Admissions Requirements

Transfer applicants should be aware that additional requirements are necessary for some colleges and majors. The minimum University requirements are listed below. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Email

Many of our communications, including notification of the admission decision, are sent electronically. If you update your email or mailing address, please notify us at admissions@fau.edu. To ensure receipt of our emails, include admissions@fau.edu in your address book. Transfer credit is awarded to admitted students who submit official transcripts from regionally accredited institutions.

  1. Applicants should present a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all attempted college work.
  2. Applicants must be in good academic standing at their last attended institution.
  3. Applicants must also meet all freshman admissions requirements as stated in freshman admissions section. http://www.fau.edu/admissions/freshmanreq.php
  4. 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 Admission process.
  1. Applicants should present a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all attempted college work.
  2. Applicants must be in good academic standing at their last attended institution.
  3. All transfer applicants must have completed eight to ten credit hours of sequential foreign language or its equivalent in quarter hours prior to enrollment at Florida Atlantic University.*
  4. 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 Admission process.

* This requirement may be satisfied by presenting proof that two units of a sequential foreign language were completed in high school or by passing a CLEP or other designated examination of proficiency. If the foreign language admission requirement is not met at the time of transfer, then it becomes a graduation requirement.

Transferring with an Associate in Arts Degree from a Florida College System or State University System institution:

  1.  As stated above, admission to the School of Architecture, Honors College and Nursing is limited access. All applicants must meet the specific course and grade point average requirements for direct admission to those colleges.
  2. College of Business, College of Engineering & Computer Science, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, and Music majors are selective and have additional requirements.

Students applying for a second baccalaureate degree must have received their first bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution and achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

If you are a former degree-seeking FAU student, but not currently enrolled, your eligibility to return will depend on several factors. If you have not attended for at least three consecutive semesters, you must re-apply for admission and pay a $30 non-refundable application fee. Click here for more information.

Please note that an audition on your principal instrument is required prior to admission into the Department of Music. For details regarding specific audition requirements for each instrument or for voice, please visit Music Auditions. To schedule an audition, please send an email to music@fau.edu be sure to specify your instrument and the degree program in which you are interested.

Official TOEFL results are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Please visit the Undergraduate International Admissions for more information regarding the TOEFL exam.

Consistent with Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.013, Military Veterans and Active Duty, students who are or were members of the United States Armed Forces may earn appropriate academic college credit for college-level training and education acquired in the military. College credit will be granted to students with military training and coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE), subject to institution transfer practices and limitations on amount, level, etc., of transfer credit. Military training coursework will be subject to the same treatment as any other transfer credit evaluated, with the utilization of the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services for determining equivalency and alignment of military coursework with applicable University courses. If the coursework fulfills a general education, major course, and/or degree requirement, consistent with the college/department policy, the credit will be granted for meeting that requirement toward graduation. Applicable course credit may include elective course credit toward the degree.

To apply for such credit, military veterans or active duty service members should submit one of the following forms of documentation and evidence of appropriate test scores on the DSST Examination Program (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) in college and technical subjects. See DSST exams and scores below the required documentation details.

Required Documentation

For the United States Army, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy:

For the United States Air Force:

For the Department of Defense:

DSST Examination Program – Undergraduates  

The table below provides information related to the DSST exams. For more details, visit www.getcollegecredit.com.

Examination Course Equivalent (all courses receive 3 credits) Passing Score Passing Score for 2008 Revised Exams
A History of the Vietnam War AMH 2059 44  
Art of the Western World ARH 2000 48  
Astronomy AST 2002 48  
Business Law 2 BUL 4422 44  
Business Math QMB 1001 48  
Criminal Justice CCJ 1000 49 400
Environment and Humanity EVR 2017 46  
Ethics in America PHI 1630 46 400
Foundation of Education EDF 1002 46  
Fundamentals of College Algebra MAT 1033 47 400
Fundamentals of Counseling PCO 2202 45  
General Anthropology ANT 2000 47  
Here's to Your Health HSC 2100 48 400
Human Resource Management MAN 4301 46  
Human/Cultural Geography GEO 1400 48  
Introduction to Business GEB 2011 46  
Introduction to Computing ISM 2000 45 400
Introduction to Law Enforcement CCJ 1100 45  
Introduction to the Modern Middle East ASH 1044 47  
Introduction to World Religions REL 2300 48 400
Lifespan Developmental Psychology DEP 2004 46  
Management Information Systems ISM 3011 46 400
Money and Banking ECO 4223 48  
Organizational Behavior MAN 3025 48  
Personal Finance FIN 3140 46 400
Physical Geology GLY 2010C 46  
Principles of Finance FIN 3403 46  
Principles of Financial Accounting ACG 2021 47  
Principles of Physical Science 1 PSC 2121 47  
Principles of Public Speaking SPC 2608 47  
Principles of Statistics STA 1014 48 400
Principles of Supervision MNA 1345 46  
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union EUH 1066 45  
Substance Abuse HSC 1140   400
Technical Writing GEB 3213 46  
The Civil War and Reconstruction AMH 1056 47  

