University of Florida Admissions Statistics

Learn About Florida and the GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores You'll Need

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 42 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.

Why You Might Choose the University of Florida

With over 52,000 students, the University of Florida at Gainesville (UF) is one of the largest universities in the U.S. The attractive 2,000-acre campus features beautiful brick buildings, miles of walks, woods, a lake, and a golf course. Florida offers a huge range of undergraduate and graduate programs, but the school has mostly made a name for itself in pre-professional areas such as business, engineering, and the health sciences. That said, 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.

University of Florida GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Florida GPA, SAT, and ACT data for admission.
University of Florida GPA, SAT, and ACT data for admission. Graph courtesy of Cappex.

The data presented in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Florida, and the GPAs are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Discussion of the University of Florida's Admissions Standards

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The great majority of students who got in had an unweighted high school GPA of 3.2 or higher, SAT scores (RW+M) of 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores over 21. 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 graph below, there is a lot of red (rejected students) hidden behind the blue and green, so having grades and test scores that are on target for Florida is no guarantee of admission..

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.

Rejection Data for the University of Florida

Rejection data for the University of Florida
Rejection data for the University of Florida.  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. 

Admissions Data (2017)

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 42 percent

Test Scores—25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 620 / 710
  • SAT Math: 620 / 690
  • ACT Composite: 28 / 32
  • ACT English: 27 / 34
  • ACT Math: 26 / 31

More Admissions Data for the University of Florida

Florida is one of the better states for keeping costs low for in-state students. Be sure to keep an eye on debt—financial aid packages tend to rely on loans as much as grant money.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 52,669 (35,247 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44 percent male / 56 percent female
  • 89 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • 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: $3,630
  • Total Cost: $21,131 (in-state); $43,409 (out-of-state)

University of Florida Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 91 percent
    • Loans: 23 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,636
    • Loans: $6,118

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Anthropology, Biology, Business Administration, Criminology, Economics, English, Finance, Food Science, Health Sciences, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Radio & Television 
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 3 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 68 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 88 percent

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

If you Like the University of Florida, Be Sure to Check Out These Schools

Applicants to the University of Florida tend to be attracted to large public universities for their value, broad academic offerings, and active student life. They also tend to apply to schools in the southeastern United States. Popular choices include the University of Central Florida, University of Georgia, Auburn University, and University of South Florida.

On the private side of higher education, applicants often consider Emory University and Vanderbilt University. Just keep in mind that both Emory and Vanderbilt are a bit more selective than the University of Florida.

Data Source: Graphs courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics