Nova Southeastern University
Seal of Nova Southeastern University
|Motto||Engage, Inspire, Achieve|
|Type||Private research university|
|Endowment||US $95.4 million|
|Chancellor||Ray F. Ferrero Jr.|
|President||George L. Hanbury II|
|Provost||Ralph V. Rogers Ph.D.|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Fort Myers, FL
Palm Beach, FL
480 acres (1.9 km2)
|Colors||Navy Blue & Gray|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II SSC|
|Mascot||Razor the Shark|
|Affiliations||AACOM, AACP, AACSB, AAMFT, ABA, ADA, AOA, APA, APTA, ASHA, CEPH, ICUF, NAEYC, and SACS|
Nova Southeastern University is a private nonprofit university located in Broward County, Florida, United States, with its main campus in the town of Davie. Formerly referred to as "Nova" and now commonly called "NSU," the university operates eight Student Educational Centers in Florida, the largest being a 300 acres (120 ha) campus located approximately 24 miles (39 km) north of Downtown Miami.
The university was founded as the Nova University of Advanced Technology on a former Naval Outlying Landing Field built during World War II. The university first offered graduate degrees in the physical and social sciences. Leo Goodwin, Sr. left a $16 million bequest to the university in 1971 which funded its expansion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1994, the university merged with the Southeastern University of the Health Sciences and assumed its current name.
NSU currently consists of 18 colleges and schools offering over 175 programs of study with more than 250 majors. The university offers professional degrees in law, business, osteopathic medicine, allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, and nursing. Nova Southeastern enrolled 28,457 students in the 2011-2012 academic year and has produced over 145,000 alumni.
NSU is classified as a high research and community engaged university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and also has numerous additional specialized accreditations for its colleges and programs.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Academics
- 4 Enrollment and admissions
- 5 Rankings and recognition
- 6 Campus life
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology, the university was chartered by the state of Florida on December 4, 1964 as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. The school was renamed Nova University in 1974. After a merger with Southeastern University for Health Sciences in 1994, the university was renamed Nova Southeastern University. The land occupied by the university was previously a naval training airfield during World War II named Naval Outlying Landing Field Forman. The remnants of the taxiway surrounding the airfield are still present in the form of roads used on the campus. After World War II, the federal government had promised the Forman family, from whom the land was purchased, that the land would only be used for educational purposes. This led the land to be used for the creation of the South Florida Education Center of which Nova Southeastern University is now a part.
On June 23, 1970, the board of trustees voted to enter into a federation with the New York Institute of Technology. The president of NYIT, Alexander Schure, Ph.D., became chancellor of Nova University. Abraham S. Fischler became the second president of the university. Also, the university charter was amended and “of Advanced Technology” was dropped from its corporate name. In 1971, Nova University was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In 1972, the university introduced its first off-campus course of study in education. In 1974 the school changed its name to Nova University. Along with the name change came other changes, on campus, undergraduate evening programs began for adults, while the law school was opened in 1974. In 1976, the university received a $16 million gift from the estate of Leo Goodwin Sr., and began extensive campus and program expansion. Shortly after this, NSU dissolved its relationship with NYIT and began to create a board of trustees filled by South Florida residents.
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. Expansion continued with new building, and the addition of new academic, clinical and community service programs. By that time, enrollment increased approximately 42 percent; full-time members of the faculty, staff, and administration expanded to almost 2,600; and minority representation among faculty and staff members and students continued to expand.
The William and Norma Horvitz Administration Building, a 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m2) structure that houses the office of the president and numerous other administration departments for the university was constructed. The Alvin Sherman Library for Research and Information Technology Center was completed in 2001 and is the largest public library facility in the state of Florida. The Carl DeSantis Building, housing the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, opened in 2004. It cost $33-million. It is a 261,000-square-foot (24,200 m2), five-story facility. The Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences is located there.
The 366,000-square-foot (34,000 m2) University Center, which opened on August 24, 2006, features three NCAA competition courts in the main arena, two intramural courts, group fitness and instruction rooms, cardio and weight training areas, squash courts, a rock climbing wall, and The Flight Deck.
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. The Commons, a new, 525-bed residence hall, opened in the Fall of the 2007 semester.
George L. Hanbury II is the sixth president of Nova Southeastern University and assumed the position of president in January 2010.
|Warren J. Winstead||1964–1969|
|Abraham S. Fischler||1970–1991|
|Ovid C. Lewis||1994–1997|
|Ray F. Ferrero Jr.||1998–2009|
|George L. Hanbury II||since 2010|
Nova Southeastern University has three commonwealth campuses that are all located in Southern Florida. Specifically, they are located in Broward County and Miami-Dade County. Nova Southeastern University also has two international long-distance education centers, for students who study international business, which are located in both The Bahamas and Jamaica.
