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Admissions & Appeals Committee

The FIU Admissions and Appeals Committee is a group of faculty, staff and administrators who take the time to review students’ applications on a case by case basis. Although GPA, test scores and academic performance are good measures of a student’s potential, we understand there are more subjective measures such as ambition, courage, perseverance and creativity that set you apart.

Appeal Process

The committee will do a holistic review of all applications looking for the following qualities:

  • Curriculum choice: Did you challenge yourself by taking more academic classes than electives? Or did you take advanced, honors, AP, IB, AICE or Dual Enrollment classes?
  • Special talents, achievements or accomplishments: Is there any work you are especially proud of? Did you excel in art, sports, a leadership position or community service?
  • Eloquence: Can you clearly and honestly explain what makes you a good candidate for FIU.

Denied Application Appeal

Students are encouraged to appeal only if their test scores and/or grades have changed significantly or if they want to explain personal circumstances that may have affected their ability to meet admissions requirements. Appeal review requests can only be submitted by the applicant.

Submit the following in the form below to appeal a denied application.

Admissions Appeal Form

Personal Statement

Students requesting appeal or additional review of their admissions status must submit a written statement including: 

  • Your goals and educational or professional objectives
  • An explanation of past academic performance
  • Information and/or circumstances that may have affected past academic performance
  • Any other information the student wishes to have considered

Recommendation Letter

Students must also submit at least one signed letter of recommendation from individuals who know of and can attest to the student’s academic ability and/or potential such as teachers, counselors, mentors, tutors, academic or career advisors, former employers, etc. Such letter(s) should not be a “form” letter, but directly address any deficiencies in the student’s academic scores.

Supporting Documents

We strongly recommend you update your application file with the following when submitting an appeal:

  • Submit any updated or new exam scores or transcripts missing from your file.
  • Freshmen only: Retake the SAT or ACT to improve your score. If your scores do not meet the standard scores, take the PERT exam.

Disability-related Appeal

Applicants whose education has been negatively impacted due to disability can disclose documentation to the Disability Resource Center. The Disability Resource Center will review documentation and notify the Admissions and Appeals Committee of the student's eligibility status, as well as potential accommodations that the student may be eligible to receive.

Email documents for review along with the completed disability recommendation form to drcereview@fiu.edu. Allow 7-14 business days for the Disability Resource Center to review documentation.

Pathway Placement Appeal

Freshman Pathways are designed to optimize your academic preparation, selected major and career goals to help you succeed. The admissions committee carefully considers criteria to sort students into a pathway that will best support their needs. To request entry into a different pathway than the one you were admitted to, you must provide a personal statement.

Submit your personal statement in the form below to appeal pathway placement.

Holistic Review Form

Personal Statement

Qualities 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. Write a 500-word (one-page, single spaced) essay 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.

Supporting Documents

We strongly recommend you update your application file with the following when submitting an appeal:

  • Submit any updated or new exam scores or transcripts missing from your file.
  • Retake the SAT or ACT to improve your score. If your scores do not meet the standard scores, take the PERT exam.