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Thursday, November 30, 2023

UF admits less than 40 percent of applicants for Class of 2021

UF admitted 13,214 students to start in Summer and Fall, UF spokesperson Steve Orlando wrote in an email. The university received more than 34,000 applications this year. In 2016, 42.5 percent were admitted from about 32,000 applicants, and 44 percent were admitted for the class of 2019.

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Innovation Academy, where students take classes in Spring and Summer, admitted 979 students, he said. The Pathway to Campus Enrollment program, PaCE, where students take 60 credits online before taking on-campus classes, admitted 2,420 students.

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The average newly admitted UF student starting in Fall has a GPA of 4.4, an SAT score of 1349 out of 1600 and an ACT score of 30 out of 36.

But President Donald Trump’s immigration ban could still affect international students’ choices to enroll at UF, wrote UF spokesperson Janine Sikes in an email.

Though the ban is currently on hold and expected to end before new students would start, Sikes said it could play a role in prospective students’ decision.

“We are concerned about that because a diverse student body is something, we as a public research university, value and are especially proud of,” she said.

Of admitted students, two are from Iran and two are from Iraq, countries that are affected by the ban.

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Qambar Hasan, a high school senior from Coral Springs, Florida, knew he wanted to come to UF the minute he got accepted.

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The 17-year-old attending J.P. Taravella High School said he was driving Friday night when his friend told him admissions were out. At the first red light, he pulled out his phone to read his acceptance.

“Literally at that moment, I went from stressing out to being excited,” Hasan said.

Hasan said he grew up a lifelong Gator fan. In Fall, he plans to major in biology as he follows his family and friends who attended UF.

“I’m just excited to be a part of Gator Nation and the wonderful atmosphere there,” Hasan said.

For Nada Hussein, waiting to hear that her brother was admitted to UF was as nerve-wracking as waiting for her decision two years ago.

When she called her brother, Adam Hussein, she could hear in his voice how happy he was to come to UF, she said.

Nada Hussein, one of eight children, said she’s excited to have another sibling at UF.

“To have him in Gainesville, it’s like you don’t have to be worried or you don’t have to be scared, because you have someone in your corner,” she said.


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