Davie Campus is the main campus and it is located in the town of Davie, Florida. However, the campus's mailing address is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The main campus is over 300 acres (1.2 km2). 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.
Dania Beach Campus
Dania Beach Campus is also known as the Oceanographic Center. The Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center is a center for oceanographical research at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
North Miami Beach Campus
The North Miami Beach Campus is also known as the Southern Campus. The Southern Campus serves as the main location for the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. The campus is 20 acres (0.1 km2) and serves approximately 5% of all NSU students. In 2007-2008 over 4,500 students were served by the North Miami Beach Campus. The North Miami Beach Campus consists of five academic buildings, a library, and academic office buildings. Although this is the smallest campus in size, it is one of the most active areas for the Nova Southeastern community. The campus will be home to the new College of Allopathic Medicine, which will be NSU's new MD degree granting program. The new college is expected to welcome its inaugural class in the fall of 2017, and will make Nova Southeastern the first institution in the Southeast to grant both MD and DO medical degrees.  This will become South Florida's fourth traditional (allopathic) medical school.
Student Education Centers
Nova Southeastern operates Student Education Centers and satellite campuses in The Bahamas, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Jamaica, Kendall, FL, Miramar, FL, Orlando, Tampa, Ponce, Puerto Rico and Palm Beach Gardens. These centers provide computer labs, videoconferencing equipment, and other resources for distance students, who are not located near the main campus. The satellite campuses and student education centers comprise a total of 150 acres (0.6 km2). All services provided on the main campuses are also available at all NSU Student Educational Centers.
The NSU University School
The campus also hosts the NSU University School . The University school is located on the Davie Campus. The University School is a fully accredited, independent, college preparatory school that serves grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. This school, often referred to as just the "University School", is broken up into three academic areas: the lower, middle, and upper schools. Respectively representing elementary, middle and high school divisions within the school.
The university awards associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields, including business, counseling, computer and information sciences, education, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, various health professions, law, marine sciences, psychology, and other social sciences.
Nova Southeastern University has the only colleges of optometry and dental medicine in South Florida, and one of only two colleges of pharmacy (the other being Palm Beach Atlantic University). The institution enjoys an excellent reputation for its programs for families offered through the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies and the University School of Nova Southeastern University. These include innovative parenting, preschool, primary education, and secondary education programs.
The Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center is the largest library building in the state of Florida. The library was opened to the public on December 8, 2001. Librarians at Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library provide instructional services to the university’s students, faculty and staff, such as, providing library training, developing library tutorials and research modules, creating publications and handouts and Aiding in the accreditation process for NSU programs. Alvin Sherman Library offers workshops on a variety of topics each semester online and at NSU Campuses.
Health professions division
The Health Professions Division complex, dedicated in June, 1996, is located on 21 acres (85,000 m2) and encompasses over 900,000 square feet (80,000 m2) of buildings. The Division comprises the:
The College of Osteopathic Medicine is part of the Health Professions Division encompassing over 2,000 students. The Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic medicine was the first osteopathic medical school to be established in the Southeastern United States. Graduates of NSU-COM are awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree.
The College of Pharmacy has an entry level Doctor of Pharmacy program in three sites, an international program in Davie, a PhD program and a waning Post-Baccalaureate program for pharmacy graduates.
There are a number of post-graduate residency programs including fellowships in Consumer Health Informatics and Neurocognitive Pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy admitted its first class in 1987 to become the only College of Pharmacy in South Florida. The College of Dental Medicine opened in the fall of 1997. It was the first new dental school to open in the United States in 24 years. With a class size of about 120, it is the largest dental school in Florida. In recent years, it has received more applications for admittance than any other dental school in the United States. It offers a four-year D.M.D. program, along with postdoctoral programs in: Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Master of Science degrees in Craniofacial Research. EMS Education and Training, Master of Science in Medical Informatics, and Masters of Public Health are also offered.
The College of Optometry is part of the Health Professions Division. Optometry students receive training in community, pediatric, primary, environmental and rehabilitative optometry, optics and health sciences. The program offers a combination of lectures and clinical experience.
The College of Medical Sciences is part of the Health Professions Division. This college offers a two-year program of study leading to a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences. Each student's program is individually tailored. Those enrolled in this program take basic science courses similar to those offered within the Health Professions Division during their first year. During the second year, students continue their program of general studies. The Master of Biomedical Sciences degree program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The Health Professions Division evolved from what was once Southeastern University of the Health Sciences before its merger with Nova University in 1994. The curricula offers clinical work and lectures. It is affiliated with The Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research.
