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Freshman Admissions Information

We're glad that you have decided to apply for admission to the University of North Florida! On this page, you will find what's required to be considered for admission and how to complete the application process. If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Admissions!

Please note that UNF's admission is term-specific, meaning that you must enroll in your initial classes for the term you are admitted. 

IMPORTANT: All dates and deadlines are subject to change without notice, based on factors such as the number of applications received and spots available. We encourage you to apply early.

Summer/Fall 2024 Freshman Deadlines

For Spring 2024 deadlines, please refer to the Admissions Deadlines page.


July 1

UNF Application Opens


August 1

Common Application Opens


November 1

Priority Application Deadline

  • Applications and supporting materials (e.g. transcripts, test scores, etc.) must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 1 for consideration in the priority applicant round.
  • The last test score that will be considered for the priority application round will be the October SAT and September ACT. The CLT is also acceptable.

November 15

Priority Decision Release

Missed the November priority application deadline and decision release for summer and fall 2024? We will be releasing additional decisions after December 15 on a rolling basis, so don't delay submitting your application and admission materials! 

  • Admissions decisions will be released for students that submitted the application and supporting materials by the priority deadline, Nov. 1.
  • Merit-based scholarship and waiver decisions will follow soon after admissions decisions are released.

January

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • The 2024-25 FAFSA should open early in the year (check the FAFSA website for updates).
  • For students starting at UNF in Summer 2024, the 2023-24 FAFSA is also required.

January 15

Priority Scholarship Deadline

  • Priority consideration for admissions scholarships will be given to students who have applied and been admitted by this deadline.

January 16

Housing Contract Opens

  • Apply early as demand for on-campus housing is high! See the Housing page for more information.

April 1

Final Application Deadline

  • Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on April 1 for consideration for summer or fall admission.

April 15

Admissions Materials Deadline

  • Supporting materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on April 15 for consideration for summer or fall admission.
  • The last test score that will be considered for the priority application round will be the March SAT and February ACT. The CLT is also acceptable.

May 1

Confirm Enrollment

  • Submit your $200 admission deposit or deposit waiver by this date to reserve your space in the summer or fall semester via your applicant portal.

New Student Orientation

  • It is mandatory that freshman students attend New Student Orientation. Check the Orientation page for dates and sign up by May 1. The admission deposit is required before signing up for Orientation.

July 1

Send Official Transcripts

  • If you are enrolling at UNF, official transcript(s) from your high school and any colleges you have attended must be received by July.

Summer Classes Begin

June 24 (B session)


Fall Classes Begin

August 19

Application Steps

To apply to the University of North Florida, complete the following steps:

Step 1 — Complete an admissions application

Complete the online UNF application or the Common App.

Step 2 — Submit the $30 application fee or a fee waiver

Students may pay the $30 application fee after they submit the application.

UNF accepts SAT, ACT and NACAC college application fee waivers for eligible students. Completed waivers can be uploaded through your applicant portal.

Step 3 — Complete the Self-Reported Student Academic Record

Submit the Self-Reported Student Academic Record (SSAR) (required). The SSAR opens August 1.

Upon graduation, request for your high school to send us your transcripts electronically, using either the FASTER or SPEEDE systems (only Florida public schools can use this method). Otherwise, submit an official sealed paper copy to One-Stop Student Services.

Step 4 — Submit test scores

Send your SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores to UNF; the following are several ways to do so:

Step 5 — Check your application status

Log back into your Applicant Portal at any time to check the status of you application. 

Submitting Admissions Items/App Fee

Submitting the application fee:

The application fee can be paid in your applicant portal


Submitting your high school record/transcript: 

Complete your Self-Reported Student Academic Record (SSAR) 
(required submission method when applying to UNF) 
 
Follow these simple steps to create and link your SSAR account: 

  1. Log into your application portal 
  2. Click the high school transcript link on your Application Checklist 
  3. Create or log into your SSAR account 
  4. Fill in your Student Academic Record (for help, visit our SSAR FAQs) 
  5. Your SSAR will be linked to your UNF application! 

