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FAU Exceeds Freshman Enrollment Goal

Applications for Freshman Admittance Nearly Double While Profile of Applicant Pool Increases

BOCA RATON, FL (June 6, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University has exceeded its admissions goals for the 2011 freshman class by admitting more than 3,600 students for classes beginning in August, an increase of 19 percent. This freshman group is the largest in the University’s history, and is made up of students with a higher average score on the SAT and ACT, as well as a higher average cumulative G.P.A.

For the 2011 admittance class, the average G.P.A. was a 3.55, with the average SAT score of 1625 and the average ACT score of 23.7. One year ago, the admitted class averaged a 3.4 G.P.A., 1603 on the SAT and 23 on the ACT. Also, FAU received more than 22,000 applications for the fall 2011, nearly doubling the amount received for the 2010 fall semester.

“These historical figures are a true indication that FAU is becoming a university of first-choice,” said Gitanjali Kaul, Ed.D., vice president for strategic planning. “The incoming students will only continue to enhance FAU’s reputation as a top institution of higher education within the state of Florida and around the nation.”

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders, along with FAU’s Board of Trustees, has embraced the goal of transforming FAU into an institution of first choice for entering college freshmen. Academic programs have been complemented by collaborations with world-class research institutes and industry leaders, including Scripps Florida, the Max Planck Florida Institute and Torrey-Pines. In addition, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was granted preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to offer an independent medical education program, which will welcome its charter medical school class in fall 2011.

Student life on the Boca Raton campus is greatly enhanced with the opening of the new student recreation and wellness center. In addition, there are several construction projects under way that promise to bring a whole new level of excitement to student life at FAU. Construction of Phase One of the Innovation Village apartment complex includes two apartment buildings totaling 489,000 square feet. It will provide 1,216 beds for upper-division and graduate students, and is scheduled to open in August at the start of the fall 2011 semester.

Also, the 30,000-seat FAU stadium – the centerpiece of Innovation Village – will be located in the north central area of campus. Home of the Owl football team, the open-air stadium, a $70 million project, is slated to open in October and will feature 6,000 premium seats, including 24 suites, 26 loge boxes, 1,000 premier club seats and 4,000 priority club seats, along with state-of-the-art amenities.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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