Other schools, colleges, and centers
The Shepard Broad Law Center, founded in 1974, is the law school of Nova Southeastern University. The Law Center is housed in Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, located on Nova Southeastern University's main campus in Davie, Florida, and is named after university founder Shepard Broad. The Law Center hosts over 1,000 students in both its day and evening programs. There is a full-time faculty of 50, in addition to 65 adjuncts. The Law Center is accredited by the American Bar Association. According to the 2008 USNWR ranking of law schools,[clarification needed] the Law Center's legal skills and values program ("LSV") is among the top 30 such programs in the nation (ranked 22). In 2009, NSU Law students had the highest bar passage rating in South Florida and third highest bar passage rate in Florida.
The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship is housed in the Carl DeSantis building on the main campus. This serves over 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of degree programs. The school was named after the local businessman and philanthropic H. Wayne Huizenga. The Huzienga School was also the pioneer in the cluster concept for graduate students and making field-based graduate programs easier and more accessible for the students. The school is accredited by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) for its international student center in Jamaica. The school is a member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education and is in the initial accreditation phase for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International (AACSB).
The Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) is located in the Carl DeSantis building on the main campus.
The Nova Southeastern University Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is located on the Main Campus in the Maltz building, which is also shared with the Center for Psychological Studies.
Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies was organized in 1967. It is located in the Maltz building on the main campus. It trains current and future psychologists and counseling professionals. CPS is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Florida Department of Education.
Programs are divided into three divisions: 1) Humanities, 2) Math, Science, and Technology, and 3) Social and Behavioral Sciences.
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.
Enrollment and admissions
This table does not count deferred
applications or other unique situations.
|Student Demographics||Percent||Total Population|
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||0.4%||114|
|Hispanic (of any race)||34.6%||9,846|
Enrollment for fall 2008 consists of 28,457 students; which includes undergraduates, graduate students, and professional programs. For fall 2012, women accounted for 63% of student enrollment and minorities made up 67% of total undergraduate enrollment. Fall 2012 enrollment included students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries. The most popular college by enrollment are the Health Professions Division.
In 2008, the middle 50% of SAT scores submitted by the incoming freshman class was between 910 and 1110 on the traditional SAT scale. With the addition of the writing section on the new SAT, the middle 50% of scores was between 1350 and 1650. The freshmen acceptance rate for the first 2009 semester was 44%, continually dropping each year since 2005. The 2005 admission percentage was 54%. For the fall of 2009 15,098 prospective freshmen applied and 6,643 were accepted.
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. For the Fall of 2008, the average age for undergraduates was 18 and 27 for graduate students.
Rankings and recognition
|U.S. News & World Report||200-280|
|Nova Southeastern University Facts|
|Class of 2012 Applicants||14,627|
|Class of 2012 Students||2,994|
|Class of 2012 Accepted||45%|
|Middle 50% SAT||1350–1640|
|Programs of Study||175|
|Faculty with Terminal Degrees||84%|
|Classes taught by Faculty||100%|
|Average college loan debt per student||$302,125|
NSU is a ranked university in the second tier of the National Universities category, which ranks the top 280 research universities in the country, by U.S. News & World Report. NSU is also ranked in the Washington Monthly rankings as the 239th best national university. The university is also listed as one of the best distance learning graduate schools in the country by the Princeton Review. Nova Southeastern University also was rated as one of the top universities for minority students by the Princeton Review. Additionally, Nova Southeastern University is considered the top university in the nation for diversity by the U.S. Department of Education. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and also has numerous additional specialized accreditations for its colleges and programs.
Many of Nova Southeastern's colleges and schools have achieved national recognition through U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, U.S. Department of Education, and Carnegie Foundation.
The Shepard Broad Law School is considered to be the "Most Wired" college in the country. It is also highly regarded as the 7th best law school for minorities. The Shepard Broad Law Center was also recognized as consistently having the highest bar passage rating in South Florida and #3 in the state overall.
The College of Dental Medicine is one of only two Dental Colleges in the state of Florida. It is also the nationally recognized as the #1 College of Dental Medicine in Stem Cell Research. The College of Dental Medicine has also been recognized as a leader in dental research and education. It has received federal grants from to pursue the cloning of teeth from stem cells; the college is the first school in the nation to clone teeth.
The College of Allied Health and Sciences is the #1 producer in Physician Assistants in the country and has the highest passer rating of nurses, with an average score of 97.4, which is the highest in the state of Florida and 15th best in the United States.
