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Students receiving their high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) from a Florida College System (FCS) or State University (SUS) institution at the same time should complete the freshman application. If we are unable to offer you admission at the freshman level, you will be provided with the opportunity to have your application reconsidered as an upper-division transfer. Students admitted via transfer admission may have their offer of admission rescinded if they do not complete the required prerequisites and A.A. degree prior to enrollment. Note: Students who opt-in to be considered as an upper-division transfer student will not be required to submit official SAT or ACT scores.


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  • A list of your high school activities including jobs, clubs, sports, community service, etc.
  • Information about your parent(s) or guardian(s), such as educational background and occupation.

Complete all sections of the application.


  • Information about who you are and how to contact you, your address, citizenship, high school and family information
  • Current-year coursework
  • Honors and distinctions
  • Activities and experiences

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Innovation academy.

The Innovation Academy is a four-year undergraduate spring/summer degree pathway that teaches innovation through a dedicated innovation minor embedded in 28 majors. The unique schedule gives IA students the opportunity to pursue internships, study abroad, take online classes, or enjoy the break at home. The IA Living Learning Community on the UF campus is designed to support innovative collaboration. Students interested in applying for IA should indicate this on the application and answer the additional short-answer questions.

If you choose to apply for UF's Innovation Academy, this program begins in the Spring term and follows a spring/summer schedule with the Fall term open for internships or other study enhancements.

Honors Program

Students interested in applying for the Honors Program should indicate this on the application and answer the additional short-answer questions. The UF Honors Program offers smaller, enriched classes taught by leading faculty and provides an array of opportunities beyond the classroom. Honors Gators benefit from specialized advising and coaching. The Honors Village is the Honors Living Learning Community on UF's campus. If you are interested in the Honors Program, you should indicate this on your application and answer the additional essay questions.

Pay the application fee.

When you submit your application, pay the $30 nonrefundable fee by credit card unless you qualify for a fee waiver. On the Common Application, you can indicate in the profile section if you qualify for a fee waiver.

Create your application status page.

You will receive an email 24-48 hours after submitting your application with instructions to create your MyAdmissions application status credentials. Once completed, you can log in to the MyAdmissions app status portal to keep track of your application status and create your SSAR.

Courses and Grades: The SSAR

Once you have submitted your application, a link will appear on your status page to create your Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR) .

  • List your high school courses and grades exactly as they appear on your high school and/or college transcript.
  • Submit and Link your SSAR to your application.

Non-US High School: If you have attended a high school outside the United States, you will not submit the SSAR. Refer to our international admissions information .

If you have questions about how to complete the SSAR, refer to the SSAR Support Center for instructions, FAQs, and to submit a question.

Upload your test scores.

You may self-report your SAT, ACT and/or Classic Learning Test ( CLT ) scores through your application status page.

  • Since accuracy is critical, students should have a copy of their score report(s) available when submitting their scores.

You may send your SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores from the testing agency by using the appropriate institution code or reporting process.

  • SAT Code: 5812
  • ACT Code: 0758
  • TOEFL Code: 5812


UF has no test preference. We superscore the SAT, ACT and CLT . If you take a test multiple times, we will combine your highest subsection scores across test dates for the same exam.

Because UF superscores, we encourage you to submit all SAT, ACT and CLT scores.

Miss the test score deadline?

If your test scores are received after December 1, your application will be considered on a space-available basis.

SAT Test Prep Help

The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT. These free, online services provide personalized practice pathways to help you pinpoint areas where you need to improve. Full-length practice tests and other materials are available to print.

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University of Florida 2023-24 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

Regular Decision: 

The Requirements:  1 essay of 250 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Activity

Please provide more details on your most meaningful commitment outside of the classroom while in high school and explain why it was meaningful. This could be related to an extracurricular activity, work, volunteering, an academic activity, family responsibility, or any other non-classroom activity. (250 words)

What would your life be mundane without? Elaborate on an activity, responsibility, or passion that is meaningful to you. Unlike an activities resume entry, this should be expanded to reflect your priorities, worldview, and sense of purpose. Do you babysit your cousins when your aunt gets called into work? How does it feel to support your family members in this way and what does the phrase, “it takes a village,” mean to you? Do you foster rescue cats until they find their forever homes? What does this hobby mean to you? Maybe you inherited your animal love from your dad who used to work as a farmhand. Use your experiences to tell admissions something about you they wouldn’t already know from your list of extracurriculars. What gives your life meaning? Why do you wake up in the morning? What are you working toward?

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University of Florida (UF) Supplemental Essays Guide: 2021-2022

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Not sure how to approach the University of Florida supplemental essays?’s guide to the University of Florida supplemental essays will show you exactly how to write engaging UF supplemental essays and maximize your chances of admission. If you need help responding to the UF essay topics, create your free  account  or  schedule a free advising assessment  by calling (844) 343-6272.

University of Florida Essay Guide Quick Facts:

  • UF has an acceptance rate of 31.0%— U.S. News  ranks the University of Florida as a  highly selective  school.
  • There is  one  school-specific UF supplemental essay required for all applicants. If you are planning to apply to the UF Honors Program, you will complete an additional  two  UF essays. This means applicants to the UF Honors Program will complete a total of three UF supplemental essays.

Does the University of Florida have supplemental essays?

Yes. Whether you apply through the  Common App  or  Coalition App , you will respond to at least one UF essay prompt. Your UF admissions essay lets the admissions team learn more about you as they review your application.

