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When will I register for classes?

All new Summer B/Fall residential, Fall PaCE, and Spring Innovation Academy admits are required to participate in an orientation program, Preview. New students register for all or nearly all their first term classes during Preview (Summer B residential freshmen will register for both Summer and Fall terms). Students may be registered for one course before Preview – a Quest 1 course.

All new students should check their @ufl.edu email for information on how to register for Preview. Once students are registered for Preview, they will receive an email about accessing their online Preview course 1-2 weeks before their Preview session dates. You’ll want to be checking your email carefully for information on starting the course to arrive. There are also several email reminders sent in the few weeks leading up to Preview, so check your email and take care of these tasks before Preview.

What is UF Quest?

UF Quest is a new General Education program that provides students the opportunity to take innovative courses from the best UF faculty in their first year. Quest examines questions that are difficult to answer and hard to ignore in an increasingly complex world. Incoming students are required to take a Quest 1 course, which meets a Gen Ed Humanities requirement as well as the Quest 1 requirement. Some courses may also fulfill either the Diversity (D) or the International (N) requirement and/or count toward the Writing requirement. To be enrolled in a Quest 1 course:

  • New students were contacted via email between May 1 and May 5 informing them which semester they are assigned to take a Quest 1 course.
  • If you are assigned the Summer B or Fall semesters, the email also provided a link to a survey to be completed by May 8 in order to indicate your Quest 1 course preferences. If you completed the survey, you were registered for a Quest 1 course before your Preview session. Students who didn’t complete the survey were assigned to Spring 2021 term to give them a chance to consider all their Quest 1 options.
  • If you are assigned to Spring 2021 term, note that 3,000 students will take their Quest 1 course then. So don’t worry, you will have course choices and you’ll get a seat in a Quest 1 course in that term!
  • If you are a new Honors student, you will learn about the Honors options during Preview.
  • IA students complete the IA minor course, IDS1940, Creativity in Context, in lieu of a Quest 1 course.
  • PaCE will register for their Quest 1 course in either Fall or Spring. Fall registration will occur when you are participating in Preview advising and registration.
  • See the UFQuest page for the Class of 2024 (Links to an external site.) for more information.

What happens during Preview?

At least 3 days before your Preview session, you’ll complete Modules 1 through 3 in your Preview online course. If you discover in the course that you need a placement assessment, you’ll also take that assessment during Modules 1 – 3. You will be able to access their online Preview course 1-2 weeks before their Preview session dates. You’ll want to be checking your email carefully for information on starting the course to arrive.

In the Preview online course, you will get a chance to explore majors, learn about degree requirements, how your incoming credits are likely to apply to your degree, consider your academic goals, and begin to identify the courses you might want to take. You’ll also learn in the Preview course if you need placement for math or chemistry courses or Spanish courses and will take any necessary placement exams at least 3 days before Preview. You’ll also learn more about majors, degree requirements, and what you are expected to take in your first term. This will help you complete a worksheet to build your first term schedule(s).

On Day 1 of Preview, you’ll meet with a Preview advisor and peer orientation leader (a.k.a. Preview Staffer) in a small group setting via Zoom to make sure you understand the basic academic information learned in Modules 1-3 and answer your questions about how this information applies to you, your background, and your goals.

On Day 2 of Preview, you will meet individually with your Preview advisor via Zoom. You will declare the major you feel you are most likely to pursue, or select to be “Exploratory” for the first few terms. You will register for most of your courses while with your Preview advisor and then complete your schedule while working with the Preview Staffers. You will have the opportunity to adjust your Summer B (if starting in Summer B) and Fall schedule during the designated schedule adjustment periods listed in your Preview course.

Is there a “best” time to come to Preview?

The University reserves seats in classes and releases them equally across all Preview sessions. Students who come to later sessions are not at a disadvantage in getting into classes. However, there are not unlimited seats in any class, so at any given time a class may appear closed. Students are guaranteed to get the first semester courses required for their major, but for other courses (General Education, electives, etc.) students will want to have alternatives identified in case their first choice is not available. Students identify multiple courses of interest as part of Modules 1-3 in the Preview course. Students can also try to add preferred classes after Preview, during the designated schedule adjustment periods.

What classes should I take in my first term?

Most students will end up taking a combination of courses toward their major(s) of interest, General Education courses, and electives (including courses that explore other majors or minors or help develop skills, etc.). There are several steps to helping you select appropriate classes for your first term. Because there is a lot of information to grasp in order to make optimal decisions, you will first complete your online Preview course. During Preview, we will make sure you understand the information needed to select courses for your first term(s). You’ll register for your classes during your Preview session.

The University reserves seats in classes and releases them equally across all Preview sessions. Students who come to later sessions are not at a disadvantage in getting into classes. However, there are not unlimited seats in any class, so at any given time a class may appear closed. Students are guaranteed to get the first semester courses required for their major, but for other courses (General Education, electives, etc.) students will want to have alternatives identified in case their first choice is not available. Students identify multiple courses of interest as part of the Preview course. Students can also try to add preferred classes after Preview, during the designated schedule adjustment periods.

What happens in my Preview course?

In the Preview course, you’ll get a chance to explore majors, learn about degree requirements, how your incoming credits are likely to apply to your degree, consider your academic goals, and begin to identify the courses you might want to take. You’ll also learn in the course if you need placement for math or chemistry courses and take those exams before completing the second Module. Everything in the Preview course prepares you for the academic side of Preview, so you can be confident in major and course selection.

When should I meet with or speak to an advisor?

There is no need for you to meet with an advisor before your Preview session. During your Preview session, you will meet with an advisor in a small group advising setting and then in an individual advising session before you register. You will develop a schedule for your first semester(s) and register for classes while you are at Preview.

