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Frequently Asked Questions

What documents do I need to submit with my application?  
Freshmen:
In addition to your application and application fee, submit your official high school transcripts you’re your official ACT or SAT scores. Transfers with less than 60 college credit hours:
Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended including official high school transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, as well as documentation of any additional credits earned through AICE, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment or CLEP. Transfers with 60 or more college credit hours:
Submit official transcripts from all institutions you attended, as well as documentation of any additional credits earned through AICE, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment or CLEP. Additionally, we need your final high school transcript, if you completed the foreign language requirement in high school.
What are the basic requirements for Florida Residency?  
To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, the claimant (person claiming residency for the student; may be a parent, spouse, legal guardian, or the student themselves) must have established and maintained legal residence and physical presence in Florida for at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is being sought. The law allows U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or legal aliens granted indefinite stay by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to be classified as a Florida resident if the applicant, or the claimant in cases where the student is dependent, has met the requirement of residency in the state for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes.  Persons who do not meet the following requirements may be classified as a Florida resident only if they fall within one of the special categories as noted in Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes.   For more information, please go to http://www.fau.edu/registrar/residency/home.php
What is FAU's Admissions Policy?  
Click on the link to read Admissions Policies and Procedures
Which application should I use?  
During the admissions process, your category is determined by the number of credits completed. See below: (Credits completed after high school graduation)
Freshman 0-11 Credits
Lower-division Transfer 12-59 Credits
Upper-division Transfer 60+ Credits
Second Bachelor's Student Bachelor's Degree
What are the application deadlines?  
Applications and all supporting materials, including test scores, must be received by the dates below for consideration. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are advised to apply early for full consideration for admission and for scholarships.

An official, written notification will be mailed to admitted students only. Students deferred for updated test scores or students not offered admission will be notified through our regular online status check only and not through the mail. To check your application status online please go to and click on Check your Status.
Students Fall Spring Summer
Freshmen May 1* N/A** Feb. 15
Transfer July 1 Nov. 15 April 15
Returning FAU Students July 1 Nov. 15 April 15
International April 1 Oct. 1 Feb. 15
What are your Open House dates?  
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saturday, April 11, 2015
What are the foreign language requirements?  
All students admitted as freshmen, lower-division transfers, or upper-division transfers 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 not identical to the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. See the Degree Requirements section.
Does FAU require interviews, references or essays?  
FAU does not require interviews, references, or essays for Admission. A writing sample and resume are required as part of the supplemental application to the University Honors Program or Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.
What is an official transcript?  
An official transcript is a sealed record sent directly to Florida Atlantic University from the institution(s) you attended. You can send them yourself if the envelope has not been opened.
What if I previously attended FAU?  
If you are a former, degree-seeking FAU student, but not currently enrolled, your eligibility to return will depend on several factors. If you have not attended for at least three consecutive semesters, you must re-apply for admission and pay a $30 nonrefundable application fee. If you are an undergraduate student, go to https://apply.fau.edu   For more information regarding students who are returning to FAU after an absence of more than a year, please go to www.fau.edu/admissions/returnstudent.php for further instructions and requirements.
How do I appeal my admission decision?  
Undergraduate applications from individuals who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements may be reviewed by The Faculty Committee on Student Admissions. Unless there is some new information that was not available at the time your application was reviewed (i.e courses in progress, new grades), there is no need to appeal. If a student has special talents or abilities, physical, learning or emotional disabilities, or has suffered personal or family hardships, may appeal the initial admission decision. The committee is made up of University faculty members and administrators who evaluate admission based on evidence other than academic work. The committee determines the student's ability to succeed in future academic endeavors. Students must appeal in writing, submit letters of recommendation, a personal statement and any other documentation that would substantiate admission as an exception.
How can I change my major?  
If your admission application is still in progress and you have not been received an admission decision, you may submit your request either by mail, email or fax.
Once we receive this change request, it will be processed. We cannot take this request by phone. It needs to be in writing directly from the student.
However, if you are newly admitted or a currently enrolled student, you will need to contact your College Advisor in order to do a change of major.
Mail to:
Florida Atlantic University
Office of  Admissions
777 Glades Road - SU 80
P.O Box  3091
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Or
Or
Fax:
561.297.2758 (fax)
Do I need to take the TOEFL exam?
Results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) may be required of students whose first language is not English. Current FAU admission requirements are a score of 550 on the paper-based test (Toefl PBT), or 80 on the internet-based version (Toefl IBT). Instead of Toefl we accept IELTS with the minimum score of 6.5. Information about this examination can be obtained from TOEFL. FAU now offers TOEFL on the Boca Raton campus. visit /testing/TOEFL.phpfor more information
Official TOEFL results are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Students are exempt from taking the TOEFL exam if they meet the following criteria:
-Have taken over 60 semester hours at a regionally-accredited post-secondary institution in the United States or another English speaking country.
-Have attended a high school in the US for more than three years and have not taken ESL courses to fulfill the core English requirements.
Have attended a foreign secondary or post-secondary school whose primary language of instruction is English.
Can I change my term of entry?  
Your admission to FAU is specified for a certain semester, and you must enroll during that term. If you wish to change your entry term, make your request by email to admissions@fau.edu or by submitting the Change of Entry Date form. www.fau.edu/admissions/ChangeEntry.php.

