Norfolk State University: Narrative Description

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700 Park Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23504
Tel: (757)823-8600; Admissions: (757)823-8396; Fax: (757)823-9435; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1935. Setting: 134-acre urban campus. Endowment: $4.8 million. Research spending 2002-03: $5.4 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $5082 per student. Total enrollment: 6,846. Faculty: 446 (299 full-time, 147 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 4,627 applied, 71% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 19% from top quarter, 51% from top half. Full-time: 4,777 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,262 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 38 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 90% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 23% 25 or older, 32% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 70% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: interdisciplinary studies; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan College, Christopher Newport University, Tidewater Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College, Eastern Shore Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.3 high school GPA, 2.0 recommendations, minimum SAT score of 800 or ACT score of 17, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/15.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $1920 Full-time, $57.50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,340 Full-time, $369.80 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1920 full-time, $62 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5882. College room only: $3718. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 112 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 30% of eligible men and 30% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Phi Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho. Major annual events: Martin Luther King Commemorative Activity, Black History Month activities, Homecoming events. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, campus call boxes. 1,944 college housing spaces available; 1,893 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Lymon Beecher Brooks Library with 378,323 books, 18,919 microform titles, 124,460 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.8 million. 512 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See Old Dominion University.

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