Frequently Asked Questions
First Year Undergraduate Students
UCF does not have an accelerated medical program, however first time in college students are eligible to apply for The Burnett Medical Scholars Program. This intensive academic program facilitates the articulation between graduates of UCF’s Burnett Honors College and the UCF College of Medicine. Students must meet all eligibility and performance requirements for both The Burnett Honors College and the Medical Scholars Program.
For more information (including requirements) visit the Burnett Honors College.
Yes. All freshmen must submit official SAT or ACT scores—they must be reported directly to the university electronically or via the mail. For international students, the TOEFL or the IELTS exam may also be required.
Your GPA is recalculated based on the academic core courses (including English, math, science, social studies and foreign language). UCF uses a 4.0 grading scale, and also awards additional quality points for any weighted courses within the academic core. Courses marked as Pre-AP, Pre-IB, Pre-AICE, and Honors are given an additional .5 quality point.
Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certification of Education (AICE), and Dual Enrollment (DE) courses are given 1 additional quality point.
We require a total of 18 high school units. You need to complete four years of English, four years of math (Algebra I or above), three years of science, three years of social studies, two years of the same foreign language (in sequence) and two academic electives.
Consideration will be given to the highest official reported score. SAT scores are compiled using the highest critical reading and math sub scores from all tests taken. ACT scores are based on the highest reported composite score; UCF does not super-score the ACT exam.
Information regarding specific credit that will be earned as well as maximum limits is located in the Undergraduate Catalog under “Accelerated Educational Opportunities”.
No, but we do recommend that you submit the essay.
Although optional, the essay assists the Admissions Committee in knowing you as an individual, independent of test scores and other objective data. We ask that you respond to two of the topics below. Your responses should be no longer than a total of 500 words or 7,000 characters.
- If there has been some obstacle or bump in the road in your academic or personal life, please explain the circumstances.
- How has your family history, culture, or environment influenced who you are?
- Why did you choose to apply to UCF?
- What qualities or unique characteristics do you possess that will allow you to contribute to the UCF community?
For all changes to your admission status, including deferrals and final decisions, you will receive an email sent to your current email address on file notifying you of the change. Your status will also be posted to myUCF.
Only offers of admission and admission options will be confirmed by receipt of a letter from the Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions.
You can request to have the $30 application fee waived on the basis of financial hardship by submitting a written request AND one of the following items:
- An SAT, ACT, or NACAC fee waiver form from your high school guidance office
- Documentation from your high school showing your eligibility for a free or reduced lunch
- Your family’s most recent tax return
These documents may be submitted to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111
For faster processing, requests to waive the $30 application fee may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the student’s name and DOB with any emailed request. If a Social Security Number (SSN) appears on the waiver request, please black out all but the last four digits for security purposes.
A student who is denied admission to UCF for academic reasons only, has a right to appeal that decision. If they choose to appeal, the student must submit a letter of appeal, clearly stating the reasons why they believe they should be admitted to the university, to:Admissions and Standards Committee
c/o The Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111
You are a transient student if you are seeking a degree at another institution and would like to take courses at UCF on a temporary basis. Transient admission is for one semester only, after which courses completed at UCF are transferred back to your home institution.
Florida public community/state college and university students: You will need to complete the Transient Student Application through Florida Virtual Campus. Your application will be processed by the Registrar’s Office at UCF.
If you are attending any college or university other than a Florida public institution, you will need to complete an application for admission. Your application will be processed by Undergraduate Admissions at UCF. In addition to completing the online application, you will need to submit an official transcript from your last institution attended.
Please visit http://my.ucf.edu/ and log-in using your NID and NID password. If you do not have your NID, you can retrieve it by clicking on the link in the log-in area titled “What is my NID?”.
Once you answer the prompts, an email with your NID will be sent to the e-mail address you listed on your application. The e-mail will also include a default password and instructions explaining how to log in to myUCF for the first time. Once you have logged in for the first time you can change your password. For your protection, you will be prompted to change your password from time to time. You must change your password within the allotted time or your account will expire.
After logging in to myUCF:
- Click on the “Student Self Service” link on the left side menu.
- Scroll down to the sixth option and click on “Undergraduate Admissions.”
- The third sub-topic is titled “Application Status.” This link will not only show your application status, but will also list required and received documents.
Should you need to reset your myUCF password, please visit the Self Service Website where you can reset your password via your cell phone number or email address.
Additional myUCF help can be accessed at http://portal-help.ucf.edu/.
Your residency classification is based upon information from your application—documentation of your Florida residency may be required. If you have already attended UCF as an undergraduate student and wish to reclassify your residency for tuition purposes, please visit the Registrar’s Office website for information on Residency Reclassification.
