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Golden Scholars

The Golden Scholars program is an admissions pathway for select first-generation students from under-represented backgrounds. 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, staff, and peers. Students in the program will have the opportunity to sharpen their academic skills and develop a support network of students, faculty, and staff by becoming familiar with the FIU community and its many resources.


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

  • Under-represented college students (priority given to Pell Grant eligible first-generation college students)
  • Florida residents (per state residency guidelines)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA
  • Have a minimum 18 ACT composite score or 960 SAT composite score
  • NOTE: Satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

To apply to the Golden Scholars bridge program, students must:

  • Submit a complete FIU Undergraduate Admission application and the Golden Scholars bridge program application.
  • Submit official ACT and/or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions.
  • Complete both the 2023-24 and 2024-25 FAFSA.
    • NOTE: Both FAFSA applications are now available through the FAFSA website. Students are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA website.
  • Complete the Florida Residency Affidavit Form with required documentation. Please be prepared to upload residency documents when submitting your online admissions application.

The application for the 2024 cohort is closed.

Applications for the 2025 cohort will open in August 2024.