EARLY ADMISSIONS PROGRAM FOR FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Excerpt from Florida Statutes 1007.27, Postsecondary Education--Articulated acceleration mechanisms:
Early admission shall be a form of dual enrollment through which eligible secondary students enroll in a postsecondary institution on a full-time basis in courses that are creditable toward the high school diploma and the associate or baccalaureate degree. Students enrolled pursuant to this subsection shall be exempt from the payment of registration, tuition, and laboratory fees.
The Early Admissions Program enables qualified public, private and home-school students who have completed the junior year to enroll in approved academic courses offered through Florida Atlantic University. If accepted for early admission, the student enters FAU instead of attending high school for the senior year and will spend the fall and spring semesters full time at FAU. The credits that students earn count toward both a high school diploma and a college degree. Early Admissions courses are free to students who attend a Florida public college or university; this includes registration, tuition, and fees. Instructional materials (textbooks) are provided to public school students free of charge through the School Districts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties; however, students enrolled in home education programs or nonpublic secondary schools must provide their own instructional materials.
When enrolled in an Early Admissions Program, students may only register for courses approved by the high school counselor and Early Admissions advisor at Florida Atlantic University.
To continue in the Early Admissions Program, students must earn a minimum grade of "C" (2.0 GPA) in each course which they are registered for.
Students who have completed their junior year of high school may be considered for Early Admission. If accepted for Early Admission, the student enters FAU as a freshman instead of attending high school for the senior year.
Qualifications for consideration of Early Admissions are:
- A 3.5 or higher GPA (as calculated by the Office of Admissions) after six semesters of high school;
- SAT score of at least 1800 with a Critical Reading component score of no less than 460 and a Math component score of no less than 460; or an ACT test score of 27 with no less than 18 on the English component, 19 on the Reading component, and 19 on the Math component;
- Written permission from the high school allowing FAU courses to satisfy any remaining requirements toward high school graduation;
- Written recommendations from a guidance counselor and teacher(s) attesting to the student's maturity and readiness to meet the academic and personal challenges posed by early entry into higher education;
- Florida residency
Early Admissions students must earn at least a “C” or better in each course and 2.0 or higher FAU semester GPA at the end of the Fall semester to continue in the program in the Spring semester.
At the end of the freshman year, successful Early Admissions students will have completed both the freshman year of college and graduation requirements for the senior year of high school. Contact University Advising Services at 561-297-3064 or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 561-297-3040 for additional information.
Correspondence regarding undergraduate admission, including transcripts and test scores, should be sent to:
Florida Atlantic University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
- Submit an Undergraduate/Freshman Application for Admission - indicate "Early Admission" where applicable and include application fee. Deadline is May 1 . http://www.fau.edu/admissions/Apply_Online.php
- Submit a completed “Supplemental Application” form. http://www.fau.edu/admissions/pdf/sup.pdf
- Submit current high school transcript including transcripts/scores of any high school dual enrollment courses taken, IB credits, AP scores, SAT-1 or ACT scores.
- Submit written permission from a high school guidance counselor allowing FAU courses to satisfy any remaining requirements toward high school graduation.
- Submit letters of recommendation from guidance counselors and teachers attesting to the student's maturity and readiness to meet the academic and personal challenges posed by early entry into higher education.
- Upon receipt of acceptance to the Early Admissions Program, mail or fax FAU Immunization form http://www.fau.edu/shs/additional/immunization.php (with documentation) to FAU's Immunization Office.
After acceptance to FAU, contact Mary Downing Forester, Early Admissions Program Coordinator for information regarding registration and the advising process.
Note: Tuition deposit of $200 is not required of Early Admissions students.
Advising is mandatory; failure to be advised may result in the student being fee liable.
NOTE: The Early Admissions Program does not include the cost of orientation, student ID, parking decal, medical clinic visits, library fines and parking fines. The student is held responsible for these costs.
- Admissions process: Office of Admissions (561) 297-3040
- Honors College Admissions process (MacArthur Campus): Honors College, Office of Admissions (561) 799-8646
- Academic Advising (for freshmen with 30 credits or less) and tuition waivers:
- University Advising Services (561) 297-3064
- FAU high school Early Admissions students with more than 30 credits must contact their declared college for advising. Tuition waivers and book vouchers will be processed through the University Advising office. In order for the tuition waiver to be processed, you will need to provide an advising sheet signed by a college advisor stating approved courses.
