New Student Checklist

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$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 www.fafsa.ed.gov, 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 www.nova.edu/financialaid/forms

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 www.nova.edu/financialaid/forms/.

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 www.nova.edu/resources/nsuidentity.html 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 intl@nova.edu or (954) 262-7240.

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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 www.nova.edu/studentorientation.

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 www.nova.edu/studentorientation/main-campus/sharkcamp.html.

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 housing@nova.edu 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 www.nova.edu/ugadvising/meeting-your-advisor.html.

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 www.nova.edu/insurancewaiver. 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 https://www.nova.edu/sbin/sharkcard/unique.cgi.

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 www.nova.edu/tutoring-testing/testing-services/

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.

G.O. (Grand Orientation)

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 Thursday, August 21, 2014 between 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

NSU’s Grand Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

  • Transfer/Evening Adult Orientation: Thursday, August 21, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Daytime Freshman Orientation: Friday, August 22, 2014 and Saturday, August 23, 2014

All classes begin on Monday, August 25, 2014

During the first week of classes, a series of events called ‘NSU’s Week of Welcome’ will take place to further connect new and returning students with fellow Sharks, showcase involvement opportunities, and kick start the year. To learn more about the program, visit www.nova.edu/studentactivities/traditions.html.