FAU PROFILE: Students

FAU’s student population of 28,000 has a national and international flavor, with students from across the country and more than 130 countries studying, living and working together. The University offers one of the most diverse educational environments in the United States — slightly more than half of the population is White, 19 percent are Hispanic, 17 percent are African-American, 5 percent are Asian and 0.3 percent are Native American. Another 3 percent are classified as international.

More than 60 percent of the undergraduate population attends full-time, while undergraduate students total nearly 80 percent of the entire student base at FAU’s seven campuses and sites. Nearly 60 percent of FAU students are female; 41 percent are male. While FAU students hail from across the country and the world, nearly 95 percent are Florida residents. The average age for students attending classes in Fall 2009 is 18 for first-time-in-college students, 24 for all undergraduates and 33 for graduate students. Nearly three-quarters of students take the majority of their classes at the Boca Raton campus, with another 12 percent attending the Davie campus, four percent at FAU Jupiter and two percent each at the Fort Lauderdale and Treasure Coast campuses. Nearly 2,600 students live on FAU’s two campuses that offer housing; Boca Raton hosts 2,322 residents and Jupiter, 274 (all Wilkes Honors College students).

For Fall 2009, more than 27,000 people applied to FAU as first-time-in-college, community college transfers, other undergraduate transfers or graduate students and 14,347 were admitted. More than 6,100 of those are enrolled in the Fall 2009 term. For this fall’s first-year students, the mid-50% range academic statistics for those accepted are high school GPA of 3.2–3.8; SAT Math, Verbal and Writing scores of 1510–1720; and ACT Composite scores of 22–26.

Honors programs include the four-year, residential, liberal arts and sciences Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College located on the Jupiter campus and the University Scholars Program, a two-year honors program available to qualified freshmen on the Boca Raton campus. Some departments offer honors in the major. FAU also offers a freshman summer reading program, the annual freshman convocation and Freshman Learning Communities to build a strong academic community for first-year students.

Academic support services include Academic Learning Communities, Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring (including specific programs for math and engineering), the Student Success Series, the University Center for Excellence in Writing, the Peer Mentoring (Learning Community Liaison) program and Academic Advising for all levels.

The University’s Division of Student Affairs provides programs and support services to promote academic success and total student development, helping students become intellectually engaged and more informed about civic responsibility. Career development, health services, volunteer opportunities, campus recreation, counseling and academic assistance are available. Additionally, Student Government fills more than 50 elected positions every academic year, the Program Board plans events for the entire University community and FAU hosts more than 200 clubs, including:

  • fraternities and sororities

  • personal interest clubs

  • academic organizations

  • service organizations

  • diversity appreciation organizations

  • honor societies

  • spiritual and religious groups

  • sports clubs

According to the most recent data, which measures the 2008 cohort, the retention rate for first-time-in-college students is 79%. The six-year graduation rate, which measures the 2002 cohort, is 39 percent for full-time students.

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