Admission to IA


Freshman AdmissionsTransfer Admissions

Who Should Apply

The Innovation Academy (IA) seeks to admit a highly motivated and academically superior incoming class. IA facilitates participation in focused interactions and small group experiences that explore the dimensions of innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, ethics, and leadership.

Students interested in the Innovation Academy should have a strong desire for:

  • Expert and peer collaboration
  • Multidisciplinary learning (Arts, Humanities and Science)
  • Trial & error (rapid prototyping)
  • Creating
  • Strategic risk-taking

Innovation Academy enrolls students in a select group of majors. The majors IA supports are always growing, and as the program grows more will be added over time.

At this time, the Innovation Academy is not able to accept international student applications.

How To Apply

To apply to the Innovation Academy, freshman applicants should indicate interest in the Innovation Academy on their UF undergraduate admissions application. Selection for admission to the Innovation Academy will follow the same holistic review process and be as rigorous as the selection to UF’s standard fall/spring term. There is an additional short essay on the UF application for students interested in IA. 

The Office of Admissions offers more information for students interested in applying to UF and being part of the Innovation Academy. Prospective students may also benefit from reading through the FAQs, particularly the New Student FAQ.

When to apply

Even though IA students officially start in the Spring, they still need to complete the UF application on the same schedule as students applying for UF’s standard fall/spring program. Freshman applications for the University of Florida are available online beginning in August and are typically due November 1, although students should check here for an updated timeline. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Decision notifications are released in February for all first-year students. The Office of Admissions website has more information regarding specific dates and application deadlines for freshmen.

The UF colleges that participate in the Innovation Academy admit highly qualified transfer students who have completed an Associate in Arts degree at a Florida public community or state college. Students seeking admission from other universities or out-of-state schools may be considered for admission on a space-available basis. Transfer students are only admitted to Innovation Academy for the Spring semester.

Students who transfer to IA will attend UF on Innovation Academy’s Spring/Summer schedule until the completion of their degree program. This allows IA students the Fall semester to seek out opportunities; learn more on the IA in the Fall page.

Please visit these links for more information on incoming student transfers.

To see the recommended sequence of courses that transfer students must take in order to complete the Minor in Innovation, check out the sample minor plan for transfers. Below is a list of all the minor courses that must be completed by all IA students, including transfers:

IDS1353 – Creativity in Context 2
IDS1359 – Creativity in Action 2
ENT3003 – Principles of Entrepreneurship
EGN 4641- Engineering Entrepreneurship
4 or 3

AEC3410 – Fostering Innovation through Leadership
EGS 4038 Engineering Leadership

3 or 3
PHI3641 – Conduct, Change & Consequences: Making Ethical Decisions 3
ENT4015 – The Venture Accelerator
IDS4950 – Innovation Academy Senior Project
2 or 2