On a bright October day in 1964, Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States, squinted into the South Florida sun and, in his famous Texas drawl, declared Florida Atlantic University officially open.
Poins of Pride
- FAU provides opportunity and choice for its 28,000 students through more than 170 bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral degree programs.
- Ranked among the most diverse universities in America, FAU has admitted students from all 50 states and more than 180 countries — reflecting the community and the world.
- FAU provides unequaled access to education as the only university with seven campuses located along Florida's southeast coastline.
- FAU's research portfolio provides a foundation for discovery and earns the University "High Research Activity" status from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- FAU offers education and enrichment to 20,000 individuals of retirement age in the nation's largest university-based lifelong learning program.
- FAU is an engine of economic growth with more than 3,000 employees and an economic impact that exceeds $1.15 billion annually.
- FAU maximizes the public's investment in education through collaborations with private organizations such as the Scripps Research Institute, the Max Planck Society, the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Institute and the Smithsonian Marine Station.
- FAU's student-athletes have garnered success in class and in sport, securing more than 20 conference championships while competing in 18 NCAA Division-I sports. In 2007, FAU's football team became the youngest in NCAA history to reach and win a bowl game, and in 2008 the Owls became the youngest team to win back-to-back bowl games.
- U.S. and foreign dignitaries, Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, an astronaut and executives who have served in organizations such as Boeing, eBay, Motorola and the White House are among the more than 107,000 alumni FAU has prepared for success.
- FAU has created a public/private medical education program, which has received full funding by the Florida legislature and is on-track to be self-sustaining. In 2008, the program admitted the charter class of 32 medical students who will complete all four years of their medical education program at FAU. The program will serve 256 students when at full capacity.
- FAU is home to two Florida Centers of Excellence: 1) in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, which is dedicated to expediting the discovery and commercialization of new medicines from the sea; 2) in Ocean Energy Technology, which is exploring methods to harness energy from South Florida's ocean currents.
- FAU established the nation's first ocean engineering degree program in 1965 and now conducts millions of dollars of research annually for the U.S. Navy on autonomous underwater vehicles and other security-related projects.
- FAU's School of Accounting is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the United States for its high pass rate on the national CPA exam.
- FAU's recording label, Hoot/Wisdom, helps students and faculty explore the world of commercial music through the production and release of their own projects.
- FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing maintains the nation's only "Caring Archive," which houses scholarly works that explore the role of caring in nursing education and research.
- Providing an MBA education for place-bound students, FAU's Virtual MBA has been included in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of the nation's 25 best accredited online graduate programs.
- Success magazine named FAU's College of Business as one of America's "Top 50 Business Schools for Entrepreneurs."
- On the forefront of biomedical research and education, FAU's Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences granted the nation's first Ph.D. in complex systems and brain sciences.
- As a testament to excellent teaching training, FAU College of Education alumni have been named "Florida Teacher of the Year" three times.
- FAU's Harriett L. Wilkes Honors College offers a highly competitive, all-honors, liberal arts education at public university tuition rates.
- FAU was Florida's first public university to open a stock exchange trading room simulator where students participate in real-time trading scenarios.
- FAU is home to one of the nation's foremost ocean research centers, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, where FAU scientists, engineers, students and staff focus their efforts on ocean-related innovation, exploration, research, education and conservation.
- College for Design and Social Inquiry
- Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
- Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Engineering and Computer Science
- The Graduate College
- Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
- Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
- Charles E. Schmidt College of Science