How to 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.
Any prospective UF freshman can apply to the Innovation Academy Program as part of the University of Florida application. To apply to the Innovation Academy, freshman applicants should indicate interest in the Innovation Academy on their UF undergraduate admissions application. There is also an additional short essay on the UF application for students interested in IA. Please note that the decision to apply (or not apply) for UF IA has no impact on your general UF admissions decision.
The Office of Admissions considers all applicants for the IA admission, Summer B admission and Fall admission. Once their admission decisions are made, the Office of Admissions makes only one offer for the student to accept: IA, Summer B or Fall.
When to Apply
To apply to the Innovation Academy, freshman applicants should indicate interest in the Innovation Academy on their UF undergraduate admissions application. There is an additional short essay on the UF application for students interested in IA. 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 or spring program. Freshman applications for the University of Florida are available online beginning in August and are typically due November 1. 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.
Who Should Apply
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.
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)
- Strategic risk-taking
- Attend spring and summer semesters
Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for participation in the Innovation Academy at this time.