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Qualifying for Admission

The Office of Admissions employs a comprehensive review process that evaluates academic and nonacademic criteria in selecting students for admission. We search for students who will be UF's future community of leaders, learners and thinkers, and whose education will be enhanced by diverse experiences and who will be prepared to serve and participate in all segments of society. We compare the information in your application to the size and strength of the entire applicant pool. The number of qualified applicants exceeds the number that the university can enroll in a given term. This provides UF the opportunity to carefully select admitted students from a large, excellent group of talented, prospective students.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or state-approved secondary school or the equivalent (G.E.D., etc.).
  • Sixteen academic units, distributed as follows:
    English (with substantial writing)4 years
    Mathematics (Algebra 1, Formal Geometry, Algebra 2)4 years
    Natural Sciences (two units must include laboratory)3 years
    Social Sciences3 years
    Foreign Language (must be sequential)2 years

  • A cumulative C average in the academic core, as computed by the university, at all institutions attended, 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.
  • At least the minimum score in each section of the SAT: Critical Reading= 460, Mathematics=460 and Writing= 440. Effective with the 2009 entering class, the university will begin considering the writing portion of the SAT.
  • On the ACT With Writing, a minimum score of 19 on the Reading section, 19 on the Mathematics section, and 18 on the English/Writing section.
  • All applicants must submit the SAT or the ACT With Writing test. While UF cannot mix scores from old and new tests, the university will accept the highest subscores from the new SAT if you took the new test multiple times. The university cannot mix or combine any ACT subscores.

Non-Accredited and Home Schools

The University of Florida welcomes applications from all prospective students. Every freshman applicant is required to submit scores from either the SAT or ACT with Writing along with an official transcript of courses attempted, a measure of performance (traditionally course grades) and a validation of mastery or learning outcomes (usually expressed as "credit earned"). Students pursuing secondary preparation through a non-accredited or in a non-traditional manner where courses, grades and credits are not specified or monitored by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the University of Florida are asked to provide evidence of mastery or learning outcomes through means other than, or in addition to, a transcript. Such means may include SAT Subject tests, courses completed and graded through Florida Virtual School, or coursework from a regionally accredited community college or university. Non-traditionally prepared students should be able to validate secondary learning outcomes in English, mathematics, science, social studies and a foreign language.

Validation in English is accomplished with SAT Writing or ACT with Writing. Students planning to use SAT Subject Tests should present results from the Math Level 2 test.

Applicants presenting scores from G.E.D. must also submit secondary records up to their point of leaving along with results from the SAT or ACT with Writing.

Concurrent High School and AA Degrees

Students who will receive their high school diploma and the Associate of Arts degree at the same time should complete the freshman application. You must apply to a specific UF college and major, and you must meet college and major prerequisite course and minimum GPA requirements.

Admission Offers are Tentative

All offers of admission are tentative if you have high school or collegiate coursework in progress. Final admission is dependent on receipt and review of your final transcripts.

Admission offers are subject to cancellation if your final coursework does not meet admission requirements.

More information about UF's admissions policies is available from the Undergraduate Catalog.