QUICK FACTS

How do I get to FAU?

I-95 North/South bound, exit at Glades Road and go east. FAU will be approximately 1/2 mile on the left (Boca Raton Campus). http://www.fau.edu/explore/campuses.php

Why is the mascot an OWL?

FAU earned the Owl role because… The FAU campus was designated a burrowing owl sanctuary in 1971 by the Audubon Society. The Owl came here because there are not many predators, other than cats, near an airport. The feisty bird, traditionally associated with wisdom and determination, serves as the University's mascot.

Do students need to bring a computer or are there computer labs on campus?

There are computer labs in the library, Student Union, Barry Kaye College of Business, Fleming Hall. https://secure.fau.edu/mealplans/student.aspx

Major Projects Recently Completed, Under Construction or Planned
Boca Raton Campus

  • College of Business Sean Stein Pavilion
  • College of Nursing Building
  • Lee Street revisions
  • Wimbish Library addition
  • OIT Computer Center expansion/remodel
  • Track and Field
  • FAU Arena roof/remodel
  • Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Glades Park Towers
  • College of Business Office Depot Center
  • Alumni Center
  • Breezeway refurbishing

Davie Campus

  • Student Union
  • FAU/UF Joint-Use Building

Jupiter Campus

  • Scripps Florida
    (Scripps Institute)

Harbor Branch

  • Marine Science Building

Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

  • “Green” Elementary School (with Palm Beach County and CORE Communities)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


QUICK FACTS

FAU LIBRARY

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS/STUDY ABROAD

COMMUTING

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES/OTHER STUDENT SUPPORT

ADVISING

FRESHMAN ACADEMIC ADVISING SERVICES

HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL LIFE

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

STUDENT –ATHLETE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC ADVISING

BUSINESS SERVICES

ORIENTATION

TRAVELING DIRECTIONS BY CAMPUS

TRANSPORTATION

OWL CARD

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

IMMUNIZATIONS

COUNSELING CENTER

FAU PHARMACY

ACADEMICS SUPPORT SERVICES/OTHER STUDENT SUPPORT/REGISTRAR’S OFFICE

MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

WRITING CENTER

CAMPUS SAFETY

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT & LEADERSHIP

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

CAMPUS RECREATION

CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (VOLUNTEER CENTER)

BOCA RATON

CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER

UNITED CAMPUS MINISTRIES

BOOKSTORE

DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

TRAFFIC AND PARKING

QUICK FACTS

How do I get to FAU?

I-95 North/South bound, exit at Glades Road and go east. FAU will be approximately 1/2 mile on the left (Boca Raton Campus). http://www.fau.edu/explore/campuses.php

Why is the mascot an OWL?

FAU earned the Owl role because… The FAU campus was designated a burrowing owl sanctuary in 1971 by the Audubon Society. The Owl came here because there are not many predators, other than cats, near an airport. The feisty bird, traditionally associated with wisdom and determination, serves as the University's mascot.

Do students need to bring a computer or are there computer labs on campus?

There are computer labs in the library, Student Union, Barry Kay College of Business, Fleming Hall. https://secure.fau.edu/mealplans/student.aspx

Major Projects Recently Completed, Under Construction or Planned
Boca Raton Campus

  • College of Business Sean Stein Pavilion
  • College of Nursing Building
  • Lee Street revisions
  • Wimbish Library addition
  • OIT Computer Center expansion/remodel
  • Track and Field
  • FAU Arena roof/remodel
  • Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Glades Park Towers
  • College of Business Office Depot Center
  • Alumni Center
  • Breezeway refurbishing

Davie Campus

  • Student Union
  • FAU/UF Joint-Use Building

Jupiter Campus

  • Scripps Florida
    (Scripps Institute)

Harbor Branch

  • Marine Science Building

Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

  • “Green” Elementary School (with Palm Beach County and CORE Communities)

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FAU LIBRARY

How do I check books out of the library?

Show your owl card at the circulation desk. http://www.fau.edu/library/

Is there any kind of quiet study room for students?

Yes.  FAU has quiet study rooms at the library and in some colleges. http://www.fau.edu/library/

What areas are there to study on campus?

Other than the S.E. Wimberly Library, we have several other areas for students to study on campus.  We have a 24 hour study lounge located on the second floor of the library, just above the Hillel Center.   http://www.fau.edu/library/

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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS/STUDY ABROAD

Do you offer study abroad programs?

Yes. The office of International Programs offers studies for a semester, a year, summer A or B, and internships. http://www.fau.edu/goabroad/

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COMMUTING

Tri-Rail-Station

Tri-Rail Shuttle : There is now a shuttle that runs directly between the Tri-Rail station at Yamato Road and FAU. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 6:45a.m. - 11p.m. and is a short 10 minute ride. Please click here for the full schedule.

http://www.fau.edu/facilities/sustain/campusOps/transportation.php

Boca Raton Station
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton
(561) 367-3000
Palm Tran Route 94.

http://www.tri-rail.com/schedules_fares/bus_shuttle/index.htm

What kinds of public transportation opportunities exist at FAU?

Palm Tran is a bus company that has established a relationship with FAU.  Students can obtain discounted bus passes available at the OWL CARD Center in the Student Union. http://www.fau.edu/business-services/palmtran.php

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ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES/OTHER STUDENT SUPPORT

When are tuition and fee payments due?

