Freshman FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions by New Freshmen

Welcome to the Gator Nation! Below is a list of questions we often hear from newly admitted freshman. Can't find the answer you need? Give us a call at 352-392-1365 or contact us via our website.

I've just been admitted to UF24! What's next?

Congratulations! We encourage you to confirm your intent to enroll and pay your tuition deposit before May 1.

The UF freshman enrollment checklist will provide the steps you should take as a newly admitted student.

If you need additional information about UF before you confirm your enrollment, join us for Florida Days, an event held on campus several times this spring to answer additional questions about admissions and opportunities here at UF. If you plan to attend Florida Days, register early, as space is limited.

When will I know about scholarships?

The Office of Admissions considers all admitted students for merit scholarships with the same holistic process used during the admissions decision. No separate application nor materials are required for consideration.

The office notifies these scholarship recipients via email and mail in March. Admissions only awards our scholarships at this time. We do not notify non-scholarship recipients.

When will I know about financial aid?

Students who wish to receive financial aid must fill out a FAFSA application after October 1. By early March, admitted freshmen who have filed the 2020-2021 FAFSA and met the on-time deadline will receive an official award notice via the student portal One.UF.

I was admitted to Innovation Academy. Tell me more about this program.

Congratulations! The Innovation Academy (IA) brings together students from more than 30 majors, leading to a convergence of original ideas centered on innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, ethics and leadership.

IA students take courses in the spring and summer. In the fall, they can pursue study-abroad programs, internships and other opportunities.

I was admitted to a Santa Fe College or State College of Florida partnership program. Tell me more about these partnerships.

Congratulations! The state college partnership programs are unique collaborations between the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning or the UF College of Engineering with Santa Fe College in Gainesville or the State College of Florida in Sarasota. Selected students will begin their studies at Santa Fe College or the State College of Florida, and after approximately two semesters, will continue onto the UF campus.

I was admitted to PROMISE. Tell me more about this program.

Congratulations! The PROMISE program serves students whom UF feels will benefit from additional support as they transition to college.

Criteria for PROMISE selection are based on information within your application, such as your SAT/ACT scores, family income, high school geographical region and/or if you're the first in your family to attend college. Students selected for PROMISE begin during the Summer B term. In addition to enrolling in courses that are included in your first-year learning plan, you will learn other skills to aid in a smooth transition to UF.

I am an admitted international student. Do I need to take any additional enrollment steps?

Congratulations! We advise you to complete all steps included on the freshman enrollment checklist.

The International Student Services (ISS) unit of the UF International Center handles thevisa process for UF's international students. Once ISS is notified of your admission, you will receive an email that contains detailed information about what you will need to do in order to be issued your I-20.

I do not want to start in the term for which I was admitted. What do I do?

Students who cannot begin in their admitted term due to extenuating circumstances should complete and submit our contact form and a Term Change Request form will then be added to your application status page for you to complete before April 15.

Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate every request we receive. In order for the Office of Admissions to determine space availability in the requested term, we will not respond to term-change requests until late April/early May.

Students and families should plan for their admitted term unless notified otherwise. Be sure to confirm your enrollment by the May 1 deadline.

When should I send in my high school and college transcripts?

You should make arrangements to have all final high school transcripts submitted by July 15. Failure to submit transcripts can result in a cancellation of your UF enrollment.

If my college credits or dual enrollment credits are posted on my high school transcript, do I still need to send my college transcript?

Yes. You need to send transcripts directly from any institution from which you have earned credit, regardless of whether you wish to transfer the credit in to UF.

When/how do I register for classes?

Students will register for classes at Preview, a two-day orientation managed by UF's New Student and Family Programs.

I want to change my major. Can I do that?

The intended major submitted on your application is not binding. You will get a chance to change your major at Preview.