Please note the following: 

  • We cannot process paper transcripts sent via mail or as email attachments. 
  • If you applied through Common App, you must still link your SSAR to your application checklist using the steps above.

After high school graduation:

You must submit your final high school transcript that has your graduation date, by one of the following two methods:

  • Ask your high school counselor

Contact your high school guidance counselor and/or school registrar and ask them to send us your transcript electronically through the FASTER (009841) or SPEEDE (5490) system.

  • Drop off your transcript

Pick up a sealed copy of your transcript at your high school and drop it off at UNF's One-Stop Student Services. You can also mail it to: UNF Enrollment Services, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224


 

Submitting your college or university transcript (if you took any courses at another institution): 

  • Upload PDFs of your unofficial transcripts through your applicant portal. These transcripts can be used for rendering a decision. 
  • Contact your prior college or university and request that they send your official transcript to UNF. We must receive the final and official transcript, even if we rendered your initial decision using your unofficial transcripts.


Submitting your ACT, SAT and/or CLT scores: 

Document upload —Make sure your full name, composite score and sub-scores are visible and readable in the document. 
 
Follow these simple steps to upload your test score report(s): 

  1. Save your score report as a PDF from the College Board (SAT), ACT or CLT website 
  2. Log into your application portal 
  3. Locate the Material option  
  4. Upload your particular test score report  
  5. Repeat for each individual score report you have (We superscore!)
 Electronically — Official ACT and SAT (CLT scores must be a document upload) scores can also be sent electronically directly from ACT or College Board (SAT) 
  • UNF's ACT code is 0711 
  • UNF's SAT code is 5490


Dual enrollment, AP, IB and AICE transcripts: 

Although you may see them on your checklist, dual-enrollment transcripts, as well as any AP, IB or AICE score reports, are not required for an admission decision. If you are admitted, you will need to submit these before starting classes. 

GPA & Test Requirements

Admissions decisions at UNF are rendered based on academic merit. The state of Florida has implemented minimum admission standards for freshman applicants to all Florida public state universities. In order to be considered, students must have a minimum 2.5 recalculated GPA on a 4.0 scale and meet minimum test score requirements.

Please note that the minimum standards only outline potential eligibility for admission to a state university, and not to a particular program. Different programs may have additional requirements. 

Incoming Freshmen Midranges

The Office of Admissions publishes the academic midranges of admitted first-time-in-college (FTIC) students as a reference for applicants. Keep in mind that midranges are for the middle 50% of admitted students; we also accepted students with GPAs and test scores outside of these midranges.

Mid-range GPA and test scores for Fall 2023
Type Fall 2023
GPA 3.80 - 4.44
SAT 1060 - 1250
ACT 21 - 27
*CLT 67 - 89

 

*The CLT was not used for Fall 2023 admission. The listed CLT midrange scores are for comparison purposes based on a concordance analysis with the SAT and ACT midranges.

Admissions GPA

At the University of North Florida, we weigh and recalculate the admissions GPA for first-time-in-college (FTIC) applicants. We consider the required courses for entry to UNF when creating your admissions GPA.

Additional weight is given to grades of "C" or higher earned in honors, dual enrollment, AP, IB or AICE courses:

  • 0.5 points for honors, pre-IB, pre-AICE or pre-AP courses 
  • 1 point for IB, AICE, AP or dual enrollment courses

SAT, ACT and CLT Requirements

Regardless of when they graduated from high school, students applying as first-time-in-college (FTIC) applicants are required to submit either SAT, ACT and/or CLT test scores. UNF does not require the essay section of the SAT or ACT.

UNF superscores tests for applicants, meaning we will consider your highest subsection across multiple attempts of an exam and create a new composite score. With this in mind, we encourage students to submit all tests they have taken when applying.

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete the below courses by the time they enter UNF. These courses are also used to compile your GPA, which is used for both admission to UNF and scholarship eligibility. 

