Florida Atlantic University has seven campuses. The primary location is in Boca Raton. In October of 1964, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson declared Florida Atlantic University officially open. FAU was envisioned as the first of a new breed of American universities that invent new and better ways of making higher education available to those who sought it.
Just as FAU was about to open, Hurricane Cleo swept its way up Florida’s east coast, causing $100,000 in damage to the campus and delaying the start of classes by six days. When the flood waters receded, 867 students arrived at the treeless campus marked by a bent flagpole.
FAU’s most popular majors are Biological Sciences, Elementary Education, Psychology, Accounting, and Criminal Justice. Sports teams are the FAU Owls.
- Known for: The Princeton Review has ranked FAU’s College of Business as one of the best business schools in the country. The field of ocean engineering was pioneered at FAU. Alumni include NASA astronaut Steven Swanson, comedian Carrot Top, Chris Carrabba of the band Dashboard Confessional, and a host of football and Major League Baseball stars.
- Cost: Tuition and fees per credit hour for 2011/2012 – in state $177.63, out-of-state $657.17.
- Class size: Undergrad liberal arts classes average 36 students.
- Student facts: Total enrollment is 29,000. Female to male ratio is 58:42. Minorities represent 46 percent of the student body.
- Fun fact: FAU is the only university in the country to have its own recording label, Hoot/Wisdom, to introduce students to the world of commercial music by producing and releasing their own projects.