Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across six campuses located along the southeast Florida coast and is ranked as a top public university by U.S. News and World Report.

Innovative learning, ambitious students
FAU is an energetic and fast-growing institution, determined to propel itself to the forefront of innovation and scholarship. In recent years, the University has doubled its research expenditures and outpaced its peers in student achievement rates. Our students are bold, ambitious and ready to take on the world. At FAU, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.

Dedicated to success
Through award-winning advising and career services, FAU provides students with the skills to turn dreams into reality. The University has earned national recognition for student outcomes and is proudly ranked as the most diverse public university in Florida. At FAU, Pell-eligible students, first-generation students, African-American students and Hispanic students all outpace the university’s overall retention and graduation rates, which is an accomplishment that also eliminates the historical achievement gaps between minority and white students.

College of Engineering and Computer Science
The FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science is internationally recognized for cutting edge research and education in the areas of Computer Science and Artificial intelligence (AI), Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Ocean Engineering.

Research conducted by our faculty and their teams expose our students to technology innovations that push the current state of the art of the disciplines. The College research efforts are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Education (DOEd), the State of Florida, and Industry.

The FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science offers 34 degree programs at the Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. level with a modern twist that bear specializations in areas of national priority such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, internet of things, transportation and supply chain management, and data science. New degree programs include Masters of Science in AI (first in FL), Bachelors and Masters of Science in Data Science and Analytics, Ph.D. in Transportation and Environmental Engineering and the new Professional Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Computer Science for working professionals.

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, named in honor of one of Florida Atlantic University's greatest benefactors, is the primary source of scientific research and education for more than three million people living and working in our service region of Southeast Florida. Through its academic departments and research centers, our College provides outstanding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate science majors.

In addition to the eight academic departments in the College—Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics,  Psychology, and Urban and Regional Planning, there is a group of strong interdisciplinary and sub-disciplinary research centers engaged in cutting-edge research. These include The Center for Biological and Materials Physics, The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, the Center for Cryptology and Information Security, the Center for Geo-Information Sciences, the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, the Florida Center for Environmental Studies, and the Jupiter Life Science Initiative.

Besides providing general education in science to all FAU students, the College currently provides educational and research opportunities to 8,300+ undergraduate and close to 600 graduate science majors. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the college awarded 1,480+ baccalaureate degrees, 110 master’s degrees, and 37 doctorates. The college offers Ph.D. degrees in Integrative Biology, Chemistry, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Experimental Psychology, and Geosciences as well as a full suite of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.



Designated as a Hispanic Service Institution (HSI)


Ranked among “Top Public Schools” by U.S. News & World Report


Ranked second in Florida in the College Consensus “2022 Best Value Colleges and Universities” and ranked #24 out of 100 overall.


#1 Public Florida University for Campus Ethnic Diversity


#1 Doctoral-Level Undergraduate Research University

One of the top three fastest progressing engineering colleges in the nation 

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (COECS) is rapidly rising in U.S. News & World Report rankings, and is now one of the top three fastest progressing engineering colleges in the nation (2020 to 2022). The college also is ranked #111 by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges Rankings” 2022, among public engineering colleges whose highest degree offered is a Ph.D.

This rise in rankings is due in large part to numerous achievements during the past four years, which include a 2.6-fold (164%) increase in external research funding, a 5.8-fold (480%) increase in student internships, and a 40% increase in M.S. and Ph.D. degrees awarded.

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