Frequently Asked Questions


DirectConnect to UCF

What is DirectConnect to UCF?

DirectConnect to UCF guarantees admission to UCF (consistent with university policy) with an associate degree from one of our partner colleges.

What are the Benefits of DirectConnect to UCF?

  • Guaranteed admission to UCF with an earned associate’s degree from one our partners
  • Shorter time to degree completion with personalized pre-enrollment advising
  • Smooth pathway for engagement, advisement, admissions, orientation and registration
  • Access to UCF campuses, student services, activities and events

How do I Sign up for DirectConnect to UCF?

Complete the Sign-Up Now Card

How do I qualify for DirectConnect to UCF?

What is the difference between DirectConnect and 2+2?

DirectConnect to UCF guarantees admission to UCF from our college partner institutions (consistent with University policy) whereas the 2+2 programs guarantees admission to one of Florida’s state universities, but not necessarily to one of your choice.

What if I want to transfer before I complete my AA degree?

  • UCF does admit lower division transfer students (students with less than 60 credits of college course work), but they do not have the guarantee of admission. Lower division transfer applicants must submit college transcripts, high school transcripts, and SAT/ACT scores.
  • If you transfer to UCF without your AA degree, you will be required to complete the UCF General Education Program. The Undergraduate Admission Office has additional information for transfer students.

What are my DirectConnect options after I complete my AS degree?

AS degree students can transfer to UCF if the AS degree is part of an articulated BS program (Applied Science, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, or Nursing). The Undergraduate Catalog contains more information about statewide articulated AS to BS degrees.

Am I eligible for DirectConnect to UCF if I am earning my high school diploma and Associates degree at the same time?

Yes, but this is a special situation. A Dual Enrolled Student (earning a high school diploma AND an Associate’s degree concurrently from a DirectConnect college) will be considered for admission at UCF as First Time in College (FTIC) student, as defined by the SUS Board of Governor’s Regulation. A student who applies to UCF in this manner should adhere to the UCF FTIC application deadlines and admission requirements. In addition, to submitting the application, fee, high school and college transcripts, the student must also submit SAT/ACT test scores. The DirectConnect to UCF guarantee still applies, but admission may not be for the requested term.

What majors are available?

Will I still have to apply for admission to UCF even though I completed the DirectConnect to UCF Sign-Up card?

Yes! You are eligible to apply after earning 45 college credits. Apply now!!

DirectConnect to UCF Advising

How will the DirectConnect to UCF advisor help me?

An advisor will meet with you at 15, 30 and 45 hours to assist you in confirming your career plans and in developing an academic plan for your success.

How can I make an appointment to meet with a DirectConnect to UCF advisor?

  • Cocoa/Palm Bay Campuses: 321-433-7821
  • Daytona Beach Campus: 386-506-4021
  • Ocala Campus: 352-854-2322 x. 1824
  • South Lake/Leesburg Campuses: 352-536-2113
  • Sanford/Lake Mary Campus: 407-708-2471
  • Valencia Osceola Campus: 321-682-4190
  • Valencia West Campus: 407-582-5500
  • Valencia East Campus: 407-582-2318

How can I prepare for my advising appointment?

  • Bring unofficial copies of all your transcript
  • Know your career interest and be aware of your skills and abilities
  • Understand whether you are in an AA or AS

Some forms request a student’s college and some request a student’s major. What is the difference?

The University of Central Florida consists of several colleges, for example, the College of Business or the College of Education. Housed within each college are departments offering a variety of majors available at UCF.

Applying for Admission to UCF

When should I apply to UCF?

You should submit an application to UCF once you have earned 45 credit hours at a DirectConnect to UCF partner institution. The 45 hours may include credits transferred to the DirectConnect partner from another regionally accredited college or university. If you are Dual Enrolled (earning your high school diploma and Associates degree concurrently), adhere to the FTIC (not transfer) application deadlines and requirements.

Application deadlines:

Transfers:
  • No later than July 1st for Fall
  • No later than November 1st for Spring
  • No later than March 1st for Summer
International
  • No later than March 1st for Fall
  • No later than September 1st for Spring
  • No later than January 1st for Summer

What do I need to submit to apply for admission to UCF?

