Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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4 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of different people who can share their experiences

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It is what I expected.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Everything is at UF! Turlington and the Plaza of the Americas are free speech zones where people share all of their differences.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from all back grounds and it is a very diverse campus in all aspects.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There are organizations for every ethnicity, economic background, political/religious followings, and sexual orientations.


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  • 166th
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  • 514th
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  • 1229th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
Grad Year
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All kinds of people—not just different races, but different religions, backgrounds, nationalities, sexual orientations, and political inclinations—live and study at UF quite peacefully. There are students from every state in the union, and more than 100 countries are represented—groups, observances, and events are held to celebrate every last one. Islam On Campus holds prayer sessions, Alpha Kappa Alpha brings black women together in the bonds of sisterhood, and don’t forget about the Hare Krishnas on campus, who provide unlimited lunch every day for only $4.

This does not mean, of course, that people don’t rally for even greater diversity, and regardless of the fact that Florida has abolished affirmative action in state universities, it seems like things are getting more diverse all of the time. It’s true that the majority of UF students are white kids from Florida, but that’s not the only (or most interesting) way to look at it; it’s more fun, and maybe more relevant, to recognize that every student is going to bring something different to the table (speaking of which, there are a lot of tables to sit at; you make a big school small by getting to know people and becoming involved with a variety of little groups). At any rate, a UF student might be black, brown, red, yellow, or white, but the important thing is that everyone bleeds orange and blue, baby.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 23%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
LGBT Affairs is very well-organized and far-reaching. April is Pride Awareness Month at UF.
Political Activity
You should expect to be accosted numerous times a day during any student government election. Students take politics seriously, and you'll notice that during any campaigning month.
Economic Status
It's largely middle class, although there seems to be a fair-sized group of the extremely well-off and a slightly smaller group of those who aren't. At UF, it can be harder to tell the differences than it was in high school.
Most Common Religions
UF is home to one of the world's largest Jewish student populations (although it does not constitute the majority of students), and there is a variety of active Christian and Muslim groups, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
In all seriousness, UF has practically any ethnicity- or religion-based club you could think of, and if it's not available, you can start one up. There are quite a few fraternities and sororities with members mostly of one ethnicity or religion, as well.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 258 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 17% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 24% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 258 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 24% Not sure
  • 32% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 259 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 258 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 258 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 58% Very accepting.



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