Nova Southeastern University is a private Hispanic-serving multi-campus research university with its main campus in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida. The university consists of 18 total colleges, centers, and schools offering over 150 programs of study. The university offers professional degrees in the social sciences, law, business, osteopathic medicine, allopathic medicine, allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, education, occupational therapy, and nursing. As of 2019, 20,793 students were enrolled at Nova Southeastern University, with a total of 185,000 alumni. With a main campus located on 314 acres in Davie, Florida, NSU operates additional campuses in Dania Beach, North Miami Beach, Tampa Bay, and centers throughout the state of Florida.
The university was founded as the Nova University of Advanced Technology on a former naval outlying landing field built during World War II, and first offered graduate degrees in the physical and social sciences. In 1994, the university merged with the Southeastern University of the Health Sciences and assumed its current name.
NSU is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity;" it also classified as a "community engaged" university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and also has numerous additional specialized accreditations for its colleges and programs.
The NSU Sharks compete in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association as members of the Sunshine State Conference.