Nova Southeastern University

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Nova Southeastern University
Former names
Nova University of Advanced Technology (1964-74)
Nova University (1974-94)
MottoEngage, Inspire, Achieve
Type Private, HSI
Endowment $170.1 million (2019) [1]
Chancellor Ray F. Ferrero Jr. [2]
President George L. Hanbury II [2]
ProvostRalph V. Rogers
Students20,435 [3]
Undergraduates4,497 [3]
Location, ,
United States
314 acres (127 ha) [4]
Newspaper The Current
ColorsNSU Blue & Main Gray [5]
Athletics NCAA Division IISunshine State
Nickname Sharks
Affiliations AAC&U
MascotRazor the Shark
NSU Horizontal Logo.jpg

Nova Southeastern University (NSU or, informally, Nova) is a private university with its main campus in Davie, Florida. The university consists of 18 total colleges, centers, and schools offering over 150 programs of study. The university offers professional degrees in the social sciences, law, business, osteopathic medicine, allopathic medicine, allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, education, occupational therapy, and nursing. Nova Southeastern University enrolled 20,793 students as of 2019, [3] and has produced 185,000 alumni. [6] With a main campus located on 314 acres in Davie, Florida, NSU operates additional campuses in Dania Beach, North Miami Beach, Tampa Bay, and centers throughout the state of Florida.

The university was founded as the Nova University of Advanced Technology on a former naval outlying landing field built during World War II, [7] and first offered graduate degrees in the physical and social sciences. [8] In 1994, the university merged with the Southeastern University of the Health Sciences and assumed its current name. [9]

NSU is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity;" it also classified as a "community engaged" university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. [10] The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and also has numerous additional specialized accreditations for its colleges and programs. [11] [12]

The NSU Sharks compete in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Sunshine State Conference. [13]


Farber West Hall


Main entrance of NSU

The university, originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology, was chartered by the state of Florida on December 4, 1964. [14] [15] With an inaugural class of 17 students, [14] the university opened as a graduate school for the social and physical sciences. [8] [16] The university was originally located on a campus in downtown Fort Lauderdale but later moved to its current campus in Davie, Florida. [9] A portion of the site of this campus was once a naval training airfield during World War II, called the "Naval Outlying Landing Field Forman". [7] The remnants of the taxiway surrounding the airfield are still present in the form of roads used on the campus. [17] After World War II, the federal government made a commitment to the Forman family, from whom the land was purchased, that the land would only be used for educational purposes. [17] This led the land to be used for the creation of the South Florida Education Center, which includes Nova Southeastern University, [17] as well as Broward College, McFatter Technical College, and satellite campuses of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Florida. [18]


Front of Horvitz building

On June 23, 1970, the board of trustees voted to enter into a federation with the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). The president of NYIT, Alexander Schure, Ph.D., became chancellor of Nova University. [19] Abraham S. Fischler became the second president of the university. The university charter was amended and "of Advanced Technology" was dropped from its corporate name. In 1971, Nova University received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). [11]

In 1972, the university introduced its first off-campus course of study in education. In 1974, NSU opened a law school, [20] with an inaugural class of 175 students. [16] The same year, the university began offering evening courses on campus for undergraduates, and changed its name to Nova University. The following year, in 1975, the law school received approval from the American Bar Association. [21]


South Entrance of NSU

In the early 1980s, the university received a $16 million gift from the Leo Goodwin Sr. Trust. [22] In 1985, NSU ended its collaboration with New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), and began offering its first online classes. [16] In 1989, enrollment reached 8,000 students, with nearly 25,000 alumni. Revenue approached $70 million. [15]


Morton & Geraldine Terry Atrium

In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University (NSU), adding the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry and Allied Health to the university. [23]


The William and Norma Horvitz Administration Building, a two-story 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m2) postmodern structure, was built at a cost of $3 million, [24] [25] which now houses the office of the president and numerous other administration departments. [26]

In 2001, the Alvin Sherman Library for Research and Information Technology Center was completed and also serves as the largest public library facility in the state of Florida. [27]

