Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
(954) 262-8000
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

In 1964, Nova Southeastern University was established in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. With just a few students and a set of ideas, the school grew to become the nation’s eighth-largest, nonprofit, independent university. More than 28,000 students attend Nova Southeastern University through on-campus and distance learning programs. The university is currently ranked among National Universities, Tier 2, by U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. Nova Southeastern University has an average freshman retention rate — which is an indicator of student satisfaction — of nearly 70%. Because online education is such an integral part of the institution’s mission to expand educational outreach, a vast number of online degree programs were designed for distance learners.

Programs Offered

Nova Southeastern University offers online degrees in a format similar to the traditional programs, combining a real-time electronic classroom setting with telecommunication technologies. Distance learners are also provided with access to the educational support services enabled by the Davie Campus. Resources include the electronic library, Internet, and computer software hosted by central servers. Students are given a variety of outlets to conduct student-teacher communication and discussion with classmates through the online learning platform. Of the university’s online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, 76 of them have received specialized certification by the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus (SREB). Nova Southeastern University provides degrees in popular fields of study, including business administration, computer information studies, education, and much more.


Nova Southeastern University was granted full accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (COC, SACS). Fourteen other organizations awarded specialized accreditation for specific programs as well.


First-time college students (freshmen) must submit official high school transcripts and scores from the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission to the school. Transfer students with less than 24 transferable credits must include the same information as freshmen applicants with official transcripts from college course work as well; those transferring more than 24 credits do not need to submit the same supporting documents. A maximum of 90 credit hours can be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. Working adults will need to submit official transcripts from previous colleges or universities and a high school transcript if less than 24 credits are being transferred. Admission requirements at the graduate level depend entirely on the specific field a student’s degree is offered in — listed here — but generally include completion of a bachelor’s degree and a minimum grade point average relative to the specific degree.


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