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  International Freshmen

Apply Online

Before applying, applicants should read How to Apply in detail. Applicants can apply online at http://www.nsu.edu/student-affairs/iss/how-to-apply . If you choose to apply online, please mail supplemental documents addressed to the appropriate office. Downloadable Application is also available (Admissions Application - Undergraduate).

Application Fee: A non-refundable $25.00 application processing fee is required. The fee must be submitted along with the online application.

Cost and Estimated Budget. An important aspect of planning your move to Norfolk State University is to have a realistic idea of the amount of money you will need to pay for tuition and living expenses in the United States, and to arrange your finances accordingly. Please visit Estimated Budget for more pertinent cost information.

Records of Academic Work.

  • Detailed reports of all secondary school and college/university studies listing courses
  • length of time spent studying each subject
  • credit received
  • grade awarded and final ranking
  • all documents should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly from the school.
  • The reports should bear an official seal of the school and the signature of an accredited school official.
  • Documents must be submitted in the native language with an official English translation.

Official Test Scores. University level proficiency in English is required at Norfolk State University. All applicants whose native language is not English (including non-matriculating students) must submit proof of English language proficiency. This requirement may be documented in the following ways:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of minimum 173 on the computer-based test or 500 on the paper test;
  • A score of 400 or better on the verbal section of the SAT I or 17 on the English section of the ACT;
  • Three semester hours or more of college level English completed with a grade "C" or better at a regionally accredited U.S. institution; or
  • Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the native language.


  • How to Apply - application information
  • Apply Online - online application form
  • Admissions Application - Undergraduate- downloadable application
  • Financial documents including bank statements and certified Affidavit of Support and/or scholarship award letter.
  • Please read Financial Documentation for more pertinent information.
  • Please visit the International Student Visa Information page for steps on how to obtain a Visa.
 Test of English as a Foreign Language

The minimum score of 500 for undergraduate and 550 for graduate on the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for admission to the university. Applicants are expected to complete the Test of Written English portion of the TOEFL whenever it is included as part of the exam. The score must be no more that two years old. Photocopies, faxes, or other duplications of scores are not acceptable.

TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the university from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). When sending scores, be sure to include the Norfolk State University's ETS School Code 5864. For further information about the TOEFL, write directly to:  Educational Testing Services, Box 899, 
Princeton, New Jersey 08540 - Or visit their website at www.toefl.org .


 Other Required Documents for Admission