First-Time-in-College Admission Requirements
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 must 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 before your senior year for the best access to financial aid and housing options.
Please submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions by the posted deadlines to be considered for admission to UNF:
- Admission application
- $30 Application fee or application fee waiver
- 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 at the Office of Admissions directly from the originating school or testing agency. Official documents are 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 to be considered complete.
Incoming freshman may apply for entrance into the spring (January), summer (June), or fall (August) semesters. Students may apply for admission up to one year before their intended enrollment term. Students are required to submit an online application. UNF also participates with the Common Application.
A $30 non-refundable application fee is required for any application for admission. Acceptable payment methods include MasterCard, Discover, Visa, or American Express when 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 before 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 must 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 www.collegeboard.org or (866) 630-9305. To have ACT scores sent, contact American College Testing Program at www.act.org or (319) 337-1313.
UNF’s SAT code is 5490 and its ACT code is 0711.
The first administration of the Redesigned SAT was in March 2016. UNF will accept scores for both versions of the SAT exam for all future terms: those exams taken before 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 is 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 depend 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 6-8 week turnaround. All applicants are notified by a USPS mailed official letter, as well as a notification in their Applicant Status Portal. Periodically, e-mails are sent to applicants about missing documents. Please check your Applicant Status Portal frequently to ensure that all official application documents are received.
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 that updated transcripts or new test scores are 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.