Norfolk State University (Norfolk State)

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Norfolk State is a historically black college found in Norfolk, VA. Norfolk State has an enrollment of approximately 5,800 students.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores within the range of 860 (25th percentile) to 1040 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 15 (25th percentile) to 21 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants accepted to this school. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Norfolk State average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.64 - 3.04. 92% of all those who apply are admitted to Norfolk State University, from which 19 percent choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Norfolk State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Norfolk State University was reported as 91.8% in Fall 2020 with over 7,160 college applications submitted to Norfolk State. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Norfolk State ACT Scores: 15 - 21
  • Norfolk State Average GPA: 2.64 - 3.04

How Hard Is It to Get into Norfolk State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

When considering the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores of students accepted to Norfolk State University and comparing to other schools nationwide, applicant selectivity is lower than most other schools.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Norfolk State University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 85.5%
  • 2017-2018: 90.1%
  • 2018-2019: 89.7%
  • 2019-2020: 91.8%
  • Projected Norfolk State Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 83.8%

How Does Norfolk State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Norfolk State University is sixty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Virginia Wesleyan College76.8%
Hampton University36.0%
Christopher Newport University71.9%
College of William and Mary37.7%
Elizabeth City State University65.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Norfolk State (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading440 - 530
Math420 - 510
Total Score860 - 1040
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score15 - 21
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