Check the academic calendar for fee payment deadlines.  Fees are typically due the next business day after the drop/add period. http://www.fau.edu/universitycatalog/pdf_revisions/CombTuition.pdf

Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes, FAU has 4 payment plans: Installment type 50/50 plan, three, four, and five installments. http://www.fau.edu/controller/student_information/tuition_pay_plan.php

What methods of payment do you accept?

Cash, check, credit card, money order. http://www.fau.edu/business-services/copy-info.php

Where can I make my payment(s)?

At the cashier’s office or online at MyFAU through Self-Service (Owls).

How is the grading at FAU?

Certain courses are graded S/U (Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory)
S/U is often used for practicum-type courses (student teaching, internships, etc.)
This does not affect your GPA; however, you must satisfy the requirement by earning an “S”

Certain courses, with restrictions, may be taken P/F (pass/fail) OR for a grade
As long as you earn a passing grade, you get a “P” which does not affect your GPA. (“F” does!)
Classes within your major cannot be taken pass/fail
You must select to take a class P/F by the end of drop/add
Can only be used once/semester; 4x total at FAU http://www.fau.edu/registrar/universitycatalog/univcatalogrev2.php

What is grade forgiveness?

Allows a student to repeat courses taken at FAU and count only last grade in GPA. Be aware of excess charge for third attempt.  May be applied only twice, upon request by student.  Does not eliminate earlier grade from transcript, but eliminates effect on GPA .
Repeated Course Request Card should be submitted to Office of the Registrar prior to, or at registration for, the term in which the course is to be repeated (can be done upon course completion) http://www.fau.edu/registrar/universitycatalog/univcatalogrev2.php

What is satisfactory academic performance?

To remain in good standing, undergraduate students must maintain a “C” semester average or higher on all work attempted (2.0).
Any student who earns less than a 2.0 term GPA will be placed on academic probation.
May be removed only by earning a 2.0 in subsequent terms and FAU overall GPA.
A student on probation who fails to earn a 2.0 in the following term and FAU overall will be suspended for one term, and will be allowed to reenter on probation.
A second suspension will result in dismissal. http://www.fau.edu/registrar/universitycatalog/univcatalogrev2.php

What is the three repeat rule?

Excess charge if you attempt a course at FAU for the third time and subsequently
An attempt is any time that you become fee liable (are registered for the course after drop/add deadline).  Includes “F”, “W”, “I” grades.  Only courses attempted at FAU count.  Charge represents the full cost of instruction.  Approx. $170 per credit hour ADDITIONAL charge. http://www.fau.edu/registrar/universitycatalog/univcatalogrev2.php

What is FAU’s honor code?

At FAU, we value honesty and integrity.  To assure academic integrity, the Honor Code was established.Requires a faculty member, student, or staff member to notify an Instructor when there is reason to believe an academic irregularity is occurring in a course.
Irregularities include improper assistance on an examination or assignment and plagiarism. Instructors are required to investigate charges of academic irregularities and take appropriate action. http://www.fau.edu/regulations/chapter4/4.001_Honor_Code.pdf

What do I have to do if I want to change my major?

http://www.fau.edu/admissions/ChangeMajor.php
Requires official action.
Complete form in your academic college 
Must satisfy same qualifications as for new students
Must satisfy all prerequisites
Consult with your academic advisor. 
Requires permission of new department

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ADVISING

What is FACTS?
FLORIDA Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students.
Allows students to “shop” for majors.
Input a major, and FACTS tells what you would need to complete a degree at FAU based on the courses that you have completed
Allows you to print your unofficial transcript (and check your semester grades!)
www.facts.org

Does FAU have baccalaureate degrees of distinction?
Students must complete a minimum of  45 semester hours at FAU
Cum Laude for FAU average of 3.5
Magna Cum Laude for FAU average of 3.7
Summa Cum Laude for FAU average of 3.9
http://www.fau.edu/universitycatalog/pdf_revisions/CombAcadPol.pdf

COLLEGE ADVISING OFFICES

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters-Boca Raton (561) 297-3800
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters-Davie (954) 236-1101
College of Business – Boca (561) 297-3688
College of Business – Davie (954) 236-1290
College of Education – Boca (561) 297-3570
College of Education – Davie (954) 236-1028
College of Engineering (561) 297-2680
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (561) 297-3263
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science-Boca Raton (561) 297-3700
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science-Davie (954) 236-1103
College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs-Boca (561) 297-2316
College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs-Davie (954) 236-1003
College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs – Tower/Architecture (954) 762-5644
MacArthur Campus Advising (all majors) (561) 799-8697

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FRESHMAN ACADEMIC ADVISING SERVICES

Do I have any administrative holds?

You may have several administrative holds that could keep you from registering for courses. These should be cleared up prior to submitting your Freshman Advising and Registration Information Guide or attending Orientation.

Undergraduate Advising Hold – Students with 29 or fewer semester hours earned will also have an advising hold through the Office of Freshman Academic Advising Services. This hold will be removed when you attend Orientation.

College Advising Hold - Students with 30 or more semester hours will have a college advising hold. This hold will be removed when you meet with an academic advisor at orientation.

What is the Freshman Tuition Deposit?

Freshmen Tuition Deposit (fee nonrefundable) $200. http://www.fau.edu/registrar/universitycatalog/univcatalogrev2.php

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HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL LIFE

How many residence halls does FAU have?

Five. http://www.fau.edu/housing/  

What are the different types of university housing on campus?

FAU has residence halls and village apartments. http://www.fau.edu/housing/ 

Am I required to live on campus?

