High School Students

The FSU and University Honors Program/Presidential Scholars Program applications are currently closed. 

To apply to the Florida State University Honors Program and the Presidential Scholars Program, potential students must complete following steps:


To be considered for the University Honors Program and the Presidential Scholars Program, first-year applicants must first submit a complete application to Florida State University (including all required materials) by December 1, 2023, and select "Yes" to the question “Are you interested in applying to the Honors Program?”

  • When applying through the FSU Application, this question is located on the Additional Academic History page.
  • When applying through the Common App, this question is located under Academics in the Questions section.

Once the university application has been submitted, please allow some time for the University Honors Application to become available on the Application Status Check. For students applying through the Common App, this may take up to 48 hours.

Note: The application essay for the Presidential Scholars Program is the same as the University Honors Program application essay.



Students must indicate their interest in and complete their supplemental University Honors Program application essay by 11:59 pm EST on December 1, 2023, to be considered for the University Honors Program and the Presidential Scholars Program.

The University Honors Program Application asks applicants to submit a supplemental short answer response to the following prompt:

FSU’s Honors Signature Courses encourage curiosity; intellectual breadth; the ability to analyze and integrate knowledge across disciplines; and self-driven learning. Design an Honors Signature Course that includes these characteristics while addressing a societal problem or complex issue. Name the course, describe the societal issue, and explain why it is important to you or your community. How would you engage with this issue as an honors student on our campus and beyond?

Applicants will be evaluated based on a holistic approach including, but not limited to, grades and strength of curriculum, honors and awards, extracurricular achievements, unique individual talents, quality of the Honors prompt response, and test scores.

Applicants will be notified of whether they were admitted to the University Honors Program on February 15, 2024.