Any freshman applying through the Common App or Coalition App also can apply to FHP, the University of Florida’s First-Year Honors Program. In addition to the required UF admissions essay, students applying to FHP must complete two additional UF supplemental essays.

While some schools handle honors admissions separately, UF includes all application materials for FHP in the standard UF application. This includes every UF admissions essay. Students completing the UF supplemental essays for the Honors Program, therefore, will submit all three UF essays through the Common or Coalition App. This means that you must complete the UF essays for the Honors Program before you submit your final application.

Need some help writing your Common App essay? Get great tips from our Common App essay  guide .

How many supplemental essays does the University of Florida have?

There are  three  total University of Florida supplemental essays included on the 2021-2022 application.

The University of Florida has  one  UF essay prompt every student is required to complete. Additionally, if you choose to apply to their Honors Program, you must write another  two  UF supplemental essays. The first required UF essay prompt asks about your extracurricular engagements. In contrast, the UF essay topics for the Honors Program ask about your interest in the program and your academic priorities.

How do I write the University of Florida supplemental essays?

Here are some helpful tips to help you get started on the University of Florida supplemental essays!

To begin, the University of Florida supplemental essays give you an opportunity to showcase what motivates you, which academic topics interest you, and how you engage with the world around you. Therefore, think of the UF supplemental essays as your chance to introduce yourself to the admissions team on your own terms.

As you brainstorm the UF essay topics, remember your audience. Admissions officers read thousands of UF supplemental essays. Ultimately, if you are vague, superficial, or misleading, your UF essays won’t help the UF admissions team understand who you are. To maximize your UF supplemental essays’ impact, you’ll want to be as specific, genuine, and authentic as possible.

If you’re having trouble finding topics for your UF essays, don’t worry! We will discuss each UF essay prompt individually below. But first, here are some more technical tips to keep in mind when writing your University of Florida supplemental essays.

Overall, the most important thing your University of Florida supplemental essays should do is answer the UF essay prompt. Even if you write a perfect UF admissions essay, it has failed to serve its main purpose if it doesn’t answer every aspect of the prompt.

Each of the University of Florida supplemental essays has a maximum word limit. In each essay, make sure to stick to the word limit and use your space wisely. For example, if you find yourself quoting someone famous or writing about a friends’ experiences, ask yourself how it relates back to you. In fact, the more “you” that you include in your UF admissions essay, the better!

The admissions team reads countless UF essays every year. This makes it particularly important that your UF admissions essay is as clear and polished as possible. Essentially, the more straightforward and refined your writing is, the more easily your ideas and personality will shine through! For this reason, you’ll want to be sure to give yourself enough time to draft, revise, and proofread your University of Florida supplemental essays.

Below, we have provided the 2021-2022 UF admissions essay prompts. Along with the prompts, you’ll find a breakdown of how to approach each UF admissions essay. As a bonus, we included both the general UF essay prompt and the Honors Program prompts. Additionally, we’ll also discuss tips for narrowing down your UF essay topics. If you follow these tips, you’ll write University of Florida supplemental essays that will help you stand out in admissions.

University of Florida Supplemental Essays – Question 1 (Required)

Please provide more details on your most meaningful commitment outside of the classroom while in high school and explain why it was meaningful. This could be related to an extracurricular activity, work, volunteering, an academic activity, family responsibility, or any other non-classroom activity (250 words or less).

To start, this UF essay prompt asks you to choose your single “most meaningful commitment.” Even if multiple experiences pop into your head, you must narrow your UF essay topic down to just one commitment. The best University of Florida supplemental essays will use one commitment to reveal fundamental aspects of an applicant’s identity.

If you need help choosing your UF essay topics, try making a list using UF’s suggested categories. These include: Extracurricular, Work, Volunteering, Academic Activity, Family Responsibility, Other. While writing, remember that this list can include a sport you’ve played, a job you’ve held, or even a responsibility toward a sibling. Once you’ve completed your list, circle three to five topics that engage you most. Do a five-minute free-write for each. If there’s a topic you can’t stop writing about, there’s a good chance that might be your most meaningful commitment!

Once you’ve selected your essay topic, you can consider the rest of the UF essay prompt. This first UF essay prompt is quite open-ended, which gives you plenty of opportunities to showcase your identity. While “Please provide more details” isn’t very specific, remember that your UF admissions essay is an opportunity for the admissions team to get to know you. As you write, make sure to always connect your topic back to who you are.

Struggling to answer this UF essay prompt? Here are some questions to guide your response:

What did I do?  Be specific. If your topic is a sport, like basketball, discuss details of playing basketball that your reader might not know. For instance, you might describe waking up at 6 am for practice, practicing drills and collaborating with teammates, or performing under the pressure of a crowd.

Why did I do it?  What was the motivation behind your commitment? Let’s continue with the basketball example. Is basketball something you and your little brother grew up playing together? Does playing a sport help with your anxiety? Were you inspired by a certain professional athlete? Including the reason why you pursue the activity will strengthen your response to this UF essay prompt.

What did I take away from this commitment? Learning happens in all places. While this UF admissions essay asks you to describe an activity outside the classroom, asking “what did I learn?” will help take your response to this UF essay prompt from a summary into a story. Maybe you discovered a new passion, a new skill, or a new way of problem-solving. Maybe your commitment to basketball translated into commitment in your classes? Or maybe the teamwork you cultivated in practice changed the way you helped your family at home?

