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Florida Atlantic University Overview

Florida Atlantic University is a public institution situated in Boca Raton, Florida. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Florida Atlantic University Known For?

16,325 Full-Time Undergraduates
$9,768 Avg Cost After Aid
60% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at FAU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at FAU.
  • In 2017-2018, 70% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, FAU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $43,200 a year. That's about 6% more than their peers at other schools.

Florida Atlantic University Rankings

FAU is ranked #680 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #22 out of 62 schools in Florida.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that FAU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for FAU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 76
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 187
Best Colleges for Diversity 326
Best Colleges for International Students 478
Best Colleges for the Money 664
Best Colleges 680

Where Is Florida Atlantic University?

Location of Florida Atlantic University

Contact details for FAU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 777 Glades Rd, Administration Bldg., Room 339, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Phone: 561-297-3000
Website: www.fau.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FloridaAtlantic
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FlaAtlanticU

How Do I Get Into FAU?

You can apply to FAU online at: www.fau.edu/admissions/Apply_Online.php

Admission Requirements for FAU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into FAU?

60% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
64% Submit SAT Scores
FAU has an acceptance rate of 60%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 61%.

Average Test Scores

About 64% of students accepted to FAU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 540 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 520 to 600 )
200
800
FAU received ACT scores from 36% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Florida Atlantic University?

$9,768 Net Price
38% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of FAU is $9,768. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for FAU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,175 $7,333 $11,690 $16,490 $17,508

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At FAU, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $6,167 a year. That adds up to $24,668 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at FAU is 3.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Florida Atlantic University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,325 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 25,030 undergraduate students at FAU, with 16,325 being full-time and 8,705 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  FAU

There are also 5,178 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,325 full-time undergraduates at FAU, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  FAU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Florida Atlantic University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of FAU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 730
Black or African American 3,066
Hispanic or Latino 4,166
White 6,934
International Students 593
Other Races/Ethnicities 836

Geographic Diversity

Florida students aren't the only ones who study at Florida Atlantic University. At this time, 35 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 114 countries are represented at FAU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Brazil.

Online Learning at Florida Atlantic University

3,170 Took All Classes Online
12,977 Took At Least One Class Online
19.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 11 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at FAU. In 2017-2018, 12,977 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at FAU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 19th most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of FAU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Florida Atlantic University was 19.7%. This is the #905 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at FAU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of FAU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 3%
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Computer & Information Sciences 2%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4%
Engineering 4%
Health Professions 6%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 1%
Hospitality Management 25%
Marketing 15%
Nursing 4%
Taxation 9%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at FAU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at FAU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Education Philosophy #2
Taxation #2
Geography & Cartography #7
Other Homeland Security #8
Computer Engineering #8
International Business #10
Public Administration #23
Marketing #28
Engineering #29
Curriculum & Instruction #32
Health & Physical Education #33
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #37
Social Sciences #49
Public Administration & Social Service #62
Accounting #64
Educational Administration #76
Criminal Justice & Corrections #117
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #129
Nursing #171
Education #208
Business Administration & Management #256
Health Professions #285
Business, Management & Marketing #326

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Florida Atlantic University Majors

In 2017-2018, Florida Atlantic University awarded 12,142 undergraduate degrees and 3,460 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 279 189 0
Anthropology 0 39 3 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 2 0
Arts & Media Management 0 17 1 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 12 0
Biotechnology 0 0 4 0
Business Administration & Management 0 254 288 10
Chemistry 0 35 6 5
Child Development & Psychology 0 115 0 8
Civil Engineering 0 54 20 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 4 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 165 9 0
Communication Sciences 0 0 24 0
Computer Engineering 0 42 13 3
Computer Information Systems 0 147 33 6
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 326 12 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 11 5
Drama & Theater Arts 0 11 9 0
Economics 0 72 13 0
Educational Administration 0 0 74 15
Electrical Engineering 0 51 11 2
Environmental Design 0 24 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 9 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 5 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 265 22 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 97 4 0
General Architecture 0 49 0 0
General Biology 0 431 57 11
General Education 0 80 0 0
General English Literature 0 100 10 0
General Psychology 0 366 9 0
Geography & Cartography 0 15 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 11 15 4
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 184 98 0
Health & Physical Education 0 179 21 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 67 0 0
History 0 36 14 0
Hospitality Management 0 57 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 4 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 448 0 0
International Business 0 72 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 216 164 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 27 13 0
Management Information Systems 0 104 16 0
Marine Science 0 0 3 0
Marketing 0 242 0 0
Mathematics 0 27 7 6
Mechanical Engineering 0 82 17 2
Medicine 0 0 0 55
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 123 4
Music 0 13 6 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 8 0
Nursing 0 222 154 31
Ocean Engineering 0 23 12 6
Other Homeland Security 0 44 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 8
Philosophy 0 15 0 0
Physics 0 5 7 5
Political Science & Government 0 106 13 0
Public Administration 0 30 16 3
Public Health 0 0 7 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 137 1 0
Religious Studies 0 2 0 0
Romance Languages 0 7 1 0
Social Work 0 179 0 0
Sociology 0 130 11 0
Special Education 0 11 10 5
Student Counseling 0 0 33 6
Surveying Engineering 0 6 0 0
Taxation 0 0 43 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 112 11 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 36 4 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 34 9 0
Writing Studies 0 0 8 0
Total 432 11,710 3,060 400

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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