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The University of Florida is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success and uses the Coalition Application. Starting Fall 2019, the University of Florida will also accept The Common ApplicationThis link will open in a new tab.. Students can choose either application, and only need to apply once.

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Application Details

Complete all sections of the application of your choosing, including the UF supplemental section, and submit it no later than November 1, along with the $30 nonrefundable application fee plus $5 processing fee or fee waiver.

Application Dates

  • The freshman application opens each year in August.
  • The application deadline is November 1.
  • Applications received after November 1 are accepted on a space-available basis, which is extremely limited.
  • The Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR) is due by December 1.
  • Test scores should be received from the testing agency by December 15.

Application Sections

Profile Information

On the Coalition or Common Application, you will provide personal details important to your UF application. Please enter the name of your school, then select UF. In the Coalition application, the following Profile sections will then be imported to your UF application: personal information, contact information, demographic information, citizenship information, high school information, college coursework, financial aid, honors and distinctions, academic interests and extracurricular activities.

UF Supplement

As part of the UF supplement, we will ask additional short-answer questions to learn more about you as we review your application for admission.

Residency Information

If you will claim Florida residency for tuition purposes, you will need to submit the Florida Residency Declaration. With very few exceptions, applicants younger than 24 years of age will need a parent or guardian to complete and sign the residency declaration to establish Florida residency. Claimants must provide proof of Florida residency as evidenced by a Florida driver's license, vehicle registration and/or voter registration. Additional Information

2019 Freshman Profile

  • GPA: 4.3-4.6
  • ACT: 29-33
  • SAT: 1330-1460

The Essay

You will be asked to submit one personal essay. The personal essay will allow the admissions staff to get to know who you are as a student. Your essay should be limited to the word count specified by the application.

2019-2020 Essay Topics

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.
  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

What Term?

At UF, students may begin their first term of study during the summer or fall. In addition, students have the opportunity to enroll at UF during the spring and summer terms only throughout their UF career in Innovation Academy. On your application, please select your preferred term of entry—either summer or fall. If you wish to be considered for Innovation Academy, you will be asked to complete a short-answer question. While every effort will be made to accommodate your preferred term of entry, space limitations may result in admission to an alternate term, PaCE, or one of the state college partnership programs.


Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR)

The SSAR is the self-reported transcript of your high school grades from 9th-11th and courses in progress for grade 12. The SSAR is required for all freshman applicants including applicants who have already graduated from high school. Once you have submitted your application, a link will appear on your status page to create your SSAR. You must complete this step in order for your application to be complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

SSAR Deadline

If you have met the November 1 deadline, submit the SSAR no later than December 1. Students who have applied after November 1 should submit the SSAR no later than March 1. If your SSAR is received after December 1, your application will be considered on a space-available basis. Changes will require you to re-submit your SSAR to your application.

Exemptions

All freshman applicants must complete a SSAR with the following exceptions:

GED Graduates

Instead of the SSAR, GED graduates must submit their official GED results, along with official partial high school transcript(s).

International and Non-US Educational Curriculum

International and U.S. applicants who have not followed an educational curriculum patterned after the U.S. system. Applicants from non-U.S.-based systems must submit official or certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results. All academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. In addition, these credentials must be evaluated by a credential evaluation agency.

Creating Your SSAR

You will be leaving the UF portal and will be required to create an account on the non-UF SSAR student self-reporting site. Please read through all of the instructions about submitting your SSAR carefully. You may refer to our FAQs to assist you as you complete your SSAR.

After you have submitted your SSAR through your status page, you must link it to your UF application. From the status page, you will click on the SSAR link to link your SSAR to your application.


Test Scores

Official scores from the SAT, ACT or both must be sent to UF directly from the testing agency. The institutional codes for UF are 5812 (SAT) and 0758 (ACT). Scores must arrive from the testing agency by December 15.

What's Required

  • Effective with the Fall 2018 entering class, the university will require the following minimum scores on the redesigned SAT: SAT Reading = 24, Writing and Language = 25, and Math = 24.
  • On the ACT, a minimum score of 19 on the Reading section and 19 on the Math section.
  • UF Admissions does not have a preference for one exam over the other. We encourage you to take whichever exam suits you best. While UF will not mix scores from old and new versions of the SAT, we will consider the highest "subscores" from the same version of the SAT if you take the test multiple times. We will consider the highest "subscores" of the ACT if you take the test multiple times. If you choose to take both exams, we will consider whichever composite score is most competitive for admission.
  • Official test scores must be sent by the testing agencies to the Office of Admissions no later than December 15 for admission consideration. If your test scores are received after December 15, your application will be considered on a space-available basis.

The Redesigned SAT

The redesigned SAT will now consist of two sections (evidence-based reading and writing and math) with an optional essay. The score scale will range from 400 to 1600 with the essay being scored separately. The total test time is now 3 hours (+50 minutes if taking the SAT with essay). There is no penalty for guessing on the redesigned SAT. More information

UF does not require students to the take the essay for the new SAT nor ACT.

The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT. These free services, accessible through any computer with internet access, will provide personalized practice pathways to help you pinpoint areas where you need to improve, full-length practice tests, and practice materials available to print.


