College Spotlight: University of Florida

The PowerScore College Spotlight gives you a snapshot of a different college or university each week. For more information about each profiled institution, be sure to check out the school’s website. 


The University of Florida is today’s College Spotlight. From the school’s website:

The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities.

UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belongs to the Association of American Universities.

In 1853, the state-funded East Florida Seminary took over the Kingsbury Academy in Ocala. The seminary moved to Gainesville in the 1860s and later was consolidated with the state’s land-grant Florida Agricultural College, then in Lake City. In 1905, by legislative action, the college became a university and was moved to Gainesville. Classes first met with 102 students on the present site on Sept. 26, 1906. UF officially opened its doors to women in 1947. With more than 50,000 students, UF is now one of the largest universities in the nation.

UF has a 2,000-acre campus and more than 900 buildings (including 170 with classrooms and laboratories). The northeast corner of campus is listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The UF residence halls have a total capacity of some 7,500 students and the five family housing villages house more than 1,000 married and graduate students.

UF’s extensive capital improvement program has resulted in facilities ideal for 21st century academics and research, including the Health ProfessionsNursing and Pharmacy Building; the Cancer and Genetics Research Center; the new Biomedical Sciences Building; and William R. Hough Hall, which houses the Hough Graduate School of Business. Overall, the university’s current facilities have a book value of more than $1 billion and a replacement value of $2 billion.


Type of school: Public 

Setting: Suburban, small city 

Size: 32,598 (total undergraduate enrollment)

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 6,429 

Student-to-faculty ratio: 20:1 

Acceptance percentage: 43%

Tuition and fees: $6,143 (in-state), $28,420 (out-of-state) (2012-2013)

Room, board, and additional expenses: $14,700 (2012-2013 estimate for students living on campus)
Address: 201 Criser Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352.392.3261
Email: Not provided
Website: www.ufl.edu
Facebook: University of Florida
Twitter: @UFlorida
All information was gathered from the school’s profile on the CollegeBoard.org website and the school’s website. Please consult the school’s website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information.  To see other schools in the College Spotlight series, click here.