As you expand upon your UF essay topics, think about how your commitment shaped who you are. This will give you a compelling ending to your UF admissions essay.

UF Supplemental Essay Draft Key Questions:

  • Does my UF admissions essay reference one (not two, or three) commitment outside of my classes?
  • Does my essay show why this is important to me?
  • Do I show how I engaged in this activity?
  • Does my essay reflect what I gained from this experience?

University of Florida Honors Program Supplemental Essays – Question 1 (Required)

Why is applying for the UF Honors Program important to you? Which aspects of the program’s three pillars of opportunity, community, and challenge pique your interests? How would you engage with the program to exemplify these pillars yourself? How does the program factor into your long-term goals? Please be specific (400 words or less).

The first step in tackling this UF essay prompt is to read about the UF Honors Program’s  3 Pillars of Value . As you think about your UF essay topics, ask yourself what about these pillars draws you to the program. Why are these ideals crucial to your college experience?

If you’re struggling to find specific details to discuss in your UF essays, think about your current situation. What are you missing in your high school academic career that you want to experience in college? If your classes aren’t challenging enough, you might want to talk about “challenge” and why the Honors Program would give you the academic rigor you need to reach your greatest potential. Or, if you feel you haven’t met many like-minded individuals in your high school, you might want to talk about “community” and why the Honors Program would provide opportunities to support and be supported by peers. If you aspire to do research or attend a graduate school, you might want to talk about “opportunity” and how the Honors Program will connect you with advisors to put you on track for those experiences.

Think about the future

While this brainstorm can help you begin choosing your UF essay topics, the Honors Program  Application Tips  reminds prospective students that this UF essay prompt is meant to be forward-facing. This means the admissions team wants to hear about what you imagine for your future rather than what you’ve completed in your past. This is where the second half of the UF essay prompt comes into play.

Imagine the Honors Program as a stepping-stone: what will you do in the Honors Program, and how will that help you reach your goals? Be sure to answer these questions with specific details about the Honors Program. For example, if your dream is to join the medical field, you might reference the Honors Program’s Pre-Health Coordinator and the Professional Development courses you will take to prepare you for medical school.

No matter what draws you to the Honors Program, remember to be specific, answer all four questions in the UF essay prompt, and proofread, proofread, proofread!

  • Does my UF admissions essay reference specific details about the Honors Program?
  • Do I include both why I am interested in the Honors Program and what I plan to do if I get in?
  • Does my essay communicate why the Honors Program is important in reaching my academic goals?

University of Florida Honors Program Supplemental Essays – Question 2 (Required)

Identify two topics you have previously studied that do not traditionally overlap. How do you envision you might bring these topics together during your time in Honors to engage a pressing societal, medical or technological concern? The concern you wish to engage could be of local, national, or global scope, but you should be clear about the issue you want to address. For the purposes of this essay, the topics you identify need not have been formally studied in high school, but you should have studied them since beginning in high school (300 words or less).

This UF essay prompt asks you to think along interdisciplinary lines to express your unique academic goals. This gives you a crucial opportunity to illustrate why you belong in an intellectually rigorous space like UF’s Honors Program.

Choosing a Topic

The first challenge of this UF essay prompt is to choose two topics that do not traditionally overlap. If you are having trouble choosing your UF essay topics, use your transcript and make a bulleted list of your classes divided into basic high school subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and the Arts. Think about which classes on this list you most enjoyed, and start combining subjects with seemingly little relation. The more unorthodox your combination, the more unique your UF admissions essay will be. For example, if you first choose Statistics and Chemistry, you may want to keep brainstorming as those have quite a bit of overlap. However, if you choose Chemistry and Music, you’ll have a less traditional pair that will make for a fascinating UF admissions essay. Strong UF essays can come from unexpected places!

Choosing a Concern

Next, turn away from your academic interests and choose the societal, medical, or technological concern you’d like to address. Unlike some other UF essays, this UF essay prompt focuses on how you think rather than who you are. As you choose your concern, therefore, focus on how you will engage the topic rather than why it is important to you. Remember, you’ve chosen this topic because it needs to be addressed, and your reader knows that. If you have a specific, personal connection that impacts the way you view the problem (and will ultimately tackle it), keep your justification brief and always connect back to how you will engage with the topic at hand. The best UF essays will offer concrete, specific details on how an applicant plans to tackle their chosen concern.

As you complete your University of Florida supplemental essays, be sure to reference their Application Tips to ensure you have a strong application.

  • Does my essay include two topics that I will combine to solve a problem (not one, not three)?
  • Do I show how my two chosen topics inform and relate to one another?
  • Does my essay reflect how I plan to engage with this topic (not just why I am interested)?

How hard is it to get into the University of Florida honors program?

The University of Florida Honors Program is a highly challenging and therefore highly competitive program. Last year, the acceptance rate was 13%—well below the University’s acceptance rate. Students who are accepted have excellent scholarly credentials, are leaders in their communities, and plan to push themselves alongside their fellow Honors Gators.

It is important your University of Florida supplemental essays showcase why you belong in the Honors Program. Students accepted to the UF Honors program also have high test scores and GPAs as well as strong UF supplemental essays. You can read more about the 2020 Admitted Student Profile, the Honors review process, and the timeline for the 2021-2022 application cycle  here .

