Application Essays for Florida’s State Universities

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By: Judi Robinovitz | Last Updated: October 1, 2021



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Florida’s State Universities, Simplified: Essays for 2021 Applicants

Applying to any of Florida’s 12 state universities? Wondering how many essays you’ll need to write? Here’s our short-but-sweet guide to writing requirements for your applications!

Common App

UF application essaysUF: requires Common App’s personal essay (650-word max. length). Under its “Important Questions,” UF asks for a short (250-word max.), meaningful extracurricular activity essay.

FSU application essayFSU: FSU highly recommends the Common App’s personal essay, and will also accept your uploaded résumé, either on its Common App page or on the applicant portal (preferred).

FGCU: The personal essay is required; no additional writing is requested.

UCF application essaysUCF: UCF highly recommends the personal essay. Additionally, there are three optional short essays which ask you to describe your interest in UCF, the reason for your chosen major, and one extracurricular activity. Each response has a maximum word limit of 250. It’s highly recommended that you write these! You may also upload your résumé.

FL Poly: The personal essay is required, along with one shorter essay (250 words) about an extracurricular activity.

New College application essaysNew College: New College requires the personal essay, but no others.

USF: Optional personal essay

UNF: Optional personal essay

FAU: Optional personal essay

UWF: Optional personal essay

Institutional Applications

FAMU Application EssaysFAMU: The school’s own application asks you for a a 500-word personal statement on a topic of your choice for. Note that FAMU will be joining the Common App on October 1, 2021.

FIU: You must apply using the school’s own application. No essay is required unless you’re applying to its honors program.

If you apply to a university’s honors program, you’ll likely have to write additional essays and/or provide other details. Please see each college’s website for further information, including writing prompts and deadlines.

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Topics: College Application Essay Common Application College Application Coalition App UF FSU UCF Personal Statement


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