The name Friedrich-Alexander comes from the university’s first founder Friedrich, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, and its benefactor Christian Frederick Charles Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach.
In Germany traditional liberal arts universities do not usually have an engineering school or department. However FAU does have a distinct engineering faculty.
FAU is the second largest state university in the state of Bavaria. It has five schools, 23 departments, 30 clinical departments, and 20 utonomous departments. There are roughly 12,000 employees at the university.
In winter semester 2012/13 around 35,363 students (including 2850 foreign students) enrolled in the university in 153 fields of study, with about 2/3 are studying at the Erlangen campus and the remaining 1/3 at the Nuremberg campus. FAU is among the 12 largest universities in Germany.