What are the requirements to get into the University of Florida?

Your University of Florida supplemental essays are only one element of your UF application. The University of Florida’s Admissions page provides a list of minimum  requirements for freshman applicants . That means you need to meet or exceed the following benchmarks to have a competitive application outside of your UF supplemental essays:

  • Graduation:  You must be on track to graduate from a regionally accredited or state-approved secondary school or the equivalent (G.E.D., etc.).
  • Academic Credits:  You need 16 academic units distributed across English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Foreign Language.
  • Grade Point Average:  Your cumulative GPA must be at least a C.
  • Conduct:  You must have a record of good conduct. Any major issues may disqualify your application from being considered, regardless of your academic credentials.
  • SAT or ACT:  You must submit test scores from the SAT and/or the ACT. If you have taken a test multiple times, UF will take the highest scores for each subsection and superscore to create the highest possible total score.

University of Florida Supplemental Essays: Final Thoughts

As you think about the University of Florida supplemental essays, remember that no single element of your application will determine your admissions results. The UF admissions team uses a  holistic review process , meaning they take everything into consideration: your grades, test scores, extracurriculars, background, and UF supplemental essays. Admissions will consider your UF supplemental essays alongside your other academic credentials to better understand who you are as a student and how you will enrich the University of Florida community. While your transcript and test scores reflect the kind of student you already are, your UF essays will help them see what kind of student you can become.

While writing the University of Florida supplemental essays can be time-consuming, remember your UF essays—including both your Personal Statement and your UF supplemental essays—are the one part of your application where you have complete control. Be sure to take your time and make your University of Florida supplemental essays as strong as they can be! Give yourself time to think about the UF essay topics before you get started. Consider what you’ve already included in the rest of your application and use the UF essays to share something new about who you are.

If the thought of distilling yourself into a few short essays seems daunting, spend some time daydreaming about what going to the University of Florida could mean to your future. Think about the possibilities and opportunities you are excited to take on. Let that excitement shine through in your UF supplemental essays. Good luck!

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This 2021-2022 essay guide on UF was written by Stefanie Tedards. For more resources, click  here . Want help crafting your University of Florida supplemental essays? Create your free account or schedule a no-cost advising consultation by calling (844) 343-6272.

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University of Florida Supplemental Essays 2023-24

September 8, 2023

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At the turn of the millennium, the University of Florida welcomed 63% of Gator applicants to Gainesville and functioned as a fairly accessible and highly affordable option for residents of the Sunshine State. However, by 2023, while still extremely affordable, the task of becoming a Gator has become far more difficult. They now receive over 67,000 applications and accept fewer than 30% of those who apply. Incoming freshmen now possess mid-50% weighted GPAs of 4.4-4.6 and ACT scores of 30-34. Another commonality amongst accepted students is that they write an excellent University of Florida supplemental essay.

 (Want to learn more about How to Get Into UF? Visit our blog entitled:  How to Get Into the University of Florida: Admissions Data and Strategies  for all of the most recent admissions data as well as tips for gaining acceptance.)

When applying to an institution like the University of Florida that rejects more than 7 of every 10 applicants, you’ll need to put maximum effort into every area of the application, including the Common App and supplemental essay. Below is the University of Florida’s required supplemental prompt for the 2023-24 admissions cycle along with our advice for composing a winning essay.

University of Florida Supplemental Essays – Question 1 (Required)

Please provide more details on your most meaningful commitment outside of the classroom while in high school and explain why it was meaningful. This could be related to an extracurricular activity, work, volunteering, an academic activity, family responsibility, or any other non-classroom activity. (250 Word Limit)

The University of Florida is not necessarily asking you to write about the activity where you earned the most prestigious awards or held the highest position of leadership. The university is going to see all of your activities in that section of the Common App. As such, you want to ask yourself which of your entries is crying out for more explanation and detail? Which one is closest to your heart and most representative of your unique passions? Pick the option that will allow you to deliver additional detail that may be memorable to the admissions reader. Start this process by asking yourself, “What is the most interesting and consequential moment that I have experienced in one of my extracurricular activities?” If you can identify one clear-cut moment, that is likely the activity worth sharing with the UF admissions staff.

University of Florida Supplemental Essays (Continued)

What kind of campus community member will you be?

At the core of this essay prompt, the UF admissions officers are really trying to figure out what you will bring to the Gainesville campus community. Again, what you achieved in a particular extracurricular activity will already be viewable in your Common App Activities Section and the Common App Honors Section , so you don’t want to make that the focus of this essay. Instead, you may want to touch on some of the following areas related to your role as a community member:

  • How you function as a member of a team.
  • Your leadership ability.
  • Your passion, commitment, and drive.
  • A commitment to social justice and equity.
  • How you respond to challenges and obstacles.
  • Illustrate how you have demonstrated maturity and dependability.

How important are the University of Florida supplemental essays?

The University of Florida lists six factors as being “very important” to the admissions committee. They are: GPA, standardized test scores, talent/ability, character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, and the rigor of your secondary school record and most relevant to this blog—the application essay. It’s important to keep in mind that UF places both the essays and extracurricular involvement in the top tier of importance. Therefore, this essay is something of a two-for-one. Further, the essay is rated as being of greater importance than class rank, standardized test scores, or your state residency status.

