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Freshman Requirements

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 and performance in standardized tests (SAT or ACT). An SAT or ACT is required of all applicants for freshman admission. To have SAT scores sent to Florida Atlantic University contact College Board at or at (609) 771-7600. To have ACT scores sent contact American College Testing Program at or (319)337-1313.

FAU Exam Codes





Florida Atlantic University calculates the academic grade point average used in the admissions selection criteria. Additional weight is given to all courses clearly marked Honors, Advanced, Gifted, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate. A minimum recalculated high school grade point average (gpa) of 2.6 is required.

The following units of study in high school are required:

English (3 with substantial composition)

4 units

*Mathematics (Algebra 1 level and above)

4 units

Natural Science (2 with lab)

3 units

Social Science

3 units

Foreign Language (of the same language)

2 units

Academic Electives

2 units


18 units

*Beginning in summer/fall 2011 freshman students will need to complete 4 units of math at the Algebra I level and above.All students are encouraged to take a math course in their senior year of high school.

FAU's minimum required test scores are:

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

FAU will use the highest subscores from multiple test dates to create the ACT composite and the SAT total. FAU will use the best subscores to satisfy the required scores for admission purposes. The writing section of the SAT and ACT are used in the selection process.

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who are not selected for their chosen term of entry may appeal the admissions decision through the Faculty Committee on Student Admissions process.

You may want to consider taking the ACT residual exam at Florida Atlantic University's Testing and Evaluation Center. To register for the ACT residual exam at FAU, please visit: To learn more about this option, please visit ACT at http:// Please note that residual ACT test scores can only be reported to the college administering the test. Residual ACT test score results can only be used to satisfy admission requirements at Florida Atlantic University. They cannot be used to satisfy criteria at another college/university. Please note that students must wait 61 days before retaking the ACT Residual Test.

Foreign High School
Persons applying for admission who have completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign credentials evaluated by an accredited independent evaluation service.  For a list of accredited evaluations services please see the list of frequently used National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Members.  The evaluation should contain a course-by-course description and a grade point average from each institution attended.  Please do not send foreign credentials to FAU. Send them directly to the evaluation agency.

Student Profile
Fall 2009 entering freshman students mid-range:
Grade point average: 3.20 - 3.80



SAT Total
(all 3 sections)


ACT Composite


General Equivalency Diploma
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.

Non-traditional High School Program
Persons applying for admission who are participating in a non-traditional high school program must present credentials equivalent to those listed above. If the program is not measured in Carnegie Units, a minimum test score of 1450 is required on the SAT (all three sections) or a 21 composite score on the ACT.

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

  • 3.5 GPA (as calculated by FAU) after six semesters of high school.
  • An SAT of 1800 or an ACT of 27.
  • Written permission from their high school to allow FAU courses to satisfy any remaining requirements toward high school graduation.
  • Written recommendations attesting to students' maturity and readiness to meet the academic and personal challenges posed by early entry into higher education.
  • Must be a Florida resident.
  • Application and all supporting documents must be received in the Office of Admissions by May 1.

For additional information about our Early Admissions program, contact Undergraduate Admissions office at

Additional College Requirements
Some colleges and particular majors have additional requirements. Read more >

Admitted Freshmen Only
All admitted freshmen must confirm their intention to enroll and secure their place with the freshman class by submitting the required $200.00 admissions tuition deposit. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to your tuition and other expenses for the original term in which you have been admitted to FAU. It will be forfeited if you pay the deposit and choose not to enroll for the original term at FAU.

Please Note: The tuition deposit is separate from the residence hall prepayment required by the Department of Housing and Residential Life.

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