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Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
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25 Most Popular Degrees Awarded 2022-23
Accounting, Art/Art Studies, General, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Business/Commerce, General, Chemistry, General, Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other, Computer and Information Sciences, General, Computer Engineering Technology/Technician, Construction Engineering Technology/Technician., Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, English Language and Literature, General, Exercise Science and Kinesiology., Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other, Health/Health Care Administration/Management, History, General, Information Technology, Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other, Music, General, Political Science and Government, General, Psychology, General, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse, Social Work, Sociology, General.

SCHEV Program Inventory

SAT is an imperfect predictor of college readiness and success and it is only one of many factors in admissions.
This report does not assume any particular merit or value in the SAT, it merely highlights institutional differences in distributions and mean averages.
Admission Summary, 2022-23 First-Time in College
DomicileAppliedAcceptedAcceptance RateEnrolledYield RateRejectedRejection Rate

Admission Scores
Submitted Scores
25th Percentile
75th Percentile
High School GPA14752.673.073.49

Admission Summary, 2022-23 Graduate
DomicileAppliedAcceptedAcceptance RateEnrolledYield RateRejectedRejection Rate

Fall Headcount Enrollment
Fall TermUndergraduatesGraduate StudentsTotal First ProfessionalsTotal
Fall 2014 5,35667106,027
Fall 2015 4,52258505,107
Fall 2016 4,73968205,421
Fall 2017 4,68961605,305
Fall 2018 4,66054405,204
Fall 2019 5,11248905,601
Fall 2020 4,99246505,457
Fall 2021 5,01644205,458
Fall 2022 5,33744605,783
Fall 2023 5,51053506,045

See the report E22: Fall Headcount: Trends in Race Ethnicity for definitions and additiional student levels.

Annualized Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment
YearUndergraduateGraduateFirst ProfessionalTotal

STEMH - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health Professions

50% of all students entering in 2012-13 either graduated within an Extended Time-to-Completion or were continuing their enrollment in the final year of observation. These Student Success Index results are based on students completing at any Virginia institution.

Graduation Rates within Six Years

Groups with fewer than 10 students in the starting cohort will not display values. "Normal time" for an associate degree is two years, and four years for bachelor's degree, 150% of Normal time is three years and six years, respectively.

Students Transferring into Norfolk State University
in Fall and Spring of the Designated Year to the institutions below.

*Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 will not display a graduation rate.
Transfer Enrollment
Average # New Transfers (2016-17 to 2019-20)Average # NewTransfers (2016-17 to 2019-20) Graduation RateAverage # New Transfers (2019-20 to 2022-23)
Blue Ridge Community College0 0
Brightpoint Community College5 3
Central Virginia Community College1 2
Danville Community College2 2
Eastern Shore Community College2 2
Germanna Community College3 3
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College5 7
Laurel Ridge Community College0 0
New River Community College0 0
Northern Virginia Community College17 46%16
Patrick & Henry Community College2 2
Paul D Camp Community College6 6
Piedmont Virginia Community College0 0
Rappahannock Community College1 1
Richard Bland College4 5
Southside Virginia Community College3 1
Southwest Virginia Community College0 0
Tidewater Community College203 39%146
Total Public Two-Year Institutions296 39%226
Virginia Community College System291 39%222
Virginia Peninsula Community College37 36%27
Virginia Western Community College0 1
Wytheville Community College0 0

*Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 will not display a graduation rate.

Debt of 2021-22 Graduates, Total Loans
Total GraduatesTotal BorrowersTotal Borrowing
Degree Level#% of All Graduates#% of All BorrowersAmount% of Total

  • Associates: Includes graduates who received Bachelor's Credit and Occupational/Technical Credit Associate degrees.
  • Bachelors: Includes graduates who received Four- and Five-Year Bachelor's degrees.
  • Graduate: Includes graduates who received Graduate Master's and Doctorate degrees.
Debt of Recent Graduates, Recent Trend
YearBorrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2017-1865089%$ 27,694$ 36,530$ 38,066$ 48,500
2018-1955090%$ 25,000$ 32,719$ 36,133$ 47,213
2019-2063589%$ 25,514$ 31,944$ 35,861$ 46,233
2020-2161988%$ 23,250$ 31,000$ 34,206$ 44,701
2021-2259386%$ 24,133$ 31,000$ 35,381$ 46,052

Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed
borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity
is not available.

Norfolk State University, Four-Year Bachelor's Degree
Earnings in 2022Median WagePercentage of Graduates w/ Reported Wage
20 Years (2001-02 graduates)$66,24239%
15 Years (2006-07 graduates)$64,89939%
10 Years (2011-12 graduates)$57,69648%
8 Years (2013-14 graduates)$55,46252%
5 Years (2016-17 graduates)$51,21653%
3 Years (2018-19 graduates)$46,68055%
18 Months (2020-21 graduates)$34,84756%
Only years/programs meeting disclosure rules will be displayed to protect individual confidentiality.

