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GENERAL INFORMATION

 


Admissions

This section of the 2011-2012 FAU University Catalog includes revisions approved after the catalog's publish date of March 3, 2011. Revisions appear in red.

This Admissions section is divided into the following subsections. The subsections appear in the following order:

Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Admissions


Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Admissions

University honors Program Admissions


Graduate Admissions


International Admissions

Additional Admission Information for All Students

Anyone who wishes to pursue a degree program offered by Florida Atlantic University should apply to become a degree-seeking student. Those who were accepted to FAU in the past and enrolled with a degree-seeking status who now wish to return to the University after an absence of at least three consecutive semesters (ex. fall, spring and summer semesters) must reapply for admission.

Undergraduate students, go to www.fau.edu/admissions/Apply_Online.php. Graduate applications for "new" programs should be filed with the Graduate College, www.fau.edu/graduate/applyonline/index.php.

Degree-seeking students returning after an absence of more than a year may also be subject to the following:

1. If the last enrollment was more than one year (three consecutive semesters) ago, the student must file a new admission application with the appropriate documents and submit a new application fee of $30.

2. Any re-admission applicants who feel they qualify as Florida Residents for tuition purposes must complete the Residency Classification portion of their new application. Failure to provide all relevant information and supporting documents could result in a Non-Florida/out-of-state status regardless of residency status since last attending FAU.

3. The student must be in good standing (eligible to return) at FAU and at the last any institution attended since last period of enrollment at FAU.

4. If the student has attended another institution since the last period of enrollment at FAU, official transcripts must be forwarded directly to the FAU Office of Admissions by the registrar of the other institution(s).

5. Returning students must submit proof of conformity to the FAU Immunization Policy if they have not already done so. Check with FAU's Immunization Office at 561-297-0049.

Applicants should consult the requirements for each type of admission (freshman, transfer, international or graduate) detailed in this section of the catalog. Students seeking undergraduate admission may apply online at www.fau.edu/admissions. Graduate applicants may contact www.fau.edu/graduate for an online graduate application.

Applications should be accompanied or followed by the documentation required for each type of admission. Persons who seek to pursue a masterís, specialistís or doctoral degree should consult the subsection on Graduate Admissions appearing in this section.

Change of Entry
Admission to FAU is specified for a certain semester, and students must enroll during that term. To change the entry term, make a request by email to admissions@fau.edu or by submitting the Change of Entry Date form. While admission is for a specific term, applications and fees are valid for one academic year (three consecutive semesters). A student's request for a change of entry term must be received by the stated application deadlines. If a student attends another collegiate institution in the interim, an official transcript of all work attempted/completed is required. A new application and the application fee are required when admission is changed to a term that begins more than three semesters after the initial admission entry term (example: fall term to a future fall term = new application and fee are required). Before submitting a change of entry, note that admission to the initial term of entry does not guarantee admission to a future term. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions reserves the right to change an applicant’s term of entry due to class size or competitiveness of the applicant pool.

Foreign Language Admission Requirement
All admitted undergraduate students must satisfy the statewide foreign language admission requirement. Students must complete a two-year foreign language sequence in high school or the equivalent proficiency at the college or university level. American Sign Language satisfies the criteria of a foreign language for the purposes of this requirement.

Note: The Foreign Language Admission Requirement is different from the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. See the Degree Requirements section.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Admission Policy
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides information to prospective students and the general public about the University through on-campus and off-campus communications, counseling, presentations, tours and informational services. Those interested in learning about the educational opportunities and degree programs available at the University should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561-297-3040) or visit the Undergraduate Admissions website.

All procedures related to application and admission to University degree programs are handled in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The University actively encourages applications from all persons who are motivated to pursue university studies and who have obtained adequate academic preparation to succeed. All interested persons, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, age or physical disablement, are encouraged to submit applications. The admission review process does not discriminate on the basis of any of these factors.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions maintains the confidentiality of all application documentation. Undergraduate applications and all accompanying materials become the property of Florida Atlantic University. No items will be returned to the applicant or forwarded to other institutions of higher learning or third parties.

Deadline Dates (Changes effective immediately.)
The entry terms for degree programs are fall, spring (for transfer students only) and summer. All students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Freshman applications completed by the priority filing date will be assured of review. All documentation in support of the application must be submitted by the filing date. Freshman applications received after the priority filing date will be considered for admission on a space-available basis or for the following spring term.

