It’s that time of year again! College applications have opened, and eager students are beginning to comb through their choices. With this comes murmuring about what schools are really looking for in applicants. Your mom, your know-it-all classmate, your neighbor, even your high school guidance counselor may make bold statements about what universities want in students and how to get in.

But are they right?

Probably not. Read on to find out if you’ve heard or believed any of these myths.

1. “The number of people who apply to UF from your high school affects your chance of acceptance.”

False. UF does not have a quota or any special number of students required to be accepted from each high school. Team up with your pals; you’re not competing! Plus, if you are all accepted, you can go to college together.

2. “UF’s recalculated GPA is what really matters.”

Not quite. The recalculated GPA is an important part of our review process, but we have a holistic review process in order to learn about all aspects of a student. We understand that who you are is more than your GPA.

3. “Getting in to UF is more difficult for out-of-state students.”

Nope. We have absolutely no preference for in-state vs. out-of-state students. The percentage of out-of-state students at UF is 16%, which aligns with the rate of out-of-state applications received (vs. in-state).

4. “I can enroll in the PaCE program and then transfer out once I start at UF.”

Not really. It is very difficult and uncommon to change the program for which you were admitted. If you are not interested in the PaCE program when you’re accepted, you should explore other educational opportunities. There’s no reason to choose something you’re not interested in just because you believe you can get out of it.

5. “Since my family members are UF graduates, I have a better chance of being admitted.”

While we admire that you want to continue the Gator legacy in your family, UF does not consider alumni relations in the admissions process.

6. “UF prefers that you take the SAT over the ACT.”

Nope! We have no preference between the two. All we ask is that you send ALL scores. This is because we superscore both tests, meaning that we will take the highest of each of your subsection scores and combine them to create your highest possible composite score. And don’t worry - your highest scores are the only ones we’ll see when reviewing your application.

7. “It is easier to be accepted if you say you want to start in the summer term.”

It is not! There is no difference in the criteria for summer or fall terms. Summer term just allows us to phase in our admitted class so that they will be able to register for all of the classes they need. Many students love starting in the summer because the campus has fewer students and they are able to get adjusted to life at UF and make friends before the busier fall term.

8. “If my test scores are lower than the average, I will not get in.”

You can’t be certain. UF has a holistic review process, meaning we aren’t just analyzing your academic achievements. We consider all aspects of our applicants, including their essays and personal involvement. Our middle 50% is also an average, not a threshold (and remember, 25% of accepted students were below this range). It is best to just apply with your best foot forward and see what happens.

9. “Once I get accepted, I don’t have to worry about studying the rest of the year.”

Completely false! All offers of admission are conditional and will not be finalized until we are able to view your final transcript. Admitted students are expected to continue performing at a level consistent with their academic history. Don’t slack off just because you got in. Your senior year still counts.

10. “If I choose a certain major on my application, I’ll have a better chance for admission.”

Nope! UF does not consider the major a student chooses when making decisions. In fact, students are not required to choose a major until their sophomore year. So put whatever you think you want to study on your application, or don’t put a major at all.

We hope this clears up any confusion you might have felt about UF’s application and review process! As you go through this scary and hopeful application season, remember that not everything you hear at school or the grocery store is true. And if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 352-392-1365. We wish you the best on your applications, future Class of 2024!