Academics

Location
Boca Raton, FL
Undergrads
15,028
Tuition (in-state)
$21,542 ($5,986)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Academics: The classes are a challenge, and require you to study details in depth for exams. You can expect to be studying majority of the week, and still needing to cram before exams even when you are constantly preparing.

5 College Senior

Academics: My professors have been extremely informative and caring towards us as students.

5 College Senior

Academics: The arts and letters department has been extremely informative and intriguing. I have only her good things from the advising board and staff.

3 College Student

Academics: The academics offered at my school is fair. The professors I've interacted with have been effective and registration has never been a hassle. I'm satisfied with my education for my major and I do feel like I'm getting the proper care.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: FAU's College of Business is rated nationally. I expect nothing but excellence from my major.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 213rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 362nd
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 390th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 779th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 883rd
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Arami Kerkian
Hometown
Bath, Ohio
Major
Communications
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Overall, students can expect an average college experience from Florida Atlantic University, but the standards are improving. Admission is steadily becoming more competitive, with acceptance rates decreasing each year. Most professors are friendly and seem interested in the teaching subject matter. They are almost always readily available to give students extra assistance through office hours. However, they will not go out of their way to see that you do well. To find out which professors to take and which to avoid, students should take advantage of the many resources available to them, such as upperclassmen and professor-rating Web sites.

The workload is generally manageable, but can sometimes become overwhelming, though not unlike student experiences at other colleges and universities. There are extensive means of assistance (including a writing center, tutors, etc.) on campus to help if a student is struggling. FAU stands out among other universities because it introduced the nation's first degree program in ocean engineering that today is housed at SeaTech, a state-of-the-art research center in Dania Beach. FAU also houses the Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, a research facility dedicated to searching Florida's coastal waters for sources of new pharmaceuticals. In addition, FAU has strong nursing, business, and education colleges.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
20:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
763
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
527
Total FT Faculty
850
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,866
Full-Time Retention Rate
78%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Transfer-Out Rate
11%
Graduation Rate
41%
Programs/Majors Offered
90
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 29%
  • 20 to 49 students: 57%
  • 50 or more students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
  • Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
  • College for Design and Social Inquiry
  • 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
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 4%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend college

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 140 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 140 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 26% Brittany Bowe - 2014 Olympic Speed Skater
  • 21% Chris Carrabba - singer/songwriter, Dashboard Confessional
  • 21% Carrot Top - prop comedian famous for his red hair
  • 21% Alfred Morris- Running Back, Washington Redskins
  • 11% Don Brewer - drummer, Grand Funk Railroad

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