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.


Earning an AA with High School Diploma (Dual Enrollment)

High School students earning both the standard high school diploma and an associate in arts (A.A.) degree through dual enrollment from a Florida College System or State University System institution and who do not meet Freshman admission requirements may be admitted to Florida Atlantic under Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.005.

Students admitted under this regulation will be considered freshmen students for admissions purposes. They must submit a $200 non-refundable deposit to enroll, attend a freshman orientation (S.O.A.R.) session, and be eligible to apply for freshman on-campus housing as long as these steps are completed by stipulated priority dates and deadlines. However, they will not be eligible for any merit scholarships from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Students being considered for admission under FL BOG 6.005 will be required to submit an official Florida College System or State University System transcript for evaluation prior to an admissions offer being made; they must also provide a final official college transcript displaying the A.A. before enrolling at Florida Atlantic.

We recommend students review our academic program prerequisites to ensure you are as prepared as possible for your Florida Atlantic degree plan.

Any freshman student admitted under this regulation must immediately notify the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if they do not intend to receive their degree for any reason. Any freshman student admitted under this regulation who does not receive their A.A. may have their admission revoked.

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.