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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). Some 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 (don’t forget to check your spam folder in case the first email gets filtered out). Once you are registered for Preview, you will receive an email about your online Preview course preparing you for course registration. You’ll want to be checking your email regularly for information and updates, and you’ll want to begin your online Preview assignment promptly. There are also several other email reminders sent in the few weeks leading up to Preview, so check your email and take care of these tasks before Preview.

What happens during Preview?

At least a week before your Preview session, you’ll complete crucial parts of your Preview online course. If you discover in the course that you need a placement assessment, you’ll also take that assessment before your Preview session. You’ll want to be checking your email regularly for information on starting the course.

In the Preview online course, you will get a chance to:

  1. explore majors,
  2. learn about degree requirements and how your incoming credits are likely to apply to your degree,
  3. consider your academic goals, and
  4. 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 a week before Preview.

All this will help you complete a worksheet to build your first term schedule(s).

During Preview advising, 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 the online Preview course, answer your questions about how this information applies to you, your background, and your goals, and to review your schedule worksheet.

After your group advising, 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, if needed, 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” Preview date?

The University reserves seats in classes and releases them equally across all Preview sessions. Students who register for 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 their online 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 which includes important information to help you select courses. During Preview, we will make sure you understand the information needed to select courses for your first term(s) and review your schedule worksheet. 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 participate in later Preview 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, or later courses in the major, 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 is UF Quest?

The UF Quest program is part of the General Education curriculum. Quest courses ask students to consider why the world is the way it is and what they can do about the problems confronting us. Eschewing rote learning and standardized tests in favor of close reading, critical thinking, and effective communication of ideas, UF Quest promotes a high level of faculty engagement in undergraduate education. UF Quest nurtures the intellectual curiosity of UF students and invites them to grapple with the difficult questions and challenges that they will face as thoughtful adults.

In UF Quest 1, students examine essential questions about the human condition that are not easy to answer and hard to ignore in a world that is increasingly complex. What makes life worth living? What makes a society a fair one? How do we manage conflicts? Who are we in relation to other people or to the natural world?

In UF Quest 2, students draw upon the biological, physical, or social and behavioral sciences to explore pressing questions about human societies and/or the planet (e.g., structural racism, the global health crisis, economic disparities, and the unintended consequences of digital progress).

THE UF QUEST REQUIREMENT
Students who enter in or after Summer B 2021 are required to complete the UF Quest 1 and UF Quest 2 requirement unless if they have earned an A.A. from a Florida public college/state university or are in the Innovation Academy program.

The UF Quest 1 Requirement: Students take one Quest 1 course in their first year, which also satisfies 3 credits of General Education Humanities.

The UF Quest 2 Requirement: After completing the UF Quest 1 requirement, students take one Quest 2 course (either in their first or second year) to complete the UF Quest 2 requirement, which also satisfies 3 credits of the General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences, Biological Sciences, or the Physical Sciences requirements.

The Honors UF Quest Requirement: Honors students are required to complete the UF Quest requirement in honors-designated Quest courses.

Some Quest courses also fulfill either the Diversity (D) or the International (N) requirement and/or count toward the Writing requirement.

CHOOSING YOUR QUEST 1 COURSE
By May 4, most new students* who have confirmed their intent to enroll at UF will receive an email with a link to the Quest 1 Survey that they will need to complete so that they can choose their Quest 1 course. Transfer students and students with an A.A. degree will also receive an email with a link to the Quest 1 Survey.

The first set of questions will determine whether you are exempt from the UF Quest 1 requirement. If exempt, the survey will end, and you will not be asked to indicate your Quest 1 course preferences.

*If you are a new PaCE student, honors student, or student athlete, you will not receive an email with a link to the survey. Instead, you will learn about your options during Preview.

In the survey, you will be asked to identify several Quest 1 courses that interest you. Based on your unranked preferences, we will then attempt to match you to one Quest 1 course. Although students are only required to take one Quest 1 course, the survey will ask you to select multiple (unranked) preferences in increase the odds that you are matched to a Quest 1 course.

If you are matched to a Summer B or Fall 2021 course, the matched course will appear on your course schedule in One.UF before your Preview session. If you do not want to take the matched Quest 1 course or it conflicts with another course that you need to take, you may drop the matched course from your schedule during Preview and can look for another Quest 1 course during schedule adjustment or postpone taking a Quest 1 course until Spring 2022.

If we are unable to match you to a Quest 1 course, you will see a note in One.UF that Spring 2022 is your designated semester to complete the UF Quest 1 requirement (see instructions). You will have the opportunity to choose a Quest 1 course for Spring 2022 when advance registration begins for the spring semester. You also have the option of checking for openings in Summer B or Fall 2021 Quest 1 courses during schedule adjustment for those semesters. Note that 3,000 students will take their Quest 1 course in Spring 2022. 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 did not receive the survey or did not complete it by the deadline, Spring 2022 will be your designated semester to complete the UF Quest 1 requirement. You also have the option of checking for openings in Summer B or Fall 2021 Quest 1 courses during schedule adjustment.

What happens in my Preview online 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 participating in Preview. You’ll complete a worksheet with a tentative course schedule. 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 discuss your 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 online 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 your 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. 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 online 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, writing, major) that the UF course fulfills. 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 online 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, 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.

If you are entering as a first-year student with an AA completed in High School, you’ll meet with a college/major advisor during a special Preview session for HSAA students.

Note that earning an AA a public institution in Florida does not mean you meet all Bachelor’s degree requirements. Many UF 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.