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Rank: 21

University of Florida

Gainesville, FLwww.ufl.edu/
The University of Florida is one of the best bargains in higher education. Tuition is about $6,400 a year for Floridians, and 70% of undergraduates get some type of financial aid. About 88% of freshmen graduate within six years, which is about 10% higher than their peers at similar schools, according to MONEY's calculations. Despite the low net cost, students get access to some of the world's top professors -- and this proximity pays off, with average early-career earnings adding up to $54,200. Sports and Greek life are the biggest players on the campus social scene. The Gators are one of the strongest college sports franchises in the country with widespread athletic success. In 2017, the men's baseball team emerged victorious from the College World Series; the women's gymnastics team recently won three straight national championships. UF is home to The Swamp, which regularly packs in over 80,000 football fans for games covered by The Independent Florida Alligator, the nation's largest student-run newspaper. UF's 2,000-acre campus features live alligators, a 157-foot carillon tower, a butterfly rainforest, free Gatorade in the Student Health Care Center, and a gigantic rock affectionately nicknamed "the Potato." Plus, it's all located in the vibrant college town of Gainesville, home to eclectic pizza restaurant Satchel's and an annual music festival." Not even the frequent afternoon thunderstorms can dampen Gators' spirit.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$22,100
% of students who get any grants
83%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,300
Average price for low-income students
$6,540
admissions
Acceptance rate
42%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
33,655
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
63%
% of need met
97%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$2,717
student success
Graduation rate
88%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$16,200
Average salary within 3 years
$54,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
43%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Mar 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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