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The Presidential Scholars Program is open to incoming freshmen and incoming juniors. Students are admitted for the fall semester only. Apply as soon as you complete the FIT application. Do NOT wait until you receive your admissions decision from FIT. Notification will be received by April 1.

Incoming Freshmen

Competitive admission based on:

  • cumulative high school GPA of B+ or better
  • essay
  • SAT or ACT scores
    The Presidential Scholars Program does not have a minimum SAT /ACT score for admissions. While the average SAT total score has been approximately 1830, the honors committee welcomes and always offers admission to students with a range of scores.
  • two letters of recommendation from teachers, at least one of which must be from a Liberal Arts teacher

Incoming Juniors

Competitive admission based on:

  • essay
  • two letters of recommendation from faculty, at least one of which must be from a Liberal Arts professor
  • GPA of 3.5
  • Study abroad for incoming juniors only: You must be on campus for 3 or 4 semesters in your upper division program to be considered for the Presidential Scholars Program.

We encourage study abroad. If you are applying as an incoming junior, please advise where you intend to study.

Transfer Students
The program welcomes applications from transfer students who are entering their junior year at FIT for the fall semester only. All the above criteria for incoming juniors apply.

International Students
We welcome applications from incoming freshmen and incoming juniors from all over the world.

One-year Students
This program is not designed for one-year students since they are not required to take Liberal Arts courses.

Important Dates for High School Students
Applications must be received by February 1 of your senior year in high school. Do not wait for your FIT admissions decision to apply to the program.

If you are not accepted into the Presidential Scholars Program as in incoming freshman, you can reapply in your sophomore year for admission in the fall of your junior year.


The application process for Fall 2015 is closed. Applications for Fall 2016 will be available as of August 1, 2015.

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