Students Say

Located in the heart of “Gator Nation,” Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida offers “a hell of a deal” on “one of the best educations in the nation.” Students are proud that UF is “the best state school in Florida” and “one of the top public universities in the nation”; they also love that it’s “a great school with a large alumni network,” that there’s plenty of “intellectual stimulation” to be found there, and that UF’s “research opportunities are abundant.” Though the school has “strong academic standards” across the board, programs in Business and Journalism are particularly “highly ranked.”

Overview

Applicants
27,852
Acceptance Rate
47%

GPA Breakdown

95%
Over 3.75
3%
3.50 - 3.74
1%
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
580 - 670
SAT Math
590 - 690
ACT Composite
26 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
November 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Volunteer Work

Overall

Students Say

Located in the heart of “Gator Nation,” Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida offers “a hell of a deal” on “one of the best educations in the nation.” Students are proud that UF is “the best state school in Florida” and “one of the top public universities in the nation”; they also love that it’s “a great school with a large alumni network,” that there’s plenty of “intellectual stimulation” to be found there, and that UF’s “research opportunities are abundant.” Though the school has “strong academic standards” across the board, programs in Business and Journalism are particularly “highly ranked.” “Access to alumni” pays off when students seek “opportunities for networking and research,” and they find that “as a large school, [UF] has a lot of funding and a large number of opportunities for student involvement.” Students say that the university’s size doesn’t sacrifice individuals’ ability to focus on their course of study: “Classes for your major are hard, but they prepare you for more than easier classes would. They better prepare you for your career.” Moreover, “as a research university with nearly every graduate program imaginable, the opportunities are endless.” Students praise the “truly incredible faculty and staff” and appreciate that “one of the greatest strengths of UF is the fact there is always someone to turn to for help.” Class structure is still impacted by the school’s size in that “lectures are 80–90 percent of class activities,” but conversely, students love “having experts in my field teaching all of my classes for my major.” If “breadth of opportunities” for a value price is a priority for you, “the Gator Nation is one where anyone can build a future for themselves.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
21:1
Total Faculty
3,753
with Terminal Degree
2,986

2,390
Men
1,363
Women
933
Minority
87
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Marco Rubio
U.S. Senator from Florida

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
U.S. Representative, Democratic Nat'l Committee Chair

Emmitt Smith
Professional Football Player

Kevin Ford
Space Shuttle Astronaut

Sara Sidner
CNN Correspondent

Erin Andrews
Sportscaster, TV personality

Adam Putnam
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

With relatively low tuition and a strong scholarship program for in-state students, UF is an especially good value for Florida residents. The Florida Opportunity Scholarship (FOS) is a scholarship program for first-generation college freshmen from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The scholarship provides a full grant scholarship aid package for up to four years of undergraduate education.

Bang For Your Buck

The cost of attending University of Florida is well below the national average for four-year public universities. Annual tuition and fees hover around $6,313 (based on a typical schedule of 30 credit hours per year), while campus room and board will run you another $9,000-plus. Overall, Florida residents are the main benefactors of this great value. Out-of-state undergraduates pay a little over $28,000 more in tuition and fees and must also factor in higher transportation costs. The school prides itself on providing prospective students with financial aid packages that will help lower educational costs through a variety of “Gator Aid” options. Their website offers a net price calculator to help students and their families get a better idea of exactly how much it would cost to attend the school. In-state students should be sure to check out the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which offers scholarships based on high school academic achievement. The program has different award levels, each with its own eligibility criteria and award amounts.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,194

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,874

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,491

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,708

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$2,916

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,313
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$28,590
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,290

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,010
Transportation for Commuters
$1,100

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

While “everyone is different,” “fraternity and sorority participation….dominates the student culture.” Students are “hard working and interested in getting ahead,” and “even though UF is considered a party school, it is full of people who put their future careers first.” “Students fit in by taking part in and participating in the various things our campus offers” and are often “busy and focused usually on one subject matter or area of interest to be involved in through extracurricular activities.” Even though it’s a large campus, one student remarks on the sense of community: “We’re students? I thought we were all part of one big family!” They find each other “mostly accepting and friendly,” but as a whole “hard to define. Gators are religious and non religious, Greek and non Greek, obsessed with athletics and some couldn’t care less.” Overall, the typical UF student “knows how to balance their school work and still have a good time.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
33,720
Out of State

