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Freshman applications for UF25 will open in mid-August.

The University of Florida accepts both the Coalition Application and The Common Application This link will open in a new tab. Students can choose either application and only need to apply once.

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2020 Freshman Profile

Middle 50 Percent

  • GPA: 4.4 - 4.6
  • ACT: 30 - 33
  • SAT: 1320 - 1460

Application Details

Complete all sections of the application of your choosing, including the UF supplemental section, and submit it no later than November 16, along with the $30 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver.

Application Dates

  • The freshman application opens each year in August.
  • The application deadline is November 16.
  • Applications received after November 16 are accepted on a space-available basis, which is extremely limited.
  • The Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR) is due by December 1.
  • ACT or SAT scores must be requested from the testing agency by December 15. Taking the SAT on December 5 or the ACT on December 12 will meet this deadline provided students request scores be sent by December 15.

Application Sections

Profile Information

On the Coalition or Common Application, you will provide personal details important to your UF application. 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.

The Essay

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

2020-2021 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. Students in UF's Innovation Academy program will begin in the spring term and follow a spring/summer calendar throughout their time at UF. On your application, 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 16 deadline, submit the SSAR no later than December 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.

Students who have applied after November 16 should submit the SSAR no later than March 1.

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. If your educational system does not follow a U.S. grading scale (A, B, C, D, F or 0 - 100), it is highly recommended that you submit a course-by-course evaluation report with grade point calculation. UF accepts an evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

Go to the International Applications page.


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 be requested from the testing agency by December 15.

Important Information

  • UF Admissions does not have a preference for one exam over the other. We encourage you to take whichever exam suits you best. UF will superscore both the SAT and ACT, meaning that if you take either test multiple times we will combine your highest subsection scores across test dates for the same exam. Note that for the SAT, we will not mix scores from the old and new versions. If you choose to send us scores from both the SAT and the ACT, we will consider whichever composite score is most competitive for admission.
  • Official test scores must be requested from the testing agencies to be sent to the Office of Admissions no later than December 15 for priority admission consideration. If your test scores are requested after December 15, your application will be considered on a space-available basis. Taking the SAT on December 5 or the ACT on December 12 will meet this deadline provided students request scores be sent by December 15.

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 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 internships. Students interested in applying for IA should indicate this where applicable on their application and answer the additional short essay. Find out more by visiting the Innovation Academy website.

Pathway to Campus Enrollment (PaCE)

Our Pathway to Campus Enrollment (PaCE) provides UF the opportunity to enroll more freshmen despite limited physical space on campus. It combines online and residential learning, and once enrolled, you are a Gator from Day One. You'll start your degree online through our highly-ranked UF Online Program and then transition to campus to complete your studies. For more information, visit our PaCE page.

Honors Program

The Honors Program offers opportunities to enroll in small, challenging classes with the best faculty at UF. The Honors Program also sponsors study abroad programs designed to enhance students' understanding of different cultures. Honors students benefit from undergraduate research opportunities and unique internship programs. Students interested in applying for the Honors Program should indicate this on the application and answer the two additional essays. For more information, refer to Honors Program.


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 Homeschooled

Homeschooled students or students at non-accredited schools are considered for admission using the same holistic review process as our entire applicant pool. In addition to grades and ACT/SAT scores, students attending a homeschool or a non-accredited school are encouraged to take core classes and submit grades from an accredited secondary or post-secondary institution. While not required, students may also submit results from SAT Subject Tests or AP/IB tests for consideration.

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, select a specific major and UF college. If we are unable to offer you admission at the freshman level, you will be asked if you would like to have your application 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, be sure to 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, log in to the MyAdmissions app status portal.
  • 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 any materials that 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 all applicants with complete applications and all required supporting materials. Decisions for freshmen who applied by November 16 will be available in late February. You can view your decision by clicking the Check Application Status button. Official written notifications of acceptance are 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 three partnership programs: 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 will be 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.