  • Four units of English
  • Four units of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
  • Three units of natural science
  • Three units of social science
  • Two units of sequential foreign language
  • Two units of academic electives

Home School Requirements

Home school students applying to the University must meet the first-time-in-college (FTIC) admissions requirements. Students must submit the SSAR when applying during their senior year. Upon graduation from the home school program, submit a Home School Transcript Form.

Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have questions about these requirements.

GED Requirements

Students applying with a GED to UNF must meet first-time-in-college (FTIC) admissions requirements, and submit a copy of their GED diploma instead of high school transcripts. Students with a GED do not need to complete the SSAR when applying.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities applying to UNF must submit all the general application materials. Applicants who wish to appeal a denial based on a disability may submit documentation verifying the disability, along with the letter of appeal. If applicable, we recommend including updated transcripts or new test scores.

Dual-Enrollment

Students enrolling in dual-enrollment courses throughout high school may be able to transfer their credit to UNF. In addition, if you are attending a Florida public institution and the first three letters and last three numbers of your course match a UNF course, the credit will transfer.

To determine which credits will transfer to UNF, you must submit your application, application fee and dual-enrollment transcript. Although your dual-enrollment credit may be posted on your high school transcript, you must still submit an official transcript from the institution that awarded the credit.

Students applying with dual-enrollment credit must have a minimum 2.0 postsecondary GPA for their dual-enrollment courses.

Advanced Credit

Students are encouraged to enroll in advanced credit-earning mechanisms while in high school. We are happy to accept up-to 45 credit hours earned through credit-by-exam mechanisms, such AP, IB, AICE and CLEP.

During your senior year, we do not need to have your AP, IB, AICE or CLEP scores to review your application for admission. Your scores on these tests will not impact the admissions decision. Once all your scores are finalized, we encourage you to have them sent to UNF directly from the score reporting agency to be reviewed for credit.

More information on how this credit will transfer into UNF can be found on the Accelerated Credit website.

Decisions & Appeals

Decision notification process

All applications submitted with the required admission documents by November 1 will have their admission decision released on November 15. Following that, decisions will be released on a rolling basis. We encourage you to check your applicant portal for updates. All admitted students will also be notified by a USPS mailed official letter. 

Appeals process

A student who is denied admission to UNF has a right to appeal that decision. If he or she chooses to appeal, the student must submit a letter and supporting documentation detailing the reason the application should be reviewed again.

Please note that while a denied decision can be appealed, the admission term cannot be appealed. 

The supporting documentation submitted along with the appeal must be new information that was not provided as part of the initial application.

Please submit the Admissions Decision Appeal Form. You can also send the documents to the address below:

Admissions Office at the University of North Florida
c/o The Director of Undergraduate Admissions
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Examples of supporting documentation include: 

  • Uupdated post-secondary transcripts showing satisfactory or improved college coursework 
  • Documentation to support situations that are out of the student's control, if applicable

Applicants who wish to appeal a denial based on a disability may submit documentation verifying the disability along with the letter of appeal. If applicable, we recommend also including updated transcripts or new test scores.

Please Note: there is no guarantee that submitting an appeal will result in changes to the initial decision or admission to UNF. We recommend students also consider alternative academic plans.

Graduating High School with an A.A. Degree

High school students who intend to earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution by high school graduation can be admitted by one of two ways. We encourage you to review the two tracks below to see which option may be better for you. The specific admission track will be determined by choosing whether or not to submit your test scores (SAT, ACT and/or CLT) and meeting the other requirements listed below. When applying, please complete the freshman admission application. 

Admission Track 1

Admission Track 2

  • Not required to submit SAT, ACT or CLT test scores*
  • Have a recalculated high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher in your college coursework, including dual-enrollment courses
  • Guaranteed general admission to UNF**
  • A.A. degree must be from a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution
  • Secure your spot at UNF by May 1, 2024
  • Must attend freshman orientation
  • May be eligible for the Florida Pre-Collegiate A.A. scholarship
  • Eligible for first-year housing options

    *If you choose to not submit your test scores, your official college transcript with your A.A. degree earned must be submitted by July 1,2024. If the transcript is not received or test scores are not submitted for track 1, your admission offer will be rescinded. Submitting your scores may increase your eligibility for certain scholarships. 

