Prospective students have shown increased interest in a Norfolk State University education as preliminary estimates from the university’s Office of Enrollment Management show that NSU has received more than 6,200 applications from first-time freshman and nearly 1,000 applications from transfer students for the 201617 academic year.
The university projects to enroll more than 1,500 freshmen and transfer students at the 80-year-old higher education institution for the upcoming academic year beginning on Aug. 20. Preliminary data show the university has admitted 3,253 freshmen, more than twice the number of freshman during the same time period one year ago.
Dr. Michael Shackleford, NSU’s new associate vice president of enrollment management, indicated that the number of completed freshmen applications is around 3,782. This is 1,100 more than the total number of freshmen applications from the previous year. Overall, NSU’s early enrollment projection for the fall 2016 semester is around 5,100 students, but there is potential to exceed that number, Shackleford said.
“We’ve been working hard to recruit students and let them know about the benefits of an NSU education,” Shackleford said. “We offer high-quality degree programs, in the classroom and online, for traditional and non-traditional students.
“Furthermore, Norfolk State is one of the most affordable institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” he said.
NSU is ranked as the second lowest in net price of the four-year public institutions in Virginia according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.
The larger freshman class, in addition to the jump in undergraduate transfers, suggests that prospective investors in a Norfolk State University education—non-traditional students, students and parents—are definitive about their confidence in NSU. Last year, the Southern Association of Colleges Schools and Commission on Colleges removed sanctions against NSU regarding its financial reporting and audit statements. The sanctions were never related to the quality of NSU’s academic divisions or degree program offerings.
In addition to its quality academic programs, Norfolk State students are able to learn in state-of-the-art, energy efficient, facilities. In less than a decade, Norfolk State has built a new library, student activities and services center, and a high tech educational building for nursing. Currently, construction is underway for a replacement building for Brown Hall that will house NSU’s College of Liberal Arts programs. The $47 million, 154,000 square-foot building is expected to be completed in 2017.
It’s still not too late to be a part of the growing Spartan family. The Office of Admissions will host two “Round Up” events for prospective students on June 7 and July 12. For more information about Norfolk State University programs, visit http://www.nsu.edu/enrollment-management/admissions/index.