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History & Overview

Florida Atlantic University, created in 1961 by act of the Florida Legislature, opened in 1964 as the first university in the nation serving upper-division and graduate students exclusively. The University was dedicated on October 25, 1964, by President Lyndon B. Johnson, one of the few American institutions of higher learning to be so honored by a sitting President of the United States. Twenty years later, in 1984, FAU became a four-year university when the first freshman class was admitted.

Today, more than 110,000 men and women are FAU alumni, and the University is serving 28,000 degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. In addition to the original 850-acre campus in Boca Raton, FAU serves students at locations in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Dania Beach, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce.

FAU has the most richly diverse student body in Florida's State University System, with 41 percent classified as African American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian. This level of diversity enriches the University community, and the greater community, beyond measure and makes FAU a model for other universities nationwide.

FAU has fully funded Eminent Scholar Chairs in academic areas that include engineering, business, community education, the arts, social science, nursing, marine biology, philosophy, Holocaust studies, Judaic studies, brain science and growth management.

Through a unique public/private partnership with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FAU offers a complete, four-year medical education program that has received full funding by the Florida Legislature and is on track to be self-sustaining.

One of Florida's 11 public universities, FAU is committed to serving the educational needs of persons of retirement age through non-credit courses offered by its Lifelong Learning Society, which, with an enrollment of almost 20,000, is believed to be one of the largest and most successful organizations of its kind in the United States.

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