Florida Atlantic University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Florida Atlantic University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 59%. The main campus is located in Boca Raton, Florida, and since opening in 1964, Florida Atlantic University has grown to six locations and over 30,000 students. Preprofessional programs, including Education and Business, are most popular among undergraduates. On the athletic front, the FAU Owls compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.

Considering applying to FAU? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Florida Atlantic University had an acceptance rate of 59%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 59 students were admitted, making FAU's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 17,120
Percent Admitted 59%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 31%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Florida Atlantic University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 74% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 630
Math 530 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of FAU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to FAU scored between 550 and 630, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 610, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Florida Atlantic University.

Requirements

FAU does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Florida Atlantic University participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Florida Atlantic University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 27% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 26
Math 19 25
Composite 21 25

This admissions data tells us that most of FAU's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to FAU received a composite ACT score between 21 and 25, while 25% scored above 25 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Florida Atlantic University does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, FAU superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of FAU's incoming freshmen class was 3.99, and nearly 85% of admitted students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Florida Atlantic University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Florida Atlantic University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Florida Atlantic University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Florida Atlantic University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Florida Atlantic University, which accepts over half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, FAU also considers the rigor of your high school courses, not grades alone. AP, IB, and Honors courses receive additional weight in the admissions process. Also, certain programs at FAU (Business, Nursing, Architecture, Engineering, and Music, among others) have additional admissions requirements.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of admitted students had high school averages of "B-" or higher, combined SAT scores of about 1000 or better (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher. Your chances of being admitted improve significantly with grades and test scores a little above these lower ranges.

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