If you want to be a Gator ...
After months of waiting, the 27,000 applicants for about 6,500 spots in the University of Florida's next freshman class will learn at at 6 p.m. tonight whether they got in.
Forget about the letter in the mail. They'll swamp the university's special admissions website, password at the ready, to find out the news.
A computer error allowed about 200 candidates to learn their fate early, but UF officials told the Palm Beach Post that even those sneak peeks aren't official until the formal computer unveiling of the acceptance letters.
Local seniors acknowledged the competition is tough. So admission night brings a mix of emotions.
"It's excitement and nervousness at the same time," Pasco High senior Clint Tedder told the Gradebook.
What are the chances? The Fort Myers News-Press reports that for 2012, 81.2 percent of applicants with a grade-point average of 4.0 or better got in, compared to 8.8 percent of those with a GPA lower than 3.7.
"I'm nervous," River Ridge High senior Kyle Jaimes said. "Nervous, but confident."
The admissions office isn't tipping its hand any further. Its website carries a simple message in the fidgety hours leading up to the release: "Thank you to the many freshman applicants who expressed an interest in furthering their education at the University of Florida. Freshman admission notifications will be posted Friday evening, Feb. 8. Our very best wishes to everyone."
(University of Florida photo)