Nova Southeastern University


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.


Information Summary

Ranks 36th in Florida and 1072nd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 79.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $50,597
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 28 / 1290
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 38 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 79% / 50%
Enrollment Total (all students) 20,435


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.

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College Building :: Nova Southeastern University
College Campus :: Nova Southeastern University

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.

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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.

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