Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL

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Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a public research university located in Boca Raton, Florida on an 850 campus near the Atlantic Ocean. FAU has seven campuses and sites in all. FAU offers more than 170 academic degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Classified as a high research activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, research areas at FAU range from biomedicine to biotechnology and ocean engineering.

FAU receives high ranking for the diversity of its student body, representing all 50 states and more than 180 countries.

Many FAU academic programs receive high marks, including its business, accounting and nursing programs. The university established the first ocean engineering degree program in the United States in 1965, and conducts research for the U.S. Navy on security-related projects. The school's Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology Center, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and its Ocean Energy Technology Center are considered national "Centers of Excellence."


FAU was founded in 1964, with President Lyndon B. Johnson giving the dedication address, in which he challenged FAU to lead "...a new revolution in education in America."  His words were meant to illustrate the character of Florida Atlantic University as a new type of institution of higher learning that was not exclusive to wealthy "ivy league" families, but making education accessible to everyone and anyone who might qualify.

The school came into existence thanks largely to the contributions and efforts of a banker named Thomas Fleming, Jr. The school lacked a location and funding for facilities, so he initiated two separate funding campaigns through an Endowment Corporation. The first was promoted with the public slogan "Boca U. in '62," and the second was promoted as "Open the Door in '64."  The Endowment Corporation successfully raised nearly $300,000 for the establishment of the FAU. Today the Endowment Corporation is called the "FAU Foundation."


The academic calendar for Florida Atlantic University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and three shorter summer terms.

Colleges and Schools

  • 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
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Student Life

Students at FAU can choose from hundreds or clubs, associations and organizations to become involved in, including fraternities and sororities, as well as internships, research projects and study abroad programs.

The Boca Raton campus (main campus) of FAU provides many facilities and support services for students. Its Performing Arts Auditorium hosts many live performances by visiting performers that include rock concerts and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Residential housing is available, and there are two cafeterias on campus.  The athletics department on campus offers excellent recreation facilities that are available to all students, including tennis courts and an aquatic center.

The campus also boasts a large library, as well as computer labs and study areas, a media center, and student union, among other amenities.


The FAU "Owls" athletic teams compete in 18 intercollegiate sports, and have had 21 conference championships.  Sports at FAU include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main campus in Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University has several satellite campuses and learning sites in Florida:

  • FAU Dania Beach Campus
  • FAU Davie Campus
  • FAU Fort Lauderdale Campus
  • Harbor Branch
  • FAU - John D. MacArthur Campus at Jupiter (FAU Jupiter)
  • FAU Treasure Coast Campus

Community Life

FAU believes in civic engagement, and there are many programs that connect the FAU campus and its students to community businesses, government, non-profits and more.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the students Florida Atlantic University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Florida Atlantic University has a total student population of about 30,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 11% enrolling as graduate students and 84% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $2,500-$3,000
    • Out-of-State: $14,000-$17,250
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $200-$240 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $720-$860 per credit unit
  • Room and board is estimated to cost around $12,000, the cost includes the serving of nineteen meals every week
  • May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid77%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships62%$6,678
Receiving Student Loans44%$6,374

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Florida Atlantic University may offer services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

Florida Atlantic University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 41%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years15%
Graduating in 5 Years18%
Graduating in 6 Years8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Intercollegiate Athletics

Florida Atlantic University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Conference Usa)
  • Basketball (Conference Usa)
  • Track and Field (Conference Usa)
  • Football (Conference Usa)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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