UF

University of Florida

AVG: 53.6 AVG: 71.3
73.3
College Consensus
AVERAGE: 62.8
70.2
Publisher Consensus
AVERAGE: 53.6
76.4
Student Consensus
AVERAGE: 71.3
42%
Admission rate
66%
4-year Graduation rate
52,669
Enrollment
19.0:1
Student-to-faculty ratio
$6,517
Average amount of undergraduate students aid
$6,381
Published in-state tuition and fees
$28,659
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
= Average
Sector
Public, 4-year or above
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable

The University of Florida in Gainesville, got its start in 1853. This 4-year public university is the conglomeration of 4 individual schools: East Florida Seminary in Ocala, FL, Gainesville Academy, Florida Agricultural College in Lake City, South Florida Military College in Bartow, all relocated to the 2000 acre Gainesville campus in 1905. The large campus is divided into sections, including the Historic District which features 19 buildings of historic significance as well as Century Tower, a 157 foot tall carillon (bell) tower. Gainesville is a leader in the solar energy generation and was among the first to institutionalize private electricity generation to “feed the grid.” Gainesville is also where Gatorade was invented for the University football team in the 1960’s. Notable alumni of Florida include Senator Marco Rubio, NFL players Emmit Smith and Tim Tebow and singer/songwriter Stephen Stills.

Academic Programs

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and awards Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and Doctorates in 100 majors and 14 online Bachelor’s Degrees and 4 “completion” Bachelor’s Degree. The University is comprised of 16 colleges [ Agricultural and Life Sciences; Education; Levin College of Law; Engineering; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Journalism and Communications; Pharmacy; Design Construction and Planning; Warrington College of Business; Health and Human Performance; Medicine; Nursing; Public Health and Health Professions; Dentistry; The Arts; Veterinary Medicine] and 8 Centers [Continuing Education; Fisher School of Accounting; International; Graham Center for Public Service; Rinker School of Building Construction; P.K. Yonge Research School; J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center; Food and Agricultural Sciences] and has been recognized for many health-related and performance art programs. The largest programs on campus are in Engineering, Social Sciences, Business and Biology/Biomedical fields. Florida’s succinct Mission statement “is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit.”

Student Life

The University of Florida enrolls over 30,000 undergraduate students who live on or near campus in one of 26 residence halls, 13 specialty houses or among the 25 Greek Fraternities and 17 Sororities. There are an abundance of clubs and student organizations including intramurals and club sports. For the varsity athlete, the orange and blue Florida Gators, led by Albert and Alberta, field teams in 12 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-AA competition. Among many traditions is the annual dance marathon to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. Students are guided through the University of Florida’s Vision: the full exploration of its intellectual boundaries and support of its faculty and students in the creation of new knowledge and the pursuit of new ideas. Three interlocking elements — teaching, research and scholarship, and service — span all the university’s academic disciplines and represent the university’s commitment to lead and serve the state of Florida, the nation and the world by pursuing and disseminating new knowledge while building upon the experiences of the past. The university aspires to advance by strengthening the human condition and improving the quality of life.