STEPS for Admitted Freshman
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First steps to becoming an FAU OWL

Step 1


Activate Your FAUNet ID

Visit Visit  and activate your FAUNet ID and FAU email address. Once logged in, you may apply for housing, accept financial aid awards, review course offerings, register for classes, check your email, complete your statement of responsibilities and receive FAU alerts. Your FAU Net ID can be found at the bottom of your acceptance letter. Please call the Help desk at 561-297-3999 for assistance with your MyFAU account. Students should check their FAU email frequently.

Go To Access MyFAU    


Step 2

Apply for Housing and Meal Plans
All first year to college students from a distances greater than 30 miles are required to live in University Housing and purchase a meal plan their first year.  Transfer students with less than 30 credit hours are also required to live in University Housing their first year. Exceptions may apply – contract housing for details.  Apply for on-campus housing at

 Go To Apply for Housing

 Step 3


Register for Orientation

Orientation is designed to make the transition to Florida Atlantic University as smooth as possible for you and your family members. The mandatory program promotes student development and accountability, and will provide you with information needed for a successful start to your academic career. Orientation is offered over the summer months for students enrolling in the summer and fall semesters, it is offered in November and January for students enrolling in the spring semester. Register at

 Go To Visit the Orientation Office

Step 4

Seek Advising and Register

Freshmen students will be advised online using OARS, the Online Advising Resource System at OARS offers students early access to academic advisors and allows students to register for classes prior to Orientation. Students will be assigned an advisor through the OARS process and will be given their advisors picture and contact information.

Transfer Students with 30 or more credit hours can seek advising during the orientation program by each college. Visit the appropriate college's website for details regarding individual advising appointments.


All undeclared/exploratory students regardless of credit hours are advised through the Office of University Advising Services. Exploratory/undecided students are encouraged to check out the Owl Nation Exploration

 Go To Visit Freshman Academic Advising Services  

 Step 5

Verify Personal Information:

View your acceptance letter and verify that your address, telephone number and email address are current. Also, check your residency status to ensure you will be charged the correct tuition rate. Make updates if necessary.

Go To Send Updates   

 Step 6

Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid

FAU offers numerous scholarships for incoming freshman and transfer students. We suggest applying early as our scholarships are competitive and most are awarded early in the admission cycle. The deadline to apply for a Freshman Scholarship is January 15 and the deadline for a Transfer Scholarship is March 1. For more information visit

To apply for financial aid, complete an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid at beginning January 1. The FAU priority deadline is March 1. Financial aid correspondence will be sent to your MyFAU email account. For more information, visit or call 561-297-3530.

  Go To Scholarships  


Go To FAFSA    


 Step 7

Submit Required Health Information

To comply with Florida Board of Governors Regulations, prior to registration, all students must submit a signed FAU Immunization Form and documented proof of immunizations to measles and rubella. In addition, all students must provide documentation of vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B or provide a signed waiver for each declined vaccination. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until all documentation has been approved by the Student Health Services Immunization Office. For more information or to download the immunization form visit

  Go To Visit SHS



Step 8 Submit Final Transcripts to FAU

Your acceptance to FAU is tentative based on the quality of your academic record at the time your file was reviewed. It is required that students submit all official final transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before the first day of classes in order to avoid any registration holds. Final admission determinations are based on your final high school and/or college transcripts.

  Go To Application Status  

Go To View holds in MyFAU    

 Step 9

Take the Math Placement Test (ALEKS)

FAU has adopted a mandatory placement exam to determine math proficiency known as ALEKS. All students with no prior college-level coursework in mathematics are required to take the ALEKS test. Visit

   Go To Visit Math Placement at FAU    

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