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Florida Atlantic University

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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)
  • Davie
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Harbor Branch
  • Jupiter
  • Treasure Coast


More than 170 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs are offered in a wide range of subjects such as arts, computer science, engineering, nursing, and business. The University is composed of ten academic colleges: Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters; College of Business; College for Design and Social Inquiry; College of Education; College of Engineering and Computer Science; The Graduate College; Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College; Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine; Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

Students here have two honors options: the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and a University Scholars Program. Wilkes Honors College is located in the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter; whereas the University Scholars Program is located in the Boca Raton campus. It offers special honors seminars, forums, courses, and advanced course substitution for freshmen.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified Florida Atlantic as a research University with high research activity. The school has established significant partnerships with major research institutions like the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Max Planck Society.

FAU Online:

Excellent online education opportunities are available to students worldwide, through its graduate and undergraduate courses. The school also participates in the Southern Regional Board’s Electronic Campus, which lists college courses and programs from southern region of the United States.

The online courses are available to students as ‘anywhere, anytime’ courses which are equivalent in quality with the traditional semesters but they don’t require any traditional classroom attendance. Some of the popular online programs include Online Bachelor of Business Administration, Executive Masters of Taxation, Online Masters of Accounting, and Online MBA in Accounting.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Each year, the University admits more than 20,000 undergraduates, over 3,000 graduate and professional students, and more than 2,000 unclassified students. Furthermore, the undergraduate student body is composed of 44% ethnic minorities.

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Freshman students must send their High School GPA, along with SAT or ACT test score to be considered for admission. The priority deadline for the applications is the mid of Feb.

Transfer students can take part in the LINK program, developed by a partnership with Broward College and Palm Beach State College, to get guaranteed admission upon the completion of their Associate in Arts Degree. The deadlines for transfer students application is the first week of July (fall session); mid of November (Spring session); mid of April (Summer session).

International students, whose first language is not English, must appear for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and send the test score along with SAT or ACT score.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid can apply for it by completing an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the deadline for which is usually the first week of March. Financial support is offered to the students in the form of grant, scholarships, loans, and need based employment.

Grants offered to the students are National Alumni Association Grant, Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG), ACG and SMART Grants, Federal Perkins Loan Program, and Federal Stafford Loans.

Some of the scholarships offered to students are Athletic Scholarships, Freshman/ Transfer/ International Scholarships, General Scholarships, Other Scholarships, Pepsi Cola Scholarships, Prestige Scholarships, State of Florida Scholarships, and Community Foundation Scholarship Program.

Loans that will assist students and parents to bear the educational expenses are Federal Perkins Loan, Graduate PLUS Loans, Parent PLUS Loan, Private Student Loans, and Short Term Advance.

Other types of financial aid programs include Florida Prepaid Program, Florida Student Assistance Grant, Bright Futures Scholarship Program, Florida Work Experience Program, and First Generation Matching Grant Program.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4430th for the average student loan amount.
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Florida Atlantic offers its students the best of everything – a top-notch education facility in a breathtaking sub-tropical setting. Student body boasts a diverse mix of domestic and international students and the campus is home to more than 150 registered student organizations, which includes academic organizations, honor societies, spiritual/religious organizations, service organizations, diversity-appreciation organizations, personal interest organizations, sports clubs, and student government agencies.

Students can either join a club of interest or create one of their own. The student government finances various student life programs such as career fairs, the University Press, OWL TV and Owl Radio, and the Homecoming. The University’s homecoming, also called the ‘Owl Prowl,’ is celebrated each year in the fall semester. The highlights of homecoming celebrations include kickoff parties, bonfires, comedy shows, costumed dances, a golf cart parade, alumni events and dinners, and tailgating.

Greek life has a strong presence on the campus and is home to more than 20 chapters of national fraternities and sororities, including nearly or 4% of the undergraduate population. They are governed by the Interfaternity (IFC), College Panhellenic (CPA), National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC), and Multi-Cultural Greek (MGC). The ‘Greek Week’ is celebrated each year in the University, during the spring semester. Some of the popular fraternities and sororities include Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Mu, Lambda Theta Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Nu Omega Sorority, and Alpha Xi Delta.

Media and Publications:

The University Press or UP is the student-run newspaper of the University. It is published semi-monthly during the summer; and weekly during the fall and spring semesters.

OWL TV is the student-operated television station. Since its inception in 1998, OWL TV airs daily on-campus and covers events, meetings and what’s happening at the student programs. Some of the popular programs include Movie Preview, Swag Cab, Tech Talk, and Boca Bites. Owl radio station is also run by the students.

