NSU Makes Significant Gains in U.S. News and World Report 2021 College Rankings

FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – The latest rankings are out from U.S. News and World Report and it shows the Sharks are on the move!

For 2021, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has jumped up 19 spots and is now ranked 227 in the United States. This is the second largest increase by a Florida institution of higher learning compared to last year.

“It’s a great day to be a shark,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury. “Receiving such recognition shows that NSU is on its way to becoming a preeminent research university that provides its students with a myriad of educational opportunities. We’re equipping students with an edge they can use in their professional and personal lives. But rest assured, our work is not done – it will never be done as we continually strive to be better every day.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks schools according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence, such as graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence and student selectivity. Scores for each measure are weighted to arrive at a final score.

“Moving up 19 spots in one year is no small feat,” said Don Rudawsky, Ph.D., NSU’s Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness. “These rankings reflect the changes in our admissions standards and support of traditional undergraduate students that began to hit a tipping point in 2014. With our retention rate at nearly 80 percent and rising, it’s clear NSU is providing what today’s students are looking for.”

NSU’s student-faculty ratio is 17:1, and nearly 74% of its classes has fewer than 20 students. The rankings listed the most popular majors at NSU as: Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies.

Some of the NSU highlights include:

  • 8% increase in Pell Grant student graduation rates (43% to 51%);
    • Social Mobility rank improved to 113  from 165;
  • Alumni giving up from 2% to 3%;
  • Maintained status as an A+ school for “B” students, and having a high diversity index.


You can find the full list of the 2021 College Rankings ONLINE.

You can also find the Florida schools’ rankings ONLINE.


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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): At NSU, students don’t just get an education, they get the competitive edge they need for real careers, real contributions and real life. A dynamic, private research university, NSU is providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree levels. Established in 1964, the university includes 15 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, the private JK-12 grade University School, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, one of Florida’s largest public libraries. NSU students learn at our campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, and online globally. With nearly 200,000 alumni across the nation and globe, the reach of the NSU community is worldwide.  Classified as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit www.nova.edu for more information.



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