While your admission is for a specific term, your application and fee are valid for one academic year (three consecutive semesters). Your 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).

Please note that admission to the initial term of entry does not guarantee admission to a future term. The Change of Entry option is not available for incoming freshman students.
How do I apply for financial aid?  
You can submit the online FAFSA application:  http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
The tuition per credit hour for an Undergraduate Student is:
$159.81   Florida resident
$604.39   Non-Florida resident.
For more information about cost of education: www.fau.edu/finaid/apply_aid/coe.php
How do I apply for scholarships?  
FAU offers numerous scholarships for incoming freshman and transfer students. Scholarship applicants must apply to the University and be admitted as degree seeking students before being considered for scholarship awards. Scholarships are competitive and most are awarded early in the admission cycle. All Scholarships are for Fall and Spring terms only. Scholarship eligibility requires students to be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 FAU credits) unless otherwise stated in the scholarship description.
Scholarships offered through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions are not stackable.
For additional scholarships offered through the financial aid office, visit www.fau.edu/finaid/typesofaid/scholarships.php
Does FAU accept credit cards?  
Yes, you can pay your tuition online with a Mastercard, American Express or Discover card. If you would prefer to pay in person, you can pay by cash, check or debit card.
Does FAU offer a payment plan?
Yes, FAU does offer different Installment Agreements. For further information on payment plans, visit http://www.fau.edu/controller/student_information/tuition_pay_plan.php
What if I don't want to pay the application fee online?
Your application fee can be paid by cash or check. br />Florida Atlantic University - Undergraduate Admissions
777 Glades Road
P.O. Box 3091
Student Support Services - SU 80
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
What high school courses are required?  
Florida Atlantic University calculates the academic grade point average. Additional weight is given to all courses clearly,"C" or higher, marked Honors, Advanced, Gifted, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate.
Do you accept students with a GED?  
GED is another option for those students who do not have a graduation diploma from high school. As an international student you can find more information about the GED test on the American Council on Education web site: http://www.acenet.edu/higher-education/topics/Pages/GED.aspx
Persons with a GED must achieve a minimum total score of 3000, with no sub score lower than 550, and present a test score of at least 1450 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT.
How many Military Credits will FAU approve for transfer credit?  
Military Service College Credit – Undergraduates
Consistent with Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.013, Military Veterans and Active Duty, students who are or were members of the United States Armed Forces may earn appropriate academic college credit for college-level training and education acquired in the military. College credit will be granted to students with military training and coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE), subject to institution transfer practices and limitations on amount, level, etc., of transfer credit. Military training coursework will be subject to the same treatment as any other transfer credit evaluated, with the utilization of the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services for determining equivalency and alignment of military coursework with applicable University courses. If the coursework fulfills a general education, major course, and/or degree requirement, consistent with the college/department policy, the credit will be granted for meeting that requirement toward graduation. Applicable course credit may include elective course credit toward the degree.

