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We answer questions about the UCF application process, application completion deadlines, the best time to apply, checking an application’s status, appeals, decisions and more.

Offers of admission are term-specific and are not transferrable to another semester. Students wishing to change their entrance term — either before or after they are admitted — must reapply and submit a new application fee or eligible fee waiver.

Undocumented students, with or without DACA, can be eligible for in-state tuition if they meet the requirements stated in Florida Statute F.S. 1009.26. These requirements include:

  1. Attend a secondary school in this state for 3 consecutive years immediately before graduating from a high school in this state;
  2. Apply for enrollment in an institution of higher education within 24 months after high school graduation;
  3. Submit an official hard copy Florida high school transcript as evidence of attendance and graduation.

Florida Statute F.S. 1009.26 (Fee Waivers)
In State Fee Waiver Request Form

International high school credentials are evaluated by UCF and do not need to be sent to an external evaluation agency for evaluation. However, international post-secondary (college or university) credentials do need to be sent to either World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates for a course-by-course evaluation.

Letters of recommendation are not required and will not be considered in the general admission process.

The application for admission provides space for a listing of extra and co-curricular activities; this portion of the application should be completed in lieu of submitting supplemental materials.

The essay is an optional component of the application for admission.  If you elect to submit an essay, please select a topic within the application form and submit it within your completed application.

Supplemental materials – including essays – sent after application submission will not be included in your admission file.

UCF does not conduct interviews as part of the undergraduate application or admission process.

Although optional, an essay assists the Admissions Committee in knowing you as an individual, independent of test scores and other objective data. We ask that you respond to two of the topics below. Your responses should be no longer than a total of 500 words or 7,000 characters.

  1. If there has been some obstacle or bump in the road in your academic or personal life, please explain the circumstances.
  2. How has your family history, culture or environment influenced who you are?
  3. Why did you choose to apply to UCF?
  4. What qualities or unique characteristics do you possess that will allow you to contribute to the UCF community?

Yes, The English Language Institute at UCF offers an intensive, student-focused, English learning curriculum based on face-to-face instruction.

Known as the “grandparent tuition waiver,” out-of-state students who earn a designated SAT or ACT score and meet other requirements set forth by the Florida Board of Governors may be eligible to have UCF’s out-of-state tuition fees waived if they have a grandparent who legally resides in Florida.

The waiver would apply to 110% of a degree program’s required credit hours. Waivers awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, including the Grandparent Waiver, may not be combined with other admissions merit-based scholarships.

The Grandparent Waiver Instructions and Application form is available on the Forms Website.

NOTE: Recipients of the Grandparent Waiver must submit a $200 Enrollment Deposit by the May 1 deposit deadline. Since UCF has a limited number of waivers to award, students who do not submit a $200 Enrollment Deposit by the deadline may have their Grandparent Waiver revoked.

College-level coursework from other accredited institutions of higher education, meeting university transfer eligibility requirements will transfer to UCF. However, all your credits may not meet the specific requirements of your degree program. The department of your major will determine how these credits will be used and applied toward your degree.

UCF currently uses a plus/minus system in calculating a grade point average for transferred coursework. In addition, grade forgiveness is only honored if it has been awarded in conjunction with an A.A. or statewide articulated A.S. degree from a Florida public community college, state college or university.

All incoming courses will be reviewed for UCF equivalency once you are admitted. The Transfer Credit Evaluation, located in your myUCF portal (navigate to Student Self Service > Other Academic) will list all courses received at the time of admission as well as any associated UCF equivalencies. For courses without a UCF equivalent, you will have the opportunity to upload a syllabus and the course will be evaluated. You will have limited time to submit syllabi if needed, so you should review the Transfer Credit Evaluation in myUCF at your earliest convenience.

UCF has created a convenient transfer equivalency portal to access a database of established course equivalencies from other institutions. While actual awarding of transfer credit occurs after official transcripts are received from the sending institution, the portal can provide guidance as you plan your transition to UCF.

