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.

How competitive was the applicant pool?

While application statistics do not paint a full picture of our review process, UF receives over 40,000 applications for a class of approximately 6,500 students. The University of Florida simply does not have the room to accept all of the highly qualified students who seek admission, which means that there are many bright and talented students who were denied admission.

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, activities, 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.

Can my application be reviewed again?

Each application is reviewed at least twice and more often three or four times by the admissions committee using a holistic review process. 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 and compelling information. See below for possible reasons for appeal and any additional documentation needed:

Grade Change — one or more of your grades from 9-11 has changed resulting in a higher core GPA

Supporting documentation
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Official high school and/or dual enrollment transcript(s)

Medical — a medical condition, illness, or surgery that negatively impacted your academic performance

Supporting documentation
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Documentation from health care provider outlining the severity and duration of the medical condition

Life Circumstance — a life event or situation that negatively impacted your academic performance

Supporting documentation
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Optional: letter of explanation corroborating circumstances from school counselor (not a general recommendation letter)

Documented Disability — A documented disability (physical, sensory, psychological, developmental, learning, neurological or other impairments) which impacts your opportunities to equitably engage in the learning environment and/or limits your participation in extracurricular activities.

Supporting documentation
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Disability documentation, which may include psychoeducational evaluations, educational or medical records, reports and assessments created by health care providers, school psychologists, or teachers. The documentation should be inclusive of information from a licensed professional outlining the disability's impact on learning.

Omitted Information — critical information was not included in your original application

Supporting documentation
  • Appeal letter written by the student

Information Not Considered:

  • Appeals written by someone other than the applicant
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test scores received after the decision was released
  • Mid-year senior grades
  • Additional activities, honors, or awards earned after applying
  • Interviews or meeting with admissions staff in person
  • Strong desire to attend Florida

How to appeal:

  • If you have new and compelling information that was not included in your original application, please contact the Office of Admissions at freshman@admissions.ufl.edu or 352-392-1365 to discuss the appeals process and request an appeal form.
  • For those who requested to appeal, appeal forms will be available beginning March 1. Appeals must be received by April 1 for November 1 applicants and April 15 for space-available applicants.
  • Please allow two to four weeks for an appeal decision to be made once the appeal is submitted. The appeal will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Appeals Committee and the decision is final.

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 2020 semester, joining our campus as an upper-division transfer student, or applying to one of our excellent graduate or professional programs programs in the future.