EARLY ADMISSIONS PROGRAM FOR FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

Students who have demonstrated academic excellence, are looking for a rigorous 12th grade experience at the university level, and wish to earn an undergraduate degree from FAU should consider applying for the Early Admissions program. If offered admission through Early Admission, students would begin classes at FAU as a freshman instead of attending the senior year of high school.

Requirements:

  • You must have a 3.8 or higher GPA (as calculated by the Office of Admissions) after six semesters of high school;
  • You must have an SAT score of at least 1290; or an ACT test score of 27;
  • You must be a Florida resident;
  • You must complete a supplemental application;
  • You must provide written recommendations from your high school Principal and Guidance Counselor attesting to the student's maturity and readiness to meet the academic and personal challenges posed by early entry into a University;
  • Self-report every SAT/ACT test score through your application status portal;
  • Complete the Residency Affidavit and supply supporting materials as requested;

Contact 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
Phone: 561-297-3040
Fax: 561-297-2758
admissions@fau.edu

  1. Submit an Undergraduate/Freshman Application for Admission - indicate "Early Admission" where applicable and include application fee.  Deadline is April 15  .   
  2. Submit a completed Supplemental Application form.
  3. Submit current high school transcript including transcripts/scores of any high school dual enrollment courses taken, IB credits, AP scores, SAT or ACT scores.
  4. Submit written permission from a high school guidance counselor allowing FAU courses to satisfy any remaining requirements toward high school graduation.
  5. Submit letters of recommendation from high school Principal and Guidance Counselor(s) attesting to the student's maturity and readiness to meet the academic and personal challenges posed by early entry into higher education.
  6. Upon acceptance to the Early Admissions Program, complete all of your onboarding steps through the OwlDone portal.
  7. Once accepted, email University Advising Services at advisingservices@fau.edu for information regarding registration and the advising process.

NOTE: Tuition deposit of $200 is not required of Early Admissions students. However, 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.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • 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 first year students 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

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 1290; or an ACT test score of 27
  • Have earned a 3.8 or higher high school GPA (as calculated by the Office of Admissions)
  • Be a Florida resident
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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.

Requirements:

  • Students must meet minimum SAT/ACT scores, College and High School GPA requirements, and be a Florida Resident
  • Apply in Spring of 11th grade to school personnel (guidance counselor)
  • Declare intent to graduate from high school and have the desire to complete their bachelor's degree at FAU
  • Students must follow the process below by the Spring Deadline for consideration:
    • Submit Undergraduate Admissions Application for Fall semester of High School Senior Year
    • Declare intended major – can be undeclared (Academic Advising will be done through the intended college/major department).
    • Submit FAU Supplemental Application with FAU High School personnel
    • Self-report and then submit every official SAT/ACT score to the FAU Admissions Office
    • Submit Personal Statement
    • Complete FAU Florida residency instructions

Depending on the student’s GPA, an admission decision may wait until 6th-semester grades have been received.

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. 

Students should continue to communicate with FAU High School Personnel on Tuition waivers, Textbook vouchers, Owl Card fees, and FAU Transportation Access Fees during their Senior 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.

Transportation Access Fee:

Semester

Cost

Fall

$76.90

Spring

$76.90

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 first year orientation. Students must register online for orientation through the OwlDone portal. Students are responsible for the orientation fee of $35. 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 general education and major requirements at FAU.  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.

Don't know what to take? Consult with your Early Admissions advisor. Most FAU first year students begin their academic career with the Intellectual Foundation Program (IFP) 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:
https://myfau.fau.edu/signed_in/selector/index

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. 

Booksmart
145 NW 20th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 394-6085

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, behind Starbucks.

FAU University Bookstore website:

http://www.fau.edu/business-services/bookstore

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.



 Last Modified 3/8/22