Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA 23504

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 LocaleCity: Midsize
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. RN to BSN
  2. LPN to BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. ADN Closed in 2014

    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.

  5. BSN

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 78

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Norfolk State University

Portsmouth Public Schools
2.14 miles away
Reed Educational Institute
3.35 miles away
Old Dominion University
3.58 miles away
ECPI University - Virginia Beach Campus
4.7 miles away
New Horizons Regional Education Center
16.97 miles away
Lafayette School of Practical Nursing
42.52 miles away
Virginia State University
69.11 miles away
Petersburg Public Schools
69.17 miles away
Chesterfield County Public Schools
77.65 miles away
Virginia Commonwealth University
81.31 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading320 to 430
SAT: Math300 to 430
SAT: Writing340 to 430
ACT Composite16 to 20
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$13,952
30k to 48k$14,121
48k to 75k$15,036
75k to 110k$18,493
Over 110k$20,867
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $397.00 $796.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $622.00 $1,247.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia

Applicants must be daughters, sons grandsons, etc of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the american legion.

Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award

A $400.00 nursing education merit award shall be given annually by the Iowa Department of the American Legion Auxiliary in memory of the late Mary Virginia Macrae, who served as the first [...]

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship

Applicants must be daughters, sons, grandsons, etc. of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Applicants must be in their senior year or graduates [...]

Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship

Candidates must be residents of Newport County, and a graduate from a high school in Rhode Island. Scholarships are open to individuals accepted into, and in attendance at any accredited [...]

Genevieve Saran Richmond Award

This scholarship has been donated by Leslie and Virginia Fiur to a nursing student with a disability.

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504

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