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Nova Southeastern University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 19th 2019By -  Mansi Sharma

With an acceptance rate of 58%, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is competitive to get admission in. Last year the university accepted only 4525 applicants out of a pool of 7779.

  • The applicants can apply through early decision, early action, and the regular application.
  • Early decision is a binding decision plan and only students who are committed to attending NSU should apply through it as if admitted, they will have to immediately withdraw applications to all other colleges and universities.
  • Early action, on the other hand, is a non-binding decision plan.
  • Freshman applicants can apply through:
  • NSU Shark Select Application, or
  • The Common Application
  • International applicants can apply through:
  • NSU Shark Select International Application, or
  • The Common Application
  • The university is competitive to get in through SAT scores as it requires an average of 1070-1290.
  • It is moderately competitive to get in the university through ACT scores as the composite score required is 22-28.


Application PortalDomestic: NSU Shark Select Application
The Common Application
International: NSU Shark Select International Application
The Common Application
Application Fee50 USD
Average Weighted High School GPAA-/B+ Overall Classroom Average
Acceptance Rate58%
SAT (Combined Math & Critical Reading Only)Mid-range 1070 - 1290
ACTMid-range 22-28 (Composite)
Undergraduate Tuition (per semester)14490 USD
Application PortalUnversity’s Online Portal
Application Fee50 USD
Payment ModeVisa, American Express, and MasterCard
Tuition849 USD per credit hour

Nova Southeastern University Admission Deadlines

Early Decision ApplicationNovember 1
FAFSA Submission (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) DeadlineNovember 1
Early Action ApplicationNovember 1
Regular ApplicationFebruary 12
Fall 2019 Transfer Priority DateMay 1, 2019
Application DeadlineVaries for different schools and courses

Admission Requirements for International Students

Secondary School/Post-Secondary Credentials:

  • Applicants need to send original or certified copies of their home country’s credentials. They must also submit a copy of any terminating or qualifying examination results or certificates if applicable.
  • All documents written in a foreign language must be accompanied by a notarized/certified English translation. Please note that both documents are required; the original in the applicant’s first language and the English translation.
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher is required, but submission of up to a total of three letters is allowed.

NSU offers many scholarships. Some are based on academic standing and leadership qualities, others on the students' major, grades, ethnicity, and any number of things that are special about them. International students should inspect which ones they are eligible for and apply for them before the specified deadlines.

Immigration Regulations

All international students must either obtain an F-1 visa to study at Nova Southeastern University or have a visa status that permits a nonresident alien to study in the United States.

In order to apply for an F-1 (student visa) at the American Embassy in their home country, international students need to obtain an I-20 first. The following criteria have to be met before the Office of International Students and Scholars at NSU can issue the I-20:

  • Nova Southeastern University must have officially accepted the students for admission.
  • Students have to submit a seat deposit fee of 200 USD to indicate their acceptance for admission.
  • Full-time day students must demonstrate the availability of funds for a total of 46000 USD for which they can submit an original bank statement or original letter on bank letterhead.

Language Requirements for International Students

Proof of English proficiency is required from almost all international students. Students can demonstrate adequate English skills by getting a passing score on one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test (iBT): 79
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 or higher on the test module
  • Overall score on Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE Academic): 54 or higher
  • Overall score on iTep Academic (International Test of English Proficiency): 3.9 or higher
  • Passing Level 9 from TALK International
  • Completion and passing of ELS Level 112 Intensive Program English for Academic Purposes
  • SAT verbal scores: 520 or above, or ACT English score: 20

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Official transcripts and recommendations:

  • Transcripts can be submitted either electronically through Naviance, SendEDU or the common application. The documents can also be mailed to Nova Southeastern University.
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher is required, but upto three letters are accepted.

