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Director's Welcome

Congratulations on your designation of National Merit semifinalist – you join a prestigious group of individuals being recognized for their dedication to their academic development and future careers. Florida Atlantic University considers it a privilege to offer National Merit scholars a wealth of tailored experiences and opportunities that include top-notch programming and support services, as well as exceptional research opportunities.

Highlights of what we offer our scholars include:

  • Personalized campus visits year-round to prospective students and their families
  • Priority admission decision
  • Priority advising and early registration
  • Opportunities to meet faculty and current National Merit Scholars
  • Med-Direct (B.S./M.D.) program that allows conditional acceptance into the FAU College of Medicine at the same time as undergraduate admission.
  • A variety of graduate pathway programs that offer B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S. to Ph.D. options
  • Offer of admission into the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College on the Jupiter Campus
  • Honors in the Major program
  • Max Planck Honors program and research opportunities
  • Tailored programming in many of our academic departments, as well as leadership opportunities through our Lead and Serve program.

Join us for a visit and see all of the unique and exciting opportunities that Florida Atlantic University has to offer you! I look forward to being able to welcome you soon.

Debbi Johnson-Rais
Debbi Johnson-Rais, Ed.D.
Director, Scholars Program
Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
561-297-6037 or 561-931-9048

Once you are designated as a National Merit Semifinalist, we make it easy to apply and enjoy the benefits of joining FAU. The best part? Unless you are applying to one of our pipeline programs, you do not need to submit any documents other than those listed below. Just follow the steps to receive the National Merit Scholar benefits available to you:

  1. Submit your completed admissions application to FAU by December 15, 2018.
  2. Complete the admission process by submitting your Self-Reported Student Academic Record instead of your high school transcript.
  3. Submit your SAT or ACT test scores through your application status portal.


Florida Atlantic University is an exciting and dynamic national public research university with state-of-the-art campuses and sites strategically located along more than 110 miles of the beautiful southeast Florida coastline.

FAU is a first-choice university for excellence in undergraduate education and student experience, visionary and globally relevant research, and transformative engagement with its global communities. FAU’s commitment to excellence is evidenced by our outstanding academic programs, innovative research and mentorship opportunities, and one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies of more than 30,000 students.

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