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University of Central Florida 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Sugandhi Sood Sugandhi Sood
Study Abroad Expert

With more than 67,000 domestic and international students, the University of Central Florida is one of the biggest universities in the USA. This student population comprises students from 155+ countries across the world. As per enrollment stats, University of Central Florida received exactly 46,573 applications during its Fall admissions in 2019. Of these, 7,810 students enrolled in various UG and PG programs.

For the academic year of 2020-2021, international students can choose from UCF’s 220+ degree programs, more than any other college in Florida. These include 101 bachelor's, 88 masters, and 32 doctoral, and 3 specialist programs.

University of Central Florida admissions 2020 is a simple process for international applicants and is similar across all undergraduate and graduate programs. Along with all the academic requirements, it is highly significant for them to submit proof of available finances to cover at least the first year of their studies.

  • No deadline extension due to COVID 19 situation.
  • UCF has three intake seasons: Fall, Spring, and Summer and international applications are for all.
  • Average incoming Freshmen GPA at University of Central Flordia is 4.17.
  • Minimum GPA requirement for graduate programs at UCF is 3.0/4.0, however, the average scores of enrolled students are 3.5.
  • Submission of GRE/GMAT test score is not mandatory for graduate admissions.
  • UCF Admissions decisions for UG programs are notified before May 31. Those for PG programs vary.

University of Central Florida Highlights

Application PortalCommon Application; Official Website
Application Fee30 USD
Total number of Colleges13
Average undergraduate GPA4.17
Average graduate GPA3.5
Average SAT1332
Average ACT27.2
Intake SeasonsFall, Spring, Summer
Academic CalendarSemester
Cost of living (international)33,689 USD
International Admissions HelpdeskUCF Global
Financial Aid for International StudentsAvailable but limited

University of Central Florida Admission Deadlines

International students are advised to start their University of Central Florida application process a year before the intake season. As mentioned, international students are welcome to apply for all three intake seasons.

The University of Central Florida deadlines for 2020 admission vary for undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students. The same has been tabulated below:

Study LevelFall (August – December)Spring (January – May)Summer (May – July)
UndergraduateMarch 1September 1January 1
GraduateJanuary 15July 1November 1
TransferJuly 1November 1March 1

Note: Time period between September and December is suitable for the students who want to apply for summer or fall next year.

University of Central Florida International Admissions

To study abroad in a globally recognized institution like UCF, international students are required to present a set of documents at the time of application. Applicants are encouraged to check the list of supporting documents and keep them handy to ensure a smooth process.

Checklist of the student supporting documentation for the University of Central Florida admission 2020 are:

  • Official transcripts/graduation certificates
  • English language proficiency
  • Statement of purpose(Wherever required)
  • Letters of Recommendation(Wherever required)
  • Program-specific test scores of different standardized exams
  • 1-20 Request Form
  • Copy of Passport (6 months validity)
  • Certification of Finances
  • Financial Support Documents

English Language Requirements

Demonstration of proficiency in the English language is a must for all international students belonging to non-English speaking countries. For this, students can submit test scores of qualifying exams like TOEFL and IELTS. The minimum score requirements are tabulated below:

English Proficiency TestUG and PG Score RequirementMBA Program Score Requirement
TOEFL (CBT)220233
TOEFL (iBT)8091
TOEFL (PBT)550577

Apart from this, there are other ways for international students to establish their proficiency in the English language, such as:

  • Minimum 520 EBRW rSAT or 480 critical reading SAT or 20 ACT (English section).
  • An onsite assessment by UCF ELI faculty qualified to administer fluency in English language.

Students who fail to fulfill ELP requirements but excels in all other admission requirements will be considered for UCF’s English language program.

University of Central Florida Visa Requirements

All international students need to have an F-1 or J-1 student visa to study in the USA and at University of Central Florida. Students with admission letters are recommended to apply early to provide ample time for visa processing.

Every UCF international student needs to submit the following immigration-related documents to UCF Global.

  • Request I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) student status
  • Copy of Passport
  • Certificate of Finances
  • One (1) 2x2 photograph
  • Proof of financial support

After receiving their I-20 form, students can visit the nearby US Embassy/Consulate to prepare for their visa interview. Applicants must note that June, July, and August are the busiest months and scheduling interview appointments are most difficult.