All full-time freshman students are required to live in University Housing. Exceptions are made for the following reasons:

  • A student is residing with their parent or legal guardian within a 50-mile commutable distance from the campus
  • A student is at least 21 years of age
  • A student is married

Students who wish to be exempt must apply for exemption prior to the start of the academic year (spring for spring-only residents). Once signed and the academic year has begun the Contract will not be cancelled for this purpose.  The Application for Exemption from the Residency Requirement can be found under the "Prospective Residents" section of our website at http://www.fau.edu/housing/            

Are there co-ed floors or single gender floors?

Yes, there are both co-ed and single gender floors. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Who is eligible to live on campus?

A person must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate Florida Atlantic University student to be eligible for University Housing. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Is there a deadline for signing up for Housing?

Housing space is limited and cannot be guaranteed. There is no particular deadline to sign up for housing; however students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid being placed on a waiting list for Housing.

Students who are participating in the Housing Plan of the Florida Prepaid Program should submit materials no later than May 1 st. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Can I cancel my Housing Contract?

Once signed and returned, the Housing Contract represents a legal, binding document for the duration of the academic year.  For specific cancellation information, refer to the cancellation paragraphs of the Housing Contract. http://www.fau.edu/housing/ 

When are my Housing fees due?

A $200 check or money order pre-payment is due when you return your signed Housing Contract.  The remainder of the fall payment is due on August 1 st, and the spring payment is due on December 1 st Payment in full must be received in order for the Student to be permitted to reside in his/her assigned space. http://www.fau.edu/housing/   

Will Financial Aid cover my Housing cost?

Many student residents receive financial aid.  These awards are intended to first provide coverage for tuition and student fees.  Any remaining dollars may be applied to University Housing.  However, in order for students to take advantage of financial aid dollars being automatically applied to their Housing charges, three steps must be completed:

  1. Financial aid must first have been awarded
  2. The Student must have signed an acceptance letter for all awards
  3. The acceptance letter must have been returned to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

If the total amount of financial aid awarded to the student DOES exceed tuition and other fees, and if sufficient dollars are available to cover Housing and Dining charges, the remaining dollars may be applied to Housing and Dining charges.

If there is only partial financial aid remaining after tuition and fees have been paid by financial aid, the Student is required to pay in full all remaining Housing and Dining charges not covered by financial aid prior to moving into their assigned space.

If the total amount of financial aid awarded to the student, DOES NOT exceed tuition and other fees, the Student must make payment of all remaining Housing and Dining charges prior to moving into their assigned space.

Students who have pending financial aid awards will be required to pay in full all Housing and Dining fees prior to moving into their assigned space – and then may “reimburse” themselves when financial aid is awarded and distributed during the semester. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

What if I want to change my Housing assignment?

A room transfer freeze period is in effect from the time your initial assignment is made until two weeks into the fall semester.  The Fall Freeze allows us to locate all available spaces and address the students on a waiting list.  You may complete a Room Transfer Request Form - found at the Area Office.  You also need to realize that it probably won't be possible to move to every building at every time of the year, especially at the beginning of the fall semester.  In fact, it may take more than a semester to switch into some buildings. http://www.fau.edu/housing/ 

Can I stay in my room during University holidays and break periods?

All Apartments and Residence Halls may be occupied during the Semester Break (December/January). Students who wish to stay during this period are required to “sign up” at their Area Office to remain on card access through the Winter Break. This is done to provide additional security during this longer break.  There is no extra charge for staying during this break as it is part of the student’s contracted term. Apartments and Residence Halls may be occupied during the Spring Break in March as well.  Students that wish to go home during the break aren’t required to take their belongings with them. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Are there any regulations for having guests in the Residential Halls?

Students are only allowed to have guests of the same sex stay overnight.  The guests are only allowed to stay for three nights in a semester and it must be approved by the roommate. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Who can I talk to if I’m having a problem with my roommate?

If you are having a problem with your roommate or with another member of your suite or apartment, you should talk to your Resident Assistant (RA).  Your RA lives on your floor or assigned area, and is an upper-division student who has been carefully selected and trained to assist you throughout the academic year.  Very often the RA will talk with their supervisors and help resolve your problem, usually with a meeting of all parties involved.  It is important that you maintain an open line of communication with your roommates so that you can talk about problems you may be having.  We expect our residents to treat each other as adults and discuss their differences openly.  That is the first step in resolving differences. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Is there a curfew for those living on campus?

There are no curfews for students on campus.  All doors to the residential halls are closed and locked therefore the student must use his/her OWL card to get access to the building. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Are microwave ovens provided?  What about refrigerators?

In Algonquin, one Microfridge™ unit is provided for every resident.  A Microfridge™ is a specially constructed unit that contains a separate refrigerator, freezer, and microwave; the wiring for this unit has been pre-approved.  No other microwaves or refrigerators are permitted in this residence hall.  http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Residents of Glades Park Towers, Indian River Towers, Heritage Park Towers, and University Village Apartments may bring a small refrigerator and/or microwave.  Refrigerators should be 3.6 cubic feet or smaller and should have a maximum of 400 watts at 120 volts.  Microwave ovens should be 1.5 cubic feet capacity or smaller and should have a maximum of 1100 watts at 120 volts.  (Remember, each University Village Apartment unit has a full-size refrigerator-freezer.)  http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Do I need to bring my own telephone?

Yes, you do need to provide your own telephone.  You may sign up with Paetec at www.campuslink.paetec.com or call their Customer Service line at 1-800-962-4772. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

If I bring my computer, how can I hook it up to the internet?

