Freshmen FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions by New Freshmen

Welcome to the Gator Nation! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by new admits.

I've just been admitted to UF23! What's next?

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

Be sure to review all steps on the freshman enrollment checklist.

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. Or, if you prefer, register for one of our campus tours offered at the Welcome Center. If you plan to attend Florida Days, register early, as space is limited.

When will I know about scholarships?

All admitted students are considered for merit scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions using the same holistic and academic information used for the admissions decision.

No separate application is needed nor additional materials.

Students who have been offered a scholarship will be notified via email and mail by the Office of Admissions in late February. We do not notify non-scholarship recipients, and we only award our scholarships at this one time.

When will I know about financial aid?

Students who wish to receive financial aid need to fill out a FAFSA application as soon as possible after October 1. By early March, admitted freshmen who have filed the 2019-2020 FAFSA and met the on-time deadline will receive an official award notice online.

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. Learn more.

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 was based on information within your application, such as your SAT/ACT scores, family income, high school geographical region or if you're the first in your family to attend college. Students selected for PROMISE will begin their first semester during Summer B. 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 visa process for international students is handled exclusively by the International Student Services (ISS) unit of the UF International Center. 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 issue your I-20.

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

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

Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate every request that 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 enrollment confirmation deadline.

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

All final high school transcripts should be sent as soon as your graduation date is posted and no later than July 15. Non-submission of final transcripts may result in cancellation of your enrollment to UF.

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.

When/how do I register for classes?

Students will register for classes at Preview, a two-day orientation. Preview is handled by UF's New Student and Family Program, and staff members can be reached at 352-392-8396.

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

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