Application Process

Admissions Requirements

As our mission statement indicates, Florida College aspires to equip students for lives of service by offering an education in the liberal arts within the context of biblical values. To this end, the College seeks to attract and admit students who demonstrate academic promise and good character—students who desire the distinctive spiritual environment and educational program of the College.

Florida College admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin, without discrimination on the basis of sex or handicap.

Applying for Admission

All application materials should be sent to the Office of Admission. You can apply online. Additional information may be requested by telephone or by emailing to admissions@floridacollege.edu or at 800.326.7655 x6716. All application materials may be printed directly from our website or requested from the Office of Admission.

Applying for Admission to Florida College is done in three steps.

Step 1. Fill out the online application. Upon completion you will be required to pay a $35 application fee, so have a debit /credit card available. The entire process should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. After this step you may proceed immediately to Step 2.

Step 2. Fill out the pre-admission forms. After this step you must wait for your official letter of acceptance before proceeding to Step 3.

Step 3. Fill out the post-admission forms.

Application materials should reach the Office of Admissions by August 1 for fall enrollment and December 1 for spring enrollment. Applicants who fail to meet the deadline incur a $100.00 late fee.

Requirements for Unconditional Admission

Academic Requirements: Graduates of an Accredited High School

For unconditional admission, the applicant who will enter Florida College as the graduate of an accredited high school must meet the following minimal academic requirements:

1. Complete at least 16 high school academic units, including:

  • four units in English (with courses including substantial study of grammar, composition, or literature)
  • two units in social sciences (courses such as American, world, or state history, civics, geography)
  • three units in mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, or higher level courses),
  • two units in college preparatory natural sciences (biology, chemistry, or physical science courses with laboratory components)

Additional academic units may include such courses as economics, psychology, sociology, humanities, and foreign languages.

2. Graduate with at least a 2.00 grade point average (on a 4-point scale)

3. Provide standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) required for appropriate course placement (as explained in the Course Placement section below)

Note regarding which scores are accepted:

  • Florida College accepts the standard ACT test. If you choose to take the writing portion for your own purposes, your score for this section will not be evaluated by Florida College or included to determine your composite score for academic scholarships or course placement.
  • Florida College accepts the SAT1 test. However, we do not utilize the writing portion of the exam for academic scholarships or for course placement purposes. We will only evaluate the critical reading and the math scores of this exam.

TOEFL Scores: International Students

In order to be admitted to Florida College the student must score at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language—213 on computer-based (CBT), 79-80 on internet-based (IBT) – or must attain ELS level of 112.

Academic Requirements: Home Schooled Students

For unconditional admission, the applicant who will enter Florida College as the graduate of a home school program must be at least 17 years old by the date of registration and must meet the above academic requirements for Graduates of an Accredited High School.

Homeschooled students must also submit a self-certification statement with their final high school transcript. Homeschooled students have the option to substitute one semester of college-level lab science for each unit of high school natural science.

Conditional Admission

A student who meets the age and character requirements but has not fulfilled all the academic requirements for unconditional admission may be admitted conditionally if he or she:

  • has graduated either from an accredited high school or a home school program, but has not completed the 16 academic units required for unconditional admission; or
  • has completed at least one year of high school and makes acceptable scores on the General Education Development (GED) examination.

The student admitted conditionally may remove the condition before enrolling in Florida College by completing high school or college courses in the subject areas of the deficiencies. Otherwise, the student must begin during the first semester of enrollment to remove deficiencies by completing Florida College courses in those subject areas. One semester of college work completed successfully (with a grade of C or better) will substitute for one year of high school study in the same subject area.

Probationary Admission

A student may appeal to be admitted on probation if his or her grade point average in high school or college work completed elsewhere is less than a 2.00.

The written appeal should be directed through the Admissions Office to the Academic Dean and the Academic Standards Committee, at whose discretion students may be granted probationary admission. The appeal should include additional academic references, support letters, scores on standardized tests, an explanation of mitigating circumstances, and a statement indicating the student’s motivation and commitment. The Committee bases admission decisions on its judgment of a student’s potential for academic success. Students admitted on probation must achieve at least a 1.60 grade point average on a full time load of at least 12 semester hours to have their probationary status lifted; those not successful in removing the probation during the first semester will be suspended for one semester. For further information about academic probation, see the Catalog index and the Student Handbook.

Credit by Examination

Up to 30 semester hours credit may be earned by examination. No examination credit can be assigned if credit by course work is previously or subsequently awarded, or if a course in that discipline or any part thereof has been begun in college classroom work.

