Freshman/First Time In College

Freshman applicants include: high-school seniors, home school students in their final year, first–time-in-college students (FTIC), high-school graduates with 11 or fewer transferable credit hours completed after graduating from high school and students currently enrolled in high school and earning college credit (dual enrollment). FGCU welcomes all students.  DACA and Undocumented students should refer to the FGCU DACA & Undocumented FAQ for additional information.  DACA and Undocumented students seeking in state tuition rates must complete a Non-Resident Tuition waiver in addition to submitting the online admissions application.

How to apply

Getting started is easy, but works best when you know the requirements and follow the steps in the application process. If you are graduating high school or this will be your first time in college, the information below will help walk you through each step to make it easy, but you have to read carefully and make sure you have your information available when it's time to send them to campus. 

Step 1: Application & Fee

Note:  Application Deadlines

Pay the fee with a major credit card or mail a check made payable to Florida Gulf Coast University to Florida Gulf Coast University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565. ACT/SAT fee waivers may be submitted if an applicant qualifies for this option. To submit an ACT or SAT Application Fee Waiver, first complete the entire online admissions application and answer the question regarding qualifying for an application fee waiver. Once you’ve done that, stop and wait for a fee waiver code to be sent to you by our office via email. Do not complete the credit card information. Make sure you send the application fee waiver form to Undergraduate Admissions. When we receive both your application and the fee waiver form, you will receive an email from our office with additional information on completing the application. Application fees are not refunded if an application fee waiver is received after another form of payment has been processed. All questions in each section of the application should be answered to avoid processing delays.


  • Step 2: Complete SSAR and Prepare Transcripts 

  • Step 3: Gather Your Test Scores

  • Step 4: Know Important Dates


Required High School Units & Weighted GPA

Minimums Desired for Consideration


GPA SAT ACT Freshman Admission Averages (2017-2018)
3.0 500 ERW, 25 on Reading and Writing Tests 19 Reading, 19 English 3.0
  500 Math, 25 on Math Test 19 Math 1140
  1070 Composite 21 24.3

  • Units

  • Weighted GPA

Tips for applying

  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions.
  • An evaluation of your application may take up to two weeks after your file is completed. This timeframe may be extended if your admissions review is on hold.
  • You must provide evidence of high school graduation or in the process of graduating from high school or completing GED certificate.

Applicants with a GED must submit official GED test scores. Students 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 1070 on the new SAT (or concordant combined Critical Reading, Math and Writing score) or an ACT composite score of 21. The sub-scores of each test must be above the minimum admission requirements.

  • Do not send letters of recommendations or personal essays as these are not used in the preliminary review of your application.

Admission Forms

  • Limited Access Programs (Music, Nursing, Athletic Training or PGM)

  • Florida Residency Requirements

  • Foreign Language Requirements

Information for Parents

As your child embarks on the college selection process, we encourage you to become involved and learn about the academic experiences and opportunities that await your new FGCU Eagle. The admissions section provides details on fees, financial aid/scholarships and steps needed to get started on the right path.

  • What does my student need to complete the application?

  • When are your application deadlines?

  • What was the first-year student profile for last year's accepted class?

  • How can my student submit high school transcripts?

  • How long does the application process take?

  • My student has a hold decision status. What does that mean?

  • How do I set up a visit to see the school or for my student to see the school?

  •  What is the cost of tuition?

  • Do you offer financial aid? Scholarships?

  • Is it required to live on campus? How does my student apply for housing?

  • Is there support to help my student make a smooth transition from high school to college?

  • How does my student sign up for Eagle View Orientation?

  • Are students allowed to bring a car their freshman year?

  • Are meal plans required?

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Undergraduate Admissions

Howard Hall (main floor)
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.,
Fort Myers, Florida 33965