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Florida Atlantic University Data & Information Overview

431 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
78% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Florida Atlantic University Ranked?

#484 Best Colleges in Nation
#13 Best Colleges in FL
Social Work Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Florida Atlantic University was awarded 431 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social work.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, FAU is ranked #484 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 77 colleges in Florida, FAU is ranked at #13.

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Is It Hard to Get Into FAU?

78% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
77% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Florida Atlantic University is 78%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that FAU is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 77% of students accepted to FAU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 520 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 500 to 590 )
FAU received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 20 to 26 )

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Florida Atlantic University Faculty

21 to 1 Student to Faculty
72% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Florida Atlantic University, the student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Florida Atlantic University is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Florida Atlantic University

80% Freshmen Retention
28% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Florida Atlantic University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from FAU have a four-year graduation rate of 28%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  28 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Florida Atlantic University.

Florida Atlantic University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,617 Full-Time Undergraduates
54.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 25,457 undergraduates at FAU with 16,617 being full-time and 8,840 being part-time.

How Much Does Florida Atlantic University Cost?

$10,735 Net Price
28% Take Out Loans
$24,996 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of FAU is $10,735. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for FAU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,726 $8,262 $12,323 $17,442 $17,971

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of FAU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At FAU, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $6,249 a year. That adds up to $24,996 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at FAU is 4.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do FAU Graduates Make?

$50,478 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from FAU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $50,478 in their early years. That's great news for FAU students since it is 19% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Florida Atlantic University make the most money.

Location of Florida Atlantic University

Florida State
16,617 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Located in Boca Raton, Florida, Florida Atlantic University is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Boca Raton makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for FAU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 777 Glades Rd, Administration Bldg., Room 339, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Phone: 561-297-3000

Florida Atlantic University Majors

80 Majors With Completions
6,258 Undergraduate Degrees
1,780 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 80 majors graduated from Florida Atlantic University. Of these students, 6,258 received undergraduate degrees and 1,780 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Biology 486 $26,231
Interdisciplinary Studies 378 $33,959
Criminal Justice & Corrections 313 $33,474
General Psychology 312 $27,034
Business Administration & Management 303 $39,428
Accounting 299 $47,737
Finance & Financial Management 253 $41,875
Nursing 252 $61,372
Marketing 215 $39,668
Health Sciences & Services 211 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Florida Atlantic University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at FAU

65% Take At Least One Class Online
17% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 19,545 students took at least one online class at Florida Atlantic University. This is a decrease from the 29,962 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 19,545 5,109
2019-2020 29,962 20,568
2018-2019 14,613 3,540
2017-2018 12,977 3,170
2016-2017 13,332 3,351

Learn more about online learning at Florida Atlantic University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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