Florida Atlantic University


President's Welcome

Welcome to Florida Atlantic University! Whether you are a student of any age who is seeking educational opportunity, the parent or guardian of a high school senior who is looking for a university that offers first-time-in-college freshmen a wide array of advantages, or someone who simply would like to become acquainted with the world of FAU, you have come to the right place!

For more than a half-century, FAU has been dedicated to the multifaceted mission of delivering the best in higher education, research, creative activities, community engagement and civic service. FAU is currently serving more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on six campuses strategically located along more than 100 miles of Florida’s beautiful southeastern coastline in Broward, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. Established in 1961 as a member of Florida’s State University System, FAU offers more than 180 degree programs through the following 10 colleges:

This university is the home of one of the world's preeminent marine science education and research centers, the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce. Students who are interested in ocean technology, aquaculture, ocean exploration and the health of our oceans will find a wealth of resources at FAU Harbor Branch.

We are very proud to have the most racially and culturally diverse student body in Florida's State University System; more than half of our students are members of minority groups or have come to us from abroad, creating a richly varied college community that offers great benefits to everyone. U.S. News & World Report also consistently FAU as one of the nation's most diverse universities.

A world of opportunity awaits FAU students, whatever their interests might be. Students in all majors are encouraged to carry out original research. Our undergraduate researchers are following in the footsteps of our skilled and experienced faculty, who are currently carrying out more than $50 million in funded research. FAU is classified as a "High Research Activity University" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and we’re well on our way to reaching our goal of building a $100 million research enterprise.

Campus life at FAU is enriched by more than 300 student organizations, including fraternities, sororities and preprofessional societies; state-of-the-art residence halls; modern dining and recreation facilities; a year-round roster of social, cultural and entertainment events; and 19 NCAA Division I teams that compete in Conference USA. FAU's three-time bowl-winning football team hosts home games in the University's 30,000-seat stadium on the Boca Raton campus.

Success stories abound among FAU's 160,000 alumni. Graduates include leaders of business, industry, government and education; researchers who have achieved major advances in biotechnology and engineering; Emmy, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winners; professional athletes; and a NASA astronaut. We take great pride in all of the men and women who have passed through the University's doors, and we continue to hold those doors open to new generations of Owls.

Florida Atlantic University is here to serve you, and I hope you will take full advantage of all that this remarkable institution has to offer.

Go Owls!

John W. Kelly, Ph.D.

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