Applying as a Freshman

Freshman [freSHmǝn]
a student in the first year of university or college. At UF, a freshman is a student who has earned fewer than 12 semester hours following graduation from high school.

You are about to enter one of the most exciting times of your life! If admitted to the University of Florida, you don't just become a student; you become a Gator, forever part of a unique and renowned group of people, past and present, who have made UF one of the nation's top public universities.

UF is currently ranked in the top 15 of U.S. public universities in the nation! With over 100 undergraduate majors and nearly 1,000 student organizations, you are bound to find your place. We have a strong tradition of preparing our students for high achievement, no matter where their ambitions take them.

We invite you to learn more about the University of Florida! It's great to be a Florida Gator!

Why UF?

The best education can transform the best of you.

If you're seeking to be challenged, engaged and inspired, you belong at UF. Knowing yourself is one of the first steps in deciding what college best meets your needs, and at UF you will be encouraged to think critically, form opinions and push beyond the status quo. We expect that of our students because we expect that of our university. Here at UF, we have a goal to establish this campus as one of the nation's best public research universities. This goal is backed by nearly a billion dollars in public and private support. What does that mean for students? You will be taught by the very finest scholars, there will be increased research grants to support scientific breakthroughs, and some of the very best facilities for study in the world will be found in Gainesville. If you are looking upward in your future, come join us, as that's the direction in which we are traveling.


Modern Campus

Nationally Ranked


At UF, you can live every day to the fullest because there's never a dull moment on our campus. Let's start with academics. UF offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, and many of our programs are ranked nationally for excellence. More than 1,300 UF students conduct undergraduate research, and over 2,000 students study abroad. Our career resource center, ranked as the tenth best in the country, can help you find internships that may lead to your dream job. And Gators are known for their involvement on campus and in the community. UF has more than 1,000 student organizations, 62 fraternities and sororities, hundreds of student leadership positions on campus, as well as Gator Growl, the nation's largest student-run pep rally, and GatorNights, the leading late-night college entertainment in the Southeast.

UF student working with faculty in research lab.


The University Scholars Program introduces undergraduate students to the exciting world of academic research. Students work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. Through this initiative, students will take away an understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly method.

University Scholars
Innovation Academy at UF


The Innovation Academy (IA) is one of the nation's most forward-looking undergraduate programs, providing motivated students a small-college experience focused on innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, ethics and leadership. Classes are offered during a spring-summer schedule. IA enrolls and supports academically talented students focused on developing knowledge to grow new business opportunities, services, and products through curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Explore IA
UF Pace Program is available for freshmen


The UF Pathway to Campus Enrollment (UF PaCE) provides additional opportunities for UF to offer admission to qualified freshman applicants with considerable academic potential and demonstrated scholastic success. Students selected for UF PaCE will enroll in UF Online as a degree-seeking student for a minimum of two semesters and complete at least 15 credit hours online. After earning a total of 60 credits and meeting program requirements, students may submit a transition form to move from online learning to a guaranteed place on the UF residential campus in their desired major.

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Do you have what it takes to be a Gator?

The Office of Admissions employs a comprehensive review process that evaluates academic and non-academic criteria. While admission is selective, here are the minimum requirements needed to be considered for admission.

Our Minimum Requirements


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A cumulative C average in the academic core, as computed by the university, at all institutions attended, including both high school and college.

Students taking dual enrollment courses must present a minimum 2.0 GPA at every institution attended.

A record of good conduct. Major or continuing difficulty with school or other officials may render an applicant ineligible regardless of academic qualifications.

All applicants must submit the SAT or the ACT test. While UF cannot mix scores from old and new tests, the university will accept the highest subscores from the SAT if you took the test multiple times. The university cannot mix or combine any ACT subscores.

Being a Gator is more than just having the right numbers