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Shark Preview Premier Programs

Congratulations!  You are considering Nova Southeastern University and its premier programs as your college choice.  Our prestigious premier programs are co-curricular opportunities to expand both your academic and social experiences as an NSU Shark.

Students wishing to join our Dual Admissions program or Razor’s Edge programs must submit an additional Shark Preview application and complete an on-campus interview during a Shark Preview weekend.  If selected you may also have the opportunity to interview for the selective President’s level scholarships as well (invitation only).

Shark Preview is an opportunity for us to get to know you better, but it is also a time for you to explore all things NSU.  You will have the opportunity to interact with our renowned faculty and tour our beautiful, state-of-the-art 300+ acre campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   In addition, you will also mingle with current student leaders and attend some festive campus events.

Making the decision about where to attend college is one of the most important decisions you and your family will make.  At NSU we believe that you will find us to be the perfect fit at first sight.  And your first sight should be at Shark Preview!

Available Programs

The Dual Admission Program is designed for first-time freshmen who are focused on their post-graduation career goals and who are interested in securing a reserved seat in one of our participating NSU graduate and professional programs.   Students who are accepted into the university and meet the entry requirements for their preferred dual admission program may apply for dual admission status, which would allow them to transition into one of our highly selective health professions, law school, or one of several additional graduate programs in business, computer science, education, humanities , marine biology and psychology.  Our dual admission students will also have valuable opportunities to engage with their graduate or professional programs while they are pursuing their undergraduate degrees.   

Requirements: see

Award amount: Reserved seat in a graduate and/ or professional school and $200.00


Office of Undergraduate Admissions
(954) 262-8000

Students seeking unique, thought-provoking, and engaging learning experiences should consider applying to the Farquhar Honors College. Open to high-achieving undergraduate students, the Honors College offers unique seminars and courses, faculty mentoring, opportunities for research and creative projects, and a supportive community for motivated students in all majors. The Farquhar Honors College offers visiting distinguished speaker events, scholarship support, and other resources to all students.

Requirements: see

Award Amount: $500.00 (supplements other institutional awards); recognition of honors courses and honors citation on transcripts; faculty mentoring; supplemental financial support for study abroad


Don Rosenblum, Ph.D., Dean of the Farquhar Honors College
(954) 262-8402

The Razor's Edge Leadership Program scholarship experience is designed for student leaders who will be entering college as first time in college freshmen. These students have already demonstrated a commitment to leading and to making an impact both in their schools and in their local communities. Participants must also have the desire to continuously improve their leadership abilities by learning about leadership in the classroom, by applying those lessons, and by taking on leadership roles on campus and beyond. Razor's Edge Leadership participants understand that leadership is not only about one's self, it's also about helping others achieve.

Requirements: Students who are highly involved in their high school and or local community with a demonstrated track record of leadership roles and responsibilities. Students are required to live on campus.

Award Amount: $20,000 ($15,000 tuition restricted, $4,500 campus housing, $500 meal plan) 


Daren Capirchio, Director of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement
(954) 262-7297

The Razor’s Edge Global Program scholarship is designed for domestic and international students entering college as first time freshmen who have a strong interest in global issues, international relations, global leadership, and cross-cultural understanding.  Participants in this innovative scholarship program must have a deep desire to continuously improve their global awareness and leadership skills by sharing their experiences with the NSU community; and demonstrating an understanding of what it is to be part of an ever evolving global society in turn. Upon completion of this 4-year program, Razor’s Edge-Global participants receive a Minor in Global Engagement?

Requirements: Strong interest in global issues, international relations, and global leadership. Students are required to live on campus.

Award amount: $20,000 ($15,000 tuition restricted, $4,500 campus housing, $500 meal plan)


Katie Goodroad, Office of International Affairs
(954) 262- 7240

The Razor’s Edge Research Program scholarship is an opportunity for first time college students who are interested in firsthand experiences with research and who are intrigued by scientific inquiry and problem solving. The successful Razor’s Edge Research student will complete research activities with Nova Southeastern University researchers in a variety of fields matched to the student’s interests.

Requirements: Evidence of strong interest in research, scholarly inquiry, and problem solving. Students are required to live on campus.

