Florida Atlantic University Review

Founded in 1964, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is located approximately 45 miles north of Miami in Boca Raton. FAU earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classification of High Research Activity institution and has been designated as a Florida Center of Excellence for two disciplines, biomedical and marine biotechnology and ocean energy technology.

Florida Atlantic University Overview

Florida Atlantic University was Southeast Florida's first public university and the nation's first university to offer only upper-division and graduate-level programs. The school's first and largest campus is in Boca Raton, with additional campuses located throughout Southeast Florida in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, Fort Pierce, Fort Lauderdale, Davie and Dania Beach. FAU awards associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Students can choose majors from more than 140 subject areas, including accounting, graphic design, commercial music, geomatics engineering, computer animation, ocean engineering, elementary education and nursing.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Admission to Florida Atlantic University is based on grade point averages and performance in standardized tests (ACT or SAT). Additional weight is given to prior honors or advanced placement coursework, as well as to courses from the Advanced International Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate programs. Students are required to have minimum total SAT scores of 1390 or composite scores of 20 on the ACT. Applicants with GEDs must score at least 21 on the ACT or 1450 on the SAT.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

Florida Atlantic University's Dania Beach campus, called SeaTech, offers programs in ocean engineering and is headquarters for FAU's two Centers of Excellence. The school's main campus in Boca Raton boasts the FAU Research Park, FAU High School and the nation's largest Lifelong Learning Society, while the Jupiter campus hosts Scripps Research Institute scientists and houses the school's all-honors liberal arts college.

Florida Atlantic University's total enrollment is 27,000 and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1. The university hosts many student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, pre-professional associations and 18 NCAA Division I sports teams. Florida Atlantic University's S.E. Wimberly Library, on the Boca Raton campus, contains approximately 2.5 million items, including books, periodicals, microforms, maps and government documents.

Schools and Colleges at Florida Atlantic University

  • College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs
  • Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
  • Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
  • The Graduate College

School Contact Information

  • Address: 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • Phone Number: (561) 297-3040