Freshman

Am I a Freshman?

A Freshman is someone who:

  • Is applying during senior year of high school, or
  • High school student who has completed dual-enrollment courses.
  • High school graduate who has never attended college, or
  • Has earned less than 12 semester transferable college credits after high school graduation, 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.

Will you have an associate in arts (A.A) degree when you graduate high school?

Congratulations on completing your Associate of Arts degree while still in high school! This is a remarkable achievement, and we are thrilled to have you as a part of FAMUly. According to the Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.005, high school students who successfully earn an Associate of Arts degree (A.A) from a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution are eligible for admission as a freshman or an upper division transfer student. Admissions to limited access programs within the upper-division level is not guaranteed. At the upper-division level review, you must meet college and major prerequisite course and minimum GPA requirements. (Effective Spring 2024).

Application Deadlines

Semester Application Availability Application Deadline Date
Spring 2024* March 1, 2023 November 1, 2023
Summer 2024* August 1, 2023 March 1, 2024
Fall 2024* August 1, 2023 April 1, 2024
*Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered for a future term.
 
 

Presidential Scholars Program

Semester Application Availability

Application and Supporting Documents Deadline Date

Fall 2024* August 1, 2023 October 15, 2023*

*Applications, official high school transcript, official test score reports submitted directly from the testing agency must be received by October 15, 2023.

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

Please note that Self-Reported Transcripts are deemed unofficial for consideration for the Presidential Scholars Program.

Please note that the October 15, 2023 deadline date only applies to the Presidential Scholars Program that is overseen by the University Scholarship Office and does not apply toward any other scholarship opportunities that may be offered by the financial aid office or your academic area in which your desired major falls. Please contact the appropriate areas directly to inquire about any scholarship opportunities they may offer. 


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 or Self Reporting system (SSAR).
  • *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 the application
  • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher and/or counselor; part of the 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  and $35.00 non-refundable application fee or approved official application fee waiver; upload is part of the application

Transcript Submission

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University accepts electronic transcripts through the schools statewide and/or countrywide system (SPEEDE, FASTER, Parchment/Naviance, eScrip-Safe, SCOIR, Xello, Clearinghouse, and Credential Solutions.).
  • Mailed in the school official sealed envelope through a certified postal service or carrier.
  • Self-Reported Transcript (SSAR) by clicking the "LINK SSAR" link within the iRattler Portal under your to-do list. Please note that final high school transcripts cannot be self-reported.

Please Note: Any transcript or GED transcript submitted by fax, copied, student copy, not signed, not in the school official sealed envelope, or emailed from an account other than the electronic schools statewide and/or countrywide systems indicated above is deemed unofficial and will cause a delay in your application being processed in a timely manner.

 

 

 

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.

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

Test Scores

Examination Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Mathematics  English Math Reading School Code
SAT 520 540       5215
ACT      18 22 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. Admission 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 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Mathematics  English Math Reading School Code
SAT 520 540       5215
ACT      18 22 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. Admission to FAMU is granted upon completing a minimum of 60 college transferable semester credits with an overall 2.00 GPA.

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

Test Scores

Examination Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Mathematics  English Math Reading School Code
SAT 530 550       5215
ACT      19 23 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. Admission to FAMU is granted upon completing a minimum of 60 college transferable semester credits with an overall 2.00 GPA.

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.

Students who receive their high school diploma and participated in dual enrollment and other acceleration programs and is not on the track to earn an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida College System (FCS), Florida State University System (SUS) institution, or any other college/university (Florida or out-of-state) at the same time, is required to complete the first-in-college freshman application and meet the first-time-in-college criteria for the term in which you seek admissions.

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; if applicable, graduation date; if applicable, instructor signature, and units earned for each course completed. A brief course description of the courses used should accompany the home-school transcript. A brief description of the materials/methods used 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. Letter from the district showing that you have submitted a letter of termination and annual evaluation upon completion of the home education program if home-school program has been completed/graduation. Redesigned SAT and/or ACT results must also be submitted.

Students who are homeschooled 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.

Home School and Non-Traditional 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.

International and U.S. applicants are students who have not followed an educational curriculum patterned after the U.S. system. Applicants from non-U.S.-based systems must submit official certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results.

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 also known as a Credit-By-Credit evaluation with grade point average calculation. All credentials from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated before the application deadline by a foreign-credential-evaluation agency. We recommend a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.


Certified Copy of Required Academic Records:

  • All academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Course-by-Course evaluation also known as a Credit-by-Credit evaluation to include course title translation to English, academic unit(s) translation to U.S. system (if any), letter grade and/or percentage grade translation to U.S. system (A, B, C, D, F or 0 - 100) (if any), and grade point average calculation.
  • To be considered "certified," documents should be true copies that are signed and dated by an educational official familiar with academic records. Any translated record should be literal and not an interpretive translation. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted.
  • If the transcript/academic record does not indicate the degree earned and date the degree was awarded, separate proof of degree is required.
  • All academic credentials become property of the university. They will not be returned to you or forwarded to a third party.

Please note that a Document-by-Document evaluation will be deemed unofficial and is not acceptable. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the foreign-credential-evaluation agency to determine if they conduct a Course-by-Course evaluation also known as a Credit-by-Credit evaluation for high school transcripts and examination transcripts.

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:

Examination   School Code

Internet Based TOEFL (IBTOEFL)

80 5215

Paper Based TOEFL (TOEFL)

80 5215

International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)

6.5  
Duolingo 120  

All 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.

Intensive English Studies through a U.S. Institution

If you received your English skills studies through an accredited United States institution, you must submit the official college and/or university transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

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.

Grandparent Waiver for In-state Tuition

Please be advised, you must have already submitted your application to Florida A&M University in order to submit this request. 


Who is eligible:

  • Applying for the summer or fall term immediately following high school graduation or
  • Transfer student already receiving a grandparent waiver another Florida State University System institution. Must apply for the waiver at the new institution. There is no guarantee that a student who received the waiver at one Florida State University System will receive the waiver at another Florida State University System.

Eligibility Requirements for the Grandparent Waiver

Students must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the grandparent waiver.

  • Enroll as a full-time degree-seeking, undergraduate student in the summer or fall term immediately following high school graduation.
  • Be admitted as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student by a public, four-year
    university in Florida.
  • The student must have a grandparent who has a legal relationship to a student’s parent as the natural or adopted parent or legal guardian of the student’s parent.
  • Have a grandparent who is a legal resident as defined in s. 1009.21(1), Florida Statutes: a person who has a legal relationship to a student’s parent as the natural or adopted parent or legal guardian of the student’s parent.
  • Earn a high school diploma comparable to a Florida standard high school
    diploma, or its equivalent, or completes a home education program.
  •  Achieve one of the following. An SAT combined score (or ACT equivalent) no lower than the 89th national percentile. a. An SAT combined score for a 2023-24 graduate is 1340. b. An ACT composite score of 29.

Required Documentation

  • Completed Grandparent Waiver Request form
  • Completion of form attesting to relationship between applicant and grandparent
  • Documentation for grandparent establishing Florida residency
  • Documentation evidencing student has met the minimum test score requirement (Official scores testing agencies only.)

 

 

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