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Graduation Rates

The University tracks graduation rates based on the percentage of first-time, full-time students who received a degree within six years or 150% of normal time to completion.  The graduation rate for the Fall 2011 cohort was 42 percent. The 2012-2018 Strategic Plan outlines the threshold for achievement relative to graduation rates; the University's goal was to increase the six-year graduation rate to 42 percent by 2018.

To increase six-year graduation rates, the University (1) increased financial aid to juniors and seniors, (2) expanded accelerated degree completion options for high demand programs in nursing, allied health, and business, and (3) increased the number of scholarships for low and middle income students. The University also established a male-focused academic initiative to decrease the gender disparity in graduation rates. The percentage of full-time, first-time male students who began their studies in Fall 2011 and received a degree within six years was 34 percent compared to 43 percent for female students.

Six-Year Graduation Rates

Cohort Year

6-Year Graduation Rate

2008

33%

2009

33%

2010

37%

2011

42%

2012*

 35%

 

Source: Norfolk State University Fact Book 2013-2017
* Preliminary rate. Rate is subject to change.