In 2004, the Carl DeSantis Building opened, which houses the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and the Nova Southeastern University College of Engineering and Computing. The building is a 261,000-square-foot (24,200 m2), five-story facility, and cost about $33 million. [28] [29]

In 2006, the 344,600-square-foot (32,010 m2) University Center opened, which includes a 5,400 seat area, a fitness center, a performance theater, art gallery, a food court, and a student lounge. [30]

Five residence halls on the main campus serve undergraduate, graduate, health professions, and law students, with a capacity for housing 720 students in approximately 207,000 square feet (19,200 m2) of living space. In 2007, a 525-bed residence hall opened, called "The Commons". [31]

In 2008, NSU, in partnership with the National Coral Reef Institute and the International Coral Reef Symposium, held the largest coral reef symposium in the world, which included representation from 75 different countries in attendance. [32]


In 2014, NSU opened a new campus in Puerto Rico, [33] with master and doctoral programs. [34]

In April 2015, NSU announced a significant restructuring of its schools and colleges, adopting an all college framework, to take effect the following July. [35] The revised structure included program realignment and two new colleges; Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine and Farquhar Honors College. [36] [37]

In January 2018, the university opened the NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center in the Alvin Sherman Library on the main campus in Davie. [38] The center offers writing and communication assistance to all NSU students as part of the university's Quality Enhancement Plan, which is part of reaccreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


President Tenure
Warren J. Winstead 1964–1969
Abraham S. Fischler 1970–1991
Stephen Feldman 1992–1993
Ovid C. Lewis 1994–1997
Ray F. Ferrero Jr. 1998–2009
George L. Hanbury II 2010–present

George L. Hanbury II is the sixth and current president of Nova Southeastern University, and assumed the position of president in January 2010. [39]


Nova Southeastern University has a main campus located in Davie, Florida, with several branch campuses throughout the state, and one in Puerto Rico. [40]

Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus

Shark Shuttle has services both on campus and between campuses.

The main campus consists of 314 acres and is located in Davie, Florida. [41] The main campus includes administrative offices, classroom facilities, library facilities (including the Alvin Sherman Library), health clinics, mental health clinics, Don Taft University Center, residence halls, cafeterias, computer labs, the bookstore, athletic facilities, and parking facilities.

The Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center is the largest library building in the state of Florida. [27] The library was opened to the public in December 2001, and offers workshops on a variety of topics each semester online and at NSU campuses. [42] [43]

The campus is home to the new College of Allopathic Medicine, which is NSU's new M.D. degree granting program. The new college makes Nova Southeastern the first institution in the Southeast to grant both MD and DO medical degrees. [44] The college became South Florida's fourth traditional (allopathic) medical school. [37]

Recently completed and upcoming construction

The 215,000 square foot Center for Collaborative Research opened in 2016. [45] [46]

A 500-600 unit undergraduate residence began construction in 2018 with an additional parkade structure on campus. [47]

HCA East Florida Division is engaged in a collaboration with NSU to construct a new hospital and medical center, a medical office building, and a new parkade adjacent to NSU's main campus. Initially, the plan had been to transfer Plantation General Hospital, an HCA facility, to the new facility on NSU's campus, but on February 2020, that decision was reversed following the repeal of much of the CON regulation on hospitals in the state of Florida. [48] [49]

NSU University School

The main campus hosts the NSU University School. [50] The University School is a fully accredited, independent, college preparatory school that serves grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, and is located on the Davie campus. This school, often referred to as just the "University School", is broken up into three academic areas: the lower; middle; and upper schools. These represent, respectively, elementary, middle and high school divisions within the school. [51]

Dania Beach campus

The Dania Beach campus is located on 10 acres in the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park and houses the Oceanographic Center. The Dania Beach campus includes the Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research. Completed in 2012 at a cost of $50 million USD, the Center is the largest research facility dedicated to studying coral reefs in the United States. [52]