International Baccalaureate

Florida college will accept 30 semester hours for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Advanced Placement

The College Board provides several college level advanced placement programs in courses comparable to those offered at Florida College. Florida College will grant three credit hours for a score of 3, and six credit hours for a score of 4 or 5 toward graduation. Florida College will accept scores on AP exams in ENG LANG/COMP or ENG LIT/COMP for credit in ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 (Freshman English).

College Level Examination Program

Florida College will grant credit for the following scores:

  1. A score of 50 or greater on the Freshman College Composition with Essay Examination. Florida College will not accept the English Composition Examination without Essay. (ENC 1101, 3 semester hours)
  2. A score of 50 or greater on the College Mathematics examination. (MGF 1107, 3 semester hours)
  3. A score of 50 or greater on the General Examination in Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and History. (3 semester hours each)
  4. A score of 50 or greater on other Subject Examinations corresponding to course work at Florida College.
  5. A score of 50 on the Language Examination. (4 semester hours, Elementary level)

Transfer Students

A student in good standing at another institution who is eligible to return to that institution may apply to enter Florida College as a transfer student. Prospective transfer students should complete steps 1–9 under the heading “Applying for Admission” above.

Transfer applicants should have a grade point average of at least 2.00 on previous college-level work. Students whose grade point average is below 2.00 may appeal for probationary admission with a letter addressed to the Academic Dean (mailed to the Admissions Office). The letter should explain any mitigating circumstances that affected the GPA; it should also express the applicant’s motivation and commitment. The Academic Dean will notify the applicant of the admission decision.

Transfer students must provide official transcripts from all colleges they have attended. Failure to report previously attempted college-level work constitutes a falsification of application and may cause a student to be suspended and to lose all Florida College credit.

Application materials should reach the Office of Admissions by August 1 for fall enrollment and December 1 for spring enrollment. Applicants who fail to meet the deadline incur a $100.00 late fee.

Transfer Credit

Florida College accepts credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities. The AA degree from such institutions is accepted as block credit. When transfer credit is considered course by course, no grade below “C” is accepted. The Registrar, with the help of the Dean, evaluates transcripts to determine what credits will be accepted and what credit will be granted for courses not parallel with those offered by Florida College.

The College does not award credit for basic military training, Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), or life or work experiences. Credit for military courses and training may be granted on the basis of a formal evaluation by the registrar and credit recommendations in the American Council on Education (ACE) guide.

Transient Student Admission Requirements

Transient or “visiting” students are those who are currently working toward a degree at another university or college and would like to take courses at Florida College and have the credits transferred back to their home institution. This status is ideal for students who are home for the summer or who are looking to get ahead or catch up on the degree program at their home institution.

Individuals who wish to enroll as a transient student must submit an admission application, application fee, photo, a letter of good standing from the home institution or a transcript from the home institution, and submit the Transient Student Affidavit. A transient student must not be on suspension or probation from their home institution. Admittance requires good academic standing from the home institution. Transient students are not eligible for financial aid.

Transient students may enroll in up to six hours per semester and are limited to enrollment in two consecutive semesters at Florida College. Transient students are permitted to enroll on a space-available basis. Transient students must agree to abide by the Florida College Code of Conduct while enrolled.

Further Academic Regulations

Course Placement

To encourage academic success, the College assigns students with particular areas of vulnerability to specific and appropriate courses.

Students on probation and students whose grade point average and/or test scores the Dean considers a reason for concern are considered at risk academically and are placed in SLS 1501 (College Success).

Standardized test scores provide the basis for placement in English and Mathematics courses. The chart below indicates conditions under which students are required to complete certain prerequisites successfully (with a grade of C or better) before being admitted to higher-level courses in English or Mathematics.

Condition for Placement Additional Condition Required Prerequisite Subsequent Course
Less than 17 on the English or 18 on the Reading portion of ACTorLess than 440 on Verbal portion of SAT n/a ENC 00201
(Introduction to College English)
ENC 1101
(Freshman Composition Skills I)
Less than 19 on Mathematics portion of ACTorLess than 440 on Quantitative portion of SAT Successful completion of high school Algebra I MAT 00242
(Elementary Algebra)
MGF 1106 or 1107
(Liberal Arts Math)orMAT 10333
(Intermediate Algebra)
Less than 19 on Mathematics portion of ACTorLess than 440 on Quantitative portion of SAT Successful completion of high school Algebra I and Algebra II Option 1:
MAT 10333(Intermediate Algebra)Option 2:
MGF 1106 or 1107 (Liberal Arts Math)
MAC 1105 (College Algebra) or STA 2023 (Intro to Statistics)MGF 1106 or 1107 (Liberal Arts Math)
  1. ENC 0020 does not carry college credit.
  2. MAT 0024 does not carry college credit.
  3. MAT 1033 carries elective credit but does not satisfy the General Education Core requirement for mathematics.