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Overall Score: 83.65

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL http://www.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 more than 70% of undergraduates get some type of financial aid. About 90% of freshmen graduate within six years, and over 64% graduate without any student loan debt. Despite the low net cost, students get access to some of the world's top professors teaching in over 100 undergraduate degrees. 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 and the women's gymnastics team recently won four 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 2022-2023
$22,000
% of students who get any grants
85%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$10,600
Average price for low-income students
$70

Admissions

Acceptance rate
31%
Median SAT/ACT score
1390/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Undergraduate enrollment
34,520

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
68%
% of need met
98%
% of students who get merit grants
7%
Average merit grant
$3,310

Student Success

Graduation rate
88%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Median student debt
$15,580
Early career earnings
$64,460
% earning more than a high school grad
77%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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