Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Norfolk State University's strength lies in its core value system of academic excellence, student­ centered focus, diversity, integrity and collegiality, and engagement, embody the principles, ideals, and beliefs of our students, faculty, staff, and Board of Visitors. 

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)



Norfolk State College was founded in 1935. The College, brought to life in the midst of the Great Depression, provided a setting in which the youth of the region could give expression to their hopes and aspirations. 


All NSU degree programs have been approved by SCHEV and are published on SCHEV's degree inventory website. The University has five academic colleges/schools and 49 degree programs that operate on one campus. The University also offers online programs through NSU Online, an honors degree through the Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College and certificate programs through the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. 


Norfolk State University is at the forefront of discovery and innovation! The research that we are conducting on our campus has enormous potential to transform our quality of life and improve the stewardship of our planet. These innovations and advancements in science and technology complement our dedication to producing leaders for America's global market.


Norfolk State University Career Services fosters career development with current students and facilitates relationships with alumni, employers, and graduate schools to optimize educational, internship, and career opportunities. 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

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Student services

The administrative offices help the University carry out its mission efficiently and effectively. The University is organized into four divisions: Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and University Advancement.

Housing services

Housing and Residence Life is responsible for the overall management of a comprehensive student housing program. Through intentional experiences and services, we offer students a safe, inclusive and well-maintained learning centered residential environment that promotes a sense of belonging, self-authorship, student empowerment, intellectual curiosity, and transformational development.

Library services

It is the mission of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library to serve the research needs of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community. We enable our patrons to cultivate ideas and create knowledge. Patrons have access to a variety of collections, expertise, services, and equipment to transform information into knowledge thus developing lifelong learners..

Medical services

The Spartan Health Center, located in Spartan Station, provides basic health services for NSU students, including diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, emergency medical care, and health education counseling.

Student Life

Campus life

Welcome to the Spartan Residential Experience. We are glad that you have considered life on campus which we hope will greatly enhance your journey as an NSU Spartan. Housing & Residence Life is available and committed to helping you adjust to campus life and to ensure that your time on campus is a pleasant, rewarding and memorable living and learning experience. Please utilize the numerous resources made available and take advantage of the educational, social/recreational, and cultural programming that we have planned for you. 

Sports facilities

The Norfolk State University Spartan Training Zone is designed to invoke a Spartan healthy lifestyle. Equipped with state of the art equipment, the training zone is the Ideal place to GET FIT! The Spartan Training Zone stands to educate the NSU community and strive to help students, faculty and staff reach their fitness/wellness goals with the best equipment and programs.

Student clubs

Get involved in campus life! After studying is done, make time for activities and student groups. We have 101 on-campus student organizations. We're sure you'll find one that interests you. Choose from honor societies, special-interest clubs, fraternities and sororities, and musical groups.


Norfolk State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. 

Student Reviews

Fine Art Studies at NSU
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really liked my art courses which were the most important to me since that was the field of study. The teachers knew what they were talking about and thanks to them I have learned a lot. However, and I think that is a problem of most US universities, I had so many classes that in my opinion were not necessary for my degree, but were part of the journey. I also wish we...

Norfolk, Virginia, United States

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