Applicants Deadline Dates
  Fall Spring Summer
Freshman* May 1 N/A February 15
Transfer July 1 November 15 April 15
Returning FAU Students July 1 November 15 April 15
International
Students
April 1 October 1 February 15
 
*Freshman Priority deadline date for fall is February 15.

Upper-division transfer applicants who submit their applications too late to receive a full evaluation prior to the start of classes may enroll as non-degree students and defer their application until the next term. Caution: Students in a non-degree status are not eligible to receive financial aid.

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Application Categories for Degree-Seeking Students

Credits Completed Application Category
0-11 Freshman
12-59 Lower-Division Transfer
60+ Upper-Division Transfer
Bachelorís Degree Second Bachelorís Student

Required Credentials and Documentation
Application and Application Fee
A completed, signed application for admission is required. A non-refundable $30 application fee payable in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank, an international money order in U.S. dollars or a U.S. travelerís check is required prior to a studentís admission. The online application is preferred.

Please note:  It is important to provide the correct email address for the applicant. Communication to the applicant regarding the application process will be through email. Students will be able to check their status online by going to www.fau.edu/admissions and clicking on “Check your Status.” Application decisions will be accessible through the online status check. Only those students receiving an acceptance to FAU will receive a letter through the mail. Students who have been deferred admission or not offered admission will not receive a follow-up letter.

Lower-Division Course Requirements
Freshman and sophomore students taking lower-division courses must attend classes on the Boca Raton campus or through the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter.

Transcripts
All transcripts (high school and previously attended colleges) must be official. Official transcripts from each postsecondary school attended must be provided. An official transcript is one that is issued by the school or college attended. It must bear appropriate signatures or seals and be in a sealed envelope until delivered to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts opened prior to delivery are no longer official. Note: An official transcript is required from each and every college or university attended. Final official transcripts should be submitted by the first day of class.

Transcripts transmitted electronically through the Florida FASTER system or through SPEEDE/Express are considered official. Transcripts transmitted by fax are not considered official.

Test Scores
Results of SAT or ACT administrations must be submitted by all applicants with fewer than 60 degree credits completed at a postsecondary institution. The official scores must be sent directly from one or both of the testing agencies listed below.

SAT College Board ATP
609-771-7600
www.collegeboard.com
FAUís SAT school code number: 5229

ACT
ACT Records
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, IA 53243-0451
319-337-1313
www.act.org
FAUís ACT school code number: 0729

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Admission Criteria


Each year, Florida Atlantic University receives more applications than allotted freshman seats for the incoming fall class. Therefore, the admissions process is competitive. The level of competition is determined by the number of applicants, the quality of their academic credentials and the Universityís enrollment goals, which are established in conjunction with the Universityís mission and current state educational policies and funding. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements set by the Florida Board of Governors does not guarantee admission.

Admissions officers understand that the college admissions process can be difficult and therefore strive to make it as transparent as possible, as well as to consider all aspects of a student’s file. Questions are welcomed.

Requirements
Initial application review is based on the applicantís academic profile as represented by the high school grade point average, rigor of curriculum and/or performance on standardized tests (SAT or ACT). An SAT or ACT is required of all applicants for freshman admission.

1. Test scores: the following are the minimum required.

  Critical Reading Math Writing
SAT 460 460 440
  English and Writing Math Reading
ACT 18 19 19

FAU will use the highest subscores from multiple test dates to create the ACT composite and the SAT total to satisfy admission requirements. The minimum composite SAT score is 1390 or a composite score of 20 on the ACT. The writing section of the ACT is required.

2. High School Grade Point Average
The high school grade point average is calculated by the University using grades from academic courses. Dual Enrolled, Advanced, Honors, Gifted, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate in Education (AICE) courses are given additional weight in the Universityís calculation of the grade point average. A minimum high school grade point average of 2.6 is required of all applicants.

3. High School Units
Most successful applicants have taken a rigorous course load and have challenged themselves by taking courses with additional weight. Applicants are expected to have completed the following 18 (minimum) high school units:

English 4 Carnegie units
(3 with substantial writing)
Mathematics 4 units (at the level of Algebra 1 or higher)
Natural Science 3 units (at least 2 with laboratory)
Social Science 3 units
Foreign Language 2 units (of the same foreign language)
Academic Electives 2 units

Appropriate academic and elective courses are listed in the Counseling for Future Education Handbook, published by the Florida Department of Education.

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Diploma
All incoming freshmen must possess a valid high school diploma prior to enrollment. Proof of graduation must be provided in the form of a final official transcript indicating the date of graduation.

