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10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida
33965-6565

(239) 590-7878
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Transfer Admission Requirements

 
 

FGCU Transfer StudentAll applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible – up to twelve months before the requested entry date. The application and all official supporting documents must be submitted by the posted deadlines below for the requested entry term. Applications received or completed after the posted deadlines may not be processed for admission into the requested term due to space or time limitations and may be offered admission in the next available term.

Florida Gulf Coast University aims to promptly notify students of their admission status. Students are typically notified within three to four weeks, from the time that their application for admissions is completed. (All portions of application form completed and submitted with fee, all official transcripts and official test scores received) Students interested in applying for Financial Aid and Housing should also be aware of priority deadlines that exist. Transcripts and test scores received and opened by the university may not be transferred to a third party or the applicant and become the sole property of FGCU.

Florida Gulf Coast University separates transfer student types into 2 different categories due to the difference in admission criteria. Those 2 types are Lower Level Transfer and Upper Level Transfer applicants. The differences are noted below. Please read each category to help you decide which application process you should follow. Failure to provide the required documents may slow down the application review process.

Lower Level Transfer Admission Requirements (under 60 semester hours of transferable credit)

Students who are Lower Level Transfer applicants (those with fewer than 60 semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must meet all requirements of incoming first-time-in-college applicants.  The high school and ACT/SAT requirements for first-time-in-college applicants and Lower Level Transfer applicants can be found here.

These students must also have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous college work and be eligible to return as a degree-seeking student in good standing (with at least a 2.0 GPA) to the last institution attended.

A Lower Level Transfer applicant who meets the State University System Minimum Freshman Eligibility Index for Admission Consideration is not guaranteed admission to the University, even though everything possible will be done to admit all qualified applicants who apply by posted admission deadlines. However, if the number of qualified Lower Level Transfer applicants exceeds the number the University is permitted to enroll in a given term, admission will be on a selective basis.

Foreign Language Requirement

All students admitted must satisfy or meet exemption qualifications from the state foreign language admission requirement. American Sign Language satisfies the criteria of a foreign language for the purposes of this requirement. Students who do not meet this requirement may be admitted with the condition that they fulfill the requirement by completing a two-semester sequence of a foreign language prior to graduation from FGCU.


Students satisfy the requirement by having completed two (2) years of a foreign language sequence in high school or eight (8) or more semester hours of a foreign language sequence in a previously attended college or university. They can demonstrate equivalent foreign language competence through credit awarded on the basis of scores on the foreign language subject matter examinations in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), which must be equivalent to 8 to 10 semester hours of college-level work. Acceptable scores for awarding CLEP credit can be found in the Transferring Credit section of the catalog.

Upper Level Transfer Admission Requirements (at least 60 semester hours of transferable credit)

Applicants are considered Upper Level Transfer students if they have at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions.  If the applicant's grade point average is at least a cumulative 2.0 on all previous college coursework and the applicant is in good standing at the last institution attended, and meets Math and English course requirements, the applicant is admissible to FGCU. 

Applicants can meet the Math and English course requirements by completing the Associate of Arts degree from a public Florida State/Community College, by meeting GPA requirements for Math and English courses, or by meeting ACT/SAT test score minimums.  Upper Level Transfer applicants who have not completed an AA from a Florida public State/Community College will need to have at minimum two English Composition courses AND two college level Mathematics courses, such as Algebra, Statistics, Liberal Arts Mathematics, or Finite Mathematics. A grade point average of 2.5 or higher is required in the two English courses, as well as the two Mathematics courses.  If an applicant has not been determined to meet course requirements through completion of an AA degree from a public Florida State/Community College or through grades from Math and English courses, they may meet this requirement with minimum test scores on the ACT or SAT.  Those minimum scores are as follows:

  • SAT Math score at least 470 (test date prior to April, 1995) or 500 (test date April, 1995 or later) OR
  • ACT Math score at least 21 (regardless of test date)

  • SAT Verbal score at least 420 (test date prior to April, 1995) or 500 (test date April, 1995 or later) OR
  • ACT Reading score at least 22 (test date October, 1989 or later) OR
  • ACT English score at least 20 (test date prior to October, 1989) or 21 (test date October, 1989 or later) OR
  • ACT Combined English/Writing at least 21

If an applicant has not been determined to meet course requirements through completion of an AA degree from a public Florida State/Community College, through grades from Math and English courses, or minimum test scores on the ACT or SAT, they may not be admitted to the university.  Additionally, test scores may be required for admission to specific limited access programs.

