Fast Start by Modern States

Through the Fast Start by Modern States program, we are empowering high school students to direct their own futures through an affordable higher education for all!

What is the Fast Start Program?

Many promising high school students will now have the opportunity to take their first steps toward a Norfolk State University degree with the Fast Start program. Through Norfolk State’s partnership with ModernStates.org, a website featuring more than 30 free, high-quality courses, you can gain assured admission into NSU by earning free college credit. This partnership will create new opportunities for Virginia students to take giant leaps in their education with a new pathway to Norfolk State University.

How to Become a Participant?

Modern States, a philanthropy, will be covering the entire cost of the Fast Start program.

The free online courses are located on ModernStates.org and there are corresponding CLEP exams offered by The College Board that you’ll have to take.

Complete 4 courses + pass the CLEP exams (paid for by Modern States) equaling the credit of a full semester at Norfolk State, WHICH CAN SAVE A STUDENT APPROXIMATELY $5,000.

Complete 8 courses + pass the CLEP exams (paid for by Modern States) and earn credit for your Freshman Year for Free™ at NSU, WHICH CAN SAVE A STUDENT APPROXIMATELY $10,000!

Through the Fast Start program, students will be able to make their aspirations a reality by earning access to affordable, high-quality education.

Next Steps

  1. Get started as a Norfolk State Fast Start student
  2. Create an account at ModernStates.org
  3. Enroll in any of the 30+ courses
  4. Complete the course(s)
  5. Request a voucher from Modern States to pay for your CLEP exam fee
  6. Schedule your exam at a CLEP Test Center and use your voucher code as payment
  7. Request Test Center Reimbursement from Modern States after you take the exam
  8. Send your passing CLEP exam scores to Norfolk State before applying for admission
  9. Apply to Norfolk State University by November 1st of your senior year
Get excited about your future - it starts with YOU.

Passing four courses, the corresponding CLEP exams, and meeting Norfolk's standard admissions requirements assures admission into NSU! This partnership will create new opportunities for Virginia students to take giant leaps in their education with a new pathway to Norfolk State University.

Get started today!

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