Applicants with a GED
Persons with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) from any state must achieve a minimum total score of 3000, with no subscore lower than 550. An SAT score of 1450 or an ACT score of 21 is also required of applicants with a GED. Applicants with a GED should also submit high school transcripts from any school attended.

Non-Traditional Program of Study
Any student who completes a non-traditional program of study not measured in Carnegie Units, such as attending an institution that is not regionally accredited, must present credentials equivalent to those listed for applicants with a GED. Students completing a home education program according to Section 1002.41 of the Florida Statutes are eligible for admission. Additional documentation may be required to verify student eligibility.

Talented Twenty
A student applying for admission who is a graduate of a Florida public high school, has completed 18 required high school units as listed in the Florida Department of Education Rule 6C-6.002(3)(a), ranks in the top 20 percent of his/her high school graduating class and has submitted either SAT or ACT test scores shall be admissible to a public university in Florida. The public universities will use class rank as determined by the Florida Department of Education.

Profile Assessment Admission
Students who have applied for admission and do not meet the standard requirements may be eligible for admission through a student profile assessment that considers additional factors, including but not limited to: family educational background, socioeconomic status, graduate of a low-performing high school, international baccalaureate program graduate, geographic location and special talents. These additional factors shall not include preferences in the admission process for applicants on the basis of race, national origin or sex. For more information, see Admissions Appeals later in this section.

Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)
A limited number of students, identified through test scores as likely to encounter difficulties in writing, reading, or mathematics, are admitted to the University with an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) each year. An ILP is an opportunity for a student with an SAT and/or ACT score below the minimum required for admission to gain acceptance to the University.

ILP students are required to fulfill certain conditions in order to be fully admitted to the University:

1. ILP students must cross-enroll at a community or state college because remedial courses are not offered at FAU. Prior to registration at FAU, ILP students must register and pay for the remedial ILP course(s) needed at the community or state college.

Students who are expected to complete an ILP as a requirement of their admission to FAU must take one of the following courses as prescribed in their ILP letter. Students may have the option of taking an equivalent course at an alternate institution; however, all courses must receive prior approval from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

2. ILP students must complete their first semester of FAU coursework with grades of ďCĒ or better.

3. Depending on the number of ILPs to be completed, students may have up to two semesters to complete the ILP admission requirement.

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Broward College    
Math  
Elementary Algebra MAT 0024 4
Reading  
College Preparatory Reading 2 REA 0006C 4
English  
College Preparatory Writing Skills ENC 0021 4
Indian River State College  
Math    
Introductory Algebra MAT 0024 3
Reading    
College Preparatory Reading 2 REA 0002 3
English    
Fundamentals of Writing ENC 0001 3
Miami Dade College    
Math    
College Preparatory Algebra MAT 0024 4
Reading    
College Preparatory Reading 3 REA 0003 4
English    
College Preparatory Writing 3 ENC 0021 4
Palm Beach State College    
Math    
Basic Algebra 2 MAT 0020 3
Reading    
College Preparatory Reading 2 REA 0002 3
English    
College Preparatory English 2 ENC 0010 3

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Early Admission

Students who have completed their junior year of high school may be considered for Early Admission. Students must enter for the fall term. If accepted for Early Admission, the student enters FAU as a freshman instead of attending high school for the senior year. Qualifications for consideration for Early Admission are:

1. A 3.5 or better GPA after six semesters of high school;

2. An SAT score of 1800 or ACT of 27;

3. Permission from their high school to allow FAU courses to satisfy any remaining requirements toward high school graduation;

4. Written recommendations attesting to the studentís maturity and readiness to meet the academic and personal challenges posed by early entry into higher education;

5. Must be a Florida resident.

6. Early admission supplemental application.

At the end of their freshman year, successful Early Admission students will have completed both their freshman year of college and graduation requirements for their senior year of high school. As part of the Early Admission requirements, an official transcript noting the high school diploma and date awarded must be submitted at the end of the freshman year. Contact Freshman Academic Advising Services at 561-297-2015 or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 561-297-3040 for additional information, or visit Freshman Advising.

High School Dual Enrollment
Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students to earn college or vocational credit toward a postsecondary diploma, certificate or degree at a Florida public institution that will also count as credit toward a high school diploma. For additional information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 561-297-2009.

