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By now you have completed some college-level coursework and are seeking a change. Applying to the University of Florida will provide you with incredible opportunities to further your education.

Your admission to UF as a transfer is determined by the college and major to which you are applying.

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The Transfer Application

Prospective transfers from Florida public community colleges can refer to the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) Common Prerequisite Manual for state university transfer prerequisite course requirements.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you...

  • Have completed an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public institution or at least 60 transferable semester credit hours from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Can show competency in a foreign language. You can do this by providing a high school transcript showing that you completed two years of the same foreign language OR by completing 8-10 semester hours of the same foreign language.
    • If you speak a foreign language, you can show proficiency by taking a CLEP or SAT II exam or providing an official letter from a professor that teaches that language stating that you are fluent. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admissions.
  • If you speak a foreign language, you can show proficiency by taking a CLEP or SAT II exam or providing an official letter from a professor that teaches that language stating that you are fluent. If you have questions, please contact admissions.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA from your last attended institution, as calculated by UF.
  • Have completed or will complete specific requirements for your intended major before attending UF. UF college websites provide more information about their requirements. or contact them directly to be sure that you meet all of their requirements.
  • You are in good standing and eligible to return to any institution previously attended

You are not eligible if you...

  • Have less than 60 semester credit hours or have already completed a bachelor's degree. In this case, you should consider applying for a UF Online Program or to our graduate, professional or postbaccalaureate admissions.

What's Required

  • Apply online and submit the $30 nonrefundable application fee.
  • After submitting your application, send in a transcript from each institution attended, regardless of length of attendance or credit earned.
  • Official transcripts can be sent to UF in two ways: paper transcript received by UF in a sealed envelope or electronic transcripts sent from your institution directly to UF, which can save up to two weeks response time. UF accepts electronic transcripts through eScrip, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse and Faster.
  • Submit documentation of two sequential courses of foreign language in secondary school or 8-10 sequential semester hours at the postsecondary level, or document an equivalent level of proficiency.
  • Apply to a specific UF college and major.
  • Meet college and major prerequisite courses and minimum GPA requirements.
  • Limited access programs, teacher certification programs and programs requiring an audition generally require additional application materials.
  • Submit proof of immunization prior to registration.

When to Apply

Transfer applications generally are received six to nine months before the term begins. Apply by your intended college's deadline. If you have additional questions, here are college contacts that can provide more specific transfer requirements.


Credit Evaluation

It is the prerogative of the UF college to which the student is applying to determine how transfer credit satisfies the specific degree's course requirements. Courses from Florida public community colleges and State University System schools generally adhere to the Statewide Course Numbering System. If the prefix (first three letters) and the last three digits of the course number are the same, then the course is considered equivalent.


Accreditation

Credit is awarded for college-level coursework completed at a U.S. institution of higher education accredited by one of the following institutional accreditors or its equivalent from a foreign institution:

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)
  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission

Foreign institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country. Courses must be similar in nature and content to courses in our undergraduate curriculum to be transferred. Courses that are remedial, technical, vocational or doctrinal in nature are not transferable to an undergraduate degree. It is the prerogative of the student's UF college to determine how transfer credits apply to a degree. Students should expect to receive 60 transfer credits with an AA degree from a Florida public community/state college.

Course Placement

There are several credit-by-examination programs that earn credit toward a UF degree.

Guidelines

  • A maximum of 45 semester hours may be granted by combining AICE, AP, IB and CLEP credit.
  • Students beginning in the fall or spring term must have taken the exams (AICE, AP, IB, CLEP) and have their scores reported to the university before enrolling or, at the latest, before the end of the first term of enrollment at UF.
  • Students who begin in the summer must have taken the exam(s) and had the scores reported before the end of their first fall term.
  • If you submit appropriate scores, UF will grant credit and post the course equivalencies to your UF transcript. Equivalent courses earned by examination generally fulfill the same requirements that the UF course fulfills.
  • Credit will be awarded only once for the same subject, whether the credit is earned by examination, dual enrollment, transfer credit or UF course credit. UF course credit takes precedence over all other forms of credit. Credit awarded for dual enrollment or transfer courses takes precedence over credit by examination. If duplicate credit exists among AICE, AP, IB or CLEP, the exam yielding the most credit will be awarded.

Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)

Once scores are submitted, they will be evaluated to see if they meet minimum requirements. If so, the student will receive credit for UF course equivalencies that will appear on the student's UF transcript.

AICE Exam Credits

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

AP

Scores of 3 or higher on AP foreign language exams fulfill the foreign language proficiency requirement of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Journalism and B.A. programs in the College of Fine Arts.

AP Exam Credits

IB

Students receiving IB examination scores of 4 or higher on both higher-level and standard-level examinations may receive UF credit. Scores of 4 or higher on IB foreign language exams fulfill the foreign language proficiency requirement of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Journalism and B.A. programs in the College of the Arts, regardless of whether the student has earned the IB diploma.

IB Exam Credits

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP examinations cover material that is taught in introductory-level courses at many colleges and universities.CLEP can provide information on the examinations offered.

CLEP Exam Credits

Placement Tests

Placement is an assessment of a student's level of preparation in a subject. The purpose of placement is to help students enroll in the courses in which they are most likely to be successful.

Course Placement


English Proficiency

UF requires proficiency in spoken and written English, and accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (code 5812) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. The University of Florida will only acknowledge scores reported electronically; scores are valid for two years from the date of test.

Minimum acceptable scores:

  • TOEFL: 550 (PBT); 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • Verbal GRE: 140 (for graduate admissions)

Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes.

UF is registered to receive IELTS scores using the IELTS Results Service E-Delivery. Scores should be sent to the University of Florida, which only accepts scores from this E-delivery service. UF does not accept paper Test Report Forms or unofficial copies of IELTS Test Report Forms from students. Applicants should contact the IELTS test center where they took the IELTS to request their official test results be sent to our account name: The University of Florida. An institution code is not required.

The address associated with our IELTS Results Service account is:

201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

International applicants are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if enrolled for one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in a country where English is the official language prior to your anticipated term of enrollment, or if you are from one of the countries listed on the exemptions page.


Checking Your Application Status

Two to four weeks after submitting your online application and application fee, you can check the status of your application to make sure all the required application materials have been received.

What's Required

  • Log on to Check Application Status site with the same username and password used to submit your application through the CollegeNET website.
  • The information you receive will identify the status of your application to UF, what, if any, materials are missing and provide instructions on how to proceed. This is also where you can receive information about your admission decision.

Admissions Decisions

After the Office of Admissions verifies that your application file is complete, the file is forwarded to the college and academic department for admission consideration and decision. Information about your application status is provided online as a convenience. While every effort is made to be timely and accurate, information conveyed by electronic means is unofficial. An official written notification of admission will be mailed to your permanent address. Please do not act on any information until you have received official notification.

Limited Access

Many degree programs have limited access, so admittance depends on space availability and the size and strength of the transfer applicant pool. Once a decision is made, the college will notify you in writing of an admission decision as well as any other requirements.

Timeframe

Transfer admission notifications can occur at any time. If you have any questions, please contact the college to which you are applying.