If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at University of Florida is 48%. For every 100 applicants, 48 are admitted.
This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in. But if you don't, you might be one of the unlucky minority that gets a rejection letter.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at University of Florida is 3.71.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)
With a GPA of 3.71, University of Florida requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.71, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to University of Florida. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
University of Florida SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1330 (Old: 1874)
The average SAT score composite at University of Florida is a 1330 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1874.
This score makes University of Florida Moderately Competitive for SAT test scores.
University of Florida SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1250, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1420. In other words, a 1250 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1420 will move you up to above average.
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Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
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University of Florida SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1740, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 2020. In other words, a 1740 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 2020 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
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SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
University of Florida has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Section."
This is also known as "superscoring." This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all SAT test dates you submit.
Click below to learn more about how superscoring critically affects your test strategy.
For example, say you submit the following 3 test scores:
Even though the highest total you scored on any one test date was 1000, University of Florida will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 1000 to 1400 in this example.
This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and University of Florida forms your Superscore, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.
Therefore, if your SAT superscore is currently below a 1330, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.
Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the SAT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will surely give you the highest Superscore possible.
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University of Florida ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, University of Florida likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 28
The average ACT score at University of Florida is 28. This score makes University of Florida Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 27, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 31.
Even though University of Florida likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 27 or below, you'll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 28 and above that a 27 will look academically weak.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 28 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to University of Florida, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 28.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and ACT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
University of Florida requires you to take the SAT/ACT Writing section. They'll use this as another factor in their admissions consideration.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that University of Florida requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
Our Expert's Notes
We did more detailed research into this school and found the following information.
UF has minimum admission requirements:
A cumulative C average in the academic core at all institutions attended
Students taking dual enrollment courses must present a minimum 2.0 GPA at every institution attended.
A record of good conduct.
At least the minimum score in each section of the SAT: Critical Reading= 460, Mathematics=460 and Writing= 440.
On the ACT with Writing, a minimum score of 19 on the Reading section, 19 on the Mathematics section, and 18 on the English/Writing section.
Like many of her friends and classmates, Chelsea Apparicio couldn’t wait to attend the University of Florida and become a member of Gator Nation.
The recent Suncoast High School grad thought she was a shoo-in. She was enrolled in the school’s International Baccalaureate diploma program. She was an honor society member. She scored 1900 on her SAT. She played varsity soccer since she was a freshman. She logged more than 500 community service hours and served as an ambassador for the school at functions as part of its Mr. and Miss Suncoast program.
“I was really well-rounded,” said Apparicio, 19. “I wasn’t just a book person.”
Florida State University accepted her. So did St. John’s University and the University of Central Florida.
But the University of Florida, Apparicio’s dream school, rejected her — even after she appealed the decision in person with letters of recommendations to the admissions office.
“My mom and I drove up at 4 a.m.,” said Apparicio, who lived in West Palm Beach while in high school. “I thought I deserved to get in and felt like it was a slap in the face.”
Apparicio, now a psychology and business major at FSU, is not alone.
With the Nov. 1 application deadline rapidly approaching, thousands of cream-of-the-crop high school seniors will once again be turned away by UF because competition to get into the state’s oldest school is at an all-time high. In recent years, admissions workers have been forced to choose among some of the brightest and most ambitious students in the state.
“The academic profile of students is getting stronger and stronger every year,” said Dr. Zina Evans, UF’s vice president for enrollment management and associate provost. “When you have more applications, but the same number of seats, then it does become that much more competitive.”
Last year, UF said it received more than 29,000 applications for only 6,400 openings. The university admitted a little over 11,000 students to fill those 6,400 spots. The school has more than 49,000 students for the fall semester.
“A lot of very qualified students simply can’t get in because we don’t have the resources for them,” said Steve Orlando, a UF spokesman. “We have a lot of demand and only limited space.”
Twenty years ago, about 13,000 applicants applied to UF. The school, when competition wasn’t as fierce, admitted a whopping 67 percent, considerably lower than the 43 percent UF accepted for the current fall term.
