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  Immigration Information

Apply On-line

Before applying, applicants should read How to Apply in detail.

Application Fee

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

Record of Academic Work

If you have attended a United States high school or university, you must request that each institution forward an official copy of your transcript to either the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of Graduate Studies.

Transfer students must have their official university transcripts sent directly from the school and a syllabus with course descriptions and credit hours received, along with the secondary school credentials .

Official results of state or national examinations taken must be sent directly from the examination council. It is the student’s responsibility to see that his/her credentials are sent to the University.

If the school does not send official copies to third parties, you should send the original copies of your records. Copies of original records will be accepted if they are officially notarized and certified as true copies by the issuing school, a U.S. educational foundation, a U.S. Consul, AMIDEAST, Fulbright, or a similar agency.

Once documents, including transcripts, are submitted, they become property of the University and will not be duplicated or returned.

All foreign documents and credentials must be official. Notarized, faxed, or other copies will not be accepted. Once documents, including transcripts, are submitted, they become property of the University and will not be duplicated or returned.

Transfer Eligibility Certificate

Notify your current International Student Advisor that you intend to transfer to Norfolk State University and have him/her complete a Transfer Eligibility Certificate. The Transfer Eligibility Certificate must be faxed or mailed back to Norfolk State University.

Transfer of SEVIS Record

Once you have met all admission requirements and provided necessary financial documentation, and have been found to be in good status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Norfolk State University will coordinate a transfer of your SEVIS record with your current International Student Advisor.

Visit NSU Office of International Student Services. In order to complete your transfer, you must visit the NSU Office of International Student Services within 15 days of the program start date.

Please note: If you are currently out of status, you may NOT have your SEVIS record transferred to NSU. You must be reinstated while enrolled at your current institution prior to your transfer.

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.

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 than 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

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.