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

Facilities: The school is beautiful but some remodeling could be done.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus overall looks clean and great but there can be some remodeling done to bathrooms around campus and more spaces to sit in buildings

3 College Freshman

Facilities: -It's very HOT one minute, then the next its so COLD. Florida is so Bipolar. :/

5 College Freshman

Facilities: All campus facilities are great!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The athletic center is very convient for all students. They have everything you can imagine.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 246th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 395th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 522nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 744th
    Best Library
  • 803rd
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Arami Kerkian
Hometown
Bath, Ohio
Major
Communications
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Even though FAU is often seen as a commuter campus, that doesn't necessarily mean that the University doesn't take care of the facilities students use while they are on campus. The University Center is definitely the hub of campus life, where most students end up at some point during a typical class day. Overall, the University does a pretty good job of providing various amenities for students, including athletic facilities, a Starbucks, etc.

In November 2009, FAU made a push toward a "greener" existence. One of the first things to get cut was the printing and processing of more than one million pages each year. This proved to be a simple sacrifice since most things can be done electronically now, anyway.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
117
Campus Size
850 acres
Student Centers
University Center (the UC)
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
S.E. Wimberly Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The barbecue pits
  • Starbucks
  • The UC
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Starbucks in Breezeway South and Einstein Bros. Bagels in the library.
Movie Theater on Campus
FAU broke ground on a new classroom and movie theater complex at the Boca Raton campus in June 2009. The facility is expected to be completed in 2010.
"Green" Initiatives
FAU just recently started up three green initiatives: less printing of paper, using 100-percent recycled lunch bags, and using reusable "to-go" containers for food in the dining halls.
School Slang
  • The Breezeway: The long walkway that is the center of campus where one can find the bookstore, bank, classes, food court, Starbucks, and many other things
  • The Caf: Cafeteria, formerly known as the Center Marketplace
  • FLC: Freshman Learning Community
  • LLC: Living Learning Community
  • NightOwls: Campus security that runs golf cart shuttles to dorms, cars, etc., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Owl Card: Student ID
  • SI: Supplemental instruction, held free of charge for students to better understand the material in their classes
  • TA: Teaching assistant
Traditions
  • Bury the Burrow in Red: Bury the Burrow in Red calls for Florida Atlantic students to wear as much red as possible and fill the Burrow (the University multi-purpose arena) during the annual basketball game between FAU and nearby Florida International University.
  • Shula Bowl: This intercollegiate football game between FAU and FIU is named after legendary coach Don Shula. The game originates from the fact that both head coaches, Florida Atlantic's Howard Schnellenberger and former Florida International coach Don Strock, worked under Shula at some point during their careers. As a home game, the competition takes place at Dolphin Stadium. As an away game, the bowl is played at FIU Stadium in Miami.
  • Weeks of Welcome: During the first two weeks of school, FAU holds events to warm students up to the University and allow them to meet new people. There are barbecues, comedy shows, late-night movies, etc.
Favorite Things To Do
The University often holds musical performances, magic shows, comedians, etc. The UC has pool tables and big-screen TVs where students often watch movies and play video games. There is a barbecue pit with a beach volleyball court where students can play late-night volleyball or grill outdoors with friends.
Student Organizations Web Site
fau.collegiatelink.net/organizations
Student Newspaper
University Press
www.upressonline.com
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student film society
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 150 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 15 responses

  • 29% Homecoming Week
  • 21% Weeks of Welcome
  • 21% Campus Rec events
  • 18% Greek Week
  • 4% Bury the Burrow in Red
  • 4% Shula Bowl
  • 4% Football Games

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 17 responses

  • 28% The library
  • 21% Starbucks
  • 17% Campus Rec
  • 14% The breezeway
  • 10% Wherever my sisters are at.
  • 7% The UC
  • 3% The barbecue pits

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 27% Go to the gym
  • 23% Work in the library
  • 20% Hang out around campus
  • 17% Hang out in the cafeteria
  • 13% There aren't that many options

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 10 responses

  • 80% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 10% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 10% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 159 responses

  • 33% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 38% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 26% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 3% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 159 responses

  • 23% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 21% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 82% If you step on seal you will graduate late!
  • 18% The bench flipper exists!

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 78% Working in the rec
  • 22% RA

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