Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33314

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Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Founded in 1964, NSU has enjoyed tremendous growth and success to this day. There are now more than 28,000 students enrolled, from the main campus to NSU locations in twenty-four states and nine countries. Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a not-for-profit, independent, coeducation institution, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Location and Community
NSU’s 300-acre main campus in sunny South Florida is a place of impressive new buildings, palm trees, ponds, and fountains. The weather is near perfect, with an average temperature of 77 degrees (25°C) and 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. When students need a study break, they are just 15 minutes from miles of some of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the United States.

Students are also just a few minutes from the center of Fort Lauderdale, one of the nation’s seven fastest-growing cities, with endless activities, sports, and entertainment. Laced with 300 miles of waterways and 40,000 resident yachts, greater Fort Lauderdale is also known as the Venice of America. The area features endless holes of golf, miles of wilderness trails for hiking and biking, and great snorkeling, diving, and deep sea fishing.

Students also enjoy world-class concerts and sports at the state-of-the-art Bank Atlantic Center, and the city offers museums, ballet, and many other cultural amenities. There is also a thriving business community—a rich source of opportunity for internships and real-world learning. NSU is a great place to learn and an incredible place to live.

Academic Life
The undergraduate program for NSU’s daytime population combines a general education curriculum with a set of majors designed to prepare students for work in graduate school or a professional career. Through a small, intimate classroom setting, NSU’s program provides a cooperative form of learning in which students are encouraged to help each other achieve competence while they receive close personal attention and support from individual instructors.

The academic year is divided into six terms of eight weeks each, permitting students to enroll for up to 9 credits of time-intensive course work per term. Each course of study leads to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.

Other Nova Southeastern University programs are organized for the adult working population. Courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends at the main campus, as well as at off-campus locations convenient to students and online. Although course content is designed to satisfy traditional educational requirements, courses are scheduled to meet the needs of employed students and are taught by utilizing a blend of University professors and knowledgeable practicing professionals. Credits may be awarded for prior learning experiences after a faculty committee has approved a student’s application for such credit. Additional credit may be earned through PEP and CLEP general and subject examinations. Credit toward a degree may also be transferred from regionally accredited institutions.

Majors Offered
Nova Southeastern University offers bachelor’s degrees in
Accounting, American Studies, Art, Art Administration, Athletic Training, Biology (premedical), Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics, Education (child development, elementary, exceptional student, middle grades, pre-k/primary, secondary), English, Environmental Science/Studies, Exercise And Sport Science, Finance, General Science, General Studies, Health Science, History, Humanities, Human Services Administration, Information Technology, International Studies, Legal Studies (Pre-Law) Management, Marine Biology, Marine Professional Studies, Marketing, Music, Musical Theatre, Nursing, Paralegal Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Software Engineering, Sport And Recreation Management and Theatre. Also offered are a number of certificate programs as well as a variety of credit and noncredit courses, workshops, and institutes.

NSU offers a dual-admission program for a select number of highly motivated, qualified students interested in pursuing both undergraduate and graduate studies in Accounting, Anesthesiologist Assistant, Audiology, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis And Resolution, Criminal Justice, Dental Medicine, Education, Family Therapy, Human Resource Management, International Business Administration, Law, Leadership, Marine Biology, Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Psychology, Public Administration, Speech-Language And Communication Disorders and Taxation. Undergraduate students who successfully meet all program requirements have a seat reserved for them in one of the specified NSU graduate or professional schools.

Facilities and Resources
Students enrolled in academic programs at Nova Southeastern University have numerous academic facilities available to them. Computer labs provide courses and programs in applied microcomputer technology. Other facilities within the University include the University School (prekindergarten through grade 12), the Family Center, the Shepard Broad Law School, the Oceanography Center, the Health Professions Division, and the Center for Psychological Studies. The NSU Alvin Sherman Library, Research, Information, and Technology Center offers twenty electronic classrooms, 700 workstations, 1,000 user seats equipped with Internet access, and the 500-seat Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center. The library has the capacity to house 1.4 million volumes of reference materials, making it the largest in Florida.

In addition,the Don Taft University Center houses a highly flexible, 4,500-seat arena designed to host everything from NCAA Division II NSU Sharks athletics to concerts, guest lectures, and formal banquets. There  are two basketball courts; a volleyball court; a two-story rock climbing wall; three multipurpose studios for group exercise, dance classes, martial arts, yoga, spinning and Pilates; and, one of the best workout facilities in the state, with state-of-the-art strength- and cardio-training equipment and personal trainers. There are also men’s and ladies’ saunas, a spectacular outdoor pool area and the Flight Deck, NSU’s popular student lounge.

Also housed here, is the Performing and Visual Arts Wing with an intimate Black Box Theater, dressing rooms, costume and scenery shops, and a gallery.

Campus/Student Life
Unusual among institutions of higher education, NSU is a university for all ages: from the University School for children to numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of fields and non-degree continuing education programs—all are available at NSU. The traditional population in the undergraduate program is approximately 6,174 students from all fifty states and 116 countries. NSU is a university of national and international scope. Student activities include more than 80 clubs and social organizations and 12 national fraternities and sororities. There is one student run newspaper, The Current and one on-campus radio station, Radio X, that broadcasts throughout the local area.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
NSU offers 17 NCAA Division II sports including 10 women’s and 7 men’s teams. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball, while men can compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, and track. Cheerleading is also offered as a non-varsity sport. 

Financial Aid / Scholarships
Nova Southeastern University offers a comprehensive program of financial aid to assist students in meeting their educational expenses. Financial aid packages are available that include scholarships, grants, and loans. Financial aid is available to help cover direct educational costs such as tuition, fees, books, and supplies as well as indirect costs such as food, clothing, and transportation. The following forms of financial aid are available to qualified undergraduate students: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Florida Student Assistance Grants, Florida Academic Scholars Fund awards, Florida Tuition Vouchers, Federal Stafford Student Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal PLUS loans, Federal Work-Study awards, and Florida College Career Work Experience Program awards. In addition, many academic scholarships are available. Deferred-payment plans and veterans’ benefits are also offered.

Applicants for financial aid are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all campus-based aid programs. Students who apply before April 1 are given priority consideration for funds; however, applications are accepted all year.

Admission Requirements / Application
Admission requirements vary according to the program. A counseling session is recommended. Freshman applicants must submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.

Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from all previously-attended institutions, whether or not credit was received. Each student’s record is evaluated individually to determine the number of transferable credits. There is a maximum of 90 transferable credits, and students must complete 30 semester hours at Nova Southeastern University.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314

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