Submit your readmission application through the Registrar’s Office. You can contact the office at or 407-823-3100.

The Admissions Committee looks at many factors when reviewing a student’s application.  The admission decision is made primarily based upon the academic credentials (high school GPA, rigor of course work, and SAT/ACT scores).

To increase their competitiveness in the applicant pool, students are encouraged to submit 1st semester senior grades and/or updated SAT/ACT scores.

Your $30 application fee can be waived on the basis of financial hardship by uploading one of the following items within your application at the time of submission:

  • An SAT, ACT, SCOIR or NACAC fee waiver form from your high school guidance office;
  • Documentation from your high school showing your eligibility for a free or reduced lunch;
  • Your family’s most recent tax return

If a Social Security Number (SSN) appears on the waiver request, please black out all but the last four digits for security purposes.

If you are a U.S. student, you may request to have your Cambridge AICE transcript submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions through the Cambridge International Grade Transcript Service. Use the following information when completing the form.

Name and job title of person receiving results transcript: Debra Reynolds, Director of Operations and Technology

University name: University of Central Florida

Mailing address of person receiving results transcript: UCF Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 160111, Orlando, FL 32816-0111

University email address:

Depending on the timing of your request and whether the exam results have been released, IB test takers can order their transcripts to be sent to UCF directly by either contacting their Diploma Programme coordinator or by submitting a request through the IB website.

For instructions on how to request a transcript before and after the release of results, please visit the IB website.

A student who is denied admission to UCF for academic reasons only has a right to appeal that decision. If a student chooses to appeal, they must submit a letter of appeal, clearly stating the reasons why they believe they should be admitted to the university. Letters can be mailed or emailed to:

Admissions and Standards Committee
c/o The Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111


You are a transient student if you are seeking a degree at another institution and would like to take courses at UCF on a temporary basis. Transient admission is for one semester only, after which courses completed at UCF are transferred back to your home institution.

Florida public community/state college and university students: You will need to complete the Transient Student Application through Florida Shines. Your application will be processed by the Registrar’s Office at UCF.

If you are attending any college or university other than a Florida public institution, you will need to complete an application for admission. Your application will be processed by Undergraduate Admissions at UCF. In addition to completing the online application, you will need to submit an official transcript from your last institution attended.

If you wish to remain under consideration for admission, you must accept a spot on the waitlist if offered. Your application will be denied if you choose to decline a waitlist offer.

You can confirm a waitlist offer on your Future Knight Portal.

Your residency classification is based upon information from your application — documentation of your Florida residency may be required. If you have already attended UCF as an undergraduate student and wish to reclassify your residency for tuition purposes, please visit the registrar’s office website for information on residency reclassification.

We suggest contacting your school(s) individually to determine how they send transcripts. Undergraduate Admissions can accept official transcripts through U.S. mail or electronically when sent directly from your institution through a secure delivery service.

Electronic transcripts can only be accepted as official if they are delivered through one of the following approved transcript service providers:

NOTE: If the transcript delivery service asks you to provide an email address to send transcripts to, please use

When sending a transcript through one of the above service providers, their system may indicate that it has been delivered; however, please allow two to three weeks for UCF Undergraduate Admissions to process these documents. Instead of sending duplicates, please verify receipt of the transcript through your application status on your Future Knight Portal.

Hard copy transcripts may be sent to:

UCF Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111

Your UCF recalculated GPA for admission purposes is determined by what your high school puts on your official transcript and by which method of grading your institution has chosen to adopt.

Completed courses being graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory will not affect your UCF recalculated GPA.  Courses receiving an “S (Satisfactory)” earn credit for being completed.  Courses receiving a “U (Unsatisfactory)” will not earn credit.

Courses that are marked “P (Pass)” will also result in credit earned and will not impact your UCF recalculated GPA.  However, courses that are marked “F (Fail)” will be viewed as a failing grade and an “F” will be included in your UCF recalculated GPA.  It is important to know which option your school is offering and fully understand the potential consequences of your choices if you are given options for U, S, P or F marks.

