University of Florida Profile and Rankings


University of Florida (“UF”) is among the leading public universities in the country. As the State of Florida has grown, the reputation of UF also has grown, now raking it high in a number of the ranking categories we have assessed. Its huge 2000 acre campus is located in Gainesville, Florida, a college town in central Florida, roughly in the middle of the triangle formed by Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Orlando. Like much of Florida, it has natural life, like alligators, and that has made the ‘gator both the school symbol (shown here), and its nickname – the Gators.


University of Florida traditional gator mascotUF has ranked high in a number of academic disciplines, in our RealRank rating, but talking about the Gators, its sports teams also have ranked high periodically, helping to increase its alumni engagement, which is known as the “Gator Nation.” As a member of the Southeastern Conference, football game days are quite popular, with their stadium appropriately nicknamed “The Swamp”. The traditional cheer includes hands clapping in a motion mimicking, what else? Their mascot, the Alligator.


One of philosophies is that they wish to make “great students become even greater.” With this attitude, Florida has achieved a high rating for all categories of diversity, making its campus experience worthwhile for bringing students up to a level of achievement in the real-world, based on solid academic grounding. The rankings in which UF has appeared can be found at the end of this profile.


The Basics

Location Gainesville, Florida
Official Website University of Florida
Nickname Gators
School Colors Orange & Blue
Athletic Conference Southeastern

RealRank Ranking Categories

Reputation Gold
Renown Platinum
Diversity Success Platinum
Sports Renown Platinum
Tuition Profile Public university with relatively low tuition for in-state residents and upper mid-range for out of state residents.
Endowment Silver
Alumni Engagement Gold

Key: Platinum: Elite Class; Gold: Very good; Silver: Successful, with room to improve;

Bronze: Mid to low range; NI: Needs improvement.

Academic Profile

Academic Range Broad, Full Academic Program
Professional Schools:
Architecture Yes
Business Yes
Dental Yes
Engineering Yes
Law Yes
Medical Yes
Nursing Yes
Core Science Breadth Yes
Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities Breadth Yes
Human Sciences / Education Yes
Public Health / Urban Policy Yes

Renowned Alumni

Here are some of the famous alumni of the University of Florida. You probably have heard of a lot of these, but are there any others you would include in this listing?

  • Erin Andrews – ESPN and Fox Sports Sportscaster.
  • Sharyl Attkisson – Political commentator, and former reporter for CBS News.
  • Pam Bondi – Florida Attorney General and political commentator for Fox News.
  • Wade Buff – lead singer for Dream Weavers.
  • Johnathan Demme – Film Director, and Academy Award Winner.
  • Faye Dunaway – Actress, played Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde.
  • Susan Ivey – CEO of Reynolds American.
  • Rodney Mullen – Professional skateboarder.
  • Bill Nelson – Astronaut and former U.S. Senator from Florida.
  • Marshall Nirenberg – Winner of Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for breakthroughs in the field of Genetics.
  • Donna Pastore – President of the National Association for Girls & Women in sports.
  • Al Rosen – Nicknamed the “Hebrew Hammer,” as a third baseman for the MLB Cleveland Indians, and later the President of New York Yankees, and Houston Astros.
  • Stephen M. Ross – Real Estate Developer and Owner of NFL Miami Dolphins.
  • Marco Rubio – U.S. Senator from Florida.
  • Forrest Sawyer – Anchorman for ABC News.
  • Joe Scarborough – talk show host on MSNBC and former U.S. Congressman.
  • Eleanor Smeal – former President of the National Organization of Women.
  • Emmit Smith – NFL Running Back and ESPN commentator.
  • Steve Spurrier – NFL Quarterback and later college and professional head football coach.
  • Stephen Stills – Musician. Solo performer and part of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
  • Tim Tebow – NFL Quarterback, winner of Heisman Trophy and led Florida to collegiate national championship.

Who else would you add to this list?

Most Popular Majors

The most popular majors at University of Florida include the following, in decreasing order of popularity. This ordering may change slightly from year-to-year.

  1. Engineering
  2. Business
  3. Biology
  4. Social Sciences
  5. Health Professions
  6. Communications/Journalism
  7. Psychology



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