In October 1964, Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States, declared Florida Atlantic University officially open. From its inception, FAU was envisioned as the first of a new breed of American universities that would make higher education available to anyone who sought it. From the very beginning, FAU aimed to be a whole new kind of university, one that would enable off-campus students to take advantage of what FAU had to offer. It finally began to take shape in the late 1990s, as colleges and universities around the world started offering increasing numbers of courses online and through other methods of distance learning.
Now, 50 years later, the University serves more than 30,000 freshmen, transfers and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. Students choose from more than 180 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including certificates and doctoral degrees. Online degrees are offered at all levels within FAU's many colleges.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
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