University of Florida GPA, SAT and ACT Data

The University of Florida in Gainesville is a selective public university where fewer than half of all applicants get accepted. Nearly all successful applicants have above average grades and standardized test scores. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of students who got in had an unweighted high school GPA of 3.2 or higher, SAT scores (RW+M) of 1000 or higher, and ACT composite scores over 20. The higher those numbers are, the more likely a student is to be accepted, and admitted students typically have "A" level grades and standardized test scores that are well above average. As you can see in the middle of the graph, there's a lot of red (rejected students) hidden behind the blue and green.

Florida GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Florida GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University of Florida GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. The University of Florida has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. To quote from the UF website: "Admissions is more art than science. The admissions process is designed to consider all aspects of an applicant’s academic record and personal experiences, and is not intended to admit applicants solely on the basis of grade point averages and test scores." In other words, students who show some kind of special talent, unusual background,  or interesting story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal. A winning essay and meaningful extracurricular activities can mean the difference between an acceptance and a rejection.

University of Florida GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Rejected Students

University of Florida GPA, SAT and ACT Admissions Data for Rejected Students
University of Florida GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Rejected Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The graph of rejection data illustrates the reality of holistic admissions at selective universities: some students with excellent grades and standardized test scores do not get admitted. The University of Florida looks for students who excel both inside and outside of the classroom, so strong academics by themselves may not be enough to get in. If it doesn't look like an applicant will contribute to the richness and diversity of the UF campus community in a meaningful way, that student is likely to receive a rejection letter. 

To learn more about the university and what it takes to be admitted, be sure to check out the University of Florida Profile and the UF Photo Tour.

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