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Applicant FAQs

From the beginning of your application through graduation, the UNF Graduate School is here to help. If the below information doesn't answer your questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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  • How do I unlock my account?
    You can reset your password by clicking the Forgot Your Password? link. You'll need to provide the email address that you used to create your account and have access to it.
  • What should I know about the application fee?

    The graduate application fee is good for three consecutive terms (e.g. an application fee paid on a fall 2022 application will be good for fall 2022, spring 2023, and summer 2023). Contact us if you previously paid an application fee within three consecutive terms of a current application and it did not transfer to your newly submitted application. 

    It should be noted that an application will not be reviewed until an application fee has been received. In addition, the application fee is non-refundable and an undergraduate application fee cannot be transferred to a graduate application, and viceversa.

    You will have the option to pay an application fee when you submit your application or at a later date. To pay later, login to your Application Status Portal and click the Submit Payment link.
  • Graduate Transient: How do I apply? And what should I know?

    Graduate transients are individuals that are currently attending an institution and wish to temporarily enroll at UNF in order to transfer credits back to their home institution. In order to be eligible, you must be an active graduate  student in good academic standing.

    Deadlines

    • Fall - August 10
    • Spring - December 10
    • Summer - April 30

    Process

    1. Obtain approval from your home institution before pursuing transient enrollment at UNF.
    2. It is recommended you speak with the Graduate Program Director of the program the courses you intend to enroll in are under. A transient enrollment form or other documentation may be required by the program.
    3. Complete the UNF Graduate School Non-Degree Application
      1. Log in or create an application account
      2. Click the Start New Application link at the bottom
      3. Select the Graduate Admissions Application option
      4. Select Graduate Pre-requisites and Non-Degree
      5. To complete the application, click Open Application
      6. For your enrollment plans select "I am currently enrolled at another institution and applying to take graduate coursework for only one term at UNF."
      7. For program of study select Graduate Non-Degree Seeking
      8. An application fee is not required to apply as a transient and will be waived after you have submitted the application 
    4. Upload a copy your current transcript, indicating you are a current and active graduate student in good academic standing at your home institution. Applications that are received without proof of active enrollment in a graduate program will be denied.
    5. Complete the Transient Acknowledgment Statement. Upload the completed form through your Application Status Portal.
    6. Once admitted, holds must be cleared before being able to register for classes.
    7. You will be able to register on Transient Registration day and Late Registration. Transient students do not receive registration appointments. For registration dates, refer to the Academic Calendar.
    8. Complete the residency declaration if applying for Florida residency for tuition purposes. You will receive email communication on completing this process. It must be completed by the last business day before the start of classes.
    9. Review your bill through your myWings account. Refer to Student Financial Services for deadlines and payment submission information.
    10. Transfer courses back to your home institution by requesting a UNF transcript from One Stop Student Services.

    Important Note 

    • The application, application fee, and proof of active graduate enrollment and good academic standing must be submitted by the deadline posted above. 
    • Transient students are not eligible for financial aid.
  • How do I check my application status?
    You can check your application status anytime from your Application Status Portal. We also recommend closely monitoring your email for updates.
  • How does the graduate admission process work?

    When completing your application you'll have the option to upload unofficial transcripts, unofficial test scores, supplemental materials, and recommender information, if required. You may login to your Application Status Portal at any time to view your application checklist, uploaded materials, and edit and remind recommenders. 

    After all of the required materials and application fee have been received and your application checklist is complete, your application will be forwarded to your Graduate Program Director. You will be notified about the update to your application status via email.

    Your Graduate Program Director will review your application and forward it back to the Graduate School with their decision for final decision processing. Once we have rendered the decision, you will be notified of the update to your application status via email and your Application Status Portal will update.

    Admitted students will be prompted to provide official transcripts and official test scores, if required. All official materials should be sent directly to the UNF Graduate School. Admitted students will also be asked to complete the Reply to Offer of Admission through their Application Status Portal.

    Some programs will waitlist applicants. Waitlisted applicants are asked to complete the Reply to Waitlist Offer through their Application Status Portal.
  • How long will it take to receive an admission decision?
    It's recommended you submit your application checklist materials as soon as possible. Once your checklist is complete, we will forward it to the Graduate Program Director for a decision. Each program has its own unique decision time-frame. As a result, it is recommended that the applicant contact their Graduate Program Director directly.
  • How will I be notified about my application decision?
    When application is forwarded to the Graduate Program Director or a decision has been rendered, you will be notified of an update to your application status via email. These updates will also be available on your Application Status Portal.
  • If I am admitted to a program, how do I accept or decline my admission?
    Admitted students will be asked to complete the Reply to Offer of Admission through their Application Status Portal where you can confirm or deny your admission. There is no fee associated with an admission confirmation.
  • Can I defer my admission?