Selective and Limited Access Programs
For reasons of accreditation standards, state certification requirements, space or fiscal limitations, the Florida Department of Education has designated the undergraduate programs in nursing and architecture, as well as the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, as limited access. Additionally, the College of Business, College of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Communication and Media Studies and the Department of Music are all selective in the admission of students to their programs. Admission to FAU does not guarantee admission to a selective or limited access program. For specific entrance information on these programs, applicants should consult the appropriate college or department.

Tuition Deposit
Florida Atlantic University requires a $200 non-refundable tuition deposit from all admitted freshman students in order to confirm enrollment in the freshman class. The tuition deposit is applied directly toward tuition and fees for the student's first semester. For information, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 561-297-3040 or click here.

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Appeals
Admission Appeals
All students should utilize the online status check to view an admission decision. Students who are not offered admission or have been deferred will be notified of this decision only through the online status check. Undergraduate applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements may be reviewed by the director of Undergraduate Admissions and the Faculty Committee on Student Admissions (FCSA). Students with special talents or abilities; physical, learning or emotional disabilities; or personal or family hardships may appeal the initial admission decision. The FCSA includes University faculty members and administrators who evaluate admission based on evidence other than academic work. The FCSA determines the studentís ability to succeed in future academic endeavors. Students should present additional evidence of potential for academic success and explain reasons why reconsideration is warranted. Students must appeal in writing and submit letters of recommendation, a personal statement and any other documentation that would substantiate admission as an exception. For more information, click here.

Foreign Language Admission Requirement Appeals
Students who have not fulfilled the foreign language admission requirement during high school due to a disability may petition for a course substitution. The student will need to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities to receive a letter of support. The student may petition for a course substitution through the Faculty Committee on Student Admissions (FCSA).

If the petition is approved by FCSA, the student will be given a list of courses, of which two in the same category should be chosen to satisfy the foreign language admission requirement.

Transfer Admissions

Students who have attended other regionally accredited postsecondary institutions may be admitted to Florida Atlantic University as transfer students. The requirements for admission differ according to the number of transferable credits completed. Students who have completed the Associate in Arts degree at a Florida public community or state college have satisfied the academic requirements for admission as transfer students. The University has developed A.S. to B.S./B.A. programs in certain majors for students who entered Florida community or state colleges in the fall of 2000 or later.

Please note: Beginning spring 2011, students must earn at least 75 percent of all upper-division courses in the major department from FAU. Some major departments may require more than 75 percent. Consult the degree requirements section of the major for details.

LINK to FAU
The LINK program is a wonderful opportunity for transfer students to continue their college education and receive their bachelor’s degree from FAU. The program is available to students of Broward College and Palm Beach State College. Benefits include: comprehensive on-site joint advising and priority admission to FAU for students who graduate with their Associate in Arts degree.* For more information, please go to www.fau.edu/admissions/link.

*Consistent with university policy, limited-access and restricted-access programs may require an additional admission process.

Lower-Division Transfers Ė Applicants with Fewer than 60 Transferable Credits
Transfer applicants with fewer than 60 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution should meet the same admission criteria as freshmen, including high school grade point average and SAT or ACT scores. In addition, applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average in their college or university coursework and be in good academic standing at the last institution attended (2.0 GPA or above).

Upper-Division Transfers Ė Applicants with 60 or more Transferable Credits
Students who have completed at least 60 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution but have not received the Associate in Arts degree from a Florida public community or state college may be admitted as upper-division transfers. Applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all prior college or university courses and be in good academic standing at the last institution attended (2.0 GPA or above).

Upper-Division Transfers Ė Applicants Holding the Associate in Arts Degree from a Florida Public Community or State College
Students who have received the Associate in Arts degree from a Florida public community or state college will be admitted as transfers with priority over applicants who are not Florida residents. They are considered to have completed all general education requirements, and their entering grade point average will be the grade point average for all transferable courses as shown on their final transcript from the community or state college. Students with a Florida community or state college Associate in Arts degree will be admitted to Florida Atlantic University but are not guaranteed admission to a limited access program. Additionally, some programs have higher admission requirements than the general university requirements. Refer to specific program information in this catalog.

Second Baccalaureate Ė Applicants Holding a Baccalaureate Degree
Students applying for a second baccalaureate degree must have received their first bachelorís degree from a regionally accredited institution and achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and be in good academic standing at the last institution attended (2.0 GPA or above).

