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  • A father and mother, and younger daughter give the older daughter a good-bye hug on moving-in day
  • A mother, father and younger brother help the older sister move into Hume Hall
  • A Chinese mother and father traveled all the way from Hong Kong to see their son graduate from UF
  • This family's car is packed to capacity as the daughter is moving into Hume Hall

Gator Parents

The University of Florida views parents as partners in the educational process, and we realize that parental support greatly aids in student success. We recognize that sending a son or daughter to college is a major life event for parents, as well as for students.

What Does UF Look For In Prospective Students?

UF hopes to build a community of learners, leaders and thinkers whose education will be enhanced by diverse experiences and who will be prepared to serve and participate in all segments of society. UF is a nationally ranked undergraduate, graduate, research and professional institution, offering a safe, resource-rich campus for the pursuit of higher education.

Our rich history in teaching and research has contributed to the increasing demand for a UF education. This results in our large number of applications. While admission to the University is selective, it is important to realize that each applicant is reviewed thoroughly and carefully. Links below provide additional information on admissions qualifications and our reivew process.

Student Privacy

The university trusts students to manage their own affairs, including decisions and responsibilities about academic, financial, and personal issues. In addition, at the University of Florida (and all other universities), the privacy of a student's academic record is protected by the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as the Buckley Amendment. All student data maintained by the university is part of the educational record, including but not limited to all biographical, application and grading data. Other than public information classified as "directory information," there is to be no release of the educational record to any party without the express written consent of the student. For more information on when parents can have access to their student's records, refer to this helpful link on FERPA.

Student Safety

With the lives and well-being of more than 50,000 students at stake, we take the responsibility of campus safety very seriously. The UF Police Department is a state and nationally accredited law enforcement agency with 90 officers who provide 24-hour daily patrol and protection of campus. UFPD is the second largest accredited university police department in the United States. The university has developed extensive response plans to many different types of safety concerns and has a successful collaboration with law enforcement agencies throughout the state, Alachua County, and the city of Gainesville. Our safety communication plan combines mass simultaneous e-mail notification, UF home page postings, text-messaging and media alerts to disseminate emergency information quickly and comprehensively.

Helpful Links

Although we have placed many links below that should help answer many of your questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at (352) 392-1365 if we can be of service. We hope you'll visit campus often and share in your child's enthusiasm in joining The Gator Nation!

Emergency Contacts

  • UF Police Department (352) 392-1111
  • Shands Hospital at the University of Florida (352) 265-0111
  • Dean of Students Office (352) 392-1261
  • Dean of Students Office 24-Hour TDD (352) 392-3008
  • Student Health Care Center (352) 392-1161