Freshman Requirements

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Am I a Freshman?

A Freshman is someone who:

  • Is applying during senior year of high school, or
  • Has earned less than 12 semester transferable college credits, or
  • High school graduate who has never attended college, or
  • Is seeking early admission and completed and/or graduating the junior year in high school and would like to enroll as a full-time student during the senior year of high school.

Related: Transfer Students

Application Deadlines
Semester Application Availability Application and All Supporting Documents Received By Decision Date Application Deadline Date
Spring* January  30, 2019 November 1, 2019 Rolling Admissions November 1, 2019
Summer* June 15, 2019 November 1, 2019 January 15, 2020 March 1, 2020
Summer* June 15, 2019 January 3, 2020 March 16, 2020 March 1, 2020
Fall* June 15, 2019 November 1, 2019 January 15, 2020 May 1, 2020
Fall* June 15, 2019 January 3, 2020 March 16, 2020 May 1, 2020
Fall* June 15, 2019 March 2, 2020 May 1, 2020 May 1, 2020
Fall* June 15, 2019 May 1, 2020 June 15, 2020 May 1, 2020
*Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered for a future term.
University Scholarship Program

Fall 2020 Application Deadlines

June 15, 2019 | Application Availability
October 1, 2019 | Applied to the university
October 15, 2019* | All Supporting Documents Received
November 1, 2019** | Accepted to the university (if eligible)

*Complete files consists of an application, a paid application fee, official test scores on file, and official transcripts received.

**Students must have an admissions acceptance email or letter from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by November 1, 2019 for scholarship consideration (if eligible).


Summer "B" Term

One of the factors to consider in applying to FAMU is the term you identify to enter the university. The standard entry point is the fall semester in late August. However, many freshmen now choose Summer B in June, when there aren't as many students at the university. Beginning freshmen sometimes need the slower pace of summer to acclimate themselves to college and campus life.

Summer B is no different from fall in terms of competition, as all freshman applicants are evaluated as a class. There is no distinction between terms, so there is no admission advantage or disadvantage to choosing summer or fall entry. 

 

Application Materials
  • Official transcripts from high school; approved or regional accredited
  • Official home School transcript or GED transcript, if applicable
  • Official Redesigned SAT [code: 5215] or ACT [code: 0726] score, directly from agency
  • 500 word essay; part of application
  • Two letters of recommendations teacher and/or counselor; part of application
  • Official dual enrollment transcripts from all colleges/universities attended; if applicable
  • Official AICE, AP, CLEP, IB, and TOEFL/IELTS scores, if applicable
  • Completed online application  

English: 4 units
Includes substantial writing.

Mathematics: 4 units
Preferably: Algebra 1 and above, Geometry, Pre-Calculus or other advanced math.

Natural Science: 3 units
Preferably: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, with two in a laboratory science.

Social Science: 3 units

Foreign Language (must be sequential): 2 units
Preferably: Spanish 1 and 2, French 1 and 2, and Latin 1 and 2 or other languages.

Electives: 2 units
Preferably: English, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science, or a Foreign Language core course.

Pre-International Baccalaureate (Pre-IB), Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP), Pre-Advanced International Certification of Education (Pre-AICE), Advanced (H), Accelerated (H), and Honors (H) are assigned an additional weight of .50.

International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certification of Education (AICE), and Dual Enrollment (DE) are assigned an additional weight of 1.00.

2.85 Recalculated (FAMU Admissions) Core Academic Grade-Point Average on 4.00 Scale

Test Scores

Examination SMATH SREAD  SWLAN  English Math Reading School Code
Redesigned SAT 25 25 26        5215
ACT        18 21 21 0726

FAMU Admissions does not have a preference for one exam over the other. We encourage you to take whichever exam suits you best. If you choose to take both exams, we will consider whichever score is most competitive for admission.

If you are not admitted, another pathway to FAMU is through our IGNITE Transfer Program established at several Florida colleges in the Florida College System. Admissions to FAMU is granted upon completing a minimum of 60 college transferable semester credits with an overall 2.00 GPA.

2.85 Recalculated (FAMU Admissions) Core Academic Grade-Point Average on 4.00 Scale

Test Scores

Examination SMATH SREAD  SWLAN  English Math Reading School Code
Redesigned SAT 25 25 26        5215
ACT        18 21 21 0726

FAMU Admissions does not have a preference for one exam over the other. We encourage you to take whichever exam suits you best. If you choose to take both exams, we will consider whichever score is most competitive for admission.

