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Florida Atlantic University: Narrative Description


777 Glades Rd., PO Box 3091
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Tel: (561)297-3000
Free: 800-299-4FAU
Admissions: (561)297-3040
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of State University System of Florida. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1961. Setting: 850-acre suburban campus with easy access to Miami. Endowment: $117.4 million. Total enrollment: 25,383. Faculty: 1,304 (733 full-time, 571 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 10,435 applied, 66% were admitted. 3 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 11,311 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 10,047 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 175 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 18% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 33% 25 or older, 9% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other members of the State University System of Florida. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Required for some: 1 recommendation. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $3092 full-time, $103.07 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,599 full-time, $519.95 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $7100. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 192 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Latin American Student Organization, Alpha Tau Omega, Konbit Kreyol, Program Board, Owl Corral. Major annual events: homecoming, Freakers Ball, Student Affairs Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,200 college housing spaces available; 2,174 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. S. E. Wimberly Library plus 2 others with 1.4 million books, 2.2 million microform titles, 10,572 serials, 19,685 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 822 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A resort and suburban area located on Florida's east coast, Boca Raton is 40 miles north of Miami and 25 miles from Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach airports. The area enjoys a subtropical climate. Local industry includes large regional centers for Sensormatic, Siemens, Motorola and other high tech multinational corporations. Several shopping centers, a library, many houses of worship, and two hospitals are some of the community facilities. Cultural activities are many. Recreational activities include swimming, tennis, golf, surf casting, and deep-sea fishing. There are three public beaches and numerous superior golf courses nearby. Everglades National Park lies to the west and south.

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