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Your chances of getting into University of Central Florida

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

36.4%
Admission Difficulty for University of Central Florida
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at UCF is 36.4%.  Its admission rate is the 4th lowest in Florida and the 117th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into UCF and can you get accepted?

UCF is a highly competitive school to get into. You have a moderate chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 17,797 out of the 48,929 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 26 percent (SAT 1170/1350 ACT 25/30). University of Central Florida typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.64. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into UCF?

36% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to University of Central Florida you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.64 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1260 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

UCF GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.64*

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of Central Florida?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into UCF are to have around a 3.64 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCF will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at UCF is 3.64 on the 4.0 scale. 68% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #16 in Florida for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted University of Central Florida students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 68.3% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 18.4% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 10.6% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 2.1% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 0.4% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.2% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.64 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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UCF SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of Central Florida is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1170-1350

Applicants Submitting SAT 

73%
SAT Scores for University of Central Florida
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 600
Math 25th Percentile 570
Composite 25th Percentile 1170
SAT Scores for University of Central Florida
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 680
Math 75th Percentile 670
Composite 75th Percentile 1350
Average SAT Score 1260

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to University of Central Florida?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at UCF is 1260 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1170-1350. Students who get into University of Central Florida score in the top 29 percent of all SAT test takers..  UCF ranks #3 in the state of Florida and #202 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1260 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. UCF regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1170 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1170, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1080, but scores this low are outside the normal range. A competitive SAT score is very important as 73 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1260 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1260, you have around a 36% chance of being admitted. A 1350 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 52% chance of getting in.

University of Central Florida admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1350 and Above Good >52%
1260 to 1350 Avg + 36%-52%
1170 to 1260 Avg - 23%-36%
1080 to 1170 Reach 13%-23%
Less than 1080 Low <13%
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UCF ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

25-30 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

27%
ACT Scores for University of Central Florida
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 23
Composite 25th Percentile 25
ACT Scores for University of Central Florida
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 31
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into UCF?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to UCF is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 25 and 30.  The school ranks #4 in Florida and #221 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 25 and score in the score in the top 22 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 22.

27 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Central Florida.

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into UCF for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 36% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 55% with a 30 ACT score.

University of Central Florida admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >55%
27 to 30 Avg + 36%-55%
25 to 27 Avg - 25%-36%
23 to 25 Reach 17%-25%
Less than 23 Low <17%
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High School Class Rank

71% of University of Central Florida freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 35% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Central Florida students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 35%
Top 25% of class 71%
Top 50% of class 96%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

University of Central Florida admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 28,569 20,360 48,929
Accepted 10,236 7,561 17,797
Acceptance Rate 36% 37% 36%
Enrolled 3,850 3,240 7,090
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 38% 43% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

May 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

66

Applicants have 66 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on May 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Central Florida is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Central Florida and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Central Florida Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Central Florida
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because UCF is highly competitive, you have a moderate chance of acceptance depending on your GPA and test scores. If you earn at least a 3.64 GPA, you will have a fair shot at getting in. Additionally, you should score a 1260 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT to be competitive. If you can score a 1350 SAT you will be a very strong applicant.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to University of Central Florida often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=132903 IPEDS survey data for University of Central Florida.

FAQs

Does University of Central Florida prefer SAT or ACT?

73% of students submit their SAT scores to UCF. 27% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Central Florida?

36% of those who apply are granted admission to UCF. Admission competition is high and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Central Florida?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1170 and 1350. The average SAT score is 1260. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Central Florida?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 30. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.