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GENERAL INFORMATION

 


Admissions

This Admissions section is divided into the following subsections. The subsections appear in the following order:

Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Admissions


Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Admissions

University honors Program Admissions


Graduate Admissions


International Admissions

Additional Admission Information for All Students

Anyone who wishes to pursue a degree program offered by Florida Atlantic University should apply to become a degree-seeking student. Those who were accepted to FAU in the past and enrolled with a degree-seeking status who now wish to return to the University after an absence of at least three consecutive semesters (ex. fall, spring and summer semesters) must reapply for admission.

Undergraduate students, go to www.fau.edu/admissions/Apply_Online.php. Graduate applications for "new" programs should be filed with the Graduate College, www.fau.edu/graduate/apply.php.

Degree-seeking students returning after an absence of more than a year may also be subject to the following:

1. If the last enrollment was more than one year (three consecutive semesters) ago, the student must file a new admission application with the appropriate documents and submit a new application fee of $30.

2. Any re-admission applicants who feel they qualify as Florida Residents for tuition purposes must complete the Residency Classification portion of their new application. Failure to provide all relevant information and supporting documents could result in a Non-Florida/out-of-state status regardless of residency status since last attending FAU.

3. The student must be in good standing (eligible to return) at FAU and at the last institution attended since last period of enrollment at FAU.

4. If the student has attended another institution since the last period of enrollment at FAU, official transcripts must be forwarded directly to the FAU Office of Admissions by the registrar of the other institution(s).

5. Returning students must submit proof of conformity to the FAU Immunization Policy if they have not already done so. Check with FAU's Immunization Office at 561-297-0049.

Applicants should consult the requirements for each type of admission (freshman, graduate, international or transfer) detailed in this section of the catalog. Students seeking undergraduate admission may apply online at www.fau.edu/admissions. Graduate applicants may contact www.fau.edu/graduate for an online graduate application.

Applications should be accompanied or followed by the documentation required for each type of admission. Persons who seek to pursue a master’s, specialist’s or doctoral degree should consult the subsection on Graduate Admissions appearing in this section.

Change of Entry
Admission to FAU is specified for a certain semester, and students must enroll during that term. To change the entry term, make a request by email to admissions@fau.edu or by submitting the Change of Entry Date form. While admission is for a specific term, applications and fees are valid for one academic year (three consecutive semesters). A student's request for a change of entry term must be received by the stated application deadlines. If a student attends another collegiate institution in the interim, an official transcript of all work attempted/completed is required. A new application and the application fee are required when admission is changed to a term that begins more than three semesters after the initial admission entry term (example: fall term to a future fall term = new application and fee are required). Before submitting a change of entry, note that admission to the initial term of entry does not guarantee admission to a future term. Admission may be changed to a different term due to class size or competitiveness of the applicant pool.

Foreign Language Admission Requirement
All students admitted as freshmen, lower-division transfers or upper-division transfers must satisfy the statewide foreign language admission requirement. Students must complete a two-year foreign language sequence in high school or the equivalent proficiency at the college or university level.
American Sign Language satisfies the criteria of a foreign language for the purposes of this requirement.

Note: The Foreign Language Admission Requirement is different from the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. See the Degree Requirements section.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Admission Policy
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides information to prospective students and the general public about the University through on-campus and off-campus communications, counseling, presentations, tours and informational services. Those interested in learning about the educational opportunities and degree programs available at the University should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561-297-3040) or visit the Undergraduate Admissions website.

All procedures related to application and admission to University degree programs are handled in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The University actively encourages applications from all persons who are motivated to pursue university studies and who have obtained adequate academic preparation to succeed. All interested persons, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, age or physical disablement, are encouraged to submit applications. The admission review process does not discriminate on the basis of any of these factors.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions maintains the confidentiality of all application documentation. Undergraduate applications and all accompanying materials become the property of Florida Atlantic University. No items will be returned to the applicant or forwarded to other institutions of higher learning or third parties.

Deadline Dates
The entry terms for degree programs are fall, spring (for transfer students only) and summer. However, students should apply as early as possible. Freshman applications completed by the priority filing date will be assured of review. All documentation in support of the application must be submitted by the filing date. Freshman applications received after the priority filing date will be considered for admission on a space-available basis.

