Golden Scholars


The Golden Scholars Program is an alternative admissions program for selected first generation, under-represented students. Students selected to be Golden Scholars will participate in an intensive six-week residential summer bridge program that offers academic preparation, individualized advising, and personal attention from faculty and staff. Upon successful completion of the bridge program, students will matriculate into the fall term as full-admitted FIU students.


To qualify as a candidate for the Golden Scholars bridge program, applicants must be:

  • First-generation college students
  • Florida residents (per state residency guidelines)
  • Pell Grant eligible
  • Have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA
  • Have a minimum 18 ACT composite score or 980 SAT composite score

Students admitted to the summer bridge program are expected to:

  • Attend personal and professional development workshops
  • Meet regularly with their mentor
  • Attend weekly meetings with other Golden Scholars
  • Live on campus for the duration of the six-week summer bridge program

*A review of each students’ complete application packet in comparison to the total applicant pool will guide the acceptance decisions of the program.


The application for the 2017 cohort has closed. We encourage you to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (305-348-2320) for the further guidance regarding your opportunities as a potential Panther.


Once accepted into the program, please ensure the following items are completed:

  • Continue to monitor your “To Do List” for pending items.
  • Review, sign, and submit the Golden Scholars Expectations Agreement.
  • Submit your summer housing agreement.
  • Register for PantherCamp.

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Student Access & Success
11200 SW 8 Street, SASC 205
Miami, Florida 33199

Phone: 305.348.3445

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