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Florida Atlantic University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Florida Atlantic University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Florida Atlantic University Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Florida Atlantic University was awarded 79 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked FAU as #753 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when FAU held the #798 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 61 colleges in Florida, FAU is ranked at #21.

See all of the rankings for Florida Atlantic University.

Is It Hard to Get Into FAU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Florida Atlantic University is a competitive 60%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 64% 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 540 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 540 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 520 to 600 )
FAU received ACT scores from 36% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Florida Atlantic University  ( 21 to 26 )

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Florida Atlantic University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Florida Atlantic University, this rate is 24 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Florida Atlantic University is 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Florida Atlantic University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% 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  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 20% for first-time, full-time students at FAU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  20 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at FAU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 25,030 undergraduates at FAU with 16,325 being full-time and 8,705 being part-time.

FAU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 88.34 out of 100, FAU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  88.34 out of 100
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How Much Does Florida Atlantic University Cost?

The overall average net price of FAU is $10,466. 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 +
$6,766 $8,256 $11,450 $15,988 $17,204

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 41% of students took out student loans averaging $6,576 a year. That adds up to $26,304 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at FAU is 5.8%. 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?

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 $43,200 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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

Location of Florida Atlantic University

Located in Boca Raton, Florida, Florida Atlantic University is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Florida Atlantic University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 85 majors graduated from Florida Atlantic University. Of these students, 6,140 received undergraduate degrees and 1,778 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
Interdisciplinary Studies 550 $28,700
General Psychology 398 $25,900
General Biology 381 $27,400
Criminal Justice & Corrections 292 $31,900
Business Administration & Management 291 $36,800
Accounting 258 $43,700
Nursing 250 $63,200
Finance & Financial Management 224 $41,100
Marketing 212 $36,000
Social Work 198 $31,000

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

Online Learning at FAU

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 2017-2018, 12,977 students took at least one online class at Florida Atlantic University. This is a decrease from the 13,332 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 12,977 3,170
2016-2017 13,332 3,351
2015-2016 12,441 3,134
2014-2015 10,433 2,362
2013-2014 6,904 1,634

Learn more about online learning at Florida Atlantic University.

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