If you are transferring college level coursework to UCF, you should know that certain degree programs require a “B” grade or higher in some courses.  You should contact the academic advising office in the college of your major for additional information on how these marks may impact transfer credit.

Electronic transcripts usually arrive at the university within five to ten business days after being sent from the institution of origin.

All documents, including documents submitted electronically, require processing time once received by UCF. Document processing time varies by time of year:

  • Non-Peak:  5-7 business days minimum from date of receipt
  • Peak times (around application deadlines and the start of every semester):  7-10 business days minimum from date of receipt

To avoid delays, submit all required documents as early as possible and well before application completion deadlines.

All documents, including documents submitted electronically, require transit and processing time. Document processing time varies by time of year:

  • Non-Peak:  5-7 business days minimum from date of receipt
  • Peak times (around application deadlines and the start of every semester):  7-10 business days minimum from date of receipt

To avoid delays, submit all required documents as early as possible and well before application completion deadlines.

Yes, the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) is your one-stop solution to all your needs as a student veteran or eligible dependent.

Visit the VARC Website

Please refer to our Country Reference Guide for a list of secondary school credentials required by country. If your country is not listed, please contact us at

Admission to UCF is more competitive today than at any other time in our history. We typically receive approximately 30,000 freshman applications for an incoming class of 6,400. As a result, a number of students are offered space on our waitlist.

It is important to understand that a waitlist offer is not the same as being denied; you are still being considered for admission to UCF. Should space open up in our freshman class, the Admissions Committee will reevaluate your application, and you may be removed from the waitlist and offered admission.

Undocumented students, with or without DACA, are welcome to apply for admission and enroll at the University of Central Florida. Admission is based upon the strength of a student’s academic credentials, regardless of their immigration status. Undocumented and DACA applicants will discover a welcoming atmosphere and a supportive community at UCF.

For detailed information regarding the application process, please refer to our website and the steps to apply by applicant type:

First-year Applicants

Transfer Applicants

No. Electronic transcripts usually arrive at the university within five to ten business days after being sent from the institution of origin.

All documents, including documents submitted electronically, require transit and processing time. Document processing time varies by time of year:

  • Non-Peak:  5-7 business days minimum from date of receipt
  • Peak times (around application deadlines and the start of every semester):  7-10 business days minimum from date of receipt

To avoid delays, submit all required documents as early as possible and well before application completion deadlines.

UCF will consider applications from students who are educated through a home-school program.

If your home-school follows a traditional U.S.-based high school curriculum, you should complete and submit a SPARK form. Otherwise, please email for assistance.

Once you finish your home-school program, you will be required to submit a final official transcript that includes a list of all coursework, showing final grades and units earned for each course completed. A brief description of the methods used for evaluation should accompany the home-school transcript. If home-schooled applicants previously attended another school or completed courses through the Florida Virtual School or through dual enrollment at a local college or university, official transcripts are required. Those courses should also be reflected on the home-school transcript.

Applicants who present a GED will also be considered for admission. Official GED results, a partial high school transcript, and ACT and/or SAT results must be submitted.

Undocumented students, with or without DACA, are not obligated to disclose their status. For detailed information on the application process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The state of Florida requires that you demonstrate proficiency in a world language or American Sign Language equivalent to at least the second high school level (e.g., Spanish II) or the second elementary course at the college level (e.g., SPN 1211 – Beginning Spanish II).

Please visit our Freshman Applicants or Transfer page for details on the satisfaction of foreign language for admission.

This requirement will be satisfied upon receipt of the A.A. degree from a Florida public community/state college or university if you initially entered Fall 2014–15 of after.

To review requirements and required documents, please visit the homepage and select the category of student that best describes you.

The Application Completion Deadline is the date by which the application for admission, application fee or fee waiver, and all necessary academic credentials and supporting documents must be submitted to UCF to be considered for admission. Academic credentials can include, but are not limited to high school transcripts, college or university transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, TOEFL, IELTS or CLEP scores, international transcript evaluations, and AICE, AP or IB score reports. Students failing to submit the required credentials or documentation by the Application Completion Deadline may be required to reapply for a future term.

