2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 09, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Admissions

Associate Vice President: Gordon D. Chavis, Jr.
Duke Energy UCF Welcome Center; 407-823-3000
Email: admission@ucf.edu

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Central Florida coordinates the admission and enrollment of all undergraduate first-time-in-college, transfer, non-degree, and non-Florida public institution transient students to the university. The office’s primary mission is to identify, attract, and enroll talented, diverse, and academically qualified students who will contribute to, achieve growth and success at, and benefit from attending the University of Central Florida.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions seeks to attract students who are motivated, creative, and committed to academic excellence. The office will accomplish this through personal contacts, strategic communication, information management, and targeted recruitment. The office is dedicated to providing quality customer service through effective teamwork and through the development of collaborative partnerships with both internal and external communities.

The office administers several programs for prospective students and parents, including daily tours and information sessions, “Knight for a Day” open houses, area receptions for admitted students, and high school and Florida College System institution visits by admission representatives. It also provides the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an admission representative on campus. Please visit our website for further information. Office hours are Monday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Campus Visit Experience

Information sessions and campus tours are available through our “Campus Visit Experience”. All freshmen (First-Time-In-College: FTIC) and transfer prospective students and their families are encouraged to participate. The Campus Visit Experience, which includes both an information session and tour of the campus, begins at the Duke Energy UCF Welcome Center at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Reservations can be made by visiting our website at http://admissions.ucf.edu. “Transfer To Be A Knight” information sessions are held for prospective transfer students on select days throughout the year. Visit http://admissions.ucf.edu/transferknights/ for more information. Group tours of up to 80 or special requests may be accommodated and can be requested by visiting our website.

Admissions representatives are available to discuss particular concerns about admission to the University. You may contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 407-823-3000 or visit us at our website. Information sessions and campus tours are also available for students interested in our Rosen College of Hospitality Management near International Drive. Please contact them at 407-903-8166 for further information.

Application for Admission

All interested applicants should complete the University of Central Florida “Undergraduate Admissions Application” online at http://admissions.ucf.edu and submit the $30 (in U.S. Currency), non-refundable application fee. First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students can also apply using the Common Application at http://www.commonapp.org. Students should apply several months in advance of an anticipated start date and provide a completed file by the published application deadline. Questions concerning admission requirements and applications can be forwarded to admission@ucf.edu.

Applications for admission can be submitted up to one year prior to the start of the term desired. The application deadlines are May 1 for the Fall semester (July 1 for Transfer students), November 1 for the Spring semester, and March 1 for the Summer term. The priority deadline for most financial assistance and scholarships is December 1. Information regarding University housing can be found at http://www.housing.ucf.edu. Applicants can apply for housing once they are offered admission to the University. Requests for housing are subsequently reviewed according to the date of the receipt of the housing application. The University does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status.

Applicants should understand that this Undergraduate Catalog outlines minimum requirements to be considered for admission and that admission to the University is competitive. The satisfaction of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Conversely, Florida Department of Education policy allows the University to admit students to any semester as exceptions to the minimum requirements. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Admissions and Standards Committee are responsible for the admission of all undergraduate students under this exception policy.

Applicants must submit official transcripts from each educational institution attended to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applicants must likewise submit official score reports for credit earned from each appropriate testing agency (e.g. AICE, AP, CLEP, or IB). To be considered official, supporting admissions documents must be received directly from the issuing institution or testing agency. All final supporting documents must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admission no later than six (6) days after the first day of classes.

Note: Furnishing false or fraudulent statements in connection with an application for admission or residency declaration may result in disciplinary action, denial of admission, loss of financial aid, and invalidation of credits or degrees earned.

Those enrolled students who have not submitted official completed records by the deadline will be placed on administrative hold. Students with these incomplete records will not be permitted to register for a future term until all official transcripts and other required documentation have been received. If, upon review of final transcripts, student records are not satisfactory, they may be placed on academic probation, have their admission status revoked, changed to non-degree or transient status, may become ineligible for financial assistance, and may, in some cases, be withdrawn from the University. In addition to the required documentation mentioned above, students must have a satisfactory conduct record at all schools attended.

The University of Central Florida participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. More information regarding geographical authorizations and restrictions is available at http://registrar.ucf.edu/restrictions.


