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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 Admissions
Freshman applicants have two ways to apply:*
1) NSU Shark Select Application, or
2) The Common Application
A non-refundable $50 application is required either for the NSU Shark Select Application or the Common Application.
* Students interested in Applied Professional Studies, Cardiovascular Sonography, Medical Sonography, Nursing (BSN/MSN), Recreational Therapy, or Respiratory Therapy must submit an application for admission using the specific Nova Southeastern University application found by clicking here.
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 official SAT or ACT score report directly from the testing agency. For the old SAT taken prior to March 2016, NSU only considers the critical reading and math scores.
Step 4 – Complete the School Report (Common Application only)
The School Report should be completed b 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
EARLY DECISION - priority date: November 1
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: November 1
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 will be available October 1. Please visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/, to learn more. NSU anticipates releasing aid packages beginning in early November for admitted fall 2018 students with completed FAFSA applications.
Mid-range 1050 - 1290 (Combined Math & Critical Reading Only)
Mid-range 1080 - 1240 (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:
Deadline 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:
Deadline to submit the required supplemental application is February 1. All candidates submitting completed applications by the deadline will be considered.
At Nova Southeastern University, we recognize the challenges students, families, and educators have experienced and continue to face due to hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and earthquakes. As families and schools are working towards recovery, we want to support students and educators during the admission application process who have been affected by these disasters.
First, NSU will extend the application priority date to April 1, 2018 for students who have been affected. This priority date extension should allow students to gather and submit supporting documents such as transcripts and test scores.
Second, NSU will not require the guidance counselor 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 Admission Committee will proceed with application review and the student will not be at any disadvantage.
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.