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University of Florida: Admission Requirements 2023

University of Florida: Admission Requirements 2023

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Beyond its beaches and warm weather, Florida is also home to an excellent public university, the University of Florida (UF). Located in North-Central Florida, UF is the most competitive university in the state of Florida with plenty of selective undergraduate major options, such as engineering, business, psychology, and pre-health. If you are ready to “chomp” your way into UF, then read on to learn more about University of Florida’s admissions requirements and how to be Gator-ready.

UF emphasizes a comprehensive and holistic application review process, which takes into consideration both academic and non-academic factors . With “no one single factor” that determines the admissions outcome, UF admissions take interest in a student’s academic performance, standardized test scores, passions, and personal background and experiences.


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It is moderately difficult to get accepted to UF. The grade point average of people who get accepted to UF are in the top quarter of their class. People who successfully get into UF also tend to have impressive extracurricular activities and rigorous secondary school classes.

On average, the University of Florida admits 32% of its applicants, making it a moderately competitive school . Acceptance rate is an indication of how competitive a school is, but it is also an indication of how popular a school is. To get into a school like UF, you will need to excel in your rigorous secondary classes, demonstrate consistent involvement and passion, and convey positive personal qualities. 

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University of Florida does not have any Early Action or Early Decision options. However, applications submitted before November 1 are considered Priority Applications while anything after the date are considered on a space-availability basis. The latest data shows that UF received 48,193 applications and accepted 15,002 students (32%) during the 2020-21 admissions cycle, making it a rather popular school to apply to, especially within the state of Florida. 

Admitted applicants to UF typically have a GPA of 3.7 and above , which may also vary depending on the competitiveness of your intended major . You will need a very high GPA and will likely be graduating at the top-half of your class in order to get into UF. If your GPA is lower than suggested at the time you apply, you may have to perform above average on your standardized tests. If your grades aren’t as high as they could have been due to life experiences or hardship, you should consider writing about it in your additional information section .

University of Florida Unweighted GPA Requirements

What gpa is required for university of florida.

Applicants’ GPA when applying to UF should be between 3.75 and 4.0 to be strong candidates. Having less than this will require compensating by having outstanding extracurricular activities and personal essays. Although candidates may try to submit a competitive SAT/ACT score to supplement a lower GPA, do keep in mind that UF weighs GPA (“most important”) more heavily in the evaluation process than standardized test scores (“important”). 

University of Florida Weighted GPA Requirements

UF considers weighted GPA as one of its admissions factors , with its middle 50 percentile ranging from 4.4 to 4.6, indicating that you will likely have to take higher level classes like AP and IB classes in order to be a competitive candidate for UF. On the university’s website, UF describes how it calculates weighted GPA . 

The SAT requirement for University of Florida is a composite score that ranges between 1310 to 1450, combining the reading and writing, and math sections together. You will need a moderately high SAT score in order to get into UF. If your SAT is lower than suggested at the time you apply, you may have to perform above average on your other standardized tests or have spectacular extracurricular activities to compensate. If your grades aren’t as high as they could have been due to life experiences or hardship, you should consider writing about it in your additional information section .

University of Florida Average SAT Composite Score: 1380

What sat score is required for the university of florida.

Applicants should score between 1310 to 1450 on their SAT to be strong candidates for admission to the University of Florida. Having less than this will require compensating by using a substitute ACT score or having an above-average GPA. Either an SAT or ACT score is required for application to this school.

The ACT requirement for the University of Florida is a composite score that ranges from 30 to 34 combining all English, mathematics, reading, and science sections. You will need a very high ACT score in order to get into UF. If your ACT score is not what you’d hoped by the time you apply, you may have to make it up by getting above-average scores on the SAT and having an above-average grade point average. If your ACT wasn’t as high as you’d like because of difficulties or hardship, you should consider writing about it in your additional information section.

University of Florida Average ACT: 28

What ACT score is required for University of Florida?

Applicants should score between 30 and 34 on their ACT to be strong candidates for admission to this school. Having less than this will require compensating by using a substitute SAT score or having an above-average GPA. Either an SAT or ACT score is required for application to this school.

While there seem to be moderate GPA and standardized test score ranges among UF’s admitted applicants, UF has continued to emphasize its holistic approach in reviewing students’ applications beyond their academic records. 

To stand out, UF wants to see how a student has continued to pursue their interests outside of their classrooms and contributed to their communities . Afterall, UF’s mission is to seek intellectuals who’d “lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit.”

What’s a good way to demonstrate your involvement and passions? On top of your application’s activity form, student essays are also a compelling way to talk about your activities and something UF heavily evaluates in their admissions process. UF admissions officers also value a student’s personal experiences, background, and circumstances, all of which you can also elaborate on using the student essays or the additional information section.

The University of Florida’s application deadline for Priority Application is November 1 , and any application submitted after November 1 will be considered based on space availability with a March 1 application deadline.

To complete UF’s supplemental essay requirements, applicants must complete a 250-word essay to expand on their most meaningful activity outside of the classroom. 