To be accepted into the Early Admissions Program at FAU, you must:
- Have completed junior year in high school (a minimum of six semesters) and need no more than one year to complete all the requirements for a high school diploma
- Have proof of a SAT score of at least 1800, with a Critical Reading component score of no less than 460 and a Math component score of no less than 460; or an ACT test score of 27 with no less than 18 on the English component, 19 on the Reading component, and 19 on the Math component
- Have earned a 3.5 or higher high school GPA (as calculated by the Office of Admissions)
- Meet all the admission requirements for a traditional degree-seeking student
In addition to official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT testing results, you must also submit the following documents:
- A completed application for admissions with a $30.00 non-refundable application fee, completed and signed by the student
- A personal letter outlining the reasons for pursuing an early admission opportunity at Florida Atlantic University
- A signed statement of approval from the high school principal or guidance counselor
- A completed “Supplemental Information for Early Admission” form (see the link below to download and print this form)
- Home education students must submit an official letter of intent with the school district’s approval and a completed “Supplemental Information for Early Admission” form (see the link below to download and print this form)
- A list of the courses needed to graduate from high school
- In order to establish proof of Florida Residency, documentation must be submitted including tax returns, letter of domicile, voter’s registration card, Florida driver’s license, etc.
- Non-U.S. Citizens must submit a photocopy of both sides of their Resident Alien card
- Proof of Measles Immunization and Health Form is required of all first-time FAU students
Course Information—Early Admissions
1. Students enrolled in the Early Admissions Program must take courses that will meet the high school diploma requirements and the associate or baccalaureate degree at FAU.
2. To ensure the transferability of credits, students and guidance counselors may wish to concentrate on general education courses for students seeking Associate in Arts or Baccalaureate degrees.
3. College preparatory courses, other forms of pre-collegiate instruction and physical education courses that focus on the execution of a skill rather than the intellectual attributes of the activity are not eligible for inclusion in the Early Admissions Program unless it is part of the FAU degree program.
NOTE: The Early Admissions Program does not include the cost of orientation, student ID, parking decal, medical clinic visits, library fines and parking fines. The student is responsible for these costs.
Early Admissions/Special Processes for Admissions, Registration, and Advising
Rationale: Florida Statutes provide for dual enrollment of high school students in university courses and for a specialized form of dual enrollment entitled Early Admissions. (s1007.271 F.S., s1007.272 F.S., s1011.62(i)F.S.). The FAU High School is a formalized mechanism to recruit, admit, support and administer an intensive high school student dual enrollment program of up to four years on the university campus. The program provides students with rigorous academic studies, broad extracurricular activities and direct opportunities to explore university involvement.
- Apply early in the 11th grade to school personnel (guidance counselor)
- Declare intent to graduate from high school or high school and university
If intent is to graduate from high school but be an early admission student for senior year, follow process below:
- Submit Application to FAU as degree seeking student – Application is available online (applications are accepted for the fall term).
- Declare intended major – can be undeclared (Academic Advising will be done through the intended college/major department).
- Submit all documents (transcripts, ACT/SAT scores etc.)
- Submit letters of recommendation
- Florida residency
Depending on the student’s GPA, an admission decision may wait until 6th semester grades have been received.
Upon admission into the Early Admissions Program, an Orientation hold will be placed on FAU high school students’ records. Students should contact the Orientation office to have hold removed.
Students who have over 30 credits and have a declared major, upon acceptance into the Early Admission Program, should contact their intended/declared college for advising. Please remember that the colleges will not advise unless the student has been admitted as a degree seeking student.
After advising and registration, students must bring a schedule to the University Advising Services office (SU 201) to process a tuition waiver.
The high school guidance counselor must be contacted for book voucher information.
Owl card and transportation access fee waivers must be processed through A.D. Henderson for the fall and spring semesters.
Tuition and matriculation fees are waived by the State of Florida for all Early Admissions students. Waivers are processed for the fall and spring semesters.
Early Admissions students are responsible for the one-time Owl card student ID fee ($10) and the Transportation Access fee (includes parking decal) each semester. These fees should be paid online by the end of the first week of classes. The recurring transportation access fee charge will appear on the student's FAU account each semester. For more information on making a payment, go to http://www.fau.edu/controller/student_information/tuition_payment.php
Transportation Access fee:
If an Owl card has previously been issued through a dual enrollment program, it is not necessary to purchase a new one.
