You have submitted your application materials and find out your application has been deferred. What does that mean???
Definition of Deferred
Admission to UNF has become more and more competitive over the past five years. Consequently, we often choose to defer students who we think may become admissible in the future (rather than denying their application). In other words, we consider the possibility of accepting the student at a later time. Four primary reasons a student’s application may be deferred:
Test Scores: Your GPA is fine but your SAT and/or ACT need a little work. Either your composite score is not quite competitive enough (but close), or one or more of your subsection scores doesn’t meet the required State minimums.
GPA: Your ACT/SAT scores are admissible, but your recalculated GPA is a too low.
Combination: Either your ACT/SAT scores and GPA are slightly too low, or the combination of your GPA and scores is boarder-line and just one or the other needs to be raised (Example: a student with a 3.9 GPA and a 23 ACT may be admitted, as would a student with a 3.2 GPA and a 24 ACT. However a student with a 3.2 GPA and a 23 ACT may be deferred).
Unit Deficient: Based on your transcript it appears you will not have enough credits of a certain subject and we have not been able to confirm if this in fact is the case. It also means that your grades and test scores have not been reviewed for admissibility.
What You Need to Do
First, contact your admissions recruiter or the Office of Admissions to find out why you were deferred. Note that because of Federal Privacy Laws, we will not be able to tell you over the phone or via email what your GPA and test scores are. We will however be able to tell you what we are looking for, and strategize with you about how you can become admissible.
Test Scores: For students who are deferred due to low test scores we suggest retaking the next available SAT and/or ACT test. We will let you know if it is a specific subsection that you need to increase or if we want to see an increase in your overall composite score. Remember, UNF uses super-scoring so you won’t be penalized if you retest and score lower in certain sections. We take the highest score from each subsection.
GPA: If you were deferred due to a low GPA, you must send an updated transcript once your next set of grades are available. In addition to semester grades, we will accept a 9-weeks or quarter grade report. Do remember though that quarter grades may not make a significant difference in your GPA. Be sure to do well in your classes because, unlike your test scores, a bad grade could have a negative effect on your admissibility.
Combination: Student who were deferred due to a combination of low GPA and low test scores should be prepared to both retest and submit updated grades.
Unit Deficient: This is the easiest to clear. Just call and confirm your “in-progress” classes. If we can verify that you will have the required number of credits for each subject, your application is cleared for review. This means that you could be admitted, denied, or re-deferred for one of the above reasons.
When Will You Find Out?
Your application will not be re-evaluated until we receive updated test scores and/or grades. Once you have submitted the updated information, we review deferred applications on a weekly basis. You are encouraged to contact us once you think we should have received the updated information. There will come a point in the Spring (or once our Freshman class is full) where we review all applications still in a deferred status and make a final decision. If your application is still deferred at that time, we suggest you have a back-up plan for starting school (a plan that we are happy to help you with).
Remember, if you have applied early enough, you should have plenty of time to retest or raise your grades if needed. Your admissions recruiter is the best resource to help answer questions and to strategize a plan of action. Don’t know who your recruiter is? Below is a list of UNF recruiters by region (look for your county). If you aren’t sure who to contact you should call the Office of Admissions – anyone available will be happy to help!
Region: Florida Region 1-Panhandle
Recruiter: Ryan Walker
Counties in region: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsen, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
Region: Florida Region 2-Northeast FL
Recruiter: Courtney Morrot
Counties in region: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Suwanee, St. Johns, Union
Region: Florida Region 3-East Central FL
Recruiter: Brittany Stromquist
Counties in region: Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia
Region: Florida Regions 4 & 7 – West Central & Southwest FL
Recruiter: Leandra Bruzzone
Counties in region: Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe (not the Keys), Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota
Region: Florida Region 5-Southeast FL
Recruiter: Jessica Caywood
Counties in region: Broward, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach
Region: Florida Region 6-Miami & The Keys
Recruiter: Phillip Simmons
Counties in region: Miami-Dade, The Keys
Recruiter: Kara Tucker
Counties in region: Anything outside of the state of Florida