Some universities measure greatness in decades and centuries. Florida Atlantic University measures it with every student who earns a degree, every researcher who makes a discovery and every community that is transformed.
At FAU's dedication ceremony in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson challenged the University's pioneers: "It is time now...for a new, adventurous, imaginative, courageous breakthrough for a new revolution in education in America."
With those words, FAU opened its doors as the first public university in southeast Florida and the first in America designed for upper division students only. Since day one, FAU has pushed the bounds of higher education. Now, 50 years later, the University serves more than 30,000 freshmen, transfers and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida.
People from every walk of life find a place at FAU. Students choose from more than 170 degree programs, faculty researchers utilize more than 40 research centers and the community engages hundreds of cultural and educational events every year.
Built on a rich tradition as a teaching university with a respected faculty, FAU is earning a reputation as a top research institution in areas ranging from biomedicine and biotechnology to ocean engineering and coastline security.
This research will lead to the next generation of medical cures and technological advancements, all of which builds the local economy. FAU is classified as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Living and Learning
Outside the classroom, hundreds of student activities from fraternities and sororities to pre-professional student associations enrich the learning experience and nurture relationships that last a lifetime. And while there is no substitute for the dynamic synergy created in the classroom, FAU faculty and students seek out real-word experiences that enhance the classroom experience, such as internships, hands-on research and study-abroad opportunities.
Inspired by the Community
A truly engaged university is one that builds a two-way street between the campus and the community. FAU is committed to connecting local business, government and nonprofits to the faculty, staff and students.
With people from all 50 states and more than 180 countries studying, living and working at FAU, few things unite like standing shoulder to shoulder at a game cheering the Owls to victory. The University sponsors 18 NCAA Division I sports and has secured 21 conference championships.
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