Campus Facilities:

The school is home to two Centers of Excellence: Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, committed to innovation of new medicines; and Ocean Energy Technology, committed to discovering new methods to harness energy from ocean currents in South Florida.

Well-stocked libraries are spread across the various campuses. They are S.E. Wimberly Library in Boca Raton Campus; University/ College Library in Davie Campus; Broward County Library in Fort Lauderdale Campus; Harbor Branch Campus Library; John D. MacArthur Campus Library in Jupiter Campus; and St. Lucie West Library in Treasure Coast Campus.

Residence and Dining:

There are excellent on-campus housing and residential opportunities for the students. Some of the residence halls and apartments include Algonquin Hall, Business Professional Woman’s House, Scholarship House, Glades Park Towers, Heritage Park Towers, Innovation Village Apartments North, Innovation Village Apartments South, Indian River Towers, and University Village Apartments. There are also several off-campus residential options available for the students.

The University also offers some great on-campus dining options for the students in the Centre Marketplace (Resident Dining Hall); Faculty & Staff Club; Outtakes (College of Business); Chick-N-Grill (College of Engineering Atrium); Salsarita’s, Quiznos, and Wendy’s (Breezeway Food Court); Coyote Jack’s Grill (Student Union); and Dunkin Donuts (Wimberly Library). You will find a wide range of delectable options ranging from fast food to full meals.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Owl’s athletic department presents 18 varsity men’s and women’s teams, which complete in sports like basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. Their official mascot is Owlsey, the Burrowing Owl. The colors are Blue, Red, and Silver.

The teams are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)’s Division I and Sun Belt Conference.

The University is home to state-of-art sports facilities such as FAU Aquatic Center, FAU Arena (The Burrow), FAU Baseball Stadium, FAU Soccer Stadium, FAU Softball Stadium, FAU Track and Field Complex, Fountains Country Club, Innovation Village, Landshark Stadium, Lockhart Stadium, Patch Reef Park, Tom Oxley Athletic Center, and Oxley Football Practice Fields.

Intramural Sports:

A wide range of recreational and intramural sports are also offered for the students. The Club Sports program encourages students to take part in diverse physical and athletic activities such as bowling, climbing, cricket, surf, paintball, sailing, volleyball, softball, soccer, wrestling, and more. The Department Of Campus Recreation offers several facilities such as a world-class recreation and fitness center, track and field complex, Henderson multi-purpose fields, outdoor lap and leisure pool, outdoor basketball and tennis courts.


Several sports-related traditions and school spirit organizations are celebrated. ‘Bury the Burrow in Red’ is a popular tradition which calls for students to be dressed in as much red as possible and fill the University’s multi-purpose arena or Burrow.

The prOWLers are a spirited group which supports all athletic teams at the University through their presence at various on and off campus events.

The annual Shula Bowl is another traditional competition held between Florida Atlantic and Florida International, at the Sun Life Stadium. This intercollegiate football event is named after Don Shula, legendary coach.


Since its inception the school has awarded over 110,000 degrees to approximately 105,000 alumni across the world. FAU Owls have earned great reputation in diverse professions. Some of the notable alumni are R. David Paulison, the former head of the United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency; Frank T. Brogan, a former Lieutenant Governor of Florida; Richard DiMarchi, Former Vice President at Eli Lilly and Company; Phil Zimmermann, Creator of Pretty Good Privacy; Ralph de la Vega, Chief Operating Officer of Cingular Wireless; Ana M. Azcuy, First Hispanic television anchor in South Florida; and Steven Swanson, NASA astronaut.

Additional School Information

The University is home to the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, one of the leading ocean research centers in the United States.

Education is provided to over 20,000 individuals of retirement age thorough the nation’s largest University based lifelong learning program.

The School of Accounting ranks consistently in the top 10 for its high passing rate of graduates in the National CPA Exam.


Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Florida and 795th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Florida and 252nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson 2 0.01
Burglary 19 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 13 0.04
Arrest 31 0.11

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 92 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 23 0.03
Robbery 63 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 495 0.58
Larceny 2,067 2.42
Vehicle theft 114 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population17,386 (17,386 urban / N/A rural)
Households6,834 (2.23 people per house)
Median Household Income$56,381
Families4,208 (2.79 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1222

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1026th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,522 $2,522 $14,332
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,268 $2,268 $2,902
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $200 $200 $718
FT Graduate Tuition $5,467 $5,467 $16,695
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,190 $1,190 $1,751
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $370 $370 $1,025
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,583 $21,583 $34,027
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,648 $21,648 $34,092
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,304 $11,304 $23,748

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $26,497 $58,942
Medical Degree — Required Fees $27,338 $28,623

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,264 $4,789 $4,264 $4,789 $15,772 $17,234
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $939 $1,203
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,940 $11,353
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,671 $3,950
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,689 $10,153
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,546 $5,335
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,902 $6,689

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 24,889 (10,625 male / 14,264 female)
Admitted 11,880 (4,882 male / 6,998 female)
Admission rate 48%
First-time Enrollment 3,479 (1,551 male / 1,928 female)
FT Enrollment 3,317 (1,467 male / 1,850 female)
PT Enrollment 162 (84 male / 78 female)
Total Enrollment30,759

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Sun Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

846th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 38%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

709th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 62%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 560
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 960 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,147
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 159 1,186 1,485 301 14 3,543 44 6,861
Accounting 15 96 138 51 287 19 609
Anthropology 2 11 36 49
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1
Architecture 2 3 21 3 12 41
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General 5 9 44 5 66 1 130
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 3 1 11 15
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 2 2 2 7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 48 70 26 1 154 3 314
Biomedical Sciences, General 2 4 3 3 13 29
Biotechnology 1 2
Business Administration and Management, General 16 59 109 27 1 270 1 492
Chemistry, General 1 7 3 24 1 36
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 13 20 2 17 53
Civil Engineering, General 5 8 18 3 28 63
Communication and Media Studies, Other 1 3 7 12
Computer Engineering, General 3 7 13 4 11 39
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 2 1 1 4
Computer and Information Sciences, General 9 14 32 9 52 118
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 5 7 34 46
Creative Writing 2 2 10 14
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 2 7 11
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3 81 82 9 164 1 346
Curriculum and Instruction 2 2 1 21 26
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 18 38 3 1 61 126
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 16 18
Economics, General 3 21 22 7 44 100
Education, General 1 11 7 14 34
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 23 13 4 56 99
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 3 7 12 2 1 23 48
Elementary Education and Teaching 56 72 4 1 216 354
English Language and Literature, General 1 24 35 2 1 95 1 161
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1 3 11 16
Environmental Design/Architecture 2 3 1 2 6 14
Environmental Science 1 11 12
Finance, General 9 19 36 5 89 2 167
Fine/Studio Arts, General 3 4 7
French Language and Literature 3 4 1 1 9
Geography 4 19 23
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 11 12
German Language and Literature
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 51 34 9 1 49 1 146
Health/Medical Physics 1 1
History, General 1 3 13 1 49 69
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 3 1 3 7
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 5 8 3 40 58
Information Technology 1 2 3
International Business/Trade/Commerce 6 10 50 4 30 102
Jewish/Judaic Studies 3 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 23 17 8 2 106 1 162
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 3 3 15 2 47 72
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 76 76 11 2 201 2 376
Linguistics 3 4 6 2 9 25
Management Information Systems, General 13 11 9 23 59
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 20 35 5 1 79 143
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1 4 6
Mathematics, General 13 7 9 2 21 55
Mechanical Engineering 3 2 12 4 34 56
Music Management 1 6 4 8 19
Music Teacher Education 1 2 1 3 7
Music, General 4 1 6 3 8 22
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 10 5 9 26
Ocean Engineering 2 8 1 33 45
Philosophy 4 6 6 16
Physics, General 4 3 2 9
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology 2 7 10 3 18 42
Political Science and Government, General 2 20 51 8 76 160
Psychology, General 4 42 77 11 166 1 307
Public Administration 23 10 1 36 71
Reading Teacher Education 3 14 18
Real Estate 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 130 59 20 177 2 408
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 4 6
Social Science Teacher Education 2 3 1 11 17
Social Sciences, General 3 9 1 33 47
Social Work 82 29 4 120 237
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 1 1 4 14 20
Sociology 3 47 25 5 59 140
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 10 2 6 21
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 6 5 15 29
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 22 24 3 89 1 141
Surveying Engineering 1 3 4
Taxation 2 5 12 7 27
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 6 6
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 6 8
Women's Studies 2 1 4 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1140th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,778 ($79,344 male / $63,098 female)
Number of FT Faculty 724 (417 male / 307 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,191
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $21,175,011

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