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. 

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. 



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

 Application includes an essay and supplemental information.



  • Priority Application: January 24, 2020
  • Final Application: March 23, 2020 

Applications submitted before the priority deadline will receive a full review. Students are welcome to apply through the final application deadline; however, applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed as space permits.


Invitations are sent to qualifying FTIC students beginning in December of their application 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.