College Application Season

College application season can be nerve-racking for seniors, but it is also an exciting opportunity to put all of the hard work of the last four years to the test.  Seacoast has always prided itself in providing strong guidance in the department of post secondary planning - we look forward to it and we are here to help!

We’ve compiled a list of Florida colleges that make great options, as well as items for seniors, and juniors, to keep in mind and gather up. The schools on this list are all accredited public colleges and universities in the state of Florida. Fortunately, a few of the colleges on this list accept either the Coalition App (*), Common App (**) or both (***), which are one-size-fits-all applications that allow you to create an account and apply to multiple schools at once.  If you miss a priority application deadline, check the school’s admissions page for the next application deadline and be sure to prepare your materials, and any person involved in your application such as teachers or family members, in advance! Regardless of the school you are applying to, application materials are roughly the same. You will need your high school transcript, letters of recommendation, SAT/ACT scores, a resume of high school activities including jobs, clubs, sports, and community service, and funds to cover application fees. 

We encourage you to follow the links to each school and visit their sites for further information on campus life, degree programs, tuition, fees and anything else you find important in a college! Also, check the admissions pages for tour dates, info sessions, or to get in direct contact with an admissions specialist.  Finally, please reach out to Principal Dr. Brooke for guidance at his office or by email at ebrooke@scajax.org

University of North Florida (UNF) // The Ospreys // Jacksonville, FL

  • The University of North Florida (UNF) has 17,000 students and is a public university, with one of its main draws being its huge campus for commuter convenience. Because of the size of the campus, a shuttle service runs that ferries students, faculty members and visitors from point-to-point. UNF is known for quality and value, with many students taking advantage of study abroad programs or community based learning. Including the sports teams, there are over 200 clubs and organizations that students can join at UNF. Incoming freshmen typically have high school GPAs around 3.4 and SAT scores around 1150.

  • Final Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions *

Florida State University (FSU) // The Seminoles // Tallahassee, FL

  • Florida State University is a 4-year public college with about 33,000 students (home of the Seminoles) known for its academics, diversity, and athletics! FSU boasts more than 700 organizations and clubs that students can get involved with from cheerleading to flying to acapella to football. There is also the student newspaper, the FSView & Florida Flambeau which has published weekly for the past 100 years. Applicants to FSU are competitive, with 64% of incoming freshmen having earned all A’s and B’s in high school. 

  • Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 **

Florida Agricultural &Mechanical University (FAMU) // The Rattlers // Tallahassee, FL

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, founded in 1887, is the third largest historically black university (HBCU) in the United States by enrollment and the only public HBCU in Florida. FAMU student life is known for its focus on theatre, music, football and fraternities/sororities. 40% of classes at FAMU have 20 or less students. With a GPA of 3.4, FAMU requires admitted students to be around average in their high school class. You'll want a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's.

  • Priority Application Deadline: October 31, 2021 

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) // Jacksonville, FL

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is an excellent option for students looking for flexibility and affordability in college. FSCJ, located in Duval County, was recently ranked 10th on the list for 30 Best Online Community Colleges for 2017. FSCJ Online provides a wide variety of accredited degrees and certificates that can be completed fully online.  FSCJ is also known for its small class sizes, multiple locations for commuters, and various programs for AA degrees. This fall, FSCJ will be hosting a number of college admissions events to educate students on finances, aid, scholarships, and more - even if FSCJ is not your top pick, the events are free! Admissions are not competitive, with nearly 100% of applicants being admitted.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) // The Eagles // Daytona Beach, FL

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a non-profit, independent institution that is considered the most highly regarded institution in its field. Embry-Riddle’s admissions are somewhat selective with an acceptance rate of 61%. Students that get into Embry-Riddle have an average SAT score between 1080-1310 or an average ACT score of 22-28. Their next Open House is Saturday, October 20, 2021.

  • Priority Application Deadline: January 15, 2022

University of Florida (UF) // The Gators // Gainesville, FL

  • The University of Florida is one of the best schools in the state of Florida. The student population is massive with almost 47,000 students studying at all levels. Covering 2,000 acres, the campus is home to all the major academic centers, much of the student housing, and the renowned football stadium called “The Swamp.” Students from over 130 countries study abroad at the University of Florida and the institution has the 12th highest number of international students in the USA. Competition for a place is fierce with admission only granted to under half of those who apply.

  • Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 ***

University of South Florida (USF) //  The Bulls // Tampa, FL

  • Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida (USF) is a major public research university with more than 41,000 students and 14 colleges. Among the most popular programs include Business, Management, Marketing, Health Professions, Biological and Biomedical Sciences. USF offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the country coupled with generous financial aid and scholarships. Ranked first among the nation's most veteran-friendly schools, USF offers a number of unique programs and resources for student veterans. With an acceptance rate of 45%, admission to USF is fairly competitive. SAT scores of admitted students sit close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 26.

  • Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2021 ***