Florida Atlantic University’s service region in Southeast Florida is home to more than three million people and includes six counties: Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. The area is one of the most diverse in the United States, encompassing affluent beachfront communities, broad swaths of rich farmland, a dense checkerboard of suburban neighborhoods and the major metropolitan centers of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. With more than 2,700 employees and a regional impact in excess of $1.15 billion annually, FAU is a strong engine of economic growth.

Since opening its doors in 1964, FAU has worked to bring top-quality higher education opportunities to the people of its large service area as well as to students from around the state, nation and world. It is achieving this goal through its carefully planned network of campuses and sites, stretching more than 100 miles along Florida’s Atlantic coastline. Campuses and sites are located in Boca Raton, Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce. Each has its own mission and characteristics, as will be described later in this profile.

Florida Atlantic University is a fertile source of intellectual and cultural enrichment in the communities it serves. In addition to the tremendously popular Lifelong Learning program sponsored by the University, FAU faculty members and distinguished guest speakers offer a wide variety of public lectures every year. The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters present well-attended and critically praised performances on a year-round schedule. Two professionally curated art galleries on the Boca Raton campus host exhibitions by artists of regional and national note as well as FAU faculty and students, and spaces dedicated to the public exhibition of artwork are permanent features of all of the University’s campuses. On the Jupiter campus, the Edna Hibel Fine Arts Complex features the work of internationally renowned artist Edna Hibel as well as traveling exhibitions by other artists.

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