With the state encouraging dual enrollment, advanced placement courses and IB programs to better prepare high school students for college and beyond, more high achievers are applying to UF, said UF Provost Joseph Glover.
But as support for public colleges and universities dwindles, Glover said, UF, like so many other state universities, is handcuffed.
“We’re simply not in a position to accommodate that many students,” he said.
The university does not have the academic credentials of an Ivy League school, but to many Floridians, UF is the school to attend. The competition to get to Gainesville is becoming more like that at an Ivy League school.
Generations of Floridians, after all, have graduated from UF. Kids often want to attend UF because a parent or grandparent went there.
Clayton Lambert, a freshman aerospace major at UCF, wanted to go to UF for years. His older sister is a UF junior studying business.
“It’s the No. 1 school in the state, in my opinion,” said Lambert, who graduated from Atlantic High School in Delray Beach. “I would’ve felt like I was part of the same group when I was in high school. I would’ve felt right at home there.”
Like Apparicio, the 18-year-old Lambert believed he had the perfect high school resume for UF — swim team captain, cross-country team captain, chess team member, AP courses, IB program graduate.
But Lambert didn’t make the UF cut, either.
“I was heartbroken,” he said. “The year before, almost all the kids in the IB program at Atlantic got into UF and I know I had similar credentials. I thought it was unfair.”
UF, still the only Florida school to belong to the American Association of Universities, has the most rigorous admissions requirements of the state schools and is ranked highest nationally. It placed 17th among public universities and tied for 54th among all national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings released last month. Last year, UF ranked 19th among public universities and 58th among all national universities. By turning away more than half of its freshman applicants, UF, some parents say, has developed a reputation of being an elite school.
School faculty, however, sniff at the snooty tag.
“I don’t think we’ve become elitist,” Evans said. “We don’t come into the year and say, ‘Gee, we want to have this academic profile.’ Quite frankly, it’s the students who are pushing this and taking more challenging courses and doing better and better.”
UF’s average freshman profile reads like this: 4.3 GPA, 1958 SAT score, 30 ACT score. According to princetonreview.com, the national average for the SAT is 1500 and 21 for ACT.
By comparison, the average GPA for freshmen entering UCF last fall was 3.8. It was 3.9 at FSU, 3.8 at USF and 3.7 at Florida International University.
But UF said it looks beyond test scores and grades when deciding whom to admit. The school said it’s looking for leaders, students who know how to set themselves apart and are willing to challenge themselves inside — and outside — the classroom.
“If you won your high school science fair, that’s wonderful,” Orlando said. “But if you tell us that you got a patent on something you invented, that’s the kind of thing we’re looking for.”
Evans said applicants should carefully note their high school accomplishments, not just their grades.
“Sometimes students will spend their time telling us that they took this class and got that grade, but we know that already because we have your transcript,” said Evans. “If there was something inspiring that came from the experience that we can’t find elsewhere, tell us that.”
Evans also said the school is turned off by potential students who believe it’s enough to simply list the clubs and organizations they’ve joined.
“We’re much more interested in the breadth and engagement than we are in a laundry list,” Evans said. “Listing 52 things you did for an hour here or there is not nearly as impressive as showing your commitment to a particular project or program. We’re looking at trends over time.”
That’s what Apparicio believes she did on her application. While appealing her decision, she said she was told in the admissions office that UF sets a cap on the number of students it can accept from each high school.
Orlando, however, disputed that claim.
“We don’t set quotas for specific high schools,” he said.
Still, Apparicio said she’s happy at FSU and decided against applying to UF again after her freshman year.
“At first it stunk that I didn’t get into UF,” she said. “But I fell in love with FSU and the psychology program.”
Lambert, who wants to design planes for a living, said he plans to stay at UCF.
“People seem more accepting here,” he said. “I visited UF recently and I was getting a lot of crap from all the kids who go there, saying how much better UF is than UCF. But things are going really well here for me.”
Meanwhile, Evans said she understands the frustration students feel when they’re rejected by their dream university.
“We acknowledge that many other students could do very well here,” she said. “We wish we could offer places for more of them but, unfortunately, we can’t.”