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Florida Atlantic University, located in Boca Raton in Palm Beach County, boasts, “This isn’t just a campus. It’s a coastline.” FAU offers 28 combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, so students can receive an undergraduate and graduate degree in just five years – at least a full year less than it would normally take. There are approximately 30,000 students, of whom nearly 25,000 are undergraduates. About 57% of undergraduates are female and 43% are male. Two-thirds of undergraduates attend FAU full-time, while the remaining third attends part-time.
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Overview of Florida Atlantic University
The vast majority of students (88%) are in-state residents, with only 11% coming from out-of-state and 1% from foreign countries. Despite the origin of the majority of students, the school still manages to hold onto a level of diversity. Approximately 40% of students are White, 28% Latinx, 20% Black, and 4% Asian. Only one-quarter of undergraduates are age 25 and above.
While just 9% of undergraduate students are enrolled solely in distance education, at least 40% take some classes online. As for graduate students, 26% are enrolled in distance-only learning, with another 20% taking at least some classes online.
Boca Raton is known as one of the wealthiest cities in southern Florida. Students may take advantage of its many parks and beaches, and may find internships and employment at the local major companies including Office Depot, ADT Security Services, and Johnson Controls/Tyco, which have their headquarters here.
|Campus Setting||City: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||21:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||May 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
In a recent academic year, the tuition rate for in-state students was around $4,900. For out-of-state students, the tuition rate is just over $17,300. Additional costs for on-campus room and board are around $12,000. Luckily, 82% of students in recent years received some form of financial aid. Of these, 70% received scholarships or grants, 37% received federal Pell grants, and 35% took out educational loans.
The net price of education, which is the cost the student must still pay after all types of financial aid are applied, was $9,861.
|Average net price||2017-2018|
|Average Total Aid||$10,143|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||81%|
|Room & Board||$11,950|
- Tuition In-State - $4,879
- Tuition Out-of-State - $17,324
- Books and Supplies - $1,248
- Room & Board - $11,950
- Other - $7,382
The Florida Atlantic University student-to-faculty ratio is somewhat high at 21 to 1. The retention rate for full-time students is, however, excellent at 81% percent, an unusually high number. For part-time students, the retention rate is 60% percent, which isn’t bad, and the overall graduation rate is 50%.
When researching schools, you might want to pay attention to some of these metrics. Retention rates are a prime example of an important statistic that can tell you a lot about a school. This metric involves how many first-time students return to the school the following year. A school with a low retention rate may have systemic academic issues or their students may not feel properly supported. Graduation rates involve the number of first-time students obtaining their degree within 150% of the standard program time. This is usually considered six years. A low graduation rate is generally a red alert.
Student Population Total
Student Population 29,772
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||1,245 Total Graduates / 22%|
|Finance, General||256 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||251 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||229 Graduates|
|Management Information Systems, General||104 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||479 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Psychology, General||364 Graduates|
|Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology||115 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||473 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||222 Graduates|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management||184 Graduates|
|Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General||67 Graduates|
|Biological And Biomedical Sciences||430 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||430 Graduates|
|Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||448 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General||448 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||47%|
Outcome & Salary
The average early-career salary for Florida Atlantic University graduates is $49,400 and their mid-career salary is closer to $91,200. When you consider that in comparison to the salaries of those who didn’t attend college and earn a degree, for which the nation average salary is $38,792 annually, you can see that there is definitely worth to be gained in earning a college degree.
The return on investment (ROI) for FAU graduates averages around $510,000 in 10-year salary earnings potential. After 20 years, this increases to $1.422 million. For those who did not attend college, their 10-year projected income is 379,600 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$49,400|
|College Grads Average Salary||$51,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$91,200|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$510,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,422,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$37,944|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$472,056|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,384,056|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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