Undergraduate Admissions

2014-2015 Catalog Year

First-Time-In-College Students

 

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 twelve (12) semester hours of transferable credit after high school graduation. Applicants must submit an application for admission, official transcripts of all secondary work and each post-secondary institution as appropriate, and official ACT or SAT test scores.

A 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.

FGCU recalculates the student's high school grade point average using grades in the following: 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 history, political science, economics, psychology, and sociology); 2 units of one foreign language (American Sign Language can substitute for a foreign language); and 2 academic electives. One point will be added 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 unit will be added 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 grade point average in the academic units and performance on one standardized admission test. Acceptable tests include the SAT, SAT-I, ACT, or the E-ACT. Students who graduate from high school in 2006 or later must submit the new SAT with the writing test
or an ACT with the writing test.

First-time-in-college students applying for admission are considered for admission to FGCU based on the following:

  • An FTIC student may be admitted if he/she has a high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale as calculated by the University and presents official SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT plus Writing scores that meet or exceed the remediations level as determined by the Board of Governors Regulation 6.008
  • An FTIC student may be admitted if he/she has a high school GPA of 2.5 - 2.99 on a 4.00 scale as calculated by the university. 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:

SAT – Critical Reading >= 460 or ACT – Reading >= 19,
SAT – Mathematics >= 460 or ACT – Mathematics >= 19, and
SAT – Writing >= 440 or ACT – English/Writing >=18, English 17

Secondary Academic Unit Requirements

A freshman applicant must complete the secondary academic unit requirements as listed in the following table:

Students Entering High School
Prior to July 1, 2007
Students Entering High School
July 1, 2007 or later
4 credits – English/Language Arts (three of which must have included substantial writing requirements). 4 credits – English/Language Arts (three of which must have included substantial writing requirements).
3 credits – Mathematics (at or above the Algebra I level). 4 credits – Mathematics (at or above the Algebra I level).
3 credits – Natural Science (two of which must have included substantial laboratory requirements). 3 credits – Natural Science (two of which must have included substantial laboratory requirements).
3 credits – Social Science (to include anthropology, history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and/or geography). 3 credits – Social Science (to include anthropology, history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and/or geography).
2 credits – Foreign Language (Both credits must have been in the same language. For the purposes of this admission requirement, American Sign Language will be accepted in place of a foreign language.) 2 credits – Foreign Language (Both credits must have been in the same language. For the purposes of this admission requirement, American Sign Language will be accepted in place of a foreign language.)
3 credits – Additional academic electives (in any combination of courses listed in the Department of Education Course Code Directory, accessible at www.fldoe.org/articulation/, as follows: 2 credits – Additional academic credits (in any combination of courses listed in the Department of Education Course Code Directory, accessible at www.fldoe.org/articulation/, as follows:
1. Up to three credits in Level II courses in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, or Fine Arts; Level III courses in any discipline; or Dual Enrollment courses for which both high school and post secondary credits are granted; OR 1. Two credits from among Level II courses listed in the Department of Education Course Code Directory in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Fine Arts; Level III courses listed in the Directory in any academic credited discipline; or Dual Enrollment courses for which both high school and post secondary academic credits are granted; OR
2. At least one credit from 1. above and up to two credits in courses grade nine or above in ROTC/Military Training, or at least one credit from 1. above and up to two credits of equivalent courses in any discipline as determined by the Articulation Coordinating Committee and listed in the Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook, accessible at www.fldoe.org/articulation/).

2. One credit from 1. above and one credit from grade nine or above in ROTC/Military Training, or an equivalent course in any discipline as determined by the Articulation Coordinating Committee and listed in the Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook, accessible at www.fldoe.org/articulation/).

 

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 their Florida public high school and has passed all academic units required, 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 applicant must present a score of at least 1450 on the re-centered SAT (Critical Reading + Math+ Writing) or a 21 composite
on the ACT. 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: 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, the student's creativity, character, and special talents. 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 Appeal 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 10% of the total number of admitted FTIC students. Students admitted though 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 Board of Trustees reviewing the success of these students.