Norfolk State University

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 expressions to their hopes and aspirations. At this founding, it was named the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University. In 1942, the College became the independent Norfolk Polytechnic College, and two years later an Act of the Virginia Legislature mandated that it become a part of Virginia State College.

The College was able to pursue an expanded mission with even greater emphasis in 1956 when another Act of the Legislature enabled the institution to offer its first Bachelor's degree. The College was separated from Virginia State College and became fully independent in 1969. Subsequent legislative acts designated the institution as a university and authorized the granting of graduate degrees. In 1979, university status was attained.

Today, the University is proud to be one of the largest predominantly black institutions in the nation. Furthermore, it is committed to pursuing its vital role of serving the people of the H... [ Read All ]


United States

Room 112, Hamm Fine Arts Building
VA 23504
Phone: +11 757 823 8844
Fax: +1 757 823 2605

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Our Aims


Norfolk State University’s Mission is to provide an affordable, high-quality education for an ethnically and culturally diverse student population, equipping them with the capability to become productive citizens who continuously contribute to a global and rapidly changing society.

Strategic imperatives:

Enhance students’ success by providing high-quality academic instruction and support to ensure an improved graduation rate;
Develop an efficient management structure to increase organizational efficiency and improve performance across all areas;
Increase total funding by identifying multiple funding sources and new initiatives to form a solid fiscal foundation and to provide ongoing services for NSU’s constituents.
Core assets:

Talented student body
Public support
Motivated faculty and staff
Tradition of service

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Location and Getting there

Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue, Unit 2568
Norfolk, VA 23504

University Operator: (757) 823-8600

Norfolk State University is located in the center of the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, an area rich in cultural resources. The Chrysler Museum of Art at Norfolk is one of the country's finest art museums with a comprhensive historical collection of work from around the world. Norfolk is home to the Virginia Opera, a regional opera company with an international reputation for staging new operas; the Virginia Symphony, under the direction of Joanne Faletta; and the Virginia Stage Company, one of only three professional Actor's Equity theatres in the state. The area also includes three important regional art centers affiliated with the Virgina Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond: the Virginia Beach Center for the Arts in Virginia Beach, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, and the Portmouth Museums. Besides these institutions a number of other arts organizations thrive here including the Southeastern Virginia Arts Association, the Tidewater Artist's Association, the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society, the Tide...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

Located on the campus of Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia; the Fine Arts Department offers a program rich in core art courses and electives, allowing students to concentrate on their own area of interest. The department has one of the finest computer imaging labs in the country and houses excellent studios for traditional media including print-making, painting, drawing and fashion design.  

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News and Events

NSU Kicks-off Black History Month Activities with its
Annual Martin Luther King Commemorative Freedom March

Norfolk, Va. — Norfolk State University will begin its 2007 Black History Month celebration with the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Freedom March at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. The symbolic march leaves from the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library and proceeds to the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. Following the march, Dr. Albert Paul Brinson, the retired interim associate general secretary for World Mission Support of American Baptist Churches USA, will deliver the keynote address. Brinson was a leader in the civil rights movement and a colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis and others. He was also active in the student movement that involved sit-ins and acts of civil disobedience which eventually led to the end of segregation in the South.

Brinson, a Morehouse graduate, was licensed and ordained at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta by co-pastors Martin Luther King, Sr. and Martin Luther King, Jr. His many honors and awards include tributes from the City of Atlanta, Ga....  [ Read All ]

Information For  Undergraduates

The Department of Fine Arts takes its title and general direction from the traditional roles of drawing, painting, and sculpture. However, the goal of recent years has been to eliminate constricting departmental barriers, to increase interrelationship of all creative activities, and to broaden the educational potential, while continuing the infusion of relevant technologies in hardware and software. This has placed greater emphasis on a wider spectrum of courses and programs, more varied technology, and a neoteric pedagogy. The role of the creative enterprise in society is explored in special projects.

Bachelor of Arts In Fine Arts And Graphic Design
The degree program offers two sequences: Fine Arts and Fine Arts Education.

