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FAU Welcomes Students for Fall 2011 Semester

Record Numbers Reached in Applications, Housing Requests

BOCA RATON, FL (August 15, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University students will make their way back to the residence halls this week to mark the start of the University’s fall 2011 semester. FAU received more than 24,600 freshman applications for admission for the fall 2011 semester, as well as more than 8,000 transfer applications – both a record for the university. The FAU Graduate College also had a 2 percent increase in applications for the fall 2011 semester.

For the first time in FAU’s history, freshman applications were received from every county in the state of Florida. FAU received 4,627 applications from Broward County this year, a 42 percent increase. Duval County applications went from 206 to 729, a 254 percent increase, while Orange County applications increased from 451 to 1,159 applications, a 157 percent increase. Hillsborough County received 1,102 applications, an increase of 155 percent. Brevard County applications increased from 276 to 528, a 91 percent increase. And, the university received 2,915 applications from Palm Beach County, a 47 percent increase. Overall, FAU had an increase in applications from every Florida county.

For the first time in FAU’s history, there were more than 3,850 students who applied to live in the residence halls at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. This increase clearly marks FAU’s continued progression as a traditional university.

This semester also marks the grand opening of phase one of Innovation Village Apartments, two apartment buildings totaling 489,000 square feet and providing 1,216 beds for upper-division and graduate students. The complex consists of a seven- and eight-story building, and features a mix of two- and four-bedroom, two-bathroom, fully-furnished apartments.

Move-In Day is the official day for FAU’s residential students to return to campus. It offers a unique opportunity for students and their families to connect with FAU President Mary Jane Saunders and others in the FAU community, including faculty, staff and student groups who are on hand to help them move into the residence halls. Move-In Day will take place on Tuesday, August 16 beginning at 8 a.m. at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive in Jupiter. Move-In Day will continue at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, on Wednesday, August 17 at 8 a.m. for freshman and on Thursday, August 18 at 8 a.m. for returning/transfer students.

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 welcomed its charter medical school class this month.

Student life on the Boca Raton campus is greatly enhanced with the opening of the new student recreation and wellness center. In addition to the Innovation Village apartment complex, there is the 30,000-seat FAU stadium, 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.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
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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