Note: The supporting Financial documents should showcase that the applicant can cover the cost of attendance (COA) for at least one academic year. At UCF, the COS for UG and PG programs are 35,055 USD and 38,575 USD. Remember this is the cost of attendance for the academic session 2020-2021. In case, the students require any financial assistance, they can check the available scholarships at University of Central Florida.

University of Central Florida Undergraduate Admissions

Each year thousands of international applicants apply for different undergraduate programs at the University of Central Florida. The office of undergraduate admission coordinates the admission and enrollment process for all UG first-time-in-college and transfer students.

Incoming international students have to declare their undergraduate major at the time of admission process.

Application Portal: Students need to apply through The Common Application or the official website of the university.

Application Fee: 30 USD

Academic Documents Required:

  • Completed University of Central Florida Online Application Form
  • Certified copy of official transcripts and school leaving certificate
    • Certified English translations of all academic documents, if required
  • Certification of Finances/ Financial Support Documents minimum available finances of 35,055 USD.
  • Copy of Passport and I-20 Request Form

University of Central Florida Graduate Admissions

University of Central Florida received over 5,500 applications for its various graduate programs in Fall 2019, enrolling only 2,172. UCF is one of the few colleges in the USA where GRE/GMAT scores are not mandatory for all the graduate-level programs

Application Portal: UCF Graduate Application

Application Fee: 30 USD

Documents Required:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA 3.0 on the scale of 4.0 OR
    • Upper-division undergraduate student OR
    • Professional degree from a regionally accredited US institution or equivalent foreign institution.
  • If GRE/GMAT score is not required, then course-by-course evaluation is done.
    • Students must have scored at least 3.0 GPA from the US (bachelor’s degree) or equivalent.
  • Supporting documents:
    • Official certificate of degree along with one official transcript. The documents must have an original seal or signature of the institution.
    • The documents must be translated into the English language.

Note: The transcripts and documents must not be sent in the original form as they would not be returned.

Popular Programs at University of Central Florida

The university offers 220+ degree programs to its incoming undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the popular graduate-level programs offered by the University of Central Florida are given below:

University of Central Florida MBA Admissions

DeadlineJanuary 15
Academic requirementsOfficial Transcripts, Resume, Goal Statement, Recommendations (3), Interview
Test Scores RequirementsGMAT
TOEFL/IELTSTOEFL – 557 (PBT), 233 (CBT), 91 (iBT)
IELTS – 7.0

University of Central Florida  in MHA (Health Administration)

DeadlineFall: January 15
Spring: July 1
Academic requirementsOfficial transcripts; Goal statement; Resume;
course-by-course credential evaluation
Test Scores RequirementsGRE/GMAT

University of Central Florida MS in Computer Science

DeadlineFall: January 15
Spring: July 1
Academic requirementsOfficial transcripts; Resume; LOR(not compulsory)
Test Scores RequirementsGRE

University of Central Florida MSA Accounting

DeadlineFall: January 15
Spring: July 1
Summer: November 1
Academic requirementsOfficial transcripts, resume, minimum GPA 3.0
Test Scores RequirementsGMAT
IELTS: 7.0

University of Central Florida Master of Social Work

DeadlineNovember 1
Academic requirementsOfficial transcripts, resume, 3LORs, writing sample, interviews
Test Scores RequirementsNot Specified

International students are required to send a copy of their transcripts after being evaluated course-by-course by an accredited evaluation agency like WES or Josef Silney.


Ques. Can I check my application status after submission?

Ans. All international applicants can access the status of their application online through myUCF.

Ques. How can I submit my official transcripts to UCF?

Ans. Applicants have to upload the scanned PDF copies of their transcripts. Ensure that you upload copies of the official transcripts issued by the Registrar.
Copies of unofficial transcripts or screenshots of the grades will not be accepted.

Ques. When Can I expect an admission decision from UCF?

Ans. Most undergraduate applicants are notified by May 31 at the latest. Admission decisions for graduate courses vary from department to department. They can be confirmed by their respective departments. Some graduate catalogs of the programs also contain this information.

Ques. Is TOEFL required for all UCF programs?

Ans. All applicants who do not hold a US bachelor's degree need proof of English language proficiency. There are many options other than TOEFL, including IELTS and other pathways.
The minimum TOEFL-iBT score accepted is 80. Those who opt for IELTS must obtain the band score of 6.5 or higher.

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