Check out our website for specific information regarding how to make internet connections: www.fau.edu/housing/ .  High-speed internet access is provided in all Residence Halls and Apartments as part of their room rate. Students will need to have an Ethernet (NIC) card to access the internet.   http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Can I hook my television up to a cable-TV connection?

Yes.  Currently FAU contracts with Comcast Cable Television for general programming, at no additional cost to you.  No “premium” channels are available. Students will need to bring a cable cord to plug in to their televisions. http://www.fau.edu/housing/

Can I bring a vehicle to campus?

Yes.  You must register your car or motorcycle with FAU Parking Services and purchase an on-campus parking decal.  Check out the web page for information concerning costs and sales of decals at  http://www.fau.edu/admin/traffic/ 

Is FAU planning to expand on the near future?  What’s NEW?
http://www.fau.edu/communications/internal/update/archive/07JulyAug/second.html

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STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Are there scholarships for students with disabilities?

Yes.  You can find information about scholarships that are specifically for students with disabilities on the Office for Students with Disabilities website at http://osd.fau.edu/Scholarships.htm

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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

How do I apply for financial aid?
You can apply for aid on-line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov or you can apply by picking up our financial aid packet, which includes the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the Office of Student Financial Aid. http://www.fau.edu/finaid/  

How long does the FAFSA process take?
Normally about four to six weeks. You should apply as early as possible. (January 2nd through March 1st, prior to the following fall term) Some program funds are limited and awarded on a "first come first served" basis. http://www.fau.edu/finaid/ 

Do you have scholarships available?

  • FAU offers numerous scholarships for incoming freshman and transfer students.  Scholarship applicants must apply to the University and be admitted as degree seeking students before being considered for scholarship awards.  The deadline for submission of your scholarship application is March 1st for the upcoming fall and spring terms.  All Scholarships are for fall and spring terms only.
  • FAU National Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Program : Each year, the FAU National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) presents $10,000 in scholarships to full-time and part-time students from the FAUNAA Endowed Scholarship Fund. Both undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least one semester at FAU may apply for these annual scholarships.  The scholarships are awarded based on academic potential, involvement in civic, professional and educational organizations, and a commitment to becoming an active, participating member of the FAUNAA.  Financial need is a consideration, but not a requirement. 
    http://fauf.fau.edu/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?&pid=1055&srcid=633
  • Named Scholarships
    FAU FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The following scholarships were created by donations from individuals and organizations for students of the College of Business (COB). The FAU Foundation and the Dean's Office administer the scholarships. Some scholarships are made from the interest accrued on endowed funds. Other scholarships are made from fund principal and depend on the donor contributing annually to the fund. This means that not all scholarships are available every semester.

http://www.business.fau.edu/index.php?submenu=donor_opportunities&src=gendocs&link=Named%20Scholarships

  • Civil Engineering Scholarships

http://www.civil.fau.edu/scholarship_list.htm

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UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Honors Opportunities at FAU

Looking for an academic challenge?  Want to meet other talented students? Interested in small seminar classes? FAU is so committed to honors students that it offers two exciting choices – the University Scholars Program on the Boca campus and the Wilkes Honors College on the Jupiter campus.  To learn more click here http://www.fau.edu/admissions/HonorsOptions.php

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STUDENT –ATHLETE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC ADVISING

Does FAU offer Athletic scholarships?

Florida Atlantic University offers scholarships in sports that compete at the NCAA Division I level in the SunBelt Conference.

scholarship information  

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BUSINESS SERVICES

FOOD SERVICES

What is the difference between Flex Bucks and Owl Bucks?

With every meal plan you receive a certain amount of flex bucks.  These flex bucks can be used at any dinning retail area on campus such as the Breezeway Foodcourt, the Center Marketplace, and Outtakes.  Flex Bucks do not roll over to the next semester.  Owl Bucks are used as a debit card at any retail store on campus, whether it’s for dining or buying books.

Is there a meal plan available to commuter students?

Yes. https://secure.fau.edu/mealplans/student.aspx

If I don’t use all my meals in one week, do they carry over into the next week?

Meals do not carry over from week to week.  When choosing your meal plan make sure you choose the one that best suits your eating patterns. https://secure.fau.edu/mealplans/student.aspx

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ORIENTATION

What is Orientation?

New Student Orientation prepares you for a successful start to your academic career and exciting new experiences at Florida Atlantic University. By attending the FAU Orientation program, you will learn about unique requirements and services that are available as we welcome you to the FAU family. It is a time to meet new students as well as learn from current students, faculty and administrators. Find out what it’s really like at FAU and what you need to succeed!

Who should attend Orientation?

Freshman: If you expect to have between 0 and 29 college semester hours completed when you enroll at FAU, you must attend the Freshman Orientation 2-day program at the Boca Raton campus!

Transfer Students:  

All students are encouraged to bring their receipt of fulfillment from the Reservation/Pay site with them to Orientation.

Procedure for Walk-in Students

Walk-in students are accepted at orientations if the orientation session is not closed. Walk-in students will be required to register and pay for Orientation prior to being accepted into the Orientation program. Payment is only accepted on-line by credit card or webcheck.  Students should bring either of the two forms of payment to Orientation. The Reservation/Pay site will be available for walk-in students on the day of the Orientation. If the session is closed, walk-in students may not be accepted. 

As a new degree-seeking student at Florida Atlantic University, you must attend a New Student Orientation as outlined below.

