University of Florida is a large public institution, and it’s a very competitive school. Often times with larger state schools, GPA and SAT or ACT scores are weighed even more heavily than smaller private schools due to state regulations and the sheer amount of applicants they receive per year. That being said, U of F is still going to be looking at a lot of other variables too, but being able to earn a competitive GPA and test scores is priority number one.
So, what exactly do you need to get in?
Getting into the University of Florida
The University of Florida is one of the largest institutions in the United States considering it has over 50,000 students enrolled. As noted above, it’s a very competitive school as well, and a widely-respected institution with an acceptance rate hovering just around 39%.
Also worth noting with state schools is that they need to diversify their admissions even more than a private school, because they have to account for their in-state and state student enrollment percentages, on top of admitting a culturally diverse student body. That’s not to say private schools do not account for their state and in-state percentages as well, it’s just that since public schools receive grants from the state, they each have their own requirements that must be met in order to continue receiving funding from the state.
First off, let’s take a look at U of F’s requirements academics and GPA according to CollegeBoard.
As you can see above, being in the top percentiles of your graduating class is extremely important for admission considerations. It’s difficult to stress enough how much of admissions is first a numbers game, and then a matter of looking into a student’s story, background and intangibles.
CollegeBoard also cites that about 94% of admitted students have a GPA of 3.75 or better. These statistics clearly indicate that University of Florida puts a strong emphasis on students who have proven that they can perform well in an academic environment for several consecutive years. For most students, this should be comforting; it shows that while the university does place a premium on standardized test scores, it weighs students’ GPAs just a much, or even more heavily.
Standardized Test Scores
Before we dive into test scores, it’s important to note the changes in the SAT that are forthcoming. If you’d like to get a detailed answer on that, I highly recommend reading this post.
Much like their GPA standards, University of Florida commands competitive test scores from admitted students as well.
As a rule of thumb, an average cumulative SAT score is about 1500, or 500 points for each section. As seen above, U of F’s average test score range is well above-average. Keep in that many students improve their SAT scores when they prepare properly.
Now, with the new SATs set to roll out in a few years, the writing section will not be required and there will be some rather significant changes in the scoring of the test. As for now, the chart above serves as an accurate measurement of the university’s typical requirements. I emphasize typical because there are certainly exceptions, but generally speaking, these standards hold true.
In addition to the SAT, University of Florida accepts the ACT as well. Many students end up taking both just to see which test suits them better, so it really comes down to a matter of preference.
The ‘average’ ACT score is right around 21, so as you can see again, U of F generally admits students who score well-above average.
University of Florida is an excellent school with a rigorous admissions process. They typically only admit students with exceptional GPAs and test scores.
With all that in mind, it’s important to realize that University of Florida is still a school worth reaching for if it’s a target school of yours, even if your application is under their GPA and test standards. Generally speaking, you should apply to at least a few reach schools or schools that may be a bit out of your range academically, just because these averages do not always hold true.
Often times a school will admit a student for their passion or intangibles, so do not be discouraged if you do not fit the mold of the average admitted student at any university.
As always, work hard and good things will come 🙂