“Please provide more details on your most meaningful commitment outside of the classroom while in high school and explain why it was meaningful. This could be related to an extracurricular activity, work, volunteering, an academic activity, family responsibility, or any other non-classroom activity.” (250 words max) — — —

Additionally, if you would like to be considered for UF’s Honors Program, there’s also a 400-word response required to expand on why you want to be considered. Here’s the prompt: 

“Why is applying for the UF Honors Program important to you? Which aspects of the program's three pillars of opportunity, community, and challenge pique your interests? How would you engage with the program to exemplify these pillars yourself? How does the program factor into your long-term goals? — — —

Tip #1 for University of Florida Supplemental Prompt #1

Demonstrate you have compelling reasons to choose UF. Using the main activity or interest you talk about in your essay, browse and reference UF’s student clubs and organizations where you could apply your experiences and further your interests. If your activity is academic, check out the respective academic department’s website, course catalog, and other opportunities.

Tip #2 for University of Florida Supplemental Prompt #2

Show that you’ve done your homework! Check out the Honors Program ’s page and learn about all of the resources, courses, and opportunities that students have access to. Make specific references to the opportunities and even people (professors, mentors) that could help you maximize your learning experience in your academic area. And to some degree, work backwards: think about how the values of “opportunity, community, and challenge” have appeared in your life, and show how/why you connect to those values because of your experiences.

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Ameer is a freelance writer who specializes in writing about college admissions and career development. Prior to freelancing, Ameer worked for three years as a college admissions consultant at a Hong Kong-based education center, helping local high school students prepare and apply for top colleges and universities in the US. He has a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from UCLA. When he’s not working, Ameer loves traveling, weight lifting, writing, reading, and learning foreign languages. He currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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Are you applying to the University of Florida? You'll need to answer some essay prompts as part of your application.   Read this guide to learn what the University of Florida essay prompts are, what admissions officers are looking for in your response, what you should include and avoid in your answers, and what strong UF college essay examples look like.

What Are the University of Florida Essays?

The University of Florida accepts both the Common Application and the Coalition Application, and applicants must answer one of the Common Application prompts. 

As part of your application, you'll also need to answer an additional UF-specific essay prompt, and you'll have the option of answering three additional essay prompts. Your answer to each prompt can be up to 250 words. Here's the prompt:

  • Please provide more details on your most meaningful commitment outside of the classroom while in high school and explain why it was meaningful. This could be related to an extracurricular activity, work, volunteering, an academic activity, family responsibility, or any other non-classroom activity

We'll go over how to best answer this supplement question in the next section.

The UF Essay Prompt, Analyzed

In this section, we explain what the prompt is asking for, why UF is interested in this information, what information you should include (and what information to avoid), and what a strong example answer could look like.

Please provide more details on your most meaningful commitment outside of the classroom while in high school and explain why it was meaningful. This could be related to an extracurricular activity, work, volunteering, an academic activity, family responsibility, or any other non-classroom activity.

What the prompt is asking for: A description of the one extracurricular you feel is most important to you.

Why UF is interested: Students who are dedicated to something show they are passionate, interested in learning, and have a strong work ethic. These are all characteristics colleges want their students to have, so having something you're committed to is a major boost to your application. Seeing what you choose also gives UF a better sense of who you are and what you value.

Potential topics to discuss: What the extracurricular, is how long you've involved with it, how much time per week/month/etc. you dedicate to it, what activities your involvement includes, why you consider it meaningful. 

Topics to avoid: Listing multiple activities or simply describing the extracurricular without explaining why it's important to you.

Example: "The extracurricular most important to me is my involvement in my high school's Model UN team . I've been involved for four years, since I was a freshman. We meet once a week during the school year to prepare for the four conferences we participate in each year. As a Model UN member, I research different political events and international relations topics, then debate the issues with other team members to build my skills in those areas. Model UN is so important to me because, not only did it solidify my choice to major in International Relations, it strengthened me personally. As a result of my participation, I've improved my debate skills, become a more confident public speaker, and have much more experience finding a compromise even between very different groups."


Tips for the UF Essay Prompt

Follow these three tips when completing the University of Florida supplement essays to make sure your answers are as strong as possible.

#1: Keep Your Answers Concise

You only have 250 words per prompt. That isn't that much! This means your responses need to be brief and to the point if you're trying to fit a lot of information in. You likely have a lot of reasons why a particular extracurricular is the most important to you.

#2: Show Your Strengths

Even though the prompt is short, it’s still an opportunity for you to impress the admissions committee. You can dive into how you've been involved in your extracurricular, as well as any leadership roles you may have had. Try to include themes you've mentioned in other parts of your application , such as your longer essay. For example, if you mentioned that your dream is to be a doctor, try to highlight experiences that reflect that, such as volunteering at a hospital.

#3: Be Honest and Passionate

Sometimes students think they need to tell a story that the admissions committee wants to they make things up. Do not lie in your college essay—admissions counselors are  great  at sniffing out fibs! 

Instead, lean into the passions and experiences that make you unique . For instance, maybe you made a quilt and entered it in the fair. That's awesome! Just make sure you're explaining why it's meaningful for you! Maybe your grandmother taught you how to quilt and you worked on it together, which taught you the importance passing knowledge down from one generation to the next. 


Summary: UF College Essay Examples

There is one main University of Florida essay, and it'll be the Coalition or Common Application (depending on which application you use) prompt of your choice. But there are also additional UF essay prompts to answer. These shorter prompts are a way for the UF admissions committee to learn more about you and have the most accurate look at your application.

Here is where you can discuss extracurricular activities, anything that prevented you from participating in extracurriculars, certain programs you took part in, and anything else you think is important for the people reviewing your application to know. As you answer these UF essay prompts, remember to keep your responses short, don't feel pressured to answer every prompt, and highlight your strengths.

