Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: Boca Raton is expensive. It is a great place to go shopping, grab a drink and some food, and head down to the beach. FAU is in a very suburban area, nothing too special.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is professional and friendly. There is a shopping mall, grocery, and many other places to go to near the University.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There is good shopping because their is a mall and the beach is close by but the traffic around the school is horrible and the people are alrigh, but mostly stuck up.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boca Raton is such a beautiful town but it's literally only four exists so there is not much to do at night. Students usually go to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami for night life.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The cost of living is very high where the main campus is located.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Arami Kerkian
Hometown
Bath, Ohio
Major
Communications
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Boca Raton is a beautiful, affluent community, known as a vacation and retirement destination. And no wonder—the sun shines constantly and the temperature is almost always in the high 70s or low 80s. Virtually every day is a beach day. Residents and students alike can enjoy swimming, skim boarding, jet skiing, boating, and other activities that take advantage of the sun and the sea.

Although not a typical college town with activities and events centered around the campus, Boca Raton is comprised of many good eateries and shopping areas, and there is always plenty for young adults to do. Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach have zoos, malls, aquariums, beaches, and arts and cultural events that are just a short car ride away. Lynn University and the University of Miami are nearby, but typically students interact with mostly other FAU students.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. While Boca Raton is literally translated as "Rat's Mouth," Spanish sailors actually used the word "Boca" to describe an inlet and "Raton" to describe a cowardly thief.
  2. Boca Raton has 3 of the 10 most expensive gated communities in the United States.
  3. The city has served as the background and location for movies such as "Caddyshack," "Caddyshack II," and "Sex Drive."
  4. Addison Mizner built an exclusive hotel known as the Cloister Inn that was completed in 1926 and continues to reign as a city landmark; today, it's known as the Boca Raton Resort.
Points of Interest
  • Beaches Town Center
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art
  • Mizner Park
  • Spanish River Park
Shopping Centers
  • Beaches Town Center
  • Town Center at Boca Raton
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Palace 20
3200 Airport Rd.
Boca Raton
(561) 395-9009
Movie Theaters
Sunrise Cinemas - Mizner Park Cinema
301 Plaza Real
Boca Raton
(561) 368-7744
Major Sports Teams
  • Florida Marlins: MLB
  • Florida Panthers: NHL
  • Miami Dolphins: NFL
  • Miami Heat: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Fort Lauderdale: FL: 30 minutes
  • Miami: FL: 55 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 183 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 180 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 30% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 13% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 23% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 32% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 180 responses

  • 13% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 37% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 179 responses

  • 18% No way.
  • 58% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% Totally.

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