Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University is a state university located in suburban Boca Raton. With 49% of the 30,000-student population coming from minority backgrounds, FAU is the most diverse school within the state university system. There are also a number of commuter students on campus. Located just two miles from the Atlantic Ocean and less than two hours from Miami, FAU works hard to keep students engaged.


FAU’s main campus is in Boca Raton and this is where over 70% of students begin their academic career. Ocean Engineering is a strong program as is Architecture. Students in this 5-year program begin in Boca and then finish in the school of Architecture located in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  

FAU offers exceptional programs for academic success for all students. Study Lounge Sessions are hosted Monday -Thursday in the residence lounges for both residential and commuter students. These sessions are aimed at helping students with traditionally difficult first-year courses. Get Wise is an after-hours student support service center. The center serves as a ‘one-stop shop’ for academic and career assistance and is available in the residence halls daily from 4-9 PM. The First and Proud program focuses on success for first generation college students.

FAU has two honors colleges and Interested students apply directly to these colleges.

  • Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is a free-standing university-affiliated college of 1300 students located in Jupiter, FL. Admitted students live in this residential, liberal arts environment for all four years.
  • University Honors Program includes small seminar classes for honors students as part of the overall curriculum on the main campus.

Social Life

While only 4,000 students reside in the suite-style dorms located on the main campus, the university swells to 30,000 when including the local community taking classes here and satellite campuses. Boasting 18 Division 1 sports teams, a huge entertainment and sports complex, a 2,500-seat performing arts center,  300 on-campus clubs and student organizations and an active Greek life, FAU has much to offer students looking for a less traditional college campus.

Student Body

Racially, ethnically and culturally diverse. Many first-generation students motivated by opportunities and support offered at FAU. Large commuter population.

Surrounding Area

Suburban campus located halfway between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and just minutes from the beaches in Boca Raton. Boca also has numerous strip malls and upscale outdoor retail centers.

Admissions and Financial Aid

FAU admits students for the fall and summer preparatory classes. The admissions criteria are below.

Admissions PlanGPA RangeSAT RangeACT Range
Fall3.85 to 4.451110-124023-27
Summer3.4 to 3.9

For the field of Engineering, admissions will look for a math GPA greater than 3.0.

For the field of Nursing, only 100 students are accepted per year. Requirements include a 1200 minimum SAT score and a 3.8 weighted GPA (Add 1 point for AP, IB; .5 for honors courses)

Students must fill out the FAFSA to be considered for any financial aid (Merit or need-based) and January 15 is the priority deadline for both scholarship and aid.


Florida Atlantic University offers students from all backgrounds outstanding programs of study along with innovative means of supporting and encouraging their success.

Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Rd

Boca Raton, FL 33434

Phone: (561) 297-3000

Florida Atlantic University

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