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University of Florida Overview

University of Florida is a public institution located in Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of Florida Known For?

10,093 Undergraduate Awards
$29,880 Avg Cost After Aid
42% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at UF is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UF.
  • In 2017-2018, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UF with a bachelor's degree make about $56,000 a year. That's 37% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Florida Rankings

UF is ranked #276 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 126 colleges in Florida, it is ranked at #5.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UF has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#139 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UF.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Construction Engineering Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Engineering-Related Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Recreation Administration Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Engineering Technologies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UF has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for General Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation College Factual
#103 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is University of Florida?

Location of University of Florida

Contact details for UF are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-392-3261
Website: www.ufl.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uflorida/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UF

How Do I Get Into UF?

You can apply to UF online at: https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/freshman

Admission Requirements for UF

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into UF?

42% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
79% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to UF. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 42%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 39%, and the acceptance rate for women is 44%.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to UF submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 710. Math scores were between 620 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Florida  ( 620 to 710 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Florida  ( 620 to 690 )
200
800
UF received ACT scores from 71% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 27 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 31. Composite scores were between 28 and 32.

ACT English Scores for University of Florida  ( 27 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Florida  ( 26 to 31 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Florida  ( 28 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Florida?

$29,880 Net Price
19% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UF is $29,880. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UF, approximately 19% of students took out student loans averaging $6,387 a year. That adds up to $25,548 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UF is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Florida Undergraduate Student Diversity

32,209 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 35,491 undergraduate students at UF, with 32,209 being full-time and 3,282 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UF

There are also 16,727 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 32,209 full-time undergraduates at UF, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UF

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Florida students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UF Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,788
Black or African American 2,041
Hispanic or Latino 7,025
White 17,084
International Students 858
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,413

Geographic Diversity

Florida students aren't the only ones who study at University of Florida. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 144 countries are represented at UF. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Florida

4,766 Took All Classes Online
26,279 Took At Least One Class Online
2.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 19 bachelor’s degree and 42 master’s degree programs available online at UF. In 2017-2018, 26,279 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UF has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 5th most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UF

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Florida was 2.1%. This is the #1,896 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UF regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UF majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 24%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 1%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 18%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 74%
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 21%
Business Administration & Management 4%
Business, Management & Marketing 3%
Civil Engineering 12%
Communication & Journalism 5%
Communication & Media Studies 30%
Communication Sciences 8%
Computer Engineering 12%
Criminology 2%
Curriculum & Instruction 15%
Electrical Engineering 2%
Engineering 7%
Fine & Studio Arts 8%
Fire Protection 71%
Fisheries Sciences 50%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 23%
Forestry 22%
General Biology 10%
Geography & Cartography 44%
Health & Physical Education 24%
Health Professions 18%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 71%
Materials Engineering 13%
Mechanical Engineering 1%
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 20%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 20%
Natural Resources & Conservation 33%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 39%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 15%
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 23%
Plant Sciences 5%
Public Health 26%
Public Relations & Advertising 7%
Social Sciences 11%
Soil Sciences 3%
Special Education 6%
Systems Engineering 17%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 5%
Urban & Regional Planning 31%
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 54%
Visual & Performing Arts 21%
Wildlife Management 43%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UF ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UF.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Urban & Regional Planning #2
Fisheries Sciences #2
Soil Sciences #2
Classical Languages & Literature #2
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services #4
Physiology & Pathology Sciences #4
Zoology #5
Forestry #5
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology #5
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) #5
Materials Engineering #7
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics #7
Plant Sciences #9
Engineering Technology (Other) #10
General Visual & Performing Arts #11
Architecture & Related Services #11
Environmental Engineering #12
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #15
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #17
Communication Sciences #21
Fine & Studio Arts #24
Systems Engineering #24
Computer Engineering #25
Mechanical Engineering #30
Civil Engineering #30
Natural Resources & Conservation #33
Electrical Engineering #37
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #39
Fire Protection #45
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #46
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #46
Health & Physical Education #88
Communication & Media Studies #92
Public Health #93
Visual & Performing Arts #97
Engineering #101
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #103
Curriculum & Instruction #118
Human Development & Family Studies #122
Communication & Journalism #137
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #147
Engineering Technologies #147
Special Education #173
Teacher Education Subject Specific #177
Educational Administration #225
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #412
Nursing #419

