Freshmen FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions by New Freshmen

Welcome to the Gator Nation! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by new admits.

Congratulations! We encourage you to confirm your intent to enroll and pay your tuition deposit before May 1. Be sure to review all steps on the freshman enrollment checklist. If you need additional information about UF in order to confirm, join us for one of our on-campus admitted student programs - Florida Days or for a regional reception in your area - Destination UF. An email invitation will be sent to you with details about both programs. Be sure to register early as space is limited.
All admitted students are considered for merit scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions using the same holistic and academic information used for the admissions decision. No separate application is needed nor additional materials. Students who have been offered a scholarship will be notified via email and mail by the Office of Admissions in late February. We do not notify non-scholarship recipients, and we only award our scholarships at this one time.
Students who wish to receive financial aid need to fill out a FAFSA application as soon as possible after October 1. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply as early as possible to be considered for the most, and best aid. Students submitting a FAFSA after the December 15th “on-time” deadline may still qualify to receive federal loans, grants and other financial aid. By early March, admitted freshmen who have filed the 2017-2018 FAFSA and met the on-time deadline will receive an official award notice via U.S. mail and online.
Congratulations! The Innovation Academy (IA) brings together students from more than 30 majors, leading to a convergence of original ideas centered on innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, ethics and leadership. IA students take courses in the spring and summer. In the fall, they can pursue study-abroad programs, internships and other opportunities. Learn more about IA at a Discover IA session.
Congratulations! The state college partnership programs are unique collaborations between the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning or the UF College of Engineering with Santa Fe College in Gainesville or the State College of Florida in Sarasota. Selected students will begin their studies at Santa Fe College or the State College of Florida, and after approximately two semesters, will continue onto the UF campus.
Congratulations! The AIM program serves students whom UF feels will benefit from additional support as they transition to college. Criteria for AIM selection was based on information within your application, such as your SAT/ACT scores, family income, high school geographical region or if you’re the first in your family to attend college. Students selected for AIM will begin their first semester during Summer B. In addition to enrolling in courses that are included in your first-year learning plan, you will learn other skills to aid in a smooth transition to UF.
Congratulations! We advise you to complete all steps included on the freshman enrollment checklist. The visa process for international students is handled exclusively by the International Student Services (ISS) unit of the UF International Center. Once ISS is notified of your admission, you will receive an email that contains detailed information about what you will need to do in order to issue your I-20.
Students who cannot begin in their admitted term due to extenuating circumstances should email their request with their full name, UFID, and reason for changing admitted term. Requests should be made before April 15. Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate every request that we receive. In order for the Office of Admissions to determine space availability in the requested term, we will not respond to term-change requests until late April/early May. Students and families should plan for their admitted term unless notified otherwise. Be sure to confirm your enrollment by the May 1 enrollment confirmation deadline.
All final high school transcripts should be sent as soon as your graduation date is posted and no later than July 31. Non-submission of final transcripts may result in cancellation of your enrollment to UF.
Yes. You need to send transcripts directly from any institution from which you have earned credit.
Students will register for classes at Preview, a two-day orientation. Preview is handled by UF's New Student and Family Program, and staff members can be reached at 352-392-8396.
Your intended major on your application is not binding. You will get a chance to change your major at Preview.