University of Florida: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Florida is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 38%. Along with Florida State University, the University of Florida is a flagship campus of Florida's state university system. With over 35,000 undergraduate and 16,000 graduate students, UF is the third the largest university in the state.

Considering applying to the University of Florida? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Why the University of Florida?

  • Location: Gainesville, Florida
  • Campus Features: UF's attractive 2,000-acre campus features beautiful brick buildings, miles of walks, woods, a lake, and a golf course. The majority of students live in off-campus housing, and 15 percent of students join fraternities or sororities.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1
  • Athletics: The NCAA Division I Florida Gators compete in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Highlights: UF has strong pre-professional programs in fields such as business, engineering, and the health sciences. Strong liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and the school ranks among the top colleges in the Southeast.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the University of Florida had an acceptance rate of 38%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 38 were admitted, making UF's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 38,905
Percent Admitted 38%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 45%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of Florida requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 82% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 640 710
Math 640 730
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UF's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to the University of Florida scored between 640 and 710, while 25% scored below 640 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 640 and 730, while 25% scored below 640 and 25% scored above 730. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1440 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UF.

Requirements

UF does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that the University of Florida participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

UF requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 57% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 34
Math 26 30
Composite 27 32

This admissions data tells us that most of UF's admitted students fall within the top 14% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to the University of Florida received a composite ACT score between 27 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Note that UF does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. The University of Florida does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of University of Florida's incoming class had high school GPAs between 4.2 and 4.6, and an average GPA of 4.42. 25% had a GPA above 4.6, and 25% had a GPA below 4.2. These results suggest that most successful applicants to the University of Florida have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Florida Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Florida Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Florida. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Florida, which accepts just over a third of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool with above-average SAT/ACT scores and average GPAs. However, UF has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong personal essay and UF supplement can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with a special talent, unusual background, or an interesting story to tell will often get a close look even if their grades and test scores are outside of UF's average range.

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 (ERW+M) of 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores over 21. The higher those numbers, the more likely a student is to be accepted; admitted students typically have "A" level grades and standardized test scores that are well above those averages.

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 UF campus community in a meaningful way, that student is likely to receive a rejection letter.