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Premier Programs & Shark Preview Weekends

Making your college decision is all about fit – finding the right college; an engaging program of study; scholarships and affordability; and a vibrant atmosphere that match you as a student. Shark Preview Weekends will immerse you in the NSU culture - providing you the chance to interact with our renowned faculty, tour our tropical campus in Fort Lauderdale, spend two nights in our modern residence halls, mingle with current student leaders, and attend campus events.

You will experience firsthand how NSU will prepare you to meet your future goals. Students will have the opportunity to interview for one of our Premier Programs – Dual Admission, Razor’s Edge Scholars, and The Fischler Academy. Attendees will also be invited to attend an information session about what it’s like to be part of the prestigious Farquhar Honors College.  

You must first submit the Premier Programs Application and complete an on-campus interview during one of the Shark Preview Weekends listed below. If selected, you may also be interviewed for the selective President’s level scholarships (by invitation, only).

We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Available Premier 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, humanities, marine science 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: $22,000


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: $22,000


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: $22,000


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

The Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholarship program is designed for first time in college 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: $22,000


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: $22,000


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 first time in college 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: $22,000


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

More Information:

The Fischler Academy is a comprehensive teacher preparation program designed to shape aspiring educators into teacher leaders. Using a mastery-based approach to education, students of The Fischler Academy learn at their own pace, and can complete both their bachelor’s and master’s degree in just four years. Students accepted into The Fischler Academy will also receive an annual tuition scholarship of $17,000; the opportunity to travel the world through The Fischler Academy’s annual “Fischler International” study abroad experience; and a guaranteed job offer in one of Florida’s largest school districts.

Requirements: In order to be considered for this program, students must be able to demonstrate a history of academic excellence, participation in school-wide organizations, and share their experiences as student leaders. Applicants must also be Education majors.

Award Amount: $17,000 annual tuition scholarship


Luke Williams, Director of The Fischler Academy
(954) 529-0979

The top candidates admitted to NSU will be invited to campus to interview for this scholarship.

Requirements: Determination for interview invitations are made by the Admission Committee and is based on outstanding academic achievement in the classroom and standardized test scores.

Award Amount: The President’s Scholarship is full tuition.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
(954) 262-8000

Application Process

The Premier Programs Supplemental Application for Fall 2019 is now open. 




Students who attend a Shark Preview Weekend will have the opportunity to interview for one or more of the following Premier Programs: Dual Admission Program, Razor's Edge Scholars Program, Fischler Academy, and the President's level scholarships (invitation only). Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Farquhar Honors College. In addition to the Premier Programs, Shark Preview Weekends will expose students and parents to NSU's strong academic programs, campus culture, and student life offered at NSU.

See Interview Weekend sample schedule for students 

See Premier Programs interview summaries


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
    • Casual: White long sleeve Shark Preview shirt, jeans or appropriate shorts


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

Shark Preview Weekends 2019

  • January 10–12
  • January 17–19
  • January 24–26
  • January 31–February 2
  • February 7–9

Additional Information

Check In 

Check In will be between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the Thursday of your Shark Preview Weekend and will occur in the Don Taft University Center - North Entrance Information Desk (campus map).


Parking for all attendees will be held in the 2nd floor of the parking garage. Please make sure to print out the parking pass that corresponds to your weekend below and have it displayed on your dashboard.


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.


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

Students: Housing will be offered on a first come first served basis. Priority will be given to students traveling alone. Students 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

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