Applicants Deadline Dates
  Fall Spring Summer
Freshman* May 1 N/A February 15
Transfer July 1 November 15 April 15
Returning FAU Students July 1 November 15 April 15
International
Students
April 1 October 1 February 15
 
*Freshman Priority deadline date for fall is February 15.

Upper-division transfer applicants who submit their applications too late to receive a full evaluation prior to the start of classes may enroll as nondegree students and defer their application until the next term. Caution: Students in a nondegree status are not eligible to receive financial aid.

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Application Categories for Degree-Seeking Students

Credits Completed Application Category
0-11 Freshman
12-59 Lower-Division Transfer
60+ Upper-Division Transfer
Bachelor’s Degree Second Bachelor’s Student

Required Credentials and Documentation
Application and Application Fee
A completed, signed application for admission is required. A nonrefundable $30 application fee payable in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank, an international money order in U.S. dollars or a U.S. traveler’s check is required prior to a student’s admission. The online application is preferred.

Lower-Division Course Requirements
Freshman and sophomore students taking lower-division courses must attend classes on the Boca Raton campus or through the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter.

Transcripts
All transcripts (high school and previously attended colleges) must be official. Official transcripts from each postsecondary school attended must be provided. An official transcript is one that is issued by the school or college attended. It must bear appropriate signatures or seals and be in a sealed envelope until delivered to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts opened prior to delivery are no longer official. Note: An official transcript is required from each and every college or university attended. Final official transcripts should be submitted by the first day of class.

Transcripts transmitted electronically through the Florida FASTER system or through SPEEDE/Express are considered official. Transcripts transmitted by fax are not considered official.

Test Scores
Results of SAT or ACT administrations must be submitted by all applicants with fewer than 60 credits completed at a postsecondary institution. If these results are not reported on the high school transcript, they must be reported by at least one of the testing agencies listed below.

SAT College Board ATP
609-771-7600
www.collegeboard.com
FAU’s SAT school code number: 5229

ACT
ACT Records
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, IA 53243-0451
319-337-1313
www.act.org
FAU’s ACT school code number: 0729

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Admission Criteria

Freshmen
Admission to the freshman class is competitive. The level of competition is determined by the number of applicants, the quality of their academic credentials and the University’s enrollment goals, which are established in conjunction with the University’s mission and current state educational policies and funding. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Initial application review is based on the applicant’s academic profile as represented by the high school grade point average, rigor of curriculum and/or performance on standardized tests (SAT or ACT). An SAT or ACT is required of all applicants for freshman admission. The Florida Board of Governors sets minimum eligibility requirements. The minimum required test scores are:

  Critical Reading Math Writing
SAT 460 460 440
  English Math Reading
ACT 18 19 19

FAU will use the highest subscores from multiple test dates to create the ACT composite and the SAT total to satisfy admission requirements. The writing section of the SAT has been used in the selection process since fall 2009. The minimum composite SAT score is 1390 or a composite score of 20 on the ACT.

The high school grade point average is calculated by the University using grades from academic courses. Dual Enrolled, Advanced, Honors, Gifted, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate in Education (AICE) courses are given additional weight in the University’s calculation of the grade point average. A minimum high school grade point average of 2.6 is required of all applicants.

Applicants are expected to have completed the following 18 (minimum) high school units:

English 4 Carnegie units
(3 with substantial writing)
Mathematics 4 units (at the level of Algebra 1 or higher)
Natural Science 3 units (at least 2 with laboratory)
Social Science 3 units
Foreign Language 2 units (of the same foreign language)
Academic Electives 2 units

Appropriate academic and elective courses are listed in the Counseling for Future Education Handbook, published by the Florida Department of Education.

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Diploma
All incoming freshmen must possess a valid high school diploma prior to enrollment. Proof of graduation must be provided in the form of a final official transcript indicating the date of graduation.

Applicants with a GED
Persons with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) from any state must achieve a minimum total score of 3000, with no subscore lower than 550. An SAT score of 1450 or an ACT score of 21 is also required of applicants with a GED. Applicants with a GED should also submit high school transcripts from any school attended.

