Florida Atlantic University

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Founded in 1964, Florida Atlantic University, colloquially referred to as Florida Atlantic or FAU, is a public coeducational four-year university based in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition to its main campus, Florida Atlantic also has regional campuses and learning centers in several cities throughout Florida, including Ft. Lauderdale, Port Saint Lucie, Jupiter, Davie and Dania Beach. In Fort Pierce, the university also operates a learning center at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a research and education facility that focuses on biological oceanography, aquaculture, deep sea ecology and ocean engineering.

Florida Atlantic was the first public four-year university in the United States to offer exclusively graduate level education programs. In 1984, the university began offering undergraduate degrees and its total annual enrollment soared from roughly 850 to to nearly 30,000 over the next two decades. FAU students come from all fifty states and over 140 foreign countries. The university has over 100,000 alumni worldwide.

General Information

Admission Office

777 Glades Road

Box 3091

Boca Raton, FL 33431

(561) 297-3040

(800) 299-4328

Fax: (561) 297-2758

Contact: Barbara Pletcher

Director of Admissions
Main Address

777 Glades Road, PO Box 3091

Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

(561) 297-3000


Total undergrads: 21,713

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,800

Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,946

Graduate enrollment: 5,184


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 49%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 75%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $2,693 $2,930 $3,349 $3,835 +14.51%
Books and Supplies $748 $766 $900 $924 +2.67%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,610 $8,960 $9,582 $9,690 +1.13%
Other $1,506 $1,544 $1,608 $1,652 +2.74%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $13,557 $14,200 $15,439 $16,101 +4.29%
In-state Off Campus $3,441 $3,696 $4,249 $4,759 +12.00%
In-state with Family $3,441 $3,696 $4,249 $4,759 +12.00%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $4,687
In-state Student Fees $1,072
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $15,083
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,592

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,255 86%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,060 79% $9,910,148 $4,811
• Federal grants 650 25% $2,663,294 $4,097
• Pell grants 650 25% $2,292,647 $3,527
• Other federal grants 464 18% $370,647 $799
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,880 72% $5,471,496 $2,910
Institutional grants or scholarships 630 24% $1,775,358 $2,818
Student loan financial aid 770 29% $3,635,344 $4,721
• Federal student loans 768 29% $3,253,945 $4,237
• Other student loans 39 1% $381,399 $9,779

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4866 1184 92 177 36
Architecture and Related Services 100 13
Architecture 52
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 48 13
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 2
Women’s Studies 2
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 254 37 9
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 254 15 9
Biomedical Sciences 22
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1477 360 6
Accounting 277 124
Business Administration and Management 455 209 6
Finance 206
Hospitality Administration/management 27
International Business/trade/commerce 100
Management Information Systems 47 3
Marketing/marketing Management 340
Non-profit/public/organizational Management 5
Real Estate 25
Taxation 19
Communication and Journalism Programs 222 3
Communication and Media Studies, Other 3
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 91
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 131
Computing and Information Sciences 45 27 5
Computer and Information Sciences 45 27 5
Education 510 282 23 36
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 43 1 8
Curriculum and Instruction 27 7
Education 4
Educational Leadership and Administration 85 15 28
Elementary Education and Teaching 413 18
English/language Arts Teacher Education 17
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 15
Music Teacher Education 4
Reading Teacher Education 54
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 10
Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education 28
Social Science Teacher Education 28
Special Education and Teaching 31 8
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 4
Engineering 146 61 9
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1
Civil Engineering 45 14
Computer Engineering 27 14 3
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 31 4 2
Mechanical Engineering 22 5 3
Ocean Engineering 21 23 1
Engineering Technology 7
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 7
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 102 20
Creative Writing 4
English Language and Literature 102 16
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31 5
French Language and Literature 7 2
German Language and Literature 1
Linguistics 7 1
Spanish Language and Literature 16 2
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 350 168 6
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 21
Health/health Care Administration/management 91 8
Nursing Science 2
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 259 139 4
History 50 6
History 50 6
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 281 6
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 6
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 281
Human Services 135 87 4
Public Administration 35 25 4
Social Work 100 62
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 226 177
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 73
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 153 177
Mathematics and Statistics 25 15 8
Applied Mathematics 1
Mathematics 25 14 8
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 8
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 8
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Environmental Science 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 60 11
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 60 11
Physical Sciences 34 4 5
Chemistry 28 3 2
Geology and Earth Science 3
Physics 3 1 3
Psychology 237 15 9
Experimental Psychology 4
Physiological Psychology/psychobiology 15 5
Psychology 220 15
Social Psychology 2
Social Sciences 374 40
Anthropology 25 8
Economics 53 6
Geography 13 6
Political Science and Government 108 10
Social Sciences 77
Sociology 98 10
Visual and Performing Arts 200 19
Art/art Studies 160
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 11
Fine/studio Arts 5
Music Management 9
Music 20 14
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
City/Community/Regional Planning B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography C
Music – General B
Music Management/Merchandising B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Special Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Ocean Engineering B
Surveying Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Computer Systems B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General B
Health System Administration B,C
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychobiology/Physiological Psychology B
Psychology – General B
Social Psychology B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Florida Atlantic University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(561) 297-3000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.fau.edu/admissions/Apply_Online.php
Address:777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:30,541
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):41%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:24 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:18,100 (59% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$4,831
Out-of-state Tuition:$17,276
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:77%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,603

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Florida Atlantic University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Florida Atlantic University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services31
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences131
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services861
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs22
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services121
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters12
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics33
Health Professions and Related Programs251
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities121
Mathematics and Statistics121
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies11
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences333
Public Administration and Social Service Professions221
Social Sciences65
Visual and Performing Arts44
Grand total31636520

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Florida Atlantic University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services33
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total78

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Florida Atlantic University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,320

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,55277%
Grant or scholarship aid2,04762%$7,603
Student loan aid1,49645%$6,551

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid14,87158%$6,481
Federal student loans9,65138%$6,586

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Florida Atlantic University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Florida Atlantic University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants15,9076,5319,376
Percent admitted100%58%61%
Percent admitted who enrolled20%20%20%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Florida Atlantic University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment30,541
Undergraduate enrollment25,402
Graduate enrollment5,139

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Florida Atlantic University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree (Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine)
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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