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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
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lfreed@fau.edu

FAU Welcomes Students for Fall 2008 Semester

Record Numbers Reached in Housing Requests, Applications

BOCA RATON, FL (August 20, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University students will make their way back to the residence halls this week to mark the start of the university’s Fall 2008 semester.   For the first time in FAU’s history, there are more than 550 students on the waiting list to live in the residence halls, up from 200 last year.   This increase clearly marks FAU’s progression from a commuter university to more of a traditional university.

Move-In Day is the official day for FAU’s residential students to return to campus. It offers a unique opportunity for students and their families to connect with FAU President Frank T. Brogan and others in the FAU community who are on hand to help them move into the residence halls.   Move-In Day will take place on Wednesday, August 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive in Jupiter, as well as on Thursday, August 21 beginning at 9 a.m. at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

FAU received more than 11,000 applications for admission for the Fall 2008 semester, the largest pool ever for the university. Applications from a majority of counties in Florida reached record numbers, as well. The largest increase in applications was 122 percent from Citrus County. Pascal County followed with an 81 percent increase, Hillsboro County with a 77 percent increase, Charlotte County with a 73 percent increase, Seminole County with a 66 percent increase and Duval County with a 53 percent increase, with nine other counties following.

  FAU also saw a 29 percent increase in valedictorian applicants, as well as a 30 percent increase in salutatorian applications.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

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