|Students who got into UF say:|
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| | Lots of unique volunteer work, good grades, the usual. Don't be afraid to be creative, inspired, and imaginative. That's what they want. They don't want the token kid who got good grades and didn't do any extracurricular activities because he thought he could get by on brains alone. But these people want innovators. They want passion and excitement in their students rather than just a desire for an A. So take risks. Take AP classes, and don't drop out of them just because you're afraid of getting a B in the course or a 3 on the AP Test. Chances are, you'll do a lot better than you think. And join some clubs that spark your interest. You don't have to be on all the sports teams or be a part of every honor society to get in. Just do something you're interested in and that you can have a fiery conversation about. At least have fire for something. Have a story. Leave a mark. Because your entrance essay is going to need to be inspired rather than generic. SAT scores are important, but your own story and drive and passion are the keys. I was involved in my high school yearbook and literary magazine, and I took the hardest classes I could, including honors and AP classes. I was also a member of the National Honor Society and I volunteered all the time. Easy, solid GPA and decent SAT/ACT. Make up for your academic shortcomings with a lot of extracurriculars/volunteering.