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.