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The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belongs to the Association of American Universities.
In 1853, the state-funded East Florida Seminary took over the Kingsbury Academy in Ocala. The seminary moved to Gainesville in the 1860s and later was consolidated with the state's land-grant Florida Agricultural College, then in Lake City. In 1905, by legislative action, the college became a university and was moved to Gainesville. Classes first met with 102 students on the present site on Sept. 26, 1906. UF officially opened its doors to women in 1947. With more than 50,000 students, UF is now one of the largest universities in the nation.
UF has a 2,000-acre campus and more than 900 buildings (including 170 with classrooms and laboratories). The northeast corner of campus is listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The UF residence halls have a total capacity of some 7,500 students and the five family housing villages house more than 1,000 married and graduate students.
UF's extensive capital improvement program has resulted in facilities ideal for 21st century academics and research, including the Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy Building; the Cancer and Genetics Research Center; the new Biomedical Sciences Building; and William R. Hough Hall, which will house the Hough Graduate School of Business. Overall, the university's current facilities have a book value of more than $1 billion and a replacement value of $2 billion.
UF is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the American Association of Universities. The university has 16 colleges and more than 100 research, service, and education centers. UF's main campus is located in Gainesville, Florida, with clinics and centers located throughout the state. Where nature and culture meet, Gainesville was named 1 of 13 of America's best college towns and 1 of 60 hotspots for talented workers in 2009.
Join UF's 150-year plus tradition of academic excellence, leading-edge research, medical care, flourishing arts, and world-class athletics.
As part of The Gator Nation, you will enjoy outstanding benefits and play an integral role in contributing to the atmosphere, diverse culture, and traditions that make UF great.