Florida Atlantic University

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.

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Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton , FL 33431-0991
General Phone: (561) 297-3000

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Florida Atlantic Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,393business management, non-profit management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS, marketing, taxation
Liberal Arts982women's studies, linguistics, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, ...
Education and Teaching822curriculum and instruction, educational administration, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, ...
Science355biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine346registered nursing, nursing science
Security and Law Enforcement299criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety
Therapy and Counseling268psychology, experimental psychology, psychobiology, social psychology
Family and Social Work256public administration, social work
Media220communication studies, media studies, digital communications
Engineering187civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, ocean engineering
Computer Science and Engineering151computer and info science, computer engineering
Art Studies149art studies
Medical Administration108health care administration
Architecture and Planning97architecture, urban planning
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy53exercise science
Mathematics46mathematics, applied mathematics
Real Estate and Construction Management27real estate
Drama and Performing Arts27drama
Hospitality23hospitality management
Medical Support and Technology12audiology and speech pathology
Fine Arts8fine arts
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, Jewish studies
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental science
Engineering Technician2computer systems tech

Number of programs and degrees for Florida Atlantic in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,11453
Bachelor's degree4,48159
Doctor's degree8316
Post-master's certificate242
Associate's degree1591

Florida Atlantic Student Body

In 2007-2008, Florida Atlantic had a total enrollment of 26,193 students (20,632 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 92%
Part-Time 8%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 56%
Black 18%
Hispanic 17%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 16%
20-21 18%
22-24 23%
25-29 18%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)8%
New Jersey2%
New York2%

Florida Atlantic Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %
Part-Time 73 %

Florida Atlantic Room and Board (2007)

Florida Atlantic offers campus housing for 2,700 of its 20,632 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Boca Raton, Florida for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Florida Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Florida Atlantic Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470550
SAT Math480560
SAT Writing450540
ACT Composite2023

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT49%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Florida Atlantic Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,929
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,911
Room and board $ 8,960
Room charge $ 5,620
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,340
Books and supplies $ 766
Other expenses $ 1,544

Financial Aid:
Florida Atlantic participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 148100)

Florida Atlantic Faculty

Florida Atlantic has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track11371
Non-tenured and not on tenure track121150

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$127,7442*
Associate professorcalendar year11$93,5374$86,477
Assistant professorcalendar year0*3$72,374
Instructorcalendar year13$65,51317$58,431
No academic rankcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year27$83,84528$69,089

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year144$96,51049$81,031
Associate professoracademic year116$70,46990$67,846
Assistant professoracademic year118$62,96575$62,031
Instructoracademic year59$45,53480$42,783
Lectureracademic year0*2*
All faculty totalacademic year437$73,657296$61,657

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Florida Atlantic Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Sun Belt Conference
Basketball Sun Belt Conference
Baseball Sun Belt Conference
Track Sun Belt Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports276188

Florida Atlantic Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Ocean Engineering

Engineering Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Experimental Psychology
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General
Social Psychology

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What Sets Florida Atlantic Apart:

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Number of degree programs
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% of degrees in business and management
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% of degrees in art studies
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Top 13%Florida Atlantic % of degrees in art studies
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 15%Florida Atlantic Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Florida Atlantic Female % of student body
% students 40 years or older
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 15%Florida Atlantic % students 40 years or older
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 15%Florida Atlantic Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 16%Florida Atlantic Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in medical administration
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Florida Atlantic % of degrees in medical administration
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Florida Atlantic % of freshmen enrolled part-time

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