Following a major win against the University of Georgia Bulldogs, UF can also be proud of an increase in admission applications.
As of the Nov. 1 deadline, the university received 28,115 freshman applications for the Summer and Fall semesters.
This is an increase of 1,215 more than the 2013 admissions deadline, wrote Steve Orlando, UF spokesman, in an email.
Interest in the Innovation Academy has also increased with 1,260 students indicating an interest in consideration, he said. That is an increase of 448 more than last year.
“We will continue to accept freshman applications through March 1 on a space available basis,” Orlando said.
The acceptance rate in 2013 was 45.6 percent, an increase from the previous acceptance rate of 39 percent, he said.
Addressing the increase in the number of applicants, Orlando said it was due to several factors.
“The state’s population has grown markedly during the past five to 10 years,” he said. “UF’s reputation as an excellent academic institution has grown as well; and more people than ever recognize the remarkable value of a UF education — low cost and high quality.”
Last year, about 12,923 applicants were accepted. The university enrolled 6,400 students for the Summer B and Fall semesters.
The average GPA for applicants into UF for Fall 2014 was 4.4, the average SAT was 1960 and the average ACT was 30.
Cole Reeves, a 17-year-old senior at Middleburg High School, said he turned in his application in late October to meet the early deadline.
“Honestly, the application took forever, and it was pretty demanding,” he said. “I know to get in is a pretty big deal, and there’s thousands of applicants, so it’s very important. I really think being a part of The Gator Nation would be awesome.”
Brandon Huynh, a 17-year-old senior at Braden River High School in Bradenton, Florida, said he turned in his application two weeks before the deadline. He also applied to Florida State University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida but hopes to be accepted by UF.
“My initial thought in turning in my application was that I was very nervous,” he said. “It’s the first college application I’ve sent in.”