Future Students

Be a part of the Honors College community 

Whether you are an incoming freshman, a current student or a transfer student, we welcome you to join our community of dedicated, high-achieving scholars. Our students experience Honors courses with small class sizes, devoted faculty eager to help students excel in and outside of the classroom, one-of-a-kind leadership development opportunities and a great sense of community.  Admission to the Honors College is offered to a select number of highly motivated and successful students who wish to take an active role in their education and soar to their highest potential. 

How to join the Honors College

Admission to Honors is on an invitation-only basis. Incoming new freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for Honors eligibility based on the information provided when applying for admission to FGCU. Current students are automatically considered for eligibility based on their cumulative GPA and completed credit hours as of the semester prior to invitation. More details on the admission criteria and application process for each type of student are below.

FTIC Process

First-Time-In-College Students (FTIC): Apply early. FGCU's priority admission deadline for freshmen merit scholarship consideration is Nov. 15 each year. The Honors College invitation cycle for first-time-in-college students runs from late November to late February. All incoming freshmen must ensure that they are admitted to FGCU and that all transcripts, standardized test scores and any other admission materials are submitted before February for consideration for admission to the Honors College the following fall.


Invitation to Accept Seat in Honors:

  • 3.9 weighted high school GPA 
  • Either 1320 SAT or 28 ACT

Invitation to Apply to Honors:

  • 3.5 weighted high school GPA 
  • Either 1220 SAT or 25 ACT 


Invitations are sent November-February of previous year. 

Internal Process

Current FGCU students: Each spring and fall semester, the Honors College accepts a number of current students who have excelled during their time here.  

Transfer students: Students who are transferring to FGCU from another university or college are invited to apply for admission during their first semester as a full-time student here.


  • 3.5 institutional (FGCU) GPA
  • 12 to 75 credit hours of coursework completed

Invitations are sent to qualifying FGCU students each January and August.


Application includes an essay and interview.