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How to join the Honors College

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.

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. Refer to Undergraduate Admissions for more information on the FGCU application process. 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. 

Important Message:

FGCU has moved all academic courses to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester.  Honors College Staff are available to assist you during this time. To help streamline the process, please contact us by clicking the button below.



FTIC Process

First-Time-In-College Students (FTIC): to be considered for admission to the Honors College, students must first be admitted to FGCU.  After admission to FGCU, students that meet the designated requirements (see below for criteria) will be contacted by the Honors College with an invitation and instructions to apply. Honors College admission for the Fall 2020 semester is now closed.


Requirements - Fall and Summer Admits

Invite to accept a seat in the Honors College

  • 3.9 weighted GPA
  • 1320 or 28 ACT

Invite to apply to the Honors College

  • 3.5 - 3.89 weighted GPA
  • 1220 SAT or 25 ACT

 Application includes an essay and supplemental information.



Honors College admission for the Fall 2020 semester is now closed.


Requirements - Spring Admits

  • 3.5 weighted GPA
  • 1220 SAT or 25 ACT

FTIC students accepted to FGCU for the spring semester, meeting the above requirements, will be invited to apply to the Honors College during the spring semester as part of the internal admission process. The application includes an essay. 

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.