University of Central Florida: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Central Florida is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 43%. UCF has the largest enrollment of any Florida college and is one of the nation's largest public universities. University of Central Florida offers over 220 degree programs with top majors including engineering, computer science, psychology, and biology. The UCF Knights compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to UCF? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of Central Florida had an acceptance rate of 43%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 43 students were admitted, making UCF's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 41,816
Percent Admitted 43%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 40%

SAT Scores and Requirements

UCF requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 69.5% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 670
Math 570 670
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UCF's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Central Florida scored between 590 and 670, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 670, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 670. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1340 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UCF.

Requirements

UCF does not require the SAT writing section. Note that the University of Central Florida participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. At UCF, SAT Subject tests are not required.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of Central Florida requires all applicants to submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 30.5% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 30
Math 22 27
Composite 25 29

This admissions data tells us that most of UCF's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of Central Florida received a composite ACT score between 25 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

UCF does not require the ACT writing section. Note that UCF does not superscore ACT results, your highest composite ACT score will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming UCF freshman was 4.01. These results suggest that most successful applicants to the University of Central Florida have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Central Florida Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Central Florida Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Central Florida. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Central Florida, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has become increasingly selective. Most accepted students have above average test scores and grades. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had "B" or higher averages, SAT scores of 1100 or above, and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher.

The difference between a rejection and an acceptance might be the result of your high school preparation or the specific requirements of your planned program of study. UCF gives extra weight to AP, IB, AICE, and Dual Enrollment courses as well as other advanced college preparatory classes. If your grades and test scores are borderline for UCF, it is worth submitting the optional application essay. Whether you use the Common Application or the University of Central Florida application, make sure you put time and care into your essay so that it strengthens your overall application.