Additional Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants should be aware that additional requirements are necessary for the following majors:

Admission to Florida Atlantic University does not guarantee entrance to selective admissions majors in the College of Business. Your status is considered as a preliminary business major (pre-business). Please refer to the college's website at http://www.business.fau.edu/undergraduate/index.aspx for their undergraduate admissions policy and a list of business major programs.

If you have satisfied this criteria, you must submit an Application to Upper-Division to the College of Business to declare one of the selective admissions majors. Click here to view the online application.

Please note: The Economics (ECON) major, a social science program, is excluded from the above requirements.

Admission to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s Freshman Direct Admit track, Accelerated track, and the RN to BSN track is determined by the College. A supplemental application is required. For information, please go to http://nursing.fau.edu/. To investigate all majors offered by Florida Atlantic University, visit http://www.fau.edu/explore/degrees.php/.

 Admission to Florida Atlantic University does not guarantee admission to the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. You must submit a supplemental application with additional requirements. Please visit http://honorscollege.fau.edu for more information about the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.

Applications to the School of Architecture: Any prospective architecture student who is interested in applying for the lower division sequence (Architectural Design 1) or upper division sequence (Architectural Design 5-9) will need to fill out an additional application for the School of Architecture. Students must apply first to FAU using the Undergraduate admission application.  Please note that the School of Architecture has separate deadlines from Admissions to submit their application. Refer to their webpage for details.

:PENG (pre-engineering) Effective Spring 2011

Admission to Florida Atlantic University does not guarantee admission to the College of Engineering and Computer Science, therefore your status is as a preliminary engineering major (pre-engineering). Please refer to the college's website at http://www.eng.fau.edu for detailed information on the admissions criteria.

All students interested in the Bachelor of Arts with Major in Communication Studies or the Bachelor of Arts with Major in Multimedia Studies must first apply to the corresponding pre- major. Specific requirements must be met before admission to the major. Please go to http://www.fau.edu/academic/registrar/catalogRevs/artsandletters.php#communication for additional information.

Please note that an audition on your principal instrument is required prior to admission into the Department of Music. For details regarding specific audition requirements for each instrument or for voice, please visit www.fau.edu/music/aa_auditions.php. To schedule an audition, please send an email to music@fau.edu be sure to specify your instrument and the degree program in which you are interested.

**All other Colleges and majors, except for those described above, fall under the Undergraduate Admissions standard requirements for admission**

Admission Decisions

An official, written notification will be mailed to admitted students only.  Students deferred for updated test scores or students not offered admission will be notified through our regular online status check only and not through the mail. To check your application status online please go to www.fau.edu/admissions and click on Check your Status".

Responses to questions on the application related to disciplinary and criminal history are required for all applicants. Students with past misconduct must submit a full statement of relevant facts plus additional information if deemed necessary.   Each application will be reviewed on its individual merits. The University reserves the right to deny admission to an applicant when it determines that admission of the student represents a safety risk to the University community. Appeals may be made to the Admissions Review Board within two weeks from the receipt of the denial. Withholding information or giving false information may make you ineligible for admission.

Your admission to FAU is specified for a certain semester , and you must enroll during that term. If you wish to change your entry term, make your request by email to admissions@fau.edu or by submitting the Change of Entry Date form.

While your admission is for a specific term, your application and fee are valid for one academic year (three consecutive semesters). Your 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).

Please note that admission to the initial term of entry does not guarantee admission to a future term. The Change of Entry option is not available for incoming freshman students.

Admissions Appeal

The Faculty Committee on Student Admissions responds to admissions appeals. For an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new compelling academic and/or personal information that was not addressed in the initial application.

While all appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, the rate of a decision being reversed based on an appeal has historically been very low.

Please go tohttp://www.fau.edu/admissions/FCSA.php for information on how to appeal a decision.

New test scores and/or an updated transcript do not require an appeal. Please contact the Office of Admissions when submitting the new, updated information.

LINK Program

We encourage those students not offered admissions to consider the LINK to FAU program. Please visit www.fau.edu/admissions/link for more information.



 Last Modified 8/18/16