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When will I register for classes?

All new Summer B/Fall residential, Fall PaCE, and Spring Innovation Academy admits are required to attend an orientation program, Preview. New students register for their first term classes during Preview (Summer B residential freshmen will register for both Summer and Fall terms). All admits should check their email for information on how to register for Preview. Information regarding Preview will be emailed in mid to late February. The registration process is individualized based on the term/program of the student’s admission. Newly admitted students should make their own reservation for orientation. Preview will ask students to submit important personal and academic information to enhance their orientation experience.

Students will receive a confirmation email with important tasks to complete before Preview as well as basic information about where/when to park, check in, etc. Read that email carefully. There are also several email reminders sent in the few weeks leading up to Preview, so check your email and take care of these tasks before Preview.

What classes should I take in my first term?

Most students will end up taking a combination of courses toward their major(s) of interest, General Education courses, and electives (including courses that explore other majors or minors or help student develop skills, etc.). There are several steps to helping you select appropriate classes for your first term. Because there is a lot of information to grasp in order to make optimal decisions, you will first complete Preview Prep, an on-line step-by-step process designed to provide you with a strong foundation about academics before your Preview session. At Preview we will further cover academic information needed to select courses for your first term(s). Preview Prep will be available to students beginning in mid-April. You’ll register for classes at Preview.

The University reserves seats in classes and releases them equally across all Preview sessions. So students who come to later sessions are not at a disadvantage in getting into classes. However, there are not unlimited seats in any class, so at any given time a class may appear closed. Students are guaranteed to get the first semester courses required for their major, but for other courses (General Education, electives, etc.) students will want to have alternatives identified in case their first choice is not available. Students identify multiple courses of interest as part of Preview Prep. Students can also try to add preferred classes after Preview, during a designated schedule adjustment period.

What happens in Preview Prep?

In Preview Prep, you’ll get a chance to explore majors, learn about degree requirements, how your incoming credits are likely to apply to your degree, consider your academic goals, and begin to explore the courses you might want to take. You’ll also learn in Prep if you need placement for math or chemistry courses. If you do, set aside time to do that at least several days before you attend Preview. Everything in Prep prepares you for the academic side of Preview, so you can be confident in major and course selection.

When should I meet with or speak to an advisor?

There is no need for you to meet with an advisor before your Preview session. During Preview, you will meet with an advisor several times in a small group advising setting and then in an individual advising session before you register. You’ll receive academic information about a variety of topics. You will develop a schedule for your first semester(s) and register for classes while you are at Preview.

What about majors? Do I need to know what I want to major in from the beginning?

If you are an incoming freshman, you will have ample time to explore majors and to change if your intended major does not suit your interests. As part of Preview Prep, you are given the opportunity to explore all majors offered in your program. You can also take advantage of the Exploratory student web site and CHOMP (Career Help and Major Planning), online tools that help you explore UF majors that fit your interests as well as your values, personality, interests and skills and potential career paths. When you attend Preview, you will attend presentations by two different colleges on campus to learn more about the majors offered in your program. You will declare a major, or select to be “Exploratory” when you are at Preview.

In the meantime, you can check out information about the UF majors offered in your program:

Many students change majors in their first two years at UF. Taking classes in multiple majors of interest is one of the best ways to really see what a college major is like and which major is a good match for you.

I have no idea what I want to major in, how do I figure this out?

As part of Preview Prep, you are given the opportunity to explore all majors on campus. You can also take advantage of Exploratory student web site and CHOMP (Career Help and Major Planning), online tools that help you explore UF majors that fit your interests as well as your values, personality, interests and skills and potential career paths. When you attend Preview, you may attend presentations by two different colleges on campus to learn more about the majors offered in your program. When you register for classes at Preview, you can declare the major you feel you are most likely to pursue or you can select to be “Exploratory.” Either way, you should register for courses that will help you test out several majors of interest.

I’m pre-med, but I don’t see that listed as a major. What major do I choose?

Do what you love! UF does not have a “Pre-Health” major and professional schools do not have any preference towards any particular majors. You should explore majors and choose one based on interests and abilities. Attend the pre-health session when you are at Preview for more information.
In the meantime, you can begin the process of exploring pre-health through our extensive Pre-Health advising web site.

I have taken AICE/AP/CLEP/IB exams. What courses I will get credit for and how they will apply to my degree?

As part of Preview Prep, you will input the AICE/AP/CLEP/IB exams you have taken and Prep will show the courses for which you are likely to get. You’ll even see which General Education requirements the courses fulfill. UF will accept a maximum of 45 credits via exam. Pay special attention to this section of Prep so you really begin to understand what requirements you may have met before your select courses.
Your Preview advisor will review this at Preview, but this information does take time to process. The more you understand beforehand, the more confident you will be in selecting courses.

