Nova Southeastern University: Narrative Description

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3301 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796
Tel: (954)262-7300
Free: 800-541-NOVA
Admissions: (954)262-8000
Fax: (954)262-3967
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1964. Setting: 300-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 25,430. Faculty: 1,531 (542 full-time, 989 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,915 applied, 61% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 77% from top half. Full-time: 3,351 students, 74% women, 26% men. Part-time: 2,004 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 42 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 25% Hispanic, 27% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 60% 25 or older, 9% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: trimesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $23,946 includes full-time tuition ($15,600), mandatory fees ($220), and college room and board ($8126). College room only: $5662. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $520 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time, course load, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 34 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Pre-Pharmacy Society, Pre-Med Society, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Phi Epsilon, Nova International Muslim Association. Major annual events: Orientation, Homecoming, Got Wood bonfire. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, shuttle bus service. 464 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center plus 4 others with 668,738 books, 601,505 microform titles, 22,837 serials, 5,600 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 2,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Nova Southeastern University is located on a 227-acre site west of Fort Lauderdale in the town of Davie, 10 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and easily accessible from major U.S. and state highways including the Sunshine State Parkway. The climate is subtropical and the average year-round temperature is 75 degrees. Nova Southeastern University is situated in close proximity to Broward Community College and to the Nova complex of elementary, middle and high schools.

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