Application Deadline: NSU's Priority Application Deadline for the fall semester is May 31 for Undergraduate Admission.
Application Criteria: The Admissions Philosophy of Norfolk State University is to select students that may benefit from its program offerings, faculty, rich campus environment, and available support services. NSU seeks students that will take advantage of the opportunity to engage in a transformational experience that can increase their ability to maximize their potential, and foster a passion for lifelong learning that will equip them to be engaged leaders and productive global citizens.
NSU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions evaluates applicants based on their individual potential for successful graduation at NSU. Several key factors are taken into consideration:
- prior academic performance
- SAT and/or ACT test score(s)
- special talents
- demonstrated leadership
- individual motivation and character
- recommendation letters
The Office of Admissions is authorized to review, accept, defer, or deny applicants based on this evaluation of a student’s application. NSU does not discriminate based on ethnicity, race, gender, age, disability or religious beliefs.
All applicants under the age of 21 must submit Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) scores or American College Testing (ACT) scores. Applicants over the age of 21 are exempt from submitting SAT and ACT scores.
The applicant should have completed a minimum total of 22 units distributed as follows:
|History and Social Sciences||3|
|Health and Physical Education||2|
|Fine Arts or Practical Arts||1|
|TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED||22|
|* Algebra l, Geometry, Algebra ll recommended|
Students with a high school equivalency diploma will be considered upon the successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 530. GED graduates may be subject to the requirements outlined above. The University is interested in the quality of the applicant’s academic preparation and indicators of overall promise as a student.
The applicant must submit a two letters of recommendation.
|Admissions to the Honors College||Link|
|Admissions to the School of Nursing||Link|
|The Partnership for Academic and Student Success (PASSPORT)||Link|
|Spartan Student Success Center||Link|
|Procedure for Requesting IB and AP Credit|
- Student must request official International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement examination scores be sent directly to Norfolk State University, Office of Admissions.
- The Office of Admissions will evaluate the IB and AP transcript scores.
- The Office of Admissions will generate the Certificate of Advanced Standing (CAS) that will be sent to the student and the selected academic department within six weeks of receipt.
The IB and AP policy may be found on the NSU Policies website.
Norfolk State University offers students who are unsure of a major, an opportunity to explore various academic programs and careers through a General Education track in the Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Interdisciplinary General Education (BS.INT.GEN) track allows students an opportunity to take transferable general education classes while researching degree granting majors. Through intensive academic advisement by Spartan Success Center Advisors and the Interdisciplinary Studies faculty, students will declare a degree granting major prior to completing 30 credit hours.