Any student applying to the University of Florida through freshman admissions can apply concurrently to the Honors Program. Using either The Common Application or the Coalition Application for UF admissions, prospective Honors students should complete the two additional Honors essays as indicated in the application. Essay 1 is a longer prompt about interest in the Honors Program, while Essay 2 focuses on high school involvement.
Note that students cannot go back and complete the Honors essays after submitting their UF application. Students must apply to the Honors Program to be considered for the Lombardi and Stamps Scholarships. Only students who apply to the University of Florida by the November 16 deadline will be considered for the Honors Program.
Timeline for 2020-2021 Cycle
- August: Application opens via The Common Application or the Coalition Application
- November 16: UF application deadline
- December 1: Student Self-Reported Academic Record due to the Office of Admissions
- December 15: ACT / SAT test scores due to the Office of Admissions
- February 26: Admissions decision notification. Honors applicants will see one of the following decisions:
- Accepted into UF and the Honors Program: Students accepted to both
- Accepted into UF: Students accepted to UF but not the Honors Program
- Not accepted into UF
- May 3: $200 tuition deposit deadline to UF; Separate confirmation due to the Honors Program. Students who do not submit their Honors confirmation by this date will forfeit their place in the program, even if they have confirmed with UF.
The Honors admissions review process is a joint effort between the Honors Program and the Office of Admissions.
The Honors Program sets the criteria for reviewing the two Honors essays. The senior associate director trains current Honors students who have been carefully selected to serve as essay reviewers. These students begin their work by successfully completing the university-required student records and privacy training.
Student reviewers spend a significant amount of time learning the intricacies of each essay, with detailed instructions and rubrics for evaluation provided. Students then review mock essays to ensure they can accurately categorize essays with the rubrics. The Honors review process is a blind review, meaning that the reviewers do not know whose applications they are reading.
The Office of Admissions uses the information from the Honors essay review to complete the selection process. Both objective information such as high school GPA and standardized test scores, and subjective information from the UF application (e.g. essay and other supplemental information) are also included in their review.
Please note that students accepted to UF Online and Pathway to Campus Enrollment (PaCE), as well as transfer students are not eligible for Honors Program admission.
2020 Admitted Student Profile
Acceptance rate: 13%
- 11,337 applicants
- 1,508 admitted
Middle 50 percent:
- GPA: 4.6 - 4.7
- ACT: 34 - 35
- SAT: 1490 - 1550
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