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About Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College




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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Florida Atlantic University is a public institution with its main campus in Boca Raton, Florida, and satellite campuses in Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and Fort Pierce. 

Florida Atlantic University was established in 1961 as the first public university in southeast Florida, offering only upper-division and graduate-level courses. Initial enrollment was only 867 students, increasing in 1984 when the university admitted its first lower-division undergraduate students. The university started focussing on research along with improvement as a traditional university.

The university promotes academic and personal development, discovery, and lifelong learning. FAU fulfills its mission through excellence and innovation in teaching, outstanding research and creative activities, public engagement, and distinctive scientific and cultural alliances, all within an environment that fosters inclusiveness.

The University is committed to excellence at all levels of the educational and creative experience, to success for all students. The University values lifelong learning because it encourages the continual use of the mind. 

It has raised admissions standards, increased research funding, built new facilities, and established notable partnerships with major research institutions.

FAU has a current student population of 29,772 with a student-faculty ratio of 21:1. Diversity is one of the USP of the university. More than half of their students are classified as minority or international, making FAU the most diverse public university in Florida. 

The female population is overall higher than the male with 56%. White American students constitute 42 % of the population followed by 19 % black, 26 % Hispanic, and some others. 

FAU has 10 colleges that offer more than 170 bachelor's, masters, and doctoral degrees. Florida Atlantic University is classified among R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity.

FAU provides 51 online programs. These programs are in the fields of Nursing, Accounting, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Business Management, Environmental Science, Engineering, and many others. 

These online programs offered by the university are flexible and self-paced. The university provides an informative and exhaustive syllabus of the traditional classroom program without the constraints of semester schedule or class timings.

Florida Atlantic University Accreditation

Florida Atlantic University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Location & Contact


777 Glades Rd Administration Bldg. Room 339


Email: N/A
Phone: 5612973000
Fax: N/A
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FAU had started as a small institution, but over the years it has grown considerably and is now a nationally and internationally recognized university.

The rankings given below are a proof of that.

  • Forbes has ranked it 581 among the best universities in the USA.

  • US news & world report has ranked it 281st in its national university ranking. The same source has ranked it 924th in its global university ranking. 

  • Times has placed it between 801- 1000 in its global university ranking.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

1080 - 1240

ACT Range

21 - 25

Application Fee




High School GPA


Accept Common App


Florida Atlantic University follows a selective admission process which is very competitive. With the rise in its reputation, the competition is growing year after year. In recent years, FAU has increased its admission requirements for prospective freshmen.

The application process is online with the last date to apply to be May 01.

Overall the admission process follows the following steps.

Step - 1 Submit the online application form

Step - 2 Self-report your academic record and test scores

Step - 3 Letter of recommendation

Step - 4 Statement of Purpose

Step - 5 Acceptance

Additionally, an application must've maintained the SAT range of 1080-1240 and the ACT range of 21 - 25.


Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


Average Annual Cost


Books And Supplies


Other Fees


Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


Budget For Other Expenses


Total One Year Cost


Among the top 500 universities in the USA, FAU is one of the cheapest institutions. By joining FAU, you can get quality education at a top college for a very reasonable fee. 

The total one year cost to attend the University comes out to be $ 24,235.

The net price is $ 9,486 and the average annual cost is $ 2,522.

The fee includes tuition fee and other costs like 

Books & supplies - $ 1,208

Room & board - $ 11,896

Other expenses - $ 6,300


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, G...

459 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

416 Graduates

Biology, General

380 Graduates

Psychology, General

357 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

345 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

287 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

258 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

219 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

210 Graduates

Social Work

207 Graduates


205 Graduates

Registered Nursing, Administration,...

198 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

186 Graduates

Health and Medical Administrative S...

184 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

145 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

133 Graduates

Political Science and Government

127 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

124 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

123 Graduates


113 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

109 Graduates

Research and Experimental Psycholog...

108 Graduates

Management Information Systems and...

105 Graduates


91 Graduates

International Business

91 Graduates

Mechanical Engineering

75 Graduates

Civil Engineering

57 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

56 Graduates

Education, General

55 Graduates

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement,...

50 Graduates

Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

49 Graduates


43 Graduates


42 Graduates

Hospitality Administration/Manageme...

42 Graduates

Ocean Engineering

38 Graduates

City/Urban, Community and Regional...

36 Graduates


35 Graduates


34 Graduates

Computer Engineering

31 Graduates

Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...

30 Graduates


30 Graduates

Public Administration

26 Graduates

Social Sciences, General

24 Graduates

Environmental Design

23 Graduates


20 Graduates

Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

19 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

19 Graduates

Arts, Entertainment,and Media Manag...

15 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

15 Graduates


14 Graduates

Geography and Cartography

12 Graduates


12 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

12 Graduates

Surveying Engineering

6 Graduates

Religion/Religious Studies

2 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




42% White

1% Unknown

19% Black

27% Hispanic

4% Two or more races

3% Non Resident alien

4% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


Out Of State


In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$63,066 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $3,864/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

red and blue

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Conference USA

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)






Swimming and Diving


Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country




Swimming and Diving


Track and Field


Beach Volleyball

Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. The normal expense for on-campus housing is $11,950 per year. The students at Florida Atlantic University have several dining and meal plan options to choose from. Moreover, the average meal plan costs around $3,864 per year. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The number of female and male students at the university are 43% and 57%, respectively.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$130 - 317

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


While the cost to FAU is quite low, the university recognizes the need for students who can't afford it. It provides financial assistance schemes to those students.

The aid is provided in order for the students to pay fees or meet other academic-related expenses. The financial support schemes are implemented in multiple formats like loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study opportunities. Eligible students who wish to get these facilities are required to fill in the FAFSA form.

Florida Atlantic University federal school code is 001481

The various aids provided are mentioned below.

  • Federal Aids such as Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, Iraq, and Afghanistan Service Grant, and the Federal Work-Study option. The average aid is $6,227 and last year, 39 % of students availed them. 

  • Florida State Scholarships and Grants include the Florida Student Assistance Grant, First Generation Matching Grant Program, and Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The average aid is $ 4,236 and last year, 53 % of students availed them. 

  • FAU Grant, FAU Academic Achievement Grant, FAU Academic Grant, AAC Behavioral Health Academic Program, AIA Palm beach Scholarship, Baby Gear Guide Scholarship, and Benjamin.A.Gilman International Scholarship Program are provided as Institutional Aid.  The average aid is $ 4,769 and last year, 51 % of students availed them.

  • Military Aids are also provided at the university. This includes the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Tuition Assistance program.

FAU Financial Aid Office

If you have any queries regarding your eligibility for the FAFSA form, you can contact the financial aid office at the below address. 

Campus Address & Phone:

777 Glades Road, Bldg. SU-80 Rm. 233

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Tel: 561-297-3530  Fax 561-297-3517

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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