First Year Experience

Welcome, Eagles!

Congratulations on your admission to FGCU! Your admission to the University reflects our belief in your potential to be successful, and we are committed to help you reach it. The next step in your journey to become an Eagle will be attending a two-day orientation program this summer. After you register for an orientation date, you will be contacted by your academic advisor and the two of you will work on your course schedule for your first semester of college! This will happen before your orientation date and the classes selected will be based on your program of study (major), your academic background (high school courses completed, grade point average, and standardized test scores), any college credits you may have completed, as well as your personal interests and goals.

With all this information considered, there are three possible Student Success Pathways that will frame your first year of college, and your Academic Advisor will guide you toward understanding the requirements of your designated Student Success Pathway.

  • Student Success Pathway 1 

  • Student Success Pathway 2 


Frequently Asked Questions

All Student Success Pathway questions related to Admissions should be directed to Undergraduate Admissions by emailing

  • As part of my Student Success Pathway, I am required to complete Summer (Session B) classes. What classes can I expect to take when I begin FGCU in the Summer semester?

  • When is the start date for Summer (Session B)?

  • If I am required to start in the Summer (Session B), am I able to complete these classes online?

  • Am I required to abide by the requirements of my Student Success Pathway to begin at FGCU?

  • As part of my Student Success Pathway, I’m required to begin in the Summer (Session B). How does this work with Housing?  

  • How will my Student Success Pathway impact the progress made toward my degree as outlined in my program’s curriculum map?  

  • I chose Option 2 of Student Success Pathway 2. How will I know if I’m one of the 50 first-year students chosen?  

  • Will my Student Success Pathway determine what I can or cannot be involved with on campus?  

  • Will my Student Success Pathway change if my high school GPA increases or decreases by the end of the year?