Florida University Requirements for Student Applicants

Each university in the Florida University system adheres to set minimums in terms of admission requirements for student applicants, but individual universities may stipulate higher standards.

There are several admission and application requirements that undergraduate and graduate students must meet when applying to a public university in Florida.

Basic Requirements for Florida University Applicants

Minimum requirements for admittance into a State University System of Florida school are set by the Florida Board of Governors, although each university within the system may set standards above and beyond the established criteria. In addition to meeting minimum admissions standards, students are also required to submit specific application materials.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Incoming, first-time college students applying to a school in the State University System of Florida need to submit the following application materials:

  • A high school transcript reflecting completion of these classes:
    • 4 English courses
    • 4 mathematics courses
    • 3 natural science courses
    • 3 social science courses
    • 2 foreign language courses
    • 2 elective credits
  • SAT scores
  • ACT scores

A prospective student's cumulative grade point average must be at least 3.0, or between 2.5 and 3.0 so long as stipulated minimum scores are met on the SAT or ACT. Homeschooled applicants must submit credentials deemed equivalent to traditional students.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Admissions regulations for graduate programs at the master's degree level or higher, including professional degree programs, are set by the university's board of trustees in accordance with the Florida Board of Governors. Like prospective undergraduate students, those pursuing graduate study at a school in the State University System of Florida must submit the following basic items:

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • College transcript from an accredited university, showing the completion of a baccalaureate degree
  • Graduate admissions test scores

Beyond that, requirements vary considerably by program. Graduate applicants must look to the individual universities for more information about requirements for a particular graduate program, since most admissions decisions are made by the relevant department.

Schools Where These Standards Apply

It is important to note that the previously described admissions standards and application requirements only apply to schools in the publicly funded State University System of Florida. Universities in the State University System of Florida include:

  • University of Florida
  • Florida State University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Polytechnic University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of West Florida
  • University of North Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • New College of Florida

There are several basic standards that undergraduate and graduate students must meet when applying to a school within the State University System of Florida. Basic application requirements include academic transcripts and standardized test scores; graduate programs may also have discipline-specific requirements.

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