About NSU

A fully accredited, private, not-for-profit, research university dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs of distinction from preschool through the professional and doctoral levels.


At Nova Southeastern University, our approach to education has always been innovative and unique. We don’t fit easily within the standard niche – because neither do you.

We are traditional, but we’re also young, bold and forward thinking. Our private, undergraduate college offers a personal, nurturing atmosphere, but we’re also an exciting university with a wide variety of graduate and professional degrees.

Established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1964 as a small college with some revolutionary ideas, NSU was originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology and chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University.

Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. We have approximately 27,000 students, 162,000 alumni, a sprawling, 314-acre Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus and a presence throughout Florida, the U.S. and nine countries around the world. Through five decades of explosive growth, our reputation for academic excellence and innovation continues to flourish. 

NSU offers a vast number of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees through our 16 colleges in the fields of BusinessDental MedicineEducationEngineering and Computing, Arts, Humanities, and Social SciencesLaw, MedicineNursingOptometry, Pharmacy, Psychology, and Natural Sciences and Oceanography.


President Hanbury

Dr. George L. Hanbury II is the sixth president of Nova Southeastern University and recently took over as President/CEO in July 2011. He has already begun to build on the legacy of former presidents and elevate the university’s standing to one of national prominence.

Explore President Hanbury’s background and vision for the future, access the President’s Facebook page and read the latest NSU news.

President's Office


Vision, Mission and Core Values

To help define and guide the future of Nova Southeastern University, our President, George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., collaborated with faculty members, deans, staff, alumni, student leaders, community members, and the board of trustees to create this single-shared vision – the 2020 Vision, Mission, and Core Values.

Vision, Mission and Core Values

Locations and Directions

Our 314 acre main campus is located in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida and we have three other main locations including our Fort Lauderdale East Campus, Oceanographic Center in Hollywood and the North Miami Beach Campus.

We also have Regional Campuses in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami-Kendall, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, Puerto Rico, and Tampa.

Locations and Directions


NSU History

Nova Southeastern University, originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology, was established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1964 as a small, graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. Our rich and storied history as a pioneer in both traditional and non-traditional education includes five decades of explosive growth and a reputation for academic excellence and innovation.

NSU History

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Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Nova Southeastern University.

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