Award Amount: $20,000 ($15,000 tuition restricted, $4,500 campus housing, $500 meal plan) 


Nick Pasucci, Coordinator, Office of Institutional and Community Engagement
(954) 262-5393

The Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholarship program is for students interested in identifying business opportunities, gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to launch a business, managing limited resources, and developing an entrepreneurial mindset.  Similar to the popular television show “Shark Tank,” students will pitch a concept for a business or product to business leaders and faculty in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship.  Selected students will minor in Entrepreneurship, enjoy unique mentoring experiences with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and faculty members; have access to Distinguished Lecturers; meet face-to-face with Executives in Residence; network with entrepreneurs and business executives; have opportunities to intern in areas of their business interests; and, start an on-campus business with a micro-loan.

Requirements: Interested in developing and launching a business that will benefit the greater university. Students are required to live on campus.

Award Amount: $20,000 ($15,000 tuition restricted, $4,500 campus housing, $500 meal plan)


Cheryl R. Babcock, CFE
Lecturer & Director

Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program
(954) 288-7435

The Razor’s Edge Shark Talent Performing and Visual Arts Leadership Program scholarship is designed for first time in college freshmen who have been active in community or high school arts programs and who are passionate about using the arts to bring people together. Students will work with the Department of Performing and Visual Arts and other campus organizations to cultivate leadership abilities in a creative and scholarly community. Experiences at NSU in the classroom, leading student arts organizations, and participating in workshops with arts leaders will develop students’ marketable skills including innovative interpersonal communication, project management, and creative inquiry.  Upon completion of the Shark Talent Program, student will be able to successfully lead collaborative arts projects and they will have completed performing or visual arts minor or major. The group will meet weekly and work together to recruit and develop audiences and participants primarily from NSU students.

Requirements: Active in community or high school arts programs. Students are required to live on campus.

Award Amount: $20,000 ($15,000 tuition restricted, $4,500 campus housing, $500 meal plan)


Dr. Bill Adams, Associate Professor Department of Performing and Visual Arts
(954) 262-8025

The Razor’s Edge Shark Teach Scholarship program is designed for students who are motivated to contribute to the field of education by increasing student achievement and impacting educational outcomes. Selected scholarship recipients will receive mentoring from expert faculty within the field of teacher leadership and participate in supplemental instructional experiences.

Requirements: Students are required to live on campus.

Award Amount: $20,000 ($15,000 tuition restricted, $4,500 campus housing, $500 meal plan)


Cortney L. Palmacci, Assistant Director of Tutoring Services
(954) 262-7902

More Information:

The admissions office will invite students to attend the interview process. To ensure full consideration of the award, please submit the State Aid application (if in-state student), and FAFSA prior to April 15th. Once selected for the award, the student must confirm acceptance and accept the President’s Scholarship award by May 1st in order to guarantee the funds. NSU will cover up to full cost of tuition based on the students award package for the academic year and includes all institutional scholarships and federal/state scholarships and grants. The President’s scholarship package is awarded up to full tuition, excluding the Pell award.

Requirements: see

Award Amount: Varies, based on the student's individual award package


Office of Undergraduate Admissions
(954) 262-8000

Application Process

Shark Preview Applications will open for Fall 2018 in early September.



Students participating in this weekend will be interviewing for one or more of the following elite programs: President’s Premier Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, Razor’s Edge (one of 5 tracks), Dual Admission, and to learn about the Farquhar Honors College. Students and parents will also have the opportunity to learn more about the strong academic programs, campus culture and student life offered at NSU.

See Interview Weekend sample schedule for students


Below are suggestions on how to dress at Shark Preview.

  • Thursday activity highlights include a campus tour and peer dinner. 
    • Casual: T-shirt, shorts, comfortable shoes
  • Friday will be an interview day and Honors College reception
    • Business Casual: button-down shirt, closed toed shoes, tie, appropriate length dress/skirt:
  • Friday night you will be a VIP at Club Shark
    • Relaxed/Casual: T-shirt, shorts, flip flops
  • Saturday we will host a closing ceremony
    • Dressy Casual: polo shirt, casual button-down shirt, dress, nice jeans, dress pants


The safest look for both men and women is to dress business casual attire.

Shark Preview 2018 Dates

Additional Information


A separate parent and family program will be offered simultaneously during the first and second day of the Shark Preview program. Please encourage your family members to attend. See Family Guide sample schedule.


If you are traveling alone, an on-campus housing option is available.  Housing will be offered on a first come first served basis. Student who choose to stay in the residence halls will be placed in a room with current students. No individual rooms are available.

See suggested packing list.

Please refer to for possible area hotel discounts through Nova Southeastern University’s Travel Office.