Nova Southeastern University

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#T-190, overall score 33.33/100

Fun Fact:

One of NSU’s most popular courses is Scuba Diving.

Why should Jewish students attend NSU? “Nova Southeastern offers students the opportunity for a nurturing and exciting Jewish home away from home. Shabbat, hands-on volunteering, travel opportunities, social events, and more will ensure that your Jewish journey continues with you in University.” - Adam Kolett, Executive Director, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach

“Jewish students should consider NSU because it is a vibrant, expanding campus with a large and diverse Jewish population in the heart of South Florida. There is easy access to Kosher food, synagogues and nearly every Jewish resource imaginable for Jews of all backgrounds.” - Rabbi Aryeh Schwartz, director, Chabad Jewish Student Center at NSU


  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 4,295
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 400
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 84% in-state / 16% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Current
  • NCAA Division: II
  • NCAA team: Sharks

COST & AID Score: 0/15

  • Score: 0/15
  • Tuition: $29,940
  • Room & board costs: $12,550
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $6,313
  • Average loan debt: $34,763

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 58%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 20:1
  • Median SAT range: 930-1160
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 10.33/20

  • Score: 10.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 19
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8.67/11

  • Score: 8.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 0.92/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 64.97/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12.67/34

  • Score: 12.67/34
  • Hillel: Nova Southeastern University Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad At NSU
  • OU-JLIC: none
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 80
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 25 (13 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Seth Gabel
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: The Engagement Internship provides Hillel students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, receive state of the art training, and support Jewish life on campus.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Nova Southeastern is located in the heart of a diverse and Jewishly rich neighborhood with many kosher restaurants and grocery stores nearby. Kosher food is also available on campus. There is now a Kosher restaurant a few blocks from campus called Sunrise Pita and Grill - Davie. There is also a kosher market with a full take-out counter a few minutes from campus.Chabad at NSU offers Friday night dinner for all students.

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