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University of Florida

University of Florida Rating: 3.8/5 (27 votes)

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The University of Florida was originally established in 1853 as the East Florida Seminary, and over the years the school has grown to what it is today with the absorption of other institutions throughout its history. The school is now a public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant comprehensive research university. It is consistently marked as one of the top schools in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs, along with the quality and amount of research being conducted on campus. Students flock here to enroll in one of the 16 colleges housed on campus and they also come for the sunshine Florida has to offer and to cheer on their favorite Florida Gators athletic teams.



This is a very large and comprehensive university with a lot of options for majors and minors. Classes tend to be large and students are expected to handle their coursework without a lot of intervention from professors. Since this is a distinguished research university, the faculty also work with graduate students to conduct studies and experiments, so be prepared for Teaching Assistants (TAs) to jump in and take over some classes.

There are 16 different colleges housed on campus and any student will be able to find a degree program for their interests. Schools range from Law, to Agriculture, to Liberal Arts, to Nursing and more. Students are also assessed by using Academic Learning Compacts, which outline expected skills and knowledge they should know after completing studies for a major.

Accelerated Degrees

Highly motivated students can take advantage of the school’s accelerated degree programs. These offer a challenging academic road, but for those who have the desire, it can be a time saver and an impressive entry on a resume. Students can choose from:

  • The College of Dentistry’s Honors Combined BS/DMD
  • Junior Honors Medical Program
  • Master of Agribusiness
  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Public Health


Graduate students and faculty participate in conducting research in their fields of interest. Carnegie has ranked this as a Research University with Very High Research. There is a huge amount of various projects going on at any given time, and Florida is a prime spot for marine biology research. There are projects involving sea turtles, biomedical studies, and coastal research. Food and agriculture experiments are ongoing as are studies involving Health issues. A physics team is busy conducting experiments with the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

Further Education

Continuing education, distance learning and executive education are also available for students and working professionals seeking a flexible learning environment. The university’s distance learning program allows students to work towards either undergraduate or graduate degrees, certifications, or enjoy personal development courses online. With executive education, the school provides customized programs for working professionals which are geared toward developing personal skills.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The school serves a wide variety of students including undergraduate students, graduate students, transfer students, and international students, offering more than 100 undergraduate majors and more than 200 graduate programs

To apply to the university, prospective students can apply online and must include the resume and essay sections. There is a non-refundable application fee which may be submitted online for small fee, or mailed as a check or money order directly to the university. Prospective students must also arrange for high school transcripts along with ACT and/or SAT scores to be sent to the university.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is provided through scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. Eligible students have a number of choices of scholarships and grants to investigate.

In addition, academic scholarships are available through individual colleges and schools at the university. These scholarships are strictly based on academic ability as well as academic achievement.

A detailed website is available for eligible students with links to many financial aid resources.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4575th for the average student loan amount.
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There are two campus housing options, including single-student residence hall living and on-campus apartment complexes. For those living on-campus, the university provides various residential meal plans. And for those living off campus, the university offers small commuter meal plans.

Campus life is filled with many opportunities for students. There are over 750 student organizations, including more than 60 student religious groups. The university offers Greek life, university athletics, recreational sports, student government, campus employment, research with faculty opportunities, and more. In addition, there are four campus radio stations, two television stations, as well as other media outlets such as yearbook, newsletters, and an off-campus newspaper.

For students nearing graduation, the school offers use of a Career Resource Center to assist graduating students with their job search.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Ranked among the nation’s top ten universities for more than 20 years, the University of Florida Gators compete in the Southeastern Conference under the supervision of the University Athletic Association (UAA).

There are eight men’s intercollegiate sports, including baseball, basketball, football, cross country, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and ten women’s intercollegiate sports, including basketball, cross country, gymnastics, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, swimming & diving, track & field, and volleyball.

The university also offers intramural sports, sports clubs, aquatics, and fitness through the Department of Recreational Sports. This provides an opportunity for students to enjoy competitions on a non-varsity level, and still wreak the benefits of being part of a team. All intramural league sports have weekly games and conclude the season with a tournament. The University of Florida intramural sports include basketball, flag football, sand volleyball, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball.

In addition, there are 38 competitive sports clubs who work on skill development, participation and student leadership. To participate in a sports club, the individual must be a current student, staff member, faculty member, or a spouse of one those members.

The University of Florida Gators also have several spirit teams including a cheerleading squad, the Dazzlers dance team, mascots, and a marching band.


Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 3rd in Florida and 138th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Florida and 284th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 19 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 11 0.02
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 33 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 27 0.05
Arrest 181 0.37

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 640 0.51
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.00
Forcible Rape 82 0.07
Robbery 184 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,063 0.84
Larceny 4,003 3.18
Vehicle theft 290 0.23

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1203

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 581st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,477 $4,477 $25,694
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,786 $1,786 $2,847
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $149 $149 $856
FT Graduate Tuition $10,770 $10,770 $27,335
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,872 $1,872 $2,701
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $449 $449 $1,139
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,103 $19,103 $41,381
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,103 $19,103 $41,381
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,583 $9,583 $31,861

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $32,744 $60,592
Medical Degree — Required Fees $3,756 $5,148
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $37,564 $62,783
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $3,997 $5,258
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $19,845 $41,886
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $2,915 $4,017
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $25,248 $45,225
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $3,381 $4,380
Law Degree — Tuition $19,574 $38,017
Law Degree — Required Fees $2,607 $3,529

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,657 $6,143 $5,657 $6,143 $27,934 $28,420
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,070 $1,080
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,800 $9,370
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,260 $3,960
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,800 $9,370
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,260 $3,960
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,260 $3,960

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 27,107 (11,745 male / 15,362 female)
Admitted 12,618 (5,232 male / 7,386 female)
Admission rate 47%
First-time Enrollment 6,373 (2,658 male / 3,715 female)
FT Enrollment 6,352 (2,648 male / 3,704 female)
PT Enrollment 21 (10 male / 11 female)
Total Enrollment49,878

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southeastern Conference

ACT Test Admission

101st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 37%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 32
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 30
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 31

SAT Test Admission

121st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 63%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 580 / 670
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 590 / 690
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1170 / 1360

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity10,858
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,230
Board Fee$4,290

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 145th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $106,778 ($116,153 male / $74,506 female)
Number of FT Faculty 2,039 (1,321 male / 718 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,954
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $90,655,000

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