NAME: University of Florida.
SCHOOLS: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Warrington College of Business Administration, College of Dentistry, College of Design, Construction and Planning, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Health and Human Performance, College of Journalism and Communications, Levin College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Veterinary Medicine.
MEDIAN SAT SCORE: 1755-2040.
MEDIAN ACT SCORE: 25-31.
CAMPUS: 2,000 acres.
NUMBER OF FRIENDS YOU CAN MAKE: total undergraduate enrollment of 33,628.
WHERE YOU WILL LIVE: The University of Florida is about two miles away from downtown Gainesville, a college town bolstered by the school’s nearly 50,000 students. The Florida Gators sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, and are supported by mascots Albert and Alberta the Alligators. The Gator football team, which competes in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium—commonly called the “The Swamp”—is particularly notorious. The team became the namesake of popular sports drink Gatorade in 1966, after freshmen Gators experimented with the novel beverage. The annual Gator Growl, held each Homecoming weekend, has been called the largest student-run pep rally in the world. About 15 percent of students are involved in the school’s 60-plus fraternities and sororities. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, though about 80 percent opt to do so. All students can partake in Gator Nights, held every Friday, which offer free late-night entertainment and a free “midnight breakfast.”
COST: $5,700 in-state, $31,422 out-of-state.