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Norfolk State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,137 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 39 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

65% Women
35% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $92,070)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $55,634)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 66 60 - -
Baseball 28 - - -
Basketball 14 12 - Yes
Bowling - 7 - -
Football 98 - - -
Softball - 17 - Yes
Tennis 8 7 - Yes
Volleyball - 15 - -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Golf - - - Yes
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Soccer - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.3%
Black/non-Hispanic 85.3%
Hispanic 1.5%
Non-resident alien 0.8%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 2.1%
Two or more races 2.1%
White/non-Hispanic 6.7%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 2
Drug Law Violation 6
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 2
Property Crime 81

Notable Alumni

  • Future Man, percussionist of the jazz quartet Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
  • Paul Hines, football coach/inspiration for Denzel Washington's character in "Remember the Titans"
  • Randall Robinson, founder of TransAfrica
  • Tim Reid, comedian, actor, director
  • Gordon Banks, guitarist, producer, writer, and musical director
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Caroline from Birmingham, AL
  • 1
  • they will change your room accommodations for their needs. if you selected 2 room mate dorm room, they will put another person in at their leisure. you are responsible for…

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  • NotSoStarvingStudent
  • 4
  • I only stayed in a dorm for one semester. It was okay. Dorm life is dorm life. Living with a whole lot of other people is not going to be…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Niiya- Virginia Beach, VA
  • I am a current student here

    The food is okay here ! It really depends on the day you go to the cafe some days are good others are really disgusting!They always offer pizza or a cold cut sandwich for all times of the day!

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  • 3
  • Older Returning Student
  • I am a past student here

    When I attended 20 years ago it was fine, I returned last year as an adult on line student but haven't seen the cafe in 20 years,

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  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    It's good for what it's worth. It has it's inconsistencies every now and then but what campus doesn't. The food sucks over the weekend. No matter where you eat on campus just be prepared to spend quite a bit of time relieving yourself afterwords. Lastly the employees that serve the food can be very stingy on the portion sizes and can have nasty attitudes at times.

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  • 3
  • Devon from Portsmouth, VA
  • I am a current student here

    Food can get redundant and you may want something new. There's a Chick Fil A, Tropical Smoothie and a Pizza Hut in the student center that's open after the cafe hours for trip convenience.

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  • 5
  • Sharice from Suffolk, VA
  • I am a current student here

    I love the food at Norfolk State. Every day, there is a terrific meal in the cafeteria. There's also a Chick-fil-a, a Pizza Hut, and a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the Union for those who want to venture out. It's all a part of meal plan though, so it's all good!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • TLA from Newport News, VA
  • I am a current student here

    All D9 Organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Alpha Kappa Alpha Kappa Alpha Psi Omega Psi Phi Delta Sigma Theta Phi Beta Sigma Zeta Phi Beta Sigma Gamma Rho Iota Phi Theta (all D9s are taken very seriously) Other Orgs: Pershing Rifles/Angels (Military) Chi Eta Phi (Nursing) Tau Beta Sigma (Music) Sigma Alpha Iota (Music) Kappa Kappa Psi (Music Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Music) Phi Alpha Delta (Law) Phi Alpha Theta (History) Gamma Sigma Sigma There are many other's I cannot name. There is also the order of Omega.

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  • Rainier from Virginia Beach, VA
  • I am a past student here

    At any and every HBCU greek life is everything, so if you're a greek you could be viewed as a star. Also Greek life is very active on campus and in the community.

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