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FAU 2012 Enrollment Tops 30,000

Record Enrollment Largest in FAU’s History

BOCA RATON, FL (September 4, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University has the largest enrollment in its history, exceeding 30,000 students for the fall 2012 semester.

“This record-breaking fall enrollment provides strong evidence that students of all ages are recognizing the extraordinary value and experience that Florida Atlantic University has to offer them,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “We welcome them all and assure them that their success will always be FAU’s top priority.”

Saunders, along with FAU’s Board of Trustees, has strengthened the University’s ties with business and industry, directly benefitting FAU’s private sector partnerships and supporting regional economic development. With an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, FAU is a major presence in the business community, and Saunders continues to focus on making the University a strong engine of economic development in South Florida.

FAU is rapidly emerging as a major center of research, scholarship, creative activities, and community engagement. Other recent university advances include the completion of the 30,000-seat FAU Stadium, the opening of the Innovation Village student housing complex, and the launch of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, which recently admitted its second class.

“Reaching an all-time record high fall enrollment of more than 30,000 students is a historic landmark for FAU. It reinforces the fact that we are a gem among Florida’s institutions of higher learning with a very bright future, said Gitanjali Kaul, Ed.D., vice president for strategic planning. “Prospective students and their families from Florida and around the country are expressing confidence in our academic programs and this means a lot to us.

FAU students represent all of Florida’s 67 counties, all 50 states, and more than 180 countries. The University is rapidly becoming a university of first-choice for students, receiving more than 28,000 freshman applications for the fall 2012 semester.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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