    **You must still satisfy prerequisites and GPA requirements for your intended major.

    For more details, please see FL BOG 6.005.

Osprey First Summer Pathway Program

Osprey First is a pathway program that takes place during the summer term and helps provide a smooth transition from high school to UNF. 

Learn More!

Countdown to College!

We know there's lots to think about and get done as you prepare for your transition to UNF! We hope the following timeline acts as a guideline to help you stay on track with various tasks throughout your high school senior year. Keep in mind that not all items may be relevant to you, so use your discretion!

Senior Year: Fall Semester

August 

  • Schedule a tour of UNF's campus to learn more about the University and what we offer!
  • Start your UNF application early for optimal opportunities for scholarships, financial aid, housing, etc.
  • Put together a list of important dates and deadlines
  • Review the math and English skills you've learned to stay sharp for exams and classes.   

September 

  • Register to take the SAT, ACT or Classic Learning Test (CLT)* and enroll in UNF's test preparation course. Test scores are used for admission decisions and often also for scholarship eligibility. 
  • Look for scholarship opportunities, including those offered by UNF. Discuss scholarship options with your high school guidance counselor and search online to see what scholarship opportunities you can find. Rely on reputable sources for scholarship opportunities. 

October 

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine a student's eligibility for financial aid (and certain scholarships). If you intend to use financial aid for your classes, you will need complete the FAFSA. Though it's still early to do that, you can use the FAFSA worksheet in the meantime to help you gather the necessary documents and information.
  • Sign up for a UNF admissions event to get additional useful information about UNF. 

November 

  • For priority consideration, submit your UNF application and all required admission materials (e.g. transcript, test scores, etc.) by November 1. If you apply and submit everything by this date, you will receive an admission decision on November 15.
  • Continue browsing for additional scholarships.

December

  • Watch for the FAFSA opening date and check their website for any updates. The 2024-25 FAFSA should open this month (or early in the new year) for the upcoming year. You can complete the FAFSA when it opens. Keep in mind when filling it out that it uses income and tax information from two years prior(check the FAFSA website for updates).
  • You can also complete an application for Florida state financial aid. Although this application is geared towards the Bright Futures Scholarship, you can also submit it for other state scholarships and grants. 

 

Senior Year: Spring Semester

February

  • Check your Student Aid Report, or SAR, which summarizes the data you reported on your FAFSA. Make sure it’s accurate and apply corrections, if necessary.
  • Keep an eye on your email and applicant portal for any updates or important information. 

March

  • Follow up about any scholarship applications you submitted, if you have not yet received any updates. Make sure you're checking both your email and regular mail.

April

  • For scholarships you may be offered, be aware that you may be required to accept the scholarship by a certain deadline. Make note of this so you don't miss out!

May

  • Inform UNF's Financial Aid office of any scholarships you receive/accept so they can be factored into your overall financial package.
  • If you applied for financial aid and have been offered loans, make sure you understand how loans work before accepting or denying any. If you have questions, a UNF financial aid advisor can assist.
  • Getting a summer job can help you save some money ahead of starting at UNF. 

June

  • If you will be using the Bright Futures Scholarship, indicate that you will be attending UNF so that your award is distributed correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Submit your final high school transcript and any other final documents that may still be needed. Review the Admissions webpage again for details and to make sure you don't miss anything. 

July

  • Continue to check your email (UNF and personal) for any additional updates or important information. 

August

  • We'll see you soon! SWOOP! 

Scholarships and Waivers

Freshman students have opportunities for scholarships! See the Scholarships page for more information.

Please see the Reduced Tuition and Residency Waivers pages for information on waivers.

FAQ

Take a look at our Admissions FAQ page for answers to questions you may have!


International Students
Please see the International Admissions webpage for information on how to apply to UNF.