COLLEGE APPLICATION GUIDE

Class of 2019 College Application Guide

Florida Atlantic University

Rolling Admissions - Apply online beginning Fall July 1st and Summer Feb 15th at www.fau.edu/admissions  (no essay
required)
Priority Application deadline February 15, 2019
Scholarships - http://www.fau.edu/admissions/scholarships-fr.php
Freshman scholarship deadline December 15, 2018; Freshman scholarship deadline January 15, 2019
FAFSA Deadline: December 15, 2018
Florida Gulf Coast University
Rolling Admissions - Apply online beginning Jan 9 (spring) June 1 (summer) Sept 1. (Fall) at www.fgcu.edu/eagles
NO Admissions Essay Required
Fall & Summer Priority Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
FAFSA Deadline: March 1, 2019
Scholarship Opportunities: http://www.fgcu.edu/foundation/scholarships.asp
Fall Admission Merit & Presidential Gold Scholarship Deadline: Nov 15, 2018

Florida A & M University

Rolling Admissions – Beginning September 1, 2018 https://www.famu.edu /admissions
(If you are using an application fee waiver, you must submit a paper application.)
Application Deadlines
Summer 2019: March 1, 2019
Fall 2018: May 1, 2019
November 30, 2018* | Admission application for priority Scholarship Consideration (if eligible)
Scholarship Opportunities: http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?Scholarships&SchoolsandColleges
Admissions Essay: Your personal statement should be no longer than 250 words each or a total of 500 words for both
personal statements.
1. Describe an activity, interest, experience, or achievement in your life (this could be a book, movie or an activity or
experience at work, home or school) that has been particularly meaningful to you.
2. How has your family history, culture, or environment influenced who you are?
3. What qualities or unique characteristics do you possess that would allow you to contribute to the university
community?

Florida International University

Rolling Admissions - Apply online beginning July (Fall) http://admissions.fiu.edu/
Scholarships - November 1, 2018 – Priority Scholarship Consideration
http://admissions.fiu.edu/financial/scholarships.php
FAFSA Application Opens: October 1, 2018
Essay Topic: Students essay used for holistic review process
Please reflect back on your high school experience and write a letter to your high school self. What advice would you
give yourself?

Florida Polytechnic University (Requires SSAR – See schools website for details)

Rolling Admissions – Application opens online beginning July 1st
Early Decision deadline: November 1, 2018
Priority deadline: January 1, 2019
Scholarship Opportunities: https://floridapolytechnic.org/admissions/tuitionfinancial-aid/florida-poly-scholarships/

Florida State University (Requires SSAR – See schools website for details)

Rolling Admissions - Apply online beginning August 1 at http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/students.html
Scholarship Opportunities: http://admissions.fsu.edu/freshman/finances/scholarships.cfm
First Deadline is November 1, 2018 – Decision by January 25, 2019 (CARE Program Deadline)
Second Deadline is February 7, 2019 – Decision by March 29, 2019
FAFSA Deadline: December 1, 2018

*LAST ACT/SAT TEST SCORES ACCEPTED: December Tests are the Last Scores Accepted for January Notification
*View The Coalition Application Steps Form for Instructions & Essay

FSU Summer Bridge (Care Program) Deadline 2018
First Deadline is November 1, 2018 – Decision by January 25, 2019 (CARE Program Deadline)
Academic Requirements 3.0 GPA (weighted) SAT 980, and ACT 19

New College of Florida

Apply online beginning August 1 at https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx
Priority decision deadline November 1 2018 – Scholarship deadline April 15, 2019 *View Common App for Essay Topics
and app instructions. Scholarship Opportunities: http://www.ncf.edu/scholarships

University of Central Florida

Rolling Admissions – Beginning July 15 Apply online at http://www.admissions.ucf.edu  or
https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx
Application deadlines: March 1 for Summer. May 1 for Fall. (RECOMMENDED DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1st)
Scholarship Opportunities: http://admissions.ucf.edu/cost/
FAFSA Deadline: December 1, 2018
*View Common App Steps Form for Instructions & Essay Topics

University of Florida (Requires SSAR – See schools website for details)

Apply online beginning August 1 at Website: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu  or
http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/students.html
Deadline: November 1, 2018 / SSAR December 1, 2018 Decision: February, 2019
Scholarship Opportunities: http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/programs/scholarships/
FAFSA Deadline: December 15, 2018
*LAST ACT/SAT TEST SCORES ACCEPTED: November Tests are the Last Scores Accepted for February Notification
*View The Coalition Application Steps Form for Instructions & Essay Topics

