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1 UNIVERSITY PARENT GUIDE 2012 CAMPUS RESOURCES LOCAL INSIGHT HELPFUL INFORMATION 1

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3 This Guide is produced in partnership with the Office of New Student and Owl Family Programs at and University Parent Media. 4 For more information, please contact 777 Glades Road UN 31, 206 Boca Raton, FL (561) About Our Guides University Parent Media works closely with institutions around the country to bring together the most relevant, timely information into one all-inclusive resource. We have published this guide with the mission of helping you easily navigate the University and its surrounding community. Ultimately, we hope these resources help nurture your connection and involvement in your student s college years! Make the Most of Your Parent Guide Hang on to your Guide! Inside you ll find information that s useful allyear long, including important phone numbers, web sites and calendars. Store your copy in a purse or glove compartment for convenient reference. Pass it along to parents of prospective college students to promote the school. Please recycle when finished! Discover more content, tips and local business information by visiting us online at: University Parent Media 2995 Wilderness Place, Suite 205 Boulder, CO Phone: (866) Advertising Inquiries: (866) PUBLISHER Sarah Schupp VP OF OPERATIONS Rebecca Maytubby SALES REPRESENTATIVES Allison Black Rebecca Boozan Scott Griesser Sharon Haddad Jon Hydeman Emily Rayes Griffin Sandberg Henry Springer Clay Wise PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT Anna Baldwin Peregrine Bosler Grace Cassara Eric Hosmer Katie Williams OFFICE MANAGER Linsey Straugh DESIGNER Elise Reynolds FOLLOW US ON: facebook.com/collegeparents twitter.com/4collegeparents The presence of Florida Atlantic University logos and marks in this Guide does not mean the school endorses the products or services offered by advertisers in this Guide University Parent Magazines, Inc. contents 6 30 FAU Guide Comprehensive advice, information for campus success 6 Welcome to! 8 Parent Information 10 Managing Roles: Being a College Parent! 12 FERPA 14 Academic Life 18 Financial Aid 21 Campus Life 26 Transportation 28 Campus Safety Boca Raton Community Make the most of your visit by getting to know the area 30 Welcome to Boca Raton 31 Fast Facts 32 Resources Must-have knowledge to navigate your way 32 Important Phone Numbers 34 Campus Map 36 Proud Supporters of FAU 38 Academic Calendar 5

4 FAU GUIDE Welcome to Florida Atlantic University! Our office is here for both your student, and you, the parent. We have programs designed specifically for you as an FAU Owl Parent. If you haven t visited our parents website, be sure to do so at You will find many resources including parent e-newsletters, how to join the Owl Parent Association, an extensive FAQ page and information about upcoming parent events. In addition to providing resources for parents, our office also has a parent association the Owl Parent Association that allows you to stay connected with your student throughout his or her college years. We understand the vital role parents play in the college experience, and we want to partner with you to ensure your student s success at FAU. You can read more about the association in the pages of this handbook. Please remember that our office is always here to help you and your student navigate the University. We are excited that your student has chosen to attend FAU. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Chris Hall Lynch Director of New Student and Owl Family Programs (561)

5 Parent Information Owl Parent Association WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR BEING ACTIVE IN THE OWL PARENT ASSOCIATION? FAU GUIDE Do you want to be more involved with the school your son/daughter goes to? Do you feel you can contribute more toward the development of your son/ daughter? These are all questions you ve been asking yourself for a while. Well, we have the answer for you! Become a member of the Florida Atlantic University OWL PARENT ASSOCIATION. The mission of the Owl Parent Association (OPA) is to provide open communication between FAU parents/guardians, students, faculty and staff in all facets of academic and University life. The association collaborates with the University and students in enhancing students life on campus through recruitment of new students, planning and participating in events and fundraising. Our purpose is to Provide opportunities for parents of FAU students to develop a closer relationship with FAU. Help parents gain a better knowledge of FAU so they may become informed advocates in their own communities. Act as a liaison to help parents learn more about the University and how they can contribute to the success of the University mission, goals and objectives. Assist in special events of the University, including but not limited to: orientation, admissions events and so forth. Assist the University with selected fundraising initiatives. Assist the University with enrollment initiatives.? Discounts for select Parent events Owl Parent Association Gift 10% Discount while dining at Miller s Ale House; Yamato Road, Boca Raton 15% Discount at the The Cannoli Kitchen; Federal Hwy., Boca Raton 20% Discount while dining at Brooklyn Authentic Pizza; Palmetto Road, Boca Raton 20% Discount while dining at Sal s Pizza; Boca Raton Student Rate for OPA members at Living Room Theater, Boca Raton Campus ($3 savings) International hotel and car rental discounts Opportunities for book stipends Parent Calendar Opportunity to spend time with your student during planned OPA events Membership is $45 per address per membership year. The membership year for the Owl Parent Association begins July 1 (or thereafter) and ends June 30 of the following year. Multiple year memberships are available at a discounted price. Questions can be sent to 8 9

