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FAU Reaches Record Enrollment

Freshman Class also Largest in FAU’s History

BOCA RATON, FL (September 2, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University has exceeded its enrollment goals for the 2011 fall semester. FAU’s total headcount enrollment is now more than 29,400, an increase of 4 percent compared to the fall 2010 semester and a record for the university. More than 3,300 freshmen have enrolled at FAU, an increase of 21 percent compared to last year.

This freshman group is the largest in the University’s history, and is made up of students with a higher academic profile. For the 2011 freshman class, the average G.P.A. is a 3.4, with an average SAT score of 1597 and an average ACT score of 23.2.

“FAU is now a university of first-choice, and these numbers clearly indicate that,” said Gitanjali Kaul, Ed.D., vice president for strategic planning. “FAU continues to evolve into a prime institution of higher education, and with top-level partnerships and academic programs this university will continue to leave its mark throughout the region.”

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 freshman. Academic programs have been complemented by collaborations with world-class research institutes and industry leaders, including Scripps Florida, the Max Planck Florida Institute, Torrey-Pines and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute. 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 semester.

Student life on the Boca Raton campus is greatly enhanced with the opening of the new student recreation and wellness center. In addition, Phase One of the Innovation Village Apartment (IVA) complex recently opened for the fall 2011 semester. IVA includes two apartment buildings totaling 489,000 square feet, providing 1,216 beds for upper-division and graduate students.

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 on Saturday, October 15 when the Owls play Western Kentucky University. The stadium 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 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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