Florida Atlantic University Reviews

3.85 out of 5 stars
(109 Reviews)
  • Boca Raton (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,276
86% of 109 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 109 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Michelle Kerrigan - 3/30/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"FAU school of social work is unparalleled to any other school. 99% of the professors are brilliant and offer valuable insight and lessons. Even better to know that they are all open and willing and encouraging of offering support in guidance throughout the education process. The trick to having a great social work experience is the internship so if I had to say anything in the realm of advice it would be to speak up for what you want and advocate for yourself when needed."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Kevin Hohmann - 3/28/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"I attended Florida Atlantic University in 2011 to 2015. Before I chose to attend this university I weighed the pros and cons. I will start by saying FAU is an amazing up and coming school. Each year the school is becoming more difficult to receive admittance. In 2011 FAU opened up a football stadium which made my college experience amazing. FAU has a great balance of social clubs and academics. There is a plethora of activities and campus events that make your experience a great one. For example, my freshman year I joined the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, which I eventually became president of, making my four years unforgettable. The greek organizations are not as extreme as the larger schools, due to the lack of campus housing for these organizations. Therefore, hazing and degrading acts are not tolerated, allowing for the members within the organization to build friendships and network. The academics of FAU are excellent, majority of professors are interested in their topics and care for the students. If a student is lacking in academics, there is a specific building for tutoring, called the student learning center. They cover majority of classes, ranging from geography to calculus, and the best part is, its free! However, there are cons to every school. While FAU is an exceptional school, the on campus housing is extremely expensive and strict. I recommend to find an apartment off campus after your freshman year, as it will save you money. However, that is my only complaint in regards to FAU. Furthermore, to any incoming students, FAU is an exceptional school that is going to be an A+ school within the next ten years. I highly suggest considering it for your undergraduate degree."
4.3 out of 5 stars
William Meleance - 3/26/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I highly recommend Florida Atlantic University to anyone who is wants to pursue a degree in biology. The counselors are very helpful and really care about the students success. The athletic programs are great here though and it's fun to go to all of the games, football, basketball, lacrosse, etc. With the science department, you'll get a TA that doesn't speak English well about 1/4th of the time but the professors all know what they are talking about and for the most part teach well (there's always a few bad ones no matter where you go). The TA's and professors try their best to help out the students, especially if you personally ask. I don't regret coming here because it's cheap for me (in-state, presidential scholarship) and I'm learning a lot academically. The social life was never a huge part to me because I still have made a few good friends and don't go to lots of parties anyways. I would recommend anyone considering FAU to give it a good chance and possibly visit as any kind of person could succeed and have a good time here."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mirtha - 2/27/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018
"Florida Atlantic University is a great public university to attend. The faculty and staff is what won my heart, they honestly made the process of attending college a breeze. Always very attentive and informative. Most of my professors were amazing. I have gained a great amount of knowledge and appreciate it! The campuses are clean and easy to transport around. NO PROBLEM WITH PARKING IS A PLUS. I go to the Davie Campus which is definitely a commuters campus and it made me feel in place."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Deshaun - 2/4/2019
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2019
"Mainly a commuter school, seemed to be short on money since faculty constantly complain about it. Do not offer majority of classs claim to, likely not doing well financially. For me its a nightmare- lab is 45min Drive away due to lack of infrastructure, basically no student life and is a ghost town. Graduate student community is completely fake news. Not a place for smart people, your college experience will be mostly driving and solitude since most grad students are parents. Wish I never came here. Programs are not ranked well to say the very least. Can not recommend, find a different school is the best advice I can give. A few teachers really care though and make is less awful. Objectively, it is mainly a commuter and night school for nearby students working full time with little student life for undergrads and none for grad students, despite what their website says."
