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  1. What are the Admission Success Pathways?
    2. What if I am not admissable under one of the pathways when I apply?
    3. What if I do not meet the score for college readiness benchmark in one area and I am not offered admission?
    4. What if I take Dual Enrollment at MDC or St. Thomas?
    5. What if I am admitted into a pathway but I retest and want to be considered for another pathway?
    6. What if I am admitted into a pathway but I improve my GPA and want to be considered for another pathway?
    7. What if I am admitted to a pathway in Early Fall but I am traveling in the summer?
    8. What if I am a student doing a gap year for a mission or Israel Birthright Trip?
    9. What if I am receiving financial aid or a scholarship but I am put in a pathway which requires less than full-time enrollment?
    10. Can I enroll in the spring and take classes non-degree in the fall?
    11. I went to school 'x' for a year; now I want to come to FIU. Am I admissable?
    12. Can I transfer after one semester/year in Connect4Success?
    13. I am a student athlete
    14. But I really want to come to FIU
    15. When is the scholarship deadline?
    16. I have Raise.Me, is there a deadline?
    17. What if I retake the SAT or ACT after November 1? Can I be considered for scholarships?
    18. What if I want to wait to apply until March?
    19. What if a student major is full?
    20. Do I have to pay the $200 deposit to speak with an advisor?
    21. How do I apply to Florida International University?
    22. When should I apply to Admissions?
    23. What do I need to provide in order to properly complete my application?
    24. Are standardized tests required for admissions?
    25. What are the Admissinos Office Hours?
    26. How do I obtain Florida residency for tuition purposes?
    27. How do I arrange for a campus visit?
    28. How many majors does FIU offer?
    29. How do I apply for financial aid at FIU?
    30. How may I become a transient student at FIU if I am currently attending another State of Florida university?
    31. What special documents are required for an international college transcript?
    32. How can I check the progress or current status of my application?
    33. What scholarships are available through the university? How can I be considered for an award?
    34. Is there a summer attendance requirement at FIU?
    35. How do I get credit for AP and college courses?
    36. Who is my admissions representative? Or do I have a specific contact person?

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1. FIU is committed to helping students from around the world achieve a higher education. Freshman applicants will be offered an admission decision based on an Admission Success Pathway which takes into consideration their high school GPA, academic course rigor and standardized test scores. Pathways lead to one common goal — a college degree from a top-tier research university that is Worlds Ahead, FIU!  These pathways will help you reach higher, go beyond and do something great with the opportunity you’ve been given.

The Admission Success Pathways are designed to optimize your academic preparation, selected major and career goals; we also know that some students may take longer to achieve those goals and some students have more than one goal. The Admission Success Pathways offer access to a selective, internationally recognized research university meeting you where you are academically right now. Demonstrating the belief that with the right support, combination of academic courses, number of hours spent in the classroom and student success initiatives we can help you achieve your goals.

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2. We will be deferring students until after the holidays; however you should retest and provide an updated transcript as soon as possible. We will be on rolling admission until a pathway is full.

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3. Unfortunately, we need admitted students to meet the college readiness benchmark scores. In some cases we’ll consider PERT however these cases are rare and only under either a Holistic Admission Review or Admission Petition and Appeals Committee direction.

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4. We applaud students who use acceleration mechanisms however the Dual Enrollment Pathway is only for students who participate in FIU’s dual enrollment program.

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5. We will do a holistic review of all applicants seeking to change pathways between March 1 and March 14. We will release decisions on March 15. Retesting does not guarantee a spot in a specific pathway. The new scores will be part of the holistic review along with strength of schedule, academic rigor, grades and educational goals.

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6. We will do a holistic review of all applicants seeking to change pathways between March 1 and March 14. We will release decisions on March 15. Earning better grades in the senior year does not guarantee a spot in a specific pathway. The new grades will be part of the holistic review along with strength of schedule, academic rigor, scores and educational goals.

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7. We will do a holistic review of all applicants seeking to change pathways between March 1 and March 14. We will release decisions on March 15.

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8. We will ask you to complete the enrollment deferral portion of the application update form and we will update you to the following year in the same term as you were admitted (Early Fall 2018 to Early Fall 2019; fall 2018 to fall 2019; etc.) You may defer your enrollment up to 1 year maximum.

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9. Financial aid is leveraged and repackaged to accommodate less than full-time enrollment. You will receive an amount in accordance with your enrollment.

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10. It is recommended that the student takes classes at the state college. At FIU they will not receive academic advising or attend orientation; two factors that have a positive impact on a student’s persistence. Students can take up to 11 hours at a local state college.

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11. Once a student leaves high school and begins college courses they are considered a transfer student. They must meet very specific requirements for transferring. In addition, they need to have a 2.0 GPA and be in good academic standing at the last institution. Transcripts must be received prior to the published transfer deadlines.

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12. Students must meet transfer admission requirements in order to be admitted as a transfer student. If you entered Connect4Success it is advised you complete the program. If you do not, you must meet all requirements for a lower-level transfer, are not guaranteed admission and do not have the benefits of completing the UCC before enrolling at FIU (this could lead you to excess credit hours).

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13. The Admissions Office is notified by athletics about every prospective student athlete and we require all athletes to go through the same admissions process. If you are a prospective student athlete we are aware of you and you should be working with the compliance office.

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14. FIU Admission Success Pathways are designed to admit all students to FIU based on the student’s academic preparedness in high school. If you are not quite college ready, Connect4Success is an excellent opportunity to provide you with connection to both one of our state colleges and FIU.

