University of florida  gainesville  florida   united states
US News Ranking 43
Qsranking 171
Timesranking 126-150

Brief Background -

The University of Florida is counted amongst Florida’s largest, most comprehensive and oldest Universities. It is one of US’s most academically diverse public universities. Founded in 1853, it currently admits students to various schools, such as the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, the Warrington College of Business, the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the Levin College of Law, and the College of Education.

The University currently has approximately 50,000 students on its roll and is amongst the five largest Universities in the country.

Infrastructure -

Built across a 2000 acre campus in the center of Gainesville, University of Florida has a lovely campus to boast of. Students attending here get to experience some state-of-the-art lecture halls, laboratories, and auditoriums along with a choice of 4 million volumes in the 3 main libraries of the University. The University also has first-rate recreation centers that have state-of-the-art amenities for every sports and game.

Residing Options -

On the residential front, the University of Florida does offer campus accommodation. However, it is expensive and hence most students prefer to live off-campus. They prefer to live near the University to ease travel concerns and the region adjacent to Oaks Mall is one of the popular haunts.

Faculty and Pedagogy -

The University of Florida has some of the best faculty from across the world. They are ever ready to help out students – albeit only if the student shows interest and is willing to go the extra mile.

University of Florida students have a reputation to live up to and hence the workload here is more than the normal Universities. Also, students must ensure that they attend their classes regularly.

Financial Aid -

The University of Florida is committed to providing its students with the best education at affordable costs and thus is quite generous with the financial aids it provides to deserving students. Quite a few students get some sort of financial aid. However, the better the profile of a student, the more he/she can get in financial aid at the University of Florida.

Jobs and Placement -

Popular companies which recruit from the University of Florida and their minimum and maximum salaries as surveyed by are Lockheed Martin Corp- $56,698 - $96,670; University of Florida (UF)- $33,313 - $76,733; Northrop Grumman Corporation- $58,212 - $102,527; Harris Corporation- $54,808 - $113,989; Intel Corporation- $66,741 - $121,513. Among the highest-paid UF alumni are those with a Master of Computer Science (MCS) — they earn close to $109K on an average per year. Around 52% of the Alumni asserted that their jobs make the world a better place. Girls make between $39,523 - $85,048, and boys make $47,945 - $104,865. The MS graduates make between $48,883 - $97,371. The average salary of the University of Florida is $71K. The most popular job profiles amongst the graduates of the university are Software Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Project Engineer, Civil Engineer, Marketing Manager, Senior Software Engineer.


Some famous alumni who have passed out of University of Florida are M.S.Ananth - Current director at IIT, Madras; Chris Malachowsky - Co-founder of Nvidia Graphics and  Robert Grubbs, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry


With all the above information in mind, the University of Florida is a good option for students with a decent profile.


The University of Florida is located at Gainsville which is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County, Florida, United States. Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) is the closest airport to the university offering domestic flights on American Airlines and Delta. Most flights in and out travel regionally to cities like Atlanta, Miami, and Charlotte. Jacksonville International Airport is located 130km from Gainesville, approximately an hour and a half by car. It's the closest major international airport to the Florida city and offers many more options than GNV. Eight airlines fly in and out of the airport, including Delta, United, and Southwest.
Flights from Atlanta to Gainesville take about 1 and a half hours and a bus from the airport to the University takes about 30 minutes.
The university offers various transportation and commuting services. The Campus Cab gives free point-to-point transportation for faculty and staff. The Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) provides safe means of commute on campus at night time. Gator Lift is a fast and comfortable transportation service offered by the university for the disabled members of the university community. Other fun and dependable computing services run by the university include Zimride Ridematching and Zipcar.

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Acceptance Rate for Indians 59%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 567
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 88
TA Appointments 121
RA appointments 678
Research funding $72,820,000
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Mechanical and Aerospace

Aerospace engineers design, create and test prototypes to make sure that they function according to the design. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers 4-year Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering under their undergraduate program. 
Additionally, students can also opt for a dual-degree program. Since there is a great overlap between the Aerospace engineering and Mechanical engineering curriculum, and the first six semesters of the two-degree programs are identical, students can earn a dual Mechanical engineering/Aerospace Engineering B.S. degree with one semester of additional work.
The department also offers a combined Bachelor’s/Master's degree program. It also offers the degrees of Master of Science (thesis or non-thesis), Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Any master’s degree candidate may choose to pursue the Master of Science degree (M.S.), however only those holding ABET-accredited baccalaureate degrees in engineering may choose the Master of Engineering degree (M.E.). All other degree requirements remain the same.
It may be noted, however, that for non - thesis students desirous of pursuing their Ph.D., the written qualifying exam needed to get into the Ph.D. program may substitute for the comprehensive exam. 
The Department also offers a Ph.D. which is a research-intensive degree requiring independent mastery of a field of knowledge.
The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering has 25 Full Professors, 19 Associate Professors, and 6 Assistant Professors. 

Areas of Expertise: Mechanics of Materials & Biomechanics; Fluid Dynamics & Propulsion; Design, Manufacturing & Optimization; Sensor, Dynamical Systems & Control; Robotics & Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; Energy Conversion & Thermal Systems.

Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Department in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemical Engineering. Undergraduate programs, the department offers the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis options), and Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. 
The Master of Science Degree – Thesis Option - can be completed in 16 months, and it usually spans 16 to 24 months. The Master of Science Degree-Non-Thesis Option- is designed for completion in 12 months. Students may or may not submit a final thesis, but a written report on a project, internship or a contemporary Chemical Engineering topic is necessary for graduation. A student with a B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or another branch of engineering will be able to achieve the graduate degree (M.E) in Chemical Engineering in case they meet the compulsory academic requirements and complete selected undergraduate courses. The M.E. students have the option to apply for conversion to M.S.-Non-Thesis or M.S.-Thesis program upon completing the undergraduate courses. 
The faculty in the Chemical Engineering department consists of 15 Full Professors, 3 Associates and 4 Assistant Professors. 

Areas of Expertise- Complex Fluids and Multiphase Flow; Energy Systems; Bioengineering; Interfacial Science and Engineering; Nanotechnology.

Computer Science

The Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Arts and Sciences. The Digital Arts and Sciences (DAS) degree is a core computer science degree with a special emphasis on human-centered computing, which includes art, design and computing courses that are related to digital media, interaction and communication.
The department offers the following graduate degree - Master of Science degree in Computer Science. Students can select a thesis or non-thesis option for the Master’s degree.
The students of Master of Science in Digital Arts and Sciences must choose either a thesis or a project in lieu of a thesis.
The faculty in the department consists of 28 Full Professors, 16 Associates, and 6 assistant Professors.
Areas of Expertise- High-Performance Computing and Applied Algorithms; Computer Systems; Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems; Database and Information Systems; Computer Graphics, Modeling, and Art.

Electrical and Computer

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering offers a 4- year Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Electrical Engineering. The department offers a combined BS/MS degree program. This program allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. The Graduate School offers M.S and M.E in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Thesis and non- thesis are the two options available for the Masters Degree course. A Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is also offered.
The department has 28 full Professors, 16 Associate Professors, and 6 Assistant Professors. 

The department offers graduate study and research in computer engineering, devices, electromagnetics and energy systems, electronics, and signals and systems.

Areas of Expertise: Signal Processing; Electronics Circuits; Solid State Devices; Computer Engineering; Communications.

Environmental Engineering Sciences

The Environmental Engineering Sciences Department offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. It also offers a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program. This program allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. The Graduate School offers Master of Science (Thesis/Non-Thesis), M.E (Thesis/Non-Thesis) and Ph.D. The Master's programs are offered in the following concentrations: Geographic Information Systems, Hydrologic Sciences and Wetland Sciences.
Admissions into the Master of Engineering program requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited institution.
The Environmental Engineering Sciences Department, in partnership with the Levin College of Law, offers a joint program leading to the M.S. or M.E. degree in environmental engineering sciences and the Juris Doctor degree.

Areas of Expertise:  Transportation Systems, Network Modeling, Planning, Management, Optimization, and Safety; Atmospheric & Air Quality Resources, Environmental Nanotechnology; Geotechnical Engineering, Insitu Instrumentation, Pavement & Material Analysis & Design, Site Characterization; Infrastructure Materials, Construction, Life Cycle, Sustainability, Protection and Physical Security; Estuarine and Coastal Hazards, Hydrodynamics and Ecosystem Dynamics, Wave and Sediment Transport Modeling; Solid & Hazardous Waste Management, Biogeochemical Systems; Structural Engineering, Structural Health Monitoring, Extreme Events Engineering; Hydrology, Groundwater Modeling, Protection, and Remediation; Wetlands & Systems Ecology and Ecological Sustainability; Urban Water Supply, Wastewater Resources and Infrastructure.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Department

The Industrial and Systems Engineering Department offers a 4-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering. The Department offers a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program of B.S.I.S.E./Master of Science or B.S.I.S.E/ Master of Engineering. The Graduate School offers the M.S and M.E programs with thesis/non-thesis options. The department offers specializations in engineering management, manufacturing and logistics systems engineering, operations research, quality engineering, and health system.

The specializations offered in the Doctor of Philosophy degree are linear, combinatorial, nonlinear, and global optimization; supply chain management and e-commerce; financial engineering; manufacturing management; facilities location and layout; quality engineering; and stochastic processes. This department has in its faculty 4 Full Professors, 2 Associates, and 4 Assistant Professors.

Areas of Expertise: Engineering Management; Risk Management and Financial Engineering; Manufacturing Systems Engineering; Operations Research; Quality and Reliability Assurance; Optimization.

Materials Science and Engineering Department

A 4-year Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering is offered by the department. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE). Both the Master's courses can be completed with either a thesis or a non-thesis. The Department also offers a combined bachelor's/master’s (BS/MS) degree program. The Material Science and Engineering Department, in partnership with the Levin College of Law, offers a joint program leading to the M.S. degree in Material Science and Engineering and the Juris Doctor degree.
The Material Science and Engineering Department has 16 Full Professors, 7 Associate Professors and 5 Assistant professors in the faculty.

Areas of Expertise: Biomaterials, Metals, Polymers and Composites, Semiconductors and Ceramics.

Annual fees for Indians $30,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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