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 First-Time in College students.

Undergraduate admission requires graduation from a regionally-accredited high school, GED or homeschool equivalent with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores at or above the minimum entrance requirements.

Minimum Entrance Requirements*
High School GPA 3.0 (Overall)
SAT 1000 (Combined Math & Critical Reading Only)**
ACT 22 (Overall)**

* Satisfying these minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

** 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 2014 Freshman Profile

Academic Profile
Average SAT 1124
Average ACT 25.5
Average Weighted HS GPA 3.98
Demographic Profile
Number of Applicants 5,110
Number of Accepts 2,673
Percentage of Class from Florida 66%
Percentage of Class from other States/International 34%
Male 33%
Female 67%

Step 1 – Submit Application

Complete the Nova Southeastern University undergraduate admissions application.  All applications must include a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Access the undergraduate application online by logging in to your VIP account. Don’t have a VIP account? Create one here.

Step 2 – Request Official Transcripts

Request that official transcripts from all current and previous schools and/or institutions be sent directly to NSU. Utilize this transcript request form. NSU does not process received transcript request forms for prospective students. Therefore, download and print one transcript request form for each of your previous schools and/or institutions and mail it directly to them.

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 (FCAT - 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

Request that official SAT and/or ACT score reports be sent directly to NSU.  All first year applicants (students who have never attended college or who have fewer than 24 credit hours of transfer credit), must provide official test scores. Students without the appropriate SAT/ACT scores or prerequisites for college-level Math and/or English will be placed in foundation courses.

NSU's SAT school code is 5514 and the ACT school code is 6706

NSU operates on a rolling admission plan, which means we review applications as they become a complete file, including all necessary transcripts and test scores.

All Dual Admission applicants must be accepted to the university prior to review of supplemental applications for the Dual Admission Program. All supplemental application materials (including test scores, letters of recommendation, essays, and transcripts) must be received prior to Dual Admission application review.

The Dual Admission Program has a priority application deadline of February 1 for the Fall term start. The final deadline is March 15. Dual Admission seats for some programs, will fill prior to the final deadline.  All qualifying candidates submitting completed applications by the priority 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.

Dual Admission applicants interested in beginning in the winter semester have a deadline of November 1. Only a limited number of Dual Admission Programs offer winter semester start.


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.