Holiday Campus Visit Days

Tours, presentations and meetings with our admissions counselors during our winter break on the following dates beginning at 10am:

Tuesday, December 27

Wednesday, December 28

Thursday, December 29

Friday, December 30

You may join us at one of our upcoming undergraduate events or request a campus visit that fits your schedule.  Contact us today with any questions by phone at (954) 262-8000 or by email at admissions@nova.edu.

First-time students attending NSU

Freshman Applicants

Students who are going to attend college for the first time and wish to experience either the traditional day program or the non-traditional evening program at the main campus in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida, are considered Freshman Applicants.

2016 Admitted Class Academic Profile
Average Weighted High School GPA A-/B+ Overall Classroom Average

SAT *

RSAT*

Mid-range 1000 - 1220 (Combined Math & Critical Reading Only)

Mid-range 1080 - 1290 (Combined Math & Critical Reading Only)

ACT * Mid-range 23-29 (Composite)

*NSU superscores both the SAT and the ACT.  We will combine the best math and critical reading scores from the old SAT or the best math and reading/writing from the new redesigned SAT.  Old SAT and new redesigned SAT scores will not be mixed.  For the ACT, the best individual subscores will be combined for an overall composite superscore.  You are encouraged to report all official scores for either the SAT or ACT so that NSU has your highest scores achieved on record.

Demographic Profile
Number of Applicants 6500
Number of Enrolled 803
Percentage of Class from Florida 51%
Percentage of Class from other States/International 49%
Male 32%
Female 68%

Step 1 – Submit an Application for Admissions

Freshman applicants have two ways to apply.

1)      The Common Applications www.CommonApp.org, or

2)      The Nova Southeastern University (NSU) application.

A non-refundable $50 application is required either for the Common Application or the NSU application. 

Common Application Instructions

Complete and submit the Common Application at www.CommonApp.org, Nova Southeastern University has an optional essay option. Applicants who choose to submit an essay will choose one of the five prompts provided on the Common Application. Detailed instructions are found in the Common Application.

Students who complete and submit the Common Application should also have their college or guidance counselor complete The School Report. It is available on the Common Application website.  Please have your counselor submit this report with your official transcripts and your school profile.

NSU Application Instructions

Students may choose to complete and submit the NSU undergraduate application for admission. The first step is to create an NSU account and apply through your personalized account page.  Once you complete and submit the NSU application your personalized checklist will appear within your account page and is updated as documents are received.

Students can choose to submit an optional essay and will find information on their account page once they submit the application.

Step 2 – Official Transcripts

Send official high school transcripts and official college transcripts from any dual enrollment to:

Nova Southeastern University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

Home School Education Students
Send Verification of Compliance and Completion of Home Education Program, to include:

  • Copy of teacher’s evaluation or district confirmation, or
  • Verification of a passing score on the state student assessment test (FSA - Florida), administered by a certified teacher

For more information on AP and IB courses, please visit Transfer Evaluation Services for Undergraduate Students.

Step 3 – Submit SAT/ACT Scores

Submit your official SAT or ACT score report directly from the testing agency.  For the old SAT taken prior to March 2016, NSU only considers the critical reading and math scores.  NSU does not require or utilize the optional essay for the new redesigned SAT or for the ACT.

  • SAT Code 5514
  • ACT Code 6706

** We will also accept SAT or ACT scores as official which are printed on official high school transcripts.

Step 4– Letter(s) of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation from a teacher is required and you may submit up to a total of 3 letters.  The letter can be found and completed online through the Common Application Teacher Evaluation form or your NSU account page. Paper letters of recommendation may be mailed to:

Nova Southeastern University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

Fall Application Options 

EARLY DECISION - deadline: November 1
Early Decision is a binding decision plan and may be appropriate for students who are committed to attending Nova Southeastern University if they are admitted.  If the student is admitted to NSU, s/he must immediately withdraw applications to all other colleges and universities.

  • To apply Early Decision, students must submit the Common Application or the Nova Southeastern University Application and all additional required materials by November 1; admission decisions will be released starting October 15 and will continue on a rolling basis as applications are completed and reviewed by the Admissions Committee.  Admitted students must pay their enrollment deposit by January 15.
  • Students applying Early Decision should submit their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) no later than November 1, 2016. The FAFSA will be available beginning October 1, 2016.  Financial aid awards for admitted Early Decision students who have a completed FAFSA will be released in early November.  Early Decision is our early, binding application option for applicants who are committed to attending NSU, if admitted. 

EARLY ACTION - deadline: November 1
Early Action is a non-binding decision plan. It is appropriate for students who are seriously considering Nova Southeastern University but are not ready to commit to attendance.

  • To apply Early Action, students must submit the Common Application or the Nova Southeastern University Application and all additional required materials by November 1; admission decisions will be released starting October 15 and will continue on a rolling basis as applications are completed and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Admitted students must make a final decision about attending and pay their enrollment deposit by May 1.

REGULAR DECISION - deadline: February 1
Regular Decision is a non-binding decision plan and is the final deadline to apply for admission.

  • To apply Regular Decision, students must submit the Common Application or the Nova Southeastern University Application and all additional required materials by February 1; admission decisions will be released starting October 15 and will continue on a rolling basis as applications are completed and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Admitted students must make a final decision about attending and pay their enrollment deposit by May 1.

Applying for need-based Financial Aid:

Please submit the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be considered for need-based financial assistance.  The FAFSA will be available October 1, 2016.  Please visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/, to learn more.  NSU anticipates releasing aid packages beginning in early November for admitted fall 2017 students with completed FAFSA applications.

Dual Admission is a premier academic program offering students the opportunity to reserve a future seat in one of NSU’s graduate or professional programs while earning their bachelor’s degree.  Applicants for all Dual Admissions programs must complete an interview on campus during a Shark Preview weekend.  To be considered for Dual Admission please submit your application for admission as described above AND submit the following:

  1. Supplemental Premier Program application – available mid-August 2016

Deadline:

Deadline to submit the required supplemental application is February 1, 2017. We encourage all students interested in the Dual Admission Program to apply early in the start of their high school senior year to meet all necessary deadlines.

Razor’s Edge Scholars Program is a premier academic and co-curricular program named after the NSU mascot, Razor the Shark.  With six tracks to choose from in Global, Leadership, Research, Shark Cage (Business)Shark Talent (Performing/Visual Arts), or Shark Teach, this unique program combines curricular and co-curricular experiences intended to build upon the talents and interests of each student.  Applicants for any Razor’s Edge program must complete an interview on campus during a Shark Preview weekend.  To be considered for a Razor’s Edge program please submit your application for admission as described above AND submit the following:

         1.  Supplemental Premier Program application

Deadline:

Deadline to submit the required supplemental application is February 1, 2017. All candidates submitting completed applications by the deadline will be considered.