What about majors? Do I need to know what I want to major in from the beginning?

Regardless of the major you listed on your admission application, if you are an incoming freshman, you will have ample time to explore majors and to change if your listed major does not suit your interests. As part of your Preview course, you are given the opportunity to explore all majors offered in your program. You can also take advantage of the Exploratory student web site.

When you participate in the Preview course, you’ll be able to view presentations and information about many different colleges on campus to learn more about the colleges and majors offered in your program. You will declare the major you feel you are most likely to pursue, or select to be “Exploratory” when you are meeting with your advisor during Preview.

More than half of UF students change majors at least once in their first two years at UF, so realize that you have time to explore and find the major that best suits you. Taking classes in multiple majors of interest is one of the best ways to really see what a college major is like and which major is a good match for you.

In the meantime, you can check out information about the UF majors offered in your program:
Residential Summer B and Fall freshmen
Innovation Academy freshmen
PaCE freshmen

I have no idea what I want to major in, how do I figure this out?

As part of your Preview course, you are given the opportunity to explore all majors on campus. You can also take advantage of Exploratory student web site. In Module 3, you’ll be able to view presentations and information about many different colleges on campus to learn more about the colleges and majors offered in your program. When you register for classes at Preview, you can declare the major you feel you are most likely to pursue, or you can select to be “Exploratory.” Either way, you should register for courses that will help you test out several majors of interest.

I’m pre-med, but I don’t see that listed as a major. What major do I choose?

Do what you love! UF does not have a “Pre-Health” major and professional schools do not have any preference towards any particular major. You should explore majors and choose one based on interests and abilities. View the pre-health information in your Preview course to learn more. In the meantime, you can begin the process of exploring pre-health through our extensive Pre-Health advising web site.

I have taken AICE/AP/CLEP/IB exams. What courses I will get credit for and how they will apply to my degree?

As part of your Preview course, you will input the AICE/AP/CLEP/IB exams you have taken and we’ll show the courses for which you are likely to get credit. You’ll even see which General Education requirements the courses fulfill. UF will accept a maximum of 30 credits from IB exams and 30 credits from AICE exams. Over all types of exams, UF will accept a maximum of 45 credits via exam. Pay special attention to this section of the Preview course so you really begin to understand what requirements you may have met before your select courses. Your Preview advisor will make sure you understand this during your Preview session, but this information does take time to process. The more you understand beforehand, the more confident you will be in selecting and registering for courses.

I have taken dual enrollment courses, how will I know what those credits will count for?

If you earned credits from a Florida public state/community college or university, 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, major) that the UF course fulfills. Credit toward the Writing Requirement is determined separately. UF accepts a maximum of 60 credits from Florida public state/community colleges. There is no limit on the credits accepted from Florida public universities or other four-year institutions. 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. During Preview, you and your advisor will predict what those credits are likely to count for to avoid repeating coursework.

Is there any reason I would re-take at UF a course for which I have earned credit?

It is not unusual for students to repeat courses that are part of a sequence, especially if they do not feel confident in their mastery of the material, if it has been a while and the material is not fresh in their minds, or if the student is embarking on a challenging load of courses and they wish to ease their transition. This happens most commonly in math and science sequences (for example, a student who took AP Calculus AB may choose to retake Calculus 1 in their first term before going on to Calculus 2).

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 likely need to take the ALEKS math placement exam. In your Preview course there is an interactive tool which will help you understand whether you need this placement exam based on your majors of interest or interest in pre-health and any incoming credit for which you have confirmation. If you are interested in taking Spanish, there is placement information in your Preview course.

How do I select classes for General Education requirements or electives when there are tens or even hundreds to choose from?

As part of your Preview course, you are encouraged to identify multiple courses of interest in each General Education area as well as multiple elective courses. It’s impossible to explore several hundred classes during your Preview session, so it’s important to do this in advance. Having lists of courses of interest that you have already reviewed helps you have viable alternatives when you are registering for classes.

How do I plan my time at UF if I am bringing in a lot of credits (or even completed my AA while in high school)?

Preview advising is designed to help you get appropriately registered for your first semester. If you are bringing in many credits, and/or have completed an AA, your Preview advisor will help you register for a tentative schedule. You will then want to contact an advisor in your college/major after Preview to review your tentative schedule and create an individualized plan of study that takes into account your intended major/career goals, what courses you brought in credit for, and how long you think you want to be an undergraduate at UF.

Earning an AA a public institution in Florida does not mean you meet all Bachelor’s degree requirements. Many colleges have additional requirements beyond Gen Ed, so you may, in fact, need additional non-major courses. Consult with an advisor in your college to understand what is required for a Bachelor’s degree.

If you are Pre-Health, you will be more prepared for professional school if you do not rush through your time at UF. Most health profession schools seek individuals who demonstrate not only long-term success in a rigorous academic setting, but also long-term and consistent demonstration of dedication to the profession and the community through clinical volunteering, community service, research, shadowing, and leadership experiences. Applicants with only one or two years of these activities after high school are generally not as competitive.

If you are Pre-Law, you will also be more prepared for professional school if you do not rush through your time at UF. Most law schools seek individuals who demonstrate long-term success in a rigorous academic setting. Pre-law students must develop analytical and problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, research skills, and organization and priority management skills. Applicants with only one or two years of these activities after high school may not be as competitive.

I was accepted to the Innovation Academy program. Where can I learn more information about the program?

Review the Innovation Academy web page.

I was accepted to the PaCE program. Where can I learn more information about the program?

Review the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about this program.