Online Undergraduate Admission application
  • Pay the admission application fee online
  • Official transcripts from each and every college or university attended
  • If applicable: Official test scores (CLEP, IB, AICE, etc.)
  • If not a US citizen: Documents related to status
  • High school transcripts (if two years of a foreign language was taken)

How long does it take to get an admission decision?

About ten days to two weeks once your admission file is complete (application, fee and all necessary documents have been received).
Note: Transcripts for all institutions attended and other relevant documents must be received before Undergraduate Admissions will review your application for admission.

What is myUCF?

MyUCF is an online personalized portal which allows applicants to check the status of their application, which transcripts have been received by the admissions office, and residency status. You can use it for registering for classes, checking financial aid status, items on your “To Do” list, holds, getting degree audits, printing fee invoices and seeing grades.

What are my NID and my UCF ID?

Your NID is your secure sign-on for many systems at UCF, including myUCF and online courses. To obtain your NID, go to UCF Federated Identity , click “What is my NID”, then follow the instructions to obtain your NID and create a password. Your UCF ID is the number you will use to identify yourself when you call or visit offices across campus, including Undergraduate Admissions. To obtain your UCF ID, go to myUCF portal, click “Sign On”, log in using your NID and password, click Student Self Service > Personal Information >UCF ID Info. This page will display your UCF ID, your NID, and your UCF ID Card number, once you have been issued one.

How do I check my Admission Status using myUCF?

Please visit myUCF portal and log-in using your NID and password. If you do not have your NID, you can retrieve it by clicking on the link in the log-in area titled “What is my NID?” Once you answer the prompts, an email with your NID will be sent to the e-mail address you listed on your application. The e-mail will also include a default password and instructions explaining how to log in to myUCF for the first time. Once you have logged in for the first time you can change your password. For your protection, you will be prompted to change your password from time to time.You must change your password within the allotted time or your account will expire.

After logging in to myUCF:
1. Click on the “Student Self Service” link on the left side menu.
2. Scroll down to the sixth option and click on “Undergraduate Admissions.”
3. The third sub-topic is titled “Application Status.”

This link will not only show your application status, but will also list required and received documents.

Should you need to reset your NID password, please visit the Self Service Website where you can reset your password via your cell phone number or email address.

Additional myUCF help can be accessed at myUCF help

How do I obtain/verify Florida Residency for tuition purposes?

Your residency classification is based upon information from your application—documentation of your Florida residency may be required. If you have already attended UCF as an undergraduate student and wish to reclassify your residency for tuition purposes, please visit the Registrar’s Office website for information on Residency Reclassification. Check your residency status by logging into the myUCF portal.

Is there a more extensive list of admission FAQs?

Admitted Students

Am I required to show that I had immunizations?

Each new student accepted for admission must submit, prior to registration, a completed Immunization Form provided by UCF Health Services. All students, regardless of age, must complete and return the Immunization Form to be reviewed for compliance. This includes documented proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola) and German Measles (Rubella), and either proof of immunization against Meningitis and Hepatitis B, or a signed waiver declining these two vaccines.

What is Orientation?

Orientation is your chance to get acquainted with UCF’s services, meet an advisor and register for classes. All students who are new to UCF are required to attend an orientation.

Do I have to meet with an Academic Advisor?

In most cases, you will be required to meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. Once students declare a major, they work exclusively with the advising office in their college or at their specific regional campus. These offices are also the first point of contact for faculty members with questions about degree requirements, advising procedures and processes, and other matters pertaining to academic advising.