After your application and application fee are submitted and processed, a list of required documents will be available on your Future Knight Portal. If checklist items are not marked as received, your application is not complete and may not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Freshman Application Completion Deadlines
Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

Transfer Application Completion Deadlines:

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

All International Application Completion Deadlines
Fall: March 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 1

An official transcript is a sealed record sent directly to UCF from an institution you attended. You can send an official transcript yourself if the envelope has not been opened.

For a list of estimated expenses for international students with F-1 or J-1 visas, please refer to the Certification of Finances section on the UCF Global website. All other students can visit our Cost & Aid page or the current fee schedule for estimated cost of attendance.

For certified or overnight mail, packages or if you plan to use a shipping service (e.g. DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.), please send correspondences to the following address:

UCF Undergraduate Admissions
12585 Gemini Boulevard South
Orlando, FL 32816

A major credit or debit card is accepted as payment for both the $30 admission application fee and the $200 enrollment deposit.

The waitlist at UCF is not ranked. All students accepting a waitlist offer will be considered for admission to the university on a space-available basis.

Students should register for and take the SAT and/or ACT exams early – preferably once in their junior year and again at the beginning of the senior year of high school.  SAT and ACT administration dates are published by the respective testing agencies and can be viewed here:

SAT Test Administration Dates

ACT Test Administration Dates

UCF operates on rolling admission. You will be notified of your decision as soon as possible, but no later than May 31 of each year. Updates to your admission status will be available on your Future Knight Portal.

Freshman Application Completion Deadlines
Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

Transfer Application Completion Deadlines:

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

All International Application Completion Deadlines
Fall: March 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 1

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You can apply up to one year prior to the term for which you plan to enroll. Freshmen should apply early (between September and December of their senior year in high school) for maximum consideration in the admission and scholarship review process.

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Currently, only first-time-in-college (freshmen) students may apply to UCF using the Common App. Students wishing to transfer to UCF should complete the UCF institutional application for admission. Additionally,first-time-in-college students may, if they choose, submit their application via the UCF institutional application for admission.

Apply via the Institutional Application for Admissions

For technical questions regarding your Common Application to UCF, you may contact the Common App Solutions Center, 24/7 year-round.

The Solutions Center also holds online chats throughout application season and allows you to contact them via a web form. A search function also exists using keywords to direct you to the appropriate web-based resources.

Go to the Common App Solutions Center

Please visit your Future Knight Portal and log in using your email address and password. The status page will display a checklist of required documents. You can confirm receipt of documents and view your admissions decision (if available).

For all changes to your admission status, including final decisions, you will receive an email sent to your current email address on file notifying you of the change. Your status will also be posted to your Future Knight Portal.


During fall 2018, the UCF Board of Trustees extended the initial waiver for out-of-state tuition and fees through summer 2023 for residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were enrolled by spring 2019 in any Florida public institution and maintain continuous enrollment*.

*Continuous enrollment means that you do not sit out for 2 major consecutive semesters (ex. fall/spring or spring/fall.)

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Yes. You should file for financial aid and continue to apply for scholarships. Should you be admitted from the waitlist, any awards and financial aid for which you have qualified will be applied to your student account.

It is possible that you will be notified of your decision after the May 1 deadline. This is not unusual for students on the waitlist. If you are admitted, you will be given a new deposit deadline.

It is difficult to predict how many students may be offered admission from the waitlist. The number of spaces, if any, that open in our freshman class determines the number of students admitted. You are encouraged to submit updated transcripts and/or SAT/ACT scores for the Admissions Committee to review.

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Yes. All freshmen must submit an official SAT [code: 5233] or ACT [code: 0735] score — they must be reported directly to the university electronically or via U.S. mail. For international students, the TOEFL or the IELTS exam may also be required.

To attend a UCF regional campus, you have to meet admission requirements, including admission into UCF with an A.A. or A.S. degree or having 60+ credit hours.

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