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Application Essays for Florida’s State Universities

Florida’s State Universities, Simplified: Essays for 2021 Applicants

Applying to any of Florida’s 12 state universities? Wondering how many essays you’ll need to write? Here’s our short-but-sweet guide to writing requirements for your applications!

FGCU: The personal essay is required; no additional writing is requested.

FL Poly: The personal essay is required, along with one shorter essay (250 words) about an extracurricular activity.

USF: Optional personal essay

UNF: Optional personal essay

FAU: Optional personal essay

UWF: Optional personal essay

Institutional Applications

FIU: You must apply using the school’s own application. No essay is required unless you’re applying to its honors program.

If you apply to a university’s honors program, you’ll likely have to write additional essays and/or provide other details. Please see each college’s website for further information, including writing prompts and deadlines.


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The University of Florida is one of the top-ranked universities in the United States of America (USA). Located in Gainesville, Florida, it is accredited to the South Association of Colleges and School (SACS). The University of Florida is said to be one of the state’s Prime centres for Education. It consists of 16 different colleges offering more than 100 undergraduate and 200 graduate degrees.

UF puts a great emphasis on research, and it plays a significant role by enhancing students’ knowledge and preparing them for a great future. UF has world-class faculty staff facilities that make the student future-ready. Not only that, students can join various clubs and societies, giving them a chance to interact with various people and adjust to the surrounding very well.

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University of Florida Essay Questions

College application essays are a great way to impress admission officers. The essays drafted for the application have different word limits and questions for each course. There are no essay questions for MIM but a statement of purpose describing your academic endeavours in detail; the word limit should be under 600. Whereas for MBA, there are many different essays, one is the supplemental application questions, and the other is the required essay questions for fulfilling the application. Essays are a great way to add value t your application; by answering the essay with desired information, Adcom understands it quickly. There are higher chances for your application to get shortlisted. While drafting the essay, one needs to consider plagiarism and check upon the grammar and writing style.

UF MiM and MBA Essay Questions and Answer Tips

  • Short Answer Questions (MBA)
  • Essay Questions (MBA)
  • Essay Questions (MIM)

Short answer questions- 1000 character limit (includig spaces, punctuation, etc…) Q1 . In order of importance to you, list significant extracurricular activities, professional associations, and civic organizations in which you have participated in school, work, or the community. Also please indicate years of participation and any leadership positions you held. A : Through this question, Adcom wants to know whether you would be a good fit for their program. The first part of the question demands you to reveal your participation in extracurricular activities. It can be anything from your participation in college clubs and societies to being a volunteer in any program. Adcom wants to know how have you been enhancing your social skills apart from your academics. You can list down the activities in detail, be it at the time of school or college. With that, you have to provide information about your leadership roles in detail. The answer you form should highlight your participation in a very crisp manner.

Q2. What does diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you? (If you need more space to formulate your response please use the Optional Essay portion below) A: The Adcom wants to know your viewpoint on diversity, equity and inclusion. Make the answer attractive by putting examples and explaining your view in detail. If the word limit exceeds, you can use the optional essay space provided in the essay question section.

Q3 . List below any other interests, hobbies, or recreational activities you currently pursue in your free time. A : The Adcom wants to know what your hobbies are, what you do in your free time, and how you utilise your precious time enhancing skills? In this answer, you need to explain your current situation, how are you using your time, and what activities are you engaged in.

Q4. Please describe any academic, professional, or civic honors or awards you received, patents you’ve been issued, books you’ve authored, or any other significant accomplishments you would like the admissions committee to consider. A. Through this answer, Adcom seeks information about your achievements to date, what awards you have bagged, and in what field. In what competitions you have participated and bagged a position. If you have published a research paper, then provide details about it. If you have authored a book, explain how and when.  If you think the admission committee should know about your particular achievements, please list them in this answer with details.

Q5. Explain the primary factors that influenced your decision to apply to the UF MBA Program. A. In this answer, mention your inspiration and reasons for an MBA from the University of Florida. Why do you want to pursue MBA, and how will this program benefit you in the future. You can explain how the curriculum has attracted you, and the modules that it includes will help you achieve your future goals. Your answer should be self-explanatory for your decision o pursue MBA.

Essay Questions (5500 character limit), including spaces, punctuation etc…

Q1. Describe how you would like to see your career develop. Explain how your academic background, prior professional experience, and the UF MBA will help you achieve your career goals. If your career goals are international or you are an international student, please include as part of your career plan in what country or region you plan to seek employment following completion of the program. A. The Adcom wants to know what are your short term and long term goals. In this answer, explain your professional experiences, where you have worked, and what role. How will UF MBA help you achieve your goals, and if you plan to work internationally, which country do you plan to work in and why? Explain where you see yourself after doing this MBA course and further in life.

Q2. Full-Time MBA Applicants Only – Describe success you achieved due to self-motivation, persistence, and hard work. What motivated you? A. The Adcom seeks a crisp answer about your motivation throughout your journey. How has self-motivation helped you come this far in life? What all have you achieved through your hard work and persistence?

Q3. Optional – Please share any additional information you think will assist the admissions committee in evaluating your application to the UF MBA Program. A. If you have any other information that you want the admission committee to take into consideration, you can use this essay to describe the same.

