FLORIDA SCHOOLS


STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM DETAILS:


Synopsis from several college counseling sites and meeting with the 12 institutional deans.


The State University System (SUS) of Florida includes 12 member institutions:

UF, FSU, USF, UCF, FAU, FGCU, FIU, FAMU, UNF, Florida Poly, New College of Florida, and UWF.


1. UNIVERSITY CENTRAL FLORIDA (UCF), Orlando

www.ucf.edu

https://www.ucf.edu/admissions/undergraduate/faq/freshman/

GPA: 4.25

Standardized Tests

SAT: Fall 1250-1370; Summer 1170-1280;

ACT: Fall 26-30; Summer 23-28


School Overview

UCF received more than 49,000 applications last year and admitted 7,131 students. New majors this year include a BS in Data Science and BS in Career and Technical Education. The school’s Top 10 Knight program continues to provide guaranteed admission to the top 10% of Florida’s graduating classes. UCF has rolling admissions and will start reviewing applications this month.



2. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (UF), Gainesville

www.ufl.edu

https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/freshman/

GPA: 4.4-4.6

Standardized Tests –

SAT: Fall 1350-1480; Summer 1260-1420;

ACT: Fall 30-34; Summer 29-32


School Overview

UF is ranked #6 among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. The school offers over 120 undergrad majors. Last year, UF received 53,000 applications and admitted 15,000 students to either the Summer B or Fall session. Six hundred students were admitted through UF’s Innovation Academy, a spring/summer program that embeds an innovation minor in 25 majors. Another 3,600 students were admitted through UF’s PaCE program, a hybrid program where students start classes online and then finish their degree on campus. Academic performance over four years – including rigor and courses taken within the student’s high school – remains the most important factor in admissions. In one new initiative, UF students from any major can now pursue a Certificate in AI Fundamentals and Applications. UF recently opened the Lavender Living Learning Community in the Springs Admissions representatives noted that they like a good story that provides insight into the student and how the student will contribute on campus. Students applying to the Honors Program must write two additional essays. Admissions representatives reiterated that the essays should be specific to the UF Honors Program, and students should not deviate from the topic.


3. FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY (FAMU), Tallahassee

www.famu.edu

GPA: 3.0

Standardized Tests (NOTE: instead of a composite score, FAMU considers subscores as follows): 

SAT 26 Math, 27 Reading, 27 Language;

ACT: Math 22; 22 Reading, 19 English


School Overview

FAMU is one of the largest historically black colleges in the U.S., providing

high-quality education at affordable prices. According to an admissions representative, overcoming an obstacle or adversity is a good essay topic. Students should apply by November 1, which is the Priority Deadline for full merit scholarship consideration. The school

offers 50+ degrees in a wide range of academic programs, including pharmacy, nursing, journalism, health sciences, engineering, architecture, and business.



4. FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY (FAU), Boca Raton and Jupiter

www.fau.edu

GPA: Fall: 3.73-4.33; Summer: 3.23-3.81; Wilkes Honors College: 4.1-4.7

Standardized Tests –

SAT: Fall 1100-1270; Summer: 1000-1120;

ACT: Fall: 23-29; Summer 19-24


School Overview

The school offers an engineering bridge program, an academic success program, and the only university-affiliated, free-standing honors college in the U.S. FAU received 6,000 applications last year for its prestigious medical school and admitted just 66. New this year is a 150-bed residence hall on the school’s Jupiter campus. The school has rolling admissions, but for merit aid consideration, students should apply by January 14. Applicants should use

the SSAR to report their high school courses and grades.



5. FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY (FGCU), Fort Myers

www.fgcu.edu

GPA: Fall 3.56-4.33; Summer 3.44-4.23

Standardized Tests –

SAT: Fall 1090-1230; Summer 1050-1180;

ACT: Fall 22-27; Summer 19-25


School Overview

This fall, FGCU welcomed the largest freshman class in its history. This year, the school remodeled the Student Services Plaza and opened three new projects: a Recreation and Wellness Center, a Community Counseling Center, and Lucas Hall, home to the School of Entrepreneurship. Construction is underway for a new 116,000 sq. ft. building for the Water School, which will help students explore water-based issues, including climate change, national resources, and ecosystem health. FGCU’s golf management program is one of only 18 PGA-accredited programs in the country, and the only one in Florida. They also have a strong internship program and are ranked #2 in the state with job placement for its students. New majors include Construction Management in the College of Engineering, as well as Supply Chain Management and Analytics and Informatics, both in the College of Business,

and Digital Media and Design in the College of Arts and Sciences. FGCU housing includes three resort-style options.



6. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (FIU), Miami

www.fiu.edu

https://admissions.fiu.edu/how-to-apply/freshman-applicant/

GPA: Fall: 4.2-4.6; Summer 3.7-4.3

Standardized Tests –

SAT: Fall 1200-1350; Summer 1040-1160;

ACT: Fall 25-30; Summer 20-25


School Overview

In Florida, state universities are evaluated on key metrics, including retention rate, four-year graduation rate, and cost of attendance. Based in Miami, FIU earned the highest score and has been named the #1 public school in Florida. Bacardi recently donated $5 million to the school to establish a curriculum in beverage management. FIU has an extremely diverse student body, with students coming from 381 high schools, 66 countries, and 86% of students identifying as Black, African American, or Hispanic. The school also holds the distinction of awarding the most bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students. Opening in 2022 will be a new dorm with 750 beds and a new building for the Green School of International and Public Affairs. FIU offers Top 10% Access: students who graduate from a Florida high school in the top 10% of their class will receive an admissions pathway. The student must take

a standardized test but will gain admission to one pathway regardless of their score. Students are encouraged to register for free on Raise.Me to earn micro-scholarships.



7. FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE (FLORIDA POLY), Lakeland

www.floridapoly.edu

GPA – Fall 4.1-4.6; Summer 3.6-4.4

Standardized Tests –

SAT: Fall 1250-1400; Summer 1130-1200;

ACT: Fall 27-31; Summer 23-26


School Overview

Florida Poly is the newest school to join the SUS of Florida and focuses solely on STEM education. Florida Poly was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Top 40 public engineering programs without a doctoral degree, and Affordable Schools ranked the school #2 in the nation for delivering a quality, affordable education in mechanical engineering. Florida Poly welcomed its largest freshman class for this fall, and now includes a total enrollment of 1,550. A new major this year is Cybersecurity Engineering, and Florida Poly collaborated with the U.S. Navy to prepare students for access to the Navy’s prestigious Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program (NUPOC). The school added new club sports, including men’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, and archery. The Florida Poly Robotics team continues to grow and excel at the highest levels of competition in VEX and Combat. A

new 90,000 sq. ft. Applied Research Center is under construction with plans to open in the spring. The Center will include new teaching labs, design spaces, conference rooms, and faculty offices.


8. FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY (FSU), Tallahassee

www.fsu.edu

GPA: Fall 4.2-4.6; Summer 3.8-4.3

Standardized Tests –

SAT: Fall 1250-1400; Summer 1190-1300;

ACT: Fall 28-32; Summer 25-29


School Overview

FSU received more than 66,000 applications for fall 2021 and welcomed its largest freshman class in school history. The school also ranks as the #11 Best Value College for 2021 among public colleges, according to Princeton Review. Top majors for incoming freshmen included biological sciences, business, engineering, psychology, and exploratory/undeclared. The school offers 276 academic and professional degrees. Students wanting to be considered for the Honors Program must express interest in applying to the Honors Program on their application, and then must complete a separate Honors Program application. FSU’s application deadline is November 1, and all materials must be in by that date, but students have until December 31 to submit any additional standardized test scores.



9. NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA (NCF), Sarasota

www.ncf.edu

GPA: 3.55-4.22

Standardized Tests:

SAT 1190-1365;

ACT 25-30


School Overview

New College of Florida is the state’s designated honors college. Only 700 students are enrolled; as a result, students receive a personalized liberal arts education at a Florida public school price.. Each student creates their own curriculum tailored to the student’s interests and goals. The academic contract is the core of the New College academic program, and students complete seven contracts prior to graduation. These contracts are in lieu of credit hours and may include internships, independent reading projects, or study abroad. Hands-on learning is encouraged and expected; 93% of students had a least three hands-on learning experiences.  Students do not receive letter grades; rather, they receive narrative evaluations on their transcripts, allowing them to concentrate on mastering content. Every student receives a dedicated career coach who starts working with them during their first semester on campus. The school offers 80 clubs and organizations.


10. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA (UNF), Jacksonville

www.unf.edu

GPA: Fall 4.0-4.5; Summer 3.3-4.0

Standardized Tests –

SAT: Fall 1230-1370; Summer 1090-1170;

ACT: Fall 22-28; Summer 20-25


School Overview

Located in Jacksonville, UNF sits on a 1,000-acre campus. The school enrolls 17,000 students, and the average class size is 35. UNF prides itself on its internship opportunities, and 90% of seniors have taken advantage of these real-world experiences. UNF offers 125 majors, including international business, coastal and marine biology, and nutrition and dietetics, as well as 75 minors.



11. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (USF), Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota

www.usf.edu

GPA: Fall 3.97-4.48; Summer 3.57-4.11

Standardized Tests –

SAT: Fall 1230-1370; Summer 1090-1170;

ACT: Fall 26-31; Summer 22-25


School Overview

The main campus is located in Tampa, 20 minutes northeast of downtown. Forbes recently named Tampa the #1 Emerging Tech City. Students interested in medicine and research have numerous opportunities as USF is located near four major hospitals. USF offers 200 undergraduate degrees and 700 student clubs and organizations. New degrees this year include supply chain management, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, and

information science, with several concentrations to choose from.



12. UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA (UWF), Pensacola

www.uwf.edu

GPA: Fall 3.61-4.2; Summer 3.36-4.02

Standardized Tests –

SAT: Fall 1060-1240; Summer 1020-1180;

ACT: Fall 21-27; Summer 20-24


School Overview

UWF is located in Pensacola, the westernmost city in Florida’s panhandle. The school is home to 13,000 students, making it large but still feeling close-knit. The average class size is 28 students, and 80% of classes hold fewer than 60. Students get to choose from 70 degree programs across five academic colleges, with popular majors including health, business, or education-related fields. UWF students continuously rank in the top for first- time pass rates of the CPA exam.


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