North Miami Beach campus

Mailman–Hollywood Building

The North Miami Beach campus, also known as the Southern campus, is located on 18 acres (7.3 ha) and serves as the main location for the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. [40] The Special Needs Dentistry Clinic moved to the North Miami Beach campus in 2013. [53]

Tampa Bay regional campus

The Tampa Bay regional campus is a newly constructed 27-acre, 325,000 square foot campus located in Clearwater, FL. Construction began in March 2018 and was completed in August 2019. This new venture combined the efforts of the Patel Foundation operated by Drs. Kiran C. Patel and Pallavi P. Patel, and Nova Southeastern University (NSU). The former Tampa Bay regional campus was previously located in Brandon, Florida. Approximately 1,200 students will be registered for classes during the Fall 2019 semester. The new campus will feature programs such as osteopathic medicine, anesthesiologist assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, and other programs in the future. [54]

Student education centers

Nova Southeastern operates student education centers and satellite campuses in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Kendall, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Tampa, and Puerto Rico. [40] These centers provide computer labs, videoconferencing equipment, and other resources for distance students, who are not located near the main campus. [55] The satellite campuses and student education centers comprise a total of 150 acres. All services provided on the main campuses are also available at all NSU Student Educational Centers. [56]


Through its 16 colleges (as realigned in July 2015), [35] the university awards associate, bachelor's, master's, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. [57] [58] A total of 56 undergraduate majors are offered.

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and also has numerous additional specialized accreditations for its colleges and programs. [11] [12] The Center for Psychological Studies is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Florida Department of Education. [12] [59] [60] The NSU University School is accredited by the Florida Kindergarten Council, [61] the Florida Council of Independent Schools, and AdvancED. [62] The College of Allopathic Medicine received Preliminary Accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) on October 10, 2017, becoming the eighth M.D. degree granting medical school in Florida. [63]

NSU Health Professions Division colleges

Perhaps as a historical reflection of the merger of Nova University with the Southeastern University of the Health Sciences, NSU maintains a Health Professions Division, currently composed of eight colleges, including two accredited medical schools. [64]

The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine was the first osteopathic medical school to be established in the southeastern United States. [65] It offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. The College operates the Center for Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness (CBAP), which is one of six training centers in the US funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. [66]

The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine is Florida's newest medical school. It offers the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Its charter class, composed of 53 students, began program studies in July 30, 2018. [67] [68]

The NSU College of Pharmacy offers three degree programs. [69]

The NSU College of Dental Medicine trains dentists, including additional training for specialties such as endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry, along with a research-based master's degree for qualified dentists.

The NSU College of Optometry offers two degree programs, a Doctor of Optometry and a Masters of Science in Clinical Vision Research, and operates an optometry residency. [70] Optometry students receive training in community, pediatric, primary, environmental and rehabilitative optometry, optics, and health sciences.

The NSU College of Medical Sciences offers a two-year program of study leading to a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences. Each student's program is individually tailored, and includes basic science courses similar to those taken in professional programs. This College also provides basic courses to students in other Health Sciences Division colleges.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in nursing (Doctor of Nurse Practice, or DNP, and PhD degrees). [71]

The Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences provides training in a range of medical fields, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, cardiovascular sonography, physician assistant and speech-language pathology at the bachelors, masters and doctoral level.

Other colleges

The Shepard Broad College of Law is located on the main campus. Founded in 1974, the College is named after one of the university's founders, Shepard Broad.

The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship is housed in the Carl DeSantis building on the main campus, and offers undergraduate degrees, a masters program, and business certificate programs. [72] The school is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

University School Arts building

The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) is located in the Carl DeSantis building on the main campus. [73]

NSU Art Museum

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is located on the main campus in the Maltz building. Also a part of the college is the NSU Art Museum, a 83,000 square-foot building with a permanent collection of more than 7,000 works, with temporary exhibits throughout the year, and a 256 seat auditorium. The focus of the museum is on contemporary art work, particularly of the cultures of South Florida and Latin America. The museum is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale and joined NSU in 2008. [74]

The College of Psychology was established in 1967, and trains current and future psychologists and counseling professionals, conferring the Psy.D. and Ph.D. degrees. It is located in the Maltz building on the main campus. [75]

The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education provides training for teachers, including various specialties such as special education and technology integration, at the associate, bachelors, masters (M.S. and M.A.), specialists (Ed.S.) and doctoral (Ed.D. and Ph.D.) levels. The College is named after Abraham S. Fischler, who served for over two decades as the second president of Nova University (prior to merging with Southeastern University).

The Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography is located on two campuses, one at the entrance to Port Everglades and the other on NSU's main campus. [76]

In addition to the 16 colleges, NSU has various other centers and institutes. NSU offers programs for families on parenting, preschool, primary education, and secondary education, which are provided through the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies and the NSU University School. [77] [50]

The Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine is located on both the main campus in Ft. Lauderdale and on the Kendall campus. This center actively seeks to advance the science of treatment for individuals with neuro-inflammatory diseases via integration of education, research, and patient care. [78]


University rankings
Forbes [79] 480
Times/WSJ [80] 401-500
U.S. News & World Report [81] 246
Washington Monthly [82] 391
Times [83] 301-350
Nova Southeastern University Facts [84] [85]
Fall 2015 Applicants 3,780
Fall 2015 Accepted 58%
Average GPA N/A
Middle 50% SAT 1350–1640
Middle 50% ACT 20–25 [84]
Graduate Students 19,449 [3]
Undergraduate Students 4,699 [3]
Student:Faculty Ratio 16:1 [3]
Majors Available 65 [86]
Faculty with Terminal Degrees 84%
Retention Rate 74% [3]

NSU is ranked by the Washington Monthly as the 259th best national university. [87]

In 2015, NSU was ranked by The Economist at 290 of 1,275 colleges based on income of graduate, compared to expected income. [88] [89]

In 2000, and again in 2014, Nova Southeastern University was ranked 3rd for highest total debt burden amongst its students. [90] In 2014, students at NSU carried the #1 highest debt load compared to all other students at non-profit universities. [90]

In 2015, NSU was ranked 9th for diversity by U.S. News & World Report. [91] In 2014 and 2015, NSU awarded more professional doctoral degrees to minorities than any other university in the nation. [92]

In 2016, NSU was selected as one of 20 global universities by the Times Higher Education and World University that could challenge the elite and become a world renowned university by 2030. [93]

Student life

NSU undergraduate demographics [3]
Asian/Pacific Islander 8%
Black/African American 18%
Hispanic/Latino 33%
Two or more 2%
White/non-Hispanic 32%
Unknown 3%
Non-resident alien 5%

In Fall 2014, 24,148 students were attending Nova Southeastern University, including undergraduates, graduate students, and professional programs. [3] About 70% of undergraduate students are female, and 30% are male. The average student age is 26 years, and 16% are from out-of-state, while the remaining 84% of students are from Florida. [85] About 33% of students are Hispanic/Latino, 32% are White/non-Hispanic, 18% are black/African American, 8% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 2% identify as two or more races/ethnicities, and 3% of students are of unknown ethnicity. [3]

The Davie Campus accounted for 92% of the student population and 100% of housing students. The North Miami Beach Campus accounted for about 5% of the student population. About 20% of students at NSU live in university owned or operated housing. [94]


There are over 100 clubs and organizations on campus for students. [95] There are a total of 19 student government associations that form PanSGA. Currently, the newly admitted College of Allopathic Medicine student body joined as the 20th SGA on campus. [96] The Nova Southeastern's Undergraduate Student Government Association is the primary organization for the government of the undergraduate student body. The Office of Student Activities is responsible for a number of activities on campus, including homecoming, and regular extracurricular activities. [97]

About 7-8% of students are involved in Greek Life system, through either a fraternity or sorority. [98] There are a total of five fraternities on the campus and six sororities on the campus.

