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Rank: 23

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 87% of freshmen graduate within six years, according to MONEY's calculations. Despite the low net cost, students get access to some of the world's top professors in fields such as biotechnology, gerontology and astronomy (UF has produced eight astronauts). 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 -- does the name Tim Tebow ring a bell? -- 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 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. The 2,000-acre campus features a 157-foot carillon tower, one of the nation's oldest natural history museums, free Gatorade in the Student Health Care Center, and a gigantic rock affectionately nicknamed "the Potato." Just watch out for loose alligators.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$21,600
% of students who get any grants
85%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,800
Average price for low-income students
$6,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
46%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1280/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
37,851
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
65%
% of need met
99%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$2,531
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$15,800
Average salary within 3 years
$52,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
43%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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