If you are not admitted, another pathway to FAMU is through our IGNITE Transfer Program established at several Florida colleges in the Florida College System. Admissions to FAMU is granted upon completing a minimum of 60 college transferable semester credits with an overall 2.00 GPA.

3.00 Recalculated (FAMU Admissions) Core Academic Grade-Point Average on 4.00 Scale

Test Scores

Examination SMATH SREAD  SWLAN  English Math Reading School Code
Redesigned SAT 26 27 27       5215
ACT        19 22 22 0726

FAMU Admissions does not have a preference for one exam over the other. We encourage you to take whichever exam suits you best. If you choose to take both exams, we will consider whichever score is most competitive for admission.

If you are not admitted, another pathway to FAMU is through our IGNITE Transfer Program established at several Florida colleges in the Florida College System. Admissions to FAMU is granted upon completing a minimum of 60 college transferable semester credits with an overall 2.00 GPA.

Applicants whose native language is not English must take an English proficiency exam. The following are the minimum scores required for undergraduate admission to the University:

  • Internet based TOEFL (IBTOEFL): 80
  • Paper based TOEFL (TOEFL): 550

      * The university's TOEFL code is 5215.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6

These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency, and are not valid after two years.

Applicants who present a GED will also be considered for admission. Submit official GED report, official partial high school transcript, and meet ACT or Redesigned SAT requirements.

Early admission is for students who have completed and/or graduating their junior year in high school and would like to enroll at FAMU as full-time students for their senior year of high school. Early admission is granted to students with outstanding credentials who demonstrate potential to do college-level work. Applications for early admission should be submitted during the junior year with official high school transcript and Official ACT or Redesigned SAT score report. If accepted for Early Admission, the student would enter FAMU as a freshman instead of attending high school for the senior year.

Admission Requirements
High school grade point average of a 3.00 (recalculated academic core), 18 core academic units, Redesigned SAT and/or ACT requirements, and letter of recommendation from principal or designated representative.

Home-schooled applicants should submit a home-school transcript that includes a list of all coursework (both completed and in progress), showing final grades and units earned for each course completed. A brief description of the methods used for evaluation should accompany the home-school transcript. If home-schooled applicants previously attended another school or completed courses through the Florida Virtual School or through dual enrollment at a local college or university, official transcripts are required. Those courses should also be reflected on the home-school transcript. Redesigned SAT and/or ACT results must also be submitted.

Students who are home schooled must present evidence that the home education program is in compliance with s. 1002.41, F.S..

 
Non-Traditional High School Program participants: A student applying for admission who has participated in a non-traditional high school program must present credentials determined to be equivalent to those described in this regulation. Redesigned SAT and/or ACT results must also be submitted. A student whose non-traditional high school program is not measured in Carnegie Units must also present a combined test score of at least 1450 on the SAT Reasoning Test (all three portions).

The University reserves the right to require a student to take an updated version of a test. Official transcripts must be certified through the school district.

Admission Requirements
High school grade point average of a 3.00 (recalculated academic core), 18 core academic units, Redesigned SAT 1060 and/or ACT of 21 and also must meet the postsecondary college-level preparatory test requirements ACT English 17, Math 19, and Reading 19 and/or Redesigned SAT SMATH 24, SREAD 24, and SWLAN 25, and 500 word essay (The essay is part of the application.).

School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (Pre-Journalism) High school grade point average of a 3.00 (recalculated academic core), ACT or Redesigned SAT requirements, and "B" average or higher English core academic courses.

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacy-Undergraduate) High school grade point average of a 3.00 (recalculated academic core), ACT or Redesigned SAT requirements, and "B" average or higher Mathematics and Science core academic courses.

Students who receive their high school diploma and Associate of Arts degree at the same time should complete the freshman application and meet the first-time-in-college criteria for the term in which you seek admissions.

You must apply to a specific FAMU college and major, and you must meet college and major prerequisite course and minimum GPA requirements.

International and U.S. applicants who have not followed an educational curriculum patterned after the U.S. system. Applicants from non-U.S.-based systems must submit official or certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results. All academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified

Submission of Credentials

International freshman applicants are required to submit secondary and college or university credentials from non-U.S. institutions to a credential evaluation agency for a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation. Companies offering these evaluation services include:

FAMU also recommends any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

All offers of admission are tentative if you have high school or collegiate coursework in progress. Final admission is dependent on receipt and review of your final transcripts. Admission offers are subject to cancellation if your final coursework does not meet admission requirements. Earning a Certificate of Completion rather than a high school diploma will result in admission being revoked.

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