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University at a Glance

About Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University is four-year, public, urban, coeducational comprehensive university offering programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Founded: 1935
Nickname: Spartans. Adopted in 1952.
Fight Song: "The NSU Fight Song"
School Marching Band: The Spartan Legion

Location: Norfolk, Virginia

Located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. The University is close to downtown Norfolk, with its shops, restaurants and museums. Norfolk is home to the world's largest naval base and the North American Headquarters for NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). Several Fortune 500 corporations, two federal research laboratories and other military installations call Hampton Roads home. The University is also within driving distance of the resort city of Virginia Beach and its oceanfront activities and attractions.


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 (

Degree Programs

Norfolk State University offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs. These academic programs comprise the core, required and elective courses which lead to a degree or certificate.

Colleges, Schools and Programs:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work       
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College
  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • NSU Online
  • Virginia Beach Higher Education Center


Norfolk State University is a 134-acre campus near downtown Norfolk, VA. Includes a state-of-the-art applied research building, brand new 154,000 square-foot classroom and office building, and recently built 84,500 square-foot, student center, 56,000 square-foot student services building, a 140,000 square-foot nursing and general education classroom building and a 135,000 square-foot library.


NCAA, Division 1, MEAC - 7 Men’s, 8 Women’s Teams

Men's Sports Offered: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Tennis, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field,

Women's Sports Offered: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Softball, Tennis, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Volleyball