We answer questions about deadlines, high school requirements, home schooling, transcripts, regional campuses and more.
Does UCF superscore the SAT or ACT?
UCF superscores both the SAT and the ACT. The SAT superscore is compiled using the highest Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math from all test components received. The ACT superscore is compiled using the highest English, Math, Reading and Science scores from all test components received.
UCF does not prefer one test over the other. Since students perform differently on each test, they are encouraged to take both exams if possible.
How can I increase my competitiveness in the applicant pool?
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.
How is my high school GPA calculated for admission?
Your GPA is recalculated based on the academic core courses (including English, math, science, social studies and foreign language). UCF uses a 4.0 grading scale, and also awards additional quality points for any weighted courses within the academic core. Courses marked as pre-AP, pre-IB, pre-AICE and honors are given an additional 0.5 quality point. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certification of Education (AICE) and Dual Enrollment (DE) courses are given 1 additional quality point.
What are the application deadlines for first-year students?
What is Orientation?
Orientation is your chance to get acquainted with UCF’s services, meet an advisor, and register for classes. For more information, contact the Orientation Office at orientation.ucf.edu or 407-823-5105.
When can I take the SAT and/or ACT exam?
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:
How competitive is it to get admitted into UCF?
For freshmen, the mid-range (middle 50 percent) of our Fall entering class was:
- GPA: 3.93 – 4.42 (recalculated academic core)
- SAT: 1280 – 1370 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Math)
- ACT: 27 – 31 (composite)
Does UCF have an “accelerated” or “guaranteed admission” medical program?
UCF does not have an accelerated medical program; however, first-time-in-college (FTIC) students are eligible to apply for the Burnett Medical Scholars Program. This intensive academic program facilitates the articulation between graduates of UCF’s Burnett Honors College and the UCF College of Medicine. Students must meet all eligibility and performance requirements for both the Burnett Honors College and the Medical Scholars Program.Learn More About The Burnett Honors College
Does UCF require standardized tests?
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.
Which high school courses are required?
Specific high school course units are required for admission as a first-year student (an academic unit is a non-remedial, yearlong course). We require a total of 18 high school units.
- 4 units of English (at least three with substantial writing requirements)
- 4 units of mathematics (Algebra I and above)
- 3 units of natural science (at least two with laboratory)
- 3 units of social studies
- 2 sequential units of the same world language
- 2 elective units, preferably from English, mathematics, natural science, social studies or world language areas
NOTE: Satisfying the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into UCF. Florida BOG Regulation 6.001 (7) authorizes universities to refuse admission to applicants due to past misconduct.
Will I receive college credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) scores?
Information regarding specific credit that will be earned as well as maximum limits is located in the Undergraduate Catalog under “Accelerated Educational Opportunities.”
Who can attend a UCF regional campus?
Who is eligible for Top 10 Knights?
First-time-in-college students who currently attend a Florida high school are eligible for consideration.
Do I have to apply for Top 10 Knights?
No, you should submit your application normally. Keep in mind that the deadline to be considered for the Top 10 Knights program is January 15. The Admissions Committee will then determine if you meet the requirements of this program.
If I don’t rank in the top 10 percent of my high school senior class, but I still have strong academic credentials, can I still be admitted to UCF?
I am home-schooled. Can I qualify for Top 10 Knights?
If you are home-schooled in the state of Florida, yes. You must provide a home-schooled transcript, in addition to the above-mentioned criteria by the January 15 deadline to be considered.
Does UCF require the ACT Writing or the SAT Essay?
Beginning in Spring 2017, UCF will not require the writing section of the ACT or the essay section of the SAT.
FAQs Related to Freshmen
Are freshmen required to live on campus?
No, first-year students are not required to live on campus. Most first-year students do live on campus because of the ease of transition from home to campus life, access to university resources and the ability to make lifelong friends.
Can everyone take online courses?
Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. The list of states currently restricted is available at the Registrar’s website. While residing in one of these states you may not be permitted to enroll in UCF Online courses.
Do you consider weighted GPAs?
Grades in Advanced Placement, AICE, dual enrollment, honors and International Baccalaureate courses will be given additional weight in your GPA computation if the courses are considered academic core (English, math, science, social science, or foreign language). Students will be required to submit official AP, IB or AICE scores and final official dual enrollment transcripts within six days of the start of their first semester at UCF.
What is the Top 10 Knights guaranteed admission initiative?
If you are in the top 10 percent of your high school class within the state of Florida, UCF rewards your academic success with guaranteed admission to the fall, spring or summer semester.*
We call this our Top 10 Knights program, and to qualify you must:
- Currently attend a Florida high school
- Rank in the top 10 percent of your high school class or have a recalculated GPA of 3.9 or above (if your high school does not provide rankings)
- Complete at least four units of approved academic core math by the end of your senior year
- Earn a minimum SAT score of 1100 (evidence-based Reading/Writing and Math) or an ACT composite score of 22.
*Consistent with university policy.Learn More about Top 10 Knights
How do high school seniors apply for UCF scholarships?
How do I send a transcript to UCF?
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:
- SPEEDE (Addressed Institution ID: 10002 Institution ID: 730000000395400)
- Parchment Exchange (including Naviance and Docufide)
- National Student Clearinghouse
- Credentials eScrip-Safe (formerly known as Scrip-Safe International)
- Credential Solutions
- Scribbles Software
- AARTS and SMART transcripts (military service only, not required for admission)
NOTE: If the transcript delivery service asks you to provide an email address to send transcripts to, please use email@example.com.
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 myUCF.
Hard copy transcripts may be sent to:
UCF Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111
How many clubs and organizations are there at UCF?
What is the Student Union?
Known as the “heart of campus,” the Student Union sits at the center of UCF’s main Campus. The Student Union provides space for students and members of the UCF community to study, socialize, eat, host events, attend meetings and engage in campus life.Visit the Student Union Website
When is the best time to apply?
When should I apply for housing?
Apply as soon as you have been admitted to UCF. Don’t wait; as space is limited. Housing applications are available starting in November for the following summer and fall semesters.Find Housing Applications