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Study at Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University, a public research university, was established in 1964. The main campus occupies about 850 acres of land and serves more than 25, 000 students. FAU has 10 colleges that offer over 145 doctoral, masters and bachelors degree programs. These colleges are:
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
  • Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
  • College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs
  • Barry Kaye College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
  • Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science
  • The Graduate College
Florida Atlantic Universitys sports teams are known as the Owls. The athletics program of the university started in 1979, and the teams participate in volleyball, soccer, golf, cross country and football. Some notable alumni are the head of Federal Emergency Management Agency, R. David Paulison; famous poet, Charles Ghigna; renowned Puerto Rican author, Judith Ortiz Cofer; and singer, Chris Carrabba.

Profile of Florida Atlantic UniversityFlorida Atlantic is in a small city, in Boca Raton, FL. The school is classified as a public college. Students at Florida Atlantic earn degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Florida Atlantic Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 460 to 550 for students at Florida Atlantic. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 470 and 560.

Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at Florida Atlantic are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

The school, in 2007, had 26, 193 students (18, 915 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
Many students at Florida Atlantic are part-timers. The school makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at Florida Atlantic belong to the Sun Belt Conference for major sports.

Florida Atlantic Tuition and AffordabilityDegree seekers find the school to be more affordable than many of its peers.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Florida Atlantic University is a public research university with multiple campuses along the southeast Florida coast serving a uniquely diverse community. It 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. "Florida Atlantic Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management1, 435business management, accounting, marketing, finance, international business, MIS, taxation, non-profit management
Liberal Arts930liberal arts and sciences, sociology, political science, English, social services, history, liberal arts and humanities, economics, . . .
Education and Teaching739elementary school teaching, educational administration, special ed, school Counselling, curriculum and instruction, reading teaching, social foundations of education, social science teaching, . . .
Science370biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, geology, physics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine346registered nursing, nursing science
Therapy and Counselling266psychology, psychobiology, social psychology, experimental psychology
Security and Law Enforcement263criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and administration
Family and Social Work238social work, public administration
Media225communication studies, digital communications, media studies
Engineering166electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, civil engineering
Computer Science and Engineering150computer and info science, computer engineering
Art Studies136art studies
Architecture and Planning123architecture, urban planning
Medical administration116health care administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy48exercise science
Music32music, music management
Real Estate and Construction Management26real estate
Drama and Performing Arts18drama
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, Jewish studies
Medical Support and Technology15audiology and speech pathology
Hospitality14hospitality management
Fine Arts7fine arts
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental science
Contact: Florida AtlanticFlorida Atlantic University

777 Glades Rd

Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

General Phone: (561) 297-3000


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