Innovation Academy

The Innovation Academy (IA) at UF is a groundbreaking living/learning community that enrolls unique students from more than 30 majors into a spring-summer schedule filled with energy, collisions that become ideas, and one common minor: Innovation. The fall term is left open for other adventures, such as study abroad programs and there is an additional short essay on the application for students interested in IA.

PaCE

PaCE provides UF the opportunity to enroll more freshmen despite limited physical space on campus. PaCE combines online and residential learning, and once enrolled, you are a Gator. You'll start your degree online and then transition to campus in order to complete it. Learn More

Honors

The Honors Program offers opportunities to enroll in small, challenging classes with the best faculty at the university. They sponsor study abroad programs designed to enhance student understanding of different cultures. Honors students also benefit from undergraduate research opportunities and unique internship programs. There will be two additional essays on the application for student interested in the Honors Program.

Learn more

International Applications

Freshman international applicants (non U.S. citizens or permanent residents) will apply to UF using the Coalition Application or the Common Application, but should only apply once. Please submit your application and UF supplemental section by November 1, along with your $30 application fee plus $5 processing fee in U.S. dollars. We will accept applications after November 1 on a space-available basis.

Submission of Credentials

Freshman applicants who have attended secondary school outside of the United States should not submit the SSAR. These student are required to submit copies of all secondary and college or university school records and/or examination results, diplomas or leaving certificates. All academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Unofficial copies are accepted during the application process. If admitted, official copies are required prior to enrollment.

Applicants whose educational history has not followed a curriculum patterned after the U.S. system are encouraged to submit their academic transcripts to a credential evaluation agency for a course by course evaluation with grade point average calculation.

UF accepts an evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, including the companies below:

If using the Josef Silny & Associates Credential Evaluation Application, please refer to the UF application on their site.

Test Scores

The University of Florida requires proficiency in spoken and written English. Though not required, it is strongly recommended that applicants whose first language is not English or are not attending an English-speaking school submit an official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be reported directly to the University of Florida

Minimum acceptable scores:

  • TOEFL: 550 (PBT); 80 (iBT)
  • IETLS: 6.0

– Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes.
UF's TOEFL code is 5812.
– TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the date of test.


Special Circumstances

The University of Florida welcomes applications from all prospective students, and we understand that there may be special circumstances to consider.

Non-Accredited and Home Schooled

In addition to the freshman application requirements listed above, homeschooled students and students attending non-accredited schools must complete the following additional requirements:

  • Send transcripts from all previous institutions you have attended, including a homeschool transcript.
  • Submit scores from the SAT Subject Tests in mathematics (Level II-C), foreign language, science and social science if you have not completed two courses in a specific subject area at an accredited institution, such as a local high school, Florida Virtual School, or a state community college.

Concurrent High School/Associate of Arts Degree

Students who will receive their high school diploma and the Associate of Arts degree at the same time should complete the freshman application. On your application, please select a specific major and UF college. If we are unable to offer you admission at the freshman level, your application will be referred to the specific UF college indicated on your application for upper-division transfer consideration. At the upper-division level review, you must meet college and major prerequisite course and minimum GPA requirements.


Checking Your Application Status

At least 48-72 hours after submitting your online application, please check the status of your application to link your SSAR to your UF application. Allow two to three weeks processing time for all other items to be received and added to your application.

  • You will receive an email 24-48 hours after submitting your UF application with instructions to create your MyAdmissions application status credentials. After creating your MyAdmissions credentials, please log in.
  • Please be sure to click the link for the SSAR to connect your submitted SSAR with your UF application.
  • Additional information included on the page will indicate, what, if any, materials are missing and provide instructions on how to proceed. From this page, you will be able to check your admission decision when it becomes available.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions will be made for applicants with complete applications and all admission materials received. Decisions for freshmen who applied by November 1 will be available in late February. You can view your decision by clicking the Check Application Status button. An official written notification of acceptance is mailed to admitted students only. Non-admitted students are notified through our online notification process.

Evaluation Process

The admissions process is designed to consider all aspects of an applicant's academic record and personal experiences. The admissions review process tries to balance the subjective and objective components of the application. Admission officers can exercise flexibility and professional judgment in their reviews and decisions, but they also must apply consistent standards. Every evaluation retains a focus on academic achievement and the applicant's overall potential for success at the University of Florida.

Holistic Review

UF's application is designed to facilitate individual holistic consideration. The university recognizes that there is great variation among applicants' personal circumstances, home communities and high schools, including schools' course offerings and grading practices. Admission officers, therefore, have a responsibility to consider all factors when evaluating applications and to admit those applicants who are academically qualified and who have demonstrated a potential to contribute to and to be successful students at the University of Florida.

State College Partnerships

The Office of Admissions has collaborated with the College of Engineering, the College of Design, Construction and Planning, other Enrollment Management offices, and officials from Santa Fe College and the State College of Florida to implement the Gator Engineering at Santa Fe, Gator Engineering at State College of Florida, and Gator Design and Construction at Santa Fe. These innovative partnerships are designed to expand opportunities for aspiring students to earn degrees from the University of Florida.

Students offered these opportunities will begin their studies at Santa Fe College or the State College of Florida where they are provided special advising and other support that will lead to an accelerated transfer to the UF campus. Students must meet established benchmarks in order to be eligible for transfer.