Since when is UF a "top public"?
UF's undergrad is very difficult to get into nowadays. It's the flagship university in one of the country's most populous states.
No. It is difficult to get into because of large budget cuts. Floridians are too stupid to realize without income taxes they need property taxes. Instead they rely on consumption taxes which have fallen steadily -- this year is the first time in Florida's history that we've had less money to spend two years in a row -- and huge budget cuts have taken place. As a result, FSU and UF have capped undergrad admissions which has increased competitiveness. At the same time, the state has a scholarship program that nearly anyone who graduates from HS can get (it covers 75 to 100% of tuition) causing many people to stay in state for undergrad, a prepaid college plan (Florida prepaid), and cheap tuition even if you don' get the scholarship.
This results in a school where the education lags far behind the selectiveness (and will get worse because of Jeb and Crist's tax cuts) and has a distorted app pool from free tuition (75 to 100%).
Just because it is hard to get into a school doesn't mean it is fantastic.
I am so glad I went out of state instead of dealing with the crackpots in Florida. Wake Forest rocks.