Application Process

The Presidential Scholars Program offers the premier undergraduate merit scholarship at Florida State University and invests in undergraduate students with extraordinary potential to be the transformational leaders of their generation. The program provides four years of support, and the application is open to high school seniors who are admitted into the Florida State University Honors Program

To be considered for the Presidential Scholars Program, incoming first-year prospective students must: 

1. Apply to Florida State University

To be considered for the Presidential Scholars Program, first-year applicants must first submit an application to Florida State University by December 1, 2023, and select "Yes" to the question “Are you interested in applying to the Honors Program?”

  • When applying through the FSU Application, this question is located on the Additional Academic History page.
  • When applying through the Common App, this question is located under Academics in the Questions section.

Once the university application has been submitted, please allow some time for the University Honors Application to become available on the Application Status Check. For students applying through the Common App, this may take up to 48 hours.

Note: The application essay for the Presidential Scholars Program is the same as the University Honors Program application essay.

2. Complete the University Honors Program/Presidential Scholars Program application essay. 

Students must indicate their interest in and complete their supplemental University Honors Program application essay by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1, 2023, to be considered for the University Honors Program and the Presidential Scholars Program.

Incoming prospective first-year students will be notified of their admission status to FSU and to University Honors by Feb. 15.

Applicants will also be notified on this date if they are selected to be semi-finalists for the Presidential Scholars Program.

3. Semi-finalists complete the supplemental video responses.

Semi-finalists will be required to submit video responses to two prompts to be considered finalists for Presidential Scholars. These are due Feb. 25 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

The following informational video addresses frequently asked questions about how to create your applicant videos:

4. Finalists attend interview and recruitment weekend in Tallahassee. 

Finalists for the Presidential Scholars Program will receive notification and an invitation in early March to a required on-campus interview April 5 – 6, 2024.  

All finalists for Presidential Scholars are also admitted into the University Honors Program.

The following informational video addresses frequently asked questions about Recruitment and Interview Weekend:

Questions about Presidential Scholars?

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