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Please browse through the following list to find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Prospective Students

 

How do I get started to become a student at Florida Gateway College?

What types of programs do you offer?

What placement tests does the college require?

Do I have to see an advisor to register for classes?

What should I bring when I meet with an advisor?

How do I make an appointment with an academic advisor?


Current Students

Do I have to see an advisor to register for classes?

What should I bring when I meet with an advisor?

How do I register for classes on-line?

Why can’t I login to the secure area for registration?

When does registration for the next semester begin?

When is Add/Drop?

What is the difference between dropping and withdrawing from a class?

Do I need an advisor’s signature to withdraw from a class?

What if I have financial aid and I want to withdraw from a class?

When are final exams?

How do I view my final grades for the current semester?

How do I change my major?

How do I know I’m on the right track?

What should I do to prepare for transfer to a university?

How do I file for graduation?

When are graduation applications due?

Where can I view or get a copy of my transcripts?

How can I allow my college academic record to be shared with another person?

What if a student has special needs and will need special accommodations at FGC?


How do I get started to become a student at Florida Gateway College?

Getting started is easy. Click here for information on entrance procedures.
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What types of programs do you offer?

Florida Gateway College currently offers more than 100 programs of study. These include Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees, Associate in Science (A.S.), Applied Technology Diplomas (ATD), College Credit Certificates, and Occupational Credit Certificates. Click the links to view the list of majors.
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What is an A.A. degree?

This is the Associate in Arts degree for students who plan to transfer into a baccaluareate program at a college or university. 60 semester credits of transferrable coursework are required to complete the degree, and it guarantees admission as a junior to one of Florida’s 11 state universities, according to the Florida Statewide Articulation Agreement. For more information, go to www.facts.org, click on “College Students”, then “AA Transfer Evaluation” under “Advising Audits”.
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What is an A.S. degree?

This is a degree for students who seek professional training and employment upon graduation. Not all A.S. degree coursework will transfer to a university, but the degree can advance careers and allow those already in their field to upgrade job skills.
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What are Applied Technology and Certificate programs?

These programs offer proficient training in specific occupations. Upon successful completion, students are eligible for positions in the field or are prepared to take necessary licensing exams for certification. Students in these programs earn technical credit, but courses don’t neccessarily transfer to a university.
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What placement tests does the college require?

Depending on your course of study, you may need to take the PERT or TABE. Current SAT/ACT scores and/or appropriate college-level coursework from another institution may be used in place of these tests. The Test Center is located in building 17.  Speak to an advisor to determine whether you are exempt from placement testing.

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Do I have to see an advisor to register for classes?

Are you attending for the first time? Transferring from another college/university? Returning after more than a year? If so, an advisor will have to meet with you and lift the Initial Advising hold. This is a good opportunity to discuss your academic plans and make sure you know the requirements for your specific degree/certificate. If you are a current student and know which classes you need, you may register on-line using our secure Self-Service System. See “How do I register for classes on-line?”.

If you receive a scholarship, check with Financial Aid to find out if you must sign a deferrment form after you register.
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What is an educational plan and why do I need one?

An educational plan is a guide to the coursework you will need to complete a particular degree or certificate, and it includes a time frame for completing the courses. If you meet with your advisor and collaboratively design a plan, you will have a better idea of what courses to take, when to take them, and in what sequence. This also assists students in registering online in future semesters.
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What should I bring when I meet with an advisor?

If you’re meeting with an advisor for the first time, bring these:

    • Your questions
    • Copies of college transcripts
    • Copies of test scores (ACT, SAT, PERT)

If you are a continuing student, bring these:

    • Questions you want to ask
    • A copy of your degree track-sheet and/or your educational plan

It is helpful to keep a notebook or file folder with all relevant advising information (test scores, prior transcripts, a degree track-sheet and the educational plan, for example); bring this file to your advising meetings.
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How do I make an appointment with an academic advisor?

To make an appointment, stop by the Advising office in the Student Union building or call 386.754.4222. Advisors are available on a walk-in and appointment basis.

Office hours during the Spring and Fall terms are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Summer term hours are Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) All Wednesday hours are extended until 6:30 p.m.
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How do I register for classes on-line?