6 FAU GUIDE Managing Roles: Being a College Parent! A Message from Dr. Corey A. King, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students The transition from high school to college is a family endeavor. Students, parents and even siblings experience transitional issues when a student heads off to college. It is challenging to let go after 18 years of direct parental involvement. As a result, learning to let go should be viewed as a process. This year we are incorporating a Parent Reading Program into orientation. We ask that all parents read the book titled You re on your Own (But I m Here if You Need Me) by Marjorie Savage. The book will be used as a guide for discussion during orientation. In successfully making it through this process, there are several important life lessons and teachable moments to remember: Listen more and speak less Be supportive at all times Encourage fiscal responsibility Foster independent critical thinking Be understanding and trustful Encourage campus involvement Learn to make recommendations instead of directives Empower academic learning and success (graduation is key!) Recognize your positive influence Stay connected through the Owl Parent Association

7 FAU GUIDE FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Federal Law 20 U.S.C 1232g (FERPA), and Florida law, Section , Florida Statutes, provide a right of privacy to students regarding their educational needs. Under these laws, an educational institution and its employees may not permit the release of personally identifiable records or reports of a student without written consent of the student. The information on the facing page may be released without the student s written permission. However, the student may opt to consider this information confidential as well. If your student does not want directory information released, he/she must complete the Request for Non-Release of Directory Information form available at Click on the forms link on the left side and find the Request for Non-Release of Directory Information form listed under the student information section. Directory information is considered public information and can include: Name Address Phone Date and place of birth Dates of attendance Degrees, honors and awards received Major program Height and weight of athletes **PLEASE NOTE THAT DIRECTORY INFORMATION CAN BE RELEASED TO OTHERS. The Privacy Act exists to protect your son/daughter s right to confidentiality and limits our release of information to you. However, parents can obtain financial aid and billing information with the consent of their son/daughter by completing and submitting a FERPA form or by accessing MyFAU (myfau.fau. edu). In order to access MyFAU, your son/daughter will need to provide you with his/her username and password. For more information about FERPA Regulations, contact the University Registrar at (561)

8 FAU GUIDE Academic Life Freshman Advising Freshmen Academic Advising Services provides academic advising to entering first time in college students and currently enrolled students with less than 30 earned college credits. Academic advising is a partnership where both the student and the advisor come together to develop an academic action plan aimed at meeting curriculum requirements that will ultimately lead to the fulfillment of a student s career goals. Advising for the First Semester New, first time freshmen are advised electronically using OARS, FAU s freshman Online Advising Resource System. OARS is a self-directed, course advising tool that allows students to identify courses in which to enroll their first semester prior to attending Orientation. Students receive notice, via their FAU , when they can access OARS to begin the advising process. The following link will take students to the OARS website: oars.fau.edu. Upon logging into OARS, students are able to view a video with audio that provides step-by-step instructions on how to select the courses they would like approved. Students must complete and submit their proposed courses for an academic advisor s review and approval. Advisor approval will come in the form of an , generally, within three business days. Students should log back into OARS to view their approved courses and can register for courses in MyFAU after receiving their advisor s approval. Completing OARS does not exempt students from attending the university s mandatory orientation program. Advising for the Second Semester A freshman advising, UN hold, will prevent students from registering for future classes until they have met with an academic advisor. Students should make note of the calendar date for advance registration, and schedule an appointment with their advisor well in advance of the date. This advising appointment will be one-on-one, and offers students the opportunity to create an academic plan for multiple semesters, and to discuss and/or seek a host of student support services. Students can schedule an appointment by going to the Freshman Advising website edu/freshmanadvising and clicking on the make an appointment with an advisor icon on the bulletin board. Students are further encouraged to consult their advisor throughout the semester, if they are experiencing academic difficulty, have been placed on Freshman Warning or Probation or have any problems/ concerns they want to discuss. University Center for Excellence in Writing Writing consultants help students at any point of the writing process (i.e. brainstorming, drafting, revising) with a variety of documents: papers for courses, senior or master theses, dissertations, job applications, applications for graduate school, articles for publication, grant proposals, course syllabi and other documents. Consultants help writers understand assignments, generate ideas, and flesh out weak or biased arguments. Consultants help writers identify and address patterns of error in sentence structure, mechanics, grammar, and documentation format, as well as share proven proofreading strategies. Consultants will provide consultations for creative writers and their writing projects. Math Lab The Math Learning Center (MLC) is a professional facility where students have the opportunity to receive highly qualified help in math at FAU. All students enrolled at FAU are eligible for FREE tutoring. It provides exam review sessions, in cooperation with the course coordinators, for some courses. FAU Bookstore We have all students basic bookstore items: New, used, rental or digital textbooks Pens, pencils and notebooks

