||Florida's largest university - and the nation's fourth-largest - traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853. With an enrollment approaching 50,000 students annually, UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes.
Since 1985, UF has been a member of the Association of American Universities, the prestigious higher-education organization comprised of the top 62 public and private institutions in North America.
The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest, largest 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 51,000 students, UF is now one of the five largest universities in the nation.
Florida’s oldest and largest university, the University of Florida traces its beginnings to the takeover of the private Kingsbury Academy in Ocala by the state-funded East Florida Seminary in 1853. The seminary moved to Gainesville following the Civil War and consolidated with the state’s land-grant Florida Agricultural College, then in Lake City, to become the University of Florida in 1905.
Classes began September 26, 1906, with 102 male students. The early campus consisted of three buildings: a storage facility and two dormitories, Buckman Hall and Thomas Hall. Actually, Thomas Hall was a combination of classrooms, offices, cafeteria and library. Until 1947, UF was for men only and was one of only three state universities, Florida State College for Women ( now FSU) and Florida A & M. In 1947, the UF student body numbered 8,177 men and 601 women. Today, UF is one of the five largest universities in the nation, with approximately 50,000 students!. More UF facts and history.
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 houses 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.