If you expect to have between 30 and 59 college semester hours completed when you enroll at FAU, you must attend the Transfer Orientation program at the Boca Raton campus!

If you expect to have 60 or more college semester hours completed when you enroll at FAU, you must attend the Transfer Orientation program at the campus where you intend to take the majority of your courses. Please make sure that your major is offered at the campus you plan to attend.

            You are also eligible to take the Orientation Online!

Orientation is a MANDATORY program for all students. We have made every attempt   to accommodate the varied needs of FAU’s student body. If you look at the Orientation schedule, we provide several Orientations in late afternoon/evenings for our students who work during the day. Even if you have to hire a babysitter, leave work early or take a day off to attend Orientation, you will discover that the quality program that you receive makes attending worth your while.

We also offer a virtual (on-line) orientation. Learn about FAU from the comfort and convenience of your own home. If you are interested in the virtual orientation please visit our website at www.fau.edu/orientation for more information. Participating in the virtual orientation will satisfy the mandatory orientation requirement.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

How do I make a reservation for Orientation?

When making your reservation request, please keep the following in mind:

1. Reservations for Orientation may be made online at www.fau.edu/orientation.

2. Sign up for Orientation early – sessions may fill prior to the stated program deadlines. All reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please refer to your respective website for more information.

3. Check the Orientation Reservation deadlines. Reservation requests must be received on time in order to best prepare for your visit!

4. Reservation confirmations will be emailed approximately one week after we receive your reservation request. If you do not receive a confirmation via email, please call the Orientation Office at (561) 297-2733 before making any travel arrangements.

What should I wear?

Casual attire is appropriate for orientation. Remember to bring a sweater in case the rooms are cool and an umbrella in case it rains. Wear comfortable shoes, since the program typically involves a lot of walking.

What will I learn at Orientation and what are the benefits?

  • Learn about academic policies and expectations
  • Receive academic advisement and register for classes as long as you have resolved any administrative holds
  • Meet current students who will share their experiences and guide you through the program
  • Find out about the University’s many services and resources
  • Experience the campus community – what it’s like to be a Fighting Owl!

What if I work?

Freshman Students:

For all incoming freshmen, Orientation is a MANDATORY two-day program.   Please make appropriate accommodations so you can attend the complete Orientation program.

What are the costs?

Freshman Students:

If you are bringing a parent/guardian or guest with you to the Orientation program, there is a $40 charge per person for Summer and a $50 charge for Fall.  This fee includes special materials for parents, as well as meals*.  This fee does not need to be included with your reservation form.

For Freshman students the fee is $75. If you are attending one of the select orientations where on campus housing is available, please see the Housing section for pricing and more information. 

All fees (tuition, books, food service, etc.) must be paid separately. Therefore, we advise that you bring several checks to Orientation. The tuition payment deadline is the end of the first week of classes. Credit cards are accepted for tuition payment at our on-campus kiosks, and via the web with web check at http://myfau.fau.edu. Fee payment deadlines are listed above in the "What should I bring with me?" section of FAQs

You may also want to bring along a few dollars to grab a bite to eat or to purchase an FAU t-shirt in the bookstore!  Meals will be provided*.

*Breakfast and Lunch will not be provided on the second day of Orientation.

Transfer Students Orientation Fees:

Transfer students charges are $35 for summer students and $45 for Fall students.

All fees (tuition, books, food service, etc.) must be paid separately. Therefore, we advise that you bring several checks to Orientation. The tuition payment deadline is the end of the first week of classes. Credit cards are accepted for tuition payment at our on-campus kiosks, and on the web with web check at http://myfau.fau.edu.  Fee payment deadlines are listed above in the "What should I bring with me?" section of FAQs.

You may also want to bring along a few dollars to grab a bite to eat or to purchase an FAU t-shirt in the bookstore!

ORIENTATION GUESTS

Can my parents/guardians attend with me?

Your parents/guardians are welcome to attend Student Orientation. Our program is designed to help your guests become familiar with the campus and its resources, as well as gain insight into the kinds of adjustments new students will face during the college years.

Freshman Parents/Guardians/Guests Only:

Parents/guardians or guests coming to Orientation with incoming students please know, there is a $40 charge per person for Summer students and a $50 charge for Fall students.  This fee includes special materials for parents, as well as meals*.  This fee does not need to be included with your reservation form.

Parents/Guardians are also invited to stay in University housing during the select Orientations to allow them to experience an essential part of your new collegiate life.

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TRAVELING DIRECTIONS BY CAMPUS

How do I get there?

Boca Raton Campus: The Boca Raton Campus is located at 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431. From I-95 exit Glades Road (exit 45) and travel east approximately 1 mile. The campus is on the left side of the street. From the Florida Turnpike, exit at Boca Raton (Glades Road exit #75), turn east and proceed approximately 5 miles to the FAU entrance on the left side of the street.

The Orientation will take place in the Student Union. Signs will be displayed at all University entrances to direct you to the Student Union and parking areas. All Orientation guests must park in Lot 16 on the west side of the Student Union.

Davie Campus: The Davie Campus is located at 2912 College Avenue, Davie Florida 33314. From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike exit at I-595 and proceed west to Davie Road. Turn south (left turn) on to Davie Road to Nova Drive and make a right. Make a left onto College Avenue and FAU will be approximately ½ mile on the left. Orientation check-in is in the Liberal Arts Building.

