Admissions Policies and Requirements

General Institutional Admissions Requirements | Special Admission or Limited Access | Audit Students | Child Care Students | Criminal Justice Students | International Students | Non-degree Applicants | Suspended Students | Transfer Students | Criminal History | Application Fee | Florida Statutes

General Institutional Admissions Requirements

As provided for in Florida Statute 1004.65, the College of Central Florida is an open-access institution. Admission for college credit studies is open to all high school graduates. It is essential that each applicant satisfactorily complete each phase of the admission process. Most degree programs at CF require an earned high school diploma, a signed affidavit attesting that the student has completed a home education program pursuant to the requirements of F.S.1002.41 or GED.

If CF determines that a student's high school has not met the criteria to award a standard high school diploma or a GED, then the student may be required to obtain a state-issued GED or a high school diploma from an acceptable school prior to being admitted into any program requiring a standard high school diploma. Some postsecondary certificate programs do not require a high school diploma. A candidate for admission is assured that his/her application will be reviewed and evaluated in a fair and impartial manner. Students are still eligible to be admitted for programs that do not require high school completion.

No applicant will be refused admission on the basis of race, age, ethnic background, religious preference, disability or gender. In order to maintain the college ideals of scholarship and demeanor, the right is reserved to deny admission to applicants for any reason which is deemed to be in the best interest of the college. Subsequent registration is permitted for currently enrolled and former students when all college obligations have been satisfied.

Admission for college credit studies is open to all high school graduates, home school completers and GED recipients. It is essential that each applicant satisfactorily complete each phase of the admission process. Most degree programs at CF require an earned high school diploma or satisfactory completion of a high school equivalency examination. Most postsecondary certificate programs do not require a high school diploma.

Special Admission or Limited Access

When limited facilities or programs restrict the size of enrollment, admission to the college will be granted in the order in which applications have been received by the Student Records office. Exceptions to this rule, e.g. Associate in Science Degree Nursing (ADN) and certain occupational programs, are listed elsewhere in this catalog. Guidelines for eligibility into various programs are found within program descriptions in the catalog. Additional admission information may be obtained from the Student Records office. 

Audit Students

A student may register during the Schedule Change Period (see calendar) for a credit course on a no-credit (audit) basis. An audit student cannot change to credit status. Exceptions to the audit policy require approval of the division dean. The audit policy is not applicable to Health Sciences, Criminal Justice, Science Labs, and college preparatory and dual enrollment students.

Child Care Students

To comply with Florida state law, Chapter 402.3055, prospective Early Childhood Education or Child Care program students must be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal background check, reference check and tuberculosis test. The cost of these procedures is the responsibility of the student. Information received is confidential and is required to determine the prospective student's ability to work with children. 

Criminal Justice Students

See Criminal Justice

International Students

See International Student Services

Non-Degree Applicants

Non-degree applicants are persons who wish to take selected college courses without intending to complete an associate degree program. Many students attend to upgrade employment skills, for career exploration, teacher certification, audit, or for personal objectives.

A non-degree applicant must submit a completed application and a one-time, non-refundable $20 application fee. Transient students must submit a transfer letter showing good standing from the last institution attended prior to registering. A non-degree status student cannot be certified for financial aid or veterans’ benefits.

If a student wishes to pursue a degree, he or she must contact the Admissions and Records office and indicate a desire to be changed to a degree-seeking status. Non-degree-seeking students will be allowed to register for a maximum of nine semester hours without participating in the placement testing program and any subsequent college preparatory instruction. Some courses are closed to non-degree-seeking students. 

Suspended Students

A student who has been placed on academic suspension and is ineligible to return to CF or the previous institution attended must file a petition for admission to CF. The student must schedule a return from suspension appointment with a program adviser. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students must be eligible to return to the last institution attended for admission to CF through regular procedures. Those who have been suspended from another institution or who have a 20 or more grade point deficit are required to file a petition for admission. Students entering with a grade point deficit of 1–19 will be on academic probation.

Transfer students are required to submit official transcripts from each institution that they have previously attended at the time that they apply or readmit to CF. To be considered official, transcripts may be either sent directly to CF from the issuing institution or be delivered in a sealed envelope sealed by the issuing institution. Official transcripts may be submitted to the Enrollment Services Centers or the Office of Admissions and Records on any CF campus. The office of Admissions and Records will evaluate these transcripts and post all accepted transfer courses to the student’s permanent academic record.

Transfer students are also required to submit their final high school transcript, proof of GED or home school affidavit as well. Transfer students who do not have transcripts on file showing completion of college prep or college level English and math will be required to take a placement test.

Students seeking the Associate in Science degree who possess an Associate in Arts or higher degree have already satisfied core. In Associate in Arts degree programs, all academic work (1000 and 2000 level) transfers in as well as some 3000 level courses (depending on course content). In the cases where the content is the same, the burden of proof is on the student to provide official course outlines or syllabi. Upper division courses (4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000-level) are not applicable to the degree.

Any questions regarding transcript evaluation must be resolved with the Office of Admissions and Records. Transfer students from NON-regionally accredited institutions. CF does not ordinarily accept transfer credits from institutions not accredited by a regional accredited agency unless that institution is participating in an articulation agreement with the state of Florida or CF. However, each transcript will be considered on an individual basis. The course work accepted must represent collegiate coursework relevant to the degree, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in CF’s degree programs. 

It is the student’s responsibility to provide the following information to the Admissions Committee on a course-by-course basis if they wish for CF to consider awarding credit for courses that were not transferred during their initial evaluation.

The student must:

  • Provide the teaching credentials (institution, degrees and discipline) of the instructor of each course being reconsidered for credit.
  • Provide the syllabus, course objectives and course description for each course being reconsidered for transfer credit.
  • Provide an official transcript to CF.

All documents must be provided before the request will be considered by the Admissions Committee. Upon receipt of the documents, the Admissions Committee will review all evidence provided and make a final determination on the transferability of each course. 

Criminal History

The college attempts to protect the safety of the campus community by screening applicants for admission or readmission who have a violent criminal record as well as by responding to information regarding violent illegal activity or new information concerning violent criminal charges. This does not automatically preclude an applicant from gaining admission or readmission to the institution.

In order to maintain a safe environment conducive to student learning, the right is reserved to deny admission to applicants for any reason deemed to be in the best interest of the college. The college also reserves the right to establish special conditions on admission, if such conditions are deemed necessary to assure a safe learning environment. 

Application Fee

All students must submit a completed online application, along with a nonrefundable, one-time $30 application fee. 

Florida Statutes

The following Florida State Statues pertain to college the college admissions process at CF. 

Home School
GED (High School Equivalency Diploma)
Admission to Postsecondary Educational Institution
Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes
Foreign Language Competency
College Prep Testing and Placement


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