How To Apply (Step By Step)

  • Overview
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Step 5

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree provides students with knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, law and the legal system for juveniles and adults in American society, and the decision processes of criminal justice agencies. A Criminal Justice major is broadly educated within a general education framework in the liberal arts and also provided with courses that directly apply to careers within the criminal and juvenile justice systems and the study of law. The baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice provides the student with a suitable foundation for graduate study in criminal justice, criminology, public administration, and other graduate school programs.

Applying for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree consists of 5 simple steps:

  1. Completing the Undergraduate Application
  2. Sending Your Official Transcripts
  3. Submitting Your Test Scores
  4. Enclosing Application Fee
  5. Staying In Contact With Us

If you are considering applying to FAU, we recommend reading through each of the steps, and the detailed explanation of each step before starting with the application process.

Once you have been accepted for admission into the university, it is strongly recommeded that you contact your academic advisor and faculty advisor to assist you before you register for classes. Contacts for this program can be found below.

Step 1: Complete the Application

You can apply using the online application form on our secure server

You must have a valid United States Social Security Number (SSN) in order to submit the FAU Online Undergraduate Application.  If you do not have a SSN, please contact the academic advisor listed below.

If you do not have a United States Social Security number, you will need to enter in all zeros (000-00-0000) for the social security number. The Admissions Office will provide you with a valid student number for the processing of your application.

Application Deadlines:

Applications and all supporting materials and test scores must be received by the dates below for consideration. Late applications will automatically be processed for the next term.

Students Fall Spring Summer
Freshmen June 1 October 15 March 15
Transfer July 1 November 15 April 15
International April 1 October 1 March 1

Step 2: Send Official Transcripts

Request official transcripts to be sent to Florida Atlantic University from all high schools you have attended, OR from all colleges or universities you have attended and from your secondary school(s). We request that your current name and Social Security Number be added to your record if necessary. Once received, all transcripts and test scores become the sole property of the university.

  • If you are a beginning freshman or transfer applicant with less than 60 semester hours of transferable academic credit, have your high school forward your official secondary school record to FAU.
  • If you have attempted any education or training either as dual enrollment in high school or after high school, ask each institution to forward an official transcript of your academic record. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution or forwarded electronically. Only Florida public high schools, community colleges and state universities can have your transcripts and test scores sent electronically.
  • If you have completed high school by GED, you must provide an official copy of test scores (in addition to your partial high school transcript).
  • Transfer students who completed 2 years of the same foreign language in high school must submit official high school transcripts in order to fulfill the foreign language entry requirement.

Mailing Address:
Florida Atlantic University
Office of Admissions
777 Glades Road
P.O. Box 3091
Student Support Services - SU80
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

Step 3: Submit Test Results

High School Seniors:

We require either SAT or ACT standardized test scores.  To have SAT scores sent to Florida Atlantic University contact College Board at or at (609) 771-7600. FAU's SAT school code number is 5229. To have ACT scores sent contact American College Testing Program at or (319) 337-1313. FAU's ACT school code number is 0729.

Transfer Students:

If you have more than 60 credits, all applicants must present a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on all attempted college work and applicants must be in good academic standing at their last attended institution.

Fewer than 60 credits, all applicants must also meet all freshman admissions requirements as stated in the freshman admissions section.

Step 4: Enclose Application Fee

The application fee of $30 must be in U.S. currency. Fee can be paid by credit card, check, or money order. Check or money order should be made payable to Florida Atlantic University and must be drawn on a U.S. bank; U.S. postal money orders, international money orders or U.S. traveler's checks are acceptable. If you wish to pay by credit card, please click here.

Please print off the last page of the application (FAU Undergraduate Admission Application Post Checklist) or on a separate piece of paper include your name, your social security number and session id number, and include the $30.00 application fee (if required, and not done by credit card).

Mail all required documents from the previous steps to:

Florida Atlantic University,
Office of Admissions
777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

Step 5: Staying In Contact With Us

Staying in contact with the Admissions Office will help us serve your needs throughout the application and enrollment process. or call us:
Main telephone number: (561) 297-3040
Fax number: (561) 297-2758

Once you have been accepted for admission into the university, it is strongly recommeded that you contact your academic advisor and program coordinator to assist you developing the best possible program to suit your needs. Contacts for this program can be found below.

For any questions regarding the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program, please contact Academic Advisors Todd Hedrick or Fabio Rojas at 561-297-2316. You may also request more information by filling out the form found here. Someone will contact you within 48 hours.

Content Last Updated on: October 18, 2013
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