We suggest contacting your schools individually to determine how they send transcripts. UCF receives electronic transcripts through Parchment Exchange (including Naviance and Docufide) or SPEEDE. The SPEEDE IDs for schools to send electronic transcripts to UCF are:
Addressed Institution ID: 10002
Institution ID: 730000000395400
If Parchment Exchange (including Naviance and Docufide) or SPEEDE is unavailable at your school, please send a hard copy transcript to:
UCF Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111
Note: We do not currently accept transcripts sent via email as official. If your school is requesting an email address to send the transcript, we suggest having them delivered via U.S. Mail.
Electronic transcripts usually arrive at the university within three to five business days after being sent. Please allow time for processing before the transcript shows “received” on myUCF.
Yes, the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) is your one-stop solution to all your needs as a student veteran or eligible dependent. For more information, visit their website at http://varc.sdes.ucf.edu/.
Students interested in dual enrollment (part time enrollment) or early admission (full time enrollment) prior to high school graduation will meet the following academic qualifications:
- Be at least a high school Junior for dual enrollment or a Senior for early admission by the time of UCF enrollment
- Have at least a 3.8 high school GPA based on our calculation of academic core classes
- Score at least 1200 SAT (math + critical reading) or 26 ACT (composite)
If a student meets or exceeds these qualifications, then he/she can be considered for admission. The undergraduate application should be completed through our website. All required official academic transcripts and/or test scores should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. No fee is required for dual enrollment (part time enrollment) applicants.
The deadlines to apply for admission are:
- March 1 for Summer
- May 1 for Fall
- November 1 for Spring
If offered admission, authorization forms and information about the next steps toward enrollment will follow.
UCF will consider applications from students who are educated through a homeschooled program. Homeschooled applicants should submit a homeschooled transcript that includes a list of all coursework (both completed and in progress), showing final grades and units earned for each course completed. A brief description of the methods used for evaluation should accompany the homeschooled transcript. If homeschooled applicants previously attended another school, or completed courses through the Florida Virtual School or dual enrollment at a local college or university, official transcripts are required, and those courses should also be reflected on the homeschooled transcript. SAT and/or ACT results must also be submitted.
Applicants who present a GED will also be considered for admission. Official GED results, a partial high school transcript, and ACT and/or SAT results must be submitted.
Your NID is your secure sign-on for many systems at UCF, including myUCF and online courses. To obtain your NID, go to myUCF, click “Sign On”, click “What is my NID”, then follow the instructions to obtain your NID and create a password.
Your UCF ID is the number you will use to identify yourself when you call or visit offices across campus, including Undergraduate Admissions. To obtain your UCF ID, go to myUCF, log in using your NID and password, click Student Self Service > Personal Information >UCF ID Info. This page will display your UCF ID, your NID, and your UCF ID Card number, once you have been issued one.
The State of Florida requires that you complete either two years of the same foreign language in high school or at least eight semester hours of the same foreign language in college.
UCF makes a decision based upon your high school record, SAT or ACT scores and grades from any college credits earned.
In addition to your application and application fee, submit your official high school transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, and the Counselor Recommendation Form (optional).
Transfers with less than 60 college credit hours:
Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended including official high school transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, as well as documentation of any additional credits earned through AICE, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment or CLEP. Your application will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until all official transcripts are received.
Transfers with 60 or more college credit hours:
Submit official transcripts from all institutions you attended, as well as documentation of any additional credits earned through AICE, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment or CLEP. Additionally, we need your final high school transcript, if you completed the foreign language requirement in high school. Your application will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until all official transcripts are received.
An official transcript is a sealed record sent directly to UCF from the institution you attended. You can send them yourself if the envelope has not been opened.
For certified or overnight mail, packages, or if you plan to use a shipping service (e.g. DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.), please send correspondences to the following address:
UCF Undergraduate Admissions
12585 Gemini Boulevard South
Orlando, FL 32816
For quickest processing, major credit card or e-check are our preferred methods of payment for both the $30 admission application fee and the $200 enrollment deposit. We also accept checks and money orders.
No later than May 1st for Fall
No later than November 1st for Spring
No later than March 1st for Summer
No later than July 1st for Fall
No later than November 1st for Spring
No later than March 1st for Summer
No later than March 1st for Fall
No later than September 1st for Spring
No later than January 1st for Summer
You can apply up to one year prior to the term for which you plan to enroll. Freshmen should apply between September and December of their senior year in high school for fall semester.
Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. The list of states currently restricted is available at http://programs.online.ucf.edu/. While residing in one of these states you may not be permitted to enroll in UCF online courses.
