Admissions Decisions

Students select their preferred term of entry - either fall, summer, or spring - on both the Florida Atlantic and Common App applications. A student needs to only submit one application. Students are then reviewed and considered for the term and program for which they qualify.

The Office of Admissions recalculates all high school grade point averages for applicants based on academic courses in English, Math, Science, Social Sciences, and Foreign Language. Academic electives, strength of schedule, and course rigor (AP, IB, AICE, Dual Enrollment) are all considered as a part of the evaluation process.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with the first decisions released in October. Students who complete their application by the November 1 priority application deadline will be considered for all pathways. 

Fall is our most competitive term for entry. In addition to Fall entry, Florida Atlantic offers a pathway to admission through the following programs:

  • Jump Start - Students begin their studies in the summer (late June – August) for full-time enrollment in the fall.  If they complete the summer successfully, then they progress to the fall term as a full-time student.
  • Academic Success Program - Students are considered for entry in the summer and continue into the fall part-time or begin part-time in the fall. Students who successfully manage their course load will be granted full-time enrollment in the spring.
  • STEM Bridge Program - The STEM Bridge Program is to support students in achieving a successful start with the rigors of college-level coursework in science and math, as these are the classes which lay the groundwork for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students are considered for entry in the summer and continue in the fall part-time, or begin part-time in the fall, and are required to earn a “C” or better in any math or science courses in their first term of enrollment to continue in any of our STEM majors. Students who do not earn the minimum grades will be required to change their major.
  • Spring - Florida Atlantic offers a limited number of students full-time enrollment in the spring. Students can also take advantage of the Florida State College System or the Global Owls Program in the summer/fall before starting their college careers at Florida Atlantic University in the Spring.


Florida Atlantic has experienced a 30% increase in freshman applications over the last year for the combined 4,100 spots in the Summer and Fall 2024 entering class. While demand has risen, space available for incoming first-year students has remained relatively constant. As a result, we have implemented a waitlist. Some qualified applicants are being placed on the waitlist until we can determine, within our rolling admissions process, if spots will remain for them. We anticipate communicating a final decision to these students by May 31. View Waitlist FAQ.


If you were not admitted and still wish to become an Owl, we encourage you to explore Link2FAU. This program provides guaranteed admission * to Florida Atlantic University following the completion of your Associate of Arts degree through one of our partnering state colleges ( Broward College, Indian River State College, Miami Dade College and Palm Beach State College).

A Link2FAU advisor will help you navigate prerequisites for your intended undergraduate program and you will have an opportunity to participate in Florida Atlantic activities. 

If you live outside of the service area for Link2FAU, our transfer admissions counselors can assist you in planning your transfer journey.

Students who have been denied should not reapply for first-year admission. Florida Atlantic will consider an appeal only if new academic or personal information is revealed that was not present in your initial admission application. You can find information about the appeals process here.

*Guaranteed and priority admission based on meeting FAU transfer admissions requirements. Consistent with University policy. Limited access and restricted programs may require additional admissions process.