Wages in 2022
Years Post-Completion10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
80% of graduates with full-time wages fall within this range
20 Years (2001-02 graduates)$26,847$46,220$66,242$87,045$116,485
15 Years (2006-07 graduates)$30,681$50,011$64,899$84,962$116,126
10 Years (2011-12 graduates)$29,683$41,287$57,696$73,515$103,530
8 Years (2013-14 graduates)$23,124$39,958$55,462$69,228$95,318
5 Years (2016-17 graduates)$22,504$36,441$51,216$63,126$83,092
3 Years (2018-19 graduates)$18,460$31,423$46,680$56,867$74,431
18 Months (2020-21 graduates)$16,069$25,019$34,847$47,087$61,074
As reminder, the median value represents the very middle value of the sample of values (wage or debt) sorted from low to high. This value is found in the middle line of the barcharts.
The remaining values in the chart are constructed similarly, to display how wages and earnings are distributed. Thus, while the median tells us the middle wage, the values for the 25th and 75th percentiles tell us that half of the graduates with wages fall between those two values. Likewise, 80% of reported wages fall between the 10th and 90th percentiles. The length of each bar section clue to the dispersion in the data - that is, how much earnings can vary within a range a group of individuals.

Virgina Resident Tuition and Fees, General, 2023-24
Student LevelTuition & Mandatory E&G FeesMandatory Non-E&GAverage Room & Board (1)Total
General Undergraduate$5,926$3,984$11,170$21,080
General Graduate$9,084$3,984$$13,068

Non-Resident Tuition and Fees, General, 2023-24
Student LevelTuition & Mandatory E&G FeesMandatory Non-E&GAverage Room & Board (1)Total
General Undergraduate$18,188$3,984$11,170$33,342
General Graduate$22,258$3,984$$26,242
  • Charges listed here represent the weighted average double occupangy room charge and the maximum weekly meal plan offered, not necessarily the plan used by most students.
  • In-State: Increases are based on the 2022-23 sticker price. Institutions used one-time funds to offset tuition and E&G fee increases for in-state undergraduates in 2022-23. In-state undergraduates actually paid the same tuition and E&G fees as they did in 2021-22.

These tabs represent a concise overview of the data available at this site.
Additional detailed information may be found through the links below:

Trends in First-year Retention
Trends in Graduation Rates (Federal Equivalent)

Graduation Rate Profile - Student Subcohorts

Student Debt Profile

Post-Completion Wages of Graduates


Debt: All debt figures refer to education-related debt processed through institutions. i.e. student loans. Unless specified as PLUS loans for undergraduates, the student debt refers to loans taken out by the student, not by parents or relatives. Further, reported student debt calculations are based on graduates who borrowed only. This is why we report the percentage of students/graduates wth debt.


Sample Budgets: These estimates are from the Living Wage project at MIT and are based on the estimated cost of a single adult living in Virginia. Tax and FICA withholding estimates based on a single, unmarried filer.

Limits on the Display of Data

The most important limit to understand is that these short-term measures of outcomes are not meaningful for evaluating the effectiveness of institutions or programs. These are not measures of employment rates, nor they comparable to the so-called Gainful Employment metrics produced by the US Department of Education. These measure are meant to inform readers of the outcomes of graduates in the near-term following degree completion and represent individual behavior and local economies more than any other factor.

In order to protect confidentiality and to accommodate both the many small programs in the Commonwealth and the limits of the available data, these reports will display program-level data only under the following conditions:

1. Single-year data will not be reported at the level of institution, degree, and program, only rolling five-year aggregates. For example, graduates of 2005-06 will be reported with those of 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, and 2001-02.

2. The number of wage-reported graduates must be equal to or greater than 15 with full-time wage equivalent (FTWE) reported wages.

3. At least 30% of the cohort of graduates must have been matched and reported with full-time wage equivalent (FTWE) reported wages, or 20% with a minimum of 200 graduates.

4. The current definition of FTWE is at least three quarters of wages must be reported for each year.

5. Wages and earnings are not adjusted for inflation.

The wage data included in these reports represent only the following individuals:
1. Graduates successfully matched to the Unemployment Insurance Wage records collected by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
2. Graduates employed in Virginia by an entity that reports to the VEC. This excludes federal employees, including those within the Department of Defense.

What employers are subject to the Unemployment Tax and must be registered and file with the Virginia Employment Commission? They must have met one of the following criteria:

  • One or more employees (ten employees if your operation is agricultural) for some portion of a day during any 20 different weeks in a calendar year
  • A $1,500 or more total gross quarterly payroll ($20,000 if your business is agricultural; $1,000 if domestic labor)
  • Acquired a business subject to this tax
  • Been subject to the Federal Unemployment Tax
  • A governmental operation or political subdivision
  • A nonprofit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and had four or more employees for some portion of a day during any 20 different weeks in a calendar year

These criteria mean that individuals working as consultants, independent contractors (including many psychologists, counselors, barbers, cosmetologists, IT workers, and P-14 wage employees of the Commonwealth) may be excluded, as are a list of others that may be found here.


Full Legal Name - "Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University" (Virginia Tech); "The College of William and Mary" (William & Mary)