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Non-traditional Students: Other NSU Resources

Non-traditional students are known as adult students, adult learners, lifelong learners, or older students

Student Technology Assistance

Quick Answers

  • Wireless Access: Get help configuring your devices for wireless access.
  • Blackboard Support Log into Blackboard, get support and watch Blackboard Tutorials.
  • HelpDesk: Contact the OIT Client Services for problems with account access, IT-related issues and other issues concerning NSU computers

Office of Information Technology


Reserve Officers' Training Corps

NSU supports ROTC programs in both the Navy and Army (AROTC) (NROTC)

FAFSA and Financial Aid

All students should fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA form.

Grants, scholarships and loans are based on the financial information listed in this form.

You will have to complete the form every year, and time is important.  Some grants are first-come, first-serve.  FAFSA applications begin January 1st.

The Office of Student Financial Aid uses information from the FAFSA as well.

Distance Education


Check out our guide about distance education, whether you are taking one class online or all of your classes online.

The Student Center

The Student Center is a hub of activity for students on campus.  Dining, meeting and studying are all done here.

If you are a commuter student on campus, there is even a lounging area available for you to use.

Virginia Beach Higher Eduation Center (VBHEC)

The Norfolk State University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and Continuing Education Department provides multi-educational services and opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students, as well as lifelong learners throughout the Greater Hampton Roads community and beyond, to help them accomplish their goals, achieve their highest potential, and have a better quality of life. At the Center, NSU features three videoconferencing centers with seating for 25 to 40 persons, a computer lab featuring 30 PC stations, and a conference room that will accommodate 25 people.

Spartan Success Center

The Spartan Success Center offers services designed to improve student achievement, increase retention, and reduce time to degree completion. Students are encouraged to take advantage of tutoring (including SMARTHINKING online free tutoring service), advising, mentoring, Sophomore Year Experience, and Examination of Writing Competency assistance.

Find a Proctor

Find a proctor and seek prior approval from the course instructor.

Instructor and students FAQs for proctoring

Parking and Safety


You have decided to go back to school.  Use this guide to find out how to get there.

Take a look at a map showing commuter parking lots for your use.  Commuter lots are marked in orange.

  • Commuter decals authorize parking in any available "commuter" or "open" parking lots only.
  • Commuter decals are only available to current NSU students who live off campus.
  • The yearly price for a Commuter decal is $83.00 and is purchased from the Norfolk State University Ticket Box Office.

Campus Security can answer questions about campus security and public safety.

Campus Police

The Norfolk State University Police Department is responsible for the safety and security of all members of the NSU community. The Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Non-Emergency Number: (757) 823-8102

Emergency Hotline: (757) 823-9000


NSU Parking and Transportation Services offer free shuttle service for residents, faculty, staff and visitors. The shuttle travels on set routes continuously from the East Campus to West Campus with marked stops throughout the campus. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 11:30 pm and on Fridays from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

In conjunction with Old Dominion University, NSU offers free shuttle service for students attending classes on both campuses. Service is available Monday - Friday from 7:20 am - 4:20 pm with buses leaving every 20 minutes. The shuttle stops are at the Webb Center at ODU and Brown Hall Circle at NSU.

Additionally, there is a weekend mall shuttle service, which transports students at no charge to MacArthur Mall, Military Circle Mall, and Wal-Mart on Military Highway. The bus departs from Brown Hall Circle. The shuttle runs Saturdays from 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

** The shuttle does not operate during home football games, school breaks, holidays, or summer sessions.


Counseling Center


Adjusting to campus life and classes can be difficult.  The Counseling Center's services are available to you.

Reclamation Program

The Reclamation project is designed to facilitate the continuing education and subsequent graduation of Norfolk State University students who have left the institution prior to earning their degree. The project was designed to take full advantage of technology while maintaining academic integrity and the intellectual rigor of Norfolk State University. Learn more