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FAU Welcomes Students for Fall 2009 Semester

Record Numbers Reached in Housing Requests, Applications

BOCA RATON, FL (August 17, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University students will make their way back to the residence halls this week to mark the start of the university’s fall 2009 semester.  For the first time in FAU’s history, there were more than 2,700 students who applied to live in the residence halls at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. This increase clearly marks FAU’s continued progression from a commuter university to 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, including faculty, staff and student groups who are on hand to help them move into the residence halls.  Move-In Day will take place on Wednesday, August 19 beginning at 8 a.m. at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive in Jupiter, as well as on Thursday, August 20 beginning at 8 a.m. at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

FAU received more than 12,800 freshman applications for admission for the fall 2009 semester, as well as nearly 7,500 transfer applications – both a record for the university. The FAU Graduate College also had an 8 percent increase in applications for the fall 2009 semester.

FAU applications reached record numbers. FAU received 3,483 applications from Broward County this year, a 17% increase.  Duval County applications went from 120 to 200, a 67% increase. Brevard County applications increased from 192 to 274, a 43% increase.  And, the university received 2,019 applications from Palm Beach County, a 9% increase.  Overall, FAU had an increase in applications from 40 Florida counties.

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