9 FAU imprinted apparel Gifts, chips candy and drinks Reference books and more Now you can purchase or rent your textbooks without ever leaving your home. Visit and order your entire required course materials, and a sweatshirt to keep you warm in those chilly classrooms. You can have them ready for pickup in the bookstore, or shipped straight to your house! Estimated cost of books and supplies for was $939, apply_aid/coe.php. Now open as well is the Owl Wear Logo Shoppe located in the Student Union on the Boca Raton campus for all your FAU athletic apparel. Q & A Q: Is FAU on semesters or quarters? A: Semesters: Fall (August December) Spring (January May) Summer (May August). Q: Does FAU offer online classes? A: Yes, it does. There are even programs in which a student can complete his/her entire degree online. Q: Does FAU recognize superior academic performance? A: Yes. The President s List recognizes all students with at least 12 hours of graded coursework and a 4.0 GPA within a given semester. The Dean s List recognizes students by academic college who have earned at least 12 hours of completed coursework, a 3.0 GPA, and a rank in the top 10% of students enrolled in that particular academic college. Q: What are the class sizes at FAU? A: Undergraduate Lecture: 36 Lab: 20 Discussion: 31 Q: Where can I get a catalog? Go to FAU s home page (www.fau.edu) and click on Catalog from the dropdown menu under Current Students. Q: How many classes or credits does your student need to be considered a full-time student? A: Undergraduate student: 12 credits Graduate student: 9 credits Q: How does my student declare residency for tuition purposes? A: All applicants must complete and submit a Residency Classification Form along with the required documentation to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The establishment of Florida residency for tuition purposes will be determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Incomplete, unsigned or unsupported forms will result in the classification of non-resident status until the documentation has been provided, reviewed and approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 16

10 Financial Aid Q: How does my son/daughter apply for Financial Aid? A: Students can apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA application online at More information about applying for Financial Aid and the application can be found at : finaid/apply_aid/index.php.????? Frequently Asked Questions???? Q: What types of aid are available? A: Grants (if eligible), Scholarships (if eligible) and Loans. More information can be found at: Once at the Financial Aid website select Types of Aid from the left side of the page. Q. What happens if my son/daughter doesn t perform well in his/her classes? A: Financial aid regulations require that they maintain satisfactory academic progress. Generally, your son/daughter must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and successfully complete 67% of their classes. If they do not, they may be placed on probation or denied future assistance. Refer to the Financial Aid website and click on the Policies/ Rules & Regulations link to view the Satisfactory Academic Progress page. Q: How can my son/daughter receive assistance to purchase books for college? A: If your son/daughter is receiving a financial aid award, he/she may complete the short-term advance application electronically located on the Money Matters! tab on MyFAU. In order to receive an FAU Short Term Advance, students must have a bank account with Direct Deposit Authorization. Funds will be directly deposited into the student s bank account. For more detailed information, visit the Other Loans Available link on the Financial Aid website and go to the Short Term Advance page. The Short Term Advance page will provide you and your student the basic requirements needed to qualify for the advance as well as availability and when the money will be dispersed. If your son/daughter does not have an account, they may sign-up anytime with Bank Atlantic. Direct deposit of funds is preferred to go to Bank Atlantic accounts. However, FAU is able to directly deposit your student s Short Term Advance or financial aid refund into their existing financial institution. FAU Short Term Advance applications are available to be used for the two weeks BEFORE the start of classes. Q: How would I be able to calculate/estimate college cost for my son/daughter? A: Online calculators are available to figure out college costs, loan payments, financial aid payment estimations. Please refer to the Financial Aid Disbursement Estimator located at: finaid/resources/estimator.php

