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Norfolk State University (NSU) is a four-year, state-supported, coed, liberal arts, historically black university located in Norfolkmarker, Virginiamarker. It is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and the Virginia High-Tech Partnership.


The institution was founded in 1935 as the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University (VUU). Eighty-five students attended the first classes held in 1935. In 1942, the school became independent of VUU and was named Norfolk Polytechnic College. Within two years, by an act of the Virginia Legislature, it became a part of Virginia State College (now Virginia State University). In 1956 Norfolk State College granted its first bachelor's degrees.

In 1969 the college divided from Virginia State College and was named Norfolk State College. When the college was granted university status in 1979, it changed its name to Norfolk State University.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Norfolk State to award associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral degrees. Currently, Norfolk State offers two doctorate and 15 master's degrees, including Master's degree programs in Optical Engineering, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice. The school also offers 36 undergraduate degrees, with a new degree being offered in Optical Engineering.


Norfolk State's undergraduate and graduate programs are divided into eight schools/colleges.

  • School of Business
Accounting, Finance Information Management
Tourism and Hospitality
Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship
Center for Entrepreneurship
  • School of Education
Secondary Education & School Leadership Development
Special Education
Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Center for Professional Development
Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science
  • College of Liberal Arts
Military Science (Army ROTC)
English and Foreign Languages
Fine Arts
Political Science
Interdisciplinary Studies
Mass Communications & Journalism

  • College of Engineering, Science & Technology
Allied Health
Computer Science
CMR (Center for Materials Research)
Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences
STARS (Science & Technology Academicians on the Road to Success)
  • School of Social Work
Continuing Education Program
Child Welfare Education & Support Program
  • School of Extended Learning
  • Honors College
  • Graduate School


Located on the former site of the Memorial Park Golf Course, which the city of Norfolk sold to the school for one dollar, the campus now encompasses of land and 31 buildings at (36.8495922, -76.2627174)The Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall is a large health, physical education, and ROTC complex with a seating capacity of 7,500. Other facilities include a 30,000-seat football stadium; a television studio and radio station, an African art museum, and a multi-purpose performing arts center. Research facilities include a life sciences building with a planetarium and a materials research wing with crystal growth, organic synthesis, laser spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance equipment.

In September 2009, the New Student Center facility opened. The three story building, which includes a game room, a dining area, a new bookstore, a wellness center (work-out facility), student lounges, and administrative offices, marks the first of two major projects for NSU.

Work on a new library, currently scheduled to open in 2011, is underway. Other recent construction on the campus includes the new police station (2006), the Marie V. McDemmond Center for Applied Research (2006), and the Spartan Suites Apartments (2005).

Student activities

The below list includes organizations registered with the Norfolk State University Office of Student Actitvities for the 2007-2008 academic year.
200 Plus Men
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Association for Computer Mach.
Athletes in Action
Baptist Student Union
Biology Society
Caribbean Students Association
Chi Alpha Campus Ministries
Chi Eta Phi
Concert Choir
Dance Theatre
Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
DNIMAS Student Association
Finance & Banking Association
G.I.S.E.T. (Girls in Sci.Eng. & Tech.)
Golden Key Honour Society
Gospel Choir/Voices of Inspiration
Grace Campus Ministry
Graduate Student Association
Habitat for Humanity
International Student Organization
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Eng.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Junior Class
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity
Mass Communications Student Assoc.
Mu Omicron Gamma
National Broadcasting Society
National Pan-Hellenic Council
National Society of Black Engineers
National Society of Minorities in Hos.
National Society of Pershing Angels
National Society of Pershing Rifles
Nursing Honor Society
Optical Society of America
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Pi Sigma Epsilon
Political Science Association
Pre-Alumni Club
Psychology Club
Residence Life Association
Senior Class
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Society for Advancement of Management
Society of Physics Students
Sociology Club
Sophomore Class
Spanish Club
Spartan Reflections Yearbook
Student Ambassadors
Student Athlete Advisory Com.
Student Government Association
Student Nurses Association
Student Va. Education Association
The Spartan Echo, NSU's student newspaper
Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority
Veterans Club
Whitney Young Social Work Club
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The university offers organized and informal co-curricular activities including 63 student organizations, leadership workshops, intramural activities, student publications and student internships.

Marching band

The Marching Spartan Legion Band performs at campus events and during Norfolk State football games. They were featured performers in the Honda Battle of the Bands in 2007 and 2008.

National fraternities and sororities

All nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have chapters at Norfolk State University. These organizations are:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ΑΚA Delta Epsilon ΔE
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ΑΦΑ Epsilon Pi
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ΔΣΘ Epsilon Theta
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. IΦΘ Delta Δ
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. ΚΑΨ Epsilon Zeta EZ
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. ΩΨΦ Pi Gamma ΠΓ
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. ΦΒΣ Delta Zeta ΔZ
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. ΣΓΡ Gamma Nu ΓN
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ΖΦΒ Zeta Gamma

The Council of Independent Organizations includes:
Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Mu Omicron Gamma Christian Fraternity Inc. ΜΟΓ Gamma Γ
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. ΦΜΑ Rho Mu
Pi Sigma Epsilon ΠΣΕ Epsilon Tau ΕΤ
Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority ΤΒΣ Epsilon Sigma
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity KKΨ Iota Xi ΙΞ
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity ΑΦΩ Phi Mu ΦΜ

Student media


The Spartan Echo is the official student-produced newspaper of Norfolk State University. The paper is available in a print (available twice a month) and online (updated daily). The online edition was awarded Best Online Site and Best Online Video by the Black College Communication Association in 2009.

WNSB (College Radio Station)

Norfolk State operates WNSBmarker radio, which broadcasts in stereo 24 hours a day from the campus and covers all of the Hampton Roads, Virginiamarker area, reaching the Eastern Shore of Virginia, northeast North Carolina and the Richmond, Virginiamarker suburbs. Established on and known as "Hot 91.1", WNSB's programming is also boardcast via the internet. [67012]


Norfolk State sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision for all sports including football) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Norfolk State was formerly a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference (1953-1960) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1962-1996).

For additional information on Norfolk State University athletics, you may also want to view articles in the following categories:

Notable faculty and staff

This list of notable faculty and staff contains current and former faculty, staff and presidents of the Norfolk State University.

Notable alumni

This is a partial list of notable alumni which includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Norfolk State University or predecessors such as Norfolk State College.

A photo of Randall Robinson and his wife in Haiti in 1994 at the inauguration ceremony of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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