The school's student-run newspaper, The Current, is published weekly. [99] There is also a school-sponsored radio station called WNSU RADIO X which broadcasts in the evenings and weekends on 88.5 FM WKPX, a station owned by Broward County Public Schools; Radio X airs from 6pm to midnight every night, and around the clock on [100] Sharks United Television (SUTV)—is the newest student-run media outlet at NSU. Students can watch in the NSU Residence Halls on Channel 96 and online at any of NSU's campuses.


NSU residence halls Year built Students
The Commons 2007 501
Cultural Living Center 1984 125
Farquhar Hall NA 55
Founders Hall NA 55
Leo Goodwin, Sr. Hall 1992 292
Rolling Hills Apartments 2008 373
Vettel Hall NA 55
Total - 1,529

1,529 students or about 5% of the Nova student population lives in on-campus residence halls. The newest residence hall is the Rolling Hills Apartments, which opened in 2008. [101] Rolling Hills Apartments is a renovated residence hall that was originally the "Best Western Rolling Hills Resort." This residence hall is for graduate and doctoral students. The oldest dorms, Farquhar, Founders, and Vettel, each house 55 students. [102]


The Don Taft University Center

The NSU Sharks compete in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Sunshine State Conference. [13] [103] Nova Southeastern University offers 17 intercollegiate athletic programs consisting of ten women's and seven men's teams. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, track and field, soccer, swimming, and diving. [104]

Since joining the NCAA in 2002, [103] the NSU Sharks have produced several NCAA All-Region selections and NCAA All-Americans, and have been nationally ranked in numerous sports. The NSU Sharks have won four straight championships in women's golf from 2009 to 2012. In 2016, for the first time in school history, the NSU baseball team won the Division II National Championship. [105]

Many athletic events at NSU take place at University Center Arena. In 2005, students voted for a new school mascot, and the student body selected the Sharks. NSU's athletic teams had previously been known as the Knights. [106]

Student series

Several projects have been established that allow students to voluntarily listen to speakers brought in from outside the campus.

The Farquhar Honors College hosts the Distinguished Speakers Series, which brings experts and notable persons from diverse fields to the campus. [107] Past speakers have included Salman Rushdie, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Film Maker Spike Lee, Maziar Bahari, Bob Woodward, Elie Wiesel, Paul Bremer, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Desmond Tutu, and Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama. [107]

The Life 101 series brings leaders from business, entertainment, politics and athletics to Nova Southeastern University to share their life accomplishments and "life lessons" learned. Past speakers have included Dwayne Johnson, Wayne Huizenga, Vanessa L. Williams, Dan Abrams, Jason Taylor, Michael Phelps, James Earl Jones, Janet Reno, Alyssa Milano, and Ivanka Trump. [108]

The Power Lunch series brings in local professionals and companies for a formal lunch and learn setting, which is supported by the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. The series is for all students of the Huizenga College and is promoted to help learn about working in the corporate setting as well as a networking tool for the students. Past speakers and companies have included Geico, BankAtlantic, Miami Heat, Florida Panthers, Miami Dolphins, T. Boone Pickens, Wayne Huizenga, DHL, Samuel DiPiazza, Frederick Henderson, and other local South Florida companies. [109] [110] [111]

Notable alumni

NSU has produced over 185,000 alumni, who live in all 50 US States, and over 116 countries worldwide. [6] [112] Alumni work in various fields, including academia, government, research, and professional sports including Major League Baseball stars J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox and 2015 National League batting champion Dee Gordon, now with the Seattle Mariners. [113]


Nova Southeastern University is classified as an "R2: Doctoral Universities - Higher Research Activity" in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Carnegie Foundation. [10] NSU research is supported by 101 external agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and Department of Defense. External research funding increased 125 percent over the past decade, from $47.1 million in FY 2008 to $95.8 million in FY 2017.

There are 235 research projects currently under way. They address such critical areas as anti-cancer therapies, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, coral reef restoration, stem cells, and wildlife DNA forensics. In 2014, NSU received $8.5 million to research the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. [114] NSU conducts research on coral reefs, partially funded by a $15 million federal grant. [115]


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