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Mission Statement

Norfolk State University, a comprehensive urban public institution, is committed to transforming students’ lives through exemplary teaching, research and service. Offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment for all, the University empowers its students to turn their aspirations into reality and achieve their full potential as well rounded, resourceful citizens and leaders for the 21st century. 

Vision Statement

Norfolk State University will be recognized nationally as a premier public institution with outstanding signature academic programs, innovative research, and community engagement opportunities.


Norfolk State University's strength lies in its core values. They form the foundation for the University's actions and reflect what is important to the members of the Norfolk State University community and the Hampton Roads region.

  1. Excellence – We are dedicated to fostering a culture of excellence in all facets of the University through the highest educational standards for student achievement, stellar faculty teaching, innovative research, dedicated service and creative co-curricular activities.
  2. Student-Centered – Students are our top priority, and we are committed to helping them become globally competitive in an enriching, stimulating and supportive environment.
  3. Diversity & Inclusiveness – We foster a multicultural campus respecting all people, cultures, ideas, beliefs, identities, socio economic backgrounds, and perspectives. We train our students to become leaders in an ever-changing global and multicultural society.
  4. Integrity and Civility – We expect everyone to be accountable for his or her actions and to engage in honest, ethical behavior. We value the contributions of each person, treating all with respect and civility, and affirm our shared responsibility for institutional success.
  5. Engagement – We continually enhance the university’s role and influence in affairs of local and global communities by promoting educational attainment, cultural enrichment, and economic development. 
  6. Pride – We display great admiration for the University and its rich history and legacy.
  7. Financial Empowerment – We aggressively pursue expanded and more diversified revenue streams.

The Virginia Beach Higher Education Center Mission Statement

The Norfolk State University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center’s mission statement represents its basic purpose and philosophy as an institution of higher learning and continuing education.

The Norfolk State University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and Continuing Education Department exists to provide multi-educational services and opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students, as well as lifelong learners throughout the Greater Hampton Roads community and beyond. This supports them in being able to accomplish their goals, achieve their highest potential, and have a better quality of life. Numerous credit and non-credit programs, classes, and services are provided for persons seeking a higher level of competence, leadership skills, personal enrichment, professional development, and career enhancement support.

The Center Accomplishes It's Mission Through the Following Means:

  • The Readmission/Return to Active Status Program is designed to offer former Norfolk State University undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their degree requirements by taking full advantage of technology, while maintaining the academic integrity and intellectual rigor of the University.
  • Community and Professional Education provides dynamic outreach services by extending flexible training options to business and government partners. Educational services also provide an array of non-traditional learning methods to include live and online classroom delivery in a relaxed environment to meet community needs.
  • Technology services provide modern computer laboratory facilities and equipment for training and technological information.
  • Library Services Providing access to the students, faculty and staff anytime and anywhere. The library catalog, databases of journal articles and ebooks are available 24/7.
  • Conferences and Seminars to provide a venue for workshops, professional training, and personal enhancement, as well as the exchange of ideas.
  • Front Desk providing outstanding customer service to all constituents. Additionally, the front desk provides a visible Norfolk State University presence.

An important goal of the Center is:
“To increase the quality and quantity of off-campus classes and programs.”

Norfolk State University Accreditation

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 (