We answer your questions about UCF’s Self-Provided Academic Record for Knights (SPARK) Form.
No. UCF does not recognize grades of plus and minus in the calculation of the high school or homeschool GPA.
No. Once your SPARK form is submitted, it will be locked and no further updates will be possible. You will have the opportunity to indicate schedule changes and add first semester grades once they are available (typically after the New Year).
UCF does not accept self-reported SAT, ACT, AP, IB, AICE or CLEP scores. Official score reports are to be submitted electronically or via mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
No. High school or homeschool transcripts will only be accepted after you have graduated. The SPARK form serves as your academic record until such time that a final official transcript is available. Your application for admission will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until the SPARK form has been received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
No, UCF only accepts the SPARK form for self-reporting high school and homeschool coursework and grades.
No, the SPARK form is proprietary to UCF and cannot be used for admission to other colleges.
If you took dual enrollment classes through a college or university during high school, an official final transcript must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions once your grades have posted, even if they appear on your high school transcript. A cumulative 2.0 GPA is required for dual enrollment courses.
Yes. An official final transcript showing the date of high school graduation is required to complete your application file. A final transcript is due to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions no later than June 30 for students enrolling in the summer term, and no later than July 15 for students enrolling in fall. All information on your final high school transcript will be verified. If your transcript does not match information provided on your SPARK form, your offer of admission may be changed to a different term or rescinded.
Yes. Once first semester senior grades are available, you will be prompted via email to log back into your Future Knight Portal to update your grades.
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Yes. Report all grades exactly as they are listed on your high school or homeschool transcript. The course level designation will determine the amount of weight added to each accelerated course.
You are required to have a copy of your current high school or homeschool transcript available to refer to when completing the SPARK form. Once you have your transcript nearby, visit the SPARK instructions page at www.ucf.edu/admissions/undergraduate/spark.
If you have attended more than one high school, you will only list the high school you are graduating from. You may add all transferred coursework under this school’s entry.
The SPARK Form uses semester grades only.
- If senior year first semester grades are available, enter them in the 1st semester grade field on the SPARK Form.
- If the courses are in-progress, choose “IP” as the grade.
- If second semester courses and grades are known at the time of submission, enter them in the 2nd semester grade field on the SPARK Form.
- If second semester courses are not known, leave the field blank.
- If second semester courses are in-progress, choose “IP” as the grade.
Once your SPARK form is submitted, it will be locked and no further updates will be possible. You will have the opportunity to indicate schedule changes and add first semester grades once they are available (typically after the New Year).
Some schools provide alternative evaluations of their coursework in lieu of letter grades or numbers on a scale. These systems of “grading” can take the form of performance evaluations or teacher narratives, among other things. If your school uses this system of evaluation, please DO NOT complete the SPARK Form and instead ask your high school to submit an official transcript to:
UCF Undergraduate Admissions
12585 Gemini Boulevard S.
Orlando, FL 32816-0111
If you already graduated from high school, an official final copy of your high school transcript with graduation date posted should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. DO NOT submit a SPARK form if you are applying for admission and have already graduated high school.
DO NOT submit a SPARK form if you are attending a high school outside of the United States or U.S. Territory (excluding DoD schools and schools with U.S. accreditation). All official transcripts(s), graduation certificate(s) and/or leaving exam results for all secondary coursework completed outside of the United States must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For more information, please review our international admissions requirements.
Every academic course that you have attempted or completed for high school credit – even if it was completed in middle school – must be listed on the SPARK form under the high school you will be graduating from.
Yes. Dual enrollment coursework should be added under the college or university where the course was taken.
If you repeated coursework, only enter the course with the highest grade.
NOTE: Repeat courses must exactly match previous attempts—including the course level. For example, if you took AP Biology and repeated the course as Biology Honors, this is not considered the same course and both courses must be added to the SPARK form. Courses that you withdrew from and earned a “W” do not count for credit and may be omitted.
Your application for admission will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until the SPARK form has been received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Leave the 2nd semester field blank if you have not planned or registered for courses in the second semester at the time of SPARK form submission.
The SPARK form automatically searches for schools as you type the school name. If you use an abbreviated name for your high school (e.g. Boone High School) and your school name does not appear, try entering the full name (e.g. William R. Boone High School). If your school still does not exist in SPARK, continue typing the full name and enter the address information at the bottom of the school entry section.
If your high school transcript does not offer a letter grade equivalency, please use the chart below to convert your grades from numbers to the appropriate letter grade.
Note: Only use this scale if your high school DOES NOT provide a chart of their own.
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The SPARK form is an online portal through which first-time-in-college applicants self-report their high school courses and grades for admission to the University of Central Florida.
If your school does not provide a numerical class rank (e.g., #9 out of 100), you should leave the class rank and size fields blank on the SPARK Form. Do not enter any numbers (even zeroes) in this section.
Note: You may still qualify for our Top 10 Knights Initiative based upon the GPA requirements, even if your school does not rank or only provides a percentile rank.
We recommend that you complete and submit the SPARK form as soon as the link is available on your Future Knight Portal. Your application for admission will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until the SPARK Form has been received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Instructions are listed at admissions.ucf.edu/spark. In addition to reviewing the instructions, you are required to have a copy of your current high school or homeschool transcript available to refer to when completing your SPARK form.
All First-time In College applicants who are attending a high school in the United States or U.S. Territory (including Puerto Rico) or who are attending a DoD high school or U.S.-regionally-accredited high school overseas must complete and submit a SPARK form, with the following exceptions:
- If you have already graduated from high school, DO NOT SUBMIT THIS FORM. Submit your official final high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions electronically or by mail.
- If you have earned a GED, DO NOT SUBMIT THIS FORM. Submit your GED scores and partial high school transcript(s) to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- Reminder: If you are attending an overseas high school, your official transcripts(s), graduation certificate(s) and/or leaving exam results for all secondary coursework completed outside of the United States must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For more information, please review our international admissions requirements.