The College of Pharmacy is one of the largest pharmacy programs internationally. It is uniquely involved in the global community, with outreach and study abroad programs for students and faculty in Asia, the Middle East, South America, Western Europe and the Caribbean. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is Florida’s only fully accredited program in osteopathic medicine. Additionally, it is Florida’s only training Center for Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness (CBAP) and one of several geriatric education centers in Florida.
The H. Wayne Huizenga School is ranked in the Princeton Review's Top 296 Graduate Business Colleges. It is also recognized as one of Barron's Best Buys in College. The Huizenga School is also recognized by BusinessWeek for being a top MBA feeder school at #30 and having top business undergraduate and graduate programs, ranked at #59 and #84, respectively.
The Oceanography Center was recognized internationally in 2008 for its recent research. Nova Southeastern along with the National Coral Reef Institute and the International Coral Reef Symposium conducted the largest Symposium in the world; the symposium hosted by the university had of over 75 different countries attend and participate in the event. In 2010, the Oceanography Center was awarded $15 million from the United States government to build the United States largest coral reef research center. The reef will be used as the premiere research facility in the country and will also house numerous international coral reef researchers.
Nova Southeastern also received national attention for its unique scholarship award. The university introduced the A. Gordon Rose scholarship which is awarded for studies of psychology on gay rights and homosexuality in society. This unique scholarship was given high praise by the American Psychology Association and was considered to be the first ground breaking equality movement in scholarships and in awareness. In addition to that the Maltz Psychology school is considered to be the nations leader in providing clinical services to the public.
Along with all of its rankings and recognitions the university strives for academic research. Nova Southeastern University is classified as Doctoral/Research University Carnegie Foundation. The university also boasts that 95% of all its professors either have doctoral or terminal degrees in the their field of pedagogy.
On a less savory note, Nova Southeastern University is the worst not-for-profit or public university in terms of total student debt, with the debt burden exploding from $1.7 billion in 2000 to $8.7 billion in 2014 
Nova Southeastern University is considered the most diverse university in the country by the U.S. Department of Education. The university is #1 in many doctoral categories for diversity. NSU awards the most doctoral degrees to African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans in the United States. Nova Southeastern is also highly rated for diversity in awarding master's degrees. The university is #2 in awarding master's degrees to Hispanics and #3 for awarding master's degrees to African Americans. The Fischler School of Education and Human Services is the #1 college in the United States to award doctorates in Education and The Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy nation’s most culturally diverse pharmacy program. The Princeton Review ranked the Shepard Broad Law School to be among the top seven universities in the country for non-white students.
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.
Another large aspect of the universities campus life is the Greek Life system which comprises approximately 10% of the undergraduate student body. There are a total of five fraternities on the campus and six sororities on the campus. Beyond Greek Life, there are another 60 undergraduate organizations on campus.
The school's student-run newspaper, The Current, is published weekly. 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 7 pm to 7 am, every night.
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. 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.
|Nova residence halls||Year built||Students|
|Cultural Living Center||1984||140|
|Leo Goodwin, Sr. Hall||1992||325|
|Rolling Hills Apartments||2008||373|
The NSU Department of Athletics competes in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Sunshine State Conference. 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. Male Student-Athletes can participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, track, soccer, swimming and diving.
NSU Athletics has produced several NCAA All-Region selections and NCAA All-Americans, and have been nationally ranked in numerous sports since joining the NCAA beginning with the 2002-03 academic year. It is a member of the Sunshine State Conference, Nova athletics have won four straight championships in women's golf from 2009 to 2012.
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.
Several projects have been established that allow students to voluntarily listen to speakers brought in from outside the campus.
Distinguished Speakers Series
The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences hosts the Distinguished Speakers Series. This series brings experts and notable persons from diverse fields to the campus. 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.
The Life 101 series brings leaders from business, entertainment, politics and athletics to Nova Southeastern University. By meeting these guest speakers, students are educated and inspired by their life accomplishments and “life lessons” learned along the way. 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.
Power lunch series
The Power Lunch series brings in local professionals and companies for a formal lunch and learn setting. The Power Lunch series is supported through the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. The series is for all students of the Huizenga School 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. 
Nova Southeastern University was established in 1964, but the school has quickly grown an active alumni base of over 120,000 alumni. Many of the alumni have made many contributions to their fields of expertise. The List includes alumni ranging from government officials to professional athletes. Nova Southeastern is also known for its contribution to Academia. A large number of Nova Southeastern's doctoral degree recipients are actively pursuing research in their fields.
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