Fsu College Essay Topic

Application Details

As a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, the University of Florida uses the Coalition Application. Complete all sections of the Coalition Application, including the UF supplemental section, and submit it no later than November 15, along with the $30 nonrefundable application fee plus $5 processing fee or fee waiver.

Application Dates

  • The freshman application opens each year in August.
  • The application deadline is November 15.
  • Applications received after November 15 are accepted on a space-available basis, which is extremely limited.
  • The Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR) is due by December 1.
  • Test scores should be received from the testing agency by December 15.

What Term?

At UF, students may begin their first term of study during the summer or fall.In addition, students have the opportunity to enroll at UF during the spring and summer terms only throughout their UF career in Innovation Academy. On your application, please select your preferred term of entry -- either summer or fall. If you wish to be considered for Innovation Academy, you will be asked to complete a short-answer question. While every effort will be made to accommodate your preferred term of entry, space limitations may result in admission to an alternate term, PaCE, or one of the state college partnership programs.

Application Sections

Profile Information

On the Coalition Application, you will provide details about your personal background, educational history, and extracurricular interests. At UF, the following Coalition Profile sections will be imported to your UF application: personal information, contact information, demographic information, citizenship information, high school information, college coursework, financial aid, honors and distinctions, academic interests and extracurricular activities.

UF Supplement

As part of the UF supplement, we will ask additional short-answer questions to learn more about you as we review your application for admission.

Residency Information

If you will claim Florida residency for tuition purposes, you will need to submit the Florida Residency Declaration. With very few exceptions, applicants younger than 24 years of age will need a parent or guardian to complete and sign the residency declaration to establish Florida residency. Claimants must provide proof of Florida residency as evidenced by a Florida driver's license, vehicle registration and/or voter registration. Additional Information

The Essay

You will be asked to submit one personal essay. The personal essay will allow the admissions staff to get to know who you are as a student. Your essay should be limited to approximately 2500 characters, including spaces.

2017-2018 Essay Topics
  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

International Applicants

Freshman international applicants (non U.S. citizens or permanent residents) will apply to UF using the Coalition Application. Please submit the Coalition Application and UF supplemental section by November 15, along with your $30 application fee plus $5 processing fee in U.S. dollars. We will accept applications after November 15 on a space-available basis.


Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR)

The SSAR is the self-reported transcript of your high school grades from 9th-11th and courses in progress for grade 12. The SSAR is required for all freshman applicants including applicants who have already graduated from high school. Please see the Exemptions tab for exceptions.

Create Your SSAR

Frequently Asked Questions

Tutorial

Dates

If you have met the November 15 deadline, submit and link the SSAR no later than December 1. Students who have applied after November 15 should submit and link the SSAR no later than March 1. If your SSAR is received after December 1, your application will be considered on a space-available basis.

Exemptions

All freshman applicants must complete a SSAR with the following exceptions:

  • Instead of the SSAR, GED graduates must submit their official GED G E D results, along with official partial high school transcript(s).
  • International and U.S. applicants who have not followed an educational curriculum patterned after the U.S. system. Applicants from non-U.S.-based systems must submit official or certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results. All academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. In addition, these credentials must be evaluated by a credential evaluation agency.

Creating Your SSAR

You will be leaving the UF portal and will be required to create an account on the non-UF SSAR student self-reporting site. Please read through all of the instructions about submitting your SSAR carefully. You may refer to our FAQs to assist you as you complete your SSAR.

After you have submitted your SSAR through the SSAR portal, you must link it to your UF application. To link your SSAR to your UF application, click the Check Application Status button. You must submit your application for admission before you will be able to check your status and link your SSAR to the application. From the status page, you will click on the SSAR link to link your SSAR to your application.

SSAR Portal

Click here to complete your SSAR.

International Applicants

International freshman applicants are required to submit secondary and college or university credentials from non-U.S. institutions to a credential evaluation agency for a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation. Companies offering these evaluation services include:

If using the Josef Silny & Associates Credential Evaluation Application, please refer to the UF application on their site.

UF also recommends any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

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Test Scores

Official scores from the SAT, ACT or both must be sent to UF directly from the testing agency. The institutional codes for UF are 5812 (SAT) and 0758 (ACT). Scores must arrive from the testing agency by December 15.

What's Required

  • At least the following minimum scores in each section of the SAT will be required for students who submit the old SAT: SAT Critical Reading = 500, Mathematics = 460 and Writing = 440. Effective with the Fall 2018 entering class, the university will require the following minimum scores on the redesigned SAT: SAT Reading = 24, Writing and Language = 25, and Math = 24.
  • On the ACT, a minimum score of 19 on the Reading section and 19 on the Math section.
  • UF admissions does not have a preference for one exam over the other. We encourage you to take whichever exam suits you best. While UF will not mix scores from old and new versions of the SAT, we will consider the highest "subscores" from the same version of the SAT if you take the test multiple times. We will not mix or combine ACT subscores. If you choose to take both exams, we will consider whichever score is most competitive for admission.
  • Official test scores must be sent by the testing agencies to the Office of Admissions no later than December 15 for admission consideration. If your test scores are received after December 15, your application will be considered on a space-available basis.

