Norfolk State University
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.
|Campus LocaleMidsize City|
|Number of Students5,303|
|Student to Faculty Ratio17:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
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.
- 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.
- 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|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||840 to 1040|
|ACT||17 to 21|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$411/credit|
|In State Students||$411/credit|
|Out of State Students||$871/credit|
|In District Students||$680/credit|
|In State Students||$680/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,350/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||--||$2,000|
|State Grant & Scholarships||59%||$5,452|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||44%||$2,790|
|Federal Student Loans||80%||$10,987|
$14,429Average Net Price
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|
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Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
- Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia
- Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award
- American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship
- Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship
- Genevieve Saran Richmond Award
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.