Compare Colleges: Florida State vs Miami vs University of Florida

By Jayne Seward Staff

There are a lucky few who live and go to school in a place where there is year-round sunshine, soft white sand, and clear Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean waters. Yes, I am referring to the “Sunshine State” where sun, sand, and flip flops are a year-round must-have, making Florida one of the best states to go to college.

With so many big college towns, from Miami, to Tallahassee, to Gainesville, the state’s educational landscape is just as hot the state’s weather. Among the colleges and universities, there are a number of college rivalries that have been established over the years. In the great debate of which Florida school is truly the “hottest”, Florida State University, the University of Miami, and the University of Florida are the main players.

For those of you who are considering applying to one of these Florida colleges, here is a breakdown of what you need to know about each of these schools, and what current students have to say about them:


Florida State University


Location: Tallahassee, FL

In State Tuition: $3,987

Out of State Tuition: $18,432

SAT Scores: Math – 650 , Verbal – 640

Acceptance Rate: 46%

Undergraduate Population: 29,908

Student-To-Faculty Ratio: 25 to 1

Student Body Make-up: M: 40% F: 60%

The Good: Top notch professors, absolutely beautiful campus, lots of people from many different cultural backgrounds, plenty of opportunity to join organizations, offers many different programs for international travel & study abroad.  

The Bad: Tallahassee is a congested area, no parking due to small campus size, Northeast end of campus borders a neighborhood that has had crime issues.

Read more Florida State University student reviews.


University of Miami

um-resized-600Location: Coral Gables, FL

In State Tuition: $34,834

Out of State Tuition: $34,834

SAT Scores: Math – 700 , Verbal – 680

Acceptance Rate: 38%

Undergraduate Population: 10,422

Student-To-Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1

Student Body Make-up: M: 46% F: 54%

The Good: Very diverse school that seeks to meet the needs of every individual, strong school spirit and athletic teams, fun weekend and night life, great research opportunities that will prepare students for work in their field.

The Bad: Due to large classes some of the professors are not too helpful, limited parking spaces, does not have a reputation for being the most challenging school academically.

Read more University of Miami student reviews.


University of Florida

uf resized 600Location: Gainesville, FL

In State Tuition: $3,778

Out of State Tuition: $20,623

SAT Scores: Math – 700 , Verbal – 680

Acceptance Rate: 41%

Undergraduate Population: 34,656

Student-To-Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

Student Body Make-up: M: 49% F: 51%

The Good: Great atmosphere on campus and school spirit, it is very easy to get involved in almost any kind of organization or club depending on your interests, strong sports program, wide array of courses available.

The Bad: Lack of advisors for students, campus lay out is hard to maneuver, insanely hot in the summer.

Read more University of Florida student reviews.

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