Nontraditional Program of Study
Any student who completes a nontraditional program of study not measured in Carnegie Units, such as attending a nonaccredited institution, must present credentials equivalent to those listed for applicants with a GED. Students completing a home education program according to Section 1002.41 of the Florida Statutes are eligible for admission. Additional documentation may be required to verify student eligibility.

Talented Twenty
A student applying for admission who is a graduate of a Florida public high school, has completed 18 required high school units as listed in the Florida Department of Education Rule 6C-6.002(3)(a), ranks in the top 20 percent of his/her high school graduating class and has submitted either SAT or ACT test scores shall be admissible to a public university in Florida. The public universities will use class rank as determined by the Florida Department of Education.

Profile Assessment Admission
Students who have applied for admission and do not meet the standard requirements may be eligible for admission through a student profile assessment that considers additional factors, including but not limited to: family educational background, socioeconomic status, graduate of a low-performing high school, international baccalaureate program graduate, geographic location and special talents. These additional factors shall not include preferences in the admission process for applicants on the basis of race, national origin or sex. For more information, see Admissions Appeals later in this section.

Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)
A limited number of students, identified through test scores as likely to encounter difficulties in writing, reading, or mathematics, are admitted to the University with an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) each year. An ILP is an opportunity for a student with an SAT and/or ACT score below the minimum required for admission to gain acceptance to the University.

ILP students are required to fulfill certain conditions in order to be fully admitted to the University:

1. ILP students must cross-enroll at a community or state college because remedial courses are not offered at FAU. Prior to registration at FAU, ILP students must register and pay for the remedial ILP course(s) needed at the community or state college.

Students who are expected to complete an ILP as a requirement of their admission to FAU must take one of the following courses as prescribed in their ILP letter. Students may have the option of taking an equivalent course at an alternate institution; however, all courses must receive prior approval from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

2. ILP students must complete their first semester of FAU coursework with grades of “C” or better.

3. Depending on the number of ILPs to be completed, students may have up to two semesters to complete the ILP admission requirement.

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Broward College    
Math  
Elementary Algebra MAT 0024 4
Reading  
College Preparatory Reading 2 REA 0006C 4
English  
College Preparatory Writing Skills ENC 0021 4
Indian River State College  
Math    
Introductory Algebra MAT 0024 3
Reading    
College Preparatory Reading 2 REA 0002 3
English    
Fundamentals of Writing ENC 0001 3
Miami Dade College    
Math    
College Preparatory Algebra MAT 0024 4
Reading    
College Preparatory Reading 3 REA 0003 4
English    
College Preparatory Writing 3 ENC 0021 4
Palm Beach State College    
Math    
Basic Algebra 2 MAT 0020 3
Reading    
College Preparatory Reading 2 REA 0002 3
English    
College Preparatory English 2 ENC 0010 3

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Early Admission

Students who have completed their junior year of high school may be considered for Early Admission for the fall term only. If accepted for Early Admission, the student enters FAU as a freshman instead of attending high school for the senior year. Qualifications for consideration for Early Admission are:

1. A 3.5 or better GPA after six semesters of high school;

2. An SAT score of 1800 or ACT of 27;

3. Permission from their high school to allow FAU courses to satisfy any remaining requirements toward high school graduation;

4. Written recommendations attesting to the student’s maturity and readiness to meet the academic and personal challenges posed by early entry into higher education;

5. Must be a Florida resident.

At the end of their freshman year, successful Early Admission students will have completed both their freshman year of college and graduation requirements for their senior year of high school. As part of the Early Admission requirements, an official transcript noting the high school diploma and date awarded must be submitted at the end of the freshman year. Contact Freshman Academic Advising Services at 561-297-2015 or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 561-297-3040 for additional information.

High School Dual Enrollment
Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students to earn college or vocational credit toward a postsecondary diploma, certificate or degree at a Florida public institution that will also count as credit toward a high school diploma. For additional information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 561-297-2009.

