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 Admitted Class Academic Profile
Average Weighted High School GPA 4.02 (Overall)
SAT * Mid-range 1000 - 1220 (Combined Math & Critical Reading Only)
ACT * Mid-range 22-29 (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 Freshman Profile

Demographic Profile
Number of Applicants 4,050
Number of Enrolled 665
Percentage of Class from Florida 64%
Percentage of Class from other States/International 36%
Male 36%
Female 64%

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 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– 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 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. 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 8.  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 12.  Admitted students must make a final decision about attending and pay their enrollment deposit by May 1.

Dual Admission is a Premier Program and has a competitive selection process.  Students interested must complete an application for admissions (Either: Common Application or NSU Application as indicated above) AND submit the following information:

  1. Complete and submit a Shark Preview Premier Programs Application
  2. Review information about the Shark Preview Interview Weekends and the selection process at: www.nova.edu/SharkPreview

Deadline:

Fall 2016 Dual Admission applicants must apply by January 1st.   All candidates submitting completed applications by the deadline will be considered.  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.

NSU is pleased to offer The Razor's Edge Scholarship Program. Named after our university mascot, Razor the Shark, these four year residential programs combine curricular and co-curricular experiences intended to capture the unique interests and talents of prospective and current students. Along with the incredible opportunities offered, students who complete a specific program will earn an academic Certificate that will be highlighted on their official NSU transcript.  In return for their participation, students are awarded an annual renewable scholarship.

Students interested must complete an application for admissions (Either: Common Application or NSU Application as indicated above) AND submit the following information

  1. Complete and submit a Shark Preview Premier Programs Application
  2. Review information about the Shark Preview Interview Weekends and the selection process at: www.nova.edu/SharkPreview

Deadline:

Fall 2016 Razor's Edge applicants must apply by January 1st. All candidates submitting completed applications by the deadline will be considered.