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University of Florida

University of Florida

The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida, UF or U of F) is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university located on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) campus in Gainesville, Florida. The university traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906. It has been included among the so-called “Public Ivy” universities—one of the top public universities in the United States. The University of Florida is currently ranked fifty-third overall among all national universities, public and private, in the current 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings and consistently ranks within the top 100 universities worldwide.
The University of Florida is an elected member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization composed of sixty-three American and Canadian research universities. It is one of three “research flagship universities” within the State University System of Florida, as designated by the Florida Legislature.

It is the second-largest Florida university by student population, and receives the highest academic marks in the state of Florida as measured by national and international rankings of American colleges and universities. The university is also the sixth largest single-campus university in the United States by student population, with 49,679 students enrolled for the fall 2009 semester. The University of Florida is home to seventeen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law and medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master’s degree programs and seventy-six doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments. As of the 2007—2008 academic year, Florida ranked twelfth among all institutions in the number of new National Merit Scholars enrolled. The university has an annual budget of approximately $4.3 billion.

The University of Florida’s intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known by their “Florida Gators” nickname, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In their 105-year history, the university’s varsity sports teams have won twenty-four national team championships, nineteen of which are NCAA titles, and Gator athletes have won 219 individual national championships.

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University of Florida Rankings in 2011

University of Florida Tuition and Fees

Average in 2010 – 2011

* Tuition/fee figures are projected estimates for 2010-11 for incoming freshmen and graduate students entering UF for the first time. Tuition/fees for continuing students may be lower. Out-of-state undergraduates should add $20,140 to projected tuition/fees. Out-of-state graduate students should add $18,440 to projected tuition/fees.
** Budgets for upper-division and graduate students in certain colleges will be adjusted upwards to accommodate higher computer costs.
Undergraduate tuition/fees listed are based on an average of 30 credit hours of 0-4999 level courses. Graduate tuition/fees are based on 24 credit hours of 5000-9999 level courses. Rates per credit hour and block fees include the student health fee.
Undergrad On/Off Campus Undergrad Living at Home Grad Off-Campus Undergrad Sum. 10 (A+B) On/Off Campus
*Tuition / Fees $5,020 $5,020 $10,050 $2,010
Books and Supplies 1,000 1,000 1,000 400
Computer Costs 910 910 910 300
Housing 5,300 _____ 6,770 1,590
Food 3,340 1,730 3,340 1,170
Transportation 530 530 530 180
Clothing Maintenance 630 630 630 220
Personal / Health Insurance 1,650 1,650 1,650 580
Total Budget $18,380 $11,470 $24,880 $6,450

Student budgets can only include costs of attendance for the individual student. Additional living allowances for married students or students with children are not included. A standard child care allowance, however, may be included — depending on the ages of the student’s children.

Following is a brief description of how these budgets are derived. Budgets are based on a two-semester academic year and vary according to academic classification and residency status:

  1. Tuition/Fees
    Fees for undergraduate students are based on an average of 30 credit hours of 0-4999 level courses. Graduate tuition fees are based on 24 class hours from 5000-9999. Graduate students in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, and professional MBA programs pay block fees.
  2. Books and Supplies
    Costs are determined by averaging the total cost of books and supplies for a four-year accounting curriculum at the Campus Shop and Bookstore (with 25% of books purchased used at 75% of new book price, and assuming resale of 50% of texts at 50% of cost).
  3. Computer Costs
    Computer costs built into student budgets are “annualized.” This means the figure is derived from one year’s monthly costs for purchase or lease of equipment (including printer, modem/ethernet, CD ROM drive) and annual software purchases/upgrades. These costs are figured over a two-year period.
  4. Housing and Meals
    Housing costs for undergraduate students living on campus are based on costs of living in an air-conditioned double room (utilities and a refrigerator rental allowance are included). On-campus graduates costs are based on an average of rents for available graduate housing. Off-campus costs are based on an average of rates quoted by local apartments by phone survey (allowances are included for phone service and utilities). Food costs are based on costs of meals established by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  5. Transportation
    On- and off-campus transportation costs allow for three round-trips to Miami per two semesters.
  6. Personal/Health Insurance
    The personal budget is based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s established personal costs, including laundry, toiletries, and miscellaneous expenses. Health insurance costs are based on literature from UF’s Insurance Director and Committee Chairman.
  7. Clothing Maintenance
    The budget for clothing maintenance is based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s established clothing maintenance costs.

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