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General Requirements

The general requirements for admission or readmission to any college or division of the university include:

  • A $30 application fee for applications for January 2004 and beyond.
  • A satisfactory academic record. Each applicant must furnish a complete chronological record of educational institutions previously attended. Official transcripts must be submitted in accordance with the instructions on the application. Failure to declare attendance at another institution could cause invalidation of admission and any credits or degrees earned.
  • Satisfactory scores on achievement tests or aptitude tests.
  • A satisfactory conduct record.
  • All junior, senior, postbaccalaureate and graduate international students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores, in addition to other required test scores.

The specific requirements for admission to the university for the first time as a freshman, undergraduate transfer, or postbaccalaureate may be found in the appropriate sections that follow. The specific requirements for readmission (at the same or a different level) to the university also may be found in the appropriate sections that follow.

It should be understood, however, that minimum requirements are given and that admission to the university is selective. The satisfaction of minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee admission. Under Board of Education policy, a limited number of students may be admitted as exceptions.

Any student who is admitted conditionally may enroll subject to verification that the conditions of admission have been satisfied. If the final credentials fail to confirm the conditions for admission, the admission will be revoked, the studentís classification will be changed to nondegree status and continued enrollment will be denied.

Furnishing false or fraudulent statements or information in connection with an application for admission or residence affidavit can result in disciplinary action, denial of admission and invalidation of credits or degrees earned.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

The University Admissions Committee is responsible for administering all admissions, including applicants approved as exceptions to the minimum admission requirements. Minimum requirements evolved from studies of student performance. These studies identify primary factors that indicate a reasonable chance for completion of a degree at the university.

Residency for Tuition Purposes

Requests for in-state residency for tuition purposes are not granted to students who appear to have entered the state solely for educational purposes. For more details regarding residency classifications for tuition purposes, refer to the residency section.

Proof of Immunization

Prior to registration, each student accepted for admission must submit proof of immunization. When the application for admission is approved, a form to complete and return is forwarded to the student. No student is allowed to register until the Student Health Care Center has received and approved the form.

Computer Requirement

Access to and ongoing use of a computer will be required for all students to complete their degree programs successfully. The university expects each student entering the university and continuing students to acquire computer hardware and software appropriate to the degree program. Competency in the basic use of a computer is a requirement for graduation; class assignments may require use of a computer, academic advising and registration can be done by computer, and official university correspondence is sent via e-mail.

While the university offers limited access to computers through its computer labs, most students will be expected to purchase or lease a computer that is capable of dial-up or network connection to the Internet, graphical access to the World Wide Web, and productivity functions such as word processing and spreadsheet calculation. The cost of meeting this requirement will be included in financial aid considerations.

Individual colleges will provide additional requirements. Consult the appropriate collegeís Web site or the university Web page regarding student computer needs:: www.circa.ufl.edu/computers.

Sample basic Windows configurations are provided below:

  • 233 Mhz or faster CPU (e.g., Pentium with MMX, Pentium II/III/IV, Celeron, Cyrix M-II, AMD K6, Athlon, etc.)
  • 64 MB or more SDRAM
  • 4 GB hard drive
  • 10x or faster CD-ROM drive
  • High-resolution graphics adapter with at least 2 MB video RAM, supporting at least 24-bit color at 800x600 resolution. Laptops should have an external monitor port for connection to an external monitor or classroom projection system.
  • High-resolution color display (at least 800x600 resolution, 24-bit-color; laptops displays should be at least 12" diagonally and use active-matrix technology; desktop displays should be at least 15" diagonally).
  • Sound support, including speakers or headphones.
  • 56 kbps V.90 modem (avoid any modem labeled "winmodem" or "modem for Windows").
  • Laptops should have PCMCIA or PC-card slots.
  • High-quality printer (ink jet or laser) is recommended, although limited printing facilities are available in campus labs.
  • Bundled software should include either Corel or Microsoft office suite.

Students with notebook computers and students who live on campus will need an ethernet card (10 base T connection with interface drivers by Microsoft for Windows 95 such as 3.Com, Intel, and SMC) to connect to the campus network. Refer to the Web sites listed earlier for a detailed recommendation.

Student Classification for Admission

Students who plan to enter the university for the first time will be classified as follows.

Beginning Freshmen:Students who have earned fewer than 12 semester hours following graduation from high school. (See Admission as a Freshman)

Undergraduate Transfers:Students who have earned at least 12 semester hours following graduation from high school, and who have not recived a bachelorís degree. (See Admission as a Transfer Student)

Postbaccalaureate Students:Students who have received a bachelorís degree but who do not wish to be admitted to graduate study. (See Admission as a Postbaccalaureate Student)

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