Selective and Limited Access Programs
For reasons of accreditation standards, state certification requirements, space or fiscal limitations, the Florida Department of Education has designated the undergraduate programs in nursing and architecture, as well as the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, as limited access. Additionally, the College of Business and College of Engineering and Computer Science are selective in the admission of students to their programs. Admission to FAU does not guarantee admission to a selective or limited access program. For specific entrance information on these programs, applicants should consult the appropriate college. Students interested in pursuing a major in any of the music degrees must first successfully complete a performance audition with music faculty. Details on audition requirements and schedule can be found here.

Tuition Deposit
Florida Atlantic University requires a $200 nonrefundable tuition deposit from all admitted freshman students in order to confirm enrollment in the freshman class. The tuition deposit is applied directly toward tuition and fees for the first semester at FAU. For information, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 561-297-3040 or click here.

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Appeals
Admission Appeals
Undergraduate applications from individuals who do not meet the minimum admission requirements may be reviewed by the director of Undergraduate Admissions and the Faculty Committee on Student Admissions (FCSA). Students with special talents or abilities; physical, learning or emotional disabilities; or personal or family hardships may appeal the initial admission decision. The FCSA includes University faculty members and administrators who evaluate admission based on evidence other than academic work. The FCSA determines the student’s ability to succeed in future academic endeavors. Students should present additional evidence of potential for academic success and explain reasons why reconsideration is warranted. Students must appeal in writing and submit letters of recommendation, a personal statement and any other documentation that would substantiate admission as an exception. For more information, click here.

Foreign Language Admission Requirement Appeals
Students who have not fulfilled the foreign language admission requirement during high school due to a disability may petition for a course substitution. The student will need to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities to receive a letter of support. The student may petition for a course substitution through the Faculty Committee on Student Admissions (FCSA).

If the petition is approved by FCSA, the student will be given a list of courses, of which two in the same category should be chosen to satisfy the foreign language admission requirement.

Transfer Admissions

Students who have attended other regionally accredited postsecondary institutions may be admitted to Florida Atlantic University as transfer students. The requirements for admission differ according to the number of transferable credits completed. Students who have completed the Associate of Arts degree at a Florida public community or state college have satisfied the academic requirements for admission as transfer students. The University has developed A.S. to B.S./B.A. programs in certain majors for students who entered Florida community or state colleges in the fall of 2000 or later.

Please note: Beginning spring 2011, students must earn at least 75 percent of all upper-division courses in the major department from FAU. Some major departments may require more than 75 percent. Consult the degree requirements section of the major for details.

Lower-Division Transfers – Applicants with Fewer than 60 Transferable Credits
Transfer applicants with fewer than 60 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution should meet the same admission criteria as freshmen, including high school grade point average and SAT or ACT scores. In addition, applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average in their college or university coursework.

Upper-Division Transfers – Applicants with 60 or more Transferable Credits
Students who have completed at least 60 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution but have not received the Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public community or state college may be admitted as upper-division transfers. Applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all prior college or university courses.

Upper-Division Transfers – Applicants Holding the Associate of Arts Degree from a Florida Public Community or State College
Students who have received the Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public community or state college will be admitted as transfers with priority over applicants who are not Florida residents. They are considered to have completed all general education requirements, and their entering grade point average will be the grade point average for all transferable courses as shown on their final transcript from the community or state college. Students with a Florida community or state college Associate of Arts degree will be admitted to Florida Atlantic University but are not guaranteed admission to a limited access program. Additionally, some programs have higher admission requirements than the general university requirements. Refer to specific program information in this catalog.

Second Baccalaureate – Applicants Holding a Baccalaureate Degree
Students applying for a second baccalaureate degree must have received their first bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

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Transfer Credit
In accordance with normal Florida public university procedures, all transferred postsecondary credits will be entered on the FAU record. In certain cases, however, some credits may not be acceptable toward graduation, depending on the student’s major. College-level courses in academic subjects are normally accepted, but vocational training courses, for example, may be acceptable only in a related major. Remedial courses are not accepted for credit toward the degree.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions conducts an initial evaluation of transferable credits from regionally accredited institutions. The final decision on the acceptability of transferred courses to satisfy University requirements or those of specific degree programs is made by the college in which the student enrolls. Transfer students must meet with an academic advisor soon after their arrival at FAU to ascertain the acceptability of their transferred courses.

