Admissions

Freshman Admissions

What is the freshman application essay question?
Your essay is a very important part of your application. What you provide helps the university know you as an individual, independent of grades, test scores and other objective data. Please see the personal essay page on the UF Admissions web site for more information. The Office of Admissions offers more information on application preparation.
Will UF accept my high school dual-enrollment credits?
Please refer to the UF dual enrollment credit policy.
Are there any tours of campus available?
For instructions on visiting the University of Florida, please see theCampus Tour Schedule or check out the UF Virtual Tour. General directions to the university are also available.
What majors are offered at UF?
Please visit the list of undergraduate majors in the course catalog for information on available majors. Elsewhere in the catalog you’ll find information on colleges and schoolsminorscertificate programs, and combined degree programs
As a freshman applicant, should I apply for the Summer or Fall term?
Freshman applicants have two choices as to when to begin at UF. The admissions office recommends you apply according to the term you would most like to attend. UF offers a freshman Summer session as well as the traditional Fall term. The summer session typically starts the first week of July. This is a six-week session in which students usually take two courses. After the completion of this Summer term, students return home for two weeks before returning for the Fall semester. Summer is an excellent time for new freshmen to become acquainted with the campus. Freshmen also have the option of beginning in the traditional Fall session. This session usually begins in late August. Students must choose only one session on the application. There are a limited number of spaces available for each session. Please indicate your first choice on your application. Admissions decisions for both terms are made according to the competitiveness of the applicant. Refer to the Office of Admissions for more information on when to apply.
Will I receive credit for AP or IB work?
Students who take Advanced Placement exams and score a 3 or better are awarded college credit at UF. International Baccalaureate exams with scores of 5 or better on upper level tests (without the diploma) receive college credit at UF, and IB exam scores of 4 or better receive credit when the IB diploma is awarded. At the time of application, it is not necessary to send any available exam scores to UF. Please, however, have these scores sent once you choose to attend UF. The Office of Admissions has more information on Credit by Examination and Dual Enrollment Course Credit.
Are freshmen required to live on campus?
Student living arrangements are an important consideration as you plan for college. At UF, more than 80% of incoming freshmen choose to live in university housing. Freshmen and transfer students admitted for Summer B are required to live in campus housing for their first Summer B semester if they secure a housing contract for Fall/Spring. You can find more information on the UF Housing site. Housing assignments are made on a first come, first served space-available basis. Freshmen: Applying early and responding to the Department of Housing and Residence Education in a prompt manner will receive priority for campus housing. After applying to UF, please pay attention to all Housing literature arriving in the mail and/or via email and respond accordingly.
What freshman application materials are required?
As you prepare your application materials, please double check thefreshman application deadlines. Also be sure to look over the Office of Admissions’ application preparation information and application checklist. If you are ready to apply, please complete the online application. Approximately two weeks after submitting your application, we suggest that you check the status of your application on ISIS and continue to check your online status to ensure that your transcripts and test scores arrive in our office. Your final decision will arrive in the mail at the address you provided.
How will UF compute my high school GPA?
The Office of Admissions recomputes the high school GPA for every freshman applicant. Our admissions officers use the high school transcript provided to our office, and the grading scale included on that transcript. Only academic subjects are used in the calculation — English, math, social sciences, sciences and foreign languages (freshmen are required to have successfully completed 2 consecutive units of a foreign language). Additional weight is added in the calculation to any courses that are Honors, Dual-Enrollment, AICE, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate.
When are the best times to apply as a freshman?
Please refer to the Office of Admissions for information on when to apply.
What are average grades & test scores for admitted freshmen?
Please refer to the Office of Admissions’ freshman profile. Please note that the University of Florida considers classroom performance an excellent indicator of college coursework success, and therefore places more emphasis on grades and the challenge of the high school curriculum (including the senior-year schedule). It is important for the applicant to know that many factors are considered in the admissions process. While some applicants will be admitted to UF based primarily on their academic background, the majority will have a thorough review of academic and non-academic information. Freshman applicants are required to submit essays, personal profiles and extracurricular achievement listings. It is very difficult to predict the admissibility of any applicant without considering all the information contained in the application file along with the size and strength of the applicant pool.
When should I apply for financial aid to attend UF?
Although you must be accepted for enrollment at UF before you receive a financial aid award, you should apply for aid before being admitted. The University of Florida “On-Time” Financial Aid Application Deadline is March 15 each year. Student Financial Affairs must receive the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with a calculated “Estimated Family Contribution” from the federal processor by this date for your application to be considered “on-time.” File your FAFSA weeks before the March 15 deadline to ensure that the federal processor has time to process your data and return it to SFA. Financial Aid is awarded first-come, first-served. Meeting the “On-Time” deadline gives you priority for all funds. Late applicants are considered only for aid that remains when their application file is complete. Visit the Financial Aid Calendar for this year’s current deadlines. For more information see “How to Apply.” The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA) in S-107 Criser Hall, is UF’s financial aid office.
Where can I find information on tuition costs and UF’s cost of attendance?
UF Student Financial Affairs provides average cost of attendance estimates. The University Bursar's Office provides current tuition and fee information.
What is the mailing address for the UF financial aid office, and what is UF’s Federal School Code to use on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
The address for the University of Florida’s Office for Student Financial Affairs is PO Box 114025, Gainesville, FL 32611-4025. You may use UF’s Federal School Code– 001535–instead of our mailing address when you complete the FAFSA.
When is financial aid distributed in the Fall?
Financial aid disbursements begin as early as the first week of classes. Loan programs also require that promissory notes, borrower acceptances/confirmation, and entrance counseling requirements be completed before loan disbursement can occur. More information - Student Financial Affairs Disbursement page - SFA’s Financial Aid Calendar
Is financial aid available for out-of-state students?
Yes. Financial aid is available for out-of-state students. When awarding financial aid, UF does not treat out-of-state students differently than in-state students, except that the cost of attendance used for an out-of-state student is higher than that used for an in-state student. For financial aid purposes, need is determined by the following formula: Costs of Attendance – Family Contribution = Financial Need. For more information see SFA’s page on Determining Financial Need. Please note that there are some programs for which only Florida residents qualify.
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International Admissions