Students who have submitted an application for admission to UCF as a degree-seeking student and do not attend, may reactivate the original application within one year of the term for which they first applied. To update the application, students should complete the Reactivation Form by the published application deadline date. This form can be found online at http://admissions.ucf.edu/forms. This process reactivates the application only; additional official credentials may be required. Admission for one term does not guarantee admission for a future term.

Limited Access Programs

Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to a limited access program. Some majors at the University limit the number of students who may enroll. Limited access status occurs when student demand exceeds available resources (e.g., faculty, instructional facilities, equipment) or when specific accrediting requirements apply. Criteria for admission are selective and include indicators of ability and indicators of performance, creativity, or talent to complete required work within the program.


All first-time undergraduate degree-seeking students are required to attend orientation prior to enrollment. Orientation information is emailed to all FTIC students offered admission who have submitted their enrollment deposit and to all transfer students offered admission to the University. Information regarding orientation may also be viewed on the website at http://fye.ucf.edu/.

Admission Categories

Students may submit applications to the University for one of the following categories:

  1. Freshman (First-Time-In-College: FTIC)
  2. Dual Enrollment/Early Admit (includes early admission and dual enrollment, on- or off-campus)
  3. Transfer*
  4. Second Bachelor’s Degree
  5. Transient (one term enrollment only, not from a Florida public institution)**
  6. Non-Degree Seeking (not including students who have already earned a bachelor degree)***
  7. Limited Non-Degree Seeking****
  8. Special Non-Degree Seeking (includes students participating in specific non-degree seeking programs including ROTC, Study Abroad only, Marching Band only, and Rosen College exchange programs)

*Transfer students with 60 semester hours or more may also designate one of many UCF Connect sites as well as a UCF Online-only program. Please refer to the application.

**Students applying as transient from a Florida public institution should apply through Florida Shines at http://www.floridashines.org.

***Students who have already earned a bachelor degree and wish to attend as non-degree seeking should follow the procedure through our Graduate Admissions Office located at http://www.admissions.graduate.ucf.edu/nondegree_applicants/.

****Please see the “Academic Regulations and Procedures ” section of this catalog for this admission category.

Freshman Applicants

Any FTIC student who meets minimum admission requirements as stated in Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.002 is encouraged to submit an application. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. An applicant’s total high school record (including grades, test scores, educational objective, quality of courses completed, counselor recommendations, essay, and personal achievements and honors) will be considered in the selection process. The University reaffirms its Equal Educational Opportunity (EEO) commitments and seeks to increase diversity among the student body.

High School Diploma

Freshmen who are applying for admission to the University are required to have a standard high school diploma (or the equivalent) or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Entrance Examination Scores

All FTIC applicants for admission must submit test scores from the SAT Reasoning Test, redesigned SAT (rSAT) or the ACT.

High School Academic Units and Grade Point Average

All applicants must have earned a minimum number of high school academic units (year-long courses that are not remedial in nature) to be considered for admission. A grade point average (GPA) will be computed only on academic courses. Plus(+) and minus(-) will not be included in the high school GPA recalculation. Grades in International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), honors and dual enrollment courses will be given additional weight in the computation of the academic GPA. The high school academic unit requirements are as follows:

Academic Subjects Units Required
  • English (three of which must have included substantial writing)
  • Mathematics (at or above the Algebra I level)
  • Natural Science (two of which must have included substantial laboratory requirements)
  • Social Science (included: history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and geography)
  • Foreign Language (both credits must be in the same language)
  • Additional academic electives from the above five subject areas and courses recommended by the Florida Association of School Administrators, or other groups, and courses recommended by the Articulation Committee and approved by the Department of Education
Total Units 18

Applicant Eligibility

As stated in Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.002, FTIC students may be admitted if they meet a 2.50 or higher grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale as calculated by the university, present an official SAT and/or ACT score, and meet the requirements for college-level placement per Board of Governors Regulation 6.008 below and high school units above.

SAT (taken prior to March 1, 2016)  
Critical Reading 440
Mathematics 440
SAT (taken March 1, 2016 and after)  
Reading Test     24
Writing and Language Test 25
Math Test  24
Reading  19
English 17
Mathematics  19

Each state university reserves the right under Florida BOG regulation 6.002 to establish admission criteria that exceeds Florida BOG minimums.

