Ready to start your application for the University of Florida? Before you begin, here are a few tips to help ensure your application stands out.

1. Know what the application is and where to find it.

UF exclusively uses the Coalition Application, which can be found here.

The Coalition for College Access is a group of more than 140 colleges and universities that are affordable and whose students graduate at high rates, with low to no debt. The Coalition application provides a way to apply to member schools at once.

The University of Florida requires applicants to submit an additional personal essay. The Coalition application provides the essay topics, which can be found here.

2. Do not rush to submit.

With multiple application deadlines approaching and excitement welling up inside, it may be tempting to rush through your application. Desiring to be the first to submit your application isn’t a bad thing, but once submitted you are not able to make any changes to the information in your application.

Take at least one week for the essay portion and at least one week for the rest of the application. Review ALL application materials before you submit, not only the essay. It is easy to let little details slide or move too quickly through the application, but doing so will hurt you in the end.

3. Keep your personal essay around 500 words.

Admissions officers do not want nor do they have time to read a novel. “Short, sweet, and to the point” is a phrase often used by UF admissions to describe the ideal application essay. While proper grammar and punctuation are always a must, the essay doesn’t have to have the full beginning, middle, and end structure that you may have learned in your English classes. As long as you talk about yourself! Those reading your application are looking to learn about who you are at the moment you are applying. Answer the prompt of your choosing and show UF how your life experiences molded the person you are today.

4. Get Organized.

Don’t have a college application binder or excel sheet? It’s time to make one! Keeping all your application information in one place is an easy way to stay organized and on top of dates and deadlines. It also helps you track your progress on applications so that you know where you have applied, when you’ll be hearing back, and what you have left to do.

In addition, having a professional email address devoted to your college applications is vital to your success through the college application process. It is important to be consistent in checking this email so that you remain aware of all information and can be easily reached by schools.

5. Keep your options open.

Even if you are certain you will be accepted into your dream school, approaching your college applications with a little bit of humility is the best way to prepare yourself. Don’t just apply to one or two schools. With thousands of qualified applicants, it is likely that you might not get into every college you apply to. We recommend applying to multiple schools and having multiple backups. This way, when the fall rolls around, you will be able to jump right into pursuing your career.

6. Ask Questions.

We know there is a lot of excitement and discussion surrounding college applications. We also know that this discussion can lend itself to the sharing of false information. A lot of things change about our application processes from year to year so make sure your information is the most up-to-date it can be. If you’re unsure, just ask us! We have a whole team of staff waiting to take your call.

We wish you all the best on your college applications. And as always, go Gators!