Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University is a renowned coeducational university located in Davie, Florida. It is a private, non-profit organization. The university offers business, counseling, computer and information sciences, education, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, healthcare, and various other professional degrees. Nova Southeastern University has more than 30,000 students. The university also offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The various campuses, centers and schools under this university are the following:

  • Davie Campus
  • Dania Beach Campus
  • North Miami Beach Campus

The NSU Department of Athletics offers more than 15 intercollegiate athletic programs and has won more than 70 national championships since 1975. The athletics teams, known as the Sharks, participate in sports like basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volleyball.

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Contacting Nova Southeastern

Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale , FL 33314-7796
General Phone: (954) 262-7300

Nova Southeastern Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching3,304education, multilingual education, multicultural education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, adult ed administration, educational supervision, higher education administration, elementary/middle school admin, ...
Business and Management1,565business, business management, accounting, finance, human resources, organizational behavior, international business, MIS, marketing, ...
Medicine847psychopharmacology, dentistry, dental clinical sciences, advanced general dentistry, endodontology, oral surgery, orthodontology, pediatric dentristry, periodontics, ...
Therapy and Counseling645psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, marriage and family therapy, physical therapy
Law325pre-law, law, health tax, legal assistant, legal professions
Medical Support and Technology299health service and sciences, audiology, speech pathology, sonography and ultrasound tech, physician assistant
Science226biology, vision science, marine biology, biological and biomedical sciences, natural sciences, oceanography
Computer Science and Engineering161computer and info science, information technology, information science, computer science, computer security, computer support
Nursing and Emergency Medicine160registered nursing, nursing administration
Family and Social Work126child development, human development and family studies, public administration
Liberal Arts102English, English language and literature, general studies, humanities, peace and conflict resolution, social studies, history
Security and Law Enforcement65criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy64sports and fitness management, occupational therapy
Media15communication studies
Conservation and Resource Management11environmental science, natural resources management
Medical Administration4health care facilities management, medical informatics
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Number of programs and degrees for Nova Southeastern in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,39036
Master's degree3,97869
Doctor's degree88124
Post-master's certificate72516
Associate's degree141
First-professional degree8915
First-professional certificate427

Nova Southeastern Student Body

In 2007-2008, Nova Southeastern had a total enrollment of 27,518 students (19,942 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 19%
Graduate 70%
First Professional 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 41%
Black 28%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 3%
20-21 4%
22-24 14%
25-29 23%
30-34 15%
35-39 13%
40-49 17%
50-64 10%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)7%
New York5%
New Jersey4%
Puerto Rico1%
New Hampshire1%

Nova Southeastern Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 43 %

Nova Southeastern Room and Board (2007)

Nova Southeastern offers campus housing for 1,250 of its 19,942 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Fort Lauderdale, Florida for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Florida Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Nova Southeastern Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460550
SAT Math450560
SAT Writing440530
ACT Verbal1923
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT79%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT56%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Nova Southeastern Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,350
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,350
Room and board $ 8,360
Room charge $ 5,960
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,400
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 2,773

Financial Aid:
Nova Southeastern participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 150900)

Nova Southeastern Faculty

Nova Southeastern has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year48$116,47418$115,673
Associate professorcalendar year66$85,32066$79,600
Assistant professorcalendar year24$87,85417$76,644
Instructorcalendar year2*7$61,300
Lecturercalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year142$95,933108$83,961

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year28$128,54023$118,010
Associate professoracademic year22$84,3978$87,324
Assistant professoracademic year30$63,66823$64,962
Instructoracademic year2*3$52,833
Lectureracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year83$90,93558$88,308

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Nova Southeastern Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Sunshine State Conference
Baseball Sunshine State Conference
Track Sunshine State Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports25108133

Nova Southeastern Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Computer Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
International and Comparative Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Multicultural Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technical Teacher Education
Urban Education and Leadership

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Public Administration

Health Law (LLM, MJ, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
General Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Social Sciences, Other

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Medical Informatics

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Physician Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Advanced General Dentistry (Cert, MS, PhD)
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other
Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Endodontics/Endodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Optometry (OD)
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery (Cert, MS, PhD)
Orthodontics/Orthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (DO)
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics (Cert, MS, PhD)
Periodontics/Periodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Public Health, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Natural Sciences
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Vision Science/Physiological Optics

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Nova Southeastern Apart:

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% students 40 years or older
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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Female % of student body
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Minority % of student body
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% of degrees in medicine
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Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 19%Nova Southeastern Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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