Admissions Requirements

Admission to FAU is selective and is based on high school GPA, grades in academic core courses, course selection, college readiness in math, writing and reading, class rank, and having a standardized test score. In some cases FAU also considers special talents through audition, portfolio, or tryout.

Student Profile 2022-23

Middle 50% of Admitted Freshmen

  Summer Fall
GPA* 3.23-3.81 3.73-4.33
SAT 1000-1120 1100-1270
ACT 20-24 23-29

* recalculated GPA based on academic core courses

When first-year/freshman students apply for admission they are considered for all enrollment pathways.

ACT/SAT Information  

Requiring an ACT or SAT test score for admissions consideration is not an institutional choice. 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 or SAT test score.

Required High School Units

The following units of study in high school are minimally required to be considered for admission to FAU. These are also the only courses that are calculated in the grade point average (GPA) used to determine admissions eligibility:

  • English (3 with substantial composition): 4 units
  • Mathematics (Algebra 1 level and above): 4 units
  • Natural Science (2 with lab): 3 units
  • Social Science: 3 units
  • Foreign Language (of the same language): 2 units
  • Academic Electives: 2 units

Total: 18 units

If you are currently taking or have taken courses that are clearly marked as Honors, Advanced, Gifted, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate, additional weight will be given for these courses. If you would like to read more about the courses that will count towards your degree visit our Exam Credit page.


High School Students Earning an AA Degree

Applicants who graduate from high school and receive an AA degree at the same time should apply as first-year students, not as transfer students. Applicants should meet the first-year admissions requirements and the requirements for their desired major.  

Students who earned an AA degree while in high school should submit a final official transcript from their AA degree-granting institution showing that the AA degree was earned before attending orientation. The final official transcript must show that the AA degree was earned and the date the degree was earned.  

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who are not selected for their chosen term of entry may appeal the admissions decision through the Faculty Committee on Student Admission.

Home Education Students

Students completing a home education program according to section 1002.41, Florida Statutes, meet this minimum admission requirement; however, Florida Atlantic may request additional documentation to demonstrate college readiness.

Students applying for admission who have participated in a non-traditional high school program must present credentials determined to be equivalent to a standard high school diploma and high school transcript. (Home Education Credential form download and an example document for your reference). 

An applicant whose high school educational program is not measured in Carnegie Units must present a combined test score of a minimum of 1060 on the SAT after March 2016 (1450 on the SAT prior to March 2016) or a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT to be considered for admission to FAU. Meeting the minimum scores does not guarantee admission to the fall term. Students will be considered for all Admission Pathways based on the assessment scores.

GED Students

Applicants presenting a GED must present official GED results and official transcripts or any partial high school completion. Applicants with a GED from any state must achieve a total battery score of 600, with no sub score lower than 150 and a minimum test score of 1090 SAT after March 2016 (1490 on the SAT prior to March 2016) or a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT.

Additional Admission Requirements

Freshman applicants should be aware that additional requirements are necessary for the following majors:

College of Arts and Letters

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

All other Colleges and majors, except for those described above, fall under the Undergraduate Admissions standard requirements for admission and do not require a supplemental application.