Applying to FIU as a First Time in College Student

  • Do I have to take a standardized test?

    Yes, the Florida Board of Governors Regulations state that an SAT, ACT or CLT score is required for First Time in College admission to the State University System. Please remember this is one factor we use to make an admission decision.

  • Can I apply without a standardized test score?

    Yes, you can submit your application, fee or fee waiver, and transcript before you have an SAT, ACT or CLT score. We will wait until we have your score to make an admissions decision. Please remember, the standardized test score is one factor we use to make an admissions decision, we look at your grades, the courses you took in high school and how well you persisted in a college-readiness curriculum as factors. In addition we admit students graduating from a Florida high school in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, regardless of what they score on the SAT, ACT or CLT.

  • The NCAA is test optional

    Yes, we are aware the NCAA is test optional, the Florida Board of Governors Regulations state that an SAT or ACT score is required for First Time in College admission to the State University System.

  • As I changed from remote to in-person or in-person to remote, my class schedule changed, how does this effect admissions?

    Yes, we are aware of the changes to schedules as well as to how students learn and resources during this time. We will be looking at all seven semesters and understand there may be some changes at the end of your junior year and your senior year due to the way school is being offered.

  • I did not do well in my virtual learning classes, will this hurt my chances of being admitted?

    Due to the increased number of virtual learning environments we will assess course work on the same level as in class instruction. We do understand that we may see some changes between the fall semester of 2019 and the spring semester of 2020; the transition from face-to-face to remote was not smooth for everyone.

  • My school used P/F or S/U or other grades

    We have already accounted for those grades and you will be given credit for the completion and mastery of the subject with whatever passing grade is on your transcript.

  • When can we come take a tour of campus?

    We offer campus tours in-person and virtual information sessions. Please click here to schedule a visit to campus,

  • What if I can’t afford the application fee? How do I submit a fee waiver? How do I get an application fee waiver?

    Application fee waivers are provided to you from the College Board and ACT through the portal when you register for the standardized tests. In addition, if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, your HS counselor can provide you with a letter that will serve as an application fee waiver. We also accept NACAC and SCOIR waivers. Finally, if you don’t have any of these resources but have had a change in financial circumstances due to the pandemic, we will take a letter from your parent or guardian with a short statement regarding the change (job loss, medical bills, etc.). We in no way want the application fee to be a barrier.

  • How can I meet with someone from Admissions?

    FIU Admission staff is meeting with prospective students through remote resources including Zoom, Skype and Instagram Live. Contact your assigned Admission Recruiter. We are also hosting virtual information sessions and special events, please visit

  • What if I am not admissible under one of the pathways when I apply?

    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. If you are deferred in January, you will receive a decision no later than March 25.


First Year Pathways


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