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The University of Florida is the oldest in the State. It was founded in 1905, allowing access to women students in 1947. It currently welcomes more than 50,000 students, being one of the largest in the nation. It is regarded as one of the best in the world in the international ranking.

The University of Florida is an American public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. It is the state’s oldest university, taking pride in the academic diversity it offers. The university’s origins can be traced back to the year of 1853, when the state-funded East Florida Seminary took over the Kingsbury Academy in Ocala. The University of Florida has been operating on its present campus since September 1906.

Furthermore, the university is an elected member of the Association of American Universities, and has been included among the so-called \"Public Ivy\" universities—one of the top public universities in the United States. Currently, in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings, the university is ranked fifty-third overall among all US universities (both public and private) , while also regularly ranking among the top 100 universities in the world.

The University of Florida is the second largest university in the state by number of students, and the sixth largest single-campus university in the United States. It is represented by seventeen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. To this date within the grounds of a single campus it offers multiple graduate professional programs—from business administration and engineering to law and medicine; 123 master\'s degree programs and seventy-six doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments.

The University of Florida has undergone a vast capital improvement program, through which the university’s facilities have been greatly improved. Except for the 2,000-acre campus with over 900 buildings, 170 of which are equipped with classrooms and laboratories, there are the Health Professions, Nursing 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.   Currently, the school’s facilities are valued to cost more than $1 million. Residence halls have a capacity of 7.500 students, offering opportunities to graduate students with families. Last but not least, the northeast corner of campus is listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

All takes place on one campus at the University of Florida. What truly distinguishes the campus is its Historic District, which comprises of 32 buildings that are registered with the National Register of Historic Places. There are over 900 buildings on the main campus, and most of the oldest ones were designed in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style, which is typical for the United States.

As mentioned earlier, the University of Florida’s campus spreads on over 2,000 acres (8.1 km²). It serves as a home to a variety of historic buildings, such as the Century Tower, a 157-foot-tall (48 m) carillon tower in the center of the campus historic district. Other notable facilities include the J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center, University of Florida Cancer Hospital, McKnight Brain Institute, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Reitz Student Union, Cancer and Genetics Research Complex, University of Florida Hillel, Smathers Library, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Harn Museum, Marston Science Library, University Auditorium, O\'Connell Center, Baughman Center, Florida Gymnasium, Southwest Recreation Center, McGuire Center, Hub, McKethan Stadium, Holland Law Center, Emerson Alumni Hall, Library West, and Pressly Stadium.

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Type of school

Private University




Office of Admissions - 201 Criser Hall - PO Box 114000, Gainesville, FL, The United States, 32611

More information about Academic Programs

16 colleges go under the cap of The University of Florida, together with more than 100 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. It offers over 100 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate degrees.

Here is the list of colleges:

  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • College of Business Administration, Warrington
  • 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 Law, Levin
  • 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

Classes begin on August 22, while fee payments are due September 2. Final exams are in December (10-16th), while final grades are available on the 21st of December. Holidays are on September 5: Labor Day ; November 4-5: Homecoming; November 11: Veterans Day ; November 24-26: Thanksgiving. Full table of dates here:

2011 Academic Dates


Advance Registration (at or after assigned time)

March 28 - August 9 August 11-17

Employee EEP Registration (11:59pm of last day)

August 11-26

Regular Registration ($100 late fee after deadline)

August 18-19

Classes Begin

August 22

Drop/Add (at or after assigned start time) (11:59 pm of last day)

August 22-26

Late Registration (11:59 pm of last day)

August 22-26

Nondegree Registration (at or after assigned start time) (11:59 pm of last day)

August 24-26

Withdrawal with no Fee Liability (11:59 pm of last day)

August 26

Fee Payments (3:30 pm, Financial Services)

September 2

Residency Reclassifications

September 2

S-U Grade Option

September 9

Degree Applications

September 16

Withdrawal, All Courses, with 25% Refund  (W assigned)

September 16

Drop or Add a Course by College Petition

November 21

Withdrawal from UF (W assigned)

November 21

Classes End

December 7

Honors Theses due to College Advising Offices

December 7

Reading Days - no classes

December 8-9

Final Exams

December 10, 12-16


December 16-17

Final Grades available (Transcript view, on ISIS)

December 21

Degree Status available (late night, on ISIS)

December 20

Holidays - no classes

September 5: Labor Day  November 4-5: Homecoming November 11: Veterans Day  November 24-26: Thanksgiving

Admission Requirements

Admission to the University is highly selective, because the number of applications far exceeds the number of spaces available in the freshman class. Applications are considered and applicants selected, considering the size and strength of all students that have applied for a place.

