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Undergrads
15,661
Tuition (in-state)
$21,542 ($5,986)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent academics/professors at the university. Everyone has one common goal...to make sure that every student is success in their academic field!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The Exercise Science and Health Promotion major is excellent!

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics at my school are amazing. You can get almost any class you what and you can also get just as much help.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The school provides almost anything a student can ask for towards their major except for scholarship opportunities. You have to be a junior until you can even apply for them.

5 College Junior

Academics: They make it easy to get registered.

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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
91
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%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 140 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 141 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 6 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 24% Chris Carrabba - singer/songwriter, Dashboard Confessional
  • 24% Carrot Top - prop comedian famous for his red hair
  • 24% Brittany Bowe - 2014 Olympic Speed Skater
  • 20% Alfred Morris- Running Back, Washington Redskins
  • 8% Don Brewer - drummer, Grand Funk Railroad

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