College credits earned by high school or college students on the basis of the College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE), or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) will be accepted. Credit received from one exam program may not be duplicated by another, nor duplicated through dual enrollment credit. A maximum of 45 semester hours of AP, CLEP, AICE, IB, correspondence, and military service education credits can be applied toward a degree. For students with more than 45 applicable credits, AP, AICE and IB credits will be transferred before evaluating other credits. AP, IB, and CLEP information regarding courses/areas for which FGCU credit may be assigned is subject to change. Students should consult their academic advisors for up-to-date information. The State Articulation Coordinating Committee, a joint committee of the Department of Education and the Board of Governors, establishes the passing scores and course equivalencies for these programs.
Advanced Placement Program (AP)
Students must submit an official Advanced Placement transcript from The College Board as evidence of completion of a college-level course taken in high school. If the examination results meet the requirements in the equivalency table listed in the University catalog, the student may be given University credit. The courses listed indicate the FGCU course equivalency that will appear on the student's FGCU transcript. AP equivalence will count toward Communication and Computation Skills (previously know as Gordon Rule requirements) if the equivalent course fulfills the Communication and Computation Skills. AP credit will appear on the student's permanent record. Refer to the AP Examination table for equivalent courses based on AP exam scores.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Students must submit an official transcript from The College Board for scores to be considered for credit. CLEP examination scores must meet the minimum standards established by the State University System and FGCU. CLEP credit will appear on the student's permanent record. CLEP credit will count toward Communication and Computation Skills if the equivalent FGCU course fulfills the Communication and Computation Skills. CLEP credit does not factor into the GPA because a grade is not associated with CLEP credit. However, CLEP credit awarded for ENC 1101 (English Composition I) and for mathematics courses is considered as a grade of "C" for Math and English course admission requirements. Refer to the CLEP Examination Table for equivalent courses based on CLEP scores.
International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
Students with an IB diploma will be awarded up to 30 semester hours of credit in FGCU courses for scores of four (4) or higher on IB exams, in accordance with the equivalency table in the University catalog. In awarding credit for IB diploma holders, higher level exams will be given priority in awarding credit. Students without an IB diploma will be awarded credit only for higher-level exams on which a score of five (5) or higher is obtained. IB equivalence will count toward Communication and Computation Skills if the equivalent course fulfills the Communication and Computation Skills. Refer to the IB Examination Table for equivalent courses based on IB scores.
Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE)
Like the International Baccalaureate program, the AICE program is an international curriculum and examination program modeled on the British pre-college curriculum and "A-Level" exams. Refer to the AICE Equivalency Table for equivalent courses based on AICE scores.
Official credentials from military service schools will be evaluated on the basis of American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. Credit may be granted when courses are equivalent to those offered by FGCU; however, recommendations by the ACE are not binding upon the University. For more information, refer to Transfer of Coursework section as well.
Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
These tests are designed to test student's knowledge in a variety of college-level subjects and credit will be accepted based on recommendations for exams and passing scores as determined by the State Board of Education. Refer to the Dantes Equivalency Table for equivalent courses based on DSST scores.
Credit by Examination
FGCU colleges and departments may offer examinations for academic credit to undergraduate students upon request. The colleges or departments must be directly contacted concerning the availability of examinations.
Articulation agreements between FGCU and several Florida public community colleges allow students with Associate of Science (AS) degrees in some areas to enter FGCU with upper level status.