International
Foreign Countries Represented
152

Demographics

55% female
45% male
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“The University of Florida is in Gainesville. The Gator Nation is everywhere.” In terms of town-gown relations, “Gainesville revolves around UF, most everything is catered to the students and student life.” “Bars are the big scene,” and students “love going out with friends on the weekends to Midtown. It is a UF staple to party at Grog, Balls, and Salty Dog once you turn 21.” “Tons of school spirit” ranks high on the list of things students love about UF, as “A lot of UF culture is based around sports.” “Greek life…is a big deal in both the social and extracurricular scene” and “When you are in the Greek community, there are many things to do.” For other students, “I find myself working or studying in a computer lab most of the time” and “There is a really intense night-life but when it comes to exams, papers and finals week it is pretty quiet everywhere.” Extracurricular life can also be as forward-looking as you want it to be: “In addition to classes, I research in a lab with the College of Medicine and volunteer at the hospital located on campus.” Students “play sports,” and “For fun, there are several places to go such as Paynes Prairie, Devil’s Millhopper, or other outdoor activities.” If you want to get involved, join one of the “850 clubs”: “There is literally a club for everyone at UF” and “You make it what you want. You can party every day or you can study every day. I keep it pretty balanced.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
23%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
76
First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Jim Gorske

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
The University of Florida encourages a Psycho-Educational evaluation that meets the documentation guidelines outlined at https://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/students/.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
The University of Florida encourage a Psycho-Educational evaluation that meets the documentation guidelines outlined at https://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/students/.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
961
Number of Honor Societies
38

Number of Social Sororities
27
Number of Religious Organizations
71

20% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Gators)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Gators)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: www.multicultural.ufl.edu www.oas.aa.ufl.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Dr. J. Bernard Machen, president of the University of Florida, is serious about sustainability, and, in 2006, was among the first to sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which laid the groundwork for plans to educate the campus community about climate change and to measurable reduce the university’s carbon emissions, with a goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. UF has set an aggressive goal of becoming a zero-waste campus. In pursuit of this goal, comprehensive recycling programs have been established across campus and even at Gator games, where volunteers help keep 26,000 pounds of recyclable material from entering the landfill annually. In 2013, due to the collection of compostable materials during home football games, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium achieved a single-game diversion rate of 78 percent during the 2013 football season. The athletics program was the first carbon-neutral program of its kind in the country, and was recognized as one of ten case studies on how campus sports are going green in the 2013 Collegiate Game Changers report, published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. More recently, UF established pre- and post-consumer compost collection in its two dining halls and pre-consumer compost collection in the J. Wayne Reitz Union. UF has seventy-four LEED-certified buildings on campus and the first LEED Platinum building in Florida. All new buildings must seek LEED Gold or better. UF offers more than 1,000 sustainability-related courses and academic programs, including both a major and minor in Sustainability Studies, and a major in Sustainability and the Built Environment. UF is in the process of expanding its efforts to include a Green Office Certification Program, as well as a revised Climate Action Plan and Green house Gas Inventory to help shape the future of sustainability initiatives on campus.

Green Rating
94
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
19%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
36

Average Number of PC's per Lab
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sandra Hayden
Assistant Director

Address
Admissions Office
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone
3523921365

Email
hayden@ufl.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Southwest Recreation Center
Plaza of Americas
Library West
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
J. Wayne Reitz Student Union

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Wauburg Recreational Area
Mid-Town Business District
Downtown Gainesville
Oaks Mall
Paynes Praire Preserve

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm (M-F)
3523921365

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.Gatorzone.com/contact/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Academic Department Directly

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Gainesville Regional Airport is approximately 7 miles from campus. Taxis and regional transit services are available from the airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75, exit to Archer Rd. and proceed east to U.S. Rte. 441 (13th St.). Head north (left turn) on 13th St. to the admissions office (at the corner of 13th St. and S.W. 2nd Ave.).

Local Accommodations
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center • Phone number: (352) 371-0306• Website: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/GVNCCHF/index.do?WT.srch=1/ Reitz Union Hotel – located on campus • Phone number: (352) 392-2151 • Website: http://www.union.ufl.edu/hotel/directions.asp Holiday Inn Univ Center (352) 376-1661
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Key Stats

27,852
Applicants
33,720
Size
47%
Acceptance Rate
1260
SAT Scores

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