Falavarjan branch of Islamic Azad University was established on September 24th, 1987 (Mehr, 2nd, 1366 IRC.) in Falavarjan city. The university started its programs in 1987 with "Arabic Literature" as the first study field. However, now it covers 30 different fields of study as follows:
Master degree majors: Arabic Literature and Language, Microbiology, Animal and Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Chemistry and Essence Technology.
Bachelor degrees in: Microbiology, Biochemistry, Arabic Literature, Persian Literature, Plants Biology, Animals Biology, genetics and Biotechnology, Accounting, Nursing, English Language Teaching (integrated and non-integrated), and Midwifery.
University degrees in majors such as: Accounting (integrated and non-integrated), Computer science (integrated and non-integrated), Architecture, English Language Teaching, Experiential Sciences, and Childcare.
Falavarjan branch is known as a "very large" branch in the Islamic Azad University ratings considering its 4000 students, 102 full-time professors, and 120 lecturers.
There should be noted that there has been an increase in the applicants' interest rate to be admitted to the branch; and this could be due to the fact that this university has become a single-gender (only females) one since 2003 (1382 IRC.). This was planned in alignment with missions of Islamic Azad University as well as the interest of female students in this program.
The benefits of the university's single-gender plan has been both the ease of selecting major by the students and the satisfaction of their parents so that the researches show this as a result of the secure environment in which students can focus on their studies.
Falavarjan city is one of the historical cities of Isfahan with an area of 319 KM2. The city is surrounded by Khomeini shar from north, Mobarakeh from south, Najafabad from west, and Isfahan from east.
At the moment, the population of the city is about 250,000. Furthermore, the city has found a special position because of its history, close proximity to Mobarakeh Steel Co. and Esfahan Steel Co., its residence near the Zayandehrood River, high quality agricultural produce, and closeness to the county center.
The city includes seven towns: Falavarjan, Ghahderijan, Kelishad and Souderjan, Pirbakran, Baharan, Imanshahr, and Shahr-e-Abrisham. The historical places are: Falavarjan's old bridge, Masjed Jame', Baba Mahmood bridge, Borj-e-Kabootarkhaneh, Masjed Jameye Oshtorjan, Sang-e-Saghakhaneh, Rabee' Khatoon, and Boghe'ye Pirbakran.
The importance of the University to the city
Considering the point that culture is a combination of the growth of knowledge, techniques, tools, and social behaviors, and in terms of its slow, gradual, and impalpable movement, establishing a higher educational center has an effective role in accelerating the city cultural change definitely. Since the establishment time of, the youth's and their families' familiarity with the University and their getting exposed to the knowledge and science development has caused the people who did not access to acquiring knowledge and continuing their education to take this opportunity and cause cultural growths for their family members.
Statistics show that the growth of a number of statistical indicators of the city has been greater than the neighboring cities/towns which do not have universities. Some indicators include: decreased rate of illiteracy, enhanced sanitary and therapeutic standards, increased public awareness, increased girls marriage age (from adolescence to youth), grown occupation rate and decreased unemployment, decreased population growth rate, and enhanced people's (especially women's) political and social participation in the society.