University of Florida

Public research university in Gainesville, Florida, United States

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University of Florida
University of Florida seal.svg
Former names
University of the State of Florida
MottoCivium in moribus rei publicae salus (Latin)
Motto in English
The welfare of the state depends upon the morals of its citizens[note 1]
TypeState university
Land-grant university
Sea-grant university
Space-grant university
Established1853; 167 years ago (1853)[note 2]
Academic affiliations
Endowment$1.825 billion (2019)[3]
Budget$6 billion (2019)[4]
PresidentW. Kent Fuchs
ProvostJoseph Glover
Academic staff
8,231 (2018)[5]
Administrative staff
6,556 (2018)[5]
Students56,567 (Fall 2019 total)[6]
52,770 (on-campus)
3,797 (online)
Undergraduates37,874 (Fall 2019)[6]
Postgraduates15,916 (Fall 2019)[6]
Location, ,
United States

29°38′54″N 82°20′58″W / 29.64833°N 82.34944°W / 29.64833; -82.34944Coordinates: 29°38′54″N 82°20′58″W / 29.64833°N 82.34944°W / 29.64833; -82.34944
CampusSuburban, 2,000 acres (8.1 km2)
Total: 2,000 acres (8.1 km2)
NewspaperThe Independent Florida Alligator
ColorsOrange and Blue[7]
   
NicknameGators
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBSSEC
MascotAlbert and Alberta
Websitewww.ufl.edu
University of Florida logo.svg

The University of Florida (Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university in Gainesville, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida and traces its origins to 1853[8] and has operated continuously on its Gainesville campus since September 1906.[9]

The University of Florida is the only member of the Association of American Universities in Florida.[10] The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".[11] After the Florida state legislature's creation of performance standards in 2013, the Florida Board of Governors designated the University of Florida as one of the three "preeminent universities" among the twelve universities of the State University System of Florida.[12][13] For 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida as the sixth (tied) best public university in the United States.[14]

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It is the third largest Florida university by student population,[15] and is the eighth largest single-campus university in the United States with 54,906 students enrolled for the fall 2018 semester.[16] The University of Florida is home to 16 academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master's degree programs and 76 doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments. The university's seal is also the seal of the state of Florida, which is on the state flag. Among its faculty and alumni are numerous Pulitzer Prize winners and 2 Nobel prize winners.

The University of Florida's intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known as the "Florida Gators", compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In their 111-year history, the university's varsity sports teams have won 41 national team championships, 36 of which are NCAA titles, and Florida athletes have won 275 individual national championships.[17] In addition, University of Florida students and alumni have won 126 Olympic medals, including 60 gold medals.[18]

  1. ^ Van Ness, C & McCarthy, K. (2003). Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future: The University of Florida, 1853-2003. Gainesville, FL: The University of Florida's 150th Anniversary Committee.
  2. ^ Barry Klein, "FSU's age change: history or one-upmanship? Archived October 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine" St. Petersburg Times (July 29, 2000). Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  3. ^ As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Gainesville.com. "UF has plans for $2.2B in projects in next 10 years". Archived from the original on June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  5. ^ a b FLBOG. "2018-19 Combined Final Book" (PDF). Florida Board of Governors. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 5, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Enrollment". University of Florida. March 29, 2019. Archived from the original on April 19, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "UF Color Standards". March 1, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  8. ^ Julian M. Pleasants, Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 6–7 (2006). The university's 1853 "founding date" represents the year the East Florida Seminary opened in Ocala. The seminary was the oldest of the four colleges consolidated by the Florida Legislature to form the modern University of Florida in 1905.
  9. ^ University of Florida, 1853-1905 >> University of Florida's Beginnings Archived September 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  10. ^ American Association of Universities, AAU Membership, Member Institutions and Years of Admission Archived August 10, 2012, at WebCite. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  11. ^ "Carnegie Foundation, Carnegie Classifications". Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  12. ^ Divya Kumar, "Governor signs bill to grant UF, FSU preeminence Archived October 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine," The Oracle (April 23, 2013). Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  13. ^ Lynn Hatter, "FSU, UF Become Florida's 'Preeminent' Universities Archived October 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine," WFSU (June 10, 3013). Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  14. ^ Cite error: The named reference USNWR Public was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  15. ^ Nathan Crabbe, "UF is no longer largest in state as classes start; Official says UF emphasis is on quality, not quantity Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine," The Gainesville Sun (August 25, 2009). Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  16. ^ Enrollment: More UF students, but fewer in grad school. Gainesville Sun, August 29, 2018. https://www.gainesville.com/news/20180828/enrollment-more-uf-students-but-fewer-in-grad-school Archived December 28, 2018, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ GatorZone.com, University Athletic Association, UF's National Championship Teams Archived February 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  18. ^ "Florida Gators Olympic History - Florida Gators". floridagators.com. Archived from the original on October 7, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.


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