The University of Florida is an institution on the rise. Its climb in academics, research and service have been recognized by being chosen No. 8 among national public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 ‘Best Colleges’ annual rankings. Founded as a land-grant research institution, UF is committed to making a difference in the world, and that begins in its hometown of Gainesville.

A dynamic and diverse university on 2,000 acres in the Greater Gainesville area, UF is a major research institution. The proportion of students who stay in the area after graduation, the school’s graduate and professional students and its faculty and staff all add to Greater Gainesville’s pool of highly educated residents. Its cutting-edge research also attracts companies that require educated workers.

With more than 55,000 students enrolled in 16 colleges, UF is proud of its intentional and intense comprehensiveness, boasting a legacy of academic and athletic excellence.

UF believes in the power of collaboration and is working on many levels and in many disciplines to build a vision for the future, to help us all understand the implications for society, and “solving for next.”

Admitted Students Profile 

  • For 2018-19 academic year
  • Registered students enrolled for Fall 2018 – 55,862 (52,992 main campus and 2,870 Online) 
  • Applications received for Fall 2018 – 40,849 18 percent increase over last year’s acceptance rate of 36 percent
  • Average SAT 1364
  • Average ACT score 30
  • Average GPA 4.4

Other stats:

  • The New York Times ranked UF 6th among both public and private universities in helping low-income students succeed
  • UF is #2 for Kiplinger’s Best College Values (in-state)

Increasing Educational Excellence by Strategically Hiring 500 Faculty

The University of Florida is continuing to expand its faculty to further enhance teaching and research and to maintain its national stature as one of the best research universities in the U.S. By hiring 500 new researchers and scholars over the next few years, UF is addressing two of its goals: reaching top-ranked status by strengthening various research disciplines and by improving the university’s student-faculty ratio. The new faculty hires represent a number over and above the 300 to 400 faculty that UF hires annually to replace those who retire or leave the university.

As of Fall 2018, more than 200 new hires began working at the University, bringing great new talent to the Gator Nation.

Spotlight on IFAS

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources and the life sciences while enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible.

While extending into every county in the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and Extension. Because of this mission and the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, UF/IFAS has facilities located across Florida.

UF/IFAS provides research and development for Florida’s agricultural, natural resources and related food industries, which made value-added contributions of $123.2 billion to the gross domestic product of the state economy in 2013.

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