Minimum Requirements for Admission are the following:

Submit an application by the deadline listed, together with the non-refundable registration fee.

Compile a complete record, in chronological order, of all institutions previously attended. Academic results should be satisfactory, while inability to prove attendance of another institution could hinder admission.

Grades on achievement or aptitude tests, such as ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, etc. should be at least ‘satisfactory’, and the same applies for the conduct record.

Each application should specify the term of entry, as it will be considered for this term only. Any changes should be addressed to the Office of Admissions.

One or more on-campus courses should be taken to validate admission to on-campus degree programs. This requirement does not apply to online degree programs.

All international applicants have to provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, in addition to other required test scores.

Important note is that minimum requirements do not guarantee entry to the university!

Financial Aid

The financial aid office at the University of Florida is The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA). It takes care of all federal, state and university aid programs, as well as some privately funded scholarships. These are the programs, employed when forming student’s financial aid packages:

Grantsthese are provided to students, most needing financial aid and no repayment is required.

Scholarships – most often, based on academic performance, also no repayment required.

Student Employment – the university assists enrolled students to find part-time employment through a variety of programs. The student Employment office is in S-107.

Loans – these are considered self-help, and unlikely the other options they have to be repaid. Student loans at UF are normally offered through the the Federal Direct Loan Program, but there are other options as well.

Non-SFA Administered Aid – a number of other programs are available from independent institutions, which students may further research.


The University of Florida greatly encourages students to live on campus, offering two types of facilities, serving the different needs of students. Undergraduate, single students are housed in Residence Halls, while graduate students and families live in Village Apartments. There are 29 facilities overall, which differ on floor plans, room types, rental rates, communities and educational opportunities. The university is proud to be able to accommodate all needs and preferences.

Single-student residence halls are mostly used by undergraduate students, and are traditional, suite-style and apartment-style residential buildings. Most students living in this type of accommodation are following a Bachelor’s degree, although a few number of single graduate students, who don’t have to take care of a child or family may live there, too.

The Graduate or Family housing is offered to those either following an advanced or a professional academic degree, or they have a family to take care of.

The requirements to apply for Housing online are the following:

  • An application for admission to the UF, together with the required payment should be submitted.
  • Create a  GatorLink account
  • Pay the non-refundable $25.00 (US Dollars) housing application processing fee with any of the accepted payment systems: Master Card, Visa, or American Express.

Nine bus routes of the Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) serve the UF campus, and they can be used free of charge by students, faculty, and staff with university-issued ID cards. The RTS also provides other campus services, including Gator Aider (during football games) and Later Gator nighttime service.

University of Florida is also served by the Gainesville Regional Airport, which is located in the Northeast portion of Gainesville and has daily services to Miami, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

Services and Activities

A wide choice of recreational activities is offered to students both outdoors and indoors. These include Arts - world-class symphony orchestras, Broadway plays, opera and large-scale ballet performances are attracted by the university on a regular basis; Athletics – in the last 20 years, the University of Florida has ranked among the nation\'s 10 best athletic programs. Overall, more than 60 sports of all types are offered in-house; archery and weightlifting are along the more regular ones, such as football and basketball.

Near the campus are many recreational lakes and rivers, including university-owned Lake Alice. In addition, students are able to take advantage of the J. Wayne Reitz Union, which is equipped with a bowling alley, pool tables, an arcade, and numerous other activities.

Last but not least, the University of Florida has more than eight hundred organizations and clubs that students can participate in. The breadth of choice is impressive – from cultural to athletic, to philosophy clubs and different charities. Some of the most popular organizations are Florida Blue Key, Theatre Strike Force, the Marching Band, Florida Competitive Cheerleading, Dazzlers, the Gatorettes, Gator Growl, Progressive Black Journalists, Miss University of Florida, and the Speakers Bureau. If students wish, they can create their own registered student organization if they have an idea or concept they wish to develop themselves.

There are a variety of Attractions, Recreation, Arts, and Entertainment near the University of Florida. A wide choice of world-class art and historical museums in Gainesville is available for students, and many of them are actually located on campus. Furthermore, there are a number of nearby state parks and attractions – several of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Gainesville is great for outdoor and nature-seeking enthusiasts. The pristine Suwannee and Sante Fe rivers are within an hour’s drive, while the largest number of high-magnitude springs in the world provide a great opportunity for nature lovers.

Furthermore, the University offers sound support to students living off campus, while the city itself accommodates a good range of restaurants, attractions, and nightlife venues.