University of Florida

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154 th
THE World University Rankings 2022
173 rd
QS World University Rankings 2022
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Contact Gainesville, Florida, 32611, United States

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The University of Florida can trace its origins back to the very start of publicly funded higher education in the state. In 1853, shortly after Governor Thomas Brown passed a bill offering financial support, a man called Gilbert Kingsbury opened the East Florida Seminary. This eventually merged with the former Florida Agricultural College, the St Petersburg Normal and Industrial School and the South Florida Military College in 1905 to become the new University of the State of Florida. The relevant legislation was known as the Buckman Act and its originator, Henry Holland Buckman, is honoured in the university’s Buckman Hall.   

Major developments soon followed. In 1906, the Florida Museum of Natural History was incorporated into UF. As well as being invaluable for teaching and research, this represented a commitment to the study of biological diversity still significant almost a century later in 2000, when the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity was established as one of the largest collections of butterflies and moths in the world. In 1909, president Albert Murphree reorganised the separate colleges under a single mission and greatly expanded the size of the institution, with an annual intake rising from 200 to over 2,000.

Major developments in the 20th century include the creation of the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing in 1956 and a teaching hospital two years later. By building on these, UF is now the only university in the country which incorporates six different healthcare colleges on a single campus. A different landmark was reached in 1968, when the first ever “Gator” took part in the Olympics.

Since the millennium, the university has remained at the forefront of research in many areas, often through high-profile international collaborations. In 2002, it led a consortium of seven universities which secured a $15 million grant from NASA to carry out space research. From 2008, a partnership with Zhejiang University in China worked on sustainable energy. In 2012, over 30 UF physicists, postdocs and students played a leading part in the team whose experiments at the Large Hadron Collider established that the elusive Higgs boson really existed. The university continues to work with Spain on the world’s largest single-aperture optical telescope.

In 2014, the total number of students who had graduated from UF reached half a million. Notable alumni include actress Faye Dunaway, astronaut Kevin Ford and senior senator of Florida Marco Rubio.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Physical Science, Education, Psychology, Social Science

Location

United States of America
Gainesville, Florida, 32611, United States

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Paige
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I would be lying if I said that this university did not have adequate resources and organizations. There is an opportunity to be involved in virtually any type of club you can imagine, and for that I am grateful to attend this university.

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Maite
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One of the best things about the University of Florida is a friendly atmosphere and gorgeous surroundings. Having sun on a daily basis along with beautiful scenery makes the student life so much more enjoyable. UF has amazing resources, it gives...

One of the best things about the University of Florida is a friendly atmosphere and gorgeous surroundings. Having sun on a daily basis along with beautiful scenery makes the student life so much more enjoyable. UF has amazing resources, it gives everyone the opportunity to learn and grow. There are amazing programs, classes, groups, and projects you can join. UF can take the best out of you let yourself immerse in the experience. Gainesville is a cute university town that has everything a student needs.

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UF is a one-of-a-kind university with a perfect mix of academics, research opportunities, and sports. As a student, you get to choose from 100 academic programs, all taught by renown faculty in their respective fields. There are endless...

UF is a one-of-a-kind university with a perfect mix of academics, research opportunities, and sports. As a student, you get to choose from 100 academic programs, all taught by renown faculty in their respective fields. There are endless opportunities to get involved on campus, whether that would be Greek life, intramural sports or extracurricular activities. Also, you can choose to study abroad or do a combined degree program (graduate with bachelors and masters degrees in 4 years), which is a great return on investment. GO GATORS!

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The university is good with amazing facilities, but for me time is an issue to take the benefit from it. Sometimes you want to do something but professors egos will stop you from doing that. Mostly considered as a self-study environment until we...

The university is good with amazing facilities, but for me time is an issue to take the benefit from it. Sometimes you want to do something but professors egos will stop you from doing that. Mostly considered as a self-study environment until we had a new faculty who was interested to teach.

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Elias
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The University of Florida is a huge school with around 50,000 students. It can be a little overwhelming at times, but due to its size there are things for literally any student to become engaged in. The professors are always top-quality and...

The University of Florida is a huge school with around 50,000 students. It can be a little overwhelming at times, but due to its size there are things for literally any student to become engaged in. The professors are always top-quality and usually have many years of professional experience within the fields they teach and study. If you think you would enjoy a school with endless opportunities, sports, and more, UF is a good choice for you.

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Michelle
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UF is an amazing school with opportunities for everyone. The study abroad programs available to all the students cater to any degree. The business school has a great reputation and always has networking events and brings in top companies to...

UF is an amazing school with opportunities for everyone. The study abroad programs available to all the students cater to any degree. The business school has a great reputation and always has networking events and brings in top companies to recruit students. Great team spirit and education!

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