University of North Florida

Rolling Admissions - Apply online beginning June 1 at http://www.unf.edu/admissions/applynow/
Scholarship Opportunities:
http://www.unf.edu/admissions/scholarships/Freshman_Merit_Scholarships.aspx
http://www.unf.edu/admissions/scholarships/Freshman_Need-Based_Scholarships.aspx
Priority Scholarship Deadline: October 15, 2018
Admissions Essay – Not Required
Although there is no essay required for admissions, I highly recommend writing one for the Merit-Based Scholarship.
Merit-Based Scholarship Essay Prompts:
1. What is most appealing to you about UNF?
2. What details of your life (your history, experiences, etc.) set you apart from other candidates?
3. How has your work and/or volunteer shaped you?

University of South Florida

Rolling Decision beginning July 15 www.usf.edu/admissions or http://usfweb2.usf.edu/admissions/apply.html
Scholarship Opportunities: http://usfweb2.usf.edu/admissions/scholarships.html
Priority Scholarship Deadline: January 15, 2019
Admissions Essay – Not Required
NOTE: USF does not require this information with your initial application. However, in the event that you are deferred for any reason (including semester grades or new test scores), we encourage you to submit this additional documentation. You should send no more than two letters of recommendation, and the recommendations that mean the most are written by teachers who can best vouch for your potential for academic success in college.

University of West Florida

Apply online Beginning September 1st at: https://www.gowestflorida.org/go/
Scholarship Opportunities: http://uwf.edu/finaid/scholarships.cfm
Admissions Essay – Not Required

Common App

Florida Universities that are part of this application include University of Central Florida and New College of Florida
https://www.commonapp.org/how-apply#component-wrapper-10

Coalition Application

The Coalition Application is an application accepted by 140 accredited colleges and universities, including all eight Ivy
Leagues. Florida Universities that are part of this application include University of Florida and Florida State University.
Steps for applying
A. Go to http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org
*. Click on the button that says “Create Your Account/Start An Application.”
B. Create your account
*. There will be a confirmation link sent to your e-mail. Make sure to check your junk/spam folder!!!
C. Log in as A Student.
1. Start your profile à This is information about yourself, your classes, and your extracurricular activities.
2. Add to your locker à This is where you upload files like your essays or your portfolios if you’re applying as an Arts or
Design major. You can also upload other media that is required for your preferred major (e.g.: videos for Film majors).
3. Invite contacts à This application allows you to invite your counselors, teachers, parents, etc. to aid in completing your
application (e.g.: submitting a letter of recommendation).
4. Build your college list à This is where you select the colleges you want to send your application to.
*. You can only use this application to apply to any of the 140 colleges in the list on the first page. NO other
colleges accept this application.
**. The “Start Application” button for a college is only available at the time when the college is accepting applications.
D. Essay prompts for 2017-2019:

2018-2019 College Admission Testing

Standardized tests (SAT & ACT) provide colleges with a common measure to help them make admission decisions.
Additionally, they are one indicator of a student’s readiness to do college-level work. Test scores may also be used as a
criterion for awarding merit-based financial aid.
· The vast majority of higher education institutions accept both the SAT and the ACT for college admission and regard them
as equally valid.
· When students should take (or re-take) the ACT or SAT or both, depends on the students’ goals. Whether it be individual
college requirements, college placement, and/or Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility. It is best for students to allow enough
time to re-take a test if necessary.
· Students register through the College Board or ACT web sites. They must create a Log-In and Password. Please keep this
information saved in a notebook for future use. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register &
https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html
· Fee waivers are available for students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch. You may request fee waivers from Mr.
Ozdil. Fee waivers CAN be used after Registration Deadlines – Late Fees May Apply!
· Students must print Test Ticket after registration is complete. Test Ticket and Valid ID must be brought with you on test
day. If you do not have Test Ticket and Valid ID, you WILL NOT be allowed to take exam. Please bring a snack and water on
test day.
· CEEB Code or 6-digit high school code for River City Science Academy is 102252.

SAT TEST DATE TEST REGISTRATION DEADLINE

ACT TEST DATE TEST REGISTRATION DEADLINE


ACT Non-Saturday Testing
http://actstudent.org/faq/nonsat.html
*Register for the ACT on-line and look for Test Centers in your area that end with zero (0)
*You can also look up locations by visiting website and clicking on “Test  Centers”/enter state ”Florida” –
Sunday test centers will appear in bold, underlined, and contain an (*).

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