  • Admission to the University is limited by space availability. The degree of competition for space depends on the number and qualifications of those who apply for admission. To increase the chance of admission, high school students should present credentials that are stronger than the minimum requirements for consideration as listed above. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number that the University is able to enroll, a waiting list will be established.
  • A student applying for admission who does not meet established requirements may bring to the University other important attributes or special talents and may be admitted if, upon appeal and in the judgment of the Admissions and Standards Committee, the student can be expected to do successful academic work. The University will provide appropriate advising for each student admitted under this alternative.
  • Students who have been enrolled in dual enrollment courses will be required to have a minimum “C” average (2.0 GPA) for all completed dual enrollment course work.
  • A student must demonstrate competency of foreign language or American Sign Language equivalent to the second high school level or higher (Spanish 2, Haitian Creole 2, etc.) or at the elementary 2 level in one foreign language or American Sign Language at an undergraduate institution to be offered admission.

Dual Enrollment/Early Admit Applicants

High School students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability may be permitted to enroll as university students while completing their high school programs. There are three types of dual enrollment programs:

  1. Early Admission is for students who have typically completed their junior year in high school and would like to enroll at the University as full-time students for their senior year of high school to complete their high school graduation requirements. Students must submit an application for admission by the published application deadline date. In addition, the following information is required:
    • official copy of high school transcript(s);
    • official copy of SAT Reasoning Test, redesigned SAT (rSAT), or ACT; and
    • Completed Early Admission/Dual Enrollment Authorization Form
  2. Dual Enrollment On-Campus is for students who desire to dual enroll on a part-time basis, taking one or two courses on campus, while completing their high school course work. Students must submit an application for admission by the published application deadline date, as well as all items listed above. Additional documentation may be required.
  3. Dual Enrollment Off-Campus is for students whose high schools sponsor on-site courses at specific high schools. Students earn both high school and college credit for successful completion of course work. Each respective high school selects students who are eligible to participate in these programs. Contact your high school guidance office for detailed information.

Transfer Applicants

Any Transfer student who meets minimum admission requirements as stated in Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.004 is encouraged to submit an application. Students should apply online at http://admissions.ucf.edu and arrange to have official transcripts sent from all colleges attended. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions computes a grade point average (GPA) for each institution attended, as well as a cumulative GPA on all college courses attempted. This computation does recognize plus or minus grades and only recognizes grade forgiveness when it is used as part of an awarded statewide articulated Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Arts degree from a Florida public institution. Applicants must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be in good standing as a degree-seeking student at the last institution attended to be considered for admission to UCF. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Transfer students are required to complete at least 30 hours in residence at UCF to earn a bachelor’s degree. In addition, students must complete 48 hours in residence at UCF to be eligible to receive baccalaureate honors recognition at the time of graduation.

Transfer Applicants with Fewer Than 60 Credit Hours

Transfers with less than 30 transferrable semester hours: Must minimally meet freshman high school unit entrance requirements, the high school academic GPA and minimum SAT Reasoning, redesigned SAT, or ACT. They must also have at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 system for all college-level academic courses attempted and be in good standing (minimum 2.0 GPA) and eligible to return as a degree-seeking student to the last institution attended. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Transfers with 30 or more but less than 60 transferrable semester hours: Must minimally have successfully completed (C or higher) at least one English Composition course and one college level mathematics course that consists of three (3) semester credit hours, as well as demonstrated foreign language competency equivalent to the second high school level or the elementary 2 level at an undergraduate institution. They must have at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 system for all college-level academic courses attempted and be in good standing (minimum 2.0 GPA) and eligible to return as a degree-seeking student to the last institution attended. High school transcripts may be required to demonstrate completion of the foreign language admission requirement. Students not meeting these requirements must meet the requirements for transfer students with less than 30 transferrable semester hours. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Transfer Applicants with an A.A. Degree from a Florida Public Institution

Admission of Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree graduates from Florida College System institutions and Florida state universities is governed by the Articulation Agreement between the state universities and Florida College System institutions of Florida, as approved by the State Department of Education. The agreement states: The associate in arts degree is the basic transfer degree of the Florida College System institutions. It is the primary basis for admission of transfer students from Florida College System institutions to upper division study in a state university. Every associate in arts graduate of a Florida College System institution shall be granted admission to an upper division program consistent with Section 1007.23, F.S. Admission to each student’s preferred public postsecondary institution or program is not guaranteed.