As a graduate international student, what financial aid can I get?
Federal loans and work programs are the usual types of aid that are available for graduate students. To be eligible for aid administered through UF’s financial aid office, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. If you are not a U.S. citizen or an otherwise eligible non-citizen, you may obtain more information regarding eligibility requirements and other sources of aid for international students from the UF International Center’s website. The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA) in S-107 Criser Hall, is UF’s financial aid office.
Can international students get state or federal funded scholarships?
As a student attending the university on a student visa, you are not eligible to receive funding from state or federal programs administered by the UF Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA). However, you may be eligible for scholarships awarded by the various colleges or private organizations. For more information see SFA’s International Students page. The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA) in S-107 Criser Hall, is UF’s financial aid office
What is the cost for International Students?
International students considering applying to UF should visitInternational Admissions. The cost of attendance for undergraduate and graduate applicants is also available. International students will be asked to complete the Certificate of Financial Responsibility to verify proof of financial support before attendance at UF.
Where do I find information on how to apply as an International student?
Please visit the Office of Admissions for procedure information. To apply on-line for Admissions: Undergraduate applicants Graduate applicants International Student Forms International Student Services UF International Center English Language Institute Financial Assistance and Scholarships Undergraduate Students: The university does not award financial aid or scholarships to undergraduate international students. Graduate Students: Graduate assistantships may be available. For further information, please contact your intended department. To obtain information on scholarship programs for international students, please visit International Student Services.
What are the required exams for international students?
The University of Florida requires a minimum TOEFL score of 213 when taking the computer-based exam, a score of 80 when taking the internet-based exam or a score of 550 on the paper-based exam. Students whose native language is not English, with two years or more of university coursework, and graduate students are required to present their TOEFL score results. Graduate students can view theAdmissions website for additional test requirements. Beginning freshmen are required to present test results for SAT or ACT with writing test. Students with less than two years of university coursework are required to present SAT or ACT test score. Please also visit International Student Admissions for more information on the admissions process at UF.
Can international students get state or federal funded scholarships?
As a student attending the university on a student visa, you are not eligible to receive funding from state or federal programs administered by the UF Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA). However, you may be eligible for scholarships awarded by the various colleges or private organizations. For more information see SFA’s International Students page. The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA) in S-107 Criser Hall, is UF’s financial aid office.
As a graduate international student, what financial aid can I get?
Federal loans and work programs are the usual types of aid that are available for graduate students. To be eligible for aid administered through UF’s financial aid office, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. If you are not a U.S. citizen or an otherwise eligible non-citizen, you may obtain more information regarding eligibility requirements and other sources of aid for international students from the UF International Center’s website. The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA) in S-107 Criser Hall, is UF’s financial aid office.
Can international students get state or federal funded scholarships?
As a student attending the university on a student visa, you are not eligible to receive funding from state or federal programs administered by the UF Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA). However, you may be eligible for scholarships awarded by the various colleges or private organizations. For more information see SFA’s International Students page. The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA) in S-107 Criser Hall, is UF’s financial aid office.
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Readmissions

