Norfolk State University was founded in 1935 as the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University. In 1942 it became independent and changed names to Norfolk Polytechnic College. In 1956 the school again changed names, this time to Norfolk State College. In 1979, as the school was granted university status, it changed its name to what it is currently. Norfolk State University is classified as a Historically Black University. The school's mission is "to transform lives and communities by empowering individuals to maximize their potential, creating life-long learners equipped to be engaged leaders and productive global citizens."
As a public institution of higher education, Norfolk State University awards bachelor's degrees, post baccalaureate certificates, post master's certificates, master's degrees and doctoral degrees, many of which can be earned completely online through NSU Online.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
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