Word limit 400-600

The UF MIM program requires a statement of purpose in which the candidate should explain their academic endeavours, achievements, projects, and professional work. This essay describes the candidate in detail, from their background to their future goals. Some points to focus on and include while drafting this essay are:

  • Your motivations for applying to the program
  • Why you think you are a good candidate for the program
  • How the program fits into your future goals

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Letter of Recommendation for University of Florida

The most important thing to remember about graduate school letters of recommendation is that they must come from someone who knows you professionally. Each recommender’s LoR should, ideally, highlight different qualities. Your LoR may also be used to evaluate your financial aid application. As a result, a substantial LoR is required. Send the required number of letters (no less and no more). Universities typically demand two letters of reference, so make sure you approach two different persons with different levels of interaction. The most important thing to remember is that the recommendation letter should add value to your application by demonstrating the program’s relevance to you. 

LOR Samples for UF MiM and MBA Programs

  • Academic LOR
  • Professional LOR

An Academic LOR is supposed to be written by any teacher, professor, or university. The pattern that the LOR should be drafted in is it should include at least three strengths of the candidate and should e justified by an example or situation. There should also be a weakness mentioned, a strength disguised as weakness and how the referee has helped overcome the problem. At last, there should be a conclusion stating how the candidate fits well for the particular program.

UF MBA proram required 2 professional LORs. The professional LORs should be writeen by someone that the candidate has known professionaly, like manager, boss, team leader etc. 

UF Interview Questions

An interview is an opportunity for you to meet with a representative from the college. It’s a terrific way to express your interest in the college, establish a relationship with the individuals who work there, and demonstrate who you are. Being interviewed is a talent that takes time to master. Ask one of your parents, a teacher, a college counsellor, or a friend to ask you their greatest college  interview questions. Remember that matching is the key to getting into college (and staying happy there). You want to be yourself so that the person conducting the interview can determine if you are a good fit. You have several sides, so show off the professional, mature, and composed side of yourself.

Take A Look At UF Interview Questions Compiled from our Successful Clients

  • Set 1 (MIM)
  • Set 1 (MBA)

Q1: Tell us about yourself.

Q2: Wh do you want to do MIM?

Q1: What are your key strengths? Can you give some examples, please?

Q2: What is your biggest weakness? Can you give some examples, please?

Q3: How can you add value to the Class?

Q4: Why should we take you?

Q5: One reason that we should not select you?

Q6: What would you describe as your most outstanding achievement to date?

Q7: Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?

Q8: What are your long-term ad short-term goals?

Q9: How will MIM help you achieve your goals?

Q10. What will be your contribution to the University? 

Q1: Why MBA?

Q2: Introduce yourself.

Q3: Why do you want to study here?

Q4: What motivated you to Apply for MBA program?

Q5: Why University of Florida?

Q6: Why do you want to pursue masters now?

Q7: Tell us about one  of your leadership eperiences. 

Q8: Tell us about your major strengths. 

Q9: What are your short- and long-term career goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Q10: Tell us about a challenging situation that you faced? How did you resolve it?

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University of Florida Admission Essays

How my mistakes have shaped me.

For the longest time I did not know how to write a creative college essay that would get me into the best universities and I was totally overthinking it, but I finally understood that there is no point in finding a perfect gripping story. Every…

Going Through Jaw Surgery: The Lessons I've Learned

1,500,000. That the number of people who get jaw surgery each year. This past year I was one of 1.5 million people. This surgery had been on and off for the whole time that I have had braces, at first I was told I didn’t…

The Big Move

The sweet smell of hay and crisp air, some things I was going to miss the most. I took my remaining steps to the car heading to Latrobe Airport. Latrobe, a small town of no more than 8,000 people, was also my home. The quiet…

Who I Am: College Admission Essay Sample

I credit the development of my personal values to my parents and culture. My parents were raised in Puerto Rico, where they became medical doctors. While my father came from a college educated family, my mother did not. Overcoming deep economic challenges, my grandparents provided…

UF Butterfly Garden: College Admission Essay Sample

The University of Florida’s butterfly and moth exhibit houses more than 10 million variations of 10 million species! When I read that fact I couldn’t believe it. Each critter displayed in those glass cases is completely unique; now multiply that by 10 million and you…

The Good Life: College Admission Essay Sample

Warm, fluffy bread — because Romanians cannot eat any meal without it. Pillowy pumpkin spinach ravioli — a recipe my mother got from a chef in Italy in exchange for her strudel recipe. And apple pie — because the U.S. makes the best. This could…

Story Time: College Admission Essay Sample

Some parents have to take their kids for a drive before they can fall asleep, and others have to sing to them. Mine had to tell me a story — or two, or three, or ten — before I went to bed every night. Storytime…

Spain Awaits: College Admission Essay Sample

I get off of the train into the piercingly cold winter morning, anxious, not knowing what to expect. “So who am I supposed to be looking for?” I think as I nervously scan my surroundings. After a draining 20 hour flight and train ride to…

Capturing Life on Film

I have always been fascinated by the power of visual storytelling. From a young age, I would watch movies and be amazed by how they could make me feel such a wide range of emotions. As I grew older, my love for films only grew…

My Life: College Admission Essay Sample

“Jooooorrrrddddannnnn,” my mom screamed with utter fear and panic in her voice. Surprisingly, amongst all of the chaos, her voice was all that I heard. I’m not sure if I was disoriented, bewildered or just in complete shock but at that particular moment, I felt…

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