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Florida Atlantic University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree and certificate programs offered at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a public university in Boca Raton, Florida. The campus is approximately three miles from the Atlantic Ocean, between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. Founded in 1964, FAU was the first public university in southeast Florida. The Boca Raton campus was the university's first location and is still the largest, with more than 70% of FAU students studying there as of 2013.


There are ten academic schools at the university, and the Boca Raton campus also has a university school, high school, center for child development research and research park. FAU has an honors program, which offers advanced courses, honors seminars and small class sizes, as well as special advising and registration. Additionally, the university offers several programs that offer at least half of the coursework through distance learning.

FAU has study abroad programs of its own, as well as partner programs with other schools in the State University System of Florida. The university also has a movie theater, used by film studies students during the day and open to the public in the evening, and a recording studio, giving students the ability to record and release songs and albums.


Applicants to FAU are required to meet minimum criteria for high school courses and SAT or ACT scores, which they demonstrate by submitting their test scores, high school transcripts and senior year schedule. The university has a priority application deadline of February 15 for freshmen for the fall semester.

Admissions decisions are rolling, with applicants usually hearing from the admissions office 6-8 weeks after all their application materials have been received. High school juniors who are residents of Florida can apply for early admission and, if they meet admissions requirements, can replace their senior year of high school with the first year at FAU. Applicants who have taken AP or IB exams can submit their scores to the admissions office to be assessed for credit.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 school year are $4,789 for Florida residents and $17,234 for non-residents. The yearly fees for room and board are $11,556, with the university recommending a budget of $1,220 for books and other supplies.

Students can apply for a variety of financial aid options, including loans and grants from the federal government, grants and scholarships from the university and private loans. Florida residents can also make use of Florida's student aid and pre-paid programs. The university has several payment plans available to students, which range from the 50/50 plan to a 5-installment plan.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates, undergraduate and graduate certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 24,571 undergraduate and 4,675 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing Nine residence hall and apartment living options**
Schools 10 academic colleges**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011-2012:
Bachelor's: Elementary Education and Teaching (390)
Master's: Business Administration and Management, General (234)
Doctoral: Educational Leadership and Administration, General (17)*
Graduation Rates (Students Beginning Study in Fall 2005) 17% in four years
43% in six years
44% in eight years*
Admission Rate 42% in 2012*
Entering Class 3,351 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 79% for full-time students and 73% for part-time students from 2010-2011*
Middle 50% of SAT and ACT Scores for Admitted Students 1560-1770 SAT (total) and 23-27 ACT (composite)**
Undergraduate Application Due Date May 1 for the fall semester**
Decision Notification Date N/A; rolling basis**
Undergraduate Annual Total Cost $21,582 for Florida residents and $34,027 for non-Florida residents (includes tuition, fees, transportation, room and board, books and living expenses)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (38%)
State and local grants/scholarships (77%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (31%)
Federal loans (36%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 91% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Florida Atlantic University

School Contact Information

  • Address: Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • Phone: (561) 297-3040
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