Submit Scores:

  • SAT mid-range (combined math & critical reading only) score 1070 - 1290.
  • ACT mid-range (composite) score: 22-28.
  • Applicants must submit their self-reported or official SAT or ACT score. The testing agency has to directly report the official test scores.
  • The average weighted high school GPA required is A-/B+.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with an appropriate major from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A GPA of at least 2.5.
  • If the undergraduate degree of the applicant was not completed in the United States, it must be equivalent to a regionally-accredited United States bachelor's degree in a related field with an equivalent GPA of at least 2.5. The degree must be evaluated by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • If the applicants have a lower GPA score they can still apply but their application must be accompanied with a supplemental letter explaining why the low GPA does not reflect the inadequate potential for success in the program.
  • Sealed official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A resume
  • The college may require additional documentation as well to support the application like Statement of Purpose, Personal History Statement, statement of career goals, etc.
  • When writing the statement of career goals, applicants must be as specific as possible regarding the types of positions and responsibility levels to which they aspire. Try including long-term as well as short-term goals. Describe expectations concerning the role of the Nova Southeastern University’s graduate program in achieving their goals.
  • Different programs and schools have different requirements so applicants are advised to review program-specific admission requirements under individual programs).

Graduate Courses Admissions

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineApplication FeeAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
M.S. Information TechnologyOnline PortalWinter: December 7, 2018
Summer: April 6, 2019
Fall: July 20, 2019
50 USD

A bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 from a regionally accredited institution. Sealed official transcripts from all institutions attended.

A resume

Standardized test scores.

IELTS: 6.0
PTE-Academic (cBT): 54
MBAOnline PortalAugust 5, 201950 USD

A bachelors degree An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or greater For applicants who have earned a 2.25-2.49 cumulative undergraduate GPA or who have earned a GPA of 2.25-2.49 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program

A minimum GMAT score of 450 or the equivalent score in GRE Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended.

cBT TOEFL: 213
Paper TOEFL: 550 
Minimum IELTS: 6. Minimum PTE: 54. TALK International, School of Languages: Completion of level 9 test with a score of 85% or higher. Completion of ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 with a grade of 'C' or higher from a regionally accredited institution. An interview may also be required to determine the current level of English proficiency, even if the required scores and guidelines have been fulfilled.
M.S. Marine ScienceOnline PortalSummer: April 5
Fall: July 19
Winter: November 15
50 USD

Full Acceptance: A bachelor’s degree with a major GPA of at least 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 2.9 Minimum GRE: 55% (verbal), 55% (quantitative), and 4.0 (analytical writing) Acceptance with academic requirements: A ‘B’ grade or better in the first four courses.

Minimum GRE: 40% (verbal), 40% (quantitative), and 3.5 (analytical writing) three letters of recommendation

A statement of career goals

pBT: 550
cBT: 213
iBT: 79
IELTS: 6.0
PTE Academic: 54
M.S. NutritionOnline PortalSummer: April 15, 2020
Fall: August 1, 2019
Winter: December 14, 2019
50 USDA bachelor’s degree Cumulative GPA: 3.0 or above One letter of recommendationMinimum TOEFL: 600 on the written, or a comparable score on the computerized version
M.S. Computer ScienceOnline PortalSummer: April 6, 2019 Fall: July 20, 2019
Winter: December 7, 2018
50 USDA bachelor’s degree GPA: 2.5 Sealed official transcripts from all institutions attended. A resumeTOEFL iBT: 80
IELTS: 6.0
PTE-Academic (cBT): 54

Some important points to be mindful of are:

  • Once the application has been submitted, applicants may view their missing items on their profile account and upload certain documents.
  • Admission decisions are made on a continuous basis. Completed application materials must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the term.
  • Registration periods open before the application deadlines. Applications received after the deadline will have to be resubmitted for the next term.
  • For international applicants who wish to study on-site, they should complete their application 4 months before the start of the term.
  • NSU super scores both the SAT and the ACT which means that they combine the best math and critical reading scores from the old SAT or the best math and reading/writing from the new redesigned SAT.
  • The best individual subscores will be combined for an overall composite super score for ACT. So, applicants are encouraged to report all official scores for either the SAT or ACT so that NSU has the highest scores achieved on record.
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