National Universities USA – 2016 – University of Florida – Rank 50/100
University of Florida
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 392-3261
University of Florida is a public institution that was founded in 1853. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 33,720, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 2,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Florida’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 47. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,313 (2014-15); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,591 (2014-15).
The University of Florida is about two miles away from downtown Gainesville, a college town bolstered by the school’s nearly 50,000 students. The Florida Gators sports teams compete in the NCAA Division ISoutheastern Conference, and are supported by mascots Albert and Alberta the Alligators. The Gator football team, which competes in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium — commonly called the “The Swamp” — is particularly notorious. The team became the namesake of popular sports drink Gatorade in 1966, after freshmen Gators experimented with the novel beverage. The annual Gator Growl, held each Homecoming weekend, has been called the largest student-run pep rally in the world. About 15 percent of students are involved in the school’s 60-plus fraternities and sororities. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, though about 80 percent opt to do so. All students can partake in Gator Nights, held every Friday, which offer free late-night entertainment and a free “midnight breakfast.”
The school has well-regarded graduate programs through the engineering school, Hough Graduate School of Business, Levin College of Law and the College of Medicine. The university is also integrated with retirement community Oak Hammock, where students can work, complete internships in health sciences and find mentors. Famous graduates of the University of Florida include home repair television sensation Bob Vila, Heisman Trophy winner Steve Spurrier and former U.S. Sens. Bob Graham and Connie Mack.
The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. The University of Florida, the state’s oldest university, traces its beginnings to 1853. Today, the university has more than 50,000 students and 16 colleges. UF has a 2,000-acre campus and more than 900 buildings on the main campus. Since 1985, UF has been a member of the Association of American Universities, which includes the top 62 public and private institutions in North America. UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities: No. 14 in U.S. News & World Report “Top Public Universities” (August 2014); No. 3 in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (2014); No. 4 in the Fiske Guide to Colleges list of Best Buys Among Publics (2015); No. 15 on the Forbes list of best public universities (2014); and No. 4 on Washington Monthly magazine’s list of national universities that offer the best bang for the buck (2015.) Job recruiters ranked UF No. 2 on SmartMoney magazine’s list of universities whose graduates get the highest salary return for their tuition dollars (2012), and Money magazine ranked UF 19th on its list of public colleges where students graduate the fastest (2015). Nearly two-thirds of UF students graduate with no student loan debt, compared with two-thirds of college students nationally, who graduate with student-loan debt. UF has 36 Eminent Scholar chairs and over 40 faculty elections to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, or the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. UF’s Office of Technology Licensing continued its pioneering efforts to attract and support more female inventors and entrepreneurs through the Empowering Women in Technology program. The hands-on program, which covers everything from forming companies to writing business plans, has reached over 100 women – many of whom are now actively engaged in the local innovation community. The University of Florida is proud to serve veterans by providing a Collegiate Veterans Success Center, serving as a host site for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VetSuccess On Campus Program, housing a registered student organization – the Collegiate Veterans Society, and having an Office of Veterans Services. UF in 2015 launched Pathway to Campus Enrollment, or PaCE, an innovative, first-of-its-kind program that offers incoming freshmen guaranteed residential admission after they complete 60 credits, including two semesters in UF Online. More than 1,000 students are now enrolled in UF Online, the university’s online arm for undergraduate degrees. UF currently offers 15 online undergraduate degree programs, including biology, geology and sports management. The university projects 24,000 students and 35 degree programs in ten years. In the school’s long history, UF athletic teams have won 34 national championships, including 16 since 2006, and have captured at least one national title in each of the last five years. The University of Florida athletic department is the only program to finish in the top 10 of the last 31 national all-sport rankings, including runner-up showings in each of the last three seasons. UF continued its preservation and restoration efforts of more than three dozen state-owned properties in historic St. Augustine, renovating the iconic Government House and opening the First Colony Exhibit there. The exhibit tells the story of native Floridians and Spanish Colonial Florida as St. Augustine prepares for its 450th anniversary celebration in 2015.