The Redesigned SAT

The redesigned SAT will now consist of two sections (evidence-based reading and writing and math) with an optional essay. The score scale will range from 400 to 1600 with the essay being scored separately. The total test time is now 3 hours (+50 minutes if taking the SAT with essay). There is no penalty for guessing on the redesigned SAT. More information

UF does not require students to the take the essay for the new SAT nor ACT.

The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT. These free services, accessible through any computer with internet access, will provide personalized practice pathways to help you pinpoint areas where you need to improve, full-length practice tests, and practice materials available to print.


Innovation Academy

The Innovation Academy (IA) at UF is a groundbreaking living/learning community that enrolls unique students from more than 30 majors into a spring-summer schedule filled with energy, collisions that become ideas, and one common minor: Innovation. The fall term is left open for other adventures, such as study abroad programs and there is an additional short essay on the application for students interested in IA


Special Circumstances

The University of Florida welcomes applications from all prospective students, and we understand that there may be special circumstances to consider.

Non-Accredited and Home Schooled

In addition to the freshman application requirements listed above, homeschooled students and students attending non-accredited schools must complete the following additional requirements:

  • Send transcripts from all previous institutions you have attended, including a homeschool transcript.
  • Submit scores from the SAT Subject Tests in mathematics (Level II-C), foreign language, science and social science if you have not completed two courses in a specific subject area at an accredited institution, such as a local high school, Florida Virtual School, or a state community college.

Concurrent High School/Associate of Arts Degree

Students who will receive their high school diploma and the Associate of Arts degree at the same time should complete the freshman application. On your application, please select a specific major and UF college. If we are unable to offer you admission at the freshman level, your application will be referred to the specific UF college indicated on your application for upper-division transfer consideration. At the upper-division level review, you must meet college and major prerequisite course and minimum GPA requirements.

Disability Consideration

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applicants who would like to be reviewed for disability consideration must check the "special admission consideration because of a disability" box on the admissions application. Disability consideration is optional.
  • Submit the Disability Consideration Request Form
  • Compile any supporting documentation. Disability-related documentation guidelines can be located on the University of Florida's Disability Resource Center's website. Please note that an IEP or 504 Plan, without other disability-related documentation included, is not sufficient documentation.
  • Compile all documentation materials together and upload using our secure document upload system. Documentation received via e-mail will not be accepted.
  • Deadline for receipt of materials is December 1.

Checking Your Application Status

At least 48-72 hours after submitting your online application, please check the status of your application to link your SSAR to your UF application. Allow two-three weeks processing time for all other items to be received and added to your application.

  • Log on to Check Application Status site with the same username and password used to submit your application through the Coalition website.
  • Please be sure to click the link for the SSAR to connect your submitted SSAR with your UF application.
  • Additional information included on the page will indicate, what, if any, materials are missing and provide instructions on how to proceed. From this page, you will be able to check your admission decision when it becomes available.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions will be made for applicants with complete applications and all admission materials received. Decisions for freshmen who applied by November 15 will be available in mid-February. You can view your decision by clicking the Check Application Status button. An official written notification of acceptance is mailed to admitted students only. Non-admitted students are notified through our online notification process.

Evaluation Process

The admissions process is designed to consider all aspects of an applicant's academic record and personal experiences. The admissions review process tries to balance the subjective and objective components of the application. Admission officers can exercise flexibility and professional judgment in their reviews and decisions, but they also must apply consistent standards. Every evaluation retains a focus on academic achievement and the applicant's overall potential for success at the University of Florida.

Holistic Review

UF's application is designed to facilitate individual holistic consideration. The university recognizes that there is great variation among applicants' personal circumstances, home communities and high schools, including schools' course offerings and grading practices. Admission officers, therefore, have a responsibility to consider all factors when evaluating applications and to admit those applicants who are academically qualified and who have demonstrated a potential to contribute to and to be successful students at the University of Florida.

PaCE

PaCE provides UF the opportunity to enroll more freshmen despite limited physical space on campus. PaCE

State College Partnerships

The Office of Admissions has collaborated with the College of Engineering, the College of Design, Construction and Planning, other Enrollment Management offices, and officials from Santa Fe College and the State College of Florida to implement the Gator Engineering at Santa Fe, Gator Engineering at State College of Florida, and Gator Design and Construction at Santa Fe. These innovative partnerships are designed to expand opportunities for aspiring students to earn degrees from the University of Florida.

Students offered these opportunities will begin their studies at Santa Fe College or the State College of Florida where they are provided special advising and other support that will lead to an accelerated transfer to the UF campus. Students must meet established benchmarks in order to be eligible for transfer.





Freshman Requirements

Freshman admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record and test scores to ensure you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The holistic review process is based on graduating from a regionally accredited high school (or the equivalent) with specific academic courses, a cumulative grade point average based on these courses, and test scores. Additional factors include the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum taken, strength of senior schedule, math level in senior year, number of years in a sequential world language, and the written essay. Additional consideration will also be given to applicants applying to the CARE Summer Bridge Program as well as exceptionally talented visual and performing artists and athletes.

