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Huizenga College of Business Students

Getting Started

New Graduate Student To-Do List


Newly Admitted to HCBE
If Provisionally or Conditionally Admitted

Work with your Recruiter to complete the admissions documentation necessary to be Fully Admitted. Note: Provisionally and conditionally admitted students are not eligible to receive financial aid funds.

Retrieve your Sharklink username and password

Sharklink is your "passport" to access important campus resources and tools (e.g., NSU e-mail, Webstar, registration, and financial aid). (https://nova.edu/sbin/nsulookup/ac/sharklook)
Note: If you require further assistance logging into Sharklink contact the NSU Help Desk at (954)262-4357.

Check your NSU E-mail

Due to FERPA privacy restrictions, all NSU email communication must be conducted through your NSU student email account. Please setup your NSU email account by logging into Sharklink - click on the email icon - then follow on screen commands.
Note: If you require further assistance retrieving your NSU email refer to the following link: (http://www.nova.edu/help/live/how-to.html)

Watch the HCBE Graduate Pre-Enrollment Workshop

This 1-hour online workshop can be viewed through the HCBE YouTube page and provides new students with guidance in navigating important resources and E-tools. A demo of the Registration system will also be provided to assist students with enrolling in classes for their first semester. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpxlw4b6hrI&feature=youtu.be

Program Maps

Review the suggested Program Maps for your degree. This map will help you select which courses you should register for each semester: www.business.nova.edu/masters/curricula/maps.html.

Schedule a 30-minute new student academic advising appointment

This is an opportunity to connect with your academic advisor, review your foundation and degree requirements, plan your class schedule, and to discuss academic policies and campus resources. Call (954) 262-5067 to schedule a New Student advising appointment (in-person or via telephone). Students must have their Sharklink and NSU Email established prior to this appointment. Students with a telephone advising appointment are encouraged to be in a quiet place and have access to a computer to optimize content discussed during the advising session.

Review and Bookmark the Huizenga Current Students web page:

www.business.nova.edu/current-students/

Register for MGT 5000: The  Graduate Orientation for Success
(Locations: Main Campus and Online via Blackboard) 

MGT 5000 is required for first term MBA and MPA students. During the first semester in the program students will pair the orientation class with MGT 5105 or PUB 5409 dependent upon program. This academic orientation course and campus-based event provides you with helpful information needed to be a successful graduate student. At the event you will gain insight about your selected graduate program, interact with faculty, and mingle with peers, advisors and program staff. Distance learners are encouraged to attend the campus event. If travel is prohibitive, the online modules can be completed in lieu of attending the event.

Financial Aid

Complete the FAFSA form online to determine your eligibility. You can view your Financial Aid account and accept funds via Sharklink.
Note: If you are receiving financial aid you should apprise yourself of all policies regulating financial aid eligibility, including Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). (http://nova.edu/financialaid/)

You may also review the financial aid guide located at http://www.business.nova.edu/current-students/graduate.html. Go to Financial Information and select HCBE Graduate Financial Aid Guide.

Apply for your SharkCard

Your NSU ID SharkCard is used to gain access to campus resources. Note: You must register for a course at least 24-hours prior to requesting your ID card. (http://nova.edu/nsucard/apply/)

Apply for a NSU Parking Decal

Annual parking decals are required in order to park on NSU campuses.

Tuition Awards

If you are an alumnus of NSU (or partner institution), please notify your advisor to determine your eligibility. If you work for one of our Corporate or Government Partners, you must complete the Electronic Verification Process prior to the start of each term in order to receive your tuition adjustment for each term.

Student Enrollment Agreement (SEA)

All students are required to complete the SEA in Sharklink prior to registering for classes each term. A copy of the SEA can be found at www.nova.edu/registrar.

Registering for Classes
STEP 1: Login to SharkLink

You will utilize this system to register for your first class during your advising session. Resources that can also be accessed from Sharklink include: NSU e-bill, financial aid, and degree information (https://sharklink.nova.edu/).

STEP 2: Run your Degree Audit/CAPP degree evaluation report

Your CAPP Report allows you to review your curricular and program requirements as you progress through your degree. Comprehensive information and instructions are available at: www.nova.edu/registrar/capp.html.

STEP 3: Program Maps

Your map will help you select the courses to register for each semester: http://www.business.nova.edu/masters/curricula/maps.cfm

STEP 4: Navigate the Schedule of Classes

Review the Schedule of Classes via the HCBE Current Student website to access specific course information (e.g., times, locations, format, and seat availability). (https://secure.business.nova.edu/scheduleofclasses/)
MACC & MTAX students taking classes online please review the Master's Class Meeting Dates regarding important chat times (http://www.business.nova.edu/current-students/graduate.html) and go to the "Registration Information" section.

STEP 5: Locate the five-digit Course Reference Number (CRN)

The CRN is listed with the course information in the Schedule of Classes. You will need to input this number into the registration system to register for your class(es).

STEP 6: Register for Classes via Sharklink

Return to Sharklink Choose Student Tab Records & Academics Course Information Registration - Add/Drop Select Term Complete SEA Input CRN(s) into empty boxes Submit Changes Return to Menu.

STEP 7: Verify course registration by clicking on the Student Detail Schedule link
STEP 8: Review your tuition bill and make payment arrangements prior to the due date
Starting Your First Term
Review the HCBE Graduate Catalog

NSU and HCBE policies and procedures are updated annually and documented in the HCBE Graduate Catalog. All new students are expected to review the catalog before they begin classes. It is every student's responsibility to be knowledgeable of NSU and HCBE policies, regulations, and curriculum requirements.(www.business.nova.edu/current-students/catalogs.cfm)

Huizenga Portal

The Huizenga Portal is a communication portal specific to HCBE that provides access to important information about policies, resources, events, syllabi for courses, as well as the HCBE electronic drop/withdrawal request form. The ID and password for the Huizenga Portal is the same as your Sharklink account. This is an important tech resource for all HCBE students. https://secure.business.nova.edu/hsportal/

Blackboard (Bb)

Blackboard is the interface used to host online courses as well as support the online interaction component in many ground-based courses. If you have never used Blackboard before it is highly recommend that you review the online tutorials prior to the start of classes. https://sharklearn.nova.edu

Obtain Text Books

Once you have confirmed registration in your classes you may purchase your books at the NSU bookstore located on University Drive near main campus, or online at www.nsubooks.bncollege.com. The NSU Bookstore can be reached at (800) 509-2665.

Pay Tuition

Once registered go to the University Bursar's Office page www.nova.edu/bursar/ to review billing and payment options information.

For More Information

Office of Academic Advising
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship
Carl DeSantis Building - 3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796

Phone: (954) 262-5067 or (800) 672-7223 x 25067
Fax: (954) 262-3964

Web: http://www.business.nova.edu
Revised 12/01/16

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