11 FAU GUIDE Q: How can my son/daughter track their financial aid award information? A: Your son/daughter is encouraged to access their financial aid information online via MyFAU. Please keep in mind that their award(s) may change each semester due to changes to enrollment/ housing. Please be aware of the Terms and Conditions of Awards on the Financial Aid website. Also check your FAU on a regular basis for any communication regarding Financial Aid status. Q: How do I find out information about Financial Aid scholarships? A: Information about Financial scholarships can be found at: Once at the Financial Aid website, select the Scholarships link from the left hand side. Q. What should I do if my son/ daughter wants to take courses at another institution? A: There are two different options to receive financial aid assistance: Concurrent Enrollment Form: For students taking classes at both FAU (Home school) and another eligible institution (Host school) in the same semester may have their financial aid disbursement from FAU based on their total combined enrollment (FAU + Host Institution) for the semester. Consortium Enrollment Form: For students ONLY taking classes at another institution (Host school) but would like to receive their scheduled FAU Financial Aid Award. Q: Am I allowed to inquire about my son s/daughter s financial or academic record? A: Only certain information can be released to parents regarding their son s/ daughter s financial or academic records. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) exists to protect your son s/ daughter s right to confidentiality and limits our release of information about their file or award(s). Students may give the Registrar Office written consent to release the information to their parents by completing the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act - Authorization to Release Financial Records form. The completed form authorizes the offices at to disclose student education records as defined by FERPA. Reminder: All students must complete the FERPA form to give access to student records to a third party (parents, etc). For more information on FERPA, please see page 12. Campus Life STUDENT AFFAIRS Student Affairs complements the academic mission by offering program activities and services that encourage students to critically explore today s global society through in-depth engagement with faculty, staff and students who come from different socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, international, gender and/ or religious backgrounds. The diversity of our campus community combined with our excellent academic programs make FAU a dynamic and vibrant academic institution. The Student Affairs staff is committed to providing exemplary services to meet you and your student s needs. The Vice President of Student Affairs is Dr. Charles Brown. He can be reached at or (561) For a complete list of departments within the Division of Student Affairs visit, Freshman Student Opportunities Camp Owls Your student can experience college before they Experience FAU. The Camp Owls Experience is a trip prior to the start of the semester designed to welcome students to FAU. Each trip gives students a chance to meet FAU faculty and staff, make new friends and think about college. Students will build valuable connections to help them succeed at FAU. Trips include the Florida Keys, Peanut Island, and the Everglades. In addition there will be trips focusing on leadership skill development and community service. Because the trips start before school, students who are eligible and have received a housing assignment can move into their residence hall room early. Space is limited for this great opportunity

12 FAU GUIDE So Fresh Week So Fresh Week is an extended orientation for Freshman Students only. All freshmen must check in on campus on August 15 for the start of the week. Several activities, both fun and educational, are planned throughout the week to help students transition into the University and meet other students. Weeks of Welcome The Weeks of Welcome (WOW) are the first few weeks of the fall semester, and include exciting and informative events to help students begin their academic and social journeys at FAU. The events consist of seminars, socials, previews and other programmed activities to help expose students to the opportunities available to them outside the classroom. The events are sponsored by various campus departments and clubs. HOUSING & RESIDENTIAL LIFE A Place of Your Own... Where Someone s Always around to Help We are ready to assist you in making your new home a positive environment that will support your academic pursuits. Contacts: Boca Raton Housing Office (561) Jupiter Housing Office (561) Algonquin Hall (561) Glades Park Towers (561) Heritage Park Towers (561) Indian River Towers (561) Innovation Village Apartments- North (561) Innovation Village Apartments- South (561) University Village Apartments (561) Important Links and Documents: Freshman & Living Learning Communities: Student Handbook Housing Contract & Forms FAU Pharmacy The FAU Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy serving FAU students, faculty, staff and other community members. The Pharmacy is located on the Boca Raton campus above the Breezeway Food Court on the second floor of the Student Services Building (SS8). A wide selection of over-the-counter items and prescription medications are maintained or are typically available within 24 hours. Prescriptions may be transferred to the FAU Pharmacy from community pharmacies with your permission. Visit for more information. Immunizations Immunization hold All new FAU students will have an immunization hold. Prior to registration all students must submit a completed FAU Immunization Form. All students born after 1956 must also submit documented proof of immunity to Measles and Rubella. All students must submit documentation of vaccination against hepatitis B and meningococcal meningitis or sign a waiver. Please contact FAU Immunization Office at (561) if you have any questions regarding immunization requirements, or check out information about the immunization policy on the web at Counseling and Psychological Services Counseling services are provided at no charge, for all credit-bearing students. Our office will arrange for students to meet with a counselor. In most cases, they will be Off-Campus Housing Living off campus? Need options? They will help you find a roommate, buy and sell furnishings, or solve any other challenges of off-campus life! STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES Board-certified physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses, a board-certified dentist, dental hygienists and welltrained support staff work cooperatively to provide comprehensive quality health care in our Medical Clinic, Women s Clinic and Dental Clinic

