Norfolk State University
Waterside, Norfolk Virginia

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Why NSU?

Norfolk State University, a comprehensive urban public institution, is committed to transforming students' lives through exemplary teaching, research and service. Offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment for all, the University empowers its students to turn their aspirations into reality and achieve their full potential as well rounded, resourceful citizens and leaders for the 21st century.

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Norfolk State to award associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral degrees. Currently, Norfolk State offers three doctorate and 15 master's degrees, including master's degree programs in Electronics Engineering, Cybersecurity and Criminal Justice. The school also offers 31 undergraduate degrees, including the only bachelor's degree in Optical Engineering in Virginia. The university is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund. NSU has an enviable student faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The University has 15 sports teams representing NSU in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field; women's sports include bowling, softball, and volleyball; men's-only sports include baseball and football. The Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I as members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In the world of collegiate marching bands, the award-winning Norfolk State University Spartan “Legion” has made a name for itself as one of the premier Marching Bands in the country. The “Legion” consists of 250 staff and student musicians, dancers, and flags from states nationwide, including, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The “Legion” exhibits a presence evocative of the storied “Spartans”.

The Norfolk State University Alumni Association (NSUAA) has about twenty chapters across the country and members around the world. The university has produced many graduates who have become outstanding service men and women, government leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, judges, lawyers, actors, social workers, athletes and other professionals. Some of the notable graduates include National Football League player Don Carey III ’10 (Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions), Tim Reid (comedian, actor, director), and most recently, Jedidah Isler who became the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Yale University in 2014.

Why Norfolk?

Home to more than 1.7 million people, Hampton Roads is the gateway to Southeastern Virginia. Hampton Roads comprises sixteen municipalities including the cities of Norfolk, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Southampton, Surry, York, and Currituck (North Carolina).

Norfolk, Virginia has a population of approximately 247,000 and is the premier city in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, situated in the middle of the Eastern seaboard where the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth rivers pour into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay with several smaller rivers to form one of the world’s largest natural deep-water harbors. Hampton Roads is recognized as the 33rd largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the United States, eighth largest metro area in the Southeast United States and the second largest between Atlanta and Washington, DC. Six of the 10 largest population centers in the United States are located within 750 miles of Hampton Roads.

They say “Virginia is for lovers,” and the Hampton Roads region will win any heart. This unique area is for every lover: history lovers eager to learn about important battlegrounds or visit a site where the first settlers to America landed…wine lovers interested in tracing the process from the grapevine to the glass or simply savoring an award-winning vintage with scenic backdrops…or outdoor lovers ready to conquer new heights, paddle an epic waterway, or experience the quiet beauty of the areas many parks.

With the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and countless rivers in the region’s backyard, residents are never far from the water, enjoying more than 100 miles of sandy beaches. Norfolk has a variety of parks and open spaces right in its city parks system. The city maintains three beaches on its north shore in the Ocean View area. Five additional parks contain picnic facilities and playgrounds for children. The city hosts more than one hundred festivals and events a year, most of them free. If you’re looking for world-class cuisine, you’ll find it here. From traditional Southern fare to a wide range of nouveau and international offerings, Norfolk’s eateries offer something for everyone – and every appetite.

Norfolk City Public Schools, the public-school system, comprises five high schools, eight middle schools, 34 elementary schools, and nine special-purpose/preschools. Norfolk Public Schools was the recipient of the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education award for having demonstrated, "the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps for poor and minority students."

Norfolk and the entire Hampton Roads region offer the best of all worlds. There are four seasons, but mild winters. It’s driving distance to Washington D.C. and has some of the most scenic mountain areas in the country. The cost of living is reasonable, the crime rate is low, and the people are friendly. Come join us in Virginia.


700 Park Avenue Norfolk VA 23504 · 757-823-8600