Florida Atlantic University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,522
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$9,861
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
5.59%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
63.3%
18,854 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
30,061
62.8% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
52.3%
1,570 Graduates

About

Florida Atlantic University is a higher education institution located in Palm Beach County, FL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Florida Atlantic University were General Interdisciplinary Studies (448 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (431 degrees), and General Psychology (366 degrees).

In 2019, 8,210 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Florida Atlantic University. 60% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,580 degrees), 1.76 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2034 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Florida Atlantic University is $2,522, which is $−25,978 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Florida Atlantic University is $2,522, which is $−25,978 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,861.

In 2019, 59% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 32% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$2,522
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Florida Atlantic University was $2,522. The cost of tuition at Florida Atlantic University is $−25,978 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$9,861
2019 Value
3.95%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Florida Atlantic University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,861. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Florida Atlantic University grew by 3.95%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,665
Room and Board
$1,208
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Florida Atlantic University was of $11,665 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,208. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.18% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
32%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at Florida Atlantic University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 3.51% with respect to 2018, when 57% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
5.59%
2017 Default Rate
335
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Florida Atlantic University was 5.59%, which represents 335 out of the 5998 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Florida Atlantic University received 18,854 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 10.1% annual growth. Out of those 18,854 applicants, 11,930 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 63.3% acceptance rate.

There were 30,061 students enrolled at Florida Atlantic University in 2019, and 77% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Florida Atlantic University has an overall enrollment yield of 27.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

63.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
11,930
Accepted Out of 18,854

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Florida Atlantic University was 63.3% (11,930 admissions from 18,854 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 59.3%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 10.1%, while admissions grew by 17.5%.

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SAT Scores

77%
Submission Percentage
2,514
Scores Submitted

77% of enrolled first-time students at Florida Atlantic University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Florida Atlantic University has a total enrollment of 30,061 students. The full-time enrollment at Florida Atlantic University is 18,874 students and the part-time enrollment is 11,187. This means that 62.8% of students enrolled at Florida Atlantic University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Florida Atlantic University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 40.9% White, 26.4% Hispanic or Latino, 19.3% Black or African American, 4.43% Asian, 3.75% Two or More Races, 0.146% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.123% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Florida Atlantic University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (22.2%), followed by White Male (19.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (15.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (23.8%), followed by White Male (20.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (12.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

62.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Florida Atlantic University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 30,061 students. The full-time enrollment at Florida Atlantic University is 18,874 and the part-time enrollment is 11,187. This means that 62.8% of students enrolled at Florida Atlantic University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Florida Atlantic University was 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Florida Atlantic University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    12,301
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    7,943
  3. Black or African American
    5,795

The enrolled student population at Florida Atlantic University is 40.9% White, 26.4% Hispanic or Latino, 19.3% Black or African American, 4.43% Asian, 3.75% Two or More Races, 0.146% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.123% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 228 students (0.758%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1634 more women than men received degrees from Florida Atlantic University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Florida Atlantic University is white (3,580 degrees awarded). There were 1.76 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2034 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Florida Atlantic University is General Interdisciplinary Studies (448 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (431 degrees) and General Psychology (366 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Florida Atlantic University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Architecture and Related Services (116 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (465 degrees), and Biology (511 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Florida Atlantic University are Physicians (461,174 people), Other managers (251,412 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (203,718 people), Postsecondary teachers (176,343 people), and Registered nurses (153,155 people).

The most specialized majors at Florida Atlantic University are Architecture and Related Services (116 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (465 degrees), Biology (511 degrees), Psychology (522 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (200 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Florida Atlantic University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Computer hardware engineers, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Florida Atlantic University are Architecture and Related Services (116 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (465 degrees), Biology (511 degrees), Psychology (522 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (200 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Florida Atlantic University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (682,806 people), Elementary & secondary schools (599,805 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (480,422 people), Offices of physicians (268,664 people), and Outpatient care centers (267,361 people).

The most specialized majors at Florida Atlantic University are Architecture and Related Services (116 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (465 degrees), Biology (511 degrees), Psychology (522 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (200 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Florida Atlantic University.
Most Common
  1. 448 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 431 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 366 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Florida Atlantic University was General Interdisciplinary Studies with 448 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

3,288
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
4,922
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 3,288 degrees were awarded to men at Florida Atlantic University, which is 0.668 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,922).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 304 degrees were awarded to men at Florida Atlantic University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.31 times more than the 232 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 336 degrees were awarded to women at Florida Atlantic University in Registered Nursing, which is 8.2 times more than the 41 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

24%
100% Completion Time
51%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 24% of students graduating from Florida Atlantic University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 51% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 54% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (78.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Florida Atlantic University is Female and Asian (78.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.701% of graduates (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,580 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,034 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    1,597 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Florida Atlantic University is white (3,580 degrees awarded). There were 1.76 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2034 degrees).

0.646% of degree recipients (53 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,990 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,590 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,252 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Florida Atlantic University is white female (1,990 degrees awarded). There were 1.25 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,590 degrees).

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Operations

Florida Atlantic University has an endowment valued at nearly $295M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7.08M (2.4%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Florida Atlantic University had a total salary expenditure of $609M. Florida Atlantic University employs 235 Professors, 224 Instructors, and 199 Associate professors. Most academics at Florida Atlantic University are Male Professors (165), Female Instructors(135), and Male Associate professors (108).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Florida Atlantic University are: Management, with 563 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 453 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 270 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$295M
2019 Endowment
1.45%
decline from 2018

Florida Atlantic University has an endowment valued at about $295M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Florida Atlantic University declined 1.45% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $16M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $29.6M - Federal
  2. $14.8M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Florida Atlantic University received $29.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $14.8M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$301M
2019 Salaries
4.84%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Florida Atlantic University paid a median of $301M in salaries, which represents 49.4% of their overall expenditure ($609M) and a 4.84% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.6% growth from 2017 and a 11.2% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$74.1M
Instructional Salaries
827
Number of Employees

In 2019, Florida Atlantic University paid a total of $74.1M to 827 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
235 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
563 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Florida Atlantic University were Professor with 235 employees; Instructor with 224 employees; and Instructor with 199 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Florida Atlantic University were Management with 563 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 453 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 270 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Instructor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Florida Atlantic University was Male Professor with 165 employees, Female Instructor with 135 employees, and Male Associate professor with 108 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Florida Atlantic University.

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