How do I initiate the Readmissions process?
If you have previously attended UF, but have not been enrolled for two semesters or more, you will need to complete the Readmissions process. Please note that this may also include required submission of a new $30 application fee. For more information: It is also recommended that you begin to correspond with youracademic advisor in the college you wish to re-enter.
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Transfer Admissions

Can I enter as a junior transfer with an “undeclared” major?
Junior-level transfers into the University of Florida MUST declare a major. Please visit the list of requirements for transfer into your major. For additional general transfer admissions information, please also visit the Office of Admissions.
As a junior transfer, do I have to complete all of my major’s prerequisites?
Junior-level transfer applicants must meet the requirements for transfer into their major. You can review these requirements in theTransfer Manual. If you do not yet have the required courses completed at the time of application, please plan to complete them prior to your arrival at UF. Your major will make this a condition of your admission. If you have concerns regarding your major’s prerequisite courses, please contact your college. For general transfer admission information, please see theUndergraduate Transfer Admissions site.
Can I apply as a transfer before I receive my AA degree?
Transfer students can apply before receiving the AA degree. However, please indicate on your application when you expect to recieve the AA and provide a detailed list of the courses you will complete prior to arriving at UF. Transfer students are typically admitted conditionally based on successful completion of the AA and the coursework in progress. Please see Undergraduate Transfer Admissions for more information.
What are the undergraduate transfer requirements at UF?
The University of Florida recognizes two types of undergraduate transfer students. The first type of transfer student has earned 13- 59 transferable semester college hours. This type of transfer student would be a freshman or sophomore on the UF campus. Due to a lack of space, this is the most difficult way to transfer into UF. In the recent past, requirements to transfer in this category have been close to, or equivalent to, the Honors Program requirements. This means a student must have a weighted 4.0 high school GPA as computed by UF, a minimum of 3.0 on all college work attempted, and a 1400 SAT or 33 ACT. Transfer is most successful for students who have completed the AA degree from a Florida public community college, or 60 transferable semester hours at an accredited college or university. As a junior transfer at this level, students must have earned a minimum of a 2.0 at all institutions attended, have completed the foreign language requirement, and have completed the pre-requisite coursework for the intended major. UF majors and their transfer admission requirements can be found in the Transfer Manual. Please note that in addition to prerequisite coursework, your major will also have a GPA requirement, and may have additional application procedures. Please refer to the Transfer Admission Requirements for more information.
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