To apply for such credit, military veterans or active duty service members should submit one of the following forms of documentation and evidence of appropriate test scores on the DSST Examination Program (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) in college and technical subjects. See DSST exams and scores below the required documentation details.
Required Documentation

For the United States Army, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy:
Request a military transcript from https://jst.doded.mil or DD214/DD295 Course Completion Certificates
For the United States Air Force:
Request a Community College of the Air Force transcript (if applicable) from
http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp or DD214/DD295 Course Completion Certificates

For the Department of Defense:

Request a Defense Language Institute transcript (if applicable) from http://www.dliflc.edu/dlitranscripts.html

DSST Examination Program Undergraduates   
The table below provides information related to the DSST exams. For more details, visit www.getcollegecredit.com.
Examination Course Equivalent
(all courses receive
3 credits)
Passing Score Passing Score for 2008 Revised Exams
A History of the Vietnam War AMH 2059 44  
Art of the Western World ARH 2000 48  
Astronomy AST 2002 48  
Business Law 2 BUL 4422 44  
Business Math QMB 1001 48  
Criminal Justice CCJ 1000 49 400
Environment and Humanity EVR 2017 46  
Ethics in America PHI 1630 46 400
Foundation of Education EDF 1002 46  
Fundamentals of College Algebra MAT 1033 47 400
Fundamentals of Counseling PCO 2202 45  
General Anthropology ANT 2000 47  
Here's to Your Health HSC 2100 48 400
Human Resource Management MAN 4301 46  
Human/Cultural Geography GEO 1400 48  
Introduction to Business GEB 2011 46  
Introduction to Computing ISM 2000 45 400
Introduction to Law Enforcement CCJ 1100 45  
Introduction to the Modern Middle East ASH 1044 47  
Introduction to World Religions REL 2300 48 400
Lifespan Developmental Psychology DEP 2004 46  
Management Information Systems ISM 3011 46 400
Money and Banking ECO 4223 48  
Organizational Behavior MAN 3025 48  
Personal Finance FIN 3140 46 400
Physical Geology GLY 2010C 46  
Principles of Finance FIN 3403 46  
Principles of Financial Accounting ACG 2021 47  
Principles of Physical Science 1 PSC 2121 47  
Principles of Public Speaking SPC 2608 47  
Principles of Statistics STA 1014 48 400
Principles of Supervision MNA 1345 46  
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union EUH 1066 45  
Substance Abuse HSC 1140   400
Technical Writing GEB 3213 46  
The Civil War and Reconstruction AMH 1056 47  
Where can I obtain a paper application?  
The application is available online only at www.fau.edu/admissions/apply.php.
Who do I speak to if I don’t know what to major in yet?  
If you have not been admitted to FAU, you can visit the career services at your current institution. OR you may apply to FAU with an undeclared major. If you have been admitted to FAU, please visit our Career Development office: www.fau.edu/cdc.
I attended school outside of the United States, what do I need to provide for my official transcripts?  
If you completed all or part of your education abroad, a translation and evaluation of work completed at each institution will be necessary. Transcripts should be sent to one of the NACES accredited evaluation services for course-by-course evaluation and overall GPA. Please see a list of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Members.
Do you have Early Decision or Early Action?  
No, we do not have Early Decision nor do we have Early Action. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For deadline dates, please go to http://www.fau.edu/admissions/freshmendeadlines.php
Do you accept fee waivers?  
We accept College Board and ACT application fee waivers.
I submitted my application and fee and accidentally pressed the submit button twice. I got two email receipts saying my payment was accepted. Can I be refunded the duplicate fee?  
Our billing department will automatically refund your credit card when it sees a duplicate payment. Please keep any documents/receipts associated with these payments for your records.
How do I find out if FAU has received my application materials and/or that my application is complete?  
To check the status of your application, please click here. (https://banner.fau.edu/FAUPdad/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon) Please allow one to three weeks after your information is received for us to process your materials and update your status on the website. We appreciate your patience.
Can I speak with an academic advisor before I apply?  
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applicants, not all academic advisors are available to meet with prospective students. The curriculum information for all of majors can be found at www.fau.edu/admissions and click on “Curriculum Sheets” or check with the individual department.
How do I appeal my admission decision?  
Undergraduate applications from individuals who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements may be reviewed by The Faculty Committee on Student Admissions. Unless there is new information that was not available at the time your application was reviewed (i.e courses in progress, new grades), there is no need to appeal. Students who have special talents or abilities, physical, learning or emotional disabilities, or those who have suffered personal or family hardships may appeal the initial admission decision. The committee is made up of University faculty members and administrators who evaluate admission based on evidence other than academic work. The committee determines the student's ability to succeed in future academic endeavors. Students must appeal in writing; submit letters of recommendation, a personal statement and any other documentation that would substantiate admission as an exception.
How do I check my application status?  
You can check your application status online at www.fau.edu/admissions. Click on “Check your Status”. Enter your Z# (Capital “Z”) and your pin (MMDDYY)
What is the difference between degree-seeking and non-degree seeking?  
Non-degree courses can be taken for enrichment, certification, or to meet pre-acceptance requirements for entry into a degree program. The Office of the Registrar processes all non-degree applications; please visit their website for additional information: http://www.fau.edu/registrar/non_degree/.
A Degree Seeking is a student who is applying with the intention of graduating from FAU with an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Can I take my pre-requisites or general education classes at the Davie or Fort Lauderdale Campuses?  
All lower-division courses are offered only on the Boca Raton Campus and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. Upper-division courses are offered on the Broward campuses, Jupiter and Treasure Coast campuses.
What online programs do you have?  
Please click on the following link for information about our online programs: http://www.fau.edu/oit/instructional/dlinfo.php

