Postsecondary Admission Requirements


Four-Year Institutions

The Florida Board of Governors set minimum admission criteria. Individual institutions may choose to establish more stringent admission requirements within the parameters outlined in the board’s regulations. The minimum standards require that applicants graduate with the Standard Diploma.

Minimum Admission Criteria for First-Time, Degree-Seeking Freshmen



Course Requirements

Minimum Assessment Requirements



All three units must have a writing component.

ACT Reading & Writing: 19/18

SAT Verbal & Writing: 460/440



All units at or above Algebra 1 level.

ACT Math: 19

SAT Math: 460



Two units must have a lab component.


Social Studies


Including anthropology, history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and/or geography


World Languages


Both credits must be in the same language.

Applicants can waive requirement by showing fluency in language equal to or higher than the 2nd course level.







Florida has three routes to university admission:

  • Standard admission – Students with a high school GPA of 3.0, completion of the minimum admissions criteria, and presentation of official SAT and/or ACT scores.
  • Talented Twenty – Students receive guaranteed admission to one of the 12 state universities if they are in the Top 20 percent of their graduating class while completing the 18 credits required for the state’s university system admissions and submitting SAT or ACT scores. The Talented Twenty program does not guarantee admission to the first-choice institution.
  •  Alternative admission – A limited number of applicants who are not eligible for standard admission may be considered for alternative admission. University admissions officers review a variety of factors, including but not limited to potential for success, family education background, socioeconomic background, and graduation from a low-performing high school. The additional factors shall not include preferences in the admissions process based on race, national origin, or sex. 

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Students who attend two-year institutions must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalency or must demonstrate potential for success in postsecondary course work.