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University of Florida

the basics
Location
201 Criser Hall-PO Box 114000
Gainesville FL 32611
Undergrad Enrollment
36,000
Type
Public
Setting
Suburban
In-State Tuition
$ 4,300
Out-of-State Tuition
$ 23,700
Room & Board
$ 7,000
5 reasons it’s cool
  • UF’s “public Ivy” status means you can get a dynamite education at a low cost.
  • With more than thirty-five thousand undergrads, UF is the third-largest university in the nation.
  • The massive library network provides students with access to the largest information resource system in Florida.
  • Gator pride soars during football season and reaches its zenith at Gator Growl, the gigantic homecoming week pep rally.
  • Students are treated to year-round sunshine and a famously relaxed campus vibe.

College, Gator style

Options Galore

Despite its party school rep and its size, UF ranks among the most selective public universities. And with thirty thousand undergrads, it also ranks among the biggest. The university offers more than a hundred majors through its sixteen undergraduate colleges, which include colleges of liberal arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, nursing, and architecture. Pre-professional majors attract the highest numbers of students, and programs in healthcare, engineering, communications, and pharmacy are especially notable. Internship, volunteer, and study-abroad programs are plentiful, and students benefit from the wide range of research activities on campus, including those in neurology, biotechnology, and citrus production (this is Florida, after all). As can be expected given the university’s size, students are likely to face their fair share of large lecture halls and TA-taught courses. The student to faculty to ratio is 23:1. And while students voice the usual complaints about frustrating administrative workings, most agree that the self-motivated will find no lack of stimulation.

Aide for the Gators

In 1965, professor of medicine J. Robert Cade, along with two other colleagues, concocted an energy drink to help the Gator football players stay at the top of their game. The drink, which was dubbed Gator-ade, worked like a charm and may have contributed to the team’s first Orange Bowl win.

Shiny, Happy People

Gators like to party. The university’s huge Greek system is the primary partying engine, and Gainesville offers plenty of bars and nightclubs that cater to most tastes. Students tend to be politically conservative, and more than 90 percent are native to Florida. But what students lack in regional diversity they more than make up for in ethnic diversity, and a host of student organizations and events celebrate the campus’s multiculturalism. Less than a quarter of students live on campus. Residence halls are largely clean and serviceable, if unremarkable, but many upperclassmen skip the housing lottery and seek digs in the surrounding neighborhoods. UF offers more than 650 student organizations, ranging from service and religious organizations to the Alligator, the student newspaper. Students also enjoy the campus’s huge permanent art and natural history collections, as well as the more than two thousand annual on-campus cultural and athletic events. Cheering on Gators sports, especially during football (where students inhabit The Swamp) and basketball seasons, takes a bite out of most students’ schedules.

A Lot to Gain in Gainesville

Gainesville is located in north central Florida, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. UF’s 2,000-acre campus features Gothic-style buildings, many of which are national historic landmarks, as well as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary that houses environmental and wildlife management, conservation, and outreach programs. Gainesville offers a notable independent music scene and a number of student-friendly bars, restaurants, and shopping options. Mild winters allow students to enjoy outdoor activities throughout most of the year. UF-owned Lake Alice is popular for water sports, and equipment is available free of charge. Beaches are easily reached by car, but drivers be forewarned: Parking at UF is such a crapshoot that students often bring bikes in for the week and leave their cars in the lot.