Freshman Applicants

What documents do I need to submit with my application?  
Freshmen Requirements
In addition to your application and application fee, submit your official high school transcripts and your official ACT or SAT scores.
I am currently a senior in high school and am taking a college class. Will I receive credit at Florida Atlantic University for these classes?  
FAU accepts credits from regionally accredited institutions when the student receives a grade of "D" or better in college-level courses (not remedial.) Pass/Fail grades are not accepted.
Do you consider the writing scores from the SAT Reasoning Test?  
Yes. We look at all three scores. If you take the test multiple times, we will take the best individual scores to calculate the best combined score. We also accept the ACT. If you choose to take the ACT you must take the writing portion.
What high school courses are required?  
The following units of study in high school are required:
English (3 with substantial composition) 4 units
*Mathematics (Algebra 1 level and above) 4 units
Natural Science (2 with lab) 3 units
Social Science 3 units
Foreign Language (of the same language) 2 units
Academic Electives 2 units
Total 18 units
How is my high school GPA calculated?  
Florida Atlantic University recalculates the academic grade point average used in the admissions selection criteria. Additional weight is given to all courses clearly marked Honors, Advanced, Gifted, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate.
Do you accept students with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED)?  
GED is another option for those students who do not have a graduation diploma from high school. Persons with a GED from any state must achieve a minimum total score of 3000, with no sub score lower than 550, and present a test score of at least 1450 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT. Applicants with a GED should also submit high school transcripts from any school attended.

