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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. Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT) scores reflected on the high school record are considered official. Because UNF’s freshman class is limited in size, admission is selective. 

Application Requirements

The following materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the deadline in order to be considered for admission to UNF.

  •    Admission application
  •    $30 Application fee
  •    High school transcripts   
  •    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.

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 encouraged to submit an online application; however the paper version may be printed and submitted via mail or in person. Incomplete or illegible applications will not be processed. Applicants are directly responsible for providing accurate contact information.

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 online; 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 units in college preparatory courses, giving extra weight 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 units of English
  • Four units of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
  • Three units of natural science
  • Three units of social science
  • Two successive units of (the same) foreign language
  • Two units 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 IB, AP, AICE, Dual Enrollment, CLEP, DANTES, or military SMART/AARTS transcripts.

SAT and/or ACT score reports

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that official SAT and/or ACT scores have been received by the Office of Admissions by the deadline. Multiple scores are accepted and the best subsection scores will be considered. Writing portions of both tests are required. UNF’s SAT code is 5490 and ACT code is 0711.

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 State of Florida has implemented new 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 (460 SAT Critical Reading, 460 SAT Math, 440 SAT Writing; or 19 ACT Reading, 19 ACT Math, 18 ACT English/Writing).  Please keep in mind that these 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 their decisions are posted on their MyWings account under the Application Status link. Periodically, emails are sent out to applicants about missing documents. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all official application documents are received.

Appeals process

A student who is denied admission to UNF for academic reasons only, has a right to appeal that decision. If they choose to appeal, the student must submit a letter of appeal or supporting documentation, clearly stating the reasons why they believe they should be admitted to the university. Students should submit this document to:

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

To view the University's current official policy,  click here.