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Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University is a not-for-profit, independent university, founded in 1964 in Davie, Florida, USA. The university serves large numbers of adult students and a growing population of traditional undergraduates. To date, the institution has produced approximately 79,000 alumni. Nova Southeastern University is the largest independent institution of higher education in the Southeast and the eighth largest not-for-profit independent institution nationally. NSU is one of 161 colleges and universities statewide, and one of 87 independent four-year institutions in Florida.
The university awards associateís, bachelorís, masterís, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields, including business, counseling, computer and information sciences, education, medicine, dentistry, various health professions, law, marine sciences, psychology, and other social sciences. Nova Southeastern University has the only college of optometry in Florida, and the only colleges of pharmacy and dental medicine in South Florida. The institution also enjoys an excellent reputation for its programs for families offered through the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies and the University School. These include innovative parenting, preschool, primary education, and secondary education programs.
The universityís programs are administered through academic centers that offer courses at the Fort Lauderdale campuses as well as at locations throughout Florida, across the nation, and at selected international sites in the Caribbean, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Despite the geographic diversity of sites where classes are offered, 82 percent of the student body attends classes in Florida. Seventythree percent of all students enrolled attend classes in the tricounty area (i.e., Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties). Nova Southeastern University is a major provider of educational programs for Florida residents. Through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, NSU educated approximately 22,000 Florida residents in calendar year 2004. With an annual budget of approximately $355 million, Nova Southeastern University also has a significant economic impact on the surrounding community. A recent NSU study revealed that the university and its students and employees are expected to contribute more than $1.6 billion to the Florida economy by 2010 when a new Academical Village is fully implemented.
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