John D. MacArthur Campus (Jupiter):  The John D. MacArthur Campus is located at 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter FL 33458. From I-95 exit Donald Ross Road (exit 83) and travel east approximately ½ mile to Parkside Drive and turn left. The campus is on the right. From the Florida Turnpike, exit at Palm Beach Gardens to I-95. Head north on I-95 one exit to the Donald Ross Road exit. Follow above directions from Donald Ross Road. Orientation check-in is at the MAC Lobby.

Fort Lauderdale Tower :  The Fort Lauderdale Tower is located at 220 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. From I-95 exit Broward Boulevard. Go east to Andrews Avenue and make a right. Turn left onto Las Olas Blvd. and FAU campus is on your left. Orientation check-in is in the HEC Building.

Refer to your confirmation email for the specific location of your Orientation session.


Where are some places my family can stay when they visit? Area hotels?

The following hotels are listed from the closest to the furthest proximity.  The range is between 0.8mi/1.4 km to 1.7mi/2.8km

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TRANSPORTATION

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OWL CARD

What do I need to get a student ID card?
To obtain your OWL CARD, on the Boca Raton campus, please go to the OWL CARD Center , located in the Student Union Bldg 31, Room 128. The OWL CARD Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM.  You will need to present a picture ID (either your drivers license, military ID or passport), a current tuition fee paid slip or proof of financial aid, loan or scholarship. http://www.fau.edu/business-services/owl_card.php

What should I bring with me?  

  • A driver’s license or photo ID to get your OwlCard (FAU ID)
  • Several checks to pay your other costs in advance if you choose to do so. Fees for tuition, food service, OwlCard debit program (for computer labs, washers/dryers, copiers, and vending), etc. must be paid separately. Credit cards are accepted for tuition, the bookstore and for food services. Tuition is due at the end of the first week of classes: 

A list of questions that you would like answers to during Orientation. Enthusiasm and excitement about becoming part of FAU!

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STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

Is there a nurse or doctor on campus during the daytime hours?

Yes.  The Student Health Services has licensed staff which provides medical, women’s and dental health services for students. www. shs.fau.edu

The cost of service is $5.

Dentist $10.

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IMMUNIZATIONS

Immunization hold – All new FAU students will have an immunization hold. Prior to registration all students must submit a completed FAU Immunization Form. All students born after 1956 must also submit documented proof of immunity to Measles and Rubella. Students that will be living on campus must also provide proof of immunization for Hepatitis B and Meningococcal Meningitis. Please contact Student Health Services at (561) 297-0049 if you have any questions regarding immunization requirements, or check out information about the immunization policy on the web at: www.shs.fau.edu

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COUNSELING CENTER

Is there any type of service that helps students deal with academic and emotional difficulties?
Counseling Services are provided at no charge, for all Florida Atlantic University credit bearing students. Our office will arrange for students to meet with a counselor. In most cases, they will be given an appointment within a week. In an emergency, they can be seen immediately.  One of its services is to help students with academic and emotional difficulties. www.fau.edu/student/counsel/

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FAU PHARMACY

Is there over the counter medication available to students?

Yes, students can get over-the-counter products from our pharmacy. www. shs.fau.edu

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ACADEMICS SUPPORT SERVICES/OTHER STUDENT SUPPORT

REGISTRAR’S OFFICE

Is FAU on Semesters or Quarters?

Semesters: Fall (August – December), Spring (January - May), Summer (May - August). http://www.fau.edu/registrar/

Does FAU offer online classes?

Yes, it does.  A student can complete his/her whole degree online. http://www.fau.edu/registrar/

Does FAU recognize superior academic performance?

Yes.  The President’s list recognizes all students with at least 12 hours of graded course work and a 4.0 GPA.  The Dean’s list recognizes students within a student’s academic college with at least 12 hours of completed course work, 3.0 GPA, and rank in the top 10% of students enrolled in that particular academic college. http://www.fau.edu/registrar/

What are the class sizes at FAU?

Freshman and sophomore classes are usually no more than 50.  Junior classes average 35 students.  Senior classes average 25 students. http://www.fau.edu/registrar/

How can I drop a class?
The end of the first week of classes is the last day for adding/dropping courses and changing sections (see Academic Schedules for details). Adding or dropping courses or changing sections is done in Self-Service through MyFAU.

If a student drops or withdraws from a course during the second to eighth week of classes, the student will receive a grade of “W” on the transcript and will be fee-liable for the course. The student may use Self-Service during this period to drop or withdraw from a course. Beyond the eighth week of classes, drops or withdrawals from courses can only be arranged in person at the Office of the Registrar. After the eighth week of classes, a drop or withdrawal incurs an “F” on the student’s transcript and the student is still fee-liable. FAU’s Exceptional Circumstance Withdrawal and other relevant policy details are in the Academic Policies section of the University Catalog. http://www.fau.edu/registrar/

Where can I get a catalog?

Go to FAU’s home page and click on Academics on the left panel. http://www.fau.edu/registrar/


How many classes or credits do you need to be considered a full time student?

