Former President Lyndon B. Johnson declared Florida Atlantic University officially open in October of 1964. Since its inception, the institution envisioned being able to offer its degree programs to students outside the immediate vicinity through broadcast technology, but until the mid- to late-1990s, were unable to do so. However, by 2002, more than 16,000 students had taken advantage of the distance learning opportunities at the university. Today, the university enrolls more than 30,000 students and has a freshman retention rate of 78.2%. The school was ranked among national universities, tier 2, by U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges.
A total of 29 degrees are provided by Florida Atlantic University through the Center for eLearning with 50% or more of the course work completed entirely online. Areas of study include business, design and social inquiry, education, nursing, and more. Educational technology includes Echo360 Personal Capture, Owl Apps by Google, and Blackboard, which is the online learning platform. By utilizing these resources, students are able to receive the same quality education as their traditional counterparts without being restricted by the residency requirements. The faculty members at the Center for eLearning are dedicated to supporting the students throughout the course of their online studies. All programs are accredited under the university and reflect the educational standards of the institution.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has awarded Florida Atlantic University full accreditation as a degree-granting institution. Specialized accreditation was awarded by four other agencies as well for specific programs.
Students applying as freshmen will be required to complete an application and submit proof of high school completion through official transcripts, along with SAT/ACT scores and TOEFL scores (if applicable). Florida Atlantic University requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 1360 (divided satisfactorily among the subjects) or an ACT score of 19 in Reading and Math and 18 in English/Writing. Transferring students must meet the appropriate GPA minimum relative to the number of completed credit hours, supply official documentation supporting GPA and credit completion, and be in good standing with the university or college previously attended. International students must transfer the acceptable minimum based on their level of entry, along with the necessary supporting documents (transcripts, test results, etc.), and passing scores on the TOEFL if English is not the primary language. Graduate acceptance is based on specific requirements for each program, which generally evaluates the student’s academic background, past work history, specific certification, graduate test scores, and more.