University of Florida
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
Phone: (352) 392-1365
November 1 application deadline
November 1 accepted
University of Florida is a public institution that was founded in 1853. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,660, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 2,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Florida's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 58. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,656 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,933 (2011-12).
The University of Florida is about two miles away from downtown Gainesville, a college town bolstered by the school’s nearly 50,000 students. The Florida Gators sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, and are supported by mascots Albert and Alberta the Alligators. The Gator football team, which competes in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium—commonly called the “The Swamp”—is particularly notorious. The team became the namesake of popular sports drink Gatorade in 1966, after freshmen Gators experimented with the novel beverage. The annual Gator Growl, held each Homecoming weekend, has been called the largest student-run pep rally in the world. About 15 percent of students are involved in the school’s 60-plus fraternities and sororities. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, though about 80 percent opt to do so. All students can partake in Gator Nights, held every Friday, which offer free late-night entertainment and a free “midnight breakfast.”
The school has well-regarded graduate programs through the engineering school, Hough Graduate School of Business, Levin College of Law, and the College of Medicine. The university is also integrated with retirement community Oak Hammock, where students can work, complete internships in health sciences, and find mentors. Famous graduates of the University of Florida include home repair television sensation Bob Vila, Heisman Trophy winner Steve Spurrier, U.S. Senator Bob Graham, and former U.S. Senator Connie Mack.
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The University of Florida, the state's oldest university, traces its beginnings to 1853. Today, it is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant research university with more than 50,000 students and 16 colleges.
Since 1985, UF has been a member of the Association of American Universities, which includes the top 62 public and private institutions in North America. The university offers more than 250 graduate degree programs and awarded more graduate degrees than any other public university in 2008-2009. UF faculty attracted $574 million in research funding, in 2008-2009.
UF has a 2,000-acre campus and more than 900 buildings (including 170 with classrooms and laboratories).
UF's extensive capital improvement program has resulted in facilities ideal for 21st-century academics and research, including the Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy Building; the Cancer and Genetics Research Center; the new Biomedical Sciences Building; and William R. Hough Hall, which will house the Hough Graduate School of Business.
UF is consistently ranked among the nation's top universities: No. 17 in U.S. News & World Report 'Top Public Universities' (August 2010); No. 10 in The Center's 'Top Public Research Universities' (2009); No. 2 in Kiplinger's 'Best Values in Public Colleges' (2011).
UF has 4,207 faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service, including 45 Eminent Scholar chairs and 28 faculty elections to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, or the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Approximately 90 percent of incoming freshmen score above the national average on standardized exams. The fall 2010 incoming freshman class had an average 4.17 GPA and 1262 SAT score.
UF admitted 1,274 International Baccalaureate students - more than any other university in the U.S. - in fall 2010. The freshman retention rate of 95 percent is among the highest in the country.
The UF astronomy department is a global leader in the development of sophisticated devices that are mounted on some of the world's largest telescopes to detect new planets and other objects.
UF is home to one of the world's largest butterfly and moth collections, with more than 9 million specimens.
UF's McKnight Brain Institute is home to more than 300 faculty using some of the world's most powerful MRI imaging systems and other state-of-the-art tools to better understand the human brain and nervous system.
UF's Clinical and Translational Science Institute is one of only 60 the National Institutes of Health is funding to speed the transformation of scientific discoveries into medical advances
UF's Institute on Aging is home to one of only 10 Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers nationally and the leader of a $60 million study to determine whether physical
activity can help older adults remain mobile.
UF's Emerging Pathogens Institute is a national model for using interdisciplinary research methods to identify, prevent and treat human, animal and plant pathogens.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1853
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - semester
Setting - suburban
2010 Endowment - $1,191,157,000
Selectivity - most selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 43%
Application deadline - November 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - December 31
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 21:1
4-year graduation rate - 59% - High
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14% Social Sciences 13% Engineering 11% Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6% Psychology 5%