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Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
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Address: 3301 College Avenue
City: Fort Lauderdale
State Zip/Postal Code: FL 33314-7796
Phone: 954-262-8000
Fax: 954-262-3811
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Description: Our 300-acre main campus in Ft. Lauderdale-Davie consists of our administrative offices and an overwhelming majority of our various academic disciplines. Our main campus houses disciplines ranging from the health professions, arts and sciences, humanities and social sciences, computer and information sciences, law, psychological studies, business and entrepreneurship, early childhood studies, and a pre-k through grade 12 school.

The main campus is also home to the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center (largest library in the state of Florida), the University Center (state-of-the-art, 366,000-square-foot center featuring three NCAA competition courts in the main arena, as well as two intramural courts, group fitness and instruction rooms, cardio and weight training areas, squash courts, a rock climbing wall, and the student union), University Park Plaza, the NFL Miami Dolphins Training Facility, and our general-purpose athletic fields and NCAA-qualifying soccer and baseball fields.

In addition, seven residence halls on the main campus serve undergraduate and graduate student living needs.

Nova Southeastern was founded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during a time of historic social and cultural change. Looking back, 1964 was the perfect time for a small university with a handful of students and some revolutionary ideas to take shape.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And if it weren’t for a group of businessmen who met regularly for this meal, Nova Southeastern University might not be here today. Known as The Oatmeal Club, these civic-minded pioneers gathered in the early ’60s, determined to develop an innovative educational concept—an MIT of the South, with a twist.

In 1964, what was then called Nova University of Advanced Technology was chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. Initially located at 232 East Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Nova later moved to the former site of Forman Field in Davie—an auxiliary airfield during WWII. The field was returned to the community after the war by the state Board of Education to be used for educational purposes as determined by brothers Hamilton and Charles Forman.

Over time, Nova added programs in law, education, business, psychology, computer science, and oceanography. In 1972, the university introduced its first off-campus course of study in education. Soon, Nova became nationally recognized for its innovative distance education programs. Today, field-based programs are located on regional campuses throughout Florida, across the country, and at selected international sites.

While Nova University continued to expand its educational reach, Southeastern University of the Health Sciences was also on a course for expansion. The school was created by osteopathic physicians committed to establishing a college in the Southeast. As a result, the Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, as it was first known, opened in 1981.

From 1987 to 1997, Southeastern added colleges of Pharmacy, Optometry, Allied Health, Medical Sciences, and Dental Medicine. In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University– and the rest is history.

Today, NSU is the 9th largest not-for-profit, independent university in the U.S., with regional campuses in Fort Lauderdale-Davie (main), Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tampa, The Bahamas and Puerto Rico.

Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. NSU has 27,000 students, more than 162,000 alumni in 112 countries, and a sprawling 314-acre main campus. Through five decades of explosive growth, the university's reputation for academic excellence and innovation continues to flourish.

NSU has always had an innovative, unique approach to education. The College of Undergraduate Studies offers a personal, nurturing atmosphere. But NSU is also an exciting university – young, bold and forward thinking. With so many traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities, NSU is the ideal place to open your door to a brighter future.

Interesting Factoids

  • 15 Minutes from Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • 30 minutes from South Beach and Downtown Miami
  • 15 minutes from the Florida Everglades
  • 3 hours from the Florida Keys
  • 3 hours from Orlando
  • 100,000+ alumni, found in every state of the union plus 63 foreign countries
  • 0 teaching assistants- All classes are taught by experienced faculty members
  • 51 electronic classrooms with nearly 2,500 computers on campus
  • 40+ undergraduate majors
  • 10,000 people were on campus when the Dalai Lama visited NSU
  • 1 on-campus radio station, Radio X, that broadcasts throughout the local area
  • 1 student-run newspaper, The Current
  • 32 Stueys are given out each year – 16 to students and 16 to groups. They include student organizations, faculty and staff members, administrators, alumni, corporate partners, and SGA's
  • 1,492 beds for students living on campus
  • 77° F is the average temperature
  • 4 ATM’s on campus
  • 6 campus shuttles travel approximately 500 miles around campus each day
  • 16 NCAA Division II athletic teams
  • 70 countries represented by NSU students
  • 80% of pre-med and pre-law students accepted into medical and law schools
  • "Top 20 cyber-universities" – Forbes Magazine
  • 300,000 square-foot multipurpose University Center, with a 4,500 seat arena
  • 37% of NSU students are from outside the state of Florida
  • Top 100 "Most Wired Colleges" – Yahoo! Internet Life
  • $154,000,000 in building and technology infrastructure over the last ten years
  • 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and waterways in Florida
  • 5,413 undergraduate student enrollment
  • 7 (and growing) locations on campus to use your meal plan
  • 325,000-square-foot library – the largest in Florida
  • 185 miles of local waterways make Fort Lauderdale the "Venice of America"
  • 22 students – the average class size
  • 10 Greek organizations for students to join
  • 300 acres on the main campus

Type & Affiliation of School: Private College or University - Secular
Size and Mobility of School: Small (0-5K) - Commuter
Actual Enrollment: 4,497
Type of Enrollment - Population: At least 25% Hispanic (HACU school)
Predominant Racial Makeup: White non-Hispanic
Political Classification: Liberal
Religious Affiliation: 0
Size of City: Metropolitan (500K+ population without students)
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