Nova Southeastern University (NSU) gives a whole new meaning to "school of sharks." NSU, whose mascot is the deep sea predator, has an enrollment of more than 29,000 students and offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic programs. NSU offers degrees in several medical disciplines (osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, optometry, nursing), marine biology, business, law, education, and computer sciences. The not-for-profit independent school operates four campuses in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, several health centers, and an oceanographic center. Founded in 1964, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences in 1994 to become Nova Southeastern University.
NSU is a distance education pioneer (it was the first US university to offer graduate programs online), offering classes on the Internet as well as at dozens of offsite centers.
In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs, NSU also operates The University School, a pre-K through 12th grade college preparatory day school that draws part of its staff from NSU's School of Education and Human services. The university's Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies serves the local community with programming for parents and educators.
NSU got hold of some $15 million in federal economic stimulous money in 2010, added $22 million of its own reserves, and put the money to building a coral reef research center. – less