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Florida Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Florida, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

Test Type
SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

Percent change to get into :100 percent

With an acceptance rate of 47.5%, admission to Florida is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class, and have an SAT score of close to 1600, or an ACT score of around 35.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Florida admission statistics.


Florida Admissions Statistics

Florida’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 47.5%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 29,220 applicants, Florida admitted about 13,892. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.71, the average ACT score was 28, and the average SAT score was 1330.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 27, and the 75th percentile score was 31.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1250. The 75th percentile score was 1420.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Florida is very competitive. Even if Florida is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took at a look at Florida’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Florida Application Requirements

To apply to Florida, you’ll need to fill out the Coalition Application, submit your high school transcript, submit an ACT or SAT score, one personal essay, and a $35 nonrefundable application and processing fee. The application is due by November 15th, high school transcript by December 1st, and test scores by December 15th.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Coalition Application and pay an application and processing fee of $35 (or apply for a fee waiver)
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit one personal essay according to Florida’s specifications

The application deadline is November 15. December 15th is the financial aid application deadline. Notifications are released in mid-February.

Have you been admitted to Florida? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Florida Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Florida, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 45% are male and 55% are female
  • 1.7% of students are international

Florida has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 1.7%
  • Underrepresented minority: 2.8%
  • Two or more races: 3.3%
  • White: 56.9%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Florida offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Marketing

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Florida Tuition Figures

At $42,468, Florida’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $7,973.

Here’s a fuller look at Florida tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $42,468
  • Average financial aid package: $7,973
  • The average student debt of a Florida graduate is $21,645

For the latest numbers and to learn more about financial aid options, click HERE.

Now, what is life like at Florida? Let’s take a look.


Florida Location

The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, Florida.

The university has operated continuously on its Gainesville for over one hundred years, since 1906. It is also the eighth largest single-campus university in the United States as of 2016.

Remember, you’re going to Florida for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Florida Academics

The University of Florida has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Advertising
  • Botany
  • Computer Engineering
  • Digital Arts and Sciences
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Geomatics
  • Horticultural Science
  • Information Systems
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Physics
  • Religion
  • Soil and Water Science
  • Telecommunication

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Florida.


Student Life at Florida

The University of Florida has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and political interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Florida’s student activities:

  • AeroGators
  • American Nuclear Society
  • Benton Engineering Council
  • Children of the Future
  • Dance in a Suitcase
  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • First Generation Organization
  • Gator Citrus Club
  • Heal The World
  • IMPACT Autism
  • Japanese Club
  • Kickboxing Club
  • Law School Democrats
  • NanoGators
  • Nuclear Music
  • Open Source Club

Are you an athlete? Florida’s got plenty of options for you.


Florida Athletics

The University of Florida offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Florida’s sports include:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Gymnastics

Who might you become with a Florida degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

The University of Florida has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • US Senator Bob Graham
  • TV host Joe Scarborough
  • NFL legend Emmitt Smith
  • Actress Faye Dunaway
  • Musician Stephen Stills
  • Astronaut Kevin Ford
  • Sports journalist Erin Andrews
  • US Senator Marco Rubio
  • Rite Aid founder Alexander Grass
  • Director Jonathan Demme
  • NFL quarterback Tim Tebow

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Florida is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

Shark Tank Winner, Perfect SAT Scorer, Dermatologist, & #1 Bestselling Author
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