Any student admitted without demonstrated competency in a foreign language or American Sign Language equivalent to the second high school level or the elementary 2 level at an undergraduate institution must satisfy the admission requirement prior to graduation. Florida College System institution Associate in Arts graduates are guaranteed the following rights under the Statewide Articulation Agreement (State DOE Rule 6A-10.024):

  1. Admission to one of the twelve state universities, except to “limited access” programs (programs that have additional admission requirements);
  2. Acceptance of at least 60 credit hours by the state universities toward the baccalaureate degree;
  3. Transfer of equivalent courses under the statewide Course Numbering System;
  4. Acceptance by the state universities of credit earned in accelerated programs (e.g., CLEP, AP, PEP, Dual Enrollment, Early Admission, and International Baccalaureate);
  5. No additional General Education Core requirements;
  6. Advanced knowledge of selection criteria for limited access programs; and
  7. Equal opportunity with native university students to enter limited programs.

Should any guarantee be denied, students have the right of appeal through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Admissions and Standards Committee.

Transfer Applicants - More Than 60 Hours, Have Not Received an A.A. Degree from a Florida Public Institution

Undergraduate transfer applicants who desire to be admitted as upper division students must have met, at least, all of the following requirements:

  • A minimum of a 2.0 GPA and 60 credit hours of academic course work;
  • The English and Mathematics requirements of the Gordon Rule; and,
  • Demonstrated competency at the elementary 2 level in one foreign language or American Sign Language at an undergraduate institution. This requirement applies to those students without the required demonstrated proficiency equivalent to the second high school level.

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Second Bachelor’s Degree Applicants

Second Bachelor’s Degree applications are processed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Registrar’s Office. Guidelines for which office students should make application to are outlined as follows:

  • Students who have never attended the University of Central Florida as degree seeking undergraduate students must apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students should complete the undergraduate admissions application online at http://admissions.ucf.edu/.
  • Students who have previously attended the University of Central Florida as a degree-seeking undergraduate student should apply through the Registrar’s Office. These students should follow the Readmission procedure located online at http://registrar.ucf.edu/readmission-application.

Credits from a Previous Baccalaureate Degree

Graduates from other regionally-accredited four-year U.S. institutions who apply for admission to work toward a second undergraduate degree must meet the regular requirements of the university (as defined in the “Undergraduate Degree Requirements ” section of this Undergraduate Catalog). Students must meet all transfer GPA requirements. A baccalaureate degree or higher from another regionally accredited four-year U.S. institution satisfies the General Education Program requirements and also provides exemption from the foreign language requirements for admission and graduation.

Note: A baccalaureate degree or higher from a non-US institution with fewer than the equivalent of 120 credit hours will not automatically be credited as a baccalaureate degree. Students will be classified according to the number of semester credit hours earned rather than a second-degree seeking applicant. A baccalaureate degree from a non-US institution will not automatically satisfy the General Education Program requirements. If a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year U.S. institution includes credit from a non-regionally accredited institution, the credit from the non-regionally accredited institution may not be included as transfer credit. This would result in the transfer of less than the total number of credit hours awarded within the baccalaureate degree.

Transient Student Applicants

A student in good standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA at the last regionally-accredited institution attended who desires to enroll for one term at UCF may be considered for admission as a transient student. Such enrollment terminates at the end of one term and does not presuppose degree-seeking admission to the University. A transient student must submit an official transcript from the last institution attended. Transient student applications must be received by the appropriate application deadline. If a student’s last school of attendance is a Florida public institution, they must apply through the Florida Shines website at http://www.floridashines.org. Transient students are not eligible to receive financial aid. Registration is permitted on a space-available basis. Meeting minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee admission.

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

A student who wishes to attend UCF, but not work toward a degree and has not already earned a bachelor’s degree, must apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree seeking applicants must follow the same procedure and must meet the same admission requirements as transfer applicants. Please see the details on the previous page for transfer applicants. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

A student who has already earned a bachelor’s degree and wishes to attend as non-degree seeking should follow the procedure through our Graduate Admissions Office located at https://application.graduate.ucf.edu/#/.

International Applicants

The University of Central Florida is authorized under federal law to enroll students on non-immigrant visas. All international candidates applying for admission to UCF must submit a University of Central Florida Undergraduate Admissions Application online at http://admissions.ucf.edu. Because of additional processing time needed for non-immigrant students joining UCF on F-1 or J-1 visas, those students should submit the application and all required academic documentation by the international application deadlines, as follows: Fall: March 1; Spring: September 1, and Summer: January 1.