Transfer Applicants

What documents do I need to submit with my application?  
Transfer Requirements
With less than 60 college credit hours: Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended including official high school transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, as well as documentation of any additional credits earned through AICE, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment or CLEP. With 60 or more college credit hours: Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended, as well as documentation of any additional credits earned through AICE, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment or CLEP. Additionally, we need your final high school transcript if the foreign language requirement was completed in high school.
Do I have to provide all of my transcripts even though my last school has a combination of all my institutional credits?  
Yes. Your application will not be processed unless official transcripts from each college/university you’ve attended have been received.
Can I transfer as a junior with my Associate in Science degree?  
Students transferring with an articulated Associate in Science degree will be admitted. If the Associate in Science is not in an articulated degree program, additional coursework may be required.
Can I apply now even though I’m still in my last semester at my current institution and have not received my A.A. or 60 credits yet?  
Yes. You will need to submit the application, application fee, and official transcripts for the specific term you intend to start at FAU. You must submit your final official transcript once grades and/or degree have been posted.
Can I enroll in two institutions at the same time? (E.g. start my BA classes at FAU while completing my AA at BC)?  
No. A degree seeking student cannot be enrolled concurrently at two institutions at the same time. Students can be admitted to FAU for a future term while completing their degree at their current institution or in some cases, take classes as a transient student.
Can I meet with an advisor who will tell me which of my credits will transfer before I apply?  
Generally, FAU accepts credits from regionally accredited institutions in which the students received a grade of "D" or better in college-level courses (non-remedial.) Unfortunately, the Office of Admissions does not staff academic advisors that can sit down and go over your current transcript with you personally. Students who are accepted to the University will meet with an academic advisor who can better answer specific questions regarding transferrable credits and degree requirements.
I currently receive grants & scholarships at the school I am now attending. Will I be eligible for money at Florida Atlantic University as a transfer student?  
You should consult with FAU’s Office of Financial Aid concerning any grants and loans you may be eligible for. Information on Transfer Scholarships offered through the Office of Admissions can be found online: Transfer Scholarships
Do you offer academic scholarships to transfer students?  
Yes. Scholarships are limited,competitive and awarded on a rolling basis. Students must be admitted as degree seeking before being considered for a scholarship. The scholarship application deadline is March 1st unless otherwise noted. Transfer Scholarships
How many Military Credits will FAU approve for transfer credit?  
Military Service College Credit Undergraduates
Consistent with Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.013, Military Veterans and Active Duty, students who are or were members of the United States Armed Forces may earn appropriate academic college credit for college-level training and education acquired in the military. College credit will be granted to students with military training and coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE), subject to institution transfer practices and limitations on amount, level, etc., of transfer credit. Military training coursework will be subject to the same treatment as any other transfer credit evaluated, with the utilization of the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services for determining equivalency and alignment of military coursework with applicable University courses. If the coursework fulfills a general education, major course, and/or degree requirement, consistent with the college/department policy, the credit will be granted for meeting that requirement toward graduation. Applicable course credit may include elective course credit toward the degree.

To apply for such credit, military veterans or active duty service members should submit one of the following forms of documentation and evidence of appropriate test scores on the DSST Examination Program (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) in college and technical subjects. See DSST exams and scores below the required documentation details.
Required Documentation

For the United States Army, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy:
Request a military transcript from https://jst.doded.mil or DD214/DD295 Course Completion Certificates
For the United States Air Force:
Request a Community College of the Air Force transcript (if applicable) from
http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp or DD214/DD295 Course Completion Certificates

For the Department of Defense:

Request a Defense Language Institute transcript (if applicable) from http://www.dliflc.edu/dlitranscripts.html