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Transfer Credit
In accordance with normal Florida public university procedures, all transferred postsecondary credits will be entered on the FAU record. In certain cases, however, some credits may not be acceptable toward graduation, depending on the studentís major. College-level courses in academic subjects are normally accepted, but vocational training courses, for example, may be acceptable only in a related major. Remedial courses are not accepted for credit toward the degree.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions conducts an initial evaluation of transferable credits from regionally accredited institutions. The final decision on the acceptability of transferred courses to satisfy University requirements or those of specific degree programs is made by the college in which the student enrolls. Transfer students must meet with an academic advisor soon after their arrival at FAU to ascertain the acceptability of their transferred courses.

Admission Decisions
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants may check the status of their application by going to www.fau.edu/admissions and clicking on "Check your application status." When an applicantís file is considered complete, it will be evaluated for an admission decision. Only those applicants who have been accepted will be notified by postal mail in addition to the online decision. A decision is rendered usually within six to eight weeks after the file is considered complete. Additional information may be required of some applicants. Admission is for the specified entry term only. To request a change of entry, students must contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission in writing or by emailing admissions@fau.edu. A Change of Entry form can be found here.

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Admissions


The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is located at FAU’s MacArthur campus in Jupiter. It is a close-knit community committed to providing an intensive educational experience for carefully selected undergraduate students. The Honors College looks for students who want to take an active role in the learning process by critiquing, analyzing and exploring. For students whose plans include graduate or professional school, this is an exceptional option to consider. 

Students who have been awarded a Presidential Scholarship or a Spirit of FAU scholarship will receive an invitation to join the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. The supplemental application and additional documents are not required for those students receiving an invitation. However, students must submit confirmation of their attendance.

Students not receiving an invitation are highly encouraged to consider applying. A supplemental application is required along with additional documents. All of the information submitted is used to consider the applicant’s strengths and abilities. The College looks for students who demonstrate an active approach to learning and the potential for outstanding academic growth.  A holistic review begins once all of the required documents have been received. Each application is read by two readers and every part of the application is considered.  

For additional information, visit the College's website.

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Requirements
1. Acceptance to FAU.
2. A supplemental application, available online at http://www.fau.edu/divdept/honcol/admissions_how_to_apply.htm
3. A resume covering extracurricular activities, community involvement, work experience, honors and awards.
4. A graded writing sample (typed analytical paper of 500 words)
.

Questions about the application process should be addressed to the Office of Honors Admissions at 561-799-8646 or hcadmissions@fau.edu.

Application Deadlines
To receive priority consideration for the Wilkes Honors College top scholarships, the application must be received by December 15. Students applying after December 15 will be considered for admission until the classes are filled. Due to limited space in the entering class and in the residence halls, students are strongly encouraged to apply and submit all supporting documents as early as possible.

University Honors Program Admissions


Florida Atlantic Universityís Honors Program for entering freshmen on the Boca Raton campus provides special opportunities to those students who are academically successful, highly motivated and committed to excellence. Honors Program students take advantage of special advising, small seminar classes taught by outstanding faculty and their own sections of an intensive first-year experience course.†Admission is selective and competitive.†For additional information, visit the program's website.

Students who have been awarded a Presidential Scholarship or a Spirit of FAU Scholarship will receive an invitation to join the University Honors Program. The supplemental application and additional documents are not required for those students receiving an invitation. However, students must submit confirmation of their attendance. Students not receiving an invitation are highly encouraged to consider applying. A supplemental application is required along with additional documents. All of the information submitted is used to consider the applicant’s strengths and abilities. The program looks for students who demonstrate an active approach to learning and the potential for outstanding academic growth. A holistic review begins once all of the required documents have been received. 

Requirements
1. Acceptance to FAU.
2. A supplemental application, available online at http://www.fau.edu/honorsboca/applying.php
3. A resume covering extracurricular activities, community involvement, work experience, honors and awards.
4. A graded writing sample (typed analytical paper of 500 words).

Questions about the application process should be addressed to the Office of
Undergraduate Admissions at 561-297-3040 or honors@fau.edu.

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Graduate admissions

Admission Policy
The Graduate College assists prospective students and the general public in learning about the University and its graduate programs, including procedures related to application and admission to University degree programs. Those interested in learning about the educational opportunities and degree programs available at the University should contact the Graduate College, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, SU 80, Room 101, Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561-297-3624) or visit the College's website.

The University actively encourages applications from all persons who are motivated to pursue university studies and who have obtained adequate academic preparation to succeed. The application and admission process attempts to identify those applicants who are prepared to benefit from university study and who can benefit from specific university services to improve their likelihood of success.

