norfolk State University Ranked?

2020 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 9 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and journalism.

Overall Quality

Norfolk State is ranked #1,300 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Norfolk State held the #1,358 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Norfolk State is also ranked #37 out of 49 schools in Virginia.

See all of the rankings for Norfolk State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Norfolk State?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 90%, Norfolk State University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 100% 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 530. Math scores were between 410 and 510.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Norfolk State University  ( 430 to 530 )

SAT Math Scores for Norfolk State University  ( 410 to 510 )
Norfolk State received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 21.

ACT Composite Scores for Norfolk State University  ( 17 to 21 )

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Norfolk State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Norfolk State University is about average at 17 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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

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 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 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 18% for first-time, full-time students at Norfolk State, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  18 out of 100

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Below Average Overall Diversity at Norfolk State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,687 undergraduates at Norfolk State with 4,011 being full-time and 676 being part-time.

Norfolk State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Norfolk State is 30.03 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  30.03 out of 100
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How Much Does Norfolk State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Norfolk State is $15,259. 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 +
$12,657 $13,583 $15,582 $21,963 $23,992

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Norfolk State, approximately 80% of students took out student loans averaging $10,987 a year. That adds up to $43,948 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?

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 $35,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 12% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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

Location of Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University is a public institution located in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Norfolk State University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 37 majors graduated from Norfolk State University. Of these students, 731 received undergraduate degrees and 225 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
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 82 NA
General Psychology 74 NA
General Business/Commerce 60 NA
Social Work 56 NA
Sociology 55 NA
General Biology 54 NA
Nursing 49 NA
Communication & Journalism (Other) 40 NA
Health & Medical Administrative Services 38 NA
Health & Physical Education 26 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

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 3,233 students took at least one online class at Norfolk State University. This is an increase from the 2,691 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,233 242
2016-2017 2,691 280
2015-2016 2,400 243
2014-2015 2,331 184
2013-2014 2,675 200

Learn more about online learning at Norfolk State University.

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