13 FAU GUIDE given an appointment within a week. In an emergency, they can be seen immediately. In addition, Counseling and Psychological Services helps students with academic and emotional difficulties. STUDENT INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP Being an involved, engaged student is directly related to the success an individual can have at our University. Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) facilitates many of these opportunities! Our Department includes Leadership Programs, Student Organizations and Activities and Fraternity & Sorority Life. Program Board, a Student Government Program directly advised by SIL, provides activity calendars every semester. Their programming is open to all students and is free! Events may include comedy shows, CarnivOWL, foam parties, concerts, step shows, movie on the lawn and much, much more. SIL also oversees all 230+ FAU student organizations including academic, multicultural, sports, graduate and special interest groups. Visit edu/getinvolved to access our database of registered student organizations. SIL also facilitates leadership programs including the Student Leadership Conference, Certified Student Leader opportunity, leadership institutes, and Read to Lead Leadership Reading Circles. FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE Fraternities and sororities constitute one of the largest student groups on campus. Fraternities and sororities are about friendship, scholarship, community service and leadership. It s about bettering the FAU community. It s about traditions, learning valuable lessons, and establishing lifelong friendships. FAU provides a wide range of academic, social and community service activities for your student and membership in a fraternity or sorority is a good first step toward enjoying all the benefits that FAU has to offer. STUDENT GOVERNMENT Student Government is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. The Activity & Service fees collected from your student s tuition billed per credit hour is your student s money, and your student should help decide how to spend it. This includes legislation, event planning and sponsorship, program oversight and allocation to other services like campus recreation and student unions. To keep things balanced in the distributed campus model at FAU, each partner campus has an SG branch tied together by the University-wide Executive Branch, Student Court and Elections Board. CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER The Career Development Center provides comprehensive services and programs exclusively for FAU students from first year freshmen to doctoral students. From choosing a major to finding an internship or co-op, to landing a first full-time professional position to applying to graduate, law or medical school, the staff at the Career Development Center is available to assist you. Professionally trained and nationally certified career counselors are here to help your student head in the right direction. CAMPUS RECREATION This brand-new facility, which opened in 2009, features workout equipment, group fitness classes, a leisure and lap pool, basketball courts, Ropes challenge course, massage therapy and much more. Campus Recreation is also responsible for all club sports and intramural sports programs. WEPPNER CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (VOLUNTEER CENTER) The Weppner Center for Civic Engagement sponsors blood drives, book drives in partnership with Better World Books, a middle schools mentoring program, monthly weekend projects, servicelearning, a summer food service program, a volunteer fair, volunteer referral, a holiday giving tree, alternative spring break and so much more. The Volunteer Center also offers a vowlnteer Log for students to record their service hours on and have them recorded on their official FAU transcript. For those students who record a certain number of volunteer hours, they may also be eligible for a Volunteer Service Cord to wear to graduation. UNITED CAMPUS MINISTRIES Campus ministry seeks to create an atmosphere in which individuals at the University are engaged in the active pursuit of intellectual and spiritual truths. It seeks to enhance the quality of community and individual life on and off campus by being available to provide necessary services. It also provides a structure for coordinating respective ministries on campus. Visit fau.collegiatelink.net for more information about Campus Ministries at FAU

14 FAU GUIDE Transportation Traffic and Parking Can my student bring a vehicle to campus? Yes. The student must register their car or motorcycle with FAU Parking Services. Check out the web page for information concerning signing up for a decal How does my student get a parking decal? Their MyFAU account; Money Matters tab within myfau. Is there a shuttle that operates throughout campus? Yes. The Owl Express Shuttle operates weekdays M-TH 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Fridays 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visit www. fau.edu/parking to view the shuttle route. Does FAU have an evening transportation service for students? Yes. Night Owls are hired students who will escort students to their residence halls, classes or parking lots on campus by golf cart. They operate in the evenings. They can be reached at (561) (NOWL). What kinds of public transportation opportunities exist at FAU? You can get to and around FAU by bicycle. FAU offers a carpool parking program and once a student is registered they will receive a carpool decal which allows them to park in carpool designated spots. Palm Tran is Palm Beach County s public bus system. There are 5 routes operating in Boca Raton and 2 routes directly servicing FAU. Students can obtain discounted bus passes available at the Owl Card Center in the Student Union. palmtran.php. FAU does have a shuttle that runs weekdays around the Boca Raton campus. See Traffic and Parking section for more information or visit their website at Other Commuting Options Tri-Rail Train Station Tri-Rail Shuttle: There is a shuttle that runs directly between the Tri-Rail station at Yamato Road and FAU. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 6:45 a.m. 11 p.m. and is a short, 10-minute ride. Visit the link below for the full schedule. campusops/transportation.php Palm Tran Route

