Freshman Applicants

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Admissions Criteria

Admission to UCF requires the applicant to earn a standard diploma from a regionally accredited high school (or its equivalent) with specific high school academic units, a competitive cumulative high school GPA in those academic areas, and satisfactory SAT or ACT test scores.

To apply you must submit the following:

  1. Online application
  2. Non-refundable $30 application fee
  3. Official high school or homeschooled* transcript
  4. Official scores for the SAT (code: 5233) or ACT (code: 0735)
  5. Official college transcript (an initial transcript for application review, as well as a final copy once all college course work is complete and degree is posted), if applicable
  6. Official GED* or TOEFL/IELTS score, if applicable

*Information for homeschooled students and GED recipients may be obtained here.


  1. The Redesigned SAT (rSAT) was launched by the College Board in March 2016. UCF will accept both the old SAT (test administered prior to February 2016) and the Redesigned SAT (test administered March 2016 and beyond) for the 2016-17 admission cycle. While UCF will continue to superscore the SAT, we will not superscore the two versions together. We will superscore the old SAT with other administrations of the old SAT and we will superscore the Redesigned SAT with other administrations of the Redesigned SAT only. For more information on the Redesigned SAT, visit the College Board website.  UCF does not superscore the ACT and will consider the best Composite score.
  2. Submission of the application essay is strongly encouraged.

Course Units

Specific high school course units are required for admission as a first-year student (an academic unit is a non-remedial, year-long course):

  • 4 units of English (at least three with substantial writing requirements)
  • 4 units of mathematics (Algebra I and above)
  • 3 units of natural science (at least two with laboratory)
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 sequential units of the same world language
  • 2 elective units, preferably from English, mathematics, natural science, social studies, or world language areas


  1. Satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to UCF.
  2. Florida BOG Regulation 6.001 (7) authorizes universities to refuse admission to applicants due to past misconduct.

Fall 2016 Freshman Class Profile*

Average SAT Score

(Old SAT – test administered prior to Feb. 2016)
(rSAT – test administered March 2016 and beyond)

Average ACT Score


Average High School GPA


National Merit Scholars


Ethnic Minority Enrollment


Top 5 Majors

Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, Biology, Business

Top 5 States
Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Georgia

Top 5 Countries
Venezuela, China, United Kingdom, Brazil, Colombia

*Fall 2016 projected

Application Deadlines:

Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

How do you compute GPAs for freshman applicants?

Grades in Advanced Placement, AICE, dual enrollment, honors, and International Baccalaureate courses will be given additional weight in the computation. Students will be required to submit official AP, IB, or AICE scores and dual enrollment transcripts prior to their application being finalized for enrollment.

For more Frequently Asked Questions visit our FAQs section.