Admission Decisions
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants may check the status of their application by going to www.fau.edu/admissions and clicking on "Check your application status." When an applicant’s file is considered complete, it will be evaluated for an admission decision. The applicant will be notified by postal mail. A decision is rendered usually within six to eight weeks after the file is considered complete. Additional information may be required of some applicants. Admission is for the specified entry term only. To request a change of entry, students must contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission in writing or by emailing admissions@fau.edu. A Change of Entry form can be found here.

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Admissions


The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at FAU’s MacArthur campus in Jupiter is the first public honors college to be built from the ground up. It provides an intensive educational experience for carefully selected undergraduate students whose scholastic performance and abilities demonstrate an active approach to learning and the potential for outstanding academic growth.

The Honors College seeks to admit those students who will benefit most from the Honors College experience. Selection decisions are based upon a student’s academic record in a college preparatory curriculum, SAT or ACT scores, liveliness of intellect, school and community involvement and capacity for leadership. For additional information, visit the College's website.

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Application Process
In order to be admitted to the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, a student must first be accepted for admission to Florida Atlantic University. The University’s application is available online. An application fee of $30 is required as part of this process, as is the submission of official transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.

In addition, the Honors College requires the following:  the Honors College supplemental application form, a résumé and a writing sample. The résumé should cover extracurricular activities, community involvement and work experience, as well as honors and awards. The graded writing sample should be a typed analytical paper of at least 500 words. 

Questions about the application process should be addressed to the Office of Honors Admissions at 561-799-8646, 800-920-8705 or honors@fau.edu.

Application Deadlines
Priority – December 15 (nonbinding)
Because admission is competitive, students with a strong desire to attend the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College should apply for admission by December 15. These students will be given priority consideration for scholarships.

Regular Decision
Students applying after December 15 will be considered for admission until the classes are filled. Due to limited space in the entering class and in the residence halls, students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible and to see that all supporting materials are submitted in a timely manner.

University honors Program Admissions


Florida Atlantic University’s Honors Program for entering freshmen on the Boca Raton campus provides special opportunities to those students who are academically successful, highly motivated and committed to excellence. Honors Program students take advantage of special advising, small seminar classes taught by outstanding faculty and their own sections of an intensive first-year experience course. Admission is selective and competitive. For additional information, visit the program's website.

Application Process
In order to be admitted to the University Honors Program, a student must first be accepted for admission to Florida Atlantic University. The University’s application is available online. An application fee of $30 is required as part of this process, as is the submission of official transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.

In addition, the University Honors Program requires the following: the University Honors Program supplemental application form, a résumé and a writing sample. The résumé should cover extracurricular activities, community involvement and work experience, as well as honors and awards. The graded writing sample should be a typed analytical paper of at least 500 words.

Questions about the application process should be addressed to the Office of Honors Admissions at 561-799-8646, 800-920-8705 or honors@fau.edu.


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Graduate admissions

Admission Policy
The Graduate College assists prospective students and the general public in learning about the University and its graduate programs, including procedures related to application and admission to University degree programs. Those interested in learning about the educational opportunities and degree programs available at the University should contact the Graduate College, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, SU 80, Room 101, Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561-297-3624) or visit the College's website.

The University actively encourages applications from all persons who are motivated to pursue university studies and who have obtained adequate academic preparation to succeed. The application and admission process attempts to identify those applicants who are prepared to benefit from university study and who can benefit from specific university services to improve their likelihood of success.

All interested persons, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age or physical disablement are encouraged to submit applications. The admission review process does not discriminate on the basis of any of these factors. The Graduate College maintains the confidentiality of all application documentation.

Admission Requirements
A student seeking admission into an FAU graduate program must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution or, for international students, an institution recognized in its own country as preparing students for further study at the graduate level.
Graduate program applicants must meet the minimum standards set forth by the Florida Board of Education, the University, and when applicable, more stringent admission standards set by each department.

Applicants to graduate programs are required to present their scores on the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Exam or equivalent scores on equivalent measures approved by the Board. The University may waive this requirement in individual cases.

