Florida Atlantic University is serving a record high student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in Southeast Florida. Ten distinguished colleges offer more than 180 degree programs in fields that span the arts and humanities, the sciences, medicine, nursing, accounting, business, education, public administration, social work, architecture, engineering, computer science and more. Academically accomplished students take advantage of honors programs on the Boca Raton campus and the complete, four-year honors curriculum offered by the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College on the Jupiter campus.
Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business, with more than 8,600 students, features the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship, which prepares students in business, science, engineering and other disciplines to become entrepreneurs through business ownership or venturing. The College of Business’ AACSB-accredited executive M.B.A. program was recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Business Schools of 2013 report. The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, opened in Fall 2011, has established relationships with several prominent area hospitals that are serving as sites for clerkships, hospital-based electives and residencies.
With 49 percent of its student body classified as minority or international students, Florida Atlantic University ranks as the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse institution in Florida’s State University System.
Florida Atlantic University students come from all 50 states, every county in Florida and more than 180 countries. Enrichment opportunities include internships, hands-on research and study abroad experiences as well as more than 300 clubs and other campus organizations.
Florida Atlantic University is taking its place among the world’s great research centers and has been given the designation of a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. FAU faculty members won funding grants totaling more than $33 million in 2012-13.
A 29,419-seat football stadium opened on the Boca Raton campus in October 2011. The Florida Department of Tourism estimates local game day economic impact at $1.7 million. The Owls athletic program, which joined Conference USA in Fall 2013, features nearly 450 student-athletes competing in 19 Division I sports.
Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society is one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in America, with 20,000 members enrolled on the Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses. The Lifelong Learning Society offers people of all ages the opportunity to take noncredit courses in a wide variety of fields, ranging from contemporary politics to the arts.
Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus is home to the A.D. Henderson University School, the Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development, FAU High School and the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. The John D. MacArthur Campus at Jupiter includes the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, which offers students a liberal arts and sciences education that meets the highest intellectual and scholarly standards. The Jupiter campus also has the distinction of hosting two international research giants, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Scripps Florida, a division of The Scripps Research Institute.
Florida Atlantic University employs more than 3,200, including a world-class faculty of 1,100 professors, instructors and adjuncts, and has an annual regional economic impact of $6.3 billion.
The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University is home to 22 companies that employ nearly 1,000 people at an average salary of $68,000. The park’s regional economic impact stands at $274 million annually. Its Technology Business Incubator includes a Student Innovation and Invention Lab designed for use by FAU student teams working on industry projects.
FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is a world-renowned research facility. Its 140 marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals work together in pursuit of its mission, expressed as Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine science education.
Florida Atlantic University is home to the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, a federally funded research facility that is developing technology to generate energy by harnessing the power of Florida’s ocean currents.
Florida Atlantic University alumni include U.S. and foreign dignitaries, Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, an astronaut and executives who have served in organizations such as Google, Franklin Templeton, Boeing, eBay, Motorola and the White House. Approximately 65% of FAU’s nearly 131,000 alumni live in the Florida counties of Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and St. Lucie.
FAU’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) was named the 2013 Frank L. Crist Outstanding Learning Center by the National College Learning Center Association. The CTL was recognized for its student support efforts and enhancing student success in areas such as mathematics, business, science, foreign languages and writing.
FAU boasts the largest academic library between Miami and Orlando, housing approximately 3.7 million items. FAU Libraries is home to the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection: Books as Aesthetic Objects, one of the nation’s largest and most varied collections of hand-crafted books created by artists, as well as the Klezmer Company Orchestra, which holds the distinction of being the only professional ensemble-in-residence at an academic library in the United States.
FAU has been named to Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2014, the third consecutive year the University has earned this recognition. The online publication, comprising the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, conducts and scores the “Best for Vets: Colleges Survey,” a comprehensive assessment of schools’ services to veterans.
FAU’s all-digital theater complex on the Boca Raton campus includes four 49-seat theater that are used during the day by students enrolled in the film studies program in FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. The Living Room Theaters are open to the public at night and on weekends.
FAU has one of the most active record labels at any university, Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, which has released 21 albums to date, all of which were produced by students.
Opened in Fall 2013, Parliament Hall is a 614-bed residence hall featuring unlimited building-wide Wi-Fi access, floor study lounges, a classroom space, a conference room and fitness center, as well as FAU’s first Faculty-in-Residence Program. The facility increases the student resident population on the Boca Raton campus to more than 4,000.
Florida Atlantic University was ranked one of the top 100 four-year colleges in the nation conferring bachelor’s degrees to minority students, according to a survey in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2012.