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Is Florida Atlantic University (FAU) a good school?

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a State of Florida diamond in the rough, founded in 1961. The University is located in Boca Raton, Florida and is one of the premier state universities in South Florida. FAU is the type of higher education institutions where you can get a great degree at a great price. Florida Atlantic University has an excellent academic reputation and is becoming a college football standout as well. We all know that to be considered “top” in the state of Florida you need a good football program. Just ask University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Miami, University of South Florida, and University of Central Florida. What do they all have in common? They are all very good educational institutions that have great football programs and create an atmosphere where students want to learn and learn to have fun.

Florida Atlantic University Tuition Costs

Since Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a state school, many of the tuition costs are similar to the UF’s and FSU’s of the state.

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As an incoming freshman there may be other costs like late registration fees, ID fees and freshman tuition deposit. However, the current Fall/Spring cost of $62.40/semester hour is still a steal. For up to date information please visit Tuitions, Fees, and Refunds.



Fraternities and Sororities

At Florida Atlantic University there are currently 17 fraternities and 12 sororities, bet you didn’t know that. Joining gives you that home away from home feeling as you really do get to know your new brothers and sisters. Additionally, at Florida Atlantic University the fraternities and sororities allow for leadership opportunities, community service, scholarships, and just a great overall social life!

Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Nu Omega fraternity, Alpha Psi Lambda Co-ed Latin fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Chi Theta, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Lambda Theta Phi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Phi Iota Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Triangle Fraternity, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Nu Omega sorority, Alpha Psi Lambda Co-ed Latin fraternity, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Sigma Kappa, Theta Phi Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta

College Football

The FAU Owls Football program was started in 2001 by Howard Schnellenberger (former University of Miami football coach). Florida Atlantic University StadiumThey eventually joined the Sun Belt Conference but their popularity and success has allowed them to join Conference USA this year. After the 2007 season Florida Atlantic University played and won the New Orleans Bowl, the schools first ever bowl game. Florida Atlantic University Stadium to host Boca Raton Bowl in 2014. Imagine if FAU plays in its own bowl game that would be awesome!

Can you get into Florida Atlantic University?

Most high school students are worried about if they can get into any university or college! Whether or not you are accepted into Florida Atlantic University (FAU) depends on many factors. For example, your scores on standardized testing like SAT or ACT, your high school GPA or HPA, and when you apply (Fall, Spring, or Summer) can all affect your acceptance. In addition, your extracurricular activities (community service hours) may just be the deciding factor in many close cases. For more detailed information regarding SAT/ACT requirements and application deadlines, please visit Admissions.


Recently, Florida Atlantic University Department of Housing and Residential Life opened Parliament Hall, a 614-bed on campus residence hall in Boca Raton. The state of the art facility even has views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are not too many Universities that offer housing with views of the ocean! Did you know that FAU as a freshman housing requirement? All full-time freshmen are required to reside in University housing. Once that requirement is met there are a lot of great apartments for rent in the Boca Raton area that are just beautiful.

What are the best programs at Florida Atlantic University (FAU)?

Like most colleges and universities, Florida Atlantic University has 100’s accredited degree programs. However, the most popular degrees at FAU are Elementary Education and Teaching, Accounting, Biological Sciences, Criminal Justice and Psychology. With employment opportunities abundant in Palm Beach County, graduates of these programs find themselves employed with the Palm Beach County School District, local CPA Accounting Firms, the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s office, Scripps Research Institute and Max Planck Institute in Jupiter, Florida.  Classes are offered in the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms.

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University is located in one of the best cities in Palm Beach County, not to mention the State of Florida. Boca Raton is close to beautiful beaches, golf courses, and shopping at the Town Center Mall and Mizner Park. With affordable fine restaurants like the Melting Pot, Seasons 52, and Ruth’s Chris Boca Raton is great for entertainment, attractions, and people watching.

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