The Role of the Graduate College
The Graduate College is the central point of contact for all graduate admissions at Florida Atlantic University. When a prospective graduate student submits an application online, the Graduate College ensures the student has submitted the application fee, required original transcripts from regionally accredited schools, and official test scores (if required) before referring the student's file to the graduate program. The Graduate College also reviews applicants' answers to the conduct questions on the application to determine if the student is admissible.
After a student's file has been referred, the faculty members in the graduate program evaluate the student's entire application, including letters of recommendation and any other supplemental materials required by the program. Once a decision has been made, the graduate program makes an admission recommendation to the Graduate College via the graduate admission decision form (Form 4). All official admission and denial letters are issued by the Dean of the Graduate College.
Graduate Admissions Training
The process of admitting graduate students is almost entirely paperless. The college and academic units utilize a variety of electronic systems (such as Banner, VIP, Dartboard, and the Graduate Admissions Reviewer Interface) to manage the admissions process from start to finish. It is imperative that all faculty and staff who work with graduate admissions familiarize themselves with these systems in order to efficiently review and admit graduate students.