Freshman FAQ


When should I talk to an advisor?

There is no need for you to meet with an advisor before your Preview date. During Preview, you will meet with an advisor as well as receive academic information about a variety of topics. You will develop a schedule for your first semester(s) and register for classes while you are at Preview.

What classes should I take in my first term?

All new Summer B/Fall on-campus students are required to attend an orientation program, Preview. At Preview we will cover the academic information needed to select courses for your first term(s). Because there is a lot of information, you need to complete Preview Prep, an on-line step-by-step process designed to provide you with an excellent foundation about academics before your Preview session.

Do I need to choose a major from the very beginning?

If you are an incoming freshman, you will have ample time to explore your chosen major and to change it if it does not suit your interests. As part of Preview Prep, you are given the opportunity to explore all majors related to your program. When you attend Preview, you will attend presentations by two different colleges on campus to learn more about their majors. You will declare a major, or select to be “Exploratory” when you are at Preview.

In the meantime, you can check out information about any UF major. If you are in UFOnline, you can view your available majors, too. If you are in PaCE, you also can view the available majors. If you were admitted to UF’s Innovation Academy, you can view Innovation Academy majors.

Many students change majors in their first two years at UF. Taking classes in majors of interest is one of the best ways to really see what a college major is like and whether it is a good match for you.

How do I figure out what to major in?

If you are an incoming freshman, you will have ample time to explore majors. As part of Preview Prep, you are given the opportunity to explore all majors on campus. When you attend Preview, you may attend presentations by two different colleges on campus to learn more about their majors. When you register for classes at Preview, you can register for courses that will help you test out several majors of interest.

In the meantime, you can begin the process of exploring majors through our Exploratory student web site.

I don’t see pre-med as a major. How do I choose it?

Do what you love! UF does not have a “Pre-Health” major and professional schools do not have any preference towards any particular majors. You should explore majors and choose one based on interests and abilities. Attend the pre-health session when you are at Preview for more information.

Do I have to take any placement tests?

If you are planning on a major that requires Calculus or General Chemistry, or you are pre-health, you will need to take the ALEKS math placement exam. Preview Prep will help you understand whether you need this placement exam based on your majors of interest or interest in pre-health. Even if you are bringing in credit for math or chemistry courses, we strongly recommend you complete the ALEKS if your intended major required Calculus or Chemistry or you are pre-health.

My intended major requires PreCalculus: Algebra & Trig (MAC 1147) or Algebra (MAC 1140) with Trig (MAC 1114). Do I still have to take the placement test?

We have found the ALEKS math placement does a great job at helping students identify whether they are better placed in MAC 1147 or MAC1140 (then 1114). So please take the ALEKS math placement, it will help you select the course in which you are most likely to be successful.

I took AP/IB/AICE exams. What courses do I get credit for?

When you come to Preview, we will explain to you how incoming exam credit applies to your degree.

As part of Preview Prep, you will input the AICE/AP/IB exams you have taken and Prep will show what courses you will get credit for.

I took dual enrollment courses. What courses do I get credit for?

When you come to Preview, we will explain to you how incoming dual enrollment credit applies to your degree.

If you earned credits from a Florida public state/community college or state universities, you’ll compare the course prefix (first three letters) and the last three digits of the course number to UF courses to see if there is an equivalent course at UF (e.g., AMH1010 = AMH2010). Equivalent courses will generally fulfill the same requirements (e.g., general education) that the UF course fulfills. Credit toward the Writing Requirement is determined separately.

If you earned credits from a private or out-of-state institution, the credits will be evaluated by your college to determine if courses completed will fulfill specific requirements. Typically, you will handle this once you are on campus and your final transcripts have been received by UF and posted to your UF transcript.

I have AP/IB/AICE credit for calculus, do I have to take the ALEKS placement?

Placement for MAC courses: First, you only need math placement if you are interested in a major that requires MAC 1140, Precalculus Algebra, or higher, or you are interested in a health career like medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, etc.

