See what students say:


Located in the heart of the “Gator Nation,” the University of Florida offers “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.” 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

Students with “tons of school spirit” will fit right in at the University of Florida, as “a lot of UF culture is based around sports.” There's also a healthy share of party culture, with students stating that “Bars are the big scene” in town and that “there is a really intense nightlife,” and noting that Greek life “is a big deal in both the social and extracurricular scene.” Those seeking other options will find them, however, as “There is literally a club for everyone at UF” as well as volunteer opportunities, like “at the hospital located on campus.” Ultimately, you “make it what you want. You can party every day or you can study every day.”

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 the Americas
Library West
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
J. Wayne Reitz Student Union

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Wauburg recreational area
Midtown Business District
Downtown Gainesville
Depot Park
Paynes Praire Preserve and other local parks and springs

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

Monday through Friday

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Academic Department Directly

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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. Red Coach bus service provides transportation from Orlando and Miami to UF. Greyhound bus service is available to Gainesville.

Driving Instructions to Campus

Local Accommodations
There is a wide variety of hotels near the University ranging in price.


Applicants: 65,375
Acceptance Rate: 24%
Average HS GPA: 3.94



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