From our homepage: click on My FGC, then Enter Secure Area. Enter your Student ID and PIN, then login. Click on Student, then Registration, then Add or Drop Classes. Select the term and submit. If you know the 5-digit CRN # for each class/section, enter those numbers in the boxes. If not, click on Class Search at the bottom of the page; highlight the subject you want and click on Class Search. A list of all the courses will appear; choose the correct class and section, check the box for it, and click on Register. This will add the CRN # to your worksheet. When you are done adding classes, click on Submit Changes. If the registration goes through, your status will read **Web Registered**. If the system is unable to register you, a message will be given stating why. See advisor, if needed.
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Why can’t I login to the secure area for registration?

Check to make sure that your student ID is entered correctly.  Have you entered the correct  PIN? Your default PIN is your date of birth in the format of mmddyy or mmyyyy.

Still having problems? You need to speak with someone in the registrar’s office to obtain a new PIN. Once reset, you will be able to login.
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When does registration for the next semester begin?

Check the Critical Dates Calendar on the FGC website.
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When is Add/Drop?

The dates for Add/Drop can be found on the Critical Dates Calendar on the FGC website. During Add/Drop, full payment of tuition and fees must be made by the closing of the workday.
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What is the difference between dropping and withdrawing from a class?

When you drop a class, during the Add/Drop period, it is as if you never registered for the class, and that course will not appear on your transcript. Add/Drop may be done online; you don’t need an advisor’s signature, but make sure you know when the Add/Drop period ends.

When you withdraw from a class, a “W” will show on your transcript as the grade for that class. A withdrawal must be completed with an advisor and turned in at the registrars office. There is also a dealine for student-initiated withdrawals, so check the Critical Dates Calendar.

Note: If you receive financial aid (grants or scholarships for example), be sure to speak with someone in the Financial Aid office, since there may be financial aid consequences.
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Do I need an advisor’s signature to withdraw from a class?

Yes. Faculty advisors can also sign withdrawal forms.
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What if I have financial aid and I want to withdraw from a class?

Make sure you talk with someone in Financial Aid and get a signature on the withdrawal form; withdrawing from a class may have financial aid consequences.
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When are final exams?

Check your course syllabus. You may also find the exam schedule through the link on our Florida Gateway College homepage.
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How do I view my final grades for the current semester?

Once final grades are entered into the system, you may view them on-line. From our home page: click on My FGC, then Enter Secure Area. Enter your Student ID and PIN, then login. Click on Student, then Student Records, then Final Grades. Select the current term and submit.
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How do I change my major?

Change of Major forms can be found on-line (College Forms) or in the Advising office. You may change your major at any time; however, forms must be signed by an advisor and filed with Admissions and the Registrar’s office.
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How do I know I’m on the right track?

Use your educational plan and the degree track sheet to make sure you are on track, and check with your advisor each semester. In addition, look at your “My FGC” account which has a “degree evaluation”.
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What should I do to prepare for transfer to a university?

    • Check out the websites of all colleges/universities you are interested in, at least one year before you plan to graduate.
    • Look for admissions deadlines and course prerequisites for the degree program you plan to pursue.
    • Meet with your advisor and discuss these deadlines and prerequisites.
    • Consider visiting the schools you’re interested in.
    • Florida Shines may have useful transfer information about the university of your choice.

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How do I file for graduation?

Make an appointment with your advisor for a review of your academic transcript. If you meet the graduation requirements, the advisor will assist you in completing a graduation application. If you do not meet the necessary requirements, your advisor will direct you on what is needed to complete them.
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When are graduation applications due?

The application deadline can be found on the Critical Dates Calendar on the FGC website. Students who submit a graduation application by the spring deadline will appear in the official FGC Graduation Program; graduation applications submitted after this date will be processed, but the student’s name may not appear in the Graduation Program.
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Where can I view or get a copy of my transcripts?

Unofficial copies of transcripts are available from the “My FGC” link on the FGC website. (From our home page, click on My FGC, then Enter Secure Area. Enter your Student ID and PIN, then login. Click on Student, then Student Records, then Academic Transcript. Click Submit.)
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How can I allow my college academic record to be shared with another person?

The Authorization to Disclose Information form must be completed by both the student and the approved college witness (staff or faculty)
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What if a student has special needs and will need special accommodations at FGC?

Please contact Ms. Terry Ann Auger, FGC Coordinator of Disability Services (www.terryann.auger@fgc.edu ).
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