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UCF is ranked among the top 25 colleges in the nation – 9th among public universities – and second in Florida for its number of enrolled National Merit Scholars. Our top-notch academic programs, competitive scholarship packages and exciting location attract some of the most talented and accomplished students from across the nation.

Packages and Benefits

Once you are named as a National Merit semifinalist, you will be considered for a scholarship upon admission to UCF. If you are a Florida resident, this is in addition to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship.

If you advance to finalist status, and you designate UCF as you first choice by the deadline, you can be considered for an increased scholarship amount.

Out-of-state students are not eligible for Bright Futures, but we have other, additional scholarship opportunities available. These awards are also in addition to any state, federal or private funds for which you may be eligible.

National Merit Scholars and Semifinalists can also apply for special privileges at UCF, including:

Visiting the Campus

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The best way to learn about UCF’s campus and culture is to visit us. As a National Merit semifinalist, you can schedule your visit year-round Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

When you set up your visit, tell us who and what you would like to see. As a National Merit student, you can:

2021-2022 National Merit Scholar Newsletter

Congratulations on being named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist! At the University of Central Florida, we recognize and reward your type of talent. Our National Merit Scholar newsletter outlines opportunities available to you, provides answers to frequently asked questions, and gives you a checklist of things to do before classes start.

Read the 2021-22 National Merit Scholar Newsletter

We’re Here to Help

We know that the college admissions process can be a bit daunting. That’s why we work one-on-one with National Merit students and parents to answer questions and help determine if UCF is the right fit.

Your contact for the National Merit Scholarship Program is Lyndsey Holland. Feel free to contact Lyndsey if you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit.

If you’d like to get the perspective of a current National Merit scholar, see our student section to read biographies of current UCF National Merit scholars.

Scholars Program Student Assistants

Each year, National Merit scholars from across the nation make the decision to join the UCF Knights family. With 340 National Merit students currently enrolled at UCF, you’re in good company. But don’t take our word for it. Our Scholars Program student assistants are happy to share their impressions of UCF with you. And when you visit campus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet one of these students and hear about their experiences firsthand.

 

Kellen Danielsen

[email protected]
Year
Junior
Hometown
Kansas City, Missouri
Major
Computer Engineering with a minor in Intelligent Robotic Systems
Future Goals
Attend graduate school, work in the field of artificial intelligence or virtual reality, and eventually own a business in that sector.
Favorite Thing about UCF
The culture at UCF is really one to help you get where you want to be. With so many opportunities and helpful professors, you know you’re in a great place where you can succeed.