Webinar recap: countdown to college

One of our own UNF alumna turned Admissions Coordinator, Danica Mandarano, gives us her tips on preparing for college. She walks you through the process of deciding on a school, applying, paying and settling in. If you missed her live presentation, you can watch the full webinar below. But for now, here are some important points to remember.

What should you look for in a college?

  • Size: UNF is a medium-sized school with about 16,000 students.
  • Location
  • Majors
  • Student Life
  • Services
  • Safety
  • Scholarship
  • Cost

State University System (SUS) Requirements for UNF

  • 4 English credits
  • 4 Math credits (Algebra I or higher)
  • 3 Science credits
  • 3 Social Science credits
  • 2 Foreign Language credits
  • 2 Academic Elective credits

Weighted GPA (AP, IB, Dual)

Enrollment, AICE = 1 point

Honors = 0.5 point

Grade of C or higher required


What you should focus on in Ninth Grade:

  • Get a plan (meet with your high school counselor)
  • Study hard
  • Get involved (sports, clubs, etc)
  • Load up on academics

What you should focus on in Tenth Grade:

  • Take higher level courses (Honors or AP)
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Make a list of colleges you are interested in

What you should focus on in Eleventh Grade:

  • Go to College Fairs
  • Do your research (learn more about the colleges you are interested in and others that offer what you are interested in studying)
  • Hit the road and take campus tours!
  • Designate an email address
  • Attend important events
  • Test early

What you should focus on in Twelfth Grade:

  • Retake tests (UNF uses your highest test scores)
  • Create a master calendar of important dates
  • Check deadlines and apply early
  • Keep up the good work!
  • Have fun!


College Entrance Testing





UNF takes the sum of Verbal and Math


Redesigned SAT (rSAT):



UNF takes the sum of Reading/Writing and Math






Science Reasoning

UNF takes the average of those for sections for a composite score


*UNF super-scores your tests so it is important to send us ALL your test scores. This means, for example, if you take the ACT the first time and score a 23 on the math portion, but retake it and score a 25, we will use the higher score of 25 to create your composite score.


UNF Academic Profile:

  • Fall (Mid-Range)

GPA: 3.6-4.4

SAT: 1130-1250

ACT: 25-28

rSAT: 1200-1320

  • Summer (Mid-Range)

GPA: 3.0-3.6

SAT: 1000-1120

ACT: 21-24

rSAT: 1070-1190

When you apply to UNF, even if you select that you are applying for a FALL term, we will consider you for all terms. That way we can match your academic profile up with the one that you most match.


Application Materials:

  • Application
  • $30 application fee (or fee waiver)
  • High school transcripts, plus any AP, IB, AICE or Dual Enrollment transcripts
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

*It’s important to note that you CAN submit an application without submitting your high school transcripts and test scores. You can send those at a later date if you are still finishing classes or retesting.


Majors/Minors at UNF:

UNF has over 50 undergraduate degrees, six of which are our Flagship Programs. We specialize in Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Coastal Biology, International Business, Transportation and Logistics and Music. These are nationally recognized programs that are funded and resourced.

UNF has plenty of minors to help define your major, or to just give you the opportunity to learn something else!

Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLO):

Here at UNF, we pride ourselves on the ability to give each student the chance to participate in Transformational Learning Opportunities. These TLOs give students the chance to take what they’re learning in the classroom and bring it out into the community.

For example:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics students were able to create a nutrition plan for the NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Nursing students have the opportunity to do clinical rotations in a number of local hospitals and healthcare facilities, including Mayo Clinic.
  • Education students are able to work in real classrooms and teach students, while they are still a student.
  • Biology students can take a research class where they actually go out with their professor to catch and tag sharks.
  • Construction Management students have had the opportunity to build and create habitable spaces out of shipping containers.

Campus Life at UNF:

  • Over 200 clubs and organizations
  • Eco Adventures (kayaking, paddle boards, zip lining)
  • Located on a Nature Preserve

Financial Aid at UNF:

Always fill out your FAFSA even if you are not sure if you are eligible for any aid!

If you have any questions about paying for college, our financial aid coordinators would love to help you. They can be reached at (904) 620-5555, or visit the website for more information. www.unf.edu/onestop/finaid/


If you have any questions regarding the application process, contact the admissions office at:


(904) 620-5555

To apply to UNF click here: www.unf.edu/admissions/applynow

To watch the full webinar, click here.

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