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You are a first-time college student if you have never attended another college or university or if you are out of high school and you have chosen FGC to start your college education. You have made the right decision!

Please follow the steps below as you plan your FGC educational career. Keep in mind that only the first two enrollment steps (apply and high school transcript) are required for admission, but some remaining steps can be completed simultaneously to expedite your enrollment. Remember that we are here to help you through this process and your success is important to us.

Application Steps for First-Time Students

Apply for Admission – Free!

High School Transcript
  • Send official high school transcript to Enrollment Services, Florida Gateway College, 149 SE College Place, Lake City, FL 32025. If you had official transcripts sent directly to you, do not open them. You will need to send the official transcript, in an unopened envelope, to Enrollment Services through the U.S. mail. 
  • If your high school credential was earned outside of the United States, a high school equivalency report from a NACES-approved evaluation service is required.  Contact Enrollment Services for more information.

Receive your letter of acceptance that will include important login information for your MyFGC Portal, as well as steps following admission.

Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) whether you think you are eligible or not. Many scholarship opportunities at FGC require a completed FAFSA. Check this step off your list as early as possible, as this may be completed prior to admission.

FGC school code: 001501. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Proof of Residency

This requirement allows you to be considered for in-state tuition rates. You may complete this step when you apply for admission by submitting the residency form and documents. Proving residency reduces your tuition by over 70%. For example, a 3 credit class will cost $310 instead of $1,175.

Residency declaration and supporting documentation may be submitted to Enrollment Services through mail, email, or fax.  Mailing address: Enrollment Services, Florida Gateway College, 149 SE College Place, Lake City, FL 32025.  Email address:  Fax: 386-754-4581.

Placement Testing

ACT, SAT, and PERT test scores may be used for placement into college-level courses if the test was taken in the past two years. To access test prep materials and to schedule an exam, go to Test Center. The Test Center is located in Building 7 and may be contacted at or 386-754-7378.

If you started 9th grade in the 2003-2004 school year or later at a Florida public high school, and graduated from a Florida, public high school with a standard high school diploma, you may be exempt from Placement testing in accordance with Senate Bill 1720.  Advisors still recommend all students placement test prior to the first term of registration in order to determine where you should start in college-level courses in order to be successful. 


We want to make sure you have a plan in place to reach your goals! An advising appointment to discuss your academic plan is required before you register. Schedule your appointment with the appropriate advisor depending upon your program of study. Check the Advising Guide to determine your advisor.


Visit New Student Orientation, which is offered online and in-person. We hope you’ll take advantage of both!

Register for Classes

Register through your MyFGC Portal or in person at the Office of Enrollment Services in Bldg. 15.

We’re Here to Help

For all questions you may have about the application and enrollment process, get in touch with us.