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Norfolk State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Norfolk State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404)-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (

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Board of Visitors

NSU has degree-granting authority through its Board of Visitors (BOV) from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The BOV confers degrees as authorized by the Code of Virginia (Code of Virginia § 23.1-1902(C)) and Board of Visitors Bylaws (BOV Bylaws § 2.01). Additionally, NSU's degree-granting authority is regulated by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), which is authorized by the Code of Virginia to review and approve or disapprove all new academic programs which any public institution of higher education proposes, including both undergraduate and graduate programs (Code of Virginia § 23.1-203). 

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Degree Programs

All NSU degree programs have been approved by SCHEV and are published on SCHEV's degree inventory website. The University has five academic colleges/schools that operate on one campus. The University also offers online programs through NSU Online, an honors degree through the Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College and certificate programs through the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. 

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Equal Opportunity Statement

Norfolk State University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out directly or through a third-party, or any other entity with which Norfolk State University arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

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