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Sections of the Application
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Sections of the Application
The Online Application
- Personal Information: Carefully consider your responses before you begin to write. In fact, you should prepare your responses in advance, review them with your parents, an adviser or a teacher, and revise them. The best responses are always those that have been refined and polished. This section asks for general contact, family and demographic information.
- Application Information: This is the written response section of the application. You will need to provide family information, personal résumé information and a personal essay. The family and résumé sections request details of your family background, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, unique talents and any other experience, situation, program or activity that helped you decide to apply to the university. Please compose your responses in a word processing program before pasting them into the application. You should keep your formatting as simple as possible; special features such as bold, italic, underline and quotation marks are generally lost when the text is placed into the application text boxes. Do not mail your essay or résumé to the Office of Admissions. All information should be submitted online.
- Remember: There is a 950-character limit (approx. 150 words) for each of the résumé questions and a 3885-character limit (approx. 450 words) for the personal essay.
- Education Background: This section requests details of your high school education, college courses taken and test score results. Remember: Official copies of your test scores and transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions.
- Residency Information: Establishing your residency is important, as it determines whether your tuition is based on Florida resident or non-Florida resident rates. With very few exceptions, applicants younger than 24 years of age will need a parent or guardian to complete and sign the residency pages. To establish Florida residency, claimants must provide proof of Florida residency as evidenced by a Florida driver's license, vehicle registration and/or voter registration.
The Family and Personal Résumé Questions
- No application is complete without this information. Do not attempt to type or to paste an actual résumé into a single text box. Each box has a 950-CHARACTER limit (approx. 150 words with room for spacing between paragraphs).
- Organize your material first by category: family obligations; special programs and activities; extracurricular activities; community service; honors, awards and recognitions; and employment.
- Refine the material and stay within the text limits.
- Place your responses into the appropriate text boxes.
The family questions:
- Do you have to work to supplement your family income? If so, please describe.
- Do you have family obligations that limit your participation in extracurricular activities?
The personal résumé questions:
- List any programs or activities that helped you prepare for higher education, such as University Outreach, Talent Search, Upward Bound, etc.
- Extracurricular activities. List the organization(s) that are most important to you and in which you have made your highest achievements. Include your position, a description of the activity and the number of hours you contributed each week.
- Community service. List the type of work, your role and the number of hours you volunteered each week.
- Honors, awards and recognitions. List each and describe the level and the number of years of your involvement.
- Employment. List and describe each job you've had, including the date of employment, the job title and the hours you worked each week.
About this Document
A section by section breakdown of UF's undergraduate application.