Admitted Student Information
- Annual Estimated Costs: See the Office of Student Financial Affairs website for estimated annual cost of attendance at UF. Please note that the amounts in the table are estimated and do not take into account any financial aid you might receive.
We recommend that you arrive about 2 weeks before classes begin to give you enough time to fill out all the appropriate paperwork and settle into your new apartment before the start of classes. You should present yourself in our Student Services Office (230 Larsen Hall) no later than one week before the start of classes. Information on traveling to Gainesville is available from the UF International Center and the main UF website.
There are a number of housing options for graduate students at UF.
- To learn about and apply for on-campus housing, visit the Graduate Housing website. You will need your Gatorlink account information to apply for housing online. Applicants for on-campus housing are required to pay a $25 non-refundable application fee.
- There are lots of off-campus rental properties in Gainesville. UF maintains the Gator Guide to living off campus, which includes free housing locator and roommate matching services. Most leases in Gainesville start on August 1. Additional housing resources:
- Gainesville apartment reviews at apartmentratings.com
- Apartment reviews at swamprentals.com
- Gainesville Sun classifieds and Gainesville Craigslist for apartment listings and rooms available for rent.
- For international students: temporary housing is available while you solidify your long-term housing through the International Graduate Guest Housing Program.
The University of Florida, in compliance with Florida Statute (1006.69) and Florida Administrative Code (6C-6.001-5), requires that all new students show proof of immunizations prior to attending UF. For details on immunization requirements for new students, see the Student Health Care Center website.
- Requesting your I-20: Once you are admitted to the graduate program, the ECE department will request your I-20. The UF International Center will handle the process after this initial request---an International Student Advisor will contact you via email to request the documents needed to process your I-20 request. If you do not see an email from your International Student Advisor within a week of receiving your admission decision, please carefully check your inbox and spam folders for emails from the ufl.edu domain before contacting the Student Services Office. If you can't find an email from your advisor, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your UFID number in your email so we can help you as quickly as possible.
- Getting your Social Security Card: If you do not have a Social Security card, getting one is one of the first things you will want to do. Our department will not be able to process your payroll paperwork without a social security card. To apply for one, you will need to visit the Social Security Administration office, located at 1610 NW 23rd Avenue. Call the Gainesville office at 1-877-219-8323 for contact information and hours. You will need to bring your Passport, Visa, I-94, I-20, and a copy of your offer letter to apply.
- Start-up Costs:Your first payment from the University will be delayed, since the process of putting you into the University's payroll system cannot start until after your arrival and retention of a Social Security card. This delay may last up to 6 weeks (your first payment will include all the funds owed to you from the start of the academic year). You will need to bring with you enough money to live on during this waiting period. We recommend that you bring approximately $3,000 to $5,000. This should cover your living and settling expenses during these first few weeks. To avoid unnecessary delays in receiving your first payment, please be sure to complete all forms given to you by our Personnel Office before arriving or immediately thereafter. No deferment of fee payment is available for students while their financial aid is pending.
Orientations for new graduate students are held by the UF Graduate School at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Click here for the most recent orientation schedule. The fall schedule is usually posted in early June. Note that the orientation is mandatory for new graduate teaching assistants. If you have been awarded a teaching assistantship, you are required to attend.
The ECE Department holds a separate orientation for new graduate students. Admitted students will be notified via email when the ECE orientation schedule is finalized.