The University of Florida

The University of Florida is home to the Gators. Founded in 1853, it is ranked 54th in the best colleges nationally. UF is a public institution that has approximately enrolled 32,598 students. The school is growing daily with already 2,000 acres of campus space.


Come join the gators! (Photo credits to Darastar on Flickr).

Come join the gators! (Photo credits to Darastar on Flickr).

UF is located in northern Florida shy from Gainesville. Its students attain an education across more than 900 buildings – 170 containing classrooms and laboratories. As 7,500 students reside in its residency halls, freshmen are not required to live on campus. With such a big campus, UF is predominately Gainesville itself.


Ever since the Florida Governor Thomas Brown signed the bill for public support to UF, it begun its course towards becoming one of the most prestigious colleges in the state of Florida and nationally. In 1910, the two colors of blue and orange were attained from two schools that made up the University, Lake City and East Florida Seminary. UF has also been known for its football team, winning the national championship against FSU in 1996, 52-20.


UF currently has 16 colleges and has more than 200 research facilities, service and education centers, and institutions.

There colleges are as followed:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Warrington College of Business Administration
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Design, Construction and Planning
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • College of Journalism and Communications
  • Levin College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • College of Veterinarian Medicine

It also offers a honors college in which over 1,200 students attend. Most of the classes do not exceed 25.


In the state of Florida, the libraries of UF are the largest information resources available. They have the resources that can fit any of your needs. Their libraries can be broken down into three categories: George A. Smather‘s Libraries, Health Science Center Libraries, and Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center.

George A. Smather’s Libraries include: Library West, Smathers Library, Marston Science Library, Architecture and Fine Arts  Library, Education Library, Music Library, and UF Digital Collections.

Why UF?

UF holds an outstanding representation among their peers. With their involvement in alumni with various figures in the government (U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor, U.S. Ambassador and Supreme Court Judge), the university continues to increase its Gator span across the globe. It is also a leader in academic excellence, ranking in the top 20 for public universities. If money is an issue, UF is in the top 3 colleges to help students earn top salaries. Furthermore, the university is a campus worth seeing before hand. If you are interested in touring the campus, you should make an appointment as soon as possible. The times are flexible and the tour guides will answer any questions you may have. Make sure to check out the different dorms available and try out their very own “Gatorade.” UF is an excellent university to consider as its expectations are higher and it is most selective among its applicants, the university encourages a more motivated sense of learning.

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