Applying to Florida Public Universities

The following is helpful information and a variety of links for researching and applying to the Colleges and Universities within the State of Florida University System.  Freshman applications for Florida schools (AY 2018-19) open in August.

State University System of Florida

University websites and information for applying to Florida public universities and colleges can be accessed through the State University System Florida Shines website.  University websites and applications can also be found on Naviance/Family Connection.

The State University System Matrix is a very helpful tool for comparing various State University campuses (SUS Matrix 2017).


The University of Florida has a single deadline of November 1st.  Florida State University has two deadlines, November 1st and February 7th (2018).  You are strongly encouraged to apply by the FSU Early deadline.  Your chances for admission are significantly diminished if you wait to apply until February.  All other Florida public universities utilize various Rolling Admissions plans.  In every case, the earlier you apply the better.  Each also have priority scholarship deadlines.  This means that in order to be considered for scholarship aid you must apply by a specific date.  You need to research and know these dates and deadlines for schools you are interested in attending.  Once again, your chances of both being accepted and getting scholarships are greater if you apply early.

Applying to Florida Public Universities

You should apply through the specific university website.  All students are advised to apply to one or more Florida public universities and to do so early.  If you are only applying to universities in the state of Florida (public), please let Mr. Bergman know (email is fine).

Transcript Request and Naviance/Family Connection 

In order for academic transcripts and the Pine View school profile to be sent you MUST complete a Transcript Request 2017.  While UF and FSU now use Academic Self-Report (SSAR), we ask that you still include them on your transcript request form as we will be sending a final transcript and must know to do so.  You must also add ALL Florida schools to which you are applying to Family Connection.   This cues us to send all application materials once you have applied.

Letters of Recommendation 

State University schools do not require letters of recommendation from either teachers or a guidance counselor.  The exception to this is New College.  While it is not necessary that we meet for this purpose, please see me with any questions.

University of Florida UF Admissions

Florida State University FSU Freshman Admissions

  • Early Deadline: November 1, 2017 - You must meet this early deadline if you are interested in attending Florida State.  Admission decision will be available 1/28/18.
  • Like UF, Florida State is now using the Coalition Application as well as the Self-Reported Student Academic Record SSAR for reporting academic coursework.
  • Coalition Essay Topics 2017-18

Bright Futures

Information can be accessed through the State Scholarship and Grant Programs  website.  The Bright Futures link describes current requirements and awards amounts.  Be sure to follow legislative updates and any changes to the current program.  All Pine View students will be assisted in signing up for Bright Futures starting in November 2017.