Applicants must check the individual departmental admission requirements, which are listed separately within each college section.

Graduate admissions are competitive and meeting minimum program requirements does not guarantee admission.

Note: Applicants who find that regular admission and curricular requirements cause an undue hardship may request a waiver of such requirements through their individual departments. All such requests that require a waiver of University policy will be sent to the Graduate College for final action.

Filing Dates
The entry terms for degree programs are fall (August), spring (January) and summer (May). However, students should apply as early as possible. Applications completed by the recommended Filing Date will be assured of prompt review. Late applications will be handled in the order received.

Applicants Filing Dates
  Fall Spring Summer
Domestic July 1 November 1 April 1
International February 15 July 15 January 15

Contact the appropriate college and department for specific application requirements and possible earlier filing dates.

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Admission Categories for Degree-Seeking Students
Graduate students may apply for degree programs in the categories below. (Note: Students who do not intend to pursue a degree program should follow the procedures outlined under the Nondegree-Seeking Students subsection later in this Admissions section.)

Master’s Degree
This program is for an applicant who holds a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and who intends to pursue a program leading to a master’s degree at Florida Atlantic University.

Specialist’s Degree
This program is for an applicant who holds a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and who intends to pursue a program leading to the Education Specialist degree at Florida Atlantic University.

Doctoral Degree
In most cases, this program is for an applicant who holds a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and who intends to pursue a program leading to a doctoral degree at Florida Atlantic University.

Required Credentials and Documentation
Applications
The application for admission as well as all other required documents must be filed with the Graduate College before any final decision can be made regarding the eligibility of an applicant.

Application deadlines appear above and in the program summary. Click here to obtain the graduate admission procedures. In most instances, applications submitted after the Filing Date will be considered for the next available entry date.

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Required Documents
1. Graduate Application: A completed application for graduate admission is required for all degree-seeking applicants.

2. Application Fee: A nonrefundable $30 application fee payable in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank is required prior to the handling of any application.

3. Transcripts: Applicants must request that one official transcript be sent directly to the Graduate College from the Registrar of each college or university attended. If the applicant receives the transcripts directly from the Registrar, they should not open the envelopes, but send them, unopened, to the Graduate College. An official transcript is one that is issued by the school or college attended, bearing appropriate signatures or seals, and kept in a sealed envelope. Transcripts opened prior to delivery are no longer official.

4. Examinations: All applicants must submit their scores on the general section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants for admission to certain programs must submit scores on the appropriate subject section of the Graduate Record Examination. Business applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). GRE or GMAT scores more than five years old will not be accepted. Exceptions to this requirement will be considered by petition.

5. Additional Records: Applicants may be required to submit such additional materials as specified by the individual colleges and graduate programs. Any additional materials should be sent directly to the program for which the applicant is applying.

6. To comply with Florida Atlantic University policy, all students, prior to registration, must submit a signed FAU Immunization Form. FAU requires documented proof of immunization to Measles and Rubella for all students. In addition, all students must provide documentation of vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B or provide a signed waiver for each declined vaccination. Contact FAU's Immunization office at 561-297-0049 for more information.

Departmental Requirements
Each applicant for admission to graduate study should consult the portion of the catalog that deals with the academic program the student wishes to pursue. Additional evidence may be required by individual colleges and/or departments. Admission to graduate study does not constitute admission to candidacy for the degree. Students must satisfy departmental requirements governing admission to candidacy. Each applicant should make an appointment with the appropriate college official to plan an individual program.

Admission Decisions
Completed applications are decided upon by the college in which the applicant expects to enroll. Colleges may admit or deny applicants' admission based upon their own specified criteria. Official notification of decision is issued by the Graduate College.

Conditional Admission
Colleges may admit students on a conditional basis using their specific college criteria.

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International Admissions

International students must meet the admission criteria for the type of application they are submitting, as outlined above. In addition, international applicants must satisfy the following conditions:

1. Due to additional processing time needed for international students, submit a complete application, a $30 application fee and all required documentation, including supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores and financial documentation, by the following dates for the corresponding terms:

Undergraduate Students - All materials needed by:
Fall Spring Summer
April 1 October 1 February 15
 
Freshman Priority deadline date is February 15 for the fall term.
     