15 Campus Safety FAU Police Department What resources are used to protect the University? FAU police officers and community service officers (CSO) patrol the campuses 24 hours a day. We also have blue lights on campus, if a student feels threatened while walking to a particular destination, he/she can push the button and it s directly linked to the FAU police station. Moreover, we have Night Owls, a transportation service that students/fau guests can call at night for a ride to any destination on campus. Residence halls require an Owl Card for access, which restricts outsiders from entering at any time. The University provides a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors to find out more about emergency information at FAU, visit admin/emergencyinformation.php. This information is also accessible at all times from the Emergency Information link at the bottom of every FAU web page. FAU Alert The University uses an FAU Alert system to warn students about any emergencies. The system uses: FAU issued address. Keyword: FAU ALERT Sirens: outdoor warning system. Keyword: Wail FAU Homepage Media Outlets: Television, radio, internet. Keyword: BREAKING NEWS/NEWS ALERT Text Message: Sends message to any text capable devices. Keyword: or MyFAU: Web portal available to current students and active employees. Keyword: EMERGENCY INFORMATION / ALERT/ ANNOUNCEMENT Voic Calls any FAU landline telephone. Social Media: FAU Facebook & FAU Twitter. Keyword: FAU Alert Campus Emergency Information: TOLL-FREE HOTLINE: FAUOWL ( ) offers callers important information about the status of the University during emergency situations, including approaching hurricanes. 28

16 BOCA RATON GUIDE BOCA RATON GUIDE Welcome to Boca Raton South Florida s most beautiful City Boca Raton.A City for All Seasons A Quality Place to Live, A Great Place to Work, An Outstanding Place to Play! We invite you to spend time exploring and discovering all the exciting adventures within South Florida s most beautiful City the City of Boca Raton. Plan to vacation everyday as you get acquainted with a lifestyle of leisure at its very best. From professional sports teams an hour away to international shopping destinations, Boca Raton offers a sophisticated spin on the South Florida lifestyle. For the good life, dining and shopping in Boca Raton is entertainment. from the cafes and shops in Town Center, Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place to the wealth of fine restaurants and a plethora of the finest stores dotting areas throughout the City. The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce provides a map and map guide to the multitude of businesses located in and around Boca Raton shops, restaurants, health institutions & offices, educational facilities, libraries, movie theaters, places of worship. Visit their website for more information Going back to nature? Boca Raton s parks and green spaces are among its most luxurious amenities. Travel the scenic road that hugs the coastline, A1A. it is very popular, especially on weekends, with joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers and strollers all sharing this popular venue. For the outdoor enthusiast, you ll find a wealth of opportunities, whether it s a round of oceanside golf, a game of tennis at superbly maintained facilities, a day at the 4-mile stretch of pristine beach, a bicycle ride along 5 miles of specially-maintained bike paths, or a picnic in one of our 41 daily-groomed parks. Spend a day at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center with its unique Turtle Rehabilitation Center or at our newest park, Sugar Sand Park, where the child in you gives way to a ride on the carousel. Be sure to pick up a complimentary copy of The RECREATOR, a guide to all parks and recreation facilities and activities offered by the City of Boca Raton. Looking for culture? The arts fill Boca Raton in grand style throughout the entire year, from film festivals to art exhibits, from national performing artists to student performers, from holiday specialty events to day-to-day entertainment. Look for a listing of free events offered by the City at its website or check the Boca Raton Cultural Consortium website for a listing of events sponsored by its members Your journey begins now.enjoy your visit, enjoy your stay! Fast Facts Form of government: Council-Manager Incorporated: 1925 Area: sq. miles Population: 86,396 Parks: 40 Park acreage: 1,497 Conservation acres: 384 Public beach miles: 4 Bike lane miles: 44 Pedestrian/bike trail miles: 31 Fire stations: 8 Libraries: 2 Universities: 3 Bond rating: AAA budget: $335,626,600 Boca TV: channel 20 Boca radio: 1650 AM For more info about Boca Raton, visit:

