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Accelerated Collegiate Experience

Accelerated Collegiate Experience

Frequently Asked Questions



What is Early Admission?

Early admission is a program of enrollment in classes at FGCU on a full-time basis. The student is not registererd in any classes at their high school. 

What are the eligibility requirements for students in home education programs?

Home education students have equal access to early admission just as public school students. Home education students must present evidence to FGCU that the home education program is in compliance with section 1002.41, F.S. in order to provide early admission opportunities comparable to those for public school students.   FGCU must enter into a Home Education Articulation Agreement with each student seeking enrollment in an early admission course. There is no minimum GPA requirement for home education students.

May the school district deny participation in Early Admission programs to a qualified student?

No. According to s. 1007.271, F.S., school districts may not deny early admission participation to students who meet statutory eligibility requirements and any additional college readiness requirements established by the Florida College System institution and included in the Early Admission Articulation Agreement.

May the school district establish additional Early Admission eligibility requirements?

No. Only a Florida College/University System board of trustees is permitted to establish eligibility requirements in addition to those specified in s 1007.271, F.S. These additional requirements must be included in the Early Admission Articulation Agreement.

May the college establish additional Early Admission eligibility requirements?

Yes. Please see early admission criteria on the ACE website.

May a student who does not meet eligibility requirements or students who wish to take ineligible courses participate in dual enrollment or early admission, but pay their own tuition and fees?

No. Under the early admission program students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll in eligible courses at FGCU.

May a student take online courses?

Yes, students may take an online course at FGCU.  However, it is recommended that students consult with an FGCU advisor and have a computer and internet access at home.  Computer/internet resources are available on campus.

When and where are Early Admission courses taught?

FGCU accepts application for admission for the fall term only.  Students are enrolled in fall and spring terms only.  Early Admission is only offered through courses taught on the campus of FGCU.

How many credits must a student take in the Early Admission Program?

Early admission students must enroll in a minimum of 12 college credit hours per semester, but cannot take more than 16 credits during the fall or spring terms.

May an early admission student participate in high school activities?

School district policies vary regarding student participation in high school activities. However, students in early admission programs are eligible under the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to participate in high school athletics.  Students may not be registered in activity related courses at the high school if they are early admission at FGCU. 

May a student take Early Admission courses even after completion of high school graduation subject area requirements?

Early Admission students are subject to the same district policy as traditional high school students. For example, if an Early Admission student completes high school graduation requirements but has not graduated by December of his or her senior year and is allowed to continue taking high school courses in the spring term, then the Early Admission student should also be permitted to take courses in the spring term.  Please check with your school district regarding their policy. 

May a student take Early Admission courses beyond the high school graduation date?

No. If a student is projected to graduate from high school before the completion date of the FGCU course, the student may not take that course through Early Admission. Following high school graduation Early Admission students are not required to submit another application to FGCU, but are transitioned to their respective college.

How are Early Admission courses weighted by the public school district?

Section 1003.437, F.S., specifies that “For the purposes of class ranking, district school boards may exercise a weighted grading system pursuant to s. 1007.271.” For districts that use a weighted grading system, s. 1007.271(18), F.S., states that “school districts and Florida College System institutions must weigh dual enrollment courses the same as advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses when grade point averages are calculated. Alternative grade calculation or weighting systems that discriminate against dual enrollment courses are prohibited.” In addition, there should be no differentiation between the weighting of 1000 and 2000 level courses or courses that do not appear on the Dual Enrollment Course—High School Subject Area Equivalency List.

What Early Admission courses count toward a Bright Futures Scholarship?

The Bright Futures Comprehensive Course Table (CCT),, lists all courses considered for state scholarships. Early admission courses are found by scrolling to the bottom of each subject area list of courses. For each course the CCT displays the number of credits applied, its application to the different scholarship levels, and if the course is identified as “core” for admissions purposes to the State University System.  Please check with the high school counselor regarding Bright Futures eligibility. 

Is a student who completes Early Admission credits considered a freshman for state university admissions?

Yes. According to Board of Governors Regulation 6.002, FTIC freshmen are defined as students who have earned a standard high school diploma from a Florida public or regionally accredited high school, or its equivalent, and who have earned fewer than twelve (12) semester hours of transferable college credit after receiving a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.

 Do students pay the college tuition for Early Admission courses?

A student who is enrolled in the ACE progdram at FGCU is exempt from the payment of tuition and fees. The fee exemption includes application, registration, tuition, and laboratory fees for courses taken through early admission.  Students are required to pay for orientation and math placement fees (if applicable).

Are students required to pay for textbooks?

School districts pay for all required texts.   Students enrolled in home education programs or nonpublic secondary schools must provide their own materials.

Are Early Admission programs academically rigorous acceleration options?

Yes, Early Admission is a rigorous academic option that represents one of the accelerated mechanisms by which high school students can advance their course of study towards a postsecondary goal.  All FGCU faculty have college level teaching credentials and eligible students must prove college readiness evidenced by GPA and college placement test scores.

Is Early Admission right for everyone?

The ACE Early Admission program provides an opportunity to take challenging courses and accelerate education opportunities at FGCU. Students who successfully complete university courses will save time toward their college degree and save money with free tuition and textbooks. Students should understand, however, that Early Admission courses at FGCU are university level courses and the amount of work necessary to succeed may be much greater than in high school courses. In addition, Early Admission courses become a part of a student’s permanent college transcript and are calculated into the student’s permanent university GPA. Poor performance as a Early Admission student can ultimately impact one’s postsecondary career, including academic standing and financial aid eligibility. It is important to do well in these courses to realize all the benefits.