NSU 50th Anniversary

NSU celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. Submit your "My Special NSU" stories, join us for events, and view our photo gallery.

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Fifty years ago, in a store front in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University’s founders envisioned a world-class doctoral teaching institution for the citizens of Broward County, Florida. From its initial class of 17 doctoral students, NSU has grown to nearly 27,000 students and more than 162,000 alumni around the world.

Our proven record of educational innovation and excellence, and our operational cornerstone of sound fiscal management, are guiding us toward a future of national prominence. NSU is well positioned to bolster our endowment in order to provide even more scholarships, attract the brightest research and teaching faculty members, and cultivate relationships with our alumni around the world. Regardless of where you are, you will find “Shark Friends” in every corner of the country—and beyond.

I invite you to tell us about a fond memory of your days at NSU or an achievement you have reached as one of our alumni. These pages are for our NSU friends and family. For those of you who are interested in learning more about our past 50 years, as well as what is coming in the future, you may purchase a copy of our commemorative coffee table book and/or our history book through this site.

And for our more than 162,000 alumni around the world, we encourage you to update you contact information online so that you can be kept in the loop on everything that is happening at NSU.

Happy Anniversary NSU, and fins up Sharks!


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Message from the President

Dear members of the NSU Family and Community,

Nova Southeastern University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, and we have so much to be proud of and to celebrate. It all started in the early 1960s when a group of forward-thinking South Florida pioneers met weekly for breakfast in downtown Fort Lauderdale—they called themselves The Oatmeal Club. Its members incorporated in 1961 and three years later Nova University of Advanced Technology opened its doors. 

NSU has come a long way since its humble beginnings in a small store front at 232 East Las Olas Boulevard. Chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences, the university admitted its first class of 17 Ph.D. students in 1964 who were enrolled in 4 degree programs taught by 17 faculty members. 

While Nova University continued to expand its educational reach, Southeastern University of the Health Sciences, founded by Dr. Morton Terry and a group of osteopathic physicians, was also on a course for expansion. In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University.

In just 50 years, NSU has grown into one of the nation’s largest private not-for-profit universities. Many individuals and organizations had a role in reaching this milestone and in moving this university forward. I thank you for your efforts. Bookmark www.nova.edu/nsu50 to keep up to date on all our anniversary activities; I hope you will join me at our anniversary festivities throughout 2014.


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George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Nova Southeastern University

"NSU Salute" Events

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NSU 50th Anniversary Special Events

Click on the events below to learn more about the ways you can help celebrate NSU’s 50th anniversary. Major public events in 2014 include:

For a listing of internal NSU events for faculty and staff, click on the button below.

NSU 50th Anniversary Special Events

NSU History

Nova University for Advanced Technology was founded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during a time of historic social and cultural change. Looking back, 1964 was the perfect time for a small university with a handful of students and some revolutionary ideas to take shape. Due in part to a merger in 1994 with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences, that small university has evolved and grown to become Nova Southeastern University – and the rest is history.

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NSU Stories

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Submit Your Special NSU Story

Everyone has their favorite NSU story. It could be the best lesson you learned from a professor or fellow student, the tale of how you landed your first job after graduation, or a fun, funny or spectacular moment at an event on campus.

Tell us your “My Special NSU” story for a chance to be featured on this webpage. Submit your story with a photo and/or a YouTube link to your video story today!

Submit Your Special NSU Story

Photo Gallery

Bookmark the 50th Anniversary Photo Gallery page to view photos and videos of our 50th celebrations throughout the year. To submit photos for an event, send an e-mail to nsu50@nova.edu. Every attempt will be made to include as many photos as possible.

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Purchase Commemorative Merchandise 

Celebrate NSU’s 50th Anniversary by purchasing limited edition commemorative merchandise.

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