Florida Atlantic University

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777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: (561) 297-3000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
May 1
application deadline

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Florida Atlantic University is a public institution that was founded in 1961. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,823, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 850 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Florida Atlantic University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,986 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,543 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Florida Atlantic University is a public university committed to providing access to a broad array of higher educational opportunities through its network of seven campuses strategically situated along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. FAU has achieved special distinction in the areas of ocean engineering, biomedical research, nursing, accounting, entrepreneurship, arts and humanities, complex systems and brain sciences, honors education, Judaic and Holocaust studies, stochastics, and computer science and engineering. FAU is the home to the new College of Medicine.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1961
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $172,230,861


When applying to Florida Atlantic University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 15. The application fee at Florida Atlantic University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 39 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 39.0%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Florida Atlantic University is 22:1, and the school has 24 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Florida Atlantic University include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Accounting; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 9%
Accounting 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 7%
Psychology, General 7%

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Student Life

Florida Atlantic University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,823, with a gender distribution of 44 percent male students and 56 percent female students. At this school, 6 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 94 percent of students live off campus. Florida Atlantic University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 30,038
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Florida Atlantic University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Florida Atlantic University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Florida Atlantic University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Florida Atlantic University, 65.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,871.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $5,986 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $21,543 (2012-13)
Room and board $11,353 (2012-13)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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