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FAU Ranked in Top 30 Nationally for Campus Ethnic Diversity in ‘U.S. News & World Report’

BOCA RATON, FL (July 16, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University ranks 27th in campus ethnic diversity among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 best college rankings. The magazine identifies colleges and universities where students are most likely to encounter other students from ethnic or racial groups different from their own.

“Florida Atlantic University takes pride in its diverse student body, as well as in all our students’ extraordinary academic achievements,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “As the most racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse student body in Florida’s state university system, it is an honor to be nationally recognized in such a prominent news publication. FAU truly is America’s university.”

To come up with the rankings, U.S. News factored in the total proportion of minority students and overall mix of groups. The formula did not include international students. The ranking system was based on enrollment and ethnicity data from educational institutions for the 2010-11 academic year student bodies. The categories used in compiling the information are African-Americans who are non-Hispanic, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander, whites who are non-Hispanic, and multiracial.

Other Florida state universities to rank in the top 100 include University of Florida at 63rd, University of South Florida at 67th, and University of Central Florida at 84th. Florida International University in Miami ranks at 102nd on the list.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 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 and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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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