New Student Checklist


$200 non-refundable tuition deposit (day students only) is required to reserve your place in the class. Log in to your VIP page and follow the link to accept your seat.

All U.S. Students: Visit FAFSA Web site at, NSU’s school code is 001509. The FAFSA becomes available on January 1 for the next school year. All Florida Students: Access NSU State Aid Application at

If there is someone (parent, spouse, sibling, etc.) that you want to have access to your information here at NSU, complete and submit the 'Authorization for Release of Information' form. You can find this form on the Office of Financial Assistance Web site at

NSU Sharklink is your official online portal to check the status of your financial aid, course registration, student account information, and your connection to NSU SharkLearn. To retrieve your student identification number (a.k.a. N#), your personal pin code—necessary for the first time you access financial information on NSU Sharklink, and your NSU Sharklink username and password, visit and follow all of the outlined steps.

If you are an international student and have questions related to your immigration status, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at or (954) 262-7240.


Submit your final official transcripts and documents to the Office of Admissions. All transcripts must be submitted by the end of your first week of classes. Students must be fully admitted and all documents received, in order to receive federal and state financial aid funds.

To learn more about what to expect at NSU’s Grand Orientation and sign-up to attend, visit the Office of Orientation and Commuter Involvement Web site at

NSU Shark Camp is a two-day, pre-orientation camp designed to help new freshmen get a jumpstart on building community and learning about NSU spirit and traditions. This annual event is only available on first-come, first-serve basis to the first 100 incoming freshmen who sign up to attend, with a $75 fee. The program is led by Shark Camp Leaders who lived this experience last summer. For more information, visit

All day-time undergraduate students with 0–48 credit hours are required to live on campus, unless the student is married, over the age of 25, or can show documentation that they reside with immediate family/legal guardian in the tri-county area.

For more information, email or call (954) 262-7052.

NSU’s Undergraduate Academic Advising Center offers both phone or in-person academic advising appointments to assist new students in registering for classes. To make an appointment, call (954) 262-7990 or visit the online appointment request form at

All day-time and residential students at NSU are required to maintain adequate health insurance. International students holding J-1 visas and their dependents (with J-2 visas), per Federal Visa regulations, are also required to maintain adequate health insurance throughout their stay in the United States. The school will automatically enroll you in the NSU Student Medical Insurance Plan and charge your student account. If you are insured under another medical plan, you will be required to complete an online waiver. Upon completion of the waiver, please print and retain a copy of the waiver confirmation letter for your records. The waiver and deadlines can be found at NSU’s Student Insurance Department can be reached at (954) 262-4060.

The NSU SharkCard is the official Nova Southeastern University identification card. All students, faculty, and staff are required to carry the NSU SharkCard for identification purposes. All students who have registered for courses are eligible to apply for their NSU SharkCard, and they must apply for the card before attending the Grand Orientation. Please allow two weeks for approval and processing to receive your NSU SharkCard ID through the postal mail. You will need your NSU Sharklink username and password to access the application at

The Tutoring and Testing Center (TTC) administers challenge and placement exams for incoming undergraduate students. These exams are available in mathematics, writing, Spanish, and technology, and are offered by referral only after consultation with an academic advisor. Academic advisors also manage referrals for credit-bearing exams such as CLEP, DSST, or NYU Foreign Language Proficiency exams. Upon referral, you may contact Testing Services for an appointment. Please note that proper identification requirements apply to every exam, and all testing rooms are monitored by trained proctors and security cameras. Students with documented disabilities should contact the Office of Student Disability Services for more information on receiving individualized accommodations both in the classroom and within Testing Services. For more information about Testing Services, please visit

Watch for financial aid award notifications (via email and postal mail from NSU). To accept or decline loans and/or Federal Work-Study awards offered, you must do it through NSU Sharklink. You can also reduce your loan(s) and/or your Federal Work-Study fund(s).

All students are encouraged to purchase their books prior to the start of their classes. Students can access their schedule and purchase their required textbooks through NSU Sharklink on the ‘Student’ tab, under the ‘Records & Academics’ channel, and by clicking on the Course Information link.


Students who have successfully completed their housing contract, provided necessary immunization forms, and have met the necessary financial requirements per NSU’s Office of Financial Services and the Office of Residence Life and Housing are eligible to move in to their room on Saturday, January 3, 2015 between 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

NSU’s Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

Ft. Lauderdale

  • Daytime Freshman & Transfer/Evening Adult Orientation: Monday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Entry Level Nursing: Monday, December 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fort Myers

  • Entry Level Nursing: Tuesday, December 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • Entry Level Nursing: Wednesday, December 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Online/Virtual Orientation (Online students and all RN-BSN/MSN Students)

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Regional Campus Undergraduate Student Orientations

Meet individually with your Assistant Director of Student Affairs for a welcome meeting to fulfill your orientation requirement. Visit the Student Affairs at the Regional Campuses’ Web site to contact information for the Assistant Director of Student Affairs at each campus.