FAQ - Freshmen

freshmen

When is the application deadline?
Deadlines vary based on term of entry. View application deadlines.
I have earned several college credits already. Should I apply as a first-year or transfer student?

If you have obtained your college credits (including an AA) while in high school through AP, AICE, IB, or Dual Enrollment, you should apply as an incoming first-year student.

If you are accepted, you will be placed in the appropriate courses. If you have completed 12 or more college credits after graduating from high school, you should apply as a transfer student. 

Does Florida Atlantic accept the Common App?

Yes. First-time-in-college (freshman) students may apply via the Common App or the FAU Online Application

However, students interested in applying for Spring entry term may  only apply via the FAU Application . Students cannot utilize the Common App to apply for Spring ent ry .  

Students interested in applying to Florida Atlantic's Wilkes Honors College should apply directly via the Wilkes Honors College Common App.  

Students should only submit one application for admission to Florida Atlantic. 

View the steps to apply.

Do you offer Early Action or Early Decision?
Florida Atlantic does not offer Early Action or Early Decision. We do have a priority deadline of November 1.
When can I apply to Florida Atlantic?
You can apply to Florida Atlantic starting on August 1 before your 12th grade year.  
How do I indicate that I am interested in double majoring and/or adding a minor?
You can only select one major on your application. If you are accepted to Florida Atlantic and would like to add another major and/or a minor, you can speak with an Academic Advisor during your onboarding process about the possibility of adding another major and/or a minor  
Can I send in my letters of recommendation and personal statement as part of my application?
Florida Atlantic does not require an essay, personal statement, letter of recommendation, or resume for evaluation purposes.

If you wish to
submit  supplemental information, you can sent the documents to
admissions@fau.edu . However, there is no guarantee that this information will be used in the evaluation process .       
What majors do you offer?
Is Florida Atlantic test optional?
Florida Atlantic University, along with Florida's 11 other public universities, is subject to Florida Board of Governors admissions regulation 6.002, which requires first-year students seeking admission to submit an ACT, CLT, or SAT test score.
What is Florida Atlantic's FAFSA code?
Florida Atlantic's FAFSA code is 001481.
When will I receive an admissions decision?

Decisions for first-year applicants for summer and fall terms are expected to be released beginning in October and will continue on a rolling basis through May 1.

Students who complete their application by the November 1 priority application deadline will be considered for all pathways.

If I’m not admitted as a freshman, is there any other way to attend Florida Atlantic in the future?

Yes. If you’re not admitted as a freshman, attending Florida Atlantic is still possible through our two transfer pathways:  

Link2FAU. This innovative program allows you to earn your AA degree at one of our partner state colleges, then receive guaranteed admission* to Florida Atlantic to continue your bachelor’s.  

Direct Transfer Partnership with Verto Education. This program allows you to begin your college journey by studying abroad. Upon fulfilling the program’s minimum requirements, students receive guaranteed admission* to Florida Atlantic.  

*Guaranteed and priority admission based on meeting FAU transfer admissions requirements

Are freshmen required to live on campus?

Students on our main Boca Raton campus are not required to live on campus.  

However, students at our Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter are required to live on campus for their first two years. Learn more about student housing in Jupiter.

I am interested in living on campus. How do I apply for housing?

To learn more about living on our main campus in Boca Raton, please visit FAU Housing.  

To learn more about living on our Jupiter campus as a Wilkes Honors College student, visit FAU Jupiter Housing.

What is the difference between Explore FAU and Choose FAU?

Explore FAU is a campus-wide event welcoming all prospective students – high school juniors, seniors, transfer students, and their families – to tour our Boca Raton campus and learn more about Owl life. Explore FAU events are held in both the Fall and Spring.

Choose FAU is a campus-wide event exclusively for admitted students and their families. Choose FAU is not the same as new student orientation –rather, it's an optional opportunity for admitted students to visit campus and learn more about our academic programs, student organizations, and support services. Choose events are held each February and March.

The Wilkes Honors College on our Jupiter campus also hosts prospective student tours and admitted student events.

I already have college credits. Should I apply as a first-year or transfer student?
If you have obtained your college credits (including an AA) while in high school through AP, AICE, IB, or Dual Enrollment, you should apply as an incoming first-year student. If you are accepted, you will be placed in the appropriate courses .

If you have completed 12 or more college credits
after graduating from high school, you should apply as a transfer student.  
How do dual enrollment credits work? Do these credits affect my FAU GPA?
Dual enrollment courses will be calculated into your overall FAU GPA. Once your courses are complete, please have your official college transcripts sent to the Florida Atlantic Office of Undergraduate Admissions. View instructions on how to submit transcripts.
How can I obtain college credit for my AP/AICE/IB credits?

Visit our Exam Credit page for detailed instructions on how to submit your scores for exam credit. 

How do I apply for scholarships?

All first-year students who submit a completed application by January 15 will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.  

Students can also apply for additional internal and external scholarships, which may require supplemental materials. Learn more about scholarships.  

Note: all FAU-specific scholarships require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

What is the difference between the Wilkes Honors College and the Florida Atlantic Boca Campus?

The Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic is a highly selective, all-honors college located on our Jupiter campus. Wilkes Honors College students benefit from an average class size of 16 students, personal attention from faculty, and exceptional opportunities for experiential learning and research. Many students participate in internships at the world-renowned scientific institutes on the Jupiter campus, including the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute.   

The Boca Raton campus is Florida Atlantic’s main campus, which provides a dynamic learning environment for more than 70% of our 30,000 students. Located just 1.8 miles from the beach, this campus features everything you’d expect from a modern university: suite-style housing, Division 1 athletics, brand-new recreational facilities, and more. High-achieving students on the Boca Raton campus are invited to join the University Honors Program, which offers advanced Honors seminars, small class sizes, and special advising and registration.  

Does Florida Atlantic offer accelerated B.S./M.D. programs?

Yes. Florida Atlantic offers programs that allow outstanding students the opportunity to achieve their B.S. and M.D. degrees in 7-8 years. Students admitted into these highly selective programs will be offered conditional admission* to the Schmidt College of Medicine provided they maintain the required program standards. 

Programs are available at both our main Boca Raton campus (Med Direct) as well as our Wilkes Honors College campus (Wilkes Medical Scholars). Learn more about these dual degree programs.

*upon completion of program requirements

How can parents stay involved with Florida Atlantic?
FAU’s Office of Family Engagement encourages families to support and participate in their student’s college experience. From Owl Family Weekend activities to Family Orientation, we invite parents to become part of our community of Owls.