University of Florida, Gainesville Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Tree-Lined Walk at the University of Florida
Tree-Lined Walk at the University of Florida ( more photos). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

The University of Florida has selective admissions, with an acceptance rate of 48 percent. Admitted students tend to have grades up in the "A" range, and their SAT/ACT scores tend to be well above average. Your success in challenging courses (AP, IB, Honors, etc) will play a significant role in the admission equation. The admissions process is holistic, so your extracurricular involvement matters, as does your application essay and supplemental short answer essays.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 46%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Florida Admissions
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 580 / 680
    • SAT Math: 600 / 690
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 27 / 31
    • ACT English: 25 / 32
    • ACT Math: 25 / 30
    • ACT Writing: - / -

University of Florida Description

With over 50,000 students, the University of Florida at Gainesville (UF) is one of the largest universities in the U.S. Florida offers a huge range of undergraduate and graduate programs, but they have mostly made a name for themselves in pre-professional areas such as business, engineering, and the health sciences. General strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned Florida a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Housing is tight on campus, and fewer than a quarter of the students live on campus. About 15 percent of students join fraternities or sororities. The NCAA Division I Florida Gators compete in the Southeastern Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 52,367 (34,554 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 90% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,381 (in-state); $28,659 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,210 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,910
  • Other Expenses: $3,750
  • Total Cost: $21,251 (in-state); $43,529 (out-of-state)

University of Florida Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 25%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,379
    • Loans: $6,099

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Anthropology, Biology, Business Administration, Criminology, Economics, English, Finance, Food Science, Health Sciences, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Radio & Television 
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Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 2%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 67%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, and Field
  • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Golf, Track and Field

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

University of Florida Purpose and Mission Statement:

"The University of Florida is a public land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research university, one of the most comprehensive in the United States. The university encompasses virtually all academic and professional disciplines. It is the largest and oldest of Florida’s eleven universities and a member of the Association of American Universities. Its faculty and staff are dedicated to the common pursuit of the university’s threefold mission: teaching, research, and service."