Admission Requirements

Required High School Units

The following units of study in high school are 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 (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) or International Baccalaureate (IB), 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. Students must send official exam scores to FAU upon completion of testing. Exam results are usually needed for course pre-requisites and course placement.

FAU, along with the 11 public universities in Florida are required to have an ACT/SAT score to make an admissions decision per Florida Board of Governors regulation 6.002.  We will continue to accept applications and make admissions decisions once a student can submit their score, and re-evaluate as new academic information is added to student files.

January 14, 2022 is the priority date for merit scholarship consideration. All students who submit a COMPLETE application by January 14 will be considered for admission and merit scholarships. A complete application includes: a submitted application for admission, an application fee or fee waiver, an SSAR and an SAT/ACT score. Students can check their admissions status to determine if their application is complete.

Student Profile 2021-2022

Middle 50% of Admitted Freshmen


  • FALL: 3.73 - 4.33
  • SUMMER: 3.23 - 3.81


  • FALL: 1100-1270
  • SUMMER: 1000-1120


  • FALL: 23-29
  • SUMMER: 19-24

In addition to this profile, FAU offers several enrollment pathways for new first year students. 

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:

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Fall 2022

To be considered for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Direct Admit track, the College of Nursing will offer two application deadlines which are December 4th  and  February 15th. If students submit late or incomplete applications for the 12/4 deadline, they will subsequently have until 2/15 to submit all required documents to be considered for the Freshmen Direct Admit track. All decisions are typically rendered by late March.

When students apply for admission they will be asked for a second choice major. If an applicant does not meet the requirements for the College of Nursing they will be considered for their 2nd choice if they meet FAU admissions requirements. The only way to earn a BSN is to enter FAU in the Freshman Direct-Admit Track. Students cannot change their major after offered admission in another academic program. Students cannot get into the College of Nursing later in their FAU career, there is no upper-division option. If a student is not admitted into the Freshman Direct-Admit Track there is no other way to study Nursing at FAU.

For additional information regarding application steps, please go to  and click on Freshman Direct Admit. Admission to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s BSN Program is determined by the College.

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

If you would like to be considered for admission to the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, please apply for admission using the Common Application. Students should only submit one application for admissions to FAU. Students who are not admitted to the Wilkes Honors College will automatically be considered for admission to the FAU Boca Raton campus.

School of Architecture

Freshman applicants should select pre-architecture on their application for admission. Students will automatically be considered for direct entry into the lower division architecture program. The program is limited and selective. Priority deadline for consideration is January 31. The program requires students to, at the minimum, be prepared for the rigors of college algebra (MAC 1105) in their first semester. 

Students who are considering dual enrollment (while in high school), and are intersted in pursuing an architecture degree at FAU, are encouraged to prepare for this program with the following courses: 

  • ENC 1101, 1102
  • MAC 1105
  • ARC 1301, 1302 

Please note that there is another admission review process upon completion of your first two years in the lower-division pre professional architecture program on the Boca Raton Campus, and prior to entering the accredited professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program, which is offered in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

College of Engineering and Computer Science

The College is competitve and selective. Foundational coursework in mathematics is key to success in engineering and computer science. The following high school courses are strongly recommended to prepare for the rigors of our programs:

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Precalculus / Trigonometry
  • Calculus 1 / AP Calculus 

The following courses are not recommended for a degree in engineering or computer science:

  • Statistics
  • Math for College Readiness
  • Financial Algebra

Pre-engineering students who are not yet prepared for college calculus and who demonstrate a capacity to be successful in college level coursework will be considered for the Engineering Bridge Program

College of Science

A student's overall academic GPA and performance in math courses are factors that weigh heavily in the admissions decision. To be best prepared for any major in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, foundational course work in the following areas are strongly encouraged:

Math Courses

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Precalculus / Trigonometry
  • Calculus 1 / AP Calculus 
  • AP, AICE and/or IB math

Science Courses

  • Biology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • AP, AICE and/or IB science

School of Communication and Multimedia Studies

If you would like to be considered for admission into the B.A. major in Communication Studies or B.A. major in Multimedia Studies, you will need to meet specific requirements to enter into the major. To review the requirements for the B.A. major in Communication Studies visit: To review the requirements for the B.A. major in Multimedia Studies visit:

Music Majors

Students interested in the music program are required to audition before an admissions decision will be made. To view specific audition requirements for instrument or voice, visit: /artsandletters/music/auditions/. To schedule your audition send us an email at and tell us your instrument and the degree you are interested in.

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.