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First-time students attending NSU

Freshman Applicants

Students attending college for the first time after graduating from high school are considered freshman applicants.

Step 1 – Submit Application for Admission

Freshman applicants have two ways to apply:

1)      NSU Shark Select Application, or

2)      The Common Application

A nonrefundable $50 application fee is required either application.

Note: NSU has an optional essay. You can choose one of the five prompts provided on the Common Application or an original writing sample of your choice if using the NSU Shark Select Application. 

Step 2 – Request Submission of Official Transcripts

Your counselor can submit your transcript and recommendation either electronically through Naviance, SendEDU or the Common Application. If documents are not submitted electronically, they can also be mailed 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 information on AP and IB courses, please visit Transfer Evaluation Services for Undergraduate Students.

Step 3 – Submit Test Scores

Submit your self-reported or official SAT or ACT score(s). Official test score reports should be reported directly from the testing agency.  

  • SAT Code 5514
  • ACT Code 6706

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 - Submit Letter(s) of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation from a teacher is required, but you may submit up to a total of three letters. The letter can be completed online through the Common Application Teacher Evaluation form, or you can submit the letter(s) in the supplemental items area of the NSU Shark Select Application. Paper letters of recommendation may be emailed to your admissions counselor or mailed to:

Nova Southeastern University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

Fall Application Options

EARLY DECISION - priority date: Extended to November 15, 2019
Early Decision is a binding decision plan and may be appropriate if you are committed to attending Nova Southeastern University. If admitted to NSU, you must immediately withdraw applications to all other colleges and universities.

  • All required materials must be received by November 1, and if admitted, you must submit your enrollment deposit by January 15, 2020.
  • You should also submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) no later than November 1. The FAFSA will be available beginning October 1. Financial aid awards for admitted Early Decision students who have a completed FAFSA will be released in early December.

EARLY ACTION - priority date: Extended to November 15, 2019
Early Action is a non-binding decision plan, which provides priority admission consideration to Nova Southeastern University, and is appropriate if you are seriously considering NSU but are not ready to commit to attendance.

  • If admitted, you have until May 1, 2020 to submit your enrollment deposit, which serves as your commitment to attend NSU.

REGULAR DECISION - priority date: February 1, 2020
Regular Decision is a non-binding decision plan and is the final deadline to apply for admission.

  • If admitted, you have until May 1, 2020 to submit your enrollment deposit, which serves as your commitment to attend NSU.

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 for the 2020-21 academic year opened October 1, 2019. Please visit fafsa.ed.gov, to learn more.  

NSU anticipates releasing aid packages beginning in early December for admitted Fall 2020 students with completed FAFSA applications.

Freshman Class Academics - Entering Fall 2019
Average Weighted High School GPA A-/B+ Overall Classroom Average

SAT *

Mid-range: 1070-1280 (Combined)

ACT * Mid-range: 21-30 (Composite)

*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. For the ACT, the best individual subscores will be combined for an overall composite superscore. You are encouraged to report all scores for either the SAT or ACT so that NSU has your highest scores achieved on record.

Freshman Class Demographics - Entering Fall 2019
Number of Applicants 14,000
Number of Enrolled 1,500
Percentage of Class from Florida 60%
Percentage of Class Out-of-State 35%
Percentage of Class International 5%
Family Resource Guide
PARENTS AND FAMILY

Check out our Family Resource Guide to learn how your student will prepare to dominate with the NSU Edge.

READ HERE

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:

  1. Supplemental Premier Program application

Priority Date: February 1, 2020

Razor’s Edge Scholars is a premier academic and co-curricular program named after NSU's 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 (Education), 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:

  1. Supplemental Premier Program application 

Priority Date: February 1, 2020

At Nova Southeastern University, we recognize the challenges students, families and educators have experienced and continue to face due to wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding. As families and schools are working toward recovery, we want to support students and educators during the admissions application process who have been affected by these disasters.

First, NSU will be flexible on application priority dates should you need additional time to complete and submit your application for admission and all supporting documents, such as transcripts and test scores. You may receive priority date reminders from us, but please know that we will work with you on an individual basis to accommodate your situation.

Second, NSU will not require the guidance counselor recommendation or any other letter of recommendation, should it be difficult for an affected student to obtain it. Students should feel free to submit recommendations, but if unable to do so, the Admissions Committee will proceed with application review and the student will receive equitable consideration.

Third, if paying the application fee poses a significant financial hardship, an affected student may contact the NSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions to request a fee waiver.

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