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President Lyndon B. Johnson, speaking at Florida Atlantic University’s dedication ceremony in 1964, declared the school, “a new, adventurous, imaginative, courageous breakthrough for a new revolution in education in America.”

Thus began Florida Atlantic University, known simply as FAU, the first public university in southeast Florida and the first in America designed only for upper-division students. The university was located on a site that had been Boca Raton Army Air Field, one of the few radar training schools operated by the US Army Air Corps during World War II.

Since that first enrollment of 867 students, enrollment has grown to 28,000 students on seven campuses. The university has ten colleges which offer more than 147 different undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

Classified as a “High Research Activity” institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, FAU is gaining a reputation as a top research institution in areas ranging from biomedicine and biotechnology to ocean engineering and coastline security. Outside the classroom, students are offered real-world experiences and hands-on research; one such opportunity is the subject of a recent major Warner Brothers film, “Dolphin Tale.”

In 2005 Winter, a bottlenose dolphin, had been caught in a crab trap and lost her tail fluke. Researchers from Marine Mammal Research and Conservation program (MMRC) at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute helped rescue and initiate care of the injured and orphaned Winter. She became the first bottlenose dolphin to be fitted with a prosthesis, and was able to regain propulsion as she swam.


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