Admissions Requirements


Admission to the freshman class is competitive. We encourage all students to apply early. Please be aware that meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission as each applicant’s academic profile will be weighed against the applicant pool in its entirety. This includes high school GPA, rigor of curriculum and test score. The fall 2013 freshman profile for the mid- 50% was as follows:

High School GPA ACT composite SAT total
 3.38 - 3.98 22 -  26   1520 - 1740

Freshman applicants should be aware that additional requirements are necessary for some colleges and majors. The minimum University requirements are listed below.

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Required High School Units
Additional weight is given to all courses clearly marked Honors, Advanced, Gifted, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate.

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
Total 18 units

FAU's Minimum Required Test Scores

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

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.

ACT/SAT Information
  • To have SAT scores sent to Florida Atlantic University contact College Board at or (866) 630-9305. To have ACT scores sent contact American College Testing Program at or (319) 337-1313.
  • Residual ACT taken at FAU
  • FAU exam codes are:
5229 0729
  • We super score by using the highest sub scores from multiple test dates to create the ACT composite and the SAT total.
  • The writing section of the SAT and ACT are required in the selection process. 

General Equivalency Diploma
Persons with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) from any state must achieve a minimum total score of 3000, with no sub score 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/Homeschooled StudentsPersons 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.

Credential Evaluation Services
Applicants who completed their high school and/or part or all of their postsecondary (college or university) work at an institution not in the U.S. are required to have their foreign credentials evaluated by an accredited independent evaluation service .

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

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 To ensure receipt of our emails, include in your address book.

Admission Decisions
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. A decision is generally rendered within 6 to 8 weeks after the file is
complete. 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 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 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 to 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 admission to consider the LINK to FAU program. Please visit for more information.

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