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Florida Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 389 4 662 21 1,076
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 0 141 187 396 724
General Biology 0 0 0 565 0 0 0 565
General Psychology 0 0 0 473 4 21 26 524
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 321 28 142 29 520
Political Science & Government 0 0 57 358 8 23 11 457
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 10 402 0 2 0 414
Public Health 0 0 0 268 1 106 9 384
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 202 0 160 12 374
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 304 0 40 0 344
Law 0 0 0 0 0 0 331 331
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 134 9 135 24 302
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 199 0 89 9 297
Nursing 0 0 0 223 3 0 71 297
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 222 0 35 16 273
Accounting 0 0 0 162 0 110 0 272
Economics 0 0 0 252 0 11 0 263
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 86 26 119 12 243
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 140 3 70 14 227
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 147 32 43 222
Marketing 0 0 0 222 0 0 0 222
Systems Engineering 0 0 4 127 10 65 5 211
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 207 0 0 0 207
Chemistry 0 0 0 148 0 16 41 205
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 202 0 0 0 202
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 103 0 87 0 190
Chemical Engineering 0 0 0 128 0 50 11 189
General English Literature 0 0 0 171 0 3 15 189
Animal Science 0 0 0 151 0 21 11 183
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 180 0 0 3 0 0 183
Anthropology 0 0 14 140 0 9 16 179
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 66 0 111 177
Criminology 0 0 0 162 0 3 4 169
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 99 3 64 0 166
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 0 147 0 13 5 165
Sociology 0 0 0 145 0 3 9 157
Materials Engineering 0 0 9 62 3 66 16 156
General Architecture 0 0 0 94 0 37 24 155
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 0 0 0 146 0 146
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 143 0 0 3 146
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 0 106 0 28 9 143
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 89 5 37 12 143
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0 29 97 15 141
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 86 0 29 26 141
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 62 68 7 137
Forestry 0 0 4 61 21 35 12 133
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 20 68 35 9 0 132
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 107 4 10 10 131
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 27 93 4 2 5 131
Human Development & Family Studies 5 0 0 103 4 18 0 130
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 0 129 129
Mathematics 0 0 0 101 0 15 12 128
History 0 0 0 115 0 4 8 127
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0 44 72 116
International Studies 0 0 0 115 0 0 0 115
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 36 55 21 112
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 8 77 0 24 3 112
Plant Sciences 0 0 1 56 3 32 19 111
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 110 0 0 0 110
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 0 75 5 25 0 105
Journalism 0 0 0 101 0 0 0 101
Wildlife Management 0 0 0 68 0 18 9 95
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 0 0 93 93
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 0 90 3 93
Music 0 0 18 44 0 22 4 88
Zoology 0 0 2 37 3 22 21 85
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 35 0 43 6 84
Statistics 0 0 0 57 0 6 10 73
Romance Languages 0 0 3 62 0 4 3 72
Geography & Cartography 0 0 27 32 8 2 3 72
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 71 0 0 0 71
Recreation Administration 0 0 0 62 0 8 0 70
Philosophy 0 0 0 66 0 3 0 69
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 9 0 59 0 68
Special Education 0 0 0 17 14 32 3 66
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 33 33 0 66
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 50 9 6 0 65
Physics 0 0 0 34 0 15 14 63
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 13 47 0 3 0 63
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 52 0 11 0 63
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 51 0 6 0 57
Fisheries Sciences 0 0 0 0 19 24 7 50
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 14 34 0 48
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 19 26 45
Soil Sciences 0 0 0 2 10 18 7 37
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Food Science Technology 0 0 0 21 0 12 3 36
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 12 0 2 21 35
Real Estate 0 0 0 0 0 34 0 34
Fire Protection 0 0 22 0 8 4 0 34
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 8 23 2 33
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 6 18 8 32
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 1 17 13 31
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 14 0 10 6 30
Dance 0 0 5 22 0 0 0 27
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 18 0 5 2 25
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 0 21 3 24
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 15 0 4 3 22
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 4 8 10 22
Landscape Architecture 0 0 0 9 0 11 0 20
Biological Engineering 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 19
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 9 10 0 19
Religious Studies 0 0 1 13 0 3 2 19
Engineering-Related Technologies 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 8 0 2 6 16
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 0 5 0 10 15
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 15
East Asian Languages 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Ocean Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 9
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Museum Studies 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 7
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 6
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 5
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Food Processing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Horticulture 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5 180 245 9,663 822 3,788 1,965 16,668

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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