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2021-2022 Catalog
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First-Time-in-College Admission Requirements

Beginning Freshman

The University is interested in applicants who have demonstrated strong academic ability and who will bring diverse interests and talents to the campus. All prospective freshmen are required to submit an official copy of their high school transcript and official SAT/ACT score reports. Redesigned Scholastic Assessment Test (rSAT) and American College Test (ACT) scores reflected on the high school record are considered official. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but we recommend submitting your materials as early as the summer prior to your senior year for the best access to financial aid and housing options. 

Application Requirements

Please submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions by the deadline in order to be considered for admission to UNF.

  • Admission application
  • $30 Application fee
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official transcripts from any credit-earning mechanism
  • SAT and/or ACT score reports

All transcripts, test scores and documentation of credit-earning mechanisms must be official, arriving to the Office of Admissions directly from the originating school or testing agency. Official documents are those received directly from the awarding institution or delivered in their original, sealed envelope. All application materials must be received by the Office of Admissions by close-of-business on the deadline date in order to be considered complete.

Admission application

Incoming freshmen may apply for entrance into the spring (January), summer (June), or fall (August) semesters. Students may apply for admission up to one year in advance of their intended enrollment term. Students are required to submit an online application. UNF also participates with the Common Application.

Application fee

A $30 non-refundable application fee is required for any application for admission. Acceptable payment methods include MasterCard, Discover, Visa or American Express at the time the online application is submitted or personal check/money order made payable to UNF. Students should inquire with their high school guidance office to see if they are eligible for a college application fee waiver.

High school transcripts

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that official high school transcripts have been received by the Office of Admissions by the deadline. Florida public schools should send transcripts electronically, while private and non-Florida schools may mail transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

The Office of Admissions will recalculate a grade point average (GPA) based on the following eighteen academic credits in college preparatory courses.  Additional weight is given to grades of “C” or higher earned in honors, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, IB, or AICE courses. While students may not have completed all the required courses at the time an application is submitted, they are required to complete them prior to high school graduation and entrance into UNF. 

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
  • Three years of natural science
  • Three years of social science
  • Two successive years of the same foreign language
  • Two years of academic electives

Students are required to submit final, official transcripts reflecting graduation from high school no later than 30 days after the start of the term to which they have been admitted.

Transcripts from credit-earning mechanisms

If coursework has been completed through any credit-earning mechanism at the time of application then students are required to submit official transcripts/score reports to complete their applications before the appropriate deadline date. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Credit-earning mechanisms include, but are not limited to International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Dual Enrollment, College Level Exam Program (CLEP), or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education (DANTES), or military SMART/Joint transcripts.

SAT and/or ACT score reports

UNF requires all applicants for freshman admission to submit either SAT or ACT scores.

To have SAT or ACT scores sent to the University of North Florida, contact College Board at or (866) 630-9305. To have ACT scores sent contact American College Testing Program at or (319) 337-1313. 

UNF’s SAT code is 5490 and ACT code is 0711.

The first administration of the Redesigned SAT was March 2016. UNF will accept scores for both versions of the SAT exam for all future terms: those exams taken prior to March 2016 and those taken after that date. We will continue to use your highest subscore from all tests (also known as your superscore) for both admission and scholarship decisions. We will only superscore on the same version of the exam, we will not mix scores from the two versions.  

Beginning Spring 2017, UNF will not require the essay section of the SAT or the ACT for either admission or scholarship decisions.

Home School and G.E.D. Students

Home school students must submit transcripts indicating course title, semester, grade, and awarded credit for all academic courses. Official SAT/ACT scores and official transcripts from accelerated mechanisms are also required.

Students who received a G.E.D. must submit evidence of passing scores on the subtests of the G.E.D. exams and a G.E.D. diploma, in addition to official SAT or ACT score reports.

State Academic Standards

The Florida Board of Governors has updated the minimum admission standards for freshman applicants to all Florida public state universities listed in BOG Regulation 6.002. Any student who meets the minimum admission standards in BOG Regulation 6.002 are encouraged to apply. Please keep in mind that the minimum standards only outline potential eligibility for admission to a state university. UNF’s admission criteria depends on the size and competitiveness of the applicant pool and will be higher than these minimums.

An overall recalculated grade point average in academic course work as computed by UNF (additional points are assigned to honors, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge AICE courses) and scores on the SAT or the ACT program are combined to meet the minimum established by the Florida Board of Governors and the University. Some applicants who do not meet these established academic criteria, but who bring to the University other important attributes, may be considered for admission. 

Decision notification process

Once an application is complete with all required documents, UNF Admissions will review applications on a 4-6 week turn around. All applicants are notified by a USPS mailed official letter, as well as posted on their myWings account under the Application Status link. Periodically, e-mails are sent out to applicants about missing documents so please check your myWings account to ensure that all official application documents are received.

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 of appeal and supporting documentation, detailing the reason the application should be reviewed. Supporting documentation that substantiates the appeal may be sent 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:

  • Updated high school transcripts showing improved academic performance
  • Improved SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency
  • If applicable, post secondary transcripts showing satisfactory or improved college course work or
  • Documentation to support situations that are out of the student's control, if applicable.

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

Please note that there is no guarantee an appeal decision will result in admission to the University of North Florida. Please note that the likelihood of a decision will be reversed on appeal is low.

View the University's current official policy.