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First-Time-In-College Students 2016-2017 Catalog Year

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First-Time-In-College Students (FTIC), are defined as students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and who have earned no more than eleven (11) semester hours of transferrable credit after high school graduation. FTIC applicants who earn transferable college credit, regardless of the total number, before graduating high school are considered freshman (FTIC). Applicants must submit an application for admission, official transcripts of all secondary work from each post-secondary institution as appropriate, and official ACT or SAT test scores.

An FTIC student must be a graduate of a Florida public or regionally accredited high school, or its equivalent, and have completed 18 Carnegie units which are year-long courses and not remedial in nature. At a minimum, the following units must be completed: 4 units of English (at least three with substantial writing); 4 units of mathematics at the level of algebra I or higher (algebra A, B is equivalent to one unit of algebra I); 3 units of natural science (at least two with a laboratory); 3 units of social science (includes anthropology, history, civics, political science, economics, psychology, sociology or geography); 2 units of the same foreign language (American Sign Language can substitute for a foreign language) (see section 4 below regarding foreign language competency); and 2 academic electives.  Students who entered high school as a freshman prior to July 1, 2007 are required to complete 3 units of mathematics and 3 academic electives.  FGCU will utilize a weighted GPA as determined by the Office of Admissions. Weighted GPAs include one point for credits earned in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) courses, and Dual Enrollment courses for grades of C or higher.  One-half point for honors courses, Pre-AICE, and Pre-IB for grades of C or higher.

Academic and elective courses are listed in the Counseling for Future Education Handbook published by the Florida Department of Education.  Initial application review is based on high school weighted grade point average (GPA) in the academic units and performance on standardized admission tests. Acceptable tests include the SAT, or the ACT. Students applying for Spring 2017 or later are not required to submit an essay score.

Each FTIC student admitted to FGCU is expected to demonstrate competency of foreign language or American Sign Language equivalent to the second high school level or higher (Spanish 2 for example).  A limited number of students not meeting the high school foreign language requirement may be admitted; however, these students must fulfill the foreign language requirement prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree.

FTIC students applying to FGCU may be considered for admission based on the following criteria.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as factors such as number of qualified applicants and available space may be taken into consideration.

  • A 3.0-weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale paired with one of the standardized admission tests.  Subsections of each test must be above minimum/remedial levels, as determined by the Florida Board of Governors and the State Board of Education, or
  • An FTIC student may be admitted if he/she has a high school weighted GPA of 2.5-2.99 on a 4.00 scale. Course work from which a student has withdrawn with passing grades will not be included in the calculation. In addition to achieving the minimum GPA, a student must achieve the minimum scores for each SAT Reasoning Test or ACT section as outlined below:

1) Students applying before Spring 2017 must achieve the minimum scores for each section of the SAT or ACT section as outlined below:

a) SAT: Critical Reading >= 460, or ACT: Reading >= 19,

b) SAT: Mathematics >= 460, or ACT: Mathematics >= 19, and

c)  SAT: Writing >= 440, or ACT: English >= 17 and English/Writing >=18.

2) Students applying for Spring 2017 or later must achieve the minimum scores for each section of the SAT (or its corresponding score on the redesigned SAT concordance from the College Board ) or ACT section as outlined below:

a) SAT Critical Reading + SAT Writing (or concordant rSAT Evidenced Based Reading and Writing score) >= 460, or ACT Reading >=19 and ACT English >= 17

b) SAT Mathematics (or concordant rSAT Math score) >= 460, or ACT Mathematics >=19


Meeting Minimum Requirements

A freshman applicant who meets the Minimum Freshman Eligibility Requirements as listed above is not guaranteed admission to the University, even though everything possible will be done to admit all qualified applicants who apply by specified application deadlines. However, if the number of qualified freshman applicants exceeds the number the University can enroll; admission will be on a selective basis.

Talented Twenty. Any student ranked in the top 20% of his or her Florida public high school and has passed all required academic units, may be admissible to FGCU and admitted on a space available basis.

Non-traditional program of study.  Any applicant who completed a non-traditional high school program of study, which is not measured in Carnegie Units, such as home schooling, or a student who presents a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) instead of a standard high school diploma, may not qualify for admission based on the criteria listed above.  Instead, the student, if applying before Spring 2017, must present a total score of at least 1450 on the SAT (Critical Reading + Math+ Writing) or a 21 composite on the ACT plus writing.  Students applying for Spring 2017 and later must present a combined score of at least 1060 on the rSAT (or concordant combined Critical Reading, Math and Writing score) or an ACT composite score of 21. Sub-sections of each test must be above the minimum/remedial levels as described above.

Profile Assessment.  A student applying for admission who does not meet these requirements may be eligible for admission through a student profile assessment, which considers additional factors, including, but not limited to, the following: a combination of test scores and GPA that indicate a potential for success, improvement in high school record, military service, family educational background, socioeconomic status, graduation from a low-performing high school, graduation from an international baccalaureate program, the length of time since high school graduation, geographic location, creativity, character, and special talents or abilities. These additional factors shall not include preferences in the admissions process for applicants on the basis of race, national origin, or sex.  These students may be admitted if, in the judgment of the Admissions Committee, there is sufficient evidence that the student can be expected to succeed at the institution.

  • The number of FTIC students admitted each year through profile assessment shall not exceed 5% of the total number of admitted FTIC students.
  • Students admitted through profile assessment shall be monitored and provided a learning plan to help ensure that their retention and graduation rates remain at or near the institution’s average. Each year a report will be provided to the FGCU Board of Trustees reviewing the success of these students.
  • Any FTIC or Transfer student with a learning disability shall be eligible for reasonable substitution or modification of any requirement for admission pursuant to Board of Governors Regulation 6.018.
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