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 2020-21

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


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 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

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.