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Application Process

NSU University School is committed to providing students with a learning environment best suited to meet their individual needs. Because of this, families recognize the value in a NSU University School education. The strong and supportive relationships our faculty, staff, and administration build with students and parents lay the foundation for a successful educational experience in our Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.

The admissions team looks forward to guiding you through the application process so that you and your child can be part of the NSU University School community. Please call 954-262-4506 if you have any questions.

Step 1

We'd love for you to come see and learn about our school! If you'd like to schedule a visit, please call 954-262-4506 or email You can also visit our school during one of our upcoming Open Houses.


Click here and submit the online application via Ravenna. You will need to create a new account. Please be sure to click here to pay the application fee to complete the process. (If you are a USchool family applying a sibling or a current NSU employee, please note that the application fee is waived.)

Step 3

Schedule the entrance test:

Grades JK & K:

Our youngest candidates enjoy activity sessions that assess cognitive, language, motor, and social skills. These sessions are scheduled on the following Saturdays in 2020: January 11, February 8, March 14, and April 18. You will receive an appointment after your application is submitted. JK candidates must be 4 years old by August 31 and Kindergarten candidates must be 5 years old by August 31 to apply.

Grades 1-5:

Applicants take standardized tests in reading comprehension, math, and writing. This experience is scheduled during a school day and includes a brief tour and classroom visit. The Admissions Office will schedule the date after your application is received.

Grades 6-12:

Middle and Upper School applicants take the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT), which measures verbal and quantitative ability, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Applicants will interview with an admissions coordinator or teacher to share interests, talents, and goals. We recommend testing on a Flex test date, which includes an interview and tour.

Please contact the NSU University School admissions office by phone at 954-262-4506 or by email at to request an access code for a specific test month in order to register your child for SSAT Flex testing on our campus. Our Flex tests are only open to applicants of NSU University School. Students who choose to test at another location must schedule the interview on a different day. Click here for SSAT dates and registration information.


Log in to Ravenna and complete all of the required forms listed below:

Grades JK & K:

School Recommendation
Release of Records
Parent Questionnaire

Grades 1-5 and BRIDGES:

School Recommendation for Grade 1
School Recommendation for Grades 2-5
Release of Records
Parent Questionnaire

Grades 6-12:

Release of Records
Math Teacher Recommendation
English Teacher Recommendation
Special Interest Recommendation (Optional)
Applicant Questionnaire
Parent Questionnaire


Click here to check the status of your application. You will be notified once the admissions committee has met and a decision has been made.

BRIDGES Program (Grades 1-4):

Bridges candidates are required to submit a recent psychological evaluation before scheduling a visit. The visit will include additional assessments in reading, math, and writing along with participation in classroom activities.

International Students:

We welcome students from other countries.

In addition to meeting the academic and character standards required of all NSU University School applicants, international students in grades 2-12 must demonstrate English proficiency at the intermediate level on a standardized test of English proficiency including but not limited to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL/TOEFL JR), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), PTE Academic/YTE, or the SSAT. Minimum test scores for Upper School applicants are 70 (TOEFL), 5.5 (IELTS), and 49 (PTE).

All international students must submit original language and translated copies of their grades and recommendations. International applicants for Grades 6-12 should take the ITEP SLATE exam for admissions. Testing sites can be accessed by clicking here.

Applicants for grades 8-12 must submit both original language and certified translated transcripts, beginning with grade 8 through the current grade level. All applicants must submit copies of passport and customs documentation (Visa, I-20, Proof of permanent residency).

A video or personal interview is included in the application process to access verbal English ability and to learn more about the student's interests and goals.

International Students in Grades 6-12:

Release of Records
Math Teacher Recommendation
English Teacher Recommendation
Special Interest Recommendation (Optional)
Applicant Questionnaire (Must be completed in English)
Parent Questionnaire
Photocopy of Student Passport
Official Transcript (In student's language)
Official Transcript (Translated to English and evaluated by a NACES accredited agency. Click here for a list of translation services.)

Have Questions?

Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions about NSU University School.

And as always, our admissions team is here to assist you every step of the way throughout the admissions process. Feel free to call us at 954-262-4506 or email a team member at

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