Since the introduction of the graduate computer science program in 1975, the school has been a pioneer in computing research and education. The school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985. In 1989 the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) was formed.
Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
NSU was re-designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense for academic years 2014-2021 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). NSU first received this designation in March 2005.
Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).