Yes. The Florida Board of Governors requires all students who enter a Florida public university, including UCF, with less than 60 semester hours to complete at least 9 semester hours prior to graduation by attendance at one or more summer sessions. University presidents or their designees may waive the application of this regulation in cases of unusual hardship to the individual.
Honor Your Knighthood assists new UCF students in developing an understanding of the importance UCF places on subject matters related to Academic Integrity, Alcohol Awareness, and Sexual Assault Prevention.
Through the completion of three individual on-line modules, UCF students will begin to demonstrate tenets associated with the UCF Creed of Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity, and Excellence. UCF is committed to student safety and success both inside and outside the classroom. Therefore, all incoming UCF students are required to complete these on-line modules prior to the first day of class.
Admitted students will see the Honor Your Knighthood modules as requirements on their myUCF “To-Do List”. It can take up to 3 weeks for the requirement to be removed after successful completion of the modules.
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Accepting a wait list offer is optional, but you should understand that your application will be denied if you choose to decline. To confirm your wait list offer, follow these instructions:
- Visit https://my.ucf.edu
- Log in using your NID
- Select the “Student Self Service” option in the “myUCF Menu”
- Select the “Student Center” option
- Scroll down to the section titled: “Undergraduate Admissions” and find your “Undergraduate Application Status”
Admission to UCF is more competitive today than at any other time in our history. We typically receive approximately 30,000 freshman applications for an incoming class of 6,400. As a result, a number of students are offered space on our wait list.
The first thing to understand is that a wait list offer is not the same as being denied; you are still being considered for admission to UCF. Should space open up in our freshman class, the Admissions Committee will reevaluate your application and you may be removed from the wait list and offered admission.
Yes. You should file for financial aid and continue to apply for scholarships. Should you be admitted from the wait list, any awards and financial aid for which you have qualified will be applied to your student account.
It is possible that you will be notified of your decision after the May 1 deadline. This is not unusual for students on the wait list. If you are admitted, you will be given a new deposit deadline.
It is difficult to predict how many students may be offered admission from the wait list. The number of spaces, if any, that open in our freshman class determines the number of students admitted. You are encouraged to submit updated transcripts and/or SAT/ACT scores for the Admissions Committee to review.
The wait list at UCF is not ranked. All students accepting a wait list offer will be considered for admission to the university on a space available basis.
UCF will notify you of our decision as soon as possible, but no later than May 31 of each year. Offers of admission are confirmed by receipt of a letter from the Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Final decisions — other than offers of admission — are not communicated by mail, but will be confirmed through a status update on myUCF.
Cost, Fees, and Financial Assistance
Yes, we accept credit cards for tuition, as well as at locations across the campus. You can also use your UCF ID card, which also operates as a bank card. Please visit www.ucfcard.ucf.edu for more information about the UCF Card.
There are a number of waivers the university offers that may apply to you. Please check with the Office of Student Accounts for information on eligibility and requirements for these waivers.
Start by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 1 of your senior year in high school—you can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Not sure if you qualify? Still apply, as you could receive financial assistance that is not need-based. For more details go to the Student Financial Assistance website at www.finaid.ucf.edu or call (407) 823-2827.
The easiest way to pay is online through myUCF. You can also obtain an invoice/class schedule from your college advising office or the Registrar’s office. We do not mail invoices.
Information regarding international payments can be found by visiting UCF Student Account Services.
You can request a waiver of the $200 enrollment deposit by completing the Enrollment Deposit Form on myUCF and then sending a written request AND one of the following items:
• An SAT, ACT or NACAC fee waiver from your high school guidance office
• Documentation from your high school showing your eligibility for a free or reduced lunch
• Your family’s most recent tax return
These documents may be submitted to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111
This is not classification as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, but a waiver for which eligible students can apply. The student will still be classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes.
Florida high school graduates who do not meet requirements for Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes, but who do meet the following conditions, are eligible for a waiver of out-of-state tuition and fees as dictated by F.S. 1009.26(12)(a):
1. Attended a secondary school in this state for 3 consecutive years immediately before graduating from a high school in this state;
2. Apply for enrollment in an institution of higher education within 24 months after high school graduation; and
3. Submit an official Florida high school transcript as evidence of attendance and graduation.
The waiver is applicable for 110 percent of the required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for which the student is enrolled.
A student who is granted an out-of-state fee waiver under this subsection is not eligible for state financial aid, which includes Bright Futures.
Note: Eligible students must apply for this waiver by the first day of classes. The form to do so can be found HERE.
