Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
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Quick facts
  • Founded: 1935
  • Enrollment: 5,783
  • Mascot: "Spiro" the Spartan
  • Colors: Green and Gold
  • Motto: "Achievement, Citizenship"
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Norfolk State University, located in the dynamic city of Norfolk, Virginia, is a prominent public historically black university with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1935. Initially established during the Great Depression, the university began as a unit of Virginia Union University. It was later granted its independence in 1969, marking a significant milestone in its journey towards becoming a distinguished institution in higher education. This history is a testament to the resilience and dedication of the university in overcoming challenges and providing quality education.

Today, Norfolk State University boasts an enrollment of 5,783 students and offers a comprehensive range of academic programs, including Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees. The university is known for its strong programs in Business, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Healthcare Management. These popular majors reflect the university's commitment to providing diverse and relevant educational pathways that meet the needs of its student body.

Athletically, Norfolk State University competes in the NCAA Division I, participating in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The university's athletic teams, known as the Spartans, embody the school's spirit and determination. The mascot, "Spiro" the Spartan, along with the university's colors of green and gold, are symbols of pride for the student body and the larger community. The university's motto, "Achievement, Citizenship" further encapsulates the spirit of resilience and empowerment that Norfolk State University instills in its students.

Admissions & Financial Aid
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  • Financial Aid: (757) 823-8381
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Popular Majors
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Biology
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Healthcare Management

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NCAA Division I - Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Team Name: Spartans

Men’s Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Tennis

Women’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

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