Applicants who graduate from high school and receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the freshman admission requirements and the major requirements when submitting the admission application. The Academic Program Guide provides you with a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest.

Deadlines

The Office of Admissions must receive all of the information used to make an admission decision by the published deadlines. Please note that there are two deadlines with corresponding decision dates for summer and fall terms.


Applications And All Supporting Documents Received By:Decision Available Online:
November 1, 2017January 25, 2018
February 7, 2018March 29, 2018

The University reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications. Generally, the University does not accept freshman applications for the spring term.

The Process


Log on to the Application Status Check regularly to monitor the status of your application materials.


Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process. Contact the academic department directly if you plan to major in dance, film (animation or production), music, or theatre.

High School Course Units

The Florida Board of Governors sets the minimum eligibility requirements in the State University System (SUS). Satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Florida State University. Admission is selective, and admitted students typically exceed the minimum requirements.

* Students must have earned a minimum of two sequential units of credit in one world language (e.g. Spanish I and Spanish II) or American Sign Language.


Remember to Monitor Your Application

The Application Status Check allows you to regularly monitor the status of your application and required materials. Most of our communications, including our admission decisions, will be available on the Application Status Check. You are responsible for regularly checking your email account and the Application Status Check. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include admissions@fsu.edu in your address book.

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ACT/SAT Information

We require freshman applicants to submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score by the application deadline to be considered for admission. Florida State does not require the optional ACT writing score or the optional SAT essay. We encourage applicants to take both the ACT and SAT, and to attempt each exam more than one time to earn the highest possible score.

New for 2018 applicants, FSU is allowing students to self-report their SAT and/or ACT scores. After submitting their application, students will submit their self-reported scores on the Application Status Check. Official score reports are no longer required for the admissions review process. If admitted, students will be required to submit official score reports prior to enrollment at FSU, so that their self-reported scores may be verified.

When evaluating students for admission, we use the highest earned ACT and SAT sub scores to calculate the ACT composite and/or SAT total (a process known as "super scoring").

The December SAT and February ACT are the latest tests that we will use in the admission process for applicants applying for the summer or fall term. Students submitting the February ACT must have at least one test score on file by the February 7 deadline.

Both ACT and the College Board now offer test preparation programs. ACT has partnered with Kaplan Test Prep and will offer an ACT preparation program at no cost to low-income students and to all students at a significantly lower cost than traditional prep programs. The College Board has partnered with the Khan Academy and offers free, personalized SAT practice based on the student's PSAT/SAT test results.



Essay

Although the essay is not required but highly recommended, it provides another opportunity to learn more about you. The essay should be no longer than 500-550 words, and may be uploaded after the student's application has been received. Applicants should choose one topic from the list below:


  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

A pathway to making smart college choices

Florida State University is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a consortium of 90+ public and private universities in the U.S. that have come together to offer a new college planning and application platform. The Coalition platform allows high school students to set up an account and begin learning about the application and the financial aid process as early as the ninth grade. The platform includes three main features: a Virtual Locker where the student can collect and store information that maybe useful when they apply to college; a Collaboration Platform where teachers, counselors, employers, and mentors who are supporting the student's college search can offer feedback; and finally, an Application Portal where the student can select information from their virtual locker that they would like to include with their application to Coalition member universities.

Florida State University will accept both its institutional online application and the Coalition application for 2018 admission.


Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)

CARE's Summer Bridge Program is designed to motivate, prepare, and recruit traditionally underrepresented and socioeconomically disadvantaged students from Florida through a variety of programs and academic support services. Applicants selected to participate in CARE will be first-generation college students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and eligible to receive federal financial aid who have demonstrated a strong desire to succeed. In addition, these students must meet the Florida residency requirements. For detailed information on the program and application process, please visit CARE.

Home Education and GED Information

Florida State University considers applications from students who are educated through a Home-Education program, or who have earned a GED. Home-Education applicants must complete the SSAR, while students earning a GED must submit official GED results along with an official, partial high school transcript.

Must students use the Coalition application to apply to Florida State University?

Does the Coalition application cost any additional money?

Are there any differences between the Coalition application and FSU's institutional application?

What sections of the Coalition application does FSU require?

No. The Coalition application is one of two ways students may apply to Florida State. Students may also apply through the institutional application located on our website. We have no preference for which application a student chooses to submit.

Florida State University's freshman application fee is $30. The Coalition application carries an additional $5 processing fee. If a student qualifies for a CollegeBoard, ACT, or NACAC fee waiver, the entire amount, including the processing fee, is waived.

While the visual presentation of the two applications is different, the information gathered on the Coalition application is identical to the information gathered on FSU's institutional application.

Students completing the Coalition application are required to complete the following sections: Contact Information, Demographic Information, Citizenship Information, College Information, High School Information, Personal Information, Family Information, and Financial Aid.

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