NSU Makes Significant Gains in U.S. News and World Report 2021
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 have 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%); o 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.