There are many ways to become a UCF Knight. Understanding your options will aid you throughout the admission process, prepare you for long-term academic success and help you unleash your potential. As a selective institution, admission to UCF is based in part upon high school coursework, grades, curriculum, standardized test score and college readiness in core academic subject areas.
Direct admission to the fall term is the most competitive pathway for first-year students. Applicants wishing to enroll for this term, which begins in late August of each year, should present strong academic credentials, including a GPA and SAT or ACT score within the midrange for the current freshman class
. Admission to fall is rolling and decisions are released between September 1 and May 1.
For many first-year students, the idea of starting college early is an appealing one. UCF’s six-week summer term provides an opportunity to ease into college life and acclimate to a new routine before taking on a full schedule of fall courses and activities. Students can elect to apply for summer, while others may be offered the opportunity as a condition of their admission. All new students enrolling in summer will begin in the “Summer B” session, which runs from late June through early August.
The Access Program is a six-week academic, on-campus summer program for selected first-year students. The program is designed to help incoming first-year students make a successful transition to college life and build effective study skills by participating in study group sessions and other academic support activities. Students selected to join the Access program will enroll at UCF during the “Summer B” term, which runs from late June through early August. Admission to the Access Program is by invitation only.
Many students choose to apply directly to our January spring term, while others may be offered the opportunity as a condition of their admission. Students wishing to take courses at a community or state college during the summer or fall semester prior to enrolling in the spring must submit an official transcript from all colleges attended. They may not complete more than 11 credit hours after their high school graduation date and prior to enrolling at UCF.
Top 10 Knights
The Top 10 Knights initiative recognizes academic achievement in high school and provides Florida students and families with reassurance in the application process by guaranteeing admission to one of our three enrollment terms (Summer, Fall, or Spring) or to our summer Access or STEP programs. Eligibility for Top 10 Knights is contingent upon certain other requirements being met.
Math Launch is a unique program designed to help incoming first-year students prepare for Calculus I at UCF and set them up for success in their chosen STEM major. Students selected for the program will take a reduced course load in their first term and move at their own pace through a boot camp style math course with the support of a dedicated peer coach, highly qualified instructors and learning assistants.
STEP (Supporting Teacher Education Pre-Professionals)
STEP is a program for incoming first-year students who plan to major in education and become teachers. Students selected to join STEP will enroll at UCF during the Summer B term, which begins in June. Admission to STEP is by invitation only.
UCF Global Pathway Programs
UCF Global Pathway Programs (offered On-Campus and Online) are designed to support international students with a first-year experience opportunity to take undergraduate courses with the option to include immersive English-language learning, as well as transfer students who are seeking assistance with academic and cultural transition.
DirectConnect to UCF®
DirectConnect to UCF guarantees admission* to UCF with an A.A. or articulated A.S. degree from any of our partner state colleges. Step-by-step support and resources are available through the DirectConnect program, including advising, coaching and enrollment assistance. First-year students who are dual-enrolled at a DirectConnect partner institution and complete their A.A. or A.S. prior to or at the same time as high school graduation may qualify for admission to UCF but may not be offered admission to their preferred admission term. First-year students who are not eligible for admission through other pathways and who have not earned an A.A. or A.S. degree may be encouraged to participate in DirectConnect and transfer to UCF upon completion of their two-year degree from one of our partner state colleges.
*Consistent with university policy
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