University of Florida: Narrative Description

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Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel: (352)392-3261
Admissions: (352)392-1365
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of Board of Trustees. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1853. Setting: 2,000-acre suburban campus with easy access to Jacksonville. Endowment: $670.4 million. Total enrollment: 47,858. Faculty: 1,654 (1,622 full-time, 32 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 22,973 applied, 52% were admitted. 79% from top 10% of their high school class, 90% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 130 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 31,217 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 2,765 students, 47% women, 53% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 114 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 9% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 21% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Miami New World School of the Arts, Miami-Dade Community College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/12, 10/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/1 for early decision. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $2955 full-time, $98.50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,827 full-time, $527.58 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $6040. College room only: $3780. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 525 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Blue Key Society, student government, Black Student Union, Hispanic Student Association, Reitz Union Program Council. Major annual events: Gator Growl, Celebration, People Awareness Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime and rape prevention programs. 7,346 college housing spaces available; 7,308 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. George A. Smathers Library plus 8 others with 5 million books, 6.7 million microform titles, 28,103 serials, 36,078 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 472 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Gainesville is the county seat of Alachua County located on the rolling highlands of north-central Florida midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is subtropical with an average mean temperature of 70 degrees. Railroads, buses and airlines serve the area. Gainesville is the focal point of diversified industrial and agricultural activities. The city facilities include churches of many denominations, center for science, education and medicine, medical center with hospital, museum and numerous civic organizations. Recreational facilities include golf courses, swimming at nearby springs, boating and freshwater fishing in surrounding lakes and rivers. Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are within a two-hour drive. Off-campus housing is available for over 20,000 students in addition to university housing.