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applying to dnimas

The DNIMAS application deadline is December 15th. All applicants must complete their FAFSA application by February 1st.

The SAT and/or ACT Scores are required as a part of your DNIMAS application packet.  It is not optional.  For admittance into Norfolk State University, the SAT and/or ACT scores are optional, but it is not optional for DNIMAS applicants. 

Please provide all the information required when submitting your packet. See below information for Item 8, which can be submitted later. 

Required documents:

  1. A completed Norfolk State University admissions application. See below for further information;
  2. A completed DNIMAS scholarship application; DNIMAS Application;
  3. An official high school transcript or an official transcript from any community college or university;
  4. An official SAT or ACT score from your high school to the DNIMAS Office;
  5. Three letters of recommendation, one from each group below:
    • principal, counselor, or advisor
    • science or mathematics teacher
    • community resident who is not a relative;
  6. An essay (500 words minimum) discussing your career goals, how you plan to obtain your goals, and why you want to be a part of the DNIMAS Program;
  7. If you are a higher education applicant, please provide a résumé, and two letters of recommendation from your advisor and science instructor;
  8. Proof of admission to NSU is also required, (e.g., a copy of the confirmation admittance letter received from NSU’s Admissions office), but it does not have to be included at the time your DNIMAS application package is submitted.

Both the FAFSA ( School Code: 003765) and the NSU Application must be completed before a scholarship offer can be made to you. NSU Financial Aid

An admissions committee will evaluate and select scholarship recipients based on these documents.  Eligible applicants will be required to attend an interview session. Decisions of the admission committee are final and cannot be appealed.  Applicants will be notified in writing regarding their selection by March 1st.

Please forward your DNIMAS packet to:
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504

Eligibility Requirements

High School Graduates:

  • a high school grade point average of at least a 3.3 (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale;
  • a combined SAT score of 1600 (Math, Verbal and Writing), or a score of 1200 (Math and Verbal) or an ACT score of 23 or above;
  • four units in science and four units in mathematics (calculus, chemistry, computer science, and physics are strongly recommended);
  • must be a United States citizen (National).

Tidewater Community College (TCC):

  • complete an Associate degree in Science higher education grade point average of at least a 3.3;
  • four units in science and four units in mathematics (calculus, chemistry, computer science, and physics are strongly recommended);
  • United States citizen (National).

Interview Process

Once an applicant has been identified as a potential candidate for the DNIMAS Program, you will receive correspondence from the DNIMAS Office asking you and your parent(s) to attend the interview process. Interviews will be held one day only, either on a Friday or a Saturday. When you receive your correspondence, it will state time and day of your interview.

Interview Panel: The interview panel may consist of some of NSU’s faculty, DNIMAS Alumni, and current DNIMAS students.

Interview Setting: Interviews are conducted in a professional, friendly atmosphere, where our applicants feel comfortable and relaxed.

Applicant Attire: Business Professional.

Interview Timeframe: Interviews will last at least 30 minutes each. Parents/Guardians are asked to stay and attend the DNIMAS Orientation at the scheduled interval times. This is also a mandatory part of the interview process.

DNIMAS Orientation: During the interview process, the DNIMAS Director and Associate Director will conduct an orientation about the requirements and expectations of the DNIMAS Program. Again, it is mandatory that both parents/guardians and students attend this orientation where you will be able to ascertain whether the DNIMAS Program will be a good fit for you. It will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions, or have us answer any concerns you may have at that time.