1.1 out of 5 stars
The Facts - 2/4/2019
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2018
"As a graduate student, FAU was an absolute disappointment, especially when comparing it to my experiences at other universities. The admin, HR, transportation department and budget office are disorganized, rude, and non-operational. The stipend given to Master's students is below the poverty line in Boca Raton (and surrounding cities), they provided $12,900/year, with $3,000 taken away for student fees (something that was not mentioned before I moved there to attend). Additionally, my budget coordinator (possibly the rudest person I've ever met), regularly did not pay TA's on time, and when asked about getting paid (because of students needs to pay bills/rent etc), her answer was to stop e-mailing her, there were too many of us. WOW! So few classes are offered each semester, that you really only get to pick between this class or that class; and of the courses offered, about 80% of them are online or hybrid and out of date (one of my instructors was lecturing during the Bush administration which he refers to in the video). Only one of my classes (I took 40 credits) as an in person, traditional class. Not to mention the technology fails to work most of the time. This created an in ability to see/hear the instructor, which makes learning difficult. I had a class that had an issue EVERY SINGLE class for the entire semester and the tech team said they couldn't fix it. I brought it up to administration, and they said it's a way to make money from a broader geographic range. You are forced to pay a $100 "transportation fee" even if you don't own a car, additionally, in the transportation fee you are told "you are not guaranteed a place to park", which happens everyday at 9:30am. Get there any later, and there will be no spaces, but because you have a parking pass sticker, you're not allowed to park at metered spaces. The campus is largely concrete, and fails to take advantage of the beauty that Florida's climate can offer. Instead it's concrete, sod, and hip hop music being blasted through the common walkway or "the breezeway." Overall, I was disappointed, underpaid and don't recommend FAU to anyone. It's also disappointing that I brought all of my concerns up to those in charge, and they did not seem to care or what to change. I feel 100% that FAUs priority is as a business and not as a university. If you want a good education and want to be treated well (or at least okay) than I suggest you Find Another University (FAU)"
4.6 out of 5 stars
Krystyna Powell - 12/30/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015
"I was a double major in Biology and English at FAU, and graduated within 4 years with both degrees. While undergraduate advisors are seemingly helpful, FAU offers a wide variety of student success services. Being a double-major, I spent considerable time at FAUs Writing Center and Math-Learning-Center. My teachers varied in their educational style, and all of my biology labs were fun and hands-on. Some of my labs took field trips to the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and the Indian River Lagoon. Being marine focused, I was lucky enough to attend FAUs Semester-by-the-Sea (marine-science based course load). All of FAUs campuses are beautiful, and the locations are amazing. I would recommend this school to students who are self-motivated and independent."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Krystyna Powell - 12/29/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015
"I was a double major in Biology and English at FAU, and graduated within 4 years with both degrees. While undergraduate advisors are seemingly helpful, FAU offers a wide variety of student success services. Being a double-major, I spent considerable time at FAUs Writing Center and Math-Learning-Center. My teachers varied in their educational style, and all of my biology labs were fun and hands-on. Some of my labs took field trips to the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and the Indian River Lagoon. Being marine focused, I was lucky enough to attend FAUs Semester-by-the-Sea (marine-science based course load). All of FAUs campuses are beautiful, and the locations are amazing. I would recommend this school to students who are self-motivated and independent."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kelly - 12/17/2018
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015
"I absolutely loved my undergraduate degree in sociology at Florida Atlantic University. The setting and environment in Boca Raton is beautiful. The Atlantic Ocean can be seen from the top of the Owls stadium. Additionally, I love the subject of sociology and the professors who instilled me with the necessary knowledge and skills of being a researcher, writer, student, academic, and professional. The professors and instructors are all helpful and cheerfulthey encourage you to do your best and want to see you succeed. My favorite courses to take were sociological theory and cultural sociology. You learn so many interesting facts that you never thought of otherwise. I would wholeheartedly do my bachelors degree here again if I had to. In fact, I stayed at FAU for my current masters program in sociology because I have a passion for the campus and discipline."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Corinne Ramos - 12/14/2018
Degree: International Business
Graduation Year: 2010
"FAU is a very accommodating school. I had a wonderful adviser that helped me choose my courses all along the way. I formed friendships and partnerships that truly made the experience unforgettable. The gym facilities and library are amazing! I could not have made a better choice for a local school with great accreditation."
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