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Holistic Review Requirements


FIU is committed to helping students from around the world achieve a higher education. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will conduct a holistic review of applications that meet the criteria listed below. Applicants are notified by email, if they are required to submit an essay and additional information for a holistic review.  Applicants selected for holistic review must submit an essay; only complete applications will be reviewed.

 

Holistic Review Criteria

EARLY FALL HOLISTIC REVIEW
GPA
SAT
New SAT
ACT
3.2-3.29
1030
1110
22
3.3-3.59
990
1070
21
3.6 and above
950
1030
20



FALL HOLISTIC REVIEW
GPA
SAT
New SAT 
ACT 
3.4-3.49
1170
1240
26
3.5-3.59
1110
1160
24
3.6-3.69
1070
1130
23
3.7-3.79
1030
1100
22
3.8 and above
990
1060
21


New Last test date for consideration March 11, 2017
Last test date for consideration February 11, 2017

Minimum Sub Scores:

SAT -- 460 M/ 460 CR
New SAT -- 500 M/500 EBRW
ACT -- 19 M/19 R



Deadlines for Holistic Review

Early Fall & Fall 2017
Essay Deadline

Spring 2018
Essay Deadline

February 15, 2017

November 15, 2017

 

Essay Prompt

With a freshman class profile of a 3.92 HS GPA and 1670 SAT/ 25 ACT, FIU is considered a selective university where those objective measures have been proven to play a role in student success. However, we know that other, more subjective measures such as motivation, drive, courage, perseverance, resolve and strength of character play an important role in students’ ability to succeed at FIU and in life. Please provide us with a 500 word (one page, single spaced) personal statement explaining which of these measures makes you a good candidate for admission to FIU and what strategies you will use to ensure your success in and out of the classroom.

In addition to a careful review of the essay provided, during a holistic review, we will evaluate applications on the following characteristics:

  1. Strength of schedule; did you challenge yourself in high school by taking more academics than electives?
  2. Academic rigor; did you take advanced, honors, AP, IB, AICE or Dual Enrollment classes to challenge yourself?
  3. Critical thinking; did you honestly and openly explain not only why are you a good candidate for admission to FIU, but also the strategies you will use to ensure your success both inside and outside of the classroom.
  4. College-level writing; was your personal statement well written which includes proper grammar, punctuation and spelling?
  5. Special talents, achievements and accomplishments; this may include work, honors, awards, the arts, sports, leadership and/or service to community.
  6. Competitiveness of major and academic strength; some majors may require that an applicant meet certain pre-requisites or be academically ready for advanced levels of math, science or writing. Lack of readiness may affect the decision to offer a student admission until such academic achievements are met.