#8 Best Private Colleges in Florida

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Nova Southeastern University overview
Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Online nova.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Nova Southeastern University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private research university located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in close proximity to Miami. Founded in 1964, NSU has evolved into a comprehensive institution that offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. It is known for its diverse academic profile, with notable programs in health sciences, law, business, education, and oceanography. NSU provides a dynamic campus environment with a contemporary architectural style and state-of-the-art facilities designed to facilitate advanced learning and research. The university fosters a strong on-campus living community through its various residence halls and student housing options. In terms of selectivity, NSU is considered moderately selective in its admissions process. While the university does sponsor intercollegiate athletics and its teams are known as the Sharks, it is primarily recognized for its academic offerings and research contributions rather than its athletic prowess.

In the most recent statistical year 16,789 prospective students applied, and 12,726 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,978 enrolled in the school.  15,254 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,694 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $34,500 plus fees of $1,800. Nova is ranked 437 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Nova is rated within the top 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Nova Southeastern University overview
SAT 1040/1310
ACT 20/27
GPA 3.99

Applications Accepted

Nova Southeastern University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Nova Southeastern University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,112
Other Fees$1,800
Room and Board $14,588
Budget for Other Expenses$3,870
Total One Year Cost$56,870

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$53,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

43% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Nova Southeastern University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 28%
Health Professions 24%
Biology 14%
Psychology 9%
Education 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=136215 IPEDS survey data for Nova Southeastern University.

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