Our Academic Roots

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is part of the greater 540-acre South Florida Educational Campus (SFEC). The campus, formerly owned by the Hamilton Forman Family, was part of the original settlement of the Town of Davie.  During World War II, the parcel was utilized as an airfield and training center. Following the War, Mr. and Mrs. Forman successfully lobbied to have the land set aside for educational purposes.  In the last four decades, NSU’s student body alone has increased from just 17 students to over 28,000, and it is now the largest independent institution of higher learning in the Southeast.  The SFEC is also home to Broward College, University of Florida satellite campuses, Florida Atlantic University, and public and private elementary, middle, and high schools.