No, accepting your scholarship does not obligate you to attend UCF. You have until May 1 to submit your enrollment deposit, which lets us know you will be attending. If you are unsure of your final decision at the time your scholarship is awarded, please choose the “Extend” option, which gives you until May 1 to accept your award.
No, there are not fixed criteria for UCF scholarships. A variety of factors, but especially high school academic performance, ACT or SAT results, application timing, leadership and extra-curricular involvement, play a role in awarding scholarship offers.
Undergraduate Admissions can only offer one scholarship to any one student. Typically, we will offer you the highest award for which you qualify.
No, you must begin your enrollment at UCF no later than the fall semester for which the scholarship was awarded.
Your scholarship does not apply to the first summer semester at UCF. However, students may request future summer semester scholarship disbursements from the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Yes, UCF must receive the completed results of the FAFSA from scholarship recipients. Although our awards are strictly merit based, UCF must account for all funds we release to students and the FAFSA is used for that purpose. You do not risk losing an admissions scholarship if you do not demonstrate financial need. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information regarding the FAFSA and financial aid.
Yes, you must still submit the non-refundable enrollment deposit even if you are offered or accept your scholarship.
You may accept your scholarship through myUCF. Instructions on accepting your award will be included with your official award letter.
Your scholarship may be combined with other non-Undergraduate Admissions awards including Florida Bright Futures, Florida Pre-Paid, private scholarships and need-based assistance. Scholarship funds will first be applied towards the balance of your tuition and fees. If any funds remain after your student account is paid, they will be applied to any outstanding university debts. Once your student account is cleared, any remaining funds will be disbursed directly to you within the first two weeks of the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Excess funds may be received by mail or electronic funds transfer. You may make arrangements for direct deposit through Student Accounts.
There is no separate application for UCF scholarships. All freshman applicants offered admission are considered for these awards so long as funds are available.
You may learn more about these national awards at the UCF National Merit Scholarship Program page.
You have 30 days from the receipt of your scholarship award letter to accept, decline, or extend the offer to May 1. Your desired action is made through your myUCF account.
Undergraduate Admissions begins reviewing prospective freshmen for scholarships early in the fall, typically by the first week of October and every two weeks thereafter while funds are available. Potential recipients will likely learn of their awards within two to three weeks after being admitted to UCF.
You will receive an official letter in the mail with details on your scholarship. You may also check your status on myUCF.
If you are still evaluating your college options, please request an extension on your scholarship offer. An extension lasts until May 1.
Yes, you may still receive a UCF scholarship. Note that UCF cannot award funds in excess of a student’s cost of attendance. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information.
Given that we begin awarding scholarships early in the year, there is no guarantee that UCF will be able to offer awards based upon new information. Please contact the Scholarship Coordinator.
Yes, you must still accept your scholarship through your myUCF account even if you have submitted your Enrollment Deposit.
Given that we begin awarding scholarships early in the year, there is no guarantee that UCF will be able to offer awards based upon new information. If you do not receive an award notification within two to three weeks of your new information, please contact the Scholarship Coordinator.
You will have until May 1 to make a final scholarship decision if you request an extension.
Your Scholars designation will need to be confirmed with the Director of the Scholar’s Program after which you will be evaluated for the award with the greatest value. You may learn more about the National awards at our National Merit Scholarship Program page.
UCF offers merit-based awards for incoming freshmen and transfer students. All first-year students are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship. There is a scholarship application process for transfer students. Scholarships are offered to students who meet academic performance criteria.
Academic departments also offer scholarships—contact the department of your intended major for more information, as they are separate from the admissions process.
There are a variety of options for scholarships.
- Your high school guidance or college counseling office
- UCF’s Office of Student Financial Assistance website
- On-line sites like fastweb.com and collegeboard.com
When you arrive on campus, stop by the Visitor and Parking Information Center to purchase a daily parking pass ($5) before parking in any student lots, including spaces reserved for guests with disabilities. You can also purchase a parking pass at yellow daily permit dispensers located in all student parking facilities.
Parking is available in student lots B-4, B-5, and B-6, all of which are in close proximity of the Duke Energy University Welcome Center.
For parking lot and building locations, you can view a campus map here.
There is an optional housing tour offered at the end of the campus tour. The housing tours are offered at noon and 4 p.m. (Monday through Friday). Visit housing.ucf.edu to learn more about on-campus housing.
If your plans change and you need to cancel your tour, please visit the Campus Visit Confirmation page, enter your confirmation number and click “Submit.”
During your campus visit, Student Ambassadors will lead you on a 90-minute walking tour around campus making 10 stops. You’ll take a walk through Memory Mall, stroll by the Reflecting Pond and visit the Student Union in the center of campus.