All interested persons, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age or physical disablement are encouraged to submit applications. The admission review process does not discriminate on the basis of any of these factors. The Graduate College maintains the confidentiality of all application documentation.

Admission Requirements
A student seeking admission into an FAU graduate program must have a bachelorís degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution or, for international students, an institution recognized in its own country as preparing students for further study at the graduate level.

Graduate program applicants must meet the minimum standards set forth by the Florida Board of Education, the University, and when applicable, more stringent admission standards set by each department.

Applicants to graduate programs are required to present their scores on the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Exam or equivalent scores on equivalent measures approved by the Board. The University may waive this requirement in individual cases, and some major departments may exclude this requirement. Consult the appropriate department within each college section for admissions information.

Applicants must check the individual departmental admission requirements, which are listed separately within each college section.

Graduate admissions are competitive and meeting minimum program requirements does not guarantee admission.

Note: Applicants who find that regular admission and curricular requirements cause an undue hardship may request a waiver of such requirements through their individual departments. All such requests that require a waiver of University policy will be sent to the Graduate College for final action.

Filing Dates
The entry terms for degree programs are fall (August), spring (January) and summer (May). However, students should apply as early as possible. Applications completed by the recommended Filing Date will be assured of prompt review. Late applications will be handled in the order received.

Applicants Filing Dates
  Fall Spring Summer
Domestic July 1 November 1 April 1
International February 15 July 15 January 15

Contact the appropriate college and department for specific application requirements and possible earlier filing dates.

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Admission Categories for Degree-Seeking Students
Graduate students may apply for degree programs in the categories below. (Note: Students who do not intend to pursue a degree program should follow the procedures outlined under the Non-Degree-Seeking Students subsection later in this Admissions section.)

Masterís Degree
This program is for an applicant who holds a bachelorís degree from a regionally accredited college or university and who intends to pursue a program leading to a masterís degree at Florida Atlantic University.

Specialistís Degree
This program is for an applicant who holds a masterís degree from a regionally accredited college or university and who intends to pursue a program leading to the Education Specialist degree at Florida Atlantic University.

Doctoral Degree
In most cases, this program is for an applicant who holds a masterís degree from a regionally accredited college or university and who intends to pursue a program leading to a doctoral degree at Florida Atlantic University.

Required Credentials and Documentation
Applications
The application for admission as well as all other required documents must be filed with the Graduate College before any final decision can be made regarding the eligibility of an applicant.

Application deadlines appear above and in the program summary. Click here to obtain the graduate admission procedures. In most instances, applications submitted after the Filing Date will be considered for the next available entry date.

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Required Documents
1. Graduate Application: A completed application for graduate admission is required for all degree-seeking applicants.

2. Application Fee: A non-refundable $30 application fee payable in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank is required prior to the handling of any application.

3. Transcripts: Applicants must request that one official transcript be sent directly to the Graduate College from the Registrar of each college or university attended. If the applicant receives the transcripts directly from the Registrar, they should not open the envelopes, but send them, unopened, to the Graduate College. An official transcript is one that is issued by the school or college attended, bearing appropriate signatures or seals, and kept in a sealed envelope. Transcripts opened prior to delivery are no longer official.

4. Examinations: All applicants must submit their scores on the general section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants for admission to certain programs must submit scores on the appropriate subject section of the Graduate Record Examination. Business applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). GRE or GMAT scores more than five years old will not be accepted. Exceptions to this requirement will be considered by petition. Some major departments may exclude this requirement. Consult the appropriate department within each college section for admissions information.

5. Additional Records: Applicants may be required to submit such additional materials as specified by the individual colleges and graduate programs. Any additional materials should be sent directly to the program for which the applicant is applying.

6. To comply with Florida Atlantic University policy, all students, prior to registration, must submit a signed FAU Immunization Form. FAU requires documented proof of immunization to Measles and Rubella for all students. In addition, all students must provide documentation of vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B or provide a signed waiver for each declined vaccination. Contact FAU's Immunization office at 561-297-0049 for more information.

Departmental Requirements
Each applicant for admission to graduate study should consult the portion of the catalog that deals with the academic program the student wishes to pursue. Additional evidence may be required by individual colleges and/or departments. Admission to graduate study does not constitute admission to candidacy for the degree. Students must satisfy departmental requirements governing admission to candidacy. Each applicant should make an appointment with the appropriate college official to plan an individual program.