Undergraduate student: 12 credits

Graduate student: 9 credits http://www.fau.edu/registrar/

What must I do before I can register for classes?
If you are seeking a degree. First, you must be admitted to the University as an FAU student. If you need to apply to the University, contact the Admissions Office . Second, consider applying for

Financial Aid. Third, freshmen must attend Orientation. Then, you can register online using FAU Self-Service which is accessible from MyFAU. www.fau.edu/ registrar/

If you are not seeking a degree, you must first complete the Non-Degree Enrollment Form. For more information, read through the non-degree registration questions and visit the Non-Degree Registration Home Page. www.fau.edu/ registrar/

How can I participate in High School Dual Enrollment?
Through an articulation agreement with the county school systems, students attending a public high school in FAU's service area may enroll in college courses that do not duplicate existing high school academic work. Registration for these courses is on a space available basis. Tuition and book fees for students participating in this program are waived, however, it is the student's responsibility to comply with the following policies and procedures: students must provide immunization and residency information as required by the State of Florida, and they are also accountable for fees associated with securing a parking decal and a photo ID. Failure to pay these fees within two weeks of the start of the semester may result in the student's cancellation from the class(es). Should this occur the student will be assessed a $100.00 reinstatement fee for which he or she is personally liable. Fees should be paid directly to the Cashier's Office.

For additional information, interested students should contact their high school guidance office or the Office of the Registrar, Ms. Demarus Johnson at (561) 297-2009. www.fau.edu/ registrar/

How do I declare my residency for tuition purposes?
All applicants must complete the Residency Reclassification Form for tuition purposes and submit the required documentation, regardless of the duration of their presence in Florida. Incomplete, unsigned or undocumented forms will result in the temporary classification of "non-resident" status until the documentation has been provided, reviewed, and approved by the Office of Admissions.

Enrolled students who are classified as non-Florida residents for tuition purposes and who, after reading the Florida student definition and the determination of resident status for tuition purposes, respectively, in the Florida Administrative Code, 6C-7.005 and Florida Statute 1009.21, believe that they may qualify for in-state tuition, may submit a Request for Residency Reclassification. Forms are available from the Office of the Registrar and must be submitted to that office by the deadline published in the Academic Calendar. Supporting documentation is required to substantiate residency for tuition purposes. Merely submitting documentation for Florida residency classification does not guarantee Florida residency status.

To appeal a residency determination, a student must submit a Residency Classification Appeal form to the Residency Appeals Committee through the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of registration for the term for which the reclassification is requested. The Residency Appeals Committee decision constitutes a "final agency determination". Further appeals are available only through judicial review as defined in section 120.68 of the Florida statutes. www.fau.edu/ registrar/

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MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

Are tutors available if students need help academically?

Yes.  Tutors are available through the Office of Multicultural Affairs http://www.fau.edu/oma/

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UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE AND WRITING

Who are the writing tutors?

Services are provided by nationally certified FAU graduate assistants and peer consultants. http://www.fau.edu/UCEW/

Writing tutors are available at the University Center for Excellence in Writing. http://www.fau.edu/UCEW/

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FAU POLICE DEPARTMENT

CAMPUS SAFETY

What sources are used to protect the University?

We have FAU Police officers and Community Service Officers (CSO) patrolling the campus 24 hours a day.  We also have blue lights on campus, where if a student feels threatened while walking to a particular destination, he/she can push the button and it’s linked to the FAU police station.  Moreover, we have Night Owls, a transportation service that students can call at night to take a student to any destination on campus.  Residential Halls have owl card access, which restricts outsiders to walk in at any time of the night. http://www.fau.edu/police/

To find out more on the Crisis Action Guide, please visit this site: http://www.fau.edu/facilities/ehs/CAG0809/CrisisActionGuide-7-28-08.pdf

Reverse 911

FAU ALERT

  • E-mail: E-mails anyone with FAU issued e-mail address
    KEY: Announcement
  • Sirens: Used for instant notification of grounds. Tone and voice capable.
    Key: Wail
  • Internet: FAU Homepage. Dedicated Emergency Info page
    Key: Emergency Alert/Info
  • Media: University issues updates to media. Television, radio, internet.
    Key: Emergency alert or Info/Breaking News
  • Text Message: Sends message to any text capable devices. Cell phone, blackberry, pager, etc.
    Key: 69310
  • MyFAU: Web portal available to current students and active employees. Emergency information located on main login page.
  • Voicemail: Calls any FAU landline telephone.
    Key: 561-297-3000
  • Call Out: Calls all telephones – landlines & cellular.
    Key: 561-297-3000
  • Hotlines: Dedicated emergency hotlines per campus with updated information
    Key Campus #s:

      Boca: 561-297-2020

      Jupiter: 561-799-8020

      Broward: 954-236-1800

    

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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT & LEADERSH IP

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

What kinds of activities take place on campus?

There are many different things to do on campus at any time of the day.  FAU has a list of activities in its Program Board ( www.fau.edu/sil ) calendar.  Events may include comedy shows, CarnivOWL, foam parties, balcony parties, movie on the lawn, and probate shows.  Each residential hall has also different events every week for students.

STUDENT CLUBS, HONOR SOCIETIES, CHORAL GROUPS, MARCHING BAND, CONCERT BAND, MUSIC ENSEMBLES, STUDENT RUN FILM SOCIETY, LITERARY MAGAZINE, PROWLERS; PEP BAND; YEARBOOK; ARMY/NAVY/AIR FORCE ROTC; Fraternity & Sorority Life

FAU’s clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities (Fraternity & Sorority Life) have event all year long where students can participate. (200+ clubs/organizations)

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Student Government: Executive branch, Judicial branch, Legislative branch (House of Representatives), University Press, Owl Radio, Owl TV. http://www.fau.edu/sga/

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CAMPUS RECREATION

If I do not want to play sports at the varsity level are there intramural sports I can get involved in?

