See what students say:


Located in the heart of the “Gator Nation,” Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida offers “a hell of a deal” on “one of the best educations in the nation.” Students are proud that UF is “the best state school in Florida” and “one of the top public universities in the nation”; they also love that it’s “a great school with a large alumni network,” that there’s plenty of “intellectual stimulation” to be found there, and that UF’s “research opportunities are abundant.” Though the school has “strong academic standards” across the board, programs in Business and Journalism are particularly “highly ranked.” “Access to alumni” pays off when students seek “opportunities for networking and research,” and they find that “as a large school, [UF] has a lot of funding and a large number of opportunities for student involvement.” Students say that the university’s size doesn’t sacrifice individuals’ ability to focus on their course of study: “Classes for your major are hard, but they prepare you for more than easier classes would. They better prepare you for your career.” Moreover, “as a research university with nearly every graduate program imaginable, the opportunities are endless.” Students praise the “truly incredible faculty and staff” and appreciate that “one of the greatest strengths of UF is the fact there is always someone to turn to for help.” Class structure is still impacted by the school’s size in that “lectures are 80–90 percent of class activities,” but conversely, students love “having experts in my field teaching all of my classes for my major.” If “breadth of opportunities” for a value price is a priority for you, “The Gator Nation is one where anyone can build a future for themselves.”

Student Body

While “everyone is different,” “fraternity and sorority participation…dominates the student culture.” Students are “hard working and interested in getting ahead,” and “even though UF is considered a party school, it is full of people who put their future careers first.” “Students fit in by taking part in and participating in the various things our campus offers” and are often “busy and focused usually on one subject matter or area of interest to be involved in through extracurricular activities.” Even though it’s a large campus, one student remarks on the sense of community: “We’re students? I thought we were all part of one big family!” They find each other “mostly accepting and friendly,” but as a whole “hard to define. Gators are religious and non-religious, Greek and non-Greek, obsessed with athletics and some couldn’t care less.” Overall, the typical UF student “knows how to balance their school work and still have a good time.”

Campus Life

In terms of town-gown relations, “Gainesville revolves around UF, most everything is catered to the students and student life.” “Bars are the big scene,” and students “love going out with friends on the weekends to Midtown. It is a UF staple to party at Grog, Balls, and Salty Dog once you turn twenty-one.” “Tons of school spirit” ranks high on the list of things students love about UF, as “A lot of UF culture is based around sports.” “Greek life…is a big deal in both the social and extracurricular scene,” and “when you are in the Greek community, there are many things to do.” For other students, “I find myself working or studying in a computer lab most of the time,” and “there is a really intense nightlife, but when it comes to exams, papers and finals week, it is pretty quiet everywhere.” Extracurricular life can also be as forwardlooking as you want it to be: “In addition to classes, I research in a lab with the College of Medicine and volunteer at the hospital located on campus.” Students “play sports,” and “For fun, there are several places to go such as Paynes Prairie, Devil’s Millhopper, or other outdoor activities.” If you want to get involved, join one of the many clubs: “There is literally a club for everyone at UF,” and “you make it what you want. You can party every day or you can study every day. I keep it pretty balanced.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Sandra Hayden
Assistant Director

Admissions Office
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Southwest Recreation Center
Plaza of Americas
Library West
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
J. Wayne Reitz Student Union

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Wauburg Recreational Area
Mid-Town Business District
Downtown Gainesville
Oaks Mall
Paynes Praire Preserve

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8am-5pm (M-F)

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

M-F times vary

Faculty and Coach Visits

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Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Gainesville Regional Airport is approximately 7 miles from campus. Taxis and regional transit services are available from the airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75 Exit 384 (SR 24/Archer Road) and head east on Archer Road for 2.6 miles to Gale Lemerand Drive (formerly North-South Drive). Turn left onto Lemerand Drive for 1/2 mile to the light at Museum Road. Turn right onto Museum Road for one block, then left into the UF Bookstore and Welcome Center's driveway. The address for the Welcome Center is 737 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611

Local Accommodations
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Phone number: (352) 371-0306• Website: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/GVNCCHF/index.do?WT.srch=1/ Reitz Union Hotel ? located on campus Phone number: (352) 392-2151 Website: http://www.union.ufl.edu/hotel/directions.asp Holiday Inn Univ Center (352) 376-1661 Hampton Inn Downtown Gainesville 352-240-9300 https://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-gainesville-downtown-GNVDTHX/index.html


Applicants: 38,905
Acceptance Rate: 39%
Average HS GPA: 4.42



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