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. 

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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

  • To begin the process, you must submit an application and non-refundable $30.00 application fee
  • Beginning August 1st, 2019, you must use the Common Application to apply for the Fall and Summer term.  Spring applicants must use the FGCU online application.

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. 


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  • 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 3.87
  500 Math, 25 on Math Test 19 Math 1141
  1070 Composite 21 23.4

  • 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. They 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

  • DACA and Undocumented Students

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

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