Incoming students are required to attend freshman orientation. Students must register online for orientation at http://www.fau.edu/orientation/ . Students are responsible for the orientation fee of $75. If students wish to bring a guest, there is an additional fee of $50 per person.
Instructional materials (textbooks) are provided to public school students free of charge through the School Districts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties; however, students enrolled in home education programs or nonpublic secondary schools must provide their own instructional materials.
Early Admissions students’ priority is to fulfill the high school graduation requirements. Courses may be spread out between the fall and spring semesters. In addition, students may enroll in courses required to fulfill their major requirements at FAU. FAU’s general education requirements and major curriculum requirements may be found at http://www.fau.edu/uas/curriculum.php. Students are eligible to enroll in most 1000 and 2000 level classes. All prerequisites and/or co-requisites must be met before requesting to register for classes. Early Admissions students may only register for classes that are pre-approved by the high school guidance counselor on the Registration/Permission form and by FAU’s Early Admissions advisor.
NOTE: Any student who registers for a class that has not been approved by the high school guidance counselor and FAU’s Early Admissions advisor must pay for the course(s) or will be dropped without notice.
Please watch the Registration Tutorial for assistance in registering for courses.
To view Course Listings (days/times), click here then choose "Departmental Schedule". Please check the availability of course(s) before attempting to register.
Don't know what to take? FAU freshmen begin their academic career with the Intellectual Foundation Program (IFP) courses located on this SITE. (This link may be helpful in selecting your courses.)
How many credits can be taken by Early Admissions students each semester?
Early Admissions students must take a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits.
When ready to purchase textbooks, please make sure to bring a copy of the FAU Student Schedule which is available through MYFAU at:
Palm Beach County Public High Schools
Palm Beach County Public High School students cannot purchase books from the FAU bookstore. Signed book vouchers must be taken to Booksmart.
670 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Palm Beach County Public High School students can obtain a book voucher from their high school guidance counselor. At the end of the term the books must be returned immediately to Booksmart.
Broward County Public High Schools
Broward County Public High School students should take their form to the University Bookstore located on campus, in the Breezeway, next to Bank Atlantic.
FAU University Bookstore website:
Non-Public, Private, Charter, or Home School students must pay for textbooks.
Unofficial transcripts are automatically mailed to the students' high school guidance counselor following the completion of fall and spring semesters.
Some schools require an official transcript. Check with the guidance counselor regarding the school’s policy.
If an official transcript is needed, click on the link below and follow the instructions. Questions regarding ordering transcripts may be referred to the Registrar’s Office at 561-297-3056.
Current students may also obtain a copy of their unofficial transcript using the MyFAU Self-Service system by clicking on Student Services and then Student Records. Although unofficial transcripts may not be accepted by other institutions, they are available for review at any time.
To order official transcripts, click here: http://www.fau.edu/explore/transcripts.php There is a $10 fee per official transcript.
Boca Raton Lake Worth Palm Beach Gardens
(561) 394-6085 (561) 964-0023 (561) 775-3992
Early Admissions Textbook Policy
- You will receive a book voucher from the guidance office once you are enrolled in your course(s) at the community college or university. This is a three-part form which includes your student information, as well as the classes in which you are enrolled.
- You must have your detailed schedule with you when you pick up your textbooks. This schedule lists your course numbers and your section numbers. Booksmart will supply the required used texts only. New texts will only be issued if used copies are not available.
- Books may be available a few weeks in advance. Please plan on obtaining your textbooks at least a week prior to classes.
- Once you receive your textbooks, you need to return the pink copy of the book voucher to your guidance department. The books are then your responsibility.
- Should you need to change your schedule the books need to be returned before the drop/add deadline. Booksmart will note the return, and/or add any additional text(s) issued. You will then need to take a copy of your revised book voucher to the guidance department.
- After your classes have ended, books must be returned immediately.
- You will receive a two-copy return receipt. You need to return one copy to your guidance department. The second copy is for your records. You should be able to produce this copy at any time before you graduate.
- If a book is lost, stolen, or severely damaged you will be responsible for payment.
- Payment for lost, stolen or severely damaged books should be made directly to the high school bookkeepe
|For Admissions questions, please contact:||For Advising questions, please contact:|
Mary Downing Forester,
|E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org||Email: email@example.com|
|Phone: 561-297-3040||Phone: 561-297-3064|
University Advising Services
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
SU-80, Room 201
Boca Raton, FL 33431