Graduate Students - All materials needed by:
February 15 July 15 January 15

2. Undergraduate students must furnish evidence of proficiency in English by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum required TOEFL score is 550 on the paper-based test (TOEFL PBT) and a score of 80 is required on the Internet-based test (TOEFLiBT). The minimum required score on IELTS is 6.5. For more information, click here.

Graduate students must furnish evidence of proficiency in English by submitting scores from one of the following examinations: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet-Based Test (TOEFLiBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A universitywide minimum paper-based score of 500 (CBT-173) is required for the TOEFL, a score of 61 is required for the TOEFLiBT and a band score of 6.0 is required for the IELTS. For Business students, a score of 600 (CBT-250) is required for the TOEFL and a score of 100 is required for the TOEFLiBT.

Individual colleges and departments may require higher proficiency in English scores than the minimum given above.

3. All freshman, undergraduate transfer and second bachelor degree-seeking students who completed all or part of their education at an institution outside the United States and its territories are required to have their foreign coursework evaluated by a NACES-accredited (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) evaluation service to certify equivalency. A list of evaluation service members may be found online. This requirement also specifically applies to transfer credit from foreign affiliate institutions of FAU. Freshman, undergraduate transfer and second bachelor applicants require a course-by-course equivalency evaluation. Students who won’t have a degree at the time of their starting semester also require a grade point average from each institution attended.

The Graduate College requires all international applicants to graduate programs whose transcripts are from foreign institutions to have their credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation service. Click here for details regarding credential evaluation requirements for individual degree programs. Applications cannot be processed until these evaluations are received.

4. Once the academic part of admissions is completed, undergraduate and graduate international students must submit the Financial Certification form as evidence of sufficient financial resources and original bank letter(s) proving expected amount of money for the first year of study. In addition, international students who are transferring from another U.S. institution are required to submit the Visa Clearance form. For details and to print the forms, click here.

5. To comply with Florida Atlantic University policy, all students prior to registration must submit a signed FAU Immunization Form. FAU requires documented proof of immunization to Measles and Rubella for all students. In addition, all students must provide documentation of vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B or provide a signed waiver for each declined vaccination. Contact FAU's Immunization Office at 561-297-0049 for more information or visit its website.

6. All international students are required to purchase annual medical insurance. Contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at 561-297-3049 for more information.

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Additional Admission Information for All Students

Admission to Professional Programs
Certain courses of study at the University prepare students for entry into a profession, such as architecture, education, nursing and social work. Admission and retention in these programs may require adherence to a professional code of ethics. For the requirements of these degree programs, refer to the specific program’s information in this catalog or to other materials provided by these programs.

Campus Tours
Undergraduate information sessions and guided campus tours are available for all interested individuals on the Boca Raton campus each weekday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on most Saturdays in the fall and spring semesters at 10 a.m., except for University holidays and the Saturdays of home football games. The walking tours leave from the Undergraduate Admissions Office in the Student Support Services Building and last approximately one hour. Group tours or special requests can be accommodated. Call 561-297-3040 for more information or click here.

Misconduct
The University reserves the right to refuse admission to an applicant based upon prior misconduct, regardless of location, that may adversely affect the University community. Therefore, it is important for all applicants to provide complete and accurate information on the admission application in regard to disciplinary action for scholastic or any other type of misconduct. See University Regulation 4.007.

Nation of Citizenship Information
Applicants need to declare their nation of citizenship. If their nation of citizenship is not the United States, applicants will need to provide a copy of their Visa, Notice of Action-approved, a valid employment authorization card (valid through the term of entry) or Resident Alien Card (green card). This information is necessary to determine international student status.

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Nondegree-Seeking Students

Nondegree-seeking students at Florida Atlantic University are those who wish to enroll for courses but do not intend to earn a degree from FAU. Nondegree students who wish to become degree-seeking must submit an application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate College on or before the deadline posted in the Academic Calendar. Credits that have been earned as a nondegree-seeking student may be applied to the student’s degree program; however, this is contingent upon acceptance to the University and approval by the college in which the student's program is housed. For an explanation of the number of credits that may be applied and other specifics, refer to the heading Registration for Nondegree-Seeking Students in the Registration and Records section of this catalog.

