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The Latest Scoop on Florida’s State University System (SUS) Schools – Part 1

Friday, October 07, 2016

With kudos to our colleagues at International College Counselors for their contributions to the information in this series of blogs, we want to tell you “what’s up” at each of the 13 schools in Florida’s SUS. We’ll start our series with the University of Florida.

UF now uses only the Coalition Application, and, based on our actual experience, it’s user friendliness is very much a “work in progress.” While we were assisting one student with UF-specific sub-app within the Coalition App (we were almost done helping her complete it), the UF-specific portion was suddenly revised, requiring the applicant to include the term for which she was applying and her intended course of study.

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Are you applying to UF, FSU, or UCF?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO UF & FSU: Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


This year, both FSU and UF require students to complete this online self-reported academic record as part of the application process. Apparently, some students aren’t getting it quite right, so FSU has issued some clarifying instructions. The most common errors are: Read More

Applying to UF or FSU? Then you'll need to complete the SSAR

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Applying to UF or FSU? Don’t forget to complete your SSAR (Student Self-Reported Academic Record) instead of sending your official high school transcript. In fact, don’t send a transcript unless you’re accepted and make a commitment to attend one of these universities. Read More

When your GPA doesn't equal your GPA

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When it comes to your GPA, the one that’s on your transcript is not necessarily the one that colleges will use! For example, the average GPA for a student admitted to Emory is in the 3.7-3.8 range, while the average GPA for a student admitted to Miami is 4.1-4.2. These numbers could lead you to draw an incorrect conclusion – that Miami is tougher to get into than Emory – but that’s simply not true! Emory uses a core GPA (counting courses only in English, math, science, social science, and foreign language) without any additional weight added for AP or Honors courses, while Miami takes the highest GPA directly off your transcript. In most cases, the GPA on the transcript includes all your courses and is heavily weighted to account for the Honors and AP level. Emory, on the other hand, separately analyzes the rigor of your curriculum, and that unweighted 3.7-3.8 GPA is complemented by a challenging a curriculum with a significant number of AP and Honors classes.  Read More