Faculty Committee on Student Admissions

The Faculty Committee on Student Admissions responds to admission appeals. In order for an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new and compelling academic and/or personal information, as well as information pertaining to extenuating circumstances – if any, that had not been presented in the admission application.  Independent corroborating documentation is also helpful.   A letter of recommendation is accepted as part of the appeal process; however, the letter should be provided by someone who can corroborate the student’s information.  General letters attesting to the student’s desire to attend FAU are less helpful.

Appeals must be submitted in written form, will only be considered if they are from the applicant, and must be supported by appropriate documentation from outside sources. All documentation should be mailed with the letter of appeal to the address listed below. To be considered, an appeal must follow these guidelines.  

The following reasons may be considered:

•    Special talents or abilities (i.e. artist, musician, actor, athlete). A letter of support must be received from university faculty or staff in such areas as art, athletics, theater, or music.
•    Physical, mental, learning or emotional disabilities. Students who are claiming a disability must submit documentation of the disability (medical or psychological) along with their written request for reconsideration.
•    New and compelling information that was not included with the initial application (i.e. extenuating circumstances, unique situations, etc.). It should not be a repeat of information previously submitted.

New test scores and/or an updated transcript do not require an appeal. Please contact the Office of Admissions when submitting the new, updated information.

While all appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, the rate of a decision being reversed based on an appeal has historically been very low.  

For a student not offered admission, FAU offers admission to qualified transfer students.  Students participating in the Link Program are given priority in the admissions decision followed by students earning their AA degree from a Florida College System institution.  

For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 561.297.3040 or admissions@fau.edu. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Please submit the letter of appeal and all supporting documents to:
Faculty Committee on Student Admissions
Office of Admissions
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Fax 561.297.2758

 

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