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Admission to the University Honors Program

Acceptance into the University Honors Program is by invitation, and is based on an evaluation of the student’s entire record (including strength of academic curriculum) that has been submitted to the University during the general admission process. The University Honors Program accepts students during their senior year of high school, while applying for transfer to the university, or during the fall semester of their freshmen year at Florida State.

High School Students

Standard Admission
Letters of invitation to the University Honors Program are sent by mail approximately one week after notification of general admission to the University. Invited students must respond in writing by the stated deadlines to finalize acceptance to the program.

The average academic profile of students that were offered honors invitation in 2013 was as follows: 4.3 academic GPA; 31 ACT composite, and 2070 SAT total.

Admission by Petition
High school students who are accepted into Florida State University as freshmen who do not receive letters of invitation to the University Honors Program may petition for acceptance by submitting a petition application. This application is available here.

The average academic profile of the petition applicants that were offered honors invitations in 2013 was: 4.2 GPA; 30 ACT composite; 1970 SAT total.

Transfer Students

Students who are admitted to Florida State University by transferring may apply for admission to the Honors Program. Applicants will need to meet at least one of the following two requirements to be eligible to apply: (1) be in good standing in an Honors Program or Honors College at your current institution or (2) have a 3.5 GPA or higher from your current institution. Students will be evaluated on the basis of cumulative and term GPAs, college coursework, and expressed interest in the Honors Program as reflected in the application. Furthermore, all applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with no guarantee of admission. If accepted, a maximum of 6 honors credits earned in Honors Seminars or comparable honors courses may be accepted toward the Honors Medallion. The application is available here.

Current Florida State University Students: Lateral Admission

Freshmen at Florida State University may be eligible for admission to the University Honors Program via the lateral admission process. Lateral admits join the University Honors Program the spring semester following their first fall semester. They are held to the same retention requirements as students admitted by standard admission.

In order to be considered for lateral admission students must submit the required Lateral Admission Application Students will be evaluated on the basis of their FSU cumulative and term GPAs, college coursework, and expressed interest in the Honors Program as reflected in the application. Typically, students offered lateral admission enroll in at least twelve (12) graded credit hours and earn at least a 3.800 FSU GPA during their first fall term. All applications are to be turned into the Honors Program Office by 5:00pm on Monday, December 2, 2013. 

Once grades are posted in December, lateral applicants will be notified by the Honors Office via email. Laterally admitted honors students must register for HUM 2944, Honors Colloquium, in the spring semester. This course is a one-credit weekly forum required of all first-year honors students. It features lectures by distinguished University faculty from across the scholarly and creative arts spectrum, as well as informative presentations from directors of academic programs that will be of interest to honors students. The Colloquium provides a common intellectual experience for new honors students and introduces them to the culture and opportunities of a modern research university.

Questions about admission to the University Honors Program? If you have questions about Honors Admission, e-mail honors@fsu.edu or call the Honors Office at (850) 644-1841.

Admission to the Honors in the Major Program

Current Florida State University students have the opportunity to graduate with Honors in their major by completing the Honors in the Major Program. This program is available to all upper-division students (including transfer students) who meet the requirements. Students accepted into the program design and conduct original undergraduate research in their major area of study.For more information go to http://honorsinthemajor.fsu.edu/.

Questions about admission to the Honors in the Major Program?  If you have questions about the Honors in the Major Program, e-mail hitm@fsu.edu or call the Honors Office at (850) 644-1841.