The following items will be needed in order to review an application for admission. Specifics regarding which documents are required for freshman and transfer students can be found on our International Applicants page: https://admissions.ucf.edu/apply/international/.

  • UCF admission application with the required $30.00 non-refundable application fee (credit card or e-check online, check or money order in U.S. currency). The online application is available on our website at http://www.admissions.ucf.edu. First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students can also apply using the Common Application at http://www.commonapp.org.
  • Students who attend/have attended an international secondary school must submit official transcripts, graduation certificates, and/or exam results of all secondary work to UCF. If you have questions regarding required documentation, please refer to the reference guide by country at:https://www.ucf.edu/admissions/undergraduate/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/11/Intl-Secondary-School-Credentials-Country-Reference-Guide-v.-1.0.pdf  . All documentation submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal translation performed by a certified translator at the issuing institution, government agency, or by a translator certified by the American Translators Association https://www.atanet.org/clients/client_certified_translation.php.
  • Official AP, IB, AICE, CLEP, CAPE, and GCE A/AS Level score reports for exams taken. CAPE and GCE AS/A-Level examinations results, not granted by Cambridge Assessment International Education, will need to be submitted for evaluation by one of these agencies: Josef Silny & Associates or World Education Services.
  • If the student has attended any international universities, an English translation and evaluation of work completed at each institution will be necessary. Transcripts should be sent to one of the agencies below for a course-by-course evaluation. Please note that if 60 or more transferable credit hours have been earned at a post-secondary institution, it will not be necessary to submit the secondary school records and SAT/ACT scores. In specific instances, for applicants with 30 to less than 60 transferable credit hours, it may also be unnecessary to submit these documents as well. Please go to https://admissions.ucf.edu/30-or-more-fewer-than-60/ for more information.
  • Demonstrated English proficiency can be evidenced by one of the following:
    • proof that the student is from a country where English is the only official language
    • establishing that a prior bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree was earned from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States
    • establishing that a prior bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree was earned from a country where English is the only official language, or a university at which English is the only official language of instruction
    • submitting a qualifying score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Qualifying scores for undergraduate applicants are a TOEFL computer-based score of 220, a TOEFL internet-based score of 80, a TOEFL paper-based score of 550, or an IELTS score of 6.5
    • presenting a minimum 520 EBRW rSAT score or 480 Critical Reading SAT or 20 ACT (English section)
    • completion of 4 years of English at a secondary school in the U.S.
    • completion of the English Language Institute’s (ELI) level 8 or higher with a grade of a “B” or better
    • completion of EAP 2851  with a grade of a “C” or better or placement into ENC 1101  
    • an onsite assessment by UCF ELI faculty qualified to administer English proficiency assessment and determining that the student is English proficient at the university level
  • Results of the SAT Reasoning Test, redesigned SAT (rSAT), or ACT will be required if the student has earned less than 30 credit hours of college credit and may be required if the student has earned at least 30 but less than 60  transferrable semester hours. Information regarding these examinations may be obtained from the College Board (SAT) at http://www.collegeboard.org (UCF code: 5233) or from ACT at http://www.act.org (UCF code: 0735). While there are no specific minimum score requirements for these examinations for admission, they are used in conjunction with other required credentials, and students should prepare sufficiently to achieve the highest possible score on these exams.

F-1 applicants must complete and submit required financial and immigration documents with UCF Global by the term specific deadline, including a “Certification of Finances” form and supporting financial documents indicating financial support to cover educational and other expenses for the first year of study. These documents can be found online at https://www.international.ucf.edu/international-students-scholars-and-professionals/international-admissions/undergraduate/ and must be on file prior to the issuance of the I-20 or DS-2019 forms by the University.

Educational Translations and Evaluations

Foreign diplomas must meet the requirements specified in Florida Statutes, section 229.814. UCF will accept evaluations of academic credit from these agencies:

Josef Silny and Associates World Education Services
http://www.jsilny.org http://www.wes.org

Mandatory Health Insurance for International Students on F and J Visas

Each international student on a F or J visa offered admission and dependents of J visa students shall, prior to registration for classes, submit proof of required health insurance coverage to UCF Student Health Services to comply with the State of Florida mandatory health insurance requirement for F and J students. Minimum coverage limits are posted on the Student Health Services website at http://www.studenthealth.ucf.edu. Use the link for International Students that directs you to information specific to the UCF-endorsed health insurance plan that meets all the State of Florida requirements. Proof of insurance coverage must be submitted to Student Health Services via the online submission system and may not be submitted via email.

