Apply only if you are really interested. Read about the Honors philosophy here. If you find this appealing, then please submit an application. Honors at UF is different from high school honors in the following sense--high school honors is based on a culture of achievement; university honors is a culture of engagement. Nearly all of UF's students are high achievers, but Honors students are looking to take full advantage of the intellectual, cultural, and extracurricular opportunities on campus. If that describes you, then please consider submitting an application.
The essays are important. We cannot emphasize this fact enough. A lot of thought and time goes into choosing the essay prompts, and each applicant's essays are read by two people. These scores carry significant weight in our application review.
Write about an activity that demonstrates superior involvement or commitment. You will have the opportunity to write in detail about one enriching activity in which you have participated outside of the classroom. This is your opportunity to highlight one non-academic area of strength for you - topics could include (but aren't limited to) leadership, volunteer work, research, athletics, visual and performing arts, or journalism. Consider writing about the activity through which you have grown or learned the most.
Apply on time, early even. We do not accept late applications, and the system will close at exactly 11:59pm EST on March 1. We encourage you to avoid the temptation of waiting until the last minute to submit your application, as technological difficulties can and do happen. We will not make any exceptions for technical difficulties. Take some time to review the essay questions, think through your responses, and go ahead and submit well before the deadline.
Answers to some frequently asked questions may be found here.