Hochberg-Miniaci Razor's Edge Scholars offers unique, hands-on experiences inside and beyond the classroom through innovative co-curricular projects and opportunities. These four-year residential programs at Nova Southeastern University are a perfect complement to any career path: health care, humanities, technology, business, education and more. And since every program awards a $25,000 scholarship, you can focus more on preparing for your future and less on how to pay for it.

Razor's Edge is all about relationships and building connections.

Jessica R. | Business Administration

Why should you apply to Hochberg-Miniaci Razor’s Edge?

Students say that the residential aspect of the program brings everyone in the program closer together. The connections built in Hochberg-Miniaci Razor’s Edge become a strong career network—and help build lifelong friendships.

Hochberg-Miniaci Razor's Edge Scholars Programs

If you're seeking an extraordinary college experience where you can channel your unique interests and talents, Hochberg-Miniaci Razor’s Edge could be your perfect fit.

These programs combine coursework with extracurricular activities to help you fully explore what you're passionate about-whether that's teaching, performing, starting a business, researching, leading your community or leading the world. Students within the Hochberg-Miniaci Razor's Edge program are required to live on campus during their freshman and sophomore year, but are given the option to opt-out of university housing during their junior and senior year.

As you gain experience, you’ll also develop close relationships with peers whom you’ll live and learn with for all four years. These classmates will become lifelong friends and valuable career connections.

Razor's Edge Global

For students with a strong interest in global issues, international relations, global leadership and cross-cultural understanding. Graduates earn a minor in Global Engagement. 

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Program Contact: Sarah Chenworth, program coordinator, 


Razor's Edge Leadership

For students who are highly involved in their high school and/or local community with a demonstrated track record of leadership roles and success. Graduates earn a minor in Experiential Leadership. 

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Program Contact: Daren Capirchio, Director of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement,


Razor's Edge Research

For students with an interest in research and the desire to work hands-on with today’s research projects. Graduates earn a minor in Research Studies.

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Program Contact: Dana Mills, program coordinator,


Razor's Edge Shark Talent | Performing and Visual Arts

For those students who are active in community or high school arts programs and who are passionate about using the arts to bring people together. Students must major or minor in a visual and performing arts discipline. Graduates earn a major or minor in Art and Design, Dance, Music, or Theatre.

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Program Contact: Dan Gelbmann, program coordinator,


Razor's Edge Shark Teach | Education

For students who are motivated to contribute to the field of education by increasing learner achievement and impacting educational outcomes. Receive automatic admission into The Fischler Academy, where graduates earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s in education. 

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Program Contact: Luke Williams, program coordinator,


Dates and Deadlines

November 1

Early Decision & Early Action Admission

February 1

Regular Decision Admission

February 1

Premier Programs

Ready for the Next Step?

Here’s how to apply.

After you’ve decided which Hochberg-Miniaci Razor’s Edge Scholars Program interests you, applying is as easy as 1-2-3.

Note that you can apply to any two Hochberg-Miniaci Razor’s Edge programs. You can also apply for our other Premier Programs with your supplemental application:

  • Dual Admission
  • The Fischler Academy of Education
  • Huizenga Business Innovation Academy

If you have questions, an admissions counselor is available to help. They can answer any questions you have and get you started on the application process when you’re ready.

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Apply for Undergraduate Admission

You can use the Shark Select Application or the Common Application to apply to Nova Southeastern University.

Submit a Supplemental Application

Complete the supplemental Premier Programs application.

Interview During Shark Preview

If you’re admitted to NSU and submit the supplemental application, you will be invited via email to choose which Shark Preview Weekend works for your schedule.