17 RESOURCES Important Phone Numbers Office Description Telephone Web Address Admissions Athletics Bookstore Business Services Campus Recreation Career Development Center Cashier s Office Center for Excellence in Writing Center for Learning and Student Success Controller s Office Counseling and Psychological Services Dean of Students To check admission or transcript status; Florida Residency Guidelines Information about athletic teams and sporting events For textbooks and general merchandise For information on meal plans, owl cards Intramural sports, sports clubs, open rec, equipment, group fitness, outdoor adventure Career advising and placement, internships, co-op Payments and credits to student accounts, refund processing Free writing consulting services for students Learning Communities, Supplemental Instruction, Florida pre-paid tuition, payment plans, fee payment deadlines and tution breakdown Group therapy; outreach, individual counseling; free services Judicial matters, Exceptional Circumstance Withdrawals (561) admissions (561) (561) (561) (561) bncollege.com business-services campusrec (561) (561) controller/student_ information/cashiers (561) (561) (561) (561) FAU Operator Don t know a number? Need help? (561) Financial Aid Dining Services Fraternity & Sorority Life Freshman Academic Advising Get to FAU Housing and Residential Life Hurricane Hotline Immunization Office International Students and Scholars FAFSA processing; scholarships, work study, grants/loans For information on meal plans, for commuter or residents students Information on social fraternities and sororities Services Academic advising for freshmen Information on different ways of commuting to campus counseling (561) (561) (561) (561) (561) freshmanadvising (561) On-campus housing (561) Information about the campus during hurricane season For information on immunization papers and holds Information on status and requirements as an International student (561) (561) shs/additional/ immunization.php (561) RESOURCES Office Description Telephone Web Address Library For hours and reference information (561) Multicultural Affairs New Student and Owl Family Programs Night Owls Office Depot Supply Purchases Office for Students with Disabilities Owl Card Center Owl Parent Association Police Department Registrar s Office Student Employment Student Government Student Health Services Student Involvement and Leadership Student Media Testing and Evaluation Today and Beyond Wellness Traffic and Parking United Campus Ministries Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service Tutoring, book loan program, mentoring, multicultural counseling Orientation, Orientation Leaders, Camp Owls, So Fresh Week, Weeks of Welcome Provides safe escort anywhere on campus during evening hours To purchase discounted school supplies for student For accommodations or to help students with disabilities Owl Card information, adding money to an Owl Card For information on the Owl Parent Association; Parent events Emergencies, Bicycle Registration, Safe Escort Information regarding registration, graduation or FAU transcripts On-campus job listings and processing Legislation/lobbying, club funding, Night Owls, Free Scantrons Medical and dental services (Non-emergency) Leadership development, out of class programs & activities; COSO, Homecoming, Program Board (561) (561) (561) www. fau.edu/oma orientation (561) (561) (561) (561) (561) (561) (561) Print journalism, television and radio broadcast journalism; (561) University Press, Owl Radio, Owl TV CLAST, CLEP and information on other standardized exams Wellness programs, PET, health awareness activities For information on parking decals and regulations Coordinates all religious groups on campus Volunteer/service opportunities on and off campus; volunteer logs Student_Employment/ New.php (561) (561) (561) studentmedia (561) (561) (561) (561) handbook/boca/ student_affairs.php (561)

