Graduate Admissions FAQ

  1. How many students are admitted each year?
    Answer
    Usually around 15, though incoming classes have ranged from about 15 to more than 20.
  2. What are the types of financial support available?
    Answer
    Most of our graduate students receive full financial support (tuition waiver + stipend), most as a graduate teaching assistantship, some as an Alumni Fellow, and a limited number of others through various scholarships.
  3. What are the minimum requirements for admission?
  4. Answer
    The minimum requirements for admission to the university are given in the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog .
  5. How can I check if my application is complete?
    Answer
    Please be sure you have followed the Instructions.

    You may also wish to visit the admissions office graduate page.

    Using your UFID number, it is possible to check the status of you application online at http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/applygraduate.html

    If you run into a problem, or have other questions, please email math-gradapps@ufl.edu.

  6. What is the deadline for application?
    Answer
    The application deadline is February 1. Applications completed before the deadline will receive full consideration for admission and financial support. Applications completed after the deadline will only be considered if time allows.

    Generally it is best to have standardized tests (GRE and TOEFL, if necessary) taken by December since it may take ETS some time to send the official scores. Most of our applications are received in January. Overseas students should also take into account the time required to receive mailed documents, apply for a visa and make travel arrangements. In general, it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.

  7. I am an international applicant. Where do I send transcripts and degree certificates?
    Answer
    International applicants must send official versions of all transcripts and degree certificates in both English and the original language directly to the Office of Admission.

    The official documents should be sent to:
    UF Office of Admission
    PO Box 114000
    201 Criser Hall
    Gainesville FL 32611-4000, USA

  8. I am a domestic applicant. Where do I send transcripts?
    Answer
    Domestic applicants must send official copies of all transcripts directly to the office of admission.
    Send transcripts to:
    UF Office of Admission
    PO Box 114000
    201 Criser Hall
    Gainesville FL 32611-4000, USA
  9. Should I take the GRE Subject Test in Mathematics?
    Answer
    It is recommended for PhD applicants.
  10. Where do I send my GRE and TOEFL scores and what is the code for the University of Florida?
    Answer
    Have the scores sent to the office of admissions at the address in the previous question.

    The University of Florida’s school code for submission of GRE and TOEFL scores is 5812

    Do you accept the computer-based GRE/TOEFL tests?
    Yes. International students are strongly encouraged to take the iBT since chances of receiving financial support are much greater with an iBT speaking score of 23 or better. If you take the TOEFL, please indicate it in the application forms.

  11. Do you accept the IELTS or MELAB instead of TOEFL?
    Answer
    Yes. An IELTS score of 6.0 overall or a MELAB score of 77 are alternatives to a Toefl score of 550 or Toefl ibt score of 80 as general English language requirements for admission to UF.
    However, at this time, neither IELTS nor MELAB can be used in place of the Toefl ibt Speaking score of at least 23 or a SPEAK test score of at least 45 which is required to qualify as a Teaching Assistant. Therefore, students submitting IELTS scores would have to submit an additional Toefl ibt Speaking or SPEAK score to qualify for a Teaching Assistantship.
  12. Where do I send the fee? What form of payment is acceptable?
    Answer
    This information is available at the admissions office page Application Checklist

    Please do not send the fee to the Mathematics Department.

  13. Should I send in the Certificate of Financial Responsibility at the same time as my application? What figures should I use?
    Answer
    International applicants who are admitted will be contacted by the UF International Office with instructions concerning the Certificate of Financial Responsibility. You should not submit any forms related to the CFR when first applying.
  14. Can I apply for January admission?
    Answer
    No
  15. When can I expect a decision on my application?
    Answer
    If you qualify for admission and are eligible for a teaching assistantship, you will hear from us as soon as the committee has decided to admit you. We begin reviewing files in February, so the first notifications could be as early mid-February with more following in March and April. If we are waiting for the result of a test, there will naturally be a delay before we can decide on your application. If you are ineligible for a teaching assistantship, e.g you are an international student who does not have an iBT speaking score of 23 or better, then you may have to wait for the fellowships to be decided. There are very few fellowships and only when the top candidates decline can the next ones be offered, so we may not have news for some applicants until as late as April or May. If you feel the committee should have reached a decision but have not heard from us, please contact us, preferably by email to math-gradapps@ufl.edu.
  16. I am from a country where English is an official language. Am I required to submit a score from the speaking portion of the iBT (iBT speaking test) in order to be eligible for a teaching assistantship?
    Answer
    Even in situations where the University does not require a TOEFL score, all international students must demonstrate English speaking proficiency by scoring 45 or better on the University administered Speak Test or a score of 23 or better on the speaking portion of the iBT.

    In particular, international applicants who have spent one year at a US institution may be exempt from the TOEFL exam, but are still required to have a qualifying score on either the Speak Test or speaking iBT. If you are uncertain, you should contact the admissions committee, preferably by email.

  17. I have not taken the iBT speaking test. Am I eligible for financial support?
    Answer
    Most of our graduate students are supported through teaching assistantships.

    Florida law and UF Graduate Council policy require international teaching assistants (ITAs) to demonstrate oral proficiency before being appointed to teach. A score of 55 on the University administered SPEAK Test (similar to the old TSE) or 28 or better on the speaking iBT permits unrestricted teaching. With a score of 45-50 on the SPEAK test or 23-27 on the speaking iBT, the ITA may teach if concurrently enrolled in EAP 5836.

    See the office of academic spoken English’s page on Oral Proficiency Testing At UF for more information.

    Each year, there is a possibility that we will offer a very small number (3 in 2007) of full Alumni Fellowships, which are awarded to the strongest applicants regardless of English speaking proficiency. Not surprisingly, the competition for these is intense. If you do not have 23 or better on the iBT speaking test, the Alumni Fellow is your only chance of admission with support.

  18. I have a very high score in TOEFL and/or TWE and top grades in all of my English classes. Moreover, I have asked several native English speakers to attest to my ability in English. Do I still need to take iBT?
    Answer
    These are certainly strong points in an application. However, for the purpose of obtaining a teaching assistantship, no combination of the above can be used as a substitute for evidence of English speaking proficiency in place of the impartial and standardized speaking iBT.
  19. Is health care insurance available?
    Answer
    Yes. For eligibility, coverage, and cost details visit

    http://www.hr.ufl.edu/benefits/gatorgradcare/default.asp

  20. What is the minimum General GRE score is to enter the University of Florida Mathematics department?
    Answer
    The university no longer has a minimum requirement on the GRE. Most successful applicants to the mathematics department have scores (sum of verbal plus quantitative) far exceeding 1000 in the old scoring system (approximately 300 in the new style).
  21. What is an acceptable score on the TOEFL?
    Answer
    The university requires: an 80 or better on the internet based TOEFL (iBT); a 550 on the paper-based; or 213 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).