Application FAQ

Answers for Common Questions



Q: QuestionWhat factors are considered in admissions decisions? A: AnswerA variety of factors are used in making admissions decisions, such as specific course performance, academic performance over time, career goals, content and quality of personal essay, and relevant experiences.
Q: QuestionI am a UF student; do I still need to apply to the College?  A: AnswerYes.
Q: QuestionWhat does applying to a limited access program mean? A: AnswerYou have to apply for admission and be accepted to join the BPH program at the junior level. Not all students meeting the minimum requirements will necessarily be accepted. The advantage of limited access admission is that we guarantee you a space in all of your core courses so that you can graduate in a timely manner.
Q: QuestionWhat course work must I have done to be considered for junior year admission to the Bachelor of Public Health program? A: AnswerThe prerequisites necessary for admission can be found here.
Q: QuestionIf I have completed the 24,000-word writing requirement, am I still required to take ENC 3453 or ENC 2210? A: AnswerYes.
Q: QuestionWhat letter grades are required in my courses? A: AnswerA minimum grade of C is required for all prerequisite courses, as well as all General Education and Gordon Rule courses. However, you must have a 3.0 overall and prerequisite GPA to be considered for admission.
Q: QuestionHow many prerequisites must be completed by the time of application? A: AnswerFour. The four prerequisites must come from the following five courses: Biology, Psychology, Advanced Psychology (either Abnormal or Developmental), Statistics, and a writing course. Your spring registration and application information should reflect enrollment and/or knowledge that you will complete the remaining prerequisites based upon the deadline for which you intend to apply for enrollment.
Q: QuestionHow often should I meet with an academic advisor? A: AnswerWe strongly encourage students to meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester.
Q: QuestionWhen is the application deadline? A: AnswerFebruary 1st for both Summer B and Fall admissions.
Q: QuestionWhat if I miss the application deadline? A: AnswerIf you miss the application deadline we will review late applications on a case-by-case basis but typically the class is filled by students meeting the application deadline.
Q: QuestionWhat if I am not admitted to the Bachelor of Public Health program? A: AnswerWe strongly encourage you to have a back-up plan; if you are not admitted into the program you are required to select another major/program of study.
Q: QuestionAm I able to study abroad? A: AnswerYes, during the summer months. Such travel plans are made through the International Center and require an advisor’s approval. In addition, if admitted, our College offers a study abroad program at the La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia (see website for more information).
Q: QuestionHow long after the application deadline will I know whether I am accepted into the program? A: AnswerStudents are typically notified of admissions decisions within three months, with most decisions being released in mid to late April. However, there are a variety of factors that affect the timing of notifications. For example, it is common for us to hold a large number of applications until spring grades are available.
Q: QuestionDo you have a wait list for admission? A: AnswerYes. We typically admit several students from the wait list each year.
Q: QuestionI had a bad first semester. Do I have any chance of being admitted? A: AnswerAlthough you are expected to meet the minimal GPA requirements, there are choices you can make to strengthen your application. If you did poorly in a course or courses that you normally are strong in, take a more advanced course or courses to show you can do the work. The admissions committee does take into account your pattern of performance over time.
Q: QuestionI had recent medical or interpersonal issues that have affected my academic performance. Will my recent poor performance ruin my chances of being considered? A: AnswerIf there is something you think it would be helpful for the admissions committee to know, then include an explanation with your application. They will consider that information in the context of the consistency of your performance in different semesters. If you are having medical or interpersonal issues affecting your academic performance, the most important thing you can do is get the right help. Be responsible and ensure you are addressing the issues creating the academic concerns. In addition, sometimes students have learning disabilities that are not diagnosed until college. If you suspect this might be part of any academic struggles, consult the Disability Resources Center.