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Location
Gainesville, FL
Undergrads
30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My program (Classical Studies) is small but I definitely feel that I've found my niche! So far I've only worked with graduate assistants (and not professors) but that will be changing in the fall. Still a decently heavy workload, but not too overbearing (I am learning a dead language, so it's bound to be challenging). Will be double majoring in Philosophy as well.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Highly rated. Heavy workloads but learn a lot. Definitely feel prepared for future classes.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Teachers are mostly very aware of the actual needs of a major like advertising, and that's building a portfolio, making connections, and studying current trends and cases with such quick change. Alumni network is exactly what you need, there are more internship opportunities all the time, and several (even 24/7) computer labs with Adobe.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Never personally not been able to register. Use tutoringzone or studyedge, study in Lib West if you're facey, look up course reviews.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Anything pre-med or prehealth major requires a lot of science and math coursework. Many of the intro classes are difficult only because they are weed out classes. One realizes you really have to practice and practice before your exams. Students should take advantage of office hours and most importantly the TAs! They are always willing to help out! Go to advising early; the wait time for advisers can take hours of your day.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 7th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 25th
    Best Course Variety
  • 118th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 263rd
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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With about 3,400 instructional faculty at the University of Florida, it can be difficult to characterize professors as a single group. Generally, most professors are very willing to help you outside of class—you just have to take the initiative to seek out help. The University of Florida has a reputation as one of the most prestigious universities in the country, so expect course work to fit that. Don’t think you won't have to study. Yes, there will be courses you’ll hear about on campus that are an "easy A," but those are few and far in between. Become comfortable with “Club West”—you’ll be spending time in there for sure.

As a student, you are going to have to work to maintain your grade point average. This is not high school anymore, where no one studied and everyone just partied. Just remember why you are attending college in the first place—grades come first.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
2,176
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
391
Total FT Faculty
4,285
Faculty with Terminal Degree
76%
Average Faculty Salary
$89,091
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Part-Time Retention Rate
75%
Transfer-Out Rate
4%
Graduation Rate
85%
Programs/Majors Offered
156
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 41%
  • 20 to 49 students: 44%
  • 50 or more students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Design, Construction, and Planning
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • College of Journalism and Communications
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Levin College of Law
  • Warrington College of Business Administration
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Pharmacy Studies: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Adult/continuing education
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • TV-delivered credit-bearing courses
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
Do you feel like taking classes at home or from your dorm room? Check out the list of online courses at www.distance.ufl.edu/courses.aspx.
Best Places to Study
  • College of Education Library
  • Levin College of Law Library
  • Marston Science Library
  • Reitz Union (late nights)
  • The top row of "the Swamp"
Tips to Succeed
  • Be friendly.
  • Do your homework.
  • Go to class!
  • Go to professors' office hours-even if it's just to introduce yourself.
  • If you know that you can't handle a 7:30 a.m. class, don't sign up for one.
  • Join an organization or team.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Stay very organized.
  • Study abroad.
  • Take a break from work now and then.
  • Volunteer in the community.
Did You Know?
The University of Florida was elected into the Association of American Universities, being one of the select institutions inducted into the most prestigious group of higher education.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 35 responses

  • 28% Tim Tebow - NFL quarterback, Heisman winner
  • 18% Emmitt Smith - NFL Hall of Fame running back
  • 15% Danny Wuerffel - 1996 Heisman winner, NFL player
  • 14% Erin Andrews - ESPN reporter
  • 7% Darrell Hammond - actor, "Saturday Night Live"
  • 7% Faye Dunaway - Academy Award-winning actress
  • 4% David Finkel - journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 4% Forrest Sawyer - ABC News anchor
  • 2% Stephen Stills - musician, CSNY/Buffalo Springfield
  • 2% Carol Browner - lawyer, activist, businesswoman
  • 1% Most are evenly notable
  • 0% John Atanasoff - inventor, digital electronic computer
  • 0% Bob Vila - Home improvement guru

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 252 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 244 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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