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 2020-21
Middle 50% of Admitted Freshmen
When first-year/freshman students apply for admission they are considered for all enrollment pathways.
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 admission 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.
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
- Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
- Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
- College of Engineering and Computer Science
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.