All students majoring in the Department of Fine Arts are required to maintain a professional portfolio that demonstrates their creative development. The portfolio is reviewed at scheduled intervals for advisement purposes. Participation in the “Seniors Gallery Exhibition” and other co-curricular activities scheduled by the Department is
required of all gradu...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

Master of Arts in Visual Studies*
Nelson G. Jenks, MA
(757) 823-8855
The Master of Arts degree in Visual Studies is offered jointly by Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. This is a 33 credit hour program. The time limit for completing the degree is four calendar six (4) years. Norfolk State University is the institution of record to which all requests and materials should be sent. Applicants must complete the Portfolio Review Application included in this packet. Applicants are accepted for fall admission only.

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies*

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Studies is offered jointly by Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. This is a 60 credit hour program. Applicants must complete the Portfolio Review Application included in this packet. Norfolk State University is the institution of record to which all requests and materials should be sent. Applicants are accepted for fall admission only.  

Information For  International Students

Mission of the Office of International Student & Scholar Services

To provide individualized, quality-enhanced services, and accurate information for international students, faculty, and staff in order to sustain an ethnically and culturally diverse campus, while minimizing legal risk to the customer and the University.

Services Provided

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is committed to providing exemplary service and support Norfolk State University's international students, scholars and researchers. The Office also contributes to Norfolk State University's intellectual and cultural diversity through its service to the international student and scholar community and promotion of international education and intercultural understanding.

To accomplish its mission, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services generates required documents and processes petitions for nonimmigrant students and scholars; provides advisory and counseling services; serves as a liaison between the student/scholar and university departments, U.S. and foreign government agencies and the greater community; fa...  [ Read All ]


It's been a while, and the road you've travelled since graduation, the one paved with hopes and dreams, is becoming a well-worn path. So where are the friends you dreamed with, the ones who lived through the late-night cramming sessions, football games and good times on the yard!

They're here in the NSU Alumni Community! Join the thousands of registered users who are connecting with old friends, networking and even mentoring those whose journeys are just beginning!

Take a moment to register so that you can take advantage of all the free services, and get signed up for the monthly electronic newsletter, The Behold!

Returning Member? Welcome back! Login and update your contact details so your friends can stay in touch with you!  

Student Facilities

NSU Bookstore
Miles E. Godwin Center

Check out the NSU Online Book Store. Need Textbooks? Order now and get the best selection of USED and NEW textbooks!

Dining Services
Provided by Thompson Hospitality

Thompson Hospitality provides NSU with the very best in food quality & service. By constantly working to keep up with the ever-changing trends in campus dining, we are able to offer a terrific mix of traditional menu options as well as popular natural brands.

Hot 91.1
WNSB ~ Campus Radio

Hot 91 , WNSB FM, Norfolk State University Public Broadcasting, is licensed to and operated by Norfolk State University. This 24-hours per day operation generates a stereo frequency modulation signal that covers all seven cities of Hampton Roads and reaches the Eastern Shore of Virginia, northeast North Carolina and the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia. WNSB programming is also available worldwide via the internet.

NSU Fitness Center
Quality Fitness & Wellness Programs

The NSU Fitness Center is dedicated to providing quality fitness and wellness programs aimed at promoting good health opportunities for th...  [ Read All ]

Student Support

Student Support Services is a federally-funded program which provides a variety of supportive services for eligible program participants enrolled at Norfolk State University.

Program participants are selected by meeting one or more of the following criteria:

First generation
Academically deficient
Physically disabled
The program provides for its participants tutorial services, skills development, counseling, cultural and educational enrichment activities, and numerous other support services in order to increase student retention and graduation from Norfolk State University.
Housing information, applications, and current schedules will be sent to all students after they are accepted for admission to the University.  


The staff of Residence Life & Housing proudly welcomes you to the residential community at Norfolk State University. We are pleased that you have chosen to reside on campus and we’re excited to be part of your NSU experience. Living in the residence halls is a great opportunity for you to interact with people from different backgrounds, get involved with campus life, enhance your personal growth and development, and create friendships that will last a lifetime.  

How To Apply

The Registrar's Office is responsible for registration and academic record keeping for all students at the University.

The Registrar's Office processes all requests for registration and records changes. The office maintains students' permanent records, and produces student schedules, data audits and schedule books.

Graduation staff track students' progress toward completion of General Education and University requirements and provide degree audits to department heads. The office provides official and unofficial transcripts and enrollment verifications for current students and alumni.

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Visit us (open days)

Norfolk State University's Office of Admissions will be hosting it's bi-annual Open House on Saturday, April 14, 2007. Please mark your calendars. More information is forthcoming  

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