Norfolk is the educational hub of the region, home to ODU, Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Wesleyan, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. With seven additional colleges, universities, and four additional community colleges throughout Hampton Roads, combined with other specialized educational institutions listed below, these schools provide a variety of courses, locations, and traditions to suit a wide range of people. The educational programs in the Hampton Roads region, especially Norfolk, contribute to the development of a highly-skilled talent pool that benefits all types of businesses in Norfolk, VA.

When considering enrollment for full-time students, the total number of enrollees is over 72,000 for all eleven higher education institutions (four-year public, four-year private, and two-year public) in the metropolitan area. The four-year institutions in Norfolk represent half of all enrollment in the region.

Norfolk Higher Education Institutions


Annual economic impact reported in 2017 was $1.2 Billion, up 21.4% from 2012. 9,208 applicants for 564 spots in the medical and health professions educational 2017-2018 programs.


More than 24,500 students. Rigorous academics, an energetic residential community in Norfolk, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia’s economy. Establishing a downtown presence in 2019.


NSU has a new strategic master plan for 2019-2025. A downtown incubator opened in April of 2019. The student enrollment is 4,700. 


Coastal Virginia’s premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. The University annually enrolls approximately 1,500 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs.


14th largest public two-year community college in the U.S. Largest undergraduate African American enrollment in Virginia higher education and 10th largest associate degree producer among two-year colleges for African American students.

Annual Full-Time Enrollment 2017-2018

*indicates institution is located in Norfolk, VA
Source: State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) Research Report E05: Annualized Student FTE by Student Level Group

Educational Program Completions for All Higher Education Institutions in the MSA 2017-2018

*indicates institution is located in Norfolk, VA
Source: State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) Research Report C01: Completions Report