The University reserves the right to refuse registration to any international student on F or J visa who fails to comply with this insurance requirement or who is unable to supply satisfactory proof of insurance. The University also reserves the right to withdraw from classes any international student who fails to maintain insurance coverage, cancels insurance coverage while still enrolled as a student, or avoids in any way the responsibility to comply with the insurance requirement. For questions, call UCF Student Health Services at 407-823-6295 or go to their website noted above.

Non-Academic Admission Clearances

Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.001 (7) authorizes universities to refuse admission to applicants due to past misconduct. The University further requires the Vice President For Student Development and Enrollment Services or his/her designee to review all applications disclosing information regarding any prior criminal conviction or conduct problem at another institution and to make a decision as to whether the admission of this applicant will be in the best interest of the University. This statement describes the procedure and assigns responsibility for the review of these applications for admission. Applicants who fail to disclose any prior criminal conviction or conduct problem at another institution and such fact is subsequently discovered by the University, shall be denied admission or readmission, or may receive any other academic and/or disciplinary action prescribed by the University, including but not limited to academic dismissal.

Transfer Credit: All Applicants

All grades from a regionally-accredited college or university in transfer courses that are normally part of a baccalaureate degree program are shown on the student’s permanent UCF record. Effective Fall 2001, the University recognizes a grading system of plus or minus. In addition, grade forgiveness is honored only if it has been awarded as part of an AA or a specific statewide articulated AS degree from a Florida public institution. Credit is not awarded based on job descriptions, life experience, course work that is non-academic, or transfer course work from a non-regionally accredited institution included within a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution.

Accredited Institutions

For the purposes of this Undergraduate Catalog, “Accredited Institutions” means those colleges and universities accredited by any of the following seven regional associations:

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges - (ACCJC);
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC);
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NECHE);
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE);
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU);
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC);
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

The accreditation status of all foreign institutions must be evaluated through either Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. or World Education Services.

All college-level credits earned for which official transcripts or evaluations have been submitted will be compiled into a “Transfer Summary Report” (TSR) soon after the student is offered admission. Some credits listed on the TSR may not be applicable toward graduation course requirements. The TSR will be the basis for constructing a Degree Audit, which applies earned credits to the intended degree program. The Degree Audit provides the student with an assessment of which degree requirements have been met and what remains to be satisfied. Although all college-level course work transferred from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent on an international evaluation from WES or JS&A is shown on the TSR and the UCF transcript, applicability of the course toward a degree requirement is determined by the college/school/department of the major that owns the course.

General Education Transfer Credits

Transfer students from a Florida College System institution or state university may satisfy the General Education Program requirements of UCF by completing the general education program prescribed by that institution. Transfer applicants with incomplete general education programs will have their credits evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Credits from Private and Out-of-State Institutions

Transfer credit from private junior and senior colleges and out-of-state institutions will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Each student must submit the necessary petition(s) to the appropriate college/school/department of the major that owns the course to determine which courses will transfer with regard to degree progress at UCF. Transfer courses that meet the requirements of the General Education Program and the Gordon Rule are determined through the process described in the “Undergraduate Degree Requirements ” chapter of this Undergraduate Catalog. Petition procedures vary by college. Generally, the petitioning of transfer courses for satisfaction of college and major requirements should be done during the second full term of the student’s residency at UCF, so that the accepted transfer courses are understood clearly by the student and the faculty advisor early in the student’s tenure at UCF.

Credits from Military Service School Courses

Completed military service school courses may be evaluated on the basis of the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) when official credentials have been properly presented. While credit may be granted when courses are equivalent to those offered by the University, recommendations by the ACE are not binding upon the University. Even though military records may have been evaluated by another regionally-accredited institution, it is important to have official credentials sent to UCF for evaluation. Credit is not awarded for basic training.

Baccalaureate Honors

Transfer students should be aware that eligibility for graduation with baccalaureate honors requires the completion of a minimum of 48 credit hours at UCF and is based upon an overall grade point average (including all transfer credit). For more details, refer to ‘Academic Honors ’ within the “Academic Regulations and Procedures” section of this Undergraduate Catalog.