DSST Examination Program Undergraduates   
The table below provides information related to the DSST exams. For more details, visit www.getcollegecredit.com.
Examination Course Equivalent
(all courses receive
3 credits)
Passing Score Passing Score for 2008 Revised Exams
A History of the Vietnam War AMH 2059
44  
Art of the Western World ARH 2000
48  
Astronomy AST 2002
48  
Business Law 2 BUL 4422
44  
Business Math QMB 1001
48  
Criminal Justice CCJ 1000
49 400
Environment and Humanity EVR 2017
46  
Ethics in America PHI 1630
46 400
Foundation of Education EDF 1002
46  
Fundamentals of College Algebra MAT 1033
47 400
Fundamentals of Counseling PCO 2202
45  
General Anthropology ANT 2000
47  
Here's to Your Health HSC 2100
48 400
Human Resource Management MAN 4301
46  
Human/Cultural Geography GEO 1400
48  
Introduction to Business GEB 2011
46  
Introduction to Computing ISM 2000
45 400
Introduction to Law Enforcement CCJ 1100
45  
Introduction to the Modern Middle East ASH 1044
47  
Introduction to World Religions REL 2300
48 400
Lifespan Developmental Psychology DEP 2004
46  
Management Information Systems ISM 3011
46 400
Money and Banking ECO 4223
48  
Organizational Behavior MAN 3025
48  
Personal Finance FIN 3140
46 400
Physical Geology GLY 2010C
46  
Principles of Finance FIN 3403
46  
Principles of Financial Accounting ACG 2021
47  
Principles of Physical Science 1 PSC 2121
47  
Principles of Public Speaking SPC 2608
47  
Principles of Statistics STA 1014
48 400
Principles of Supervision MNA 1345
46  
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union EUH 1066
45  
Substance Abuse HSC 1140
  400
Technical Writing GEB 3213
46  
The Civil War and Reconstruction AMH 1056
47  

International Applicants

Should I apply as an International Student?  
If you do not have U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency (a permanent resident alien) you are required to complete the international application for admissions.
If you are currently in the United States on a Visa, please submit a copy of your Visa with the application.
If you are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency, please submit a copy of your Permanent Residency Approval Notice Form from U.S. Immigration in lieu of financial documents.
What financial documents must I send to get my I-20 and where do I send it?  
Please submit the following documents:

All bank letters must be written in English and must include U.S. dollar amounts. Letters must be issued within 6 months of creating I-20. The bank letter has to present specific sources of financial support and the exact dollar amounts required to study at FAU for the first year.
International students who are seeking F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status visa must also submit documentation required for obtaining the Form I-20 (for the F-1 visa) or the Form DS-2019 (for the J-1 visa).
Please send documents to:
International Student and Scholar Services
Attn: I-20 or DS-2019 Processing
777 Glades Road SU 80/214
Boca Raton, Florida 33431, USA
Email:isss@fau.edu (subject line: I-20 or DS-2019 Processing)
Telephone: 561-297-3049
Fax: 561-297-2446
When will I receive my I-20 once I have been admitted to the university?  
Please contact International Student and Scholar Services:http://www.fau.edu/isss/.
How much will it cost to attend Florida Atlantic University?  
The University requires international students to show proof of financial support for the first year of study. Students who are studying on a student visa are required to pay non-resident tuition rates. Undergraduate students must show $35,440. An additional $5,000 is required for your spouse and $2,500 for each child. These estimates are subject to change and do not include travel expenses. Make copies of the Certificate of Financial Responsibility for your records and for use at the United States Consulate.
How do I know if I am a "freshman" or a "transfer" student?  
Beginning Freshman”: The applicant has completed his or her secondary education (equivalent to completing high school in the United States and it is their first-time in college after high school graduation.
Lower Division Transfer”: An applicant who has or who will earn less than two years of university/college coursework or 12-59 semester hours of credit at a U.S. university or college.
Upper Division Transfer”: An applicant who has or who will earn two years or more of university/college coursework or 60 semester hours or more of credit at a U.S. university or college.
What are the international student requirements for admission to Florida Atlantic University?  
Freshman and Transfer International students: How To Apply
Should I take the SAT or ACT? Am I required to take an English Language Proficiency Exam?  
Freshman and Transfer students with less than 60 credit hours are required to submit their results of the SAT or ACT exams. Most international students will also be required to take an English proficiency exam such as the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language). International student admission requirements can be found online at How To Apply.
I attended school outside of the United States, what do I need to provide for my official transcripts?  
If you completed all or part of your education abroad, a translation and evaluation of work completed at each institution will be necessary. Transcripts should be sent to one of the NACES accredited evaluation services for course-by-course evaluation and overall GPA. Please see a list of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Members: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
What are the minimum required TOEFL and IELTS scores?  
Results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) may be required of students whose first language is not English. Current FAU admission requirements are a score of 550 on the paper-based test (TOEFL PBT), or 80 on the internet-based version (TOEFL IBT). Also, we accept IELTS instead of TOEFL with a minimum score of 6.5. Information about IELTS can be obtained from http://www.ielts.org. FAU now offers the TOEFL on the Boca Raton campus. Visit our Testing and Evaluation website atwww.fau.edu/testing/Toefl.phpfor additional information. Students are exempt from taking the TOEFL exam if they meet the following criteria:
  • Students who have attended at least three years of an accredited high school where the primary language of instruction is English.
  • Students who have at least 60 credit hours from an accredited post-secondary institution where the primary language of instruction is English.
How can I pay the application fee?  
The required $30 non-refundable application fee can be paid online when you submit your application. Online payments can be made only by credit card. If you are not able to pay your application fee online, you can pay it by logging back into the application using the login information that was emailed to you after application submission. Students can also mail in a check, money order, postal money order, international money order, or a U.S traveler's check (all must be drawn in a U.S. bank). Please mail your payment to:

Florida Atlantic University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
777 Glades Road SU-80
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
How can I check my application status?  
Applicants are able to check their application status online: Application Status.
Does Florida Atlantic University offer financial assistance to international undergraduate students?  
There are scholarships offered to international students; however, the availability is very limited, and they are quite competitive. FAU offers the International DEPAN scholarship; you can find more information on our web site at http://www.fau.edu/admissions/scholarships-all.php .

In addition, depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for one of the Linkage Institutes. The Florida legislature has established 11 international institutes for students on F-1 visas from certain countries. Please note that each institute has established criteria for these awards and these awards are not automatic. You will find more information about the Linkage Institutes when you click here: Florida Linkage Institutes .
What are the undergraduate majors offered at FAU?  
An updated list of our degree programs can be found online at: Programs.
I have been accepted to FAU as a beginning freshman. How do I secure my admission?  
To secure your place in the freshman class, the university requires all freshmen to submit a nonrefundable $200 tuition deposit. An online payment via credit card may be submitted and is the preferred method of payment. If you cannot submit the tuition deposit online, please fill out the bottom portion of the Admissions Tuition Deposit form and send it along with your check or money order (U.S. dollars) payable to Florida Atlantic University, mail to:

Florida Atlantic University
Office of Admissions
Student Support Services - SU80
777 Glades Road
P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
How can I contact the Office of Admissions if I have questions?  
If you are an Undergraduate International Student, your questions should be answered on the following web site: International. If you need further assistance, contact us at admissions@fau.edu or 561-297-3040

Re-ADMISSION APPLICANTS

Who should apply as a Re-Admission Applicant?  
  1. Students who were previously enrolled in a degree-seeking program at FAU and now wish to return to the University after an absence of 3 semesters or more.
  2. Students who have already earned a Florida Atlantic University degree.
I am an FAU Alumnus and want to get my second bachelor’s degree. Can I just register for classes or do I have to go through the entire application process?  
Choose the Transfer Application online at www.fau.edu/admissions/apply.php. Select the option “Second Bachelors.” If you have taken college-level courses at any other institution since graduating from FAU, you will need to submit the official transcript from those institutions. You need to resubmit a Residency Form and any required documents for proof of residency.
I left the University and want to come back. What do I do?  
If you left FAU within the last 3 semesters, you simply need to submit a change of entry form by the appropriate application deadline date. If you left the University more than 3 semesters ago, you must complete a new undergraduate application. Please go to: www.fau.edu/admissions/returnstudent.php for more information.

