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Florida Atlantic University (Florida Atlantic or FAU) is a public research university with its main campus in Boca Raton, Florida and satellite campuses in Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and Fort Pierce. FAU belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and serves South Florida, which is home to more than six million people and spans more than 100 miles (160 km) of coastline. Established as Florida's fifth public university in 1961, FAU has quickly grown to become the sixth-largest in the state by enrollment. Florida Atlantic University is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". The university offers more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs within its 10 colleges.
Florida Atlantic opened in 1964 as the first public university in South Florida, offering only upper-division and graduate level courses. Initial enrollment was only 867 students, increasing in 1984 when the university admitted its first lower-division undergraduate students. As of 2021, enrollment has grown to over 30,000 students representing 180 countries, 50 states, and the District of Columbia. The university has annual budget of $900 million and an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion. Since 1964, Florida Atlantic University has awarded degrees to over 185,000 alumni.
FAU's intercollegiate sports teams, the Florida Atlantic Owls, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Conference USA (C-USA). With 19 varsity athletic teams, the Owls have won numerous titles and championships within the conference and division. On October 21, 2021, Florida Atlantic accepted the invitation to join the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and will become a full-member on July 1, 2023.