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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I just got admitted. I dont know yet.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some are bad and some are good, you never know. However, most of the time the courses with TAs teaching them end up being the most inconvenient and the most difficult. I like the class styles of Florida Atlantic, for most students they will have an equal balance of huge classes (150 to 300 students) and simple classes (25 to 30 students). However, the variety of courses can increase.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Would not trade my professors for anyone else. Academics are the best.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I do not really see a big change in the academics. I just believe that the percentages in order to pass this class is ridiculous.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: If you look at each individual ranking we're the second best state college in the state behind UF. For some reason people believe that FSU, UCF, and FIU have better academics than FAU, to be frank they are just wrong. FAU has the second best science/pre-med department in the state, Top 20 business school in the nation, and the third best marine engineering school in the nation. People who attend FAU keep on saying "Oh how is FAU better than FSU if I got into here and not into FSU." well the answer is simple, FSU gets 10 times the number of applicants than FAU so they reject a lot more people it's not because they're a better university they just can't fit everyone, although I wish they could take some of those students who want to go there from FAU. Now on another topic, the professors at FAU are amazing and really take interest in your success if you reach out to them. There are plenty of opportunities to get tutoring and help if you are having trouble learning a subject. At the end it all comes to you studying and reaching out for help. Remember time management is key.

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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 260 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 144 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

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 144 responses

  • 8% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 26% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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