ADMITTED STUDENTS

What do I do after I’ve been accepted?  
Follow the information in "What's Next". The brochure was included with your admit letter. You may also review the accepted students checklist.
Do I have to take the Math Placement Exam and how soon do I have to have it completed?  
All entering freshman, regardless of AP, IB, dual enrollment and CLEP credits; as well as any transfer student with no prior college-level coursework in mathematics, must take the exam.
Students must take the exam between April 1 and the first day of classes for fall semester or any summer session, and between November 1 and the first day of classes for spring semester. We highly recommend that students take the exam early. Students enrolling in the fall semester, for example, should take the exam in April or May. Those entering in the spring should take it in November or early December.
I'd like to change my major now that I've been admitted. How do I go about doing that?  
A "Change of Major" form (available within the Registrar's Office) must be completed, and submitted to the appropriate FAU college (the college in which your new major resides) along with an unofficial copy of your transcript. Take the form to the Student Services Office within the college of your new major.
Can I add a second major or minor now?  
New students wishing to pursue a double major or adding a minor will need to wait and discuss this process with their academic advisor once they enroll.
When will I get a Florida Atlantic University email address?  
Once admitted, you will receive an email address. It wil be located at the bottom of your Admission letter.

YOUR ZNUMBER and PIN NUMBER

What is my Z number and where can I get it?  
A Z number is a student ID used for identification purposes within the FAU system. Your Z number is unique to you and protects your privacy. Use a capital letter 'Z' when you are entering your Z number (for example: Z12345678). Please remember your Z number and keep it confidential. To find the Z number assigned to you, click here. ("https://banner.fau.edu/FAUPdad/lwgkznum.P_DisplayID?VIEW_IN=Z)
I don't know my PIN, or the PIN I tried did not work. Now what do I do?  
Your initial PIN is set to your date of birth (format: MMDDYY). For example, if your birth date is June 1, 1970, enter your birth date as 060170.

FLORIDA RESIDENCY

What are the basic requirements for FL residency?  
To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, the claimant (person claiming residency for the student; may be a parent, spouse, legal guardian, or the student themselves) must have established and maintained legal residence and physical presence in Florida for at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes for the term in which Florida residency is being sought. The law allows U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or legal aliens granted indefinite stay by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to be classified as a Florida resident if the applicant, or the claimant in cases where the student is dependent, has met the requirement of residency in the state for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes. Persons who do not meet the following requirements may be classified as a Florida resident only if they fall within one of the special categories as noted in Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes. For more information, please go to www.fau.edu/admissions/residency/home.php
My acceptance letter states that I am a Non- Florida Resident. How can I address this?  
For a list of appropriate documents required for proof of Florida residency, please visit our Florida Residency web page. Contact admissions@fau.edufor questions regarding residency. You can submit the residency form and supporting documents to any FAU Office of Admissions.
  1. Drop them off at the FAU Admissions office in Boca Raton, Jupiter, or Davie.
  2. Email them to admissions@fau.edu
  3. Fax them to 561-297-2758 (ATTN: Residency)

COST & FINANCIAL AID

How much does it cost to attend FAU?  
The break down of the estimated costs of education can be found at : http://www.fau.edu/finaid/apply_aid/coe.php.
How do I apply for financial Aid?  
The online FAFSA application is located at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ The FAU Financial Aid office will coordinate your financial aid package which may include a combination of grants and/or loans.
How do I apply for scholarships?  
FAU offers numerous scholarships for incoming freshman and transfer students. Scholarship applicants must apply to the University and be admitted as degree seeking students before being considered for scholarship. Scholarships are competitive and are awarded early in the admissions cycle.
Admissions Freshman Scholarship Opportunities
Admissions Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Office of Financial Aid Scholarships
Does FAU accept credit cards ?  
Yes, you can pay your tuition online with a MasterCard, American Express or Discover card.
Does FAU offer a payment plan?  
Yes, FAU does offer different Installment Agreements. For further information on payment plans, visit www.fau.edu/controller/student_information/tuition_pay_plan.php
What if I don't want to pay the application fee online?  
Your application fee can be paid by cash or check:
Florida Atlantic University - Undergraduate Admissions
777 Glades Road
P.O. Box 3091
Student Support Services - SU 80
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Or by credit card:http://www.fau.edu/admissions/appfee.php.

OTHER

What programs are offered at each of the campuses?  
To see what programs are offered at each of the campuses:
  1. Go to http://www.fau.edu/about/campuses.php
  2. Click the "Campuses" link under About FAU
  3. Click on a campus to see more information about each campus.
 
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