First-time students attending NSU

First-Time in College Students

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.

2015 Entering Class Academic Profile
Average Weighted High School GPA 4.02 (Overall)
SAT * Mid-range 1000 - 1390 (Combined Math & Critical Reading Only)
ACT * Mid-range 22-28 (Composite)

* NSU will combine the best individual math and critical reading SAT exam scores or best individual ACT exam scores from multiple test instances to measure against the minimum entrance requirements.  Applicants are encouraged to test multiple times to ensure the best possible total score is received.

Fall 2015 New Student Profile

Demographic Profile
Number of Applicants 5,100
Number of Accepts 3,200
Percentage of Class from Florida 59%
Percentage of Class from other States/International 41%
Male 32%
Female 68%

Step 1 – Submit Application

You may apply using the Common Applications www.CommonApp.org, or 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.

NSU Application Instructions

Winter 2016 and Summer 2016 applicants create a VIP page account here with access to the NSU undergraduate application through the Web portal.

Fall 2016 applicants will create a MyAccount page through NSU's website with access to the NSU undergraduate application through the Web portal. Access to MyAccount for Fall 2016 applicants opens on August 5, 2015.

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 official SAT or ACT score report directly from the testing agency.**  NSU super scores both the SAT and ACT so if you take the exam more than once, you must submit all of your test scores to ensure we have your best and highest composite scores on record.  NSU currently only considers the critical reading and math score for the SAT.  For the ACT, NSU does not utilize the optional writing section.

  • 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 – Complete the School Report

The School Report should be completed by your college or guidance counselor and is available on the Common Application website.  Please have your counselor submit this report with your official transcripts and your school profile.

Step 5 – 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.  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 available December 7.  Admitted students must pay their enrollment deposit by January 15, 2016
  • Students applying Early Decision may also request an estimated financial aid award by completing the current 2015-16 FAFSA by November 1.  Instructions on how to apply for an estimated award will be posted soon.  Students receiving an estimated award must still complete the regular financial aid application process including the 2016-17 FAFSA to receive an official aid package for fall 2016.  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 available January 15.  Admitted students must make a final decision about attending and pay their enrollment deposit by May 1.

REGULAR DECISION - deadline: January 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 January 1; admission decisions will be available February 19.  Admitted students must make a final decision about attending and pay their enrollment deposit by May 1.

Winter Application

REGULAR DECISION - priority date: November 1

    If you are interested in one of the Dual Admission programs offered at the main campus, you must complete the undergraduate admission application and select both your desired undergraduate major and the Dual Admission graduate program of your choice. Eligibility into a Dual Admission program is determined at the time of admission to the undergraduate program at Nova Southeastern University.

    • Follow the application procedures as listed above.
    • Applicants to one of the university's health profession Dual Admission programs are required to complete the Health Professions Division Application.
    • Applicants to one of the university's health profession Dual Admission programs require supporting documents along with the application such as, letters of recommendation, an essay, etc. For a complete list based on the degree program, download the HPD Requirements Chart.
    • Information detailing the next steps in the admission process is mailed directly to the applicant’s home address.
    • For more information regarding the Dual Admission Program, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (954) 262-8000.