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University of Florida, Gainesville

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The University of Florida (Florida or UF) 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.
After the Florida state legislature's creation of performance standards in 2013, the Florida Board of Governors designated the University of Florida as a "preeminent university". For 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida as the fifth (tied) best public university and 28th (tied) best university in the United States. The University of Florida is the only member of the Association of American Universities in Florida and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".
The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It is the third largest Florida university by student population, and is the fifth largest single-campus university in the United States with 57,841 students enrolled for during the 2020–21 school year. The University of Florida is home to 16 academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master's degree programs and 76 doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments. The university's seal is also the seal of the state of Florida, which is on the state flag, though in blue rather than multiple colors.

The University of Florida's intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known as the "Florida Gators", compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In their 111-year history, the university's varsity sports teams have won 45 national team championships, 40 of which are NCAA titles, and Florida athletes have won 275 individual national championships. In addition, as of 2021, University of Florida students and alumni have won 143 Olympic medals, including 69 gold medals.
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  • We went on a guided walking tour of the campus, which, of course, included a stop in The Swamp. It's a sprawling campus & is normally bustling with students and their Vespas, but it was pretty quiet.....  more
    We went on a guided walking tour of the campus, which, of course, included a stop in The Swamp. It's a sprawling campus & is normally bustling with students and their Vespas, but it was pretty quiet.....  more »
  • Officiated a wedding at Baughman Center Chapel. An amazing architectural spiritual place overlooking the lake...staff was exceptional, personable, professional and more than accommodating. Can sum.....  more
    Officiated a wedding at Baughman Center Chapel. An amazing architectural spiritual place overlooking the lake...staff was exceptional, personable, professional and more than accommodating. Can sum.....  more »
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  • Not the biggest fan, probably because our tour wasn't good and it was extremely hot outside, but it was a nice school to take a look at and has a good reputation.
  • Loved the place. Huge University. The college of engineering is just awesome. If you are wish to pursue research contact the faculties before you join the university. It may take around 3-4 months to get an advisor here. I feel proud to be apart of such a prestigious university whose standards are getting better each year.

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