You can grab a sandwich on the go from Subway, Jimmy John’s, Chick-fil-A or one of numerous other convenient eateries on campus. Knightro’s and The Marketplace offer all-you-can-eat dining or you can catch a game and a burger at Wackadoo’s or Tailgaters. There is also a wide-selection of area restaurants off campus, many of which are located within one mile of campus.
It’s usually hot in Florida. Dress in layers to adjust to the changes in temperature from the heat outside to the air-conditioned buildings. There will be a lot of walking and Florida is sometimes rainy, so wear comfortable shoes.
Weather in Central Florida can be unpredictable, so plan accordingly. For your safety, and that of our Student Ambassadors, the campus tour part of your visit may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Don’t worry, though – you’ll still receive the same valuable information from our Student Ambassadors through a virtual tour and Q&A panel.
You will choose your own sessions based upon the times they are offered. Some overlap, so you will decide which sessions best suit your interests. The tours run throughout the morning, so you can also choose when to take the campus visit.
Yes! A limited number of campus tours are offered during each “Knight For A Day” Open House. Because there are so many activities for you to choose from, your tour may be shorter than a regular Campus Visit Experience, but we’ll squeeze as much information in as possible.
Housing tours are self-guided, giving you the flexibility to view only those communities that interest you. We’ll post signs on campus directing you to our housing areas. Once you get there, a member of our housing staff will be on hand to answer questions and show you around. Not every housing community is open, but you’ll be able to view a broad selection.
And finally, our tours do not visit the library, but we encourage you to stop in during your free time.
UCF is a Smoke-Free Campus.
Yes, each prospective student must register to attend, though parents can register as guests under one student’s name. We want to make everyone gets the attention they need—fewer people means more one-on-one attention for you, so we limit space. So, if you need to cancel, please let us know so we can allow others to attend.
It’s not part of the program, but UCF does have several options on and near the campus. Click here to see a list of places to eat on campus. It gets warm in Florida, too, so be sure to bring some water with you.
“Knight For A Day” Open House events give you more information about UCF’s campus, programs, housing, student life and more. The Campus Visit Experience is a tour of the campus—it’s included in the Open House event, but may be condensed due to time constraints. In addition, you will also learn about admissions, financial aid and academics.
You don’t have to take the tour during an Open House event, but we highly recommend you attend.
UCF is a Smoke-Free Campus.
It’s easy. Visit the Open House Confirmation page, enter your confirmation number and click “Submit.”
Once you get to the main campus, park in Garage I (free of charge) and then walk to the Student Union—there will be signs in place to help you find your way. Once inside, go to the Pegasus Ballroom. Our campus is a walking campus, so there is no transportation between the garage and the Student Union.
Check-in happens from 8–9 a.m. and the event runs until 3 p.m. Arrive early to avoid waiting in line.
It’s usually hot in Florida. Dress in layers to adjust to the changes in temperature from the heat outside to the air-conditioned buildings. There will be a lot of walking and Florida is sometimes rainy, so wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella – just in case.
Shuttle service is not offered during Open House events.
You should still attend. It’s true that most of the information will be geared toward freshmen, but there are still many presentations beneficial to transfer students. One of the presentations is specifically about transferring to UCF, for example.
A hotline with directions to campus is available 24-7 by calling 407-882-0909.
Yes. Counselors will be available throughout the day. You can also stop by the Duke Energy University Welcome Center to have more in-depth questions answered.
Housing and Campus Life
No, first-year students are not required to live on campus. Most first-year students do live on campus because of the ease of transition from home to campus life, access to university resources, and the ability to make life-long friends.
Some do, but the facilities are operated privately. For more information, visit the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life website at www.fsl.sdes.ucf.edu.
Yes, there are options for incoming transfer students on the Orlando main campus and at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Visit housing.ucf.edu for more information.
UCF offers many different choices of housing on the Orlando main campus and at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. First-year and transfer students can choose from shared-bedroom residence hall-style or single-bedroom apartment-style housing. There are also living learning communities where you can live with other students who share similar interests. More information is available at housing.ucf.edu.
As soon as you have been admitted to UCF. Don’t wait, as space is limited. Housing applications are available starting in November for the following summer and fall semesters on the Housing and Residence Life website.
Off Campus Student Services provides a listing of off-campus housing opportunities on their website: www.offcampus.ucf.edu.
There are nearly 30 religious and spiritual organizations at UCF, representing many different faiths.
We have an active Greek community, with 43 fraternities and sororities represented and about 3,000 students involved.
UCF’s music program has very active performing groups, including the marching band, gospel choir, jazz ensembles and several others. We also partner with the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Please visit the College of Arts and Humanities at www.cah.ucf.edu for more information.