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15. Students must be admitted by November 1 in order to apply for the Presidential, Ambassador and Transfer Achievement scholarships. All students can explore scholarship opportunities at fiu.academicworks.com.

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16. Yes, you must apply for admission by November 1 and submit your raise profile through your Raise.me account by February 1.

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17. Not for premier scholarships. Students needed to have the test scores prior to the deadline. They can visit fiu.academicworks.com for other opportunities.

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18. The admission deadlines are posted online. FIU admits students on a rolling basis until a pathway, term or major is full. Once a pathway, term or major is full we will no longer admit students to that major, term or pathway.

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19. You will have to update to another term using the Application Update Form.

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20. No, this is false. Use the resources we have. Students can meet with TTS as well as FIU Online Success Coaches at any time. They may also use the resources on the TTS website to help make educated decisions.

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21. You may apply online by clicking Apply Online Now. For speedy processing, please have a major credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover) available to pay the $30 application fee.  Personal Checks, SAT/ACT waivers and Money Orders in US Dollars are also accepted. 

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22. Up to May 1, admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis as applications are completed and all supporting documents are received. You may apply as early as July of your senior year. In order to be invited to apply for a merit scholarship you must be admitted prior to November 1 and meet minimum scholarship criteria.  

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23. You need to provide the following information:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended.
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores if you are a high school student or are transferring from another college or university with fewer than 60 semester hours of college credit. For more information on Admissions Requirements, click here. TOEFL scores may also be required. For more information on International requirements, click here.
  • Residency documentation if you are claiming FL residency. 
  • $30 application fee or SAT/ACT waiver


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24. Yes.  All freshmen are required to submit either SAT or ACT scores.  Official scores must be reported to the university either electronically or through the mail.  FIU encourages students to take both the SAT and ACT to determine which exam best suits the student. For more information on Admissions Requirements, click here.

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25. The office hours are as follows:

  • Monday- Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Open every First Saturday of the month: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Note: The University is closed on all national holidays.

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26. To be considered a Florida resident for tuition purposes, a student must reside in Florida for at least 12 months prior to the beginning of classes. If you are a dependent student, your parents must qualify as a Florida resident. Verification including driver's license, vehicle registration and voter registration will be required. For more information on residency click here.

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27. Tours are available at both Modesto Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay campuses. The tour lasts approximately one hour and includes an information session with an Admissions counselor. For more information click here.

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28. Students can choose from more than 180 baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. For more information on degree programs, click here.

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29. To receive financial assistance you must be fully admitted to an FIU degree program or be enrolled in a qualified certificate program. For need-based aid, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). We encourage students to apply online using FAFSA on the Web at the Federal Department of Education Website by FIU's priority deadline date of December 1st. Please note that if you are admitted for Summer you will need to complete (2) FAFSA applications: one application is for the prior academic year (includes summer semester) and the other application is for the upcoming academic year. FIU's Federal School Code is is 009635. For complete information on applying for aid at FIU, click here.

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30. Students attending other institutions are welcome to take classes at Florida International University while they are home for the summer or any other time. Since these students plan to transfer classes from FIU back to their Home Institution, they are classified as “transients” by the State of Florida.

Students at Florida State University System institutions can complete the form online by accessing flvc.org.

Transient students continue to be advised by their primary college, which determines whether they have met the necessary prerequisites before enrolling in the FIU class.

Once FIU has approved you as an inbound transient student, you will be notified through flvc.org electronically.  Your FIU Panther Id, Registration Date and other pertinent information will be included in the ‘Comments’ area of your form.

When you have completed your FIU course(s) and grades have posted, you must order an Official Transcript through my.fiu.edu to receive proper posting of your credits at your Home Institution.

Please click the link to view Official Transcript request instructions

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31. Requires a course-by-course evaluation, with a calculated U.S. equivalent grade point average, through a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Organization or the recommended agencies below. Official evaluations must be forwarded directly to FIU from the evaluation service. One exception to this policy exists: Chinese language transcripts from Tianjin University of Commerce will be evaluated by FIU staff for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

Josef Silny & Associates 
7101 SW 102 Avenue 
Miami, FL 33171 
Tel: (305) 273-1616 
Fax: (305) 273-1338 
http://www.silny.com or email info@jsilny.com

World Education Services 
P. O. Box 745 
New York , NY 10113-0745 
(212) 966-6311 
http://www.wes.org or email info@wes.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. 
P.O. Box 514070 
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 
Phone: (414) 289-3400 
www.ece.org

For more information on International requirements, click here.

For more information on studying in the United States as an International or Foreign student, please click here.

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32. Applicants to Florida International University may check their admission status online anytime (except for applications received on Saturday, or Sunday, where a minimum of 48 hours is needed to update the status).

You will be asked for a login and an FIU Panther ID. If you have not previously logged into the system, there are instructions on the web page for obtaining a login. Click here to check your status.

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33. Detailed information regarding merit scholarships can be found at go.fiu.edu/scholarships

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34. A student entering the State University System with fewer than 60 semester hours of credit is required to enroll in a minimum of nine credit hours in the summer at a Florida state university. These hours can be spread out over the course of a student's degree program.

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35. Students who participate in the AP program in high school and receive a score of three or higher may receive credit in the appropriate subject area. Scores must be submitted prior to enrollment for consideration. Students should consult their high school guidance counselor or contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for additional information.

For more information visit FIU's Policy on Credit by Examination page.

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36. You can identify your admissions representative by clicking on the following link Find My Recruiter and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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