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Norfolk State University (NSU) is a public four-year, coed, liberal arts, historically black university located in Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk State University is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Virginia High-Tech Partnership. It has been placed on “warning status” by its regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, for “financial and governance issues.”
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.
The university offers organized and informal co-curricular activities including 63 student organizations, leadership workshops, intramural activities, student publications and student internships.
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).
The 2011–12 Norfolk State Spartans men’s basketball team won the 2012 MEAC Men’s Basketball Tournament championship which gave them the conference’s automatic bid in the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, the school’s first ever appearance in the tournament. The Spartans, a 15 seed, defeated the #2 seeded Missouri Tigers in the second round, 86-84. This victory was only the fifth time in NCAA Tournament history that a 15 seed defeated a 2 seed, with the last coming in 2001 by MEAC rival Hampton.