Golden Scholars Bridge Program

Application only open to current high school seniors

The Golden Scholars Bridge program is an admissions pathway program for under-represented students. Priority is given to first-generation students and City of Miami high school seniors however, all high school seniors are welcome to apply. 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 participate in the program for all semesters they are enrolled at FIU.

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)
Pell Grant eligible as determined by the federal FAFSA application
Have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA
Have a minimum 18 ACT composite score or 960 SAT composite score

To apply to the Golden Scholars bridge program, students must:
Submit essay and resume as part of the General Application on AcademicWorks.
Submit a complete FIU Undergraduate Admission application and the Golden Scholars Bridge program application.
Answer the nine yes/no questions on the Golden Scholars bridge program application on AcademicWorks
Submit ACT and SAT scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
NOTE: Please submit a minimum of 18 ACT composite score or 960 SAT composite score. Satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
Complete both the 2023-24 and 2024-25 FAFSA.
NOTE: Students are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA website.
Complete the Florida Residency Affidavit Form with the required documentation. Please be prepared to upload residency documents for your parent/guardian when submitting your online admissions application.

For more information, contact or (305) 348 -0349.
For further assistance and eligibility questions, email

Golden Scholars
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a participant with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project?
  2. Are you a participant with Achieve Miami?
  3. Are you a participant with Big Brothers-Big Sisters?
  4. Are you a participant with Breakthrough Miami?
  5. Are you a participant with Educate Tomorrow?
  6. Are you a participant with the HEART program (Broward County Public Schools)?
  7. Are you a participant with Project UP-START (Miami-Dade County Public Schools)??
  8. Are you a participant with Take Stock in Children?
  9. Are you a first-generation student, meaning your parents have not completed a bachelor’s degree?
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