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Ranked as the fifth largest school by enrollment in the nation, the University of Florida is located in the city of Gainesville, in north-central Florida. More than 52,000 students are enrolled at the university, with 35,247 students enrolled in undergraduate programs. Eighty-nine percent of undergraduates are full-time students, while the other 11% attend classes part-time. The other 13,000 are enrolled in graduate and doctoral programs.

Overview of University of Florida (UF)

The majority of students are from the state of Florida, and women outnumber men with 55% of the undergraduate population being female and 45% male. If sports are important to you, the Gators have NCAA Division I teams in football, basketball, baseball and a host of other sports. The student population is also diverse, with representation from a dozen different ethnic groups. Because of the large population, class sizes are a bit larger than other schools, with a student to faculty ratio of 19:1.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 18:1
Graduation Rate 90%
Year Founded 1905

Student Enrollment

Total Students52,218


Undergraduate Student

Male 18,455
Female 17,036

Graduate Student

Male 8,698
Female 8,029

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UF Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 16,465
Female 22,440


Male 5,927
Female 9,200

Acceptance Rate39%

Male 36%
Female 41%

Enrollment 6,828

Male 3,141
Female 3,073
Application Fee $30
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Application Deadline November 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

UF Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

For the 2017-2018 school year, tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students were $6,381, and $28,669 was the cost of tuition and room and board for out-of-state students. The average net price (the amount students were responsible for paying) was $11,313. Ninety-three percent of students enrolled received some sort of financial aid, with 91% of students receiving grants and/or scholarships and 19% of students taking out student loans to pay the balance. The low student loan percentage reflects that many students were in-state and therefore either opted to commute from home or made other living arrangements.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $11,313
Average Total Aid 1,348
Students Receiving Financial Aid 55%
Room & Board $10,120

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $6,381
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $28,659
  • Books and Supplies - $1,030
  • Room & Board - $10,120
  • Other - $3,680


Even at its size, the University of Florida boasts some pretty impressive statistics academically. The retention rate of freshman coming back for their sophomore year is 96%. Of those who do return, 90% graduate within an acceptable time frame. The importance of the retention and graduation rate for someone choosing whether to attend a school lies in its ability to offer some indication of what your school experience would be like. If many students find they cannot stay at the school or cannot complete their schooling there, it may indicate deeper issues that can’t be seen on the surface. The student-faculty ratio of 19:1 is higher than at other schools, but there are still opportunities for one-on-one engagement with instructors, something that has proven to be effective in student retention and graduation. Larger class sizes can also lead to better in-class discussions because there are more people with whom to share ideas and discuss both narrow and broad concepts. It’s also easier to form study groups and get help from fellow students when there is a larger class roster.

Student Population Total

Student Population 52,218

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1,187 Total Graduates / 13%
Accounting 162 Graduates
Finance, General 304 Graduates
Marketing/Management, General 222 Graduates
Business Administration and Management 389 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 1,283 Total Graduates / 14%
Aerospace 106 Graduates
Chemical 128 Graduates
Mechanical 321 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 945 Total Graduates / 11%
Economics, General 232 Graduates
Political Science and Government 276 Graduates
Sociology 134 Graduates
Anthropology 132 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 1030 Total Graduates / 11%
Exercise Physiology 222 Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences 564 Graduates
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 198 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 710 Total Graduates / 8%
Radio and Television 207 Graduates
Advertising 207 Graduates
Public Relations/Image Management 195 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 4,209 Graduates - 45%

Outcome & Salary

Graduates from the University of Florida made an average of $42,000 early in their careers. Of those who took out student loans and entered repayment, less than three percent defaulted on their student loans. This indicates that graduates of the University of Florida get well-paying employment opportunities that allow them to pay their student loans. Considering their accounting program is ranked #2 in the nation, this bodes well for anyone seeking an accounting degree here.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $58,000
College Grads Average Salary $72,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $108,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $720,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,808,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $45,252
10 Year Projected ROI $674,748
20 Year Projected ROI $1,762,748
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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