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About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University is a comprehensive public university that is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. FAU offers students the best of everything—a world-class education in a beautiful subtropical setting. The University offers more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Life as an FAU Owl has never been better! From a football team playing in the on-campus stadium to clubs that serve every academic and leisure-time interest, there’s something for everyone at FAU. Best of all is the University’s outstanding faculty of more than 1,000 accomplished scholars and researchers who are known for their excellence in teaching and mentoring. Enrichment opportunities abound, including honors education, internships, and hands-on research in state-of-the-art campus facilities—plus the beach is never far away. If you’re looking for a top-notch educational experience in one of the world’s most beautiful places, FAU is the university for you!

FAU currently serves 30,000 students at sites throughout its six-county service region in Southeast Florida, with student housing available on the Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses. More than 70% of FAU’s students take classes at FAU’s first and largest campus, in Boca Raton. The majority of the University’s degree programs are based there. Located just three miles from the Atlantic Ocean and the sunny beaches of Boca Raton, the campus features everything you would expect from a modern university—housing for over 4,000 students, athletic and recreational facilities, art galleries, a café and movie theater complex, and so much more—all in a vibrant environment with a student body that is the most diverse of all of Florida’s public universities.

Ten distinguished colleges offer more than 180 degree programs in fields that span the arts and humanities, marine sciences, medicine, nursing, psychology, economics, music, accounting, business, education, public administration, social work, architecture, engineering, computer science, and more.
For a complete list of degree programs, visit fau.edu/explore/degrees.php.

Small class sizes, distinguished faculty, and abundant opportunities are the foundation of an honors education at FAU. Learning is pursued in formal and informal settings. Students have the opportunity to work on research projects with outstanding faculty holding Ph.D.s from leading universities. Graduates have gone on to some of the top graduate and professional programs in the country.

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is located on the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter, Florida. The Honors College provides a unique living/learning environment for students who are highly motivated and want the opportunity to take every course in their college program at the honors level. Merit-based scholarships are offered to every admitted student. The Wilkes Honors College Medical Scholars Program is an early admission program into FAU’s medical school for qualified high school seniors. Students can receive their bachelor’s degree and the M.D. degree in seven or eight years. Admission is open to highly qualified high school seniors who strongly desire to pursue medicine as a career.

The University Honors Program is located on the Boca Raton campus and is designed to provide an exceptional and rewarding learning experience through special honors seminars. The advantages of the University Honors Program include small class sizes, close contact with many of the University’s top-ranked faculty, and special advising and registration.

Research and partnerships
FAU brings in millions of dollars annually in research funding from state, federal, and private sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The University is working on cooperative research and education projects with the world’s premier scientific research organizations that are located on campus: Scripps Florida, a division of The Scripps Research Institute; the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies; the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience; and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida.

The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at FAU joins national marine energy research centers in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii that seek to advance the operational readiness of ocean energy technologies. The Center is a partnership created to further the assessment of hydrokinetic and thermal ocean-energy resources off the east coast of Florida.

FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, in collaboration with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, is at the forefront of the discovery of medicines from deep-sea marine organisms, as well as related ocean exploration, conservation, and education initiatives.

Few experiences have more power to unite students than standing shoulder-to-shoulder at a game, cheering for a home team victory. FAU’s Athletics Department includes 19 varsity teams, plus cheer and dance. Four hundred and fifty student-athletes compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track, and volleyball.
Campus life
There is always something to do at FAU. Whether you are cheering for any of the 19 varsity teams or getting involved with more than 300 student organizations, there is something for everyone. FAU’s organizations reflect the diversity of its student body, from ice hockey to kiteboarding to Greek life.
You can get involved in a wide variety of activities, including:
• Academic honor societies
• Religious organizations
• Student Government
• Theater and dance
• Sporting events
• Relaxing by the pool
• Playing a game of volleyball
• Catching a movie at the on-campus theater
• Recording an album at Hoot/Wisdom Recordings
• Taking a fitness class at the state-of-the-art campus recreation center
• Participating in club sports

Visit FAU
Boca Raton campus tours and information sessions are offered year-round at both 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule a campus tour, visit fau.edu/admissions/infosessiontour.php. A campus virtual tour is available online at fau.edu/admissions/#virtualtour.