Florida Atlantic University

801–1000th
World University Rankings 2023
401-500th
US College Rankings 2022
Boca Raton, Florida, 33431, United States

About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) has five campuses across Florida in the cities of Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and in Fort Pierce at the Harbour Branch Oceanographic Institution. 

Opening in 1964, the university is part of a 12 campus State University System of Florida and serves South Florida over more than 100 miles of coastline.

There are some 10 colleges with more than 180 degrees on offer, which include: arts and humanities, the sciences, medicine, nursing, accounting, business, education, social work, architecture, engineering, and computer science.

Moreover, FAU is classified by The Carnegie Foundation for its Advancement of Teaching as a research university. As a result, it has made notable partnerships with major research institutions across the country, such as: The Scripps Research Institute, and the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies.

As a result, the university is home to two centres of excellence, which are: The Centre of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology and The Centre for Ocean Energy Technology.

Nicknamed The Owls – FAU’s 18 sports teams compete in NCAA's Division I. The university has attracted coaches such as: Howard Schnellenberger, Matt Doherty, Rex Walters and Mike Jarvis. Over the past few years, the teams have garnered a number of accolades for their efforts. 

In an effort to increase the university’s standing, FAU have raised their admission standards, increased funding for research, established partnerships with other academic institutions and built new facilities such as an on-campus sports stadium and a new College of Medicine.

There are a variety of organisations for students to enjoy – from sports to music. Some of its most popular clubs include: sailing, ultimate frisbee, a jazz group, political organisations, chess and video game clubs. 

Notable alumni include Frank T. Brogan, the current Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Philip Zimmermann, Jr.,  the creator of the most widely used email encryption software in the world called Pretty Good Privacy, and Steven Swanson, an American engineer and retired NASA astronaut.

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Key statistics

  • 64 : 36
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (1)
  • 10%
    Percentage of International Students
    (1)
  • 18.7
    No. of students per staff
    (1)
  • 24,191
    Number of FTE Students
    (1)
  • $11,950
    On-campus Room and Board
    (2)
  • $41,800
    Salary after 10 years
    (2)
  • $17,324
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
    (2)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2023 World University Rankings and (2) 2022 US Rankings

Subjects taught at Florida Atlantic University

  • Arts & humanities

    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Architecture
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Archaeology
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Engineering & technology

    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
  • Social sciences

    • Geography
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Sociology
    • Communication & Media Studies
  • Education

    • Education
  • Physical sciences

    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Chemistry
  • Business & economics

    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Business & Management
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
    • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Life sciences

    • Sport Science
    • Biological Sciences