University of Florida

University of Florida

The University of Florida (UF) is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university located on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) campus in North Central Florida. Howard and Matthew Greene recognized Florida as a Public Ivy in 2001, a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivies. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida as the fourteenth best public university in the United States. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida and traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906.

The University of Florida is an elected member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the association of preeminent North American research universities. The University is classified as a Research University with Very High Research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state Legislature designated the University of Florida as one of two “preeminent” state universities in the spring of 2013. It is the third largest Florida University by student population, and is the eighth largest single-campus university in the United States with 49,913 students enrolled for the fall 2012 semester. The University of Florida is home to sixteen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law, dentistry, medicine, and veterinary medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master’s degree programs and 67 doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments.

The University of Florida’s intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known by their “Florida Gators” nickname, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In their 108-year history, the university’s varsity sports teams have won thirty-three national team championships, twenty-eight of which are NCAA titles, and Gator athletes have won 267 individual national championships.

In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Florida as the 14th-best public university in the United States, and 48th overall among all national universities, public and private. In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Florida 21st in the country based on “yield rates”, the percentages of students who actually enroll after being accepted.

Many of the University of Florida’s graduate programs have received top-50 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. In 2013, U.S. News ranked Florida’s Hough school of business 36th nationally, the school of education 40th, Florida’s medical school (research) 45th, and the Levin College of law 46th.

In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida’s programs in audiology 7th, analytical chemistry 8th, occupational therapy 10th, physical therapy 12th, veterinary medicine 12th, criminology 12th, pharmacy 14th, statistics 27th, healthcare management 32nd, chemistry 36th, physics 36th, clinical psychology 37th, nursing 44th, biological sciences 46th, history 46th, economics 48th, and political science 50th.

In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the engineering school 38th nationally, with its programs in biological engineering ranked 3rd, materials engineering 11th, industrial engineering 13th, aerospace engineering 26th, chemical engineering 28th, environmental engineering 30th, computer engineering 31st, civil engineering 32nd, electrical engineering 34th, mechanical engineering 44th.

The 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities list assessed the University of Florida as 71st among world universities and 44th in the United States based on overall research output and faculty awards. In 2013, Washington Monthly ranked the University of Florida 24th among national universities, with criteria based on research, community service, and social mobility. The lowest ranking received by the university from a major publication comes from Forbes which ranked the university 74th in the nation (and 21st best public university) in July 2013. This ranking focuses mainly on net positive financial impact, in contrast to other rankings, and generally ranks liberal arts colleges above most research universities.

In 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott publicly announced his support for the University of Florida to ascend into the top ten among public universities, as measured by U.S. News & World Report.[81] He called for additional funding to decrease the student-faculty ratio at the university.

Florida was ranked 6th in The Princeton Review’s 2014 list of top party schools. It also was named the number one vegan-friendly school for 2014, according to a survey conducted by PETA.

The University has the following 16 colleges.

• College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

• Warrington College of Business

• College of Design Construction and Planning

• College of Education

• College of Engineering

• College of Fine Arts

• College of Journalism and Communications

• College of Health and Human Performance

• J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center

    College of Dentistry

    College of Public Health and Health Professions

    College of Medicine

    College of Nursing

    College of Pharmacy

    College of Veterinary Medicine

• Fredric G. Levin College of Law

• College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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