Florida Atlantic University
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|Florida Atlantic University|
|Motto||“Where Tomorrow Begins”|
|President||John W. Kelly|
|Provost||Gary W. Perry|
|Address||777 Glades Road, 33431-0991, Boca Raton, Florida, Florida, U.S.
26.3712°N 80.10166°WCoordinates: 26.3712°N 80.10166°W
850 acres (3.5 km²)
6 other satellite campuses
|Colors||FAU Blue & FAU Red|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – C-USA
19 varsity teams
|Mascot||Owlsley the Owl|
NSGCFP, SACS, SUSF
History of Florida Atlantic University
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.
For a sitting U.S. chief executive to officiate the dedication of a new regional university was most unusual – but, then, FAU was no ordinary institution of higher learning. From its very inception, FAU was envisioned as the first of a new breed of American universities that would quite deliberately throw off the ivy-covered trappings of the tradition-bound world of academe and invent new and better ways of making higher education available to those who sought it.
Indeed, in his dedication remarks, President Johnson said that America had entered an era “when education is no longer only for the sons of the rich, but for all who can qualify.” Speaking on an outdoor stage before a crowd of 15,000, he called for “a new revolution in education” and said that a fully educated American public could vastly enrich life over the next 50 years.
Seated onstage behind the President as he spoke was an array of Florida’s top political VIPs, including Governor Farris Bryant, U.S. Senators Spessard Holland and George Smathers, U.S. Congressmen Claude Pepper and Paul Rogers, and a banker named Thomas F. Fleming, Jr., who, more than anybody else, was responsible for bringing America’s newest public university to Boca Raton.
Points of Pride
1. Florida Atlantic University is serving a record high student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in Southeast Florida. Ten distinguished colleges offer more than 180 degree programs in fields that span the arts and humanities, the sciences, medicine, nursing, accounting, business, education, public administration, social work, architecture, engineering, computer science and more. Academically accomplished students take advantage of honors programs on the Boca Raton campus and the complete, four-year honors curriculum offered by the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College on the Jupiter campus.
2. Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business, with more than 8,600 students, features the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship, which prepares students in business, science, engineering and other disciplines to become entrepreneurs through business ownership or venturing. The College of Business’ AACSB-accredited executive M.B.A. program was recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Business Schools of 2013 report. The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, opened in Fall 2011, has established relationships with several prominent area hospitals that are serving as sites for clerkships, hospital-based electives and residencies.
3. With 49 percent of its student body classified as minority or international students, Florida Atlantic University ranks as the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse institution in Florida’s State University System.
4. Florida Atlantic University students come from all 50 states, every county in Florida and more than 180 countries. Enrichment opportunities include internships, hands-on research and study abroad experiences as well as more than 300 clubs and other campus organizations.