Admission to University Honors

Students are accepted into the University Honors Program by application only. Prospective FSU students indicate interest in applying to University Honors on their general university application and subsequently complete a supplementary University Honors application. Additionally, students also may apply for lateral admission to University Honors at the end of their first semester at FSU or apply as a transfer student from another institution at which they are a member of the Honors Program or Honors College. 


High School Students

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

1. Apply to Florida State University

To be considered for University Honors, First-Year applicants must first submit an application to Florida State University 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.
  • When applying through the Coalition Application, this question is located under Honors in the Additional Information section.

Once the university application has been submitted, please allow some time for the Honors Application to become available on the Application Status Check. For students applying through the Common App or the Coalition Application, this may take up to 48 hours. Students must indicate their interest in and complete their supplemental Honors Application by 11:59 pm EST on December 6, 2020 to be considered for University Honors.

2. Complete the Honors Application

The Honors Application consists of a series of student dispositions and short answer questions. Applicants must answer every question to be considered for the University Honors. Applicants to University Honors 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 responses to the short-answer questions, and ACT/SAT test scores.

The academic profile of the middle 50% of applicants admitted to University Honors in 2019 was: 4.20-4.60 weighted GPA; 32-34 ACT composite score; 1440-1520 SAT total score.

Applicants will be notified of whether they were admitted to University Honors and if they were named as a finalist for the Presidential Scholars Program. The Honors Program will notify applicants of their selection on February 18, 2021.


Current Florida State University Students

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

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their FSU cumulative and term GPAs, college coursework, and expressed interest in University Honors as reflected in the application. To be competitive, students offered lateral admission generally enroll in at least fifteen (15) graded credit hours and earn a 3.800 FSU GPA during their first fall term.

Applications for Spring 2022 admission will be available in from October 1 - December 1, 2021. Admission decisions are communicated after final grades post in the fall semester.


Transfer Students

Students who are admitted to Florida State University by transferring may apply for admission to University Honors. Applicants will need to meet both of the following two requirements to be eligible for admission consideration:

  1. Be in good standing in an Honors Program or Honors College at your current institution and
  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 University Honors as reflected in the application. 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 towards University Honors requirements. 

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