Admission Decisions
Completed applications are decided upon by the college in which the applicant expects to enroll. Colleges may admit or deny applicants' admission based upon their own specified criteria. Official notification of decision is issued by the Graduate College.

Conditional Admission
Colleges may admit students on a conditional basis using their specific college criteria.

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International Admissions

International students must meet the admission criteria for the type of application they are submitting, as outlined above. In addition, international applicants must satisfy the following conditions:

1. Due to additional processing time needed for international students, submit a complete application, a $30 application fee and all required documentation, including supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores and financial documentation, by the following dates for the corresponding terms:

Undergraduate Students - All materials needed by:
Fall Spring Summer
April 1 October 1 February 15
 
Freshman Priority deadline date is February 15 for the fall term.
     
Graduate Students - All materials needed by:
February 15 July 15 January 15

2. Undergraduate students must furnish evidence of proficiency in English by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum required TOEFL score is 550 on the paper-based test (TOEFL PBT) and a score of 80 is required on the Internet-based test (TOEFLiBT). The minimum required score on IELTS is 6.5. For more information, click here.

Graduate students must furnish evidence of proficiency in English by submitting scores from one of the following examinations: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of English as a Foreign Language Ė Internet-Based Test (TOEFLiBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A universitywide minimum paper-based score of 500 (CBT-173) is required for the TOEFL, a score of 61 is required for the TOEFLiBT and a band score of 6.0 is required for the IELTS. For Business students, a score of 600 (CBT-250) is required for the TOEFL and a score of 100 is required for the TOEFLiBT.

Individual colleges and departments may require higher proficiency in English scores than the minimum given above.

3. All freshman, undergraduate transfer and second bachelor degree-seeking students who completed all or part of their education at an institution outside the United States and its territories are required to have their foreign coursework evaluated by a NACES-accredited (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) evaluation service to certify equivalency. A list of evaluation service members may be found online. This requirement also specifically applies to transfer credit from foreign affiliate institutions of FAU. Freshman, undergraduate transfer and second bachelor applicants require a course-by-course equivalency evaluation. Students who wonít have a degree at the time of their starting semester also require a grade point average from each institution attended.

The Graduate College requires all international applicants to graduate programs whose transcripts are from foreign institutions to have their credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation service. Click here for details regarding credential evaluation requirements for individual degree programs. Applications cannot be processed until these evaluations are received.

4. Once the academic part of admissions is completed, undergraduate and graduate international students must submit the Financial Certification form as evidence of sufficient financial resources and original bank letter(s) proving expected amount of money for the first year of study. In addition, international students who are transferring from another U.S. institution are required to submit the Visa Clearance form. For details and to print the forms, click here.

5. To comply with Florida Atlantic University policy, all students prior to registration must submit a signed FAU Immunization Form. FAU requires documented proof of immunization to Measles and Rubella for all students. In addition, all students must provide documentation of vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B or provide a signed waiver for each declined vaccination. Contact FAU's Immunization Office at 561-297-0049 for more information or visit its website.

6. All international students are required to purchase annual medical insurance. Contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at 561-297-3049 for more information.

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Additional Admission Information for All Students

Admission to Professional Programs
Certain courses of study at the University prepare students for entry into a profession, such as architecture, education, nursing and social work. Admission and retention in these programs may require adherence to a professional code of ethics. For the requirements of these degree programs, refer to the specific programís information in this catalog or to other materials provided by these programs.

Campus Tours
Undergraduate information sessions and guided campus tours are available for all interested individuals on the Boca Raton campus each weekday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on most Saturdays only in the fall and spring semesters at 10 a.m., except for University holidays and the Saturdays of home football games. The walking tours leave from the Undergraduate Admissions Office in the Student Support Services Building and last approximately one hour. Group tours or special requests can be accommodated; however, in order to allow time for preparation, please call the number below prior to the day of the tour. There may be times and days that we are unable to accommodate the special requests. Call 561-297-3040 for more information or click here.

Misconduct
The University reserves the right to refuse admission to an applicant based upon prior misconduct, regardless of location, that may adversely affect the University community. Therefore, it is important for all applicants to provide complete and accurate information on the admission application in regard to disciplinary action for scholastic or any other type of misconduct. See University Regulation 4.007.

Nation of Citizenship Information
Applicants need to declare their nation of citizenship. If their nation of citizenship is not the United States, applicants will need to provide a copy of their Visa, Notice of Action-approved, a valid employment authorization card (valid through the term of entry) or Resident Alien Card (green card). This information is necessary to determine international student status.