Students must submit a Nondegree Enrollment application accompanied by a $30 nonrefundable and nontransferable fee. Nondegree applicants must have earned a high school diploma in order to be admitted in a nondegree status. Official transcripts are not required for this process. A Nondegree Residency application and supporting documentation must be provided for review in order to qualify for in-state tuition; students who do not provide paperwork are coded as nonFlorida residents.


Registration on a space-available basis will be conducted during regular and late registration periods, as listed in the University’s Academic Calendar. To comply with Florida Atlantic University policy, all students prior to registration must submit a signed FAU Immunization Form. FAU requires documented proof of immunization to Measles and Rubella for all students. In addition, all students must provide documentation of vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B or provide a signed waiver for each declined vaccination. Contact FAU's Immunization office at 561-297-0049 for more information.

Note for undergraduate students: Students in a nondegree-seeking status are not eligible for financial aid. Students who have been denied admission to FAU as degree-seeking undergraduates must wait three semesters before they are eligible to register as nondegree-seeking students.

Note for graduate students: Students in nondegree-seeking status who may at a later date enroll in a graduate degree program may not transfer more than one-third of the required coursework into the program or may not use course credits that are more than 7 years old at the time of graduation. Satisfactory academic performance as an FAU nondegree-seeking student will not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program. Students dismissed from an FAU graduate degree program may not subsequently enroll using the nondegree-seeking status to fulfill coursework or grade requirements for the program in which they were enrolled.

Residency Information

All applicants must complete the Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes section of the application and submit the required documentation, regardless of the duration of their presence in Florida. Incomplete, unsigned or blank forms will result in the classification of “Nonresident” status for tuition purposes until the documentation has been provided, reviewed and approved by the Residency Officer.

Students who are not United States citizens must provide appropriate documentation from Immigration and Naturalization Services that designates their status while living in the United States. Resident alien cards (green cards), employment authorization cards or eligible Visa types must be submitted at the time students submit their application. All documentation must be valid through the term of entry. Those applicants with expired paperwork must be referred to the Office of Immigration and Naturalization Services. All students who were previously classified as non-U.S. citizens and are now returning as U.S. citizens must submit updated documentation.

Additional information may be requested by the University. The submission of requested documentation does not guarantee Florida residency status. All residency information is reviewed in accordance with Florida Statute1009.21. All residency documentation must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the first day of classes for the initial term of entry or for the term in which the student is applying for in-state tuition. Current graduate students must file with the Registrar’s Office for reclassification.

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The Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate College offices determine residency status for degree-seeking students prior to their first term of enrollment. Further information on residency is located on the Undergraduate Admissions website or the Graduate College website.

Students who would like Florida residency classification after their first term of enrollment should refer to the Residency Reclassification subsection in the Registration and Records section of this catalog.

To appeal an initial residency determination, a student may obtain a Residency Classification Appeal form from the Registrar’s Office and submit that appeal no later than the last day of the current term for which the appeal is to be effective. The appeal is reviewed by the Residency Appeals Committee. Its decision constitutes a final agency determination. Further appeal is available only through judicial review as defined in Florida Statute 120.68.

Student Records
Information contained in a student’s educational record becomes the property of the University and will not be released or copied to the student or a third party. A third party is defined as anyone other than the student, but does not include faculty, staff and agents of the University who have the responsibility of working with the student in registration, counseling, financial aid or any other activity directly related to the student’s academic program. The student must provide written consent for any third party, other than University staff, to access the student’s educational record.

Contact Information
Correspondence regarding undergraduate admission, including transcripts and test scores, should be sent to:

Florida Atlantic University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
561-297-3040
Fax 561-297-2758
admissions@fau.edu

Graduate correspondence should be sent to:

Florida Atlantic University
Graduate College
SU 80, Room 101
777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
561-297-3624
Fax 561-297-2117
www.fau.edu/graduate

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