Where Will You Go From the Top?

As a Gator, anything is possible. The University of Florida is a campus for big ideas. UF students are dreamers and realists, artists and athletes, entrepreneurs and engineers, front-line leaders and quiet volunteers. You will be a student today, but you’ll become a Gator for life. At UF, you’ll find a unique bond with individuals from all different parts of our country and globe who share a common purpose: to go further, go greater, and continually make the world better. 


Learning is more than just knowing all the right answers. Great minds don’t always think alike. And they shouldn’t. If you’re seeking to be challenged, engaged and inspired, you belong at UF. At the University of Florida, you will choose from over 100 undergraduate majors across 16 colleges. Beginning with your first day of class, you will be encouraged to think critically, form opinions and push beyond the status quo. We expect that of our students because we expect that of our university. Here, you’ll explore academic opportunities that are matched by few universities in the United States. Through our University Scholars Program, students may work one-on-one with UF faculty on select research projects. Learn about another culture when you travel abroad. UF has hundreds of study abroad options to choose from. Or join a community of students who want additional challenge through the UF Honors Program. Great things happen inside our doors so that greater things will happen outside them.  

Extracurricular Life

With more than 1,000 student organizations, all sorts of leisure activities and 19 Division I teams to cheer for, there’s never a dull moment on our campus. There’s also Gator Growl, the world’s largest student-run pep rally, and GatorNights, the leading late-night college entertainment and midnight breakfast program in the Southeast. The Reitz Union offers an art studio for those interested in artistic expression and a game room with its own bowling alley. If you are looking for more adventure, fresh-water springs are abundant near Gainesville, and many students spend their day tubing down the local rivers and enjoying some Florida sun.

Residential Life

At the University of Florida, we take your decision to choose us as your second home very seriously. On-campus housing options include apartment, suite and traditional-style residence communities. More than 8,500 Gators live on campus, including more than 75 percent of freshmen. Although first-year students are not required to reside on campus, most do because who wants to miss out on the starting point for long-term friendships, late night ice-cream runs, impromptu Netflix viewing or exposure to a wide range of diverse students as your new neighbors? Resident advisors reside on every floor to provide support to all students in their adjustment to college life. From your doorsteps, you can easily access everything else that makes college life complete: dining, Reitz Union activities, fitness programs and more.

Many paths, one University of Florida

There are many paths to the University of Florida, but you are a Gator from Day One. When you apply to UF, you will be asked to select your preferred term of admission – either Fall or Summer term. While every effort will be made to admit you to your preferred term, you may be admitted to your non-preferred term. You may also be admitted to one of our newest paths to UF, the Pathway to Campus Enrollment (PaCE). PaCE offers an excellent academic experience combining online and campus-based learning. Learn more about PaCE.

Another way to join the Gator Nation is through the Innovation Academy (IA), where you can explore innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship through a multidisciplinary undergraduate program with an innovation minor. To be considered for IA, you must make this selection on your application. Learn more about IA.

Deadline Information 

Freshman Application Deadline: November 16
Student Self-reported Academic Record Deadline: December 1
SAT/ACT Score Deadline: December 15

The freshman priority application deadline is November 16. While the freshman application will remain open until March 1, any applications received after November 16 will be considered on a space-available basis. Students who meet all deadlines listed above will receive their admissions decision from UF on the last Friday in February. Students who miss any of the above deadlines will receive notification the last Friday in March. Students will have until May 1 to accept an offer of admission.

Required Application Materials

Please submit the following items in order to apply to UF:

• Submit the Coalition Application and UF Questions
• $30 Application Fee or Application Fee Waiver
Student Self-Reported Academic Record
• Standardized test scores including either the SAT or ACT

Essay Prompts

The prompts for the 2020-21 application year are:
  •  Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  •  Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution
  •  Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Financial Aid

At UF, we are committed to providing a quality education at a low cost. That’s why nearly 85% of our students receive financial assistance through the university. Financial aid comes in four types: grants, scholarships, loans and part-time employment. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year. To receive the best financial aid offer, complete the FAFSA as early as possible. In order for UF to consider you for a financial aid package, you must be a degree-seeking, admitted student. UF also participates in the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and the Florida Prepaid College Plan. Additional information that you may find helpful:

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• Graduation Rate - 88.4%
• Percentage of Students on Financial Aid - 85%
• Percentage of Graduates with No Loan Debt - 64%
• Total Cost of Attendance – Florida Residents: $21,430; Non-Florida Residents: $43,708
• Average Financial Aid Award - $15,339

To learn more about all financial aid opportunities at UF, please visit the Student Financial Affairs website.

Additional Information

• View our current visit opportunities and our virtual tour
Plan for UF Admissions
Information for International Applicants
Information for Transfer Applicants

Admissions Website

For more information about life as a Gator, please visit the University of Florida Admissions website.