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Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Non-degree-seeking students at Florida Atlantic University are those who wish to enroll for courses but do not intend to earn a degree from FAU. Non-degree students who wish to become degree-seeking must submit an application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate College on or before the deadline posted in the Academic Calendar. Credits that have been earned as a non-degree-seeking student may be applied to the student’s degree program; however, this is contingent upon acceptance to the University and approval by the college in which the student's program is housed. For an explanation of the number of credits that may be applied and other specifics, refer to the heading Registration for Non-Degree-Seeking Students in the Registration and Records section of this catalog.

Students must submit a Non-Degree Enrollment application accompanied by a $30 non-refundable and non-transferable fee. Non-degree applicants must have earned a high school diploma in order to be admitted in a non-degree status. Official transcripts are not required for this process. A Non-Degree Residency application and supporting documentation must be provided for review in order to qualify for in-state tuition; students who do not provide paperwork are coded as non-Florida residents.


Registration on a space-available basis will be conducted during regular and late registration periods, as listed in the University’s Academic Calendar. To comply with Florida Atlantic University policy, all students prior to registration must submit a signed FAU Immunization Form. FAU requires documented proof of immunization to Measles and Rubella for all students. In addition, all students must provide documentation of vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B or provide a signed waiver for each declined vaccination. Contact FAU's Immunization office at 561-297-0049 for more information.

Note for undergraduate students: Students in a non-degree-seeking status are not eligible for financial aid. Students who have been denied admission to FAU as degree-seeking undergraduates must wait three semesters before they are eligible to register as non-degree-seeking students.

Note for graduate students: Students in non-degree-seeking status who may at a later date enroll in a graduate degree program may not transfer more than one-third of the required coursework into the program or may not use course credits that are more than 7 years old at the time of graduation. Satisfactory academic performance as an FAU non-degree-seeking student will not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program. Students dismissed from an FAU graduate degree program may not subsequently enroll using the non-degree-seeking status to fulfill coursework or grade requirements for the program in which they were enrolled.

Residency Information

All applicants must complete the Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes section of the application and submit the required documentation, regardless of the duration of their presence in Florida. Incomplete, unsigned or blank forms will result in the classification of “Non-Resident” status for tuition purposes until the documentation has been provided, reviewed and approved by the Residency Officer.

Students who are not United States citizens must provide appropriate documentation from Immigration and Naturalization Services that designates their status while living in the United States. Resident alien cards (green cards), employment authorization cards or eligible Visa types must be submitted at the time students submit their application. All documentation must be valid through the term of entry. Those applicants with expired paperwork must be referred to the Office of Immigration and Naturalization Services. All students who were previously classified as non-U.S. citizens and are now returning as U.S. citizens must submit updated documentation.

Additional information may be requested by the University. The submission of requested documentation does not guarantee Florida residency status. All residency information is reviewed in accordance with Florida Statute1009.21. All residency documentation must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the first day of classes for the initial term of entry or for the term in which the student is applying for in-state tuition. Current graduate students must file with the Registrar’s Office for reclassification.

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The Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate College offices determine residency status for degree-seeking students prior to their first term of enrollment. Further information on residency is located on the Undergraduate Admissions website or the Graduate College website.

Students who would like Florida residency classification after their first term of enrollment should refer to the Residency Reclassification subsection in the Registration and Records section of this catalog.

To appeal an initial residency determination, a student may obtain a Residency Classification Appeal form from the Registrar’s Office and submit that appeal no later than the last day of the current term for which the appeal is to be effective. The appeal is reviewed by the Residency Appeals Committee. Its decision constitutes a final agency determination. Further appeal is available only through judicial review as defined in Florida Statute 120.68. (Change is effective immediately.)

Student Records
Information contained in a studentís educational record becomes the property of the University and will not be released or copied to the student or a third party. A third party is defined as anyone other than the student, but does not include faculty, staff and agents of the University who have the responsibility of working with the student in registration, counseling, financial aid or any other activity directly related to the studentís academic program. The student must provide written consent for any third party, other than University staff, to access the studentís educational record.

Contact Information
Correspondence regarding undergraduate admission, including transcripts and test scores, should be sent to:

Florida Atlantic University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
561-297-3040
Fax 561-297-2758
admissions@fau.edu

Graduate correspondence should be sent to:

Florida Atlantic University
Graduate College
SU 80, Room 101
777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
561-297-3624
Fax 561-297-2117
www.fau.edu/graduate

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