The Student Newspaper of Suncoast High School


Deciding which option is best for your future.

December 11, 2018

With the forthcoming of college decision season, seniors are nervously anticipating what the next four years of their lives are going to look like. For many high school students, especially students at Suncoast, the prospect of getting into college has been engraved into our minds since freshman year.

Many students see the University of Florida as a viable option for college. In fact, UF is the school that a majority of Suncoast seniors end up going to.

With UF being rated one of the top public universities in the nation, it is no wonder there is such a strong rise in interested applicants each year.

Along with the implementation of Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success application, the total number of applicants has risen 18 percent from last year. UF has become more selective over the years, with its current acceptance rate of 36 percent in 2018.

Senior Robin Greenstein said “UF has really good academics and its reputation is improving greatly.”

Just as most other selective colleges, UF judges applicants based on a holistic approach, and not by focusing on a single aspect of the application.

In previous years, UF was seen as a college that was almost guaranteed to Suncoast students. However, with the college administration become more “rigid” on their admissions, Suncoast students are now worried if they will be accepted.

Senior Tiffany Nong said, “It’s been my goal [to get into UF] since I’ve been here at Suncoast and I’m pretty nervous about hearing back.” Also, Senior Daniel Torres said, “Even though it seems like a long shot for me, I’m still trying to keep hope.”

As IB students receive Bright Futures through the Diploma Programme and some students have Florida Prepaid to cover tuition and other specialized fees, the University of Florida seems like a financially responsible choice. Since UF is a public university, the financial aid available is efficient in covering need-based expenses.

Overall, the University of Florida has numerous factors to consider just as many other colleges. Deciding which college and where you will spend the next four years of your life is unique for everyone. However, whatever decision or whichever school is chosen, the approach you make is crucial.

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