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All students applying to the ACE program are asked to first meet with their high school
counselor to discuss the possibility of full-time dual enrollment at FGCU. If the
school counselor agrees that the program would benefit the student, theACEProgram Authorization Formis signed by the counselor and a graduation check is completed utilizing theHigh School Graduation Checklist. Both forms may be found on the ACE website in the application steps section during
active application periods.
FGCU may receive and will accept transcripts that arrive: 1) electronically, 2) mailed
in a sealed high school envelope with a signature or seal across the flap, or 3) delivered
by the student in a sealed envelope with a signature or seal across the flap. All
transcripts must go directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission at FGCU.SCANNED OR EMAILED test scores or transcripts are not considered official and cannot
be accepted as such.
Can FGCU Service Learning hours be used for Bright Futures?
Yes, ACE students are encouraged to complete service learning hours and may have service
hours to complete in their classes. ACE students may turn in any service hours they
have completed beginning with the day of their admission to the University. Service
must be approved by the FGCU Office of Service Learning and completed through a not-for-profit
agency or organization.
How will the counselor be notified if a student has been admitted to the ACE program?
Student transcripts with course history and grades will be scanned by the ACE Director
and emailed to the Director/Department Head of the Counseling Office at the high school.
Transcripts will be sent at the end of each term as soon as grades are posted to the
student’s record. Please check the academic calendar for dates. Please note that the
Registrar's Office must officially "close" the term after grades are due from professors.
This typically takes 3 business days to complete. Advisors are then able to view and
send official term grades.
Will the counselor be informed if a student withdraws from a class?
ACE students may not withdraw from classes after the first week of classes. ACE staff
do not encourage withdrawal from classes and articulate this to newly admitted students,
however, there may be extenuating circumstances in which the withdrawal of a course
or courses will be in the best interest of the student. This is always discussed first
with the student’s counselor and a drop will not be processed until the counselor
has been notified and is in agreement with the action in accordance to the School
District Articulation Agreement. If the student withdraws from the program altogether,
aRequest for Removal from the Programform will be sent to the counselor for signature.
Can a student repeat a course while in the ACE program?
As long as a student is in the ACE program, a course cannot be repeated. If the student
graduates from high school and continues their academic program at FGCU, a course
may be repeated for grade forgiveness. Students are advised to read the FGCU Catalog
for the process and criteria for seeking grade forgiveness.
Can a student participate in after-school activities?
Students are allowed to participate in after-school activities at their home high
school. Interested students are advised by ACE staff to consult with their high school
counselor regarding participation. Students are encouraged to participate at FGCU
in clubs, organizations and opportunities such as research, high impact service, internships
and leadership development.
Does the counselor need to notify the ACE academic advisor that a student is taking
FLVS or other online classes?
Yes, the High School Checklist provides space to inform ACE academic advisors of the
student’s participation in FLVS. This information helps with determining the student’s
course load at the University.
Are students able to begin courses in music at FGCU?
Students may take any music courses in the general education core and may audition
to be in ensembles through the Bower School of Music. Other music courses, however,
must be taken after high school graduation.
Yes, if they continue at FGCU to complete the baccalaureate degree after high school
graduation. Students are advised to inform their academic advisor early of their intention
to meet A.A. requirements. Award of the A.A. is completed after graduation when the
student’s status changes to degree-seeking at FGCU. This happens during the fall term
following high school graduation. Therefore, ACE graduates are eligible to earn the
A.A. at the end of the fall term following high school graduation, provided they remain
enrolled at FGCU for that term.
Are there other programs at FGCU in which the student may take part-time coursework?
Yes, students are encouraged to complete service while at FGCU and may have service
requirements as part of their courses. Approved service hours are placed on the student’s
transcript. Students are advised to contact their high school counselor for procedures
to transfer hours to their high school record.
Why are students registered before counselors give the final OK?
In order to simplify the registration process, to give students priority registration,
and to allow for changes in schedules, the ACE academic advisor will register students
based upon the most current high school checklist completed by the high school counselor. High school counselors may then request changes to the schedule.
Do counselors need to provide the School Graduation Checklist to students?
No, students will have access to the high school graduation checklist through CANVAS
and are advised to update the checklist via appointments with their high school counselor
prior to all registration periods (once a semester).
Are my students able to take FGCU Honors College courses?
Yes. ACE students are permitted to take Honors College courses. Additionally, high
school juniors will have the option to participate in the ACE Honors program during
their senior year. Students must meet criteria during the junior year which will include
FGCU GPA. Students that complete the ACE Honors program are automatically admitted
to the FGCU Honors College after high school graduation and are awarded an additional
Are there good reasons to counsel a student to stay at FGCU after high school graduation?
Yes! There are many sound reasons for a student to stay at FGCU after high school
graduation. Opportunities for continued undergraduate research, internships and other high impact
practices, ACE scholarships, and the continuation of developed professional relationships
with faculty and staff. FGCU is a great place in which to build a dynamic portfolio
for a graduate program or professional school.
Is your student ready to apply, or do you need help finding deadlines? Please visit
the following links to see the admissions steps or the Calendar of Important Events!