The Student Admissions Officers (SAOs) are a select group of diverse and motivated students chosen to officially represent the University of Florida Office of Admissions. SAOs enhance the experience of new and prospective Gators via a variety of programming designed to prepare students to apply to the University of Florida as well as to effectively transition onto campus.

Programs such as group campus tours, community service events, admitted student programs including Florida Days and Phone Blitz, and our esteemed Gator for a Day experience allow SAOs the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of students from across the country as they begin their journey to the University of Florida.

This semester, we are proud to announce our recruitment theme: "I am UF." The Gator Nation boasts students from every state and over 100 countries, and we know that "UF" means something different to everyone. We can't wait to hear your story about what UF truly means to you.

Information on how to apply.


Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now open. These will be due on September 3 by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Following the successful submission of a complete application, the executive board and the Office of Admissions will review your responses. If you are chosen to move on to an in-person interview, you will be contacted via email on September 6.

Individuals chosen to become official members of the Student Admissions Officers will be notified via email on September 13.

Thank you for your interest in our organization and we hope you will apply!

Minimum Requirements:

  • Maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University
  • Be an enrolled UF student

Gator for a Day

Gator for a Day gives high school seniors the opportunity to experience what it's like to be a student at the University of Florida. While shadowing a UF Ambassador, students will be given the opportunity to sit in on classes, learn about our numerous campus organizations and activities, and explore the many things that our university has to offer. This enriching experience allows students to gain insight on why it is truly "Great to be a Florida Gator!"

To participate, students must be a high school senior and have a weighted GPA of 3.9 or higher and submit the online registration form.


Do I have to be a senior to participate in Gator for a Day?

Yes! Only current seniors in high school are able to apply and participate in Gator For A Day.

May I bring a guest to my shadow day?

No. Guests will not be able to participate in GFAD activities.

Where do I meet the GFAD Ambassador for my shadow day?

All GFAD participants will meet at the Welcome Center. For GPS purposes, please use the address below:

UF Welcome Center

737 Reitz Union Drive

Gainesville, FL 32611

What will my parents do while I’m participating in GFAD?

Because we have an open campus, guests can explore campus at their leisure.

What do I need to bring with me to shadow?

Although students aren't required to bring anything in particular, GFAD participants may want to bring a notebook in order to take notes. In addition, it often rains in Gainesville so it may be necessary to bring rain gear.

Do you provide lodging, travel, expenses, meals and parking?

No. Guests and participants are responsible for their own parking and travel expenses. Only GFAD participants will be provided with a lunch voucher.

Where do I park?

GFAD participants will meet at the Welcome Center and there is meter parking spaces available in the Reitz Union parking garage.