Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA 23504
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Norfolk State University (NSU) is a public institution with undergrad and graduate degree programs. It was established in 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia. 85 students attended the first year. The university now enrolls over 5,000 students annually. It is structured into eight colleges and schools offering 36 undergraduate degree programs, 15 master’s programs, and 2 doctoral programs. The campus is on the former site of the Memorial Park Golf Course, spanning 134 acres and including 31 buildings. In 2009, NSU opened the New Student Center. It is a three-story building housing a dining area, a wellness center, lounges, a bookstore, and a game room.

NSU does not offer graduate degree programs. However, they offer several CCNE-accredited BSN paths including traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and LPN to BSN programs. With the traditional BSN program, students complete a general liberal arts education during their first two years. Nursing courses and clinical rotations begin during the third year. Students also spend between six and 12 hours per day in various clinical settings, including the simulation lab and various affiliated healthcare facilities. Registered nurses seeking BSN degrees may enroll in the online RN to BSN program, which includes courses that are offered entirely online and access to on-site training at local clinics.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students5,303
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate71%

Nursing Programs

The AND program is offered in two tracks. The first track is designed for students with no prior background in nursing and the second track is intended for LPNs. The first track can be completed in 2 academic years and a summer session of full time study.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  • Official transcripts for all college level coursework
  • Recommendation letters
  • Nursing program pre-admission exam
  • Completion of all pre-requisite course satisfactorily by the prescribed deadline

Admission to the nursing program is contingent on the applicant being accepted by the NSU and the Department of Nursing and Allied Health.

The program offers three tracks with the first tracked designed for students who have no nursing background, the second a transition track for Licensed Practical Nurses to BSN available to LPNs who met the pre-requisites and a third track for Registered Nurses (students who have nursing diploma or associate degree) seeking to enhance their qualifications.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Application and Admission to the university by the 1st of February for enrollment in the fall semester
  • High school diploma or GED equivalency
  • Official Transcripts
  • Submission of Nursing Application
  • Complete pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a ‘C’
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Pre-entrance examination

Students accepted into the program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug screening as well as proof of health including immunization series.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 0
Bachelor's degree 3 43
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1969 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1980 - 07/31/2014
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
03/01/1985 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT840 to 1040
ACT17 to 21
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$411/credit
In State Students$411/credit
Out of State Students$871/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$680/credit
In State Students$680/credit
Out of State Students$1,350/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $18,495 $18,495 $39,195
ADN 70 $28,770 $28,770 $60,970
BSN 125 $51,375 $51,375 $108,875
FNP 50 $34,000 $34,000 $67,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 80% of Norfolk State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 71% $3,347
Other Federal Grant -- $2,000
State Grant & Scholarships 59% $5,452
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 44% $2,790
Federal Student Loans 80% $10,987
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$12,657
$30,001 to $48,000$13,583
$48,001 to $75,000$15,582
$75,001 to $110,000$21,963
Over $110,000$23,992

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504

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