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In order to make your academic experience stress-free, please see your academic advisor at least three times during each semester as a follow-up for your academic success. If you have a question regarding a perspective requirement, which course(s) you still need to complete within your major/double major/minor, the number of hours you need to graduate, or your career as an English major, you will need to set up an appointment to see your assigned academic advisor within the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

Don’t procrastinate; make an appointment to see your academic advisor today!

NSU Writing Center

The Writing Center empowers students to establish a more versatile and effective method of writing by acknowledging diverse learning styles, being attentive and nonjudgmental during tutorials, reducing distraction, encouraging careful synthesis and expression of ideas and building relationships. We strive to cultivate active writers across all disciplines, all the time.

How should YOU prepare for a session at the Writing Center?

The Writing Center
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 823-2271

The Dr. Patricia Lynch Stith Student Success Center

The Dr. Patricia Lynch Stith Student Success Center promotes student learning and degree completion by providing academic support services and programs that inform, empower and facilitate student success.



  • Foster an open and responsive environment that encourages faculty and students to take an active interest and role in student success.
  • Help students develop the skills, attitudes and beliefs necessary to foster an understanding of the learning process and achieve academic, career and life goals.
  • Assist students in becoming more independent, self-confident and efficient learners.
  • Work collaboratively with the campus community to promote student persistence and successful completion of students' educational goals.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the Student Success Center and evolve in response to student needs.
  • Dr. Patricia Lynch Stith Student Success Center
    Norfolk State University 700 Park Avenue
    Nursing and General Education Building, Suite 100
    (757) 823-8507

    NSU Career Services

    As a major in English and Foreign Languages, you become a strong job candidate during an incremental process that begins in the first year of college and culminates into a successful career. Therefore, as you progress through your college years, don’t forget to contact the Career Services Office.

    • Resources may be found at the Career Services office for students currently entering the job market. Resources include tips on writing letters of application, filing online resumes, conducting mock interviews, and landing that dream job! Students can learn about current job opportunities through online resources and links to job lists.
    • Visit the Career Services Office today and stay updated on the next Career Fair Day event, campus interviews with recruiters, or internships with local and national organizations.

    NSU Counseling Services

    The Counseling Center offers students the opportunity to attend several educational classes each semester to assist them in their personal development. Each class addresses a specific topic. The following classes are offered: Alcohol and Other Drug Education, Anger Management and Conflict Resolution, and Decision Making Skills. The classes typically run over the course of a month and meet weekly for 1 hour.

    • Appointments:  Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Location: 312 Student Services Bldg.
    • Appointments may be made by calling the Counseling Center at (757) 823-8173 or by coming to the office in person. 
    • Appointments will be scheduled as soon as possible, depending on the urgency of the situation and staff availability. In most cases we can offer appointments within a week of the initial request. If appropriate, a student may be referred to other sources of help after an initial appointment. 
    • Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to speak to us directly about our services.
    • After hours, call the NSU Police Department at (757) 823-9000 to gain access to an on-call counselor.

    Graduate Student Counselors

    Graduate student counselors also provide counseling services at the Center. They are closely supervised in their work by senior counselor staff. The graduate students who provide services at the Counseling Center are enrolled in the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, the NSU Masters Program in Clinical Psychology, and the NSU Masters Program in Social Work.

    Alcohol and Other Drug Education Class

    Alcohol and other drug education classes help participants understand negative consequences and costs of alcohol/drug use while exploring familial/cultural factors as they relate to alcohol and drug use. This course assists participants in establishing short and long term goals.

    Anger Management Class

    Anger management classes help participants understand what makes them angry, while also understanding their level of anger and discovering coping strategies. Participants also find better ways to manage their anger more adaptively as well as establish short and long term goals as they relate to anger management.

    Decision Making and Critical Thinking Skills Class

    This course helps increase student's motivation to learn and apply elements of critical thinking to decisions hey make in personal, social, and professional areas of their lives. The course helps to enhance student learning and development by having students apply elements to their lives and for future decisions.