Also referred to as FAU or Florida Atlantic, this public, co-educational, research university is located in the state of Florida. The first public university in southeast Florida and the first university in the U.S. to offer only upper-division and graduate level courses, Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964. Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, declared the school officially open. A group of 867 students were in the first class and today the school boasts an enrollment of nearly 28,000 students representing over 50 states and 180 countries worldwide.
The university serves a seven county region, which has a population of over three million people and covers more than 100 miles of Florida’s eastern coastline. The main campus at Boca Raton spans 850 acres of land near the Atlantic Ocean. The site is nestled between the cities of Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The University also has six satellite campuses and sites located in Florida:
- Dania Beach (SeaTech)
- Fort Lauderdale
- Harbor Branch
- Treasure Coast