I have taken dual enrollment credits, how will I know what those credits will count for?

If you earned credits from a Florida public state/community college or university, you’ll compare the course prefix (first three letters) and the last three digits of the course number to UF courses to see if there is an equivalent course at UF (e.g., AMH1010 = AMH2010). Equivalent courses will generally fulfill the same requirements (e.g., general education, major) that the UF course fulfills. Credit toward the Writing Requirement is determined separately. UF accepts a maximum of 60 credits from Florida public state/community colleges. There is no limit on the credits accepted from Florida public universities. If you earned credits from a private or out-of-state institution, the credits will be evaluated by your college to determine if courses completed will fulfill specific requirements. Typically, you will handle this once you are on campus and your final transcripts have been received by UF and posted to your UF transcript.

When you come to Preview, your Preview advisor will further help you understand how your incoming dual enrollment credit applies to your degree.

Is there any reason I would re-take at UF a course for which I have earned credit?

It is not unusual for students to repeat courses that are part of a sequence, especially if they do not feel confident in their mastery of the material, if it has been a while and the material is not fresh in their minds, or if the student is embarking on a challenging load of courses and they wish to ease their transition. This happens most commonly in math and science sequences (for example, a student who took AP Calculus AB and passed the AP exam in 11th grade may choose to retake Calculus 1 in their first term before going on to Calculus 2).

Do I have to take any placement tests?

If you are planning on a major that requires Calculus or General Chemistry, or you are pre-health, you will likely need to take the ALEKS math placement exam. In Preview Prep there is a tool which will help you understand whether you need this placement exam based on your majors of interest or interest in pre-health and any incoming credit for which you have confirmation.

How do I select classes for General Education requirements or electives when there are tens or even hundreds to choose from?

As part of Prep, you are encouraged to identify up to five courses of interest in each General Education area as well as five elective courses. It’s impossible to explore several hundred classes while at Preview, so it’s important to do this in advance. Having lists of courses of interest that you have looked at helps you have viable alternatives when you are registering for classes.

What is IUF1000, “What is the Good Life?” and when will I take it?

The question “What is a good life?”’ is especially relevant for college students as you become more and more involved in making the decisions that will shape your future and the future of others. In order to make reasonable, ethical, well-informed life choices, it is useful to reflect upon how one might aspire to live both as an individual, and a member of local and global communities. The Humanities, a cluster of disciplines that inquire into the very nature and experience of being human, provide many approaches in this course to the question “What is a good life?”

UF offers enough seats in IUF1000 for new freshman to be able to take this course in their first year. If you don’t register for it in Summer B or Fall term, you will be able to take it in Spring term.

Innovation Academy students are not required to complete IUF1000, instead they take courses toward the Innovation minor.

How do I plan my time at UF if I am bringing in a lot of credits (or even completed my AA while in high school)?

Preview advising is designed to help you get appropriately registered for your first semester. If you are bringing in many credits, and/or have completed an AA, you will want to create an individualized plan of study that takes into account your intended major/career goals, what courses you brought in credit for, and how long you think you want to be an undergraduate at UF. So you should plan on meeting with an advisor in your college/major after Preview to start discussing your plan.

Earning an AA a public institution in Florida does not mean you meet all Bachelor’s degree requirements. Many colleges have additional requirements beyond Gen Ed, so you may, in fact, need additional non-major courses. Consult with an advisor in your college to understand what is required for a Bachelor’s degree.

If you are Pre-Health, you will be more prepared for professional school if you do not rush through your time at UF. Most health profession schools seek individuals who demonstrate not only long-term success in a rigorous academic setting, but also long-term and consistent demonstration of dedication to the profession and the community through clinical volunteering, community service, research, shadowing, and leadership experiences. Applicants with only one or two years of these activities after high school are generally not as competitive.

If you are Pre-Law, you will be more prepared for professional school if you do not rush through your time at UF. Most law schools seek individuals who demonstrate long-term success in a rigorous academic setting. Pre-law students must develop analytical and problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, research skills, and organization and priority management skills. Applicants with only one or two years of these activities after high school may not be as competitive.

I was accepted to the Innovation Academy program. Where can I learn more information about the program?

Review the Innovation Academy web page. IA offers a visit program for admitted students called “Discover IA”. Discover IA sessions allow prospective students and their families to learn about the IA program and its benefits. Students will attend a presentation that includes an overview of the IA experience, as well as interaction with current students, faculty, and advisors.

I was accepted to the PaCE program. Where can I learn more information about the program?

Review the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about this program.

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