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Nova Southeastern University

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Originally founded in 1964 as Nova University of Advanced Technology, the school only offered physical and social sciences graduate degrees. By 1994, a merger was completed with Southeastern University of Health Sciences and the resulting name change reflects both schools–Nova Southeastern University.

Today, this private school is the eighth largest not-for-profit in the country, and the Carnegie Foundation has designated it as a high research and community engaged university. There are many undergraduate degrees that can be earned here, along with a wide variety of research opportunities for graduate students, with a unique center for Coral Reef Research, which is the only one like it in the nation.


This is a very comprehensive school, with subjects and degrees for just about everyone, including associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral’s, and specialty certificates. Students can choose to major in the following fields:

  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Pharmacy
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Dental Medicine
  • Education
  • Law
  • Optometry
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Business
  • Oceanography

To date, there are 140 degrees available to undergrads, and the school boasts of small class sizes all being taught directly by the professor, without a TA in sight. Qualifying students can also participate in university funded research, especially those who are setting their sights on eventually earning a master’s or Ph.D. at some point in their education. Most graduate classes are conducted during the evenings and weekends, to better accommodate working professionals.

For those students who are interested in what the school has to offer but are unable to attend classes on campus, the school offers distance learning. Students can opt to use the online version or show up at one of the regional campuses for classes.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Since the Carnegie Foundation designated this institution as having a high activity level of research, the school has an impressive list of opportunities for students to study and conduct research in the following centers:

  • The Guy Harvey Research Institute
  • The Hudson Center of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education
  • The Huizenga Sales Institute
  • The Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
  • Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine
  • The Lifelong Learning Institute
  • The National Coral Reef Institute
  • The National Institute for Educational Options


The school is rather competitive and they are looking for students who not only perform well academically, but are well rounded as well. High school grades and standardized test scores are used as a base for admission, and the minimum requirements to be even considered for admission are a 3.0 GPA, a score of 22 on the ACT, and/or a combined math and verbal score of 1000 on the SAT.

To apply, complete the application and send in the nonrefundable fee. Use the transcript request form to have all official transcripts sent to the school.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. NSU has a huge list of internal scholarships and every applicant really should look these over and apply for as many they are eligible for, in order to offset the cost of tuition. There are scholarships for academics, ethnicity, leadership, athletics, and a lot more.

The university also helps put together financial aid packages consisting of loans and student work aid. Contact the school to set up an appointment and get started on the financial aid process.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1418th for the average student loan amount.
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The university is a Private, University, Four-year, Coed, where 54 percent of the applicants were admitted, Regionally accredited and College Board member. In addition, it is part of an Suburban setting, Small city (50,000 – 249,999) and Commuter campus. Nova Southeastern University offers Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and First Professional degrees. In addition, the student body consists of eighty-two percent in-state students, eighteen percent out-of-state students, ten percent part-time students, sixty-five percent women, thirty-five percent men, twenty percent in top 10th of graduating class, forty-four percent in top quarter of graduating class and seventy-seven percent in top half of graduating class. The school’s size is approximately five thousand, two hundred and seventy-five degree-seeking undergrads, four hundred and thirty-one first-time degree-seeking freshmen and seventeen thousand, five hundred and forty-eight graduate enrollment.

Furthermore, the university has many unique facilites such as oceanographic center, law center, university school (K-12). On the whole, the school is located 10 miles from Fort Lauderdale.This school features the Suburban setting, Small city (50,000 – 249,999) and Commuter campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Sharks compete in the NCAA Division II and the school has many sports for its students to choose from:

  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Scholarship Baseball
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Basketball
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural and Women’s Scholarship Cross_country
  • Men’s Intramural Football
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Golf
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Soccer
  • Women’s NCAA Division II, Women’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intramural and Women’s Scholarship Softball
  • Women’s NCAA Division II, Women’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intramural and Women’s Scholarship Volleyball

Additional School Information

The campus doesn’t just house a traditional college, it is home to some additional institutions that reach out and serve the local community in a very positive way.

University School

Young children can enroll in the University School of Nova Southeastern University, which is a college prep school educating pre-K through grade 12 students.

Healthcare Centers

The University operates several different healthcare centers, which provide basic and necessary services to people in the community. The level of care is high, and many people come here to receive care that can only be found here. So far, the school offers medical, dental, optometric, psychological, physical rehab, a pharmacy, hearing & balance center, community resolution services, family therapy, speech, language, and communication, early childhood development, student medical center, and student counseling.

Community Outreach

In addition to healthcare, the university reaches out to the community in other ways by developing and implementing several programs. These include a Fall Prevention Clinic, Parkinson Support Services, Senior Services Team, A Day for Children, Boomers & Beyond, and the Annual FOMA Health Fair.


Accreditation is provided by Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges.

Information Summary

Ranks 35th in Florida and 1278th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.01
Arrest 7 0.02

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population23,859 (23,859 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,746 (2.44 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,669
Families5,668 (3.03 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemTrimester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1223

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 476th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $24,750 $24,750 $24,750
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $680 $680 $680
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $825 $825 $825
FT Graduate Tuition $15,350 $15,350 $15,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $665 $665 $665
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $852 $852 $852
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $43,580 $43,580 $43,580
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $52,512 $52,512 $52,512
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $35,880 $35,880 $35,880

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $55,597 $57,271
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A
Optometry Degree — Tuition $27,125 $30,595
Optometry Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Tuition $43,225 $47,285
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $28,550 $32,250
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A
Law Degree — Tuition $34,740 $34,740
Law Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $23,214 $24,500 $23,214 $24,500 $23,214 $24,500
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500 $3,250
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,516(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,464 $4,500
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $16,542 $17,028
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,849 $7,110
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,849 $7,110

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,328 (1,360 male / 2,968 female)
Admitted 2,487 (738 male / 1,749 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 673 (213 male / 460 female)
FT Enrollment 619 (198 male / 421 female)
PT Enrollment 54 (15 male / 39 female)
Total Enrollment25,670

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Sunshine State Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Sunshine State Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Sunshine State Conference

ACT Test Admission

335th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 50%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

477th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 73%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 950 / 1190

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,472
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,530
Board Fee$2,600

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 223rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $99,469 ($104,290 male / $79,884 female)
Number of FT Faculty 453 (245 male / 208 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,783
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $43,641,722

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