Nova Southeastern University

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School Overview

Nova Southeastern University, often referred to as “Nova” or “NSU”, is a research university located in Broward County, Florida, that is privately owned and operated. It is an entirely coeducational, secular education institution that isn’t affiliated with any particular religious group. While the university has several campuses and learner center throughout the U.S., it is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Within the state of Florida, NSU has eight campuses/learning centers the largest of which is located in downtown Miami. NSU is the 8th largest non-profit private university in the nation is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

General Information

Admission Office

3301 College Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

(954) 262-8000

(800) 338-4723

Fax: (954) 262-3811

Contact: Maria Dillard

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

3301 College Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

(800) 541-6682

Total undergrads: 5,757

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 476

Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,562

Graduate enrollment: 19,000


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 45%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $19,500 $20,350 $21,100 $22,150 +4.98%
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,902 $8,360 $8,634 $9,086 +5.24%
Other $4,698 $3,046 $3,338 $3,348 +0.30%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $13,950 $14,940 $16,281 $16,659 +2.32%
Other $4,698 $4,845 $6,318 $6,759 +6.98%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $33,300 $33,256 $34,572 $36,084 +4.37%
In-state Off Campus $39,348 $41,635 $45,199 $47,068 +4.14%
In-state with Family $20,700 $21,850 $22,600 $23,650 +4.65%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $12,892
In-state Student Fees $564
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $12,892
Out-of-state Student Fees $564

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 409 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 394 92% $4,405,183 $11,181
• Federal grants 178 41% $895,067 $5,028
• Pell grants 178 41% $635,542 $3,570
• Other federal grants 143 33% $259,525 $1,815
Institutional scholarships or grants 280 65% $1,368,383 $4,887
Institutional grants or scholarships 351 82% $2,141,733 $6,102
Student loan financial aid 268 62% $2,341,652 $8,738
• Federal student loans 266 62% $1,728,303 $6,497
• Other student loans 54 13% $613,349 $11,358

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1342 4269 1806 2 787
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 199 46
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 12
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 165
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 11 34
Vision Science/physiological Optics 23
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 369 1178 32
Accounting 30 104
Business Administration and Management 231 765 29
Business/commerce 67
Finance 22
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration 95
International Business/trade/commerce 80 3
Labor and Industrial Relations 13
Marketing/marketing Management 19
Organizational Behavior Studies 79
Taxation 42
Communication and Journalism Programs 21
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 21
Computing and Information Sciences 21 130 44 24
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 6 10 24
Computer and Information Sciences 17 21 10
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance 19
Computer Science 4 9 4
Information Science/studies 50 20
Information Technology 25
Education 94 1779 433 2 686
Adult and Continuing Education Administration 11
Art Teacher Education 11
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Computer Teacher Education 2 1
Curriculum and Instruction 44 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 2
Education 13 180
Education, Other 18
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Emotional Disturbances 1
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Specific Learning Disabilities 14
Education/teaching Of The Gifted and Talented 217 275
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 14
Educational Leadership and Administration 368 193 176
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 8 155
Educational/instructional Technology 14
Elementary and Middle School Administration/principalship
Elementary Education and Teaching 63 38 5
English/language Arts Teacher Education 14
Health Teacher Education 4
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 29
International and Comparative Education 3
Kindergarten/preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education 42 9
Multicultural Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3
Reading Teacher Education 144 24
School Librarian/school Library Media Specialist 6 5
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 19 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 2
Social Studies Teacher Education 13
Spanish Language Teacher Education 30
Special Education and Teaching 29
Special Education and Teaching, Other 9
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 706
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 37 2
Technical Teacher Education 4 16
Urban Education and Leadership 1
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 9 4
English Language and Literature 9
English Language and Literature/letters, Other
Writing 4
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 323 531 883 43
Advanced General Dentistry 13
Advanced/graduate Dentistry and oral Sciences, Other
Anesthesiologist Assistant
Audiology/audiologist 24
Dental Clinical Sciences 3
Dentistry 146
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 17
Endodontics/endodontology 6
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 48 62 44
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 46 9
Medical Informatics 5
Nursing Administration 29
Occupational Therapy/therapist 37 4
Optometry 109
oral/maxillofacial Surgery 4
orthodontics/orthodontology 8
Osteopathic Medicine/osteopathy 206
Pediatric Dentistry/pedodontics
Periodontics/periodontology 10
Pharmacy 241
Physical Therapy/therapist 86
Physician Assistant 175
Prosthodontics/prosthodontology 2
Public Health, Other 40
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 258
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 134 14
History 5
American History (united States)
History 5
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 29 66
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 29 66
Human Services 67 1
Public Administration 67 1
Legal and Law Studies 40 27 295
Health Law 22
Law 295
Legal Assistant/paralegal 10
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 5
Pre-law Studies 30
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 37
General Studies 36
Humanities/humanistic Studies 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 14 8
Natural Sciences
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 14 8
Natural Resources and Conservation 10 6
Environmental Science 10
Natural Resources Management and Policy 6
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 12 10
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 12 10
Physical Sciences 3
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 3
Psychology 162 381 83 34
Clinical Psychology 83 83
Counseling Psychology 191
Psychology 162 2
Psychopharmacology 4
School Psychology 101 34
Social Sciences 6 27
Economics 1
International Relations and Affairs 2
Social Sciences, Other 27
Sociology 3
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 5
Work and Family Studies 3 24
Child Development 24
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 3
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Dance B
Music – General B
Theatre Arts Management B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Early Childhood Education A,B
Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Diagnostic Medical Sonography B
Health Services – General B
Nursing (RN) B
Premedicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B
Paralegal studies B
Paralegal/Legal Assistance B
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Nova Southeastern University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(954) 262-7300
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:21,625
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):41%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:10,732 (50% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$28,736
Out-of-state Tuition:$28,736
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$18,110

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Nova Southeastern University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Nova Southeastern University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences143
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services19581
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services4264
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Health Professions and Related Programs125117
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service131
Legal Professions and Studies122
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies3131
Natural Resources and Conservation12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies121
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences131
Visual and Performing Arts4
Grand total591507519

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Nova Southeastern University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1512
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services42
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Health Professions and Related Programs1211
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service21
Legal Professions and Studies2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies32
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Physical Sciences1
Social Sciences11
Grand total384385

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Nova Southeastern University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid633100%
Grant or scholarship aid633100%$18,110
Student loan aid28946%$6,914

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid3,89584%$13,831
Federal student loans2,53355%$9,465

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Nova Southeastern University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Nova Southeastern University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants6,5322,0794,453
Percent admitted100%52%53%
Percent admitted who enrolled10%10%10%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Nova Southeastern University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment21,625
Undergraduate enrollment4,295
Graduate enrollment17,330

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Nova Southeastern University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Endodontics
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)
    • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Periodontics
    • Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs (College of Health Care Sciences)
    • Occupational Therapy (OTD) - Programs leading to a Doctoral Degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
    • Optometry (OPT) - Professional degree programs
  • American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
    • Osteopathic Medicine (OSTEO) - Programs leading to the D.O. degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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