Shark Preview Weekend is the ideal time for your family to learn about life at NSU Florida.

Over the weekend, your student will get acquainted with NSU’s campus and culture and meet fellow admitted students, current student leaders, and faculty members. 

What to Expect at Shark Preview Weekend

Examine NSU Up Close and Personal

Dive into the activities we’ve planned to help you decide whether NSU is a good fit. Your student will get a chance to meet current students and other future Sharks, talk to professors and interview for Premier Programs. Shark families attend information sessions that tackle questions on everything from academics to financial aid.

Eager to get started? Connect with other Shark families on Facebook.

Shark Preview weekend really locked NSU in as the top contender in my daughter’s college search. The fun, friendly conversation with an actual professor and playing the ice breaker games with other students showed her how much NSU felt like ‘family.’

Allison J. | Class of 2025 Parent

Planning for Shark Preview Weekend

Event Check-in and Sample Schedules

There is no check-in for parents, so we will meet you at the Welcome to Shark Preview sessions. Student check-in is on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. (ET). We recommend your student checks in at least 15 to 30 minutes early, since things get rolling at 4 p.m. (ET) sharp.

Sample Parent Schedule

Sample Student Schedule


Attire Recommendations 

Students can stick to casual wear (i.e., T-shirt, jeans, shorts) on Thursday for the welcome ceremony, interview preparation and meet and greet with NSU students. On Friday, during the day, we recommend wearing business casual or professional attire for interview(s). Students can revert back to casual and/or their most-inspired Shark spirit wear for Saturday’s closing ceremony!

Parents: Be casual all weekend. Don’t forget comfortable walking shoes!

Getting Around Campus 

Use these tools to navigate NSU’s campus and surrounding area.

Driving Directions

To get to the Public Library and Main Student Parking Garage from I-95, North or South, or Florida’s Turnpike, North or South:

  • Take I-595 exit, westbound.
  • Proceed on I-595 to University Drive
  • Turn left and proceed southbound on University Drive to SW 30th Street
  • Turn left onto SW 30th Street; proceed East approximately ½ mile; turn right onto Ray Ferrero, Jr. Boulevard
  • Make a right turn into the NSU campus onto Ray Ferrero, Jr. Boulevard and enter the parking garage using the eastside entrance
  • Once you're parked, look for signs or NSU staff to guide you to check in

Interactive Campus Map
Printable Campus Map

Take a Virtual Tour of Campus

Your Shark isn’t the only reason you’ll want to visit NSU over and over.

What is my student interviewing for?

Your student will be scheduled to interview for one or more Premier Programs of their choice, including Razor’s Edge Scholarships, dual admissions and other academic opportunities. From saving a seat in a graduate or professional program to launching and running a business, implementing community-based projects resulting in an academic minor, or even securing a guaranteed teaching job upon graduation, NSU's Premier Programs offer students a competitive advantage in a competitive world.

Your student will need to go through one or more interviews to enter the Premier Program of their choice. We’ve put together a guide to interviewing for individual program.

Premier Program Interview Descriptions

Premier Programs

Dual Admission
Students reserve seats in one of NSU's graduate or professional programs while earning their bachelor’s degrees.

The Fischler Academy 
Graduates earn bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in education in just four years and are guaranteed jobs.

Huizenga Business Innovation Academy 
Graduates earn a bachelor’s degrees and M.B.A. degrees in just four years, and NSU will invest up to $20K in their start-ups.

Razor’s Edge Scholars
This four-year residential program gives students unique hands-on experiences both inside the classroom and beyond.

Presidential Scholars
This prestigious scholarship opportunity is based on outstanding academic achievement and covers up to full tuition.

Explore All Premier Programs

Premier Program Scholarships

Parent Information Sessions

Meet Your NSU Parent Coordinator

Parent coordinator Brooke Stevens works with Shark families from application to graduation to ensure a smooth ride.



Shark Preview Parent Session: Financial Aid

Learn how to fund your student’s education by exploring scholarships, FAFSA options and estimated costs.

Follow the Money


Shark Preview Parent Session: Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL)

See how NSU’s ExEL programs give students hands-on experience through internships, volunteer experience or study abroad opportunities.

Learn About ExEL

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

From hurricane safety prep to filling out FAFSA forms—get answers to frequently asked questions parents often have during Shark Preview.

Watch FAQ's Video


Shark Preview Parent Session: Public Safety

Learn how the safety measures, tools and processes NSU’s Office of Public Safety has in place to protect students on campus.

Learn How We Keeps Sharks Safe


Shark Preview Parent Session: Residential Life & Housing

See different options for student housing, meal plans and tools to secure student accommodations.

Welcome Home

Next Steps

We know parents and families play a huge role in the college admissions process, and we appreciate your support! To help make things a little easier for you and your student, we’ve put together a step-by-step list to guide future Sharks to success—no matter where you are in the application journey.

Get Admitted Student Checklist