OVERVIEW OF NSU
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.
Step 1 – Submit an Application for Admission
Freshman applicants have two ways to apply:
1) NSU Shark Select Application, or
2) The Common Application
A non-refundable $50 application fee is required either application.
Complete and submit the NSU Shark Select Application or the Common Application (choose one or the other). NSU has an optional essay. Applicants who choose to submit an essay will choose one of the five prompts provided on the Common Application or an original writing sample of their choice if using the NSU Shark Select Application.
Step 2 – Official Transcripts and Recommendations
Your counselor can submit your transcript and recommendation either electronically through Naviance, SendEDU or the Common Application. One counselor or teacher recommendation is required. Additional recommendations are optional. If documents are not submitted electronically, they can also be mailed to Nova Southeastern University at:
Home School Education Students Send Verification of Compliance and Completion of Home Education Program, to include:
For more information on AP and IB courses, please visit Transfer Evaluation Services for Undergraduate Students.
Step 3 – Submit SAT/ACT Scores
Submit your self-reported or official SAT or ACT score(s). Official test score reports should be reported directly from the testing agency.
Step 4 – Complete the School Report (Common Application only)
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 - Additional Recommendations
One letter of recommendation from a teacher is required, but you may submit up to a total of three letters. The letter can be found and completed online through the Common Application Teacher Evaluation form. In addition, you can submit the letter(s) in the supplemental items area of the NSU Shark Select Application. 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 - Fall 2019 Application Now Open
EARLY DECISION - priority date: Extended to November 15 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.
EARLY ACTION - priority date: Extended to November 15 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.
REGULAR DECISION - priority date: February 1 Regular Decision is a non-binding decision plan and is the final deadline to apply for admission.
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 opened on October 1. Please visit fafsa.ed.gov, to learn more.
NSU anticipates releasing aid packages beginning in early November for admitted Fall 2019 students with completed FAFSA applications.
Mid-range 1070 - 1290 (Combined Math & Critical Reading Only)
*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.
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:
The Priority Date to submit the required supplemental application is February 1. 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:
The Priority Date to submit the required supplemental application is February 1. All candidates submitting completed applications by the deadline will be considered.