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.
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.
This Admissions section is divided into the following subsections. The subsections
appear in the following order:
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Admissions
University honors Program Admissions
Additional Admission Information for All Students
Undergraduate students, go
Graduate applications for "new" programs should be
filed with the Graduate College, www.fau.edu/graduate/applyonline/index.php.
students returning after
an absence of more than a year
may also be subject to the following:
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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.
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.
Categories for Degree-Seeking Students
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.
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
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.
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.
FAUís SAT school code number: 5229
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, IA 53243-0451
FAUís ACT school code number: 0729
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.
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.
||English and Writing
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
(3 with substantial writing)
(at the level of Algebra
1 or higher)
units (at least 2 with laboratory)
units (of the same foreign
Appropriate academic and elective courses
are listed in the Counseling for
Future Education Handbook, published by the Florida
Department of Education.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Preparatory Reading 2
Preparatory Writing Skills
River State College
Preparatory Reading 2
Preparatory Reading 3
Preparatory Writing 3
Beach State College
Preparatory Reading 2
Preparatory English 2
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;
from their high school to allow
FAU courses to satisfy any remaining
requirements toward high school
recommendations attesting to
the studentís maturity and readiness
to meet the academic and personal
challenges posed by early entry
into higher education;
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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).
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
A Change of Entry form can be found here.
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.
For additional information, visit the College's website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
appropriate college and department for specific application
requirements and possible earlier filing dates.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graduate Application: A completed
application for graduate admission
is required for all degree-seeking
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colleges may admit students on a conditional basis using their specific college
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
Students - All materials
Priority deadline date is
February 15 for the fall
Students - All materials
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,
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.
Information for All Students
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.)
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.
Correspondence regarding undergraduate admission, including transcripts and
test scores, should be sent to:
correspondence should be sent
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
SU 80, Room 101
777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991