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Transfer Students

Florida Southern Welcomes More Than 100 Transfer Students Annually

With flexible credit transfer student policies, financial aid and scholarship opportunities just for transfer students, Florida Southern is the right place for you.

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Will My Credits Transfer?

We are pleased to partner with the state of Florida’s accredited two and four year community colleges to offer flexible transfer credit policies. Through this 2+2 program, students entering from one of these institutions with an AA degree will have met all of Florida Southern’s general education requirements and essentially enter FSC as a junior—though an AA degree is not required to transfer to Florida Southern.

Traditional Undergraduate Transfer Admission

Priority Dates Fall—June 1; Spring—December 1

Students who have successfully completed work at a regionally accredited college or university may apply for admission to Florida Southern College. Applicants should submit a personal statement indicating the reason for the transfer. Official transcripts are required from each postsecondary institution attended. When available, students should also submit SAT or ACT scores.

Evaluation Process

Applicants are evaluated primarily on the strength of their academic achievement at the postsecondary level, with emphasis placed on subject areas paralleling Florida Southern College’s general education curriculum requirements. Particularly critical are courses in English and mathematics. Total credits attempted, credits earned, and grades posted serve as the basis for admission. (Students who wish to transfer before accumulating 25 semester hours of transferable credit must also submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.) A Report of Social Standing form, available online, is required to complete a transfer application.

Social Standing

To be considered for transfer admission, a student must be eligible academically and socially to return to the last college or university attended. A student on academic or social dismissal from any institution is not eligible to enroll at Florida Southern College until reinstatement in good standing at the previous institution has been authorized.

A.A. Degree Holders

Students transferring without an A.A. degree at the time of matriculation are required to complete all general education courses not previously taken. Evaluation of transfer credit is on a course-by-course basis. Please see p. 63 for the General Education requirement.

Students who have earned an A.A. degree from a regionally accredited community college within the state of Florida will have met all of Florida Southern’s general education requirements, if the degree was awarded after December 1994. Under agreements with the state’s community colleges, A.A. degree graduates who earned their degrees in 1995 or subsequent years enter Florida Southern College as juniors with a maximum of 62 transferable credits.

Grade Requirements

Once admitted to FSC, official evaluations are completed by the registrar’s office. Only courses in which a student earned a grade of C or higher are considered for transfer credit. The maximum number of credit hours transferable from a two-year college is 62, while a student transferring from a four-year institution may enter Florida Southern with as many as 93 hours. If a student has attended more than one college or university, each transcript is evaluated independently. Regardless of the amount of applicable transfer credit, students must complete at least 50 percent of their major and minor (if a minor is elected) in Florida Southern College coursework. Transient coursework, CLEP and other examination credits, and study abroad credits earned through an affiliation agreement with another institution are not considered FSC credit. In the case of students entering teacher education, no more than eight semester hours of coursework may be accepted in the professional education sequence at Florida Southern College.

Institution Requirements

Students who have attended institutions which are considered in-candidacy-for-accreditation, or students who have college credits more than ten years old may have their credits accepted provisionally and validated by completing at least 24 semester hours of Florida Southern College work while maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average

Transfer credit hours for specialist education programs in military service schools may be awarded to a maximum of 18 hours. Semester-hours credit is determined by standards of the American Council on Education guide to the evaluation of experiences in the Armed Services.

GPA Requirements

Transfer students requesting admission to 3000-level coursework in the teacher preparation program of the School of Education must meet a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all courses taken in the liberal arts general education courses and a passing score on all subtests of the General Knowledge Test. Florida resident students should complete this requirement before applying for admission to the teacher preparation program at Florida Southern College. Students transferring to Florida Southern College from colleges or universities outside the state of Florida should make arrangements to complete the General Knowledge Test in the first semester of their enrollment in the teacher preparation program at Florida Southern College.

Non-Degree Seeking

Non-degree-seeking applicants who have already earned a bachelor’s degree are required to submit only a college transcript from the degree-issuing institution.

Courses with a
or better.

Up to
credits from a community college.

Up to
credits from a four-year college or university.

To see how many credits we can transfer for you, send us an official college transcript. We do not need ACT or SAT scores for students with 25+ hours.

Advanced Credit Policy

Academic Recognition Scholarships

Florida Southern recognizes the academic accomplishments of transfer students who have earned at least 25 transferable credits.

  • Up to $18,500* with a minimum 3.75 GPA
  • Up to $17,500* with a minimum 3.50 GPA
  • Up to $16,500* with a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Up to $14,500* with a minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Up to $13,500* with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Up to $12,500* with a minimum 2.50 GPA

* To receive the total amount you must live on campus.

Phi Theta Kappa Award

We are proud to offer qualifying Phi Theta Kappa members a special scholarship who have earned an Associate of Arts degree and have a 3.2 cumulative minimum GPA. This award may be combined with the Transfer Academic Recognition Scholarship Award.

Students receiving first-year scholarships are not eligible for the PTK award.

Transfer Student Counselors

Our knowledgeable transfer student counselors can advise you on next steps to ensure you’re on track to achieve your college and career goals.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions
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Joseph Madigan

Director of Recruitment Outreach

All Florida Transfer Students, except Polk County.

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Karla Reigosa

Admissions Counselor

Out of state transfers and international.

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Brian Emery

Admissions Counselor

Polk County Transfer Students

Transfer Application Requirements

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Official High School Transcript *
  • SAT/ACT Test Scores *
  • Social Standing Form

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* If you have earned fewer than 25 transferable college credits

Visit Florida Southern

Get a firsthand look at Florida Southern at events designed specifically with transfer students in mind! Meet our counselors. Find out about the transfer application process and financial aid.

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Rolling Admission Dates

Transfer students applying receive decisions approximately 2-3 weeks from the date their application and all credentials have been received.

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Mar. 1
Fall Priority Deadline

Nov. 1
Spring Priority Deadline

Start the application process well before the priority deadlines to ensure enough time to gather all the required documents. All documents are due by the priority deadline dates.