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College Admission Requirements

Knowing what's required to shine will help you get into the college of your choice.

State Colleges

State colleges have an "open door" admissions process. To be eligible for admission to a state college, a student must earn a standard high school diploma or its equivalent (General Educational Development – GED – or adult high school diploma) or demonstrate success in college coursework.

State Universities

State universities have a competitive selection process. To be eligible for admission to a state university, a student must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Earn a standard high school diploma with a minimum 2.5 GPA in 18 core academic courses which are:
    • 4 courses in English (at least three with substantial writing)
    • 4 courses in math (Algebra I and higher level courses)
    • 3 courses in natural science (at least two with a lab)
    • 3 courses in social studies
    • 2 courses in the same foreign language
    • 2 electives

Even students who meet the minimum requirements may not gain admission to the school of their choice because of limited space. See the average academic profile of freshman students at each university.

Additional Opportunity for Admissions

Florida offers an additional opportunity for admissions to a state university for students who do not meet the minimum requirements.

  • The Talented Twenty (T20) Program is a state university admissions category that guarantees you admission into a state university (not necessarily the university of your choice) if you:
    • Graduate with a standard diploma from a Florida public high school
    • Rank in the top 20% of your graduating class
    • Complete all 18 college prep credits required for state university admission
    • Take the ACT or SAT (no minimum score)
    • Be eligible for college-level coursework in all areas (i.e., Meet Board of Governors college level competency per Board Regulation 6.008
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