Freshman Checklist

Now That You're a Gator

You are about to begin one of the most exciting times in your life as a UF student. The Office of Admissions wants you to have an easy transition as you continue your academic journey. Complete these steps to ensure a successful transition to the University of Florida.

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ASAP: Get your Gator credentials

As a new student, you will need a UF identification number (UFID) to perform many necessary functions. You may locate your UFID by clicking the "Click here for UFID" link on your application status page. Please log in using your MyAdmissions credentials.


ASAP: Connect with Gatorlink

A few days after you are admitted, you will receive an automated email that will prompt you to create your Gatorlink username and password. This account name is public and is used as your access to most UF information systems as well as will become your UF email address. You only get one opportunity, so make it count.

Activate: Link sent via email

Access Your Official UFL Email

UF Exchange is the email service for our university and is the best way to stay in contact with your professors, advisors and others who are here to help you stay organized.

Set Up Your Email

ASAP: FAFSA and Financial Aid Information

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority deadline was December 15, 2018. If you have not applied yet, apply as early as possible to be considered for the most and best aid available.

Complete the FAFSA.

Learn more about all types of financial assistance.

Review the financial aid checklist.

By May 1: Secure Your Spot in #UF23

Confirm your enrollment with a $200 non-refundable tuition deposit, paid with a credit card. It will be applied to your student account.


Dive into Gator Life

Preview is your official orientation to UF and is the first tradition of every Gator. It is an on-campus experience that introduces students to academic, social and community opportunities. This is also when students will register for their classes. Details will be sent by email in February 2019.


Upload Your Gator 1 Photo

To eliminate waiting in line at Preview to obtain your Gator 1 card, upload a clear head/shoulders photo of yourself at least 48 hours before arriving Preview at the Gator 1 Preview Express website. Your Gator 1 card is your official campus photo ID that allows you access to many campus services. Call: 352-392-8343.

Gator 1 Card

Submit Health Information

Every new UF student is required to show proof of having health insurance and certain immunizations before arriving on campus. In order to register for classes, students must submit a completed UF Mandatory Immunization Health History form. NOTE: If needed, these immunizations may be obtained from the Student Health Care Center on the UF campus in Gainesville. Learn more: 352-294-2925.


Review Your Housing Options

On-Campus Housing

Complete the application and submit the $25 nonrefundable housing application fee. Applying establishes your priority for housing assignment only and does NOT guarantee an offer of residence hall space.


Off-Campus Housing

Living off campus? The Office of Off Campus Life can assist you with finding a range of housing options in Gainesville. Call: (352) 392-1207.

Learn more

Send UF Your Final Transcripts

Send final high school and/or college transcripts before July 15. Your school may not automatically do this.

Send your transcripts to:

The UF Office of Admissions

P. O. Box 114000

Gainesville, FL 32611-4000