University of Florida

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Public research university in Gainesville, Florida, United States

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About University of Florida

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Florida (UF) traces its roots back to East Florida Seminary, which was founded in 1853 in the town of Ocala. The seminary, which was the first publicly supported institution of higher learning in the state, relocated to the city of Gainesville in 1858.

Another public institution, the Florida Agricultural College, was established in Lake City in 1884, while the St. Petersburg Normal and Industrial School was established in 1893.

In 1895, a fourth public institution, the South Florida Military and Educational Institute, was established in Bartow. Its name was changed to South Florida Military College in 1903.

That same year, the Lake City agricultural college’s remit was expanded and its name was changed to University of Florida.

Just two years later, in 1905, the state undertook a major reorganization of its publicly supported system of higher education, in which the four preceding schools were all abolished and merged into one which was called the University of the State of Florida.

For a short time, the newly consolidated state university held classes at the existing Lake City campus, while a new and more capacious campus was being built in Gainesville. The first classes opened there in the fall of 1906. In 1909, the school’s name was shortened to its present form.

Today, UF is the flagship campus of a vast state university system comprising 12 campuses with a total student body of over 341,000 individuals.

UF itself consists of 16 academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. Its student body (including online students) numbers more than 56,000 souls.

Among many prominent UF-associated individuals, we may mention the following:

  • Mathematicians, John G. Thompson (winner of the Fields Medal), Eduardo Sontag & Malay Ghosh
  • Computer scientists, Chris Malachowsky & James Hollan
  • Novelists, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & Michael Connelly
  • Popular musician, singer, and songwriter, Stephen Stills
  • Actors, Faye Dunaway, George Salazar, Allison Miller & Vincent Martella
  • Physicists, John Vincent Atanasoff (also a digital computer pioneer) & Christina Marchetti
  • Nuclear engineer, Nils J. Diaz
  • Space engineers, John D. Anderson & Herbert Gursky
  • Chemists, Robert Grubbs (Nobel laureate in chemistry), Rodney Bartlett, Jürgen Gauss, Gilbert Stork & Will Steffen
  • Geneticists, Marshall Nirenberg (Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine) & Lewis Stadler
  • Immunologist, Harald von Boehmer
  • Mycologist, William Murrill
  • Entomologists, Marston Bates (a pioneer in research on the transmission of yellow fever) & Michael C. Thomas
  • Herpetologist and conservationist, Archie Carr
  • Conservation biologists, David Ehrenfeld & K. Ullas Karanth
  • Systems ecologist, William Mitsch
  • Population geneticist, Martin Kreitman
  • Psychologist, Sidney Bijou
  • Forensic anthropologist, Karen Ramey Burns
  • Economists, Robert Costanza, Preston McAfee, Ahn Seong-Eun & Paul Cootner
  • TV journalists, Joe Scarborough & Laura Rutledge
  • Former North Carolina Governor, Beverly Perdue
  • Former US Senators, Bob Graham & Bill Nelson
  • Current US Senator, Marco Rubio

According to Wikipedia, The University of Florida is a public land-grant research university in Gainesville, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida, traces its origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its Gainesville campus since September 1906.

University of Florida Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
48,193 31% 89% 1390 30

How Much Does University of Florida Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state) Fees (in-state)
$4,477 $1,904

How Much Do University of Florida Graduates Make?

If you graduate from University of Florida, then you can expect to earn an average of $65,700 per year. You also have a 91% chance of being employed after 10 years.

University of Florida's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads Graduates
46,773 35,077 11,696

Where is University of Florida?

University of Florida is located at Tigert Hall, Gainesville FL 32611

How Safe is University of Florida?

University of Florida has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%. Gainesville has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is University of Florida Known For?

University of Florida is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

University of Florida's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are University of Florida's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Florida's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Criminal Justice, Nursing, and Biology. Here are some of University of Florida's most famous alumni:

J. Barkley Rosser
An American logician.
John Vincent Atanasoff
John Vincent Atanasoff
An American computer pioneer .
Marshall Warren Nirenberg
Marshall Warren Nirenberg
An American biochemist and geneticist .
Robert H. Grubbs
Robert H. Grubbs
A Nobel prize winning American chemist .
Robert Costanza
Robert Costanza
An American economist.
Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly
An American novelist.
Stephen M. Ross
Stephen M. Ross
An American businessman.
Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen
A Journalist, columnist and novelist from the United States.
Gilbert Stork
A Belgian chemist .
Jeff VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer
An American writer.
Malcolm Bricklin
Malcolm Bricklin
An American businessman.
Mark Adler
Mark Adler
A Computer scientist, mathematician, physicist.