*Applicants who have received an Associate of Arts degree from a public Florida State/Community College immediately prior to transferring to FGCU and have applied for a non-limited access program will be admitted. The admission of students transferring from a public Florida state/community college and holding an Associate in Arts degree is governed by the Articulation Agreement between state universities and public state/community colleges in Florida.  Admission is not guaranteed to programs designated as limited access.

*FGCU has entered into articulation agreements with several public Florida State/Community Colleges for the purpose of facilitating transfer into FGCU degree programs. Applicants who have received an Associate of Science degree immediately prior to transferring to FGCU will be admitted IF AND ONLY IF the AS degree is in one of the approved disciplines listed below AND from an approved public Florida State/Community College listed below AND the applicant has applied for the corresponding FGCU degree program listed below. However, transfer applicants with an Associate of Science degree who matriculate to an institution of higher learning and fail to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in additional courses, will not be eligible to transfer to Florida Gulf Coast University. Admission is not guaranteed to programs designated as limited access. Students applying to programs in the College of Health Professions also must meet specific program admission criteria.

Transfer students who have been awarded an AS degree in selected programs from a public Florida State/Community College which are NOT on the list below, where courses do not have a direct equivalent, may still be awarded up to a maximum of 24 credits of electives to be determined by the college for entry into a related program at FGCU. Those programs include the B.S. in Health Science, B.S. in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Forensics Studies, and B.S. in Legal Studies.

 FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
AS to BS ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS
PUBLIC FLORIDA STATE/COMMUNITY COLLEGES

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE APPROVED FLORIDA INSTITUTIONS FGCU DEGREE
Business    
Business Administration Statewide Articulation Agreement - All Public Institutions BS Management
     
Education    
Early Childhood Education Edison State College BS Child Development
     
Health Professions    
*Nursing All Public State/Community Colleges in Florida BS Nursing
Cardiovascular Technician State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and St. Petersburg College BS Health Science
Dental State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and St. Petersburg College BS Health Science
EMT State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and St. Petersburg College BS Health Science
Respiratory Care State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and St. Petersburg College BS Health Science
Radiology Technician State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and St. Petersburg College BS Health Science
Health Sciences State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and St. Petersburg College BS Health Science
Physical Therapy State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and St. Petersburg College BS Health Science
Occupational Therapy State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and St. Petersburg College BS Health Science
     
Professional Studies    
Paralegal Studies/Legal Assisting Broward College, Edison State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Florida Keys Community College, Hillsborough Community College, Miami Dade College, Palm Beach State College, Pensacola State College, Santa Fe College, St. Petersburg College, and Tallahassee Community College BS Legal Studies
Criminal Justice Edison State College, Indian River State College, Palm Beach State College, St. Petersburg College, South Florida Community College, and Tallahassee Community College BS Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Technology All Public State/Community Colleges in Florida


BS Criminal Justice

*We are currently not admitting students to the RN-BSN program.
 
 FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
AA to BS ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS
PUBLIC FLORIDA STATE/COMMUNITY COLLEGES

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE

APPROVED FLORIDA INSTITUTIONS FGCU DEGREE
Arts & Sciences    
Biotechnology Miami Dade College BS Biotechnology
Biotechnology Miami Dade College BA Chemistry
Biotechnology Miami Dade College BS Biology

 

Foreign Language Requirement

All students admitted must satisfy or meet exemption qualifications from the state foreign language admission requirement. American Sign Language satisfies the criteria of a foreign language for the purposes of this requirement. Students who do not meet this requirement may be admitted with the condition that they fulfill the requirement by completing a two-semester sequence of a foreign language prior to graduation from FGCU.


Students satisfy the requirement by having completed two (2) years of a foreign language sequence in high school or eight (8) or more semester hours of a foreign language sequence in a previously attended college or university. Upper Level Transfer applicants may submit an official high school transcript showing they have completed 2 years of foreign language sequence in high school.  They can demonstrate equivalent foreign language competence through credit awarded on the basis of scores on the foreign language subject matter examinations in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), which must be equivalent to 8 to 10 semester hours of college-level work. Acceptable scores for awarding CLEP credit can be found in the Transferring Credit section of the catalog.

Students are exempt from the foreign language requirement if one or more of the following conditions are met:

  • The student received an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public state/community college prior to September 1, 1989.
  • The student enrolled in a program of study leading to an Associate of Arts degree at a Florida state/public community college prior to August 1989 and who maintained continuous enrollment until admission to and enrollment in Florida Gulf Coast University.