    Yes, in some cases you may defer your admission. A deferment may be requested for the two consecutive terms immediately preceding your initial term of admission. The program must admit for the requested term unless written approval from the program director is received. Programs that only admit once a year are not eligible for an admission deferment. 

    The deadline to request to defer admission is always the last day of the Add/Drop period each semester. Requests to defer after the deadline will not be accepted unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students who miss the deadline to defer must contact the Graduate School to request a new application to apply again.

    Upcoming deadlines:
    Summer 2023: May 19, 2023
    Fall 2023: August 25, 2023
    Spring 2024: January 12, 2024

    To request to defer your application, please email graduateschool@unf.edu.
  • What happens if I do not enroll in courses for the term I am admitted to?

    Students that do not enroll for the term that they are admitted to, and/or do not request to have their admission deferred by the posted deadline, will have their application canceled for non-matriculation. You will need to reapply for admission to a future term should you seek enrollment. 

  • Why am I only able to submit one graduate level application?
    Our application system is designed to only allow one graduate application. If you wish to change your term, concentration or major, or apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student, please contact us for assistance.
  • Why can I not apply for my program of choice?
    Some programs only offer admission for select terms. The application help text will assist you in selecting the appropriate term and program. It's also recommended to review your Graduate Program website for available terms and deadlines.
  • How do I change the term or program I applied for?
    To update your term and/or program, you will need to contact us to open another application for you. Please visit your Graduate Program website for available terms and deadlines. You will not be able to change your term if the deadline has passed, or if the program does not admit for your intended term.
  • Can I pursue a dual degree?
    Graduate students are permitted to pursue a dual degree or certificate. The process will be completed once an applicant is admitted to a degree program. You will need to submit a Change of Major after admission to formerly request to add another degree program or certificate to your student record.
  • Where can I find more information on the Judicial Hold process?

    In accordance with Florida Statute §1001.64(8)(a),Florida Board of Governor’s Regulation 6.001(7), and University Regulation 2.0380R, the University may consider the past conduct of any individual applying for admission or enrollment when those actions have been found to disrupt or interfere with the orderly conduct, processes, functions, or programs of the University. If determined to be in the best interest of the University to deny admission or enrollment to an applicant because of the applicant’s past misconduct on or off campus, the University may do so, consistent with state and federal law.

  • When and how do I submit application checklist items?

    When completing your application you'll have the option to upload unofficial transcripts, unofficial test scores, supplemental materials, and recommender information, if required. You may login to your Application Status Portal at any time to view your application checklist, uploaded materials, and edit and remind recommenders. 

    Admitted students will be prompted to provide official transcripts and official test scores, if required. All official materials should be submitted as official copies directly to the UNF Graduate School.
  • Can I submit unofficial test scores?

    Yes, in most cases, unofficial scores are accepted for admissions. Please check with your Graduate Program Director for details. Handwritten or self-reported scores will not be accepted.

    Admitted students will be prompted to provide an official test score report.
  • There is an institution on my checklist that I didn't attend. How do I remove it?

    If the institution was reported by you on your application, we will require a statement from the institution indicating they don't have record of you attending. It can be emailed to us and should include your full name and UNF student N#.

    Should you believe the institution was added to your application in error, please contact us with your full name, UNF student N#, and the institution information.
  • Can the application checklist items be waived?
    Your Graduate Program Director can request supplemental requirements be waived (i.e. reference letters, letter of intent, resume, writing sample, certificates, repertoire list, test scores). Transcripts and English Language Proficiency requirements cannot be waived under any circumstance as they are considered university requirements.
  • My recommender hasn't completed their recommendation, can I send them a reminder?

    Yes, you can send a reminder to your recommender by visiting your Application Status Portal

    1. Open your recommendations from the statement at the bottom: "To re-send notification emails to your recommenders, re-visit the recommendations page,..."
    2. Click Edit next to the recommender you wish to send a reminder to
    3. Click Send Reminder
  • Can I change my recommender(s)? How do I do so?

    As long as your recommender hasn't completed the recommendation request, you can change them by visiting your Application Status Portal

    1. Open your recommendations from the sstatement at the bottom: "To re-send notification emails to your recommenders, re-visit the recommendations page,..."
    2. Click Edit next to the recommender you will be replacing
    3. Click Exclude to remove that recommender
    4. Click Add Recommender and enter the information of your new recommender
  • How do I proceed if my recommender is not contacted or is unable to upload their reference letter?
    In the event the email is not delivered correctly or your recommender has trouble completing the request, please contact us.