Overview of the Program

The University Honors Program is open for application to all enrolled freshmen students.  You do not have to be in the Freshmen Honors Program (FHP) to join University Honors!

Members of the Freshmen Honors Program will automatically be moved to the University Honors Program if they earn at least a 3.5 cumulative UF GPA and take at least 2 credits of Honors courses (earned with a B or higher) during their first year. The first year includes Summer B, Fall, and Spring, but not the following summer.

Students who are not admitted into the Freshmen Honors Program, or miss the application or confirmation deadline, may still apply during the summer after their freshman year by way of lateral admission. Students who have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative UF GPA during their first year will be contacted via their UF email account with application information in May.

Lateral admission is the absolute last chance for students to enter the Honors Program; we do not accept any applications from students who have already moved beyond their freshman year.

The lateral admissions process is very competitive and is not guaranteed for any student. For the most recent year, we accepted about 40% of the applicants.  Although a 3.5 GPA during the first semester is required, accepted students had an average GPA of 3.85. We do not consider high school activities, test scores, or GPA's as part of lateral admissions.

Moving from Freshmen Program to University Program

Criteria for Automatic Transfer

Members of the Freshmen Honors Program will automatically be moved to the University Honors Program if they earn at least a 3.5 cumulative UF GPA and take at least 2 credits of Honors courses (earned with a B or higher) during their first year. The first year includes Summer B, Fall, and Spring, but not the following summer. 

If you do not meet these criteria for you may appeal to stay in the program.

Guidelines for Appeals

For all appeals students MUST have

  • Personal statement requesting exception and addressing any extenuating circumstances.
  • Documentation of any extenuating circumstances brought up in the personal

Documentation for Exception to 2 credit Honors course rules:

  • Students will not be approved if they did not enroll in two credits.
  • If enrolled in more than two credits and then dropped an honors class, students should have an explanation for why they dropped.
  • Students must provide an action plan that outlines how they plan to complete the Honors program.

Documentation for falling below a 3.5

  • Should demonstrate success/improvement. Students in a downward trend will be less likely to be approved than students whose performance is improving,
  • Students should describe how they plan to improve their GPA in future semesters.

Please submit documentation to the Honors Office or via email to mlaw@honors.ufl.edu.

You must appeal before the beginning of the Fall Semester – August 20, 2017.