If you took the AICE/AP/IB exam last year (or are coming to Preview after receiving your scores from this year–mid-July or later) and can show us your score on one of the official testing sites (collegeboard.org, etc.), we can place you appropriately. However, if your score is a year old, and you need to continue with the calculus sequence or want to retake Calculus 1, appropriate placement depends in part on what your score on the exam (whether it was borderline or very strong) and also whether you have continued with Calculus this year.

If you had a borderline score and have not continued with Calculus in your last year of high school, then we would recommend taking the ALEKS to see how much you remember so you can feel confident you are ready to be successful in Calculus at UF. If you are waiting on your exam scores when you attend Preview, then we must see your ALEKS score when we advise you at Preview. ALEKS is the best predictor for placing students into the course in which they are most likely to be successful.

Placement for CHM courses: First, you only need chemistry placement if you are interested in a major that requires CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, General Chemistry, or you are interested in a health career like medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, etc. If you have credit for MAC1147 or higher, you will need to have credit for CHM1025 credit (or higher) in addition to Caclulus credit OR an ALEKS score of 75% or higher to be eligible to enroll in CHM 2045 or 2095.

I have dual enrollment credit for math, do I have to take the ALEKS placement?

Placement for MAC courses: First, you only need math placement if you are interested in a major that requires MAC 1140, Precalculus Algebra, or higher or you are interested in a health career like medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, etc.

Whether you need to take the ALEKS depends in part on what math courses you have completed. If you have completed through Calculus 1 (MAC 2311) and want to enroll in Calculus 2, you may do so as long as your coursework is posted to your UF transcript (see “My Record” in the left-hand menu in ONE.UF) or you bring a hard copy of your dual enrollment transcript with you to Preview. If you want to enroll in MAC 2233 or MAC 2311, we recommend taking the ALEKS placement to ensure that your mastery of the material needed to be successful in these classes is still at the level needed to be successful in the course.

Placement for CHM courses: First, you only need chemistry placement if you are interested in a major that requires CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, General Chemistry, or you are interested in a health career like medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, etc. If you have credit for MAC1147 or higher, you will need to have credit for CHM1025 credit (or higher) as well OR an ALEKS score of 75% or higher to be eligible to enroll in CHM 2045 or 2095.

I have AP/IB/AICE credit for chemistry, do I have to take the ALEKS placement?

Placement for CHM courses: First, you only need chemistry placement if you are interested in a major that requires CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, General Chemistry, or you are interested in a health career like medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, etc.

If you took the exam last year and can show us your score on one of the official testing sites (collegeboard.org, etc.), you have met the Chem portion of placement for General Chemistry. You will still need to show the Math portion of placement for General Chemistry – credit for MAC 1147 or higher on a dual enrollment transcript or through AP/IB/AICE scores – OR – a 75 on the ALEKS placement.

In addition, if your score is a year old, and you need to continue with the chemistry sequence or want to retake CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, appropriate placement depends in part on what your score on the exam (whether it was borderline or very strong).

If you are waiting on your exam scores, then we must see your ALEKS score when we advise you at Preview. ALEKS is the best predictor for placing students into the course in which they are most likely to be successful.

I have dual enrollment credit for chemistry, do I have to take the ALEKS placement?

Placement for CHM courses: First, you only need chemistry placement if you are interested in a major that requires CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, General Chemistry, or you are interested in a health career like medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, etc.

If you have completed through General Chemistry 1 (CHM 2045) and want to enroll in CHM 2046, you may do so as long as your coursework is posted to your UF transcript (see “My Record” in the left-hand menu in ONE.UF) or you bring a hard copy of your dual enrollment transcript with you to Preview. You will still need to show the Math portion of placement for General Chemistry – credit for MAC 1147 or higher on a dual enrollment transcript or through AP/IB/AICE scores – OR – a 75 on the ALEKS placement.

If you want to enroll in CHM 2045, we recommend taking the ALEKS placement to ensure that your mastery of the material needed to be successful in these classes is still at the level needed to be successful in the course. Even with dual enrollment credit for CHM 2045, you will still need to show the Math portion of placement for General Chemistry – credit for MAC 1147 or higher on a dual enrollment transcript or through AP/IB/AICE scores – OR – a 75 on the ALEKS placement.