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Located in the heart of the "Gator Nation," Gainesville, Florida, the Universityof 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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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 twenty-one." "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 nightlife 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 1,040 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."


Acceptance Rate

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 670

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 720

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


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Other Admission Factors


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Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Volunteer Work

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Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

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


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural and Food Products Processing
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Dairy Science
  • Food Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Plant Sciences, Other
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biostatistics
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics, General
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Insurance
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Real Estate

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, Other
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational Statistics and Research Methods
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Surveying Technology/Surveying

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family and Community Services

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
  • Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
  • Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General (Cert., MS, PhD)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law (LL.M., M.S., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • International Business, Trade, and Tax Law (LL.M., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Tax Law/Taxation (LL.M, J.S.D./S.J.D.)

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Museology/Museum Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
  • Forestry, General
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • School Psychology

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Fire Science/Fire-fighting

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music, General


Doctoral Other
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Students widely feel that UF does a great job at preparing them for life after school, from the first-rate academics to the “excellent” career services. The Career Resource Center offers an abundance of services, including academic advising and career planning, job fairs and recruiting events, resume critique and mock interviews, and resources for job and internship searches. Gator Shadow Day allows student to learn about careers by shadowing a professional at work. The Center also offers a program called Gator Launch to provide “underrepresented” students in the science and technology fields with special mentoring opportunities. All in all, students seem to leave happy. Of University of Florida alumni visiting, 52 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

University of Florida students in almost any field can benefit from taking part in the Center for Public Service, which provides students with research opportunities, internships, and a lecture series. The university told us that the Center "is a community of students, scholars and citizens who share a commitment to training the next generation of public and private sector leaders for Florida, the United States and the international community." For example, The Graham Civic Scholars program help students develop an understanding of public policy issues and develop "practical skills needed to be aware and active participants in our communities," according to the university. Each year the program selects a topic that its fifty scholars will pursue. (Past topics have included food insecurity and the aging infrastructure in Florida.) Scholars help to develop and organize the program's activities, complete service learning activities and research projects, and conduct "in-depth interviews as part of their investigation," of the year's topic, according to the university. This is a great opportunity for students to take charge in the implementation and design of projects, developing great leadership and problem solving skills. The Center for Public Service also offers a number of different internship opportunities that engage students within local government and civic service, while providing them with important contacts and future job prospects. The Local Government Internship Program places students in city or county manager's offices across the state. Students gain valuable on-the-job training in "business/finance, engineering, landscape design, and public administration. Interns will receive on-the-job training to help them move forward on their career path and attain valuable work experience in the competitive economy." In the Florida Cooperative Extension Service and Graham Center Public Service Internship Program, students create educational programing in collaboration with county extension faculty. Programing areas include agriculture, water resource, environmental quality, and economic development. This is a perfect experience for any student interested in community development, sustainability, or environmental studies as these fields often interact with government personnel.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 2

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



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


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Anthony DeSantis, PhD

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Required for LD

The University of Florida encourages a Psycho-Educational evaluation that meets the documentation guidelines outlined at:

Documentation Required for ADHD

The University of Florida encourages a Psycho-Educational evaluation that meets the documentation guidelines outlined at:

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

20% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Gators)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Gators)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups:

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


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Sandra Hayden
Assistant Director

Admissions Office
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611



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
8am-5pm (M-F)

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

M-F times vary

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Academic Department Directly

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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 384 (SR 24/Archer Road) and head east on Archer Road for 2.6 miles to Gale Lemerand Drive (formerly North-South Drive). Turn left onto Lemerand Drive for 1/2 mile to the light at Museum Road. Turn right onto Museum Road for one block, then left into the UF Bookstore and Welcome Center's driveway. The address for the Welcome Center is 737 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611

Local Accommodations
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center • Phone number: (352) 371-0306• Website: Reitz Union Hotel – located on campus • Phone number: (352) 392-2151 • Website: Holiday Inn Univ Center (352) 376-1661

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