College of Arts and Humanities
Student Advising
Location: Colbourn Hall, Room 201
Phone: 407-823-3312
Email: cahsa@ucf.edu

College of Business Administration
Undergraduate Student Services
Location: Business Administration 2, Room 101
Phone 407-823-2184
Email: uss@bus.ucf.edu

College of Education and Human Performance
Location: Education Complex, Room 110
Phone: 407-823-3723

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Advising
Location: Engineering Building 1, Room 107
Phone: 407-823-2455

College of Health and Public Affair
Undergraduate Student Services
Location: Health and Public Affairs II, Room 115
Phone: 407-823-0010
Email: hpainfo@ucf.edu

College of Nursing
Location: University Tower (UTWR), adjacent to campus – 12201 Research Parkway, 3rd floor, suite 3000
Phone: 407-823-2744
Email: ucfnurse@ucf.edu

College of Sciences
Academic Services
Location: College of Science Building, Room 250
Phone: 407-823-6131
Email: cosas@ucf.edu

Burnett Honors College
Location: Burnett Honors College, Room 109
Phone: 407-823-5871
College of Medicine / Burnett School of Biomedical Science
Location: Health and Public Affairs II, Room 335
Phone: 407-823-5932

Interdisciplinary Studies
Location: Classroom Building 1, Suite 302
Phone: 407-823-0144
Email: is@ucf.edu

Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Academic Advising Location (Rosen Campus): Suite 201
Phone (Rosen Campus): 407-903-8056
Location (Main Campus): Classroom Building 1, Suite 302H
Phone (Main Campus): 407-823-1112
Email: hospitality@ucf.edu

Cocoa/Palm Bay Campuses: 321.433.7821
Daytona Beach Campus: 386.506.4021
Ocala Campus: 352.854.2322 x. 1824
South Lake/Leesburg Campuses: 352.536.2113
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus: 407.708.2471
Valencia East Campus: 407.582.2318
Valencia Osceola Campus: 321.682.4190
Valencia West Campus: 407.582.5500

What steps should I take to complete the transfer process?

If you are transferring with an A.A. degree from a Florida state college, UCF must have your “final transcripts” stating the A.A. degree has been awarded in order for you to receive the benefits guaranteed by the articulation agreement. Also, if you are currently completing a semester at another institution, you must request your transcript be sent to UCF after grades have been posted. If you receive financial aid, you must transfer your financial aid to UCF. Please see your campus financial aid representative for details.

What is “Honor Your Knighthood”?

Honor Your Knighthood assists new UCF students in developing an understanding of the importance UCF places on subject matters related to Academic Integrity, Alcohol Awareness, and Sexual Assault Prevention. Through the completion of three individual on-line modules, UCF students will begin to demonstrate tenets associated with the UCF Creed of Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity, and Excellence. UCF is committed to student safety and success both inside and outside the classroom. Therefore, all incoming UCF students are required to complete these on-line modules prior to the first day of class. Admitted students will see the Honor Your Knighthood modules as requirements on their myUCF “To-Do List”. It can take up to 3 weeks for the requirement to be removed after successful completion of the modules.

For questions, concerns, or more information, please send an email to prevention@ucf.edu

How does UCF communicate with students?

UCF requires all students to have a Knights email account. The Knights email account is the official way to communicate with students. Sign up by logging into your myUCF and follow the links!

How and when do I register for classes?

You will register for classes at the end of orientation or during your pre-advising appointment. Advisors will assist you will actual registration or putting recommended courses in your shopping cart. You will finalize your registration by submitting courses in the shopping cart at the time your registration appointment time occurs.

Financial Aid

Is there a scholarship for DirectConnect to UCF or transfer students?

Yes! If you are applying with an A.A. degree from one of our DirectConnect to UCF partners or a Florida public state college, you may be eligible to apply for a UCF Transfer Scholarship.

To be considered, you must:
Submit a UCF Transfer Scholarship Application by the published deadline

Transfer to UCF with an A.A. degree from a Florida public community/state college during the fall semester

Qualified applicants can receive the UCF Transfer Scholarship only once. Dual enrollment students earning their AA and high school diploma at the same time do not qualify for this scholarship, but will automatically be considered for a UCF freshman scholarship based upon academic credentials.

For more information on this award, contact the Scholarship Coordinator. Application are available January of each year.

Where can I find more information about financial aid?

Other Common Questions

What are the current tuition/fees at UCF?

Current Tuition and Fees, Housing Rates and Dining Services can be accessed online.

Is housing available for transfer students?

Yes, there are options for incoming transfer students on the Orlando main campus and at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Visit Housing for more information.

Where can I find information about off-campus student housing?

Off Campus Housing provides a listing of off-campus housing opportunities.
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