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19 PROUD SUPPORTERS This Guide brought to you by these Proud Supporters of FAU This Guide brought to you by these Places to Stay Proud Supporters Embassy Suites Boca Raton of XXX Beach Vacation Rentals Five locations near Atlantic Blvd. and A-1-A Pompano Beach, Florida (954) Enjoy cottages and apartments with comfort, charm and value 15 minutes from FAU. Walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. 3-night minimum. Please see ad on p. 19. Best Western Plus University Inn 2700 North Federal Hwy. Boca Raton, FL (561) bestwestern.com/ plusuniversityinnbocaraton Enjoy the tropical lifestyle in sunny Florida at the Best Western Plus University Inn, located just a mile and a half from campus. Please see ad on p. 9. Boca Raton Plaza Hotel & Suites 2901 North Federal Hwy. Boca Raton, FL A lush, tropical oasis nestled in the heart of exclusive Boca Raton. Completely renovated and re-opened in 2003, the Plaza offers luxury resort exclusivity at surprisingly affordable rates. Please see ad on p. 26. Where to Shop Dell Dell.com/FAU Students get the best price on consumer PCs from Dell* If you find a better price on your day of purchase, contact a Dell University sales specialist and we will beat that price. Please see ad on p NW 53rd St. Boca Raton, FL (561) located only 2 miles from the FAU Campus! Special FAU rates for students, family and friends - Free Breakfast, Free Managers Reception and Spacious Two Room Suites! Please see ad on p.29. Hilton Deerfield Beach / Boca Raton 100 Fairway Dr. Deerfield Beach, FL (954) Nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach and within two miles of the stunning East Coast Beaches of Florida. Please see ad on p. 31. La Quinta Inn & Suites 100 SW 12th Ave Deerfield Beach, FL (954) Stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Deerfield Beach just one mile from Boca Raton and within two miles of picturesque beaches. Please see ad on p. 13. Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel 2000 NW 19th St. Boca Raton, FL (561) Experience the all-new Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, featuring the only area hotel with a resort pool pavilion. Located just four miles from renowned beaches. Please see ad on p. 27. SpringHill Suites Marriott Boca Raton 5130 NW 8th Ave Boca Raton, FL (561) springhillsuitesbocaraton.com/fau 1 Mile from FAU! All Suite Hotel, free hot breakfast, internet and more! Call or click to book using our special FAU rate. Long Term Stay rates available. Please see ad on p. 20. The Boca Raton Bridge Hotel 999 East Camino Real Boca Raton FL (866) Spectacular sweeping waterfront views from every balcony. Ideally located to explore and enjoy all the best that Boca Raton and South Florida has to offer. Please see ad on p. 10. For advertising inquiries, please contact UPM Sales Consultant Allison For advertising Black at (866) inquiries, please or contact UPM Sales Consultant XXXXXXXXXX at (866) or Where to Live Addison Park- Off Campus Student Housing 2190 NW 4th Ct. Boca Raton, FL (561) Off-Campus Student housing walking distance to FAU. Individual leases, fully furnished, private bathrooms, and roommate matching available. Please see ad on p. 7. Bicycle Club Apartments 1908 NW 4th Ave., Boca Raton, FL (561) Offers luxury student apartment living. Our location is convenient to Boca Raton, as well as Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach, not to mention it is solely a 5 minute bike ride to classes! Please see ad on p. 25. Where to Eat Ruth s Chris Steak House Boca Raton 225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. Suite #100 Boca Raton, FL (561) Whether it s a romantic steak dinner for two, an important business meeting, or a private party, Ruth s Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs. Ask about our catering too! Please see ad on p. 15. Student Services Boca Raton Regional Hospital 800 Meadows Rd. Boca Raton, FL (561) BRRH.com Boca Raton Regional Hospital has received HealthGrades 2012 Distinguished Hospital for Excellence Award for the eighth year in a row. Please see ad on p. 39. Golden Palms Apartments 373 NW 4th Diagonal, Boca Raton, FL (561) Experience our convenient location at a great value for the best of student living!! Please see ad on p. 39. Mizner Court at Broken Sound 6503 N Military Trail Boca Raton, FL (561) Minutes away from superior schools, restaurants, golf courses and of course the fabulous Town Center Mall and Mizner Park. 1 & 2 bedrooms Please see ad on p. 3. Spring Harbor at the Landings 1495 Spring Harbor Drive Delray Beach, Florida (561) Ease into our stress-busting hot tub, You are home! At Spring Harbor, it couldn t be easier with access to I-95 you are minutes from Campus, downtown and the beaches. Stop by or lease online today! Please see ad on inside front cover. The Heritage at Boca Raton 320 W Palmetto Park Rd Boca Raton, FL (561) The heart and soul of theheritage features custom home finishes, a gated entry, private courtyards and breathtaking views. Please see ad on p. 17. Tivoli Park Apartments 603 Siesta Key Cir. Deerfield Beach, FL (954) Please see ad on p For more info about Boca Raton, visit: 37

20 RESOURCES Academic Calendar FALL 2012 SPRING 2013 CLASSES BEGIN August 18 January 5 Last day at 5 p.m. to drop/add courses without consequences; courses are fee liable after this date. $100 late registration fee after this date. *However, for students with Saturday or Sunday only classes in Summer 1, 2, 3, 2011, the drop/add period extends to the following Sunday. This option can be used only through August 24 January 11 Grace period-students responsible for August January payment of tuition & fees; no W for dropped courses; drops noted on student records as W after this period Last day to pay tuition & fees in-person at August 27 January 14 any cashier s office by close of business; online until 11:00 pm; $100 late payment fee assessed if paid after this date MID-SEMESTER BREAK. NO CLASSES March 4 10 Final Examinations November 29- April 25 May 1 December 5 SEMESTER ENDS December 7 May 3 * Departmental deadlines may also apply. Consult the Degree Program section of the University catalog for further information. 38

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