University of Florida Review

The flagship campus of the State University System of Florida is the University of Florida, located in Gainesville. This college offers over 100 undergraduate majors and almost 200 graduate degree programs to over 50,000 students each year.

University of Florida Overview

The University of Florida (UF), founded in 1853, has operated in its present location since 1906. UF is considered a 'Public Ivy' university, a university that provides an Ivy League education at public school affordability. The university is ranked 47th on U.S. News & World Report's 2010 best colleges list and has the sixth-largest student population of any university in the country.

The University of Florida offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and first professional degrees through 16 colleges. According to The Princeton Review, the most popular majors at UF are political science and government, psychology and finance.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

The undergraduate application for the University of Florida includes a family and personal resume section, in which students describe their extracurricular activities, honors and awards, financial background and other relevant information. General application information, educational background, residency information and a personal essay are also required.

The university requires all applications to be submitted online. Applicants to fine arts programs, such as music and theater, are also required to undergo an audition. In addition to federal funding, UF offers numerous scholarships in athletics, academics and merit, as well as major-specific and residency scholarships.

Campus Learning Environment and Facilities

As one of the largest research university's in the country, the University of Florida is home to numerous institutes and research centers, including the Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology, the Emerging Pathogens Institute and the UF Genetics Institute. The University of Florida has ten libraries, which collectively house over 5.3 million books and journals, seven million microfilms and numerous digital collections and resources.

Most classes at the university are limited to 25 students and the student-to-faculty ratio is about 20:1. There are over 170 classrooms and laboratories and UF is continually improving its academic and research centers, including opening the 280,000-square-foot University of Florida Cancer and Genetics Research Complex, as well as completing a new biomedical sciences building.

Colleges and Schools Information

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • College of Design, Construction and Planning
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • College of Journalism and Communications
  • Warrington College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Levin College of Law
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Contact Information

  • Address: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Phone Number: (352) 392-3261