Admission to the FSU Honors Program

Students are accepted into the University Honors Program by application only. Acceptance occurs prior to enrollment at FSU and is based on an evaluation of the student's entire academic record submitted to the University during the admission process. Students also may apply to the Honors Program at the end of their first semester (lateral admission. More information on each of these modes of acceptance is given below.

High School Students

All high school students accepted into Florida State University as freshmen are welcome to apply to the University Honors Program. Applicants will be evaluated based on a holistic approach including, but not limited to: ACT/SAT scores, high school GPA, strength of curriculum, number of courses at the honors level or higher, honors and awards, extracurricular achievements, and unique individual talents.

The average academic profile of the Honors Program applicants that were admitted in 2015 was: 4.2 weighted GPA; 32 ACT composite; 2080 SAT total.

Please click here to access the application. To be eligible for Presidential Scholars , Honors Medical Scholars, and Honors Legal Scholars programs,the application must be submitted by Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The Honors Program will accept applications until 11:59pm EST on March 31, 2017. Decisions usually take 3-4 weeks before being announced.

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. 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 due by 5:00pm on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

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 or call the Honors Office at (850) 644-1841.

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