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Why Choose FAU?

The reasons to choose FAU are as diverse as our 27,000 students. Some want a traditional university experience, complete with dorm life, campus traditions and Division I athletics. Others like our smaller classes and engaged professors who challenge students to achieve. And, of course, more than a few are attracted by FAU's campuses that are just a few miles from both big-city life and the beach.

So, we realize the college experience is different for everyone. To help you make the most of these years, we offer hundreds of student activities. From fraternities and sororities to pre-professional student associations, these are designed to enrich the learning experience and nurture relationships that last a lifetime.  

And while there is no substitute for face-to-face learning in the classroom, we seek out real-world experiences that enhance your classroom experience, such as internships, hands-on research and study-abroad opportunities. FAU is committed to creating an educational experience that works for you.

FAU's global community distinguishes itself by its cultural and intellectual diversity. Approximately 44% of its student population consists of minority students from many backgrounds.


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Before You Apply

Admission to the University is based on specific requirements. IMPORTANT - Read more about International Freshman Student requirements>

Please note: Some colleges and particular majors have additional requirements. Read more >

Student Profile
Fall 2010 Entering
Freshman Students Mid-Rang

High School GPA 3.2 - 3.8
SAT Score 1510-1720
ACT Score 22-25

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.  When an applicant's file is considered complete, it will be evaluated for an admission decision.  The applicant will be notified by postal mail.An applicant may also check their status online at /admissions/AppStatus.php  A decision is usually rendered within 6 to 8 weeks after the file is considered complete.  Additional information may be required of some applicants before a decision can be rendered. If so, you will be contacted by e-mail.
Your e-mail address will be used as the primary method of communicating with you. If you change your email address, please notify us immediately at Rolling admission decision will begin October 1st for Summer and Fall 2011 freshman applicants.

Tuition & Fees
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Residency refers to whether you are an in-state Florida resident or an out-of-state resident, and this classification determines your tuition cost. Florida residents pay a lower tuition price per credit hour than do non-Florida residents.

Non-U.S. citizens, such as permanent resident aliens, parolees, asylees and other legal aliens granted indefinite stay who have applied and been approved by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and non-immigrants holding eligible visas may be considered as Florida residents for tuition purposes, provided they meet the 12 month Florida residency requirements. Read more >


Applications and all supporting materials and test scores must be received by the following dates for consideration for admissions. Read more >

Fall Admission (Aug-Dec)

February 15 (priority date*)
May 1st

Summer Admission (May-Aug)
February 15 (priority date*)

* Priority is given to applications that are received on or before February 15th. Applications received after the priority deadline will be evaluated for the requested term. However, we cannot guarantee that the applicant will be admitted or will receive the necessary registration information in time for enrollment.

Application Category

0-11 Credits

Lower-division Transfer

12-59 Credits

Upper-division Transfer

60+ Credits

Second Bachelor's Student
Bachelor's Degree

Life at FAU

College is a total living and learning experience, and FAU?s outstanding academic programs, exciting student activities, our location in a metropolitan area, or the proximity to family and friends make it the right choice for you.

Get Involved!
By joining one of more than 200 student clubs and organizations, you can make the campus feel like a smaller place. You have the opportunity to make new friends, learn something new and develop leadership, management and interpersonal skills. Most of all, you can contribute something worthwhile to yourself and the FAU community by being an active part of it.
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Where to Live

FAU offers comfortable housing for students, making access to all the University has to offer very convenient.  It is also great way to develop friendships and become involved in university life. All full-time freshmen are required to reside in the University Housing. However, housing is not guaranteed. A housing contract must be submitted to the Department of Housing and Residential Life.  Exemptions from the freshman policy may be requested for the following reasons:
  • Age 21 or older by the first day of class
  • Residing with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 50 mile radius of the Boca Raton Campus
  • Married

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FAU has 18 varsity men's and women's sports teams that compete at the highest level in NCAA Division I athletics, which promises an exciting and active year for sports fans. Read more >

Florida Atlantic University offers a dining program that ranges from residential dining, catering and popular branded concepts. FAU's well-balanced food services program was designed to create the ideal campus dining experience to meet the needs of our diverse university community Read more >

Study Abroad

FAU offers Study Abroad opportunities to students, which allows them to enter the global gateway to an amazing learning experience. The Office of International Programs designs and coordinates international Study opportunities for FAU students and ensures that each student has a valuable educational adventure.
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Honors Programs

Looking for an academic challenge?  Want to meet other talented students? Interested in small seminar classes? FAU is so committed to honors students that it offers two exciting choices. Read more >

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