Denied Students

FAQ for Denied Students

It is extremely disappointing to be turned down by anyone, including the university where you really wanted to attend. The University of Florida received more than 40,000 freshman applications this year for the 6,460 seats in the freshman class. There are many members of our Admissions Team who spend hundreds of hours thoroughly reviewing applications. So very many of our freshman applicants were academically exceptional, but our campus simply does not have the room to accept all of the highly qualified students who seek admission. We hope that students who have been denied will embrace their other options and find the one that is the best fit. The Admissions Team sincerely wishes all of our applicants the very best in their academic journeys.

Can you tell me why I was not admitted to UF?

Our decisions are based upon a selective holistic evaluation; we looked at a combination of GPA, academic rigor of your course schedule, test scores, résumé and personal statements. It is impossible to pinpoint one specific reason a student is denied because of all of the factors that comprise the admissions process. Unfortunately, we do not have the space to admit the many excellent and outstanding applicants who apply to UF each year.

How competitive was the applicant pool?

While application statistics do not paint a full picture of our review process, this year, we received almost 40,000 applications and admitted just over 15,000 applicants for our class of 6,898 students. The middle 50% ranges for our admitted class included 4.2-4.6 GPA, a 1300-1440 SAT, and ACT scores that are 29-33. In addition to considering these factors, our holistic evaluation process considers your grades in academic subjects, rigor of your curriculum, progression of your performance in academic courses as well as recognition and accomplishments, breadth and depth of involvement in school and the community, special talents and extenuating circumstances.

Can my application be reviewed again?

Each application is reviewed at least twice and more often three or four times by the admissions committee. If you have new and compelling information that was not included in your original application, please contact the Office of Admissions beginning March 1 to request an appeals packet. Appeals must be received by March 31 for November 1 applicants and April 14 for space-available applicants. Please allow two to four weeks for an appeal decision to be made.

Due to the thoroughness of our application review process, it is unusual for us to reverse an admission decision. We will consider an appeal only if it reveals new academic or personal information that was not present in your initial admission application.

Grade Change

One or more of your grades has changed, resulting in an increased core GPA.

Required Supporting Reason
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Updated SSAR including changed grade(s)
  • Official high school and/or college dual enrollment transcript(s)

Learning Differences

Refers to a number of disorders, which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding or use of verbal or nonverbal information.

Required Supporting Reason
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Adult NORMED Psycho-educational evaluation
  • Updated SSAR including mid-year grades (if not already on file)
  • Official high school and/or college dual enrollment transcript(s)

Medical

A medical condition/illness/surgery that negatively impacted your grade(s).

Required Supporting Reason
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Documentation from your healthcare provider detailing the medical condition.
  • Updated SSAR including mid-year grades (if not already on file)
  • Official high school and/or college dual enrollment transcript(s)

Other Life Circumstances

A life event that negatively impacted your grades.

Required Supporting Reason
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Documentation of the extenuating circumstances.
  • Updated SSAR including mid-year grades (if not already on file)
  • Official high school and/or college dual enrollment transcript(s)

Can I become a Gator in the future?

The recommendation made by the UF Admissions Committee is final. If your admission and/or appeal is denied, please consider applying to our nationally ranked UF Online Program for the spring 2019 semester, joining our campus as an upper-division transfer student, or applying to one of our excellent graduate or professional programs in the future.