Yes, there are many intramural sports you can get involved in such as:

  • Flag Football League
  • Tennis Tournament
  • Table Tennis Tournament
  • 8 Ball Pool Tournament
  • Soccer League
  • Volleyball League
  • Kickball Tournament
  • 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

For more information about Intramural Sports, contact Kate Quinlan at 561.297.4512 or kquinla3@fau.edu

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CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (VOLUNTEER CENTER)

What ways can students get involved in the community through volunteer work?
Students can volunteer through the Center for Civic Engagement & Service.  They have blood drives, Book Drives in partnership with Better World Books, Community Partnership Workshop, Middle Schools Mentoring Program, Monthly Weekend Projects, Service-Learning, Summer Food Service Program, End of Summer Celebration, Volunteer Fair, Volunteer Referral, Holiday Giving Tree, alternative spring break, and so much more. http://www.fauvolunteer.org/

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BOCA RATON

What is located in Boca Raton? Restaurants? Shopping?

There are many places students can go if they are looking for fun off campus, within five to ten minutes from school. 

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER

CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Same Day Advising

Offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 pm – 3 pm.  Career Advisors are available to answer preliminary questions your student may have about choosing a major, resume and cover letter critiques, job search questions or to learn about our upcoming career events.  Your student is also welcome to drop in at Heritage Park Towers (HPT) room 117 every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. for additional same-day advising hours. www.fau.edu/cdc

Career Assessments

Online career assessments include the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), and the Self-Directed Search (SDS).  If your student would like to learn more about their interests, values, skills and abilities in relation to choosing a major and/or career paths, they may schedule an appointment with a career counselor. www.fau.edu/cdc

SLS: 1301 Career & Life Planning 1-credit Course

This is a 1-credit course offered every semester for your student interested in exploring career options, understanding how to make an informed decision about choosing their major as well as getting a head start on the right career path. www.fau.edu/cdc

Choosing a Major Workshop

Whether a student entered FAU with a declared major or undecided, he/she will probably change his/her major at least once before obtaining a degree. With so many possibilities available and a lifetime of work ahead, the Career Development Center encourages students to invest time in planning their academic and career success. This workshop can help with the process and it is being offered. www.fau.edu/cdc


Career Planning Workshops

A variety of workshops are offered including: Resume Writing, Interview Techniques, Job Search Strategies, Salary Negotiation, Choosing a Major, Curriculum Vitae, On-Campus Recruiting Program, Co-op and Internships, & Applying to Graduate School. Visit our online calendar of events for workshop descriptions, times and to R.S.V.P. www.fau.edu/cdc

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIPS

How do I get career experience?

Interfase: Check out the CDC’s online resume/job posting database with a variety of features. Interfase provides students a link to various career opportunities, including job databases, on-campus interviewing, company information sessions, career events, co-op and internship opportunities, mentor profiles for informational interviewing and much more. Visit www.myinterfase.com/fau/student and click on the link for “First-Time Student” tutorial.

Co-op & Internship Programs

Co-op and Internships are defined as career-related experiences that enhance a student's marketability upon graduation. They may be full time or part time and offered for elective credit upon receiving departmental faculty approval. www.fau.edu/cdc
Career Day Job Fairs

Each fall and spring, employers attend the Career Day for the opportunity to meet numerous candidates, establish a campus presence, and develop student recognition of organizations. For students, Career Days offer the opportunity to learn more about various careers, potential employers and job opportunities. Here are the upcoming events. www.fau.edu/cdc

Resources

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Career Library & Computer Lab.  S top by the Career Development Center on your campus today!  www.fau.edu/cdc

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UNITED CAMPUS MINISTRIES

United Campus Ministry (UCM) exists at Florida Atlantic University for the purpose of assisting the University in its mission of educating the whole person.  UCM seeks to create an atmosphere in which individuals at the university are engaged in the active pursuit of intellectual and spiritual truths.  It seeks to enhance the quality of community and individual life on and offcampus by being available to provide necessary services.  UCM also provides a structure for coordinating respective ministries on the FAU campuses.

http://www.science.fau.edu/chemistry/mdj/ucm/ucmcurrent.htm

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BOOKSTORE

What is the average cost of books?

Books and Supplies are $748. http://www.fau.edu/universitycatalog/pdf_revisions/CombFinancialAid.pdf

When is a good time to purchase my books?

A week before classes begin. http://fau.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBHomePage?storeId=23051&catalogId=10001&langId=-1

Where can I buy my books?

FAU’s Bookstore. http://fau.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBHomePage?storeId=23051&catalogId=10001&langId=-1

What are the typical bookstore hours?

Monday 8:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED

http://fau.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBHomePage?storeId=23051&catalogId=10001&langId=-1

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DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

STUDENT DISCIPLINARY INCIDENT COMPLAINT FORM ON-LINE

Grievances

Academic irregularities frustrate the efforts of the faculty and serious students to meet university goals. Since faculty, students and staff have a stake in these goals; the responsibility of all is to discourage academic irregularities by preventative measures and by insuring that appropriate action is taken when irregularities are discovered. Thus, FAU has an honor code requiring a faculty member, student or staff member to notify an instructor when there is reason to believe an academic irregularity is occurring in a course. The instructor's duty is to pursue any reasonable allegation, taking action, as described below, where appropriate.

http://courses.science.fau.edu/~rjordan/irreg.htm

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TRAFFIC AND PARKING

What is the parking fee per semester?

$60 for Fall/Spring semester

$25 for Summer

www.fau.edu/ parking/

How and where can I get a parking decal?

Complete the application on line at  www.fau.edu/ parking/

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