[50] The university was named one of the 146 "Best Southeastern Colleges" in the United States by the Princeton Review. The freshman program offers 16 different concentrations, including business, nursing, and education. Florida Atlantic University is home to a number of sports-related traditions and school spirit organizations. Kiffin was formerly the head coach for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL, the University of Tennessee Volunteers, and the University of Southern California as well as the former Offensive Coordinator for the University of Alabama under Nick Saban. [59] The university has established notable partnerships with major research institutions such as the Scripps Research Institute, the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and the Max Planck Society. The Florida Atlantic University Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class of members in 2006. Florida Atlantic Baseball fielded its first squad in 1981. Through the 2008 season, after eight years of competing in football, the Owls are 47–47 overall. FAU Owls home and road games for football and basketball can be heard locally (the "tri-county area" of South Florida - Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties) on WMEN Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida (formerly known as "640 The Hurricane Sports Radio") on the radio, on the station's webstream, and thru their stream on the TuneIn application. The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center joins centers in the Pacific Northwest (University of Washington and Oregon State University) and in Hawaii (University of Hawaii). The John D. MacArthur Campus, named after businessman and philanthropist John D. MacArthur, was established in 1999 to serve residents of central and northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties. The game was come to be called the Shula Bowl. The following year, the university added its third campus, in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas Boulevard. John W. Kelly, Ph.D. John Kelly was named the seventh president of Florida Atlantic University in January 2014, and quickly declared his intention to make FAU “America’s fastest-improving university.” The presence of this bird has been popular on the land of the university, even preceding the construction of FAU. [3] The average 4-year graduation rate for first-time, non-transfer students is 14% while the 6-year graduation rate is 39%. [53] For 2011, Florida Atlantic was ranked 249th in the nation by Washington Monthly. "[108] As of 2011[update], 4,555 students live on-campus in Boca Raton. The student government also finances other student life programs, including career fairs, the University Press, OWL TV and Owl Radio, and Homecoming.[123]. The Owls were coached by Rex Walters in 2006–2008, a former standout at Kansas. The university offers two honors options: the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and a University Scholars Program. However, with the national economic recovery the endowment has increased to $179 million by the end of 2012.[23]. On December 12, 2016, the program hired the fourth coach in program history; Lane Kiffin. She was named president on March 3, 2010, then resigned on May 15, 2013. The county is also home to the John D. MacArthur Campus located in the City of Jupiter. In 2013, the Owls joined Conference USA. [71] In 2011, the College of Engineering and Computer Science Building was LEED Platinum certified. As a home game, the competition takes place at university's own stadium; as an away game, the bowl is played at FIU Stadium in Miami. [72], For basketball, Florida Atlantic celebrates the "Red Hot Madness and Stroll Off" pep rally that introduces fans to the team and coaches, host a number of basketball-related contests such as 3-point shoot-outs and slam dunk competitions, and features step performances by the school's National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities. However, Florida Atlantic later established its own College of Medicine in 2010. The campus also offers a rich and varied program of student activities provided by the Division of Student Affairs. FAU leads the all-time series thirteen games to four. Florida Atlantic purchased 50 acres (0.2 km2) of land in Port St. Lucie in 1994. [27], The university has ten colleges which altogether offer over 180 different bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs:[28] the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, College for Design and Social Inquiry, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, and the Graduate College.[29]. The university also offers upper-division undergraduate and graduate student housing in the Business and Professional Women's Scholarship House for women with a strong academic background. [75] The institute is part of Florida Atlantic's Department of Ocean Engineering which was founded in 1965 as the first ocean engineering undergraduate program in the nation. [124][125][126] Florida Atlantic students have an organized football tailgating area known as the Rat's Mouth. At the dedication ceremony in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson even made notice and reference to the popular presence of the bird. Owlsley the owl is the official mascot of Florida Atlantic. [70], In addition to the Treasure Coast Campus, Florida Atlantic University operates a campus in Fort Pierce at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. Florida Atlantic has attracted high-profile coaches in the past for various sports, including Howard Schnellenberger and Lane Kiffin for football and Mike Jarvis for basketball. [76], The university has two buildings in downtown Fort Lauderdale, both of which are considered part of one Fort Lauderdale campus.