Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova was such a pleasant surprise! As I always say, I have a pre-conceived view prior to visiting a college on what it will be like and with Nova, my on campus experience far exceeded my pre-visit view. I was also able to speak with several students separate from my tour and information session and all were very happy and fulfilled, socially and academically, with their experience at Nova. This one is worth consideration.

– Private
– Undergraduate enrollment – 4,295 (21,625 total students)
– Admit rate – 53%
– Financial Aid forms required – FAFSA
– Retention rate – 75%
– Mid 50% SAT/ACT range – 500-610/22-28
– Student to faculty ratio – 17:1
– Well groomed and clean campus – One of the cleanest I have ever visited
– Crisp and new
– Close professor relationships
– Dual admission with many graduate programs
– Heavily into research for undergraduates
– Pharmacy, medical school, dental school, College of Nursing
– Some popular majors: Marine Biology, Business and Entrepreneurship College, Athletic Training, Healthcare administration, Education, Exercise Science
– Students work with professors to write proposals, attend conferences
– Great emphasis on experiential learning
– Honors College
– Razors Edge – Leadership scholarship program
– Intern with professionals in your major
– Residential – A good percentage of students are living on campus
– Contemporary campus
– Plenty of activities on campus
– Established in 1964 for graduate work and 1984 for undergraduate students
– Students from 109 countries, from all states
– 50+ undergraduate degree programs
– Average class size 14-15 students
– Study abroad opportunities
– Academic advisor and Excel career advisor for each student
– Certain majors will need to interview – Razors Edge Scholars Program, Some dual admissions programs
– Do not have community bathrooms in living spaces, all suite style
– Freshman are in a double or triple that has the space to accommodate this and each room has their own bathroom
– Laundry part of the cost of attendance
– Over 120 clubs and organizations, which includes Greek life
– Can attend Miami Dolphins home games for free
– Div II – 17 different NCAA teams – No football
– In a nice, safe residential area, surrounded by other educational campus’s
– 52% from Florida and 48% from out of state/international
– Proprietary application and part of Common App, opening October 1
– Award $3,000 – $17,000 in merit money based on your GPA and test scores
– Presidents scholarship is for full tuition and room and board – Need to interview
– Apply to the school in general but some majors or more competitive for certain majors
– Students are predominantly from Florida and the northeast but many come from the Midwest as well, in addition to Texas and California

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