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About The University Of Florida

 

About The University
The University of Florida (Florida or UF) is a public land-grant research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The school, which officially became the University of Florida in 1905, traces its institutional roots to 1853.

It is the fourth-largest university in the United States, with 49,693 students (34,612 undergraduates and 15,081 postgraduates), and has the eighth-largest budget (nearly $1.9 billion per year). Florida ranked second among all institutions in the number of National Merit Scholar students enrolled, behind Harvard. It is also the place where Gatorade was created.

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Florida is the flagship institution of the State University System of Florida. Its undergraduate progam is currently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as first in the state of Florida, 13th among U.S. public universities, and 47th overall. Listed as a Public Ivy, Florida is a member of the Association of American Universities. The 2006 Academic Ranking of World Universities list assessed Florida as 53rd among world universities based on research output and faculty awards.

Florida is also noted for its strong NCAA programs. Its mascot is the alligator, and its intercollegiate sports teams are referred to as the Florida Gators. It has a faculty of about 5,000.

 

History
The 1905 Buckman Act created the current University of Florida in its reorganization of the state public state higher education system through consolidating all of the existing white men's educational institutions.

The Buckman Act provided for the merger of several institutions into the new University of the State of Florida: the University of Florida at Lake City (formerly Florida Agricultural College), the East Florida Seminary in Gainesville, the St. Petersburg Normal and Industrial School at St. Petersburg and the South Florida Military College at Bartow.(The act also designated Florida State University as a women's university and the State Normal School For Colored Students–now Florida A&M University and a historically-black university–as a postsecondary institution).

Century Tower, University Of Florida

Century Tower,
University Of Florida

On July 6, 1905, the state legislature selected Gainesville for a new university campus. Andrew Sledd from the University of Florida at Lake City became the first president, while architect William A. Edwards designed the first campus buildings in the collegiate gothic style. Classes began on September 26, 1906. In 1909 the name was shortened to the University of Florida.

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Official Seal
University Of Florida

The year 1905 was considered the university's official founding date until 1935, when the date was changed to 1853 by Attorney General Cary D. Landis at the request of UF's third president John J. Tigert. 1853 is the founding date of the East Florida Seminary in Ocala, the earliest founded institution of the colleges which became the University of Florida. The East Florida Seminary had an unusual history in its short existence. It was founded in Ocala by Gilbert Kingsbury to take advantage of legislation passed in 1851 to establish the creation of two seminaries. It briefly closed during the Civil War and reopened in Gainesville having been moved by an act of the Legislature in 1866, and finally ended up being assimilated into the modern University of Florida created by the Buckman Act.

The Buckman Act established the University of Florida as the only public school in Florida for white males. In 1947, UF began allowing women to enroll. Admission of African-American students began in 1958.

Shands Hospital at UF first opened in 1958 along with the medical school. Rapid campus expansion began in the 1950s and continues to the present. In 1985, Florida became a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the prestigious higher-education organization comprised of the top 62 public and private institutions in North America. UF is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belongs to the association.

Throughout the 1950s, UF was one of the Florida universities that was the target of an ongoing investigation by a McCarthyist committee of the state legislature, headed by Charley Johns, which resulted in a number of LGBT students' and faculty members' being ousted from the University and the publication of the Purple Pamphlet.

The alligator was chosen as the school mascot in 1911. The school colors, blue and orange, are thought to have come from both the Blue and White of the University of Florida at Lake City and the Orange and Black of East Florida Seminary at Gainesville.

 

Academics
UF is divided into sixteen colleges, which offer over 100 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate degrees, including the only public pharmacy, dentistry, and veterinary medicine programs in the state. The centerpiece of the journalism programs at UF is WUFT, which consists of both a PBS television station and an NPR radio station. The commercial radio station, WRUF AM850, is also one of the oldest stations in the state.

University Of Florida Marston Science Library

Marston Science Library,
University Of Florida

The acceptance rate at UF has trended downward as the applicant pool has become more competitive. The university has a freshmen retention rate of over 90%.

National Merit Scholars, as of the Fall 2007 term, are no longer being offered a competitive academic scholarship upon enrolling at UF. In past years, the university heavily recruited National Merit Scholars by offering $5,500 per academic year in scholarships, as well as a single $2,000 research stipend for summer study. According to Provost Fouke, recruitment of National Merit Scholars over the past several years has been "too successful" and the financial burden of providing the best-qualified students with substantial academic scholarships has become prohibitive for the University of Florida. Accordingly, that scholarship package has now been reduced to $1,000 per year plus a single $1,000 research stipend for a total of $5,000 over four years. Fouke has also publicly stated that the academic records of "other high-achieving students" not earning National Merit recognition compare favorably to those of National Merit Finalists at UF, indicating a reduced emphasis on National Merit recruitment by the University. It is expected that the number of enrolled National Merit Scholars will decrease due to the this reduction.

The University of Florida is home to an Honors College that offers many honors courses to students who earned SAT/ACT scores of 1400/33 or above. The Honors program lasts for a student's first two years, but Honors program services and courses remain available to upperclassmen. Honors students must complete four honors courses to be awarded an A.A. degree with honors or high honors. Honors at the bachelors degree level are determined by rules set by the student's College and major.

The university is 13th among all universities - public and private - in the number of U.S. Patents awarded in 2000.

source: wikipedia.org

 

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