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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 traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853. It opened its doors in Gainesville in 1906 with 102 students. Today, it is one of the most comprehensive and academically diverse universities in the nation, with an enrollment of some [see UF Facts for current numbers] students annually. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 170 research centers and institutes and UF offers nearly 300 graduate degree programs.
UF is a leader in research and discoveries which improve the lives of individuals throughout the state, nation and world. UF’s research funding totaled a record [see Office of Research for latest numbers] in research funding in fiscal year [enter year]. UF conducts over $20 million of industrial/company-sponsored research annually. This level of collaborative industry/academic research places UF among the top 25 public research universities in the United States for overall industrial sponsored research. These research collaborations occur across the entire campus, in diverse fields that include engineering, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and medicine, as well as the physical and social sciences. Industrial funding for UF research comes from Global 1000 companies as well as local and regional start-ups and corporate entrepreneurs, all of which seek to leverage the expertise of UF’s world-class faculty to promote discoveries that will benefit the health and overall well-being of people worldwide.
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 belong to the Association of American Universities, the higher-education organization comprising the top 62 public and private institutions in North America. UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities: No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report “Top Public Universities” (2019). UF has over 5,500 faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service.
UF’s students are accomplished. Over 96 percent of incoming freshmen score above the national average on standardized exams. Students admitted for the fall 2016 freshman class had an average 4.35 GPA and an average SAT score of 1919. The freshman retention rate of 96 percent is among the highest in the country and 67 percent of UF freshmen graduate in four years; 87 percent graduate in six years. UF has a focus on a diverse student body. Among AAU public universities, UF ranks second in bachelor’s degrees and fifth in doctoral degrees awarded to African-American students in 2015.
The University of Florida (UF) is home to a diverse group of faculty and students. UF seeks to foster inclusion and promote diversity at both the faculty and student level, through several university-wide resources. UF’s chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president, Antonio Farias, leads the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts by identifying areas for improvement and developing resources for faculty and students. In support of faculty, the university has joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). Institutional membership allows the UF academic community – faculty, postdocs, graduate students and administrators – access to online career development resources. Additionally, UF is home to several faculty organizations who work to promote inclusion and raise awareness of faculty needs and experiences, including the Association of Black Faculty and Staff, Asian Faculty and Staff Association, and Association of Academic Women.
Dedicated to increasing college access and providing opportunities for students from all backgrounds, the University of Florida strives to provide a supportive and accepting environment for the various identities that make up its student community. Consequently, UF promotes several programs and organizations for undergraduate and graduate students. Programs, such as the University Multicultural Mentoring Program (UMMP), support first-year students in their transition to the University of Florida campus community by pairing them with a faculty/staff mentor. The university supports first-generation students through programs such as the Florida Machen Opportunity Scholars Program, which recruits students from across Florida. For first-generation students moving closer to graduation, the First-Generation Academy provides a year-long program created to improve self-awareness, community building, and career planning. Student-led organizations, including the Pride Student Union and Black Graduate Student Organization, are also active on campus. These organizations can provide social support and useful resources for students as they learn and grow at UF.
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) administers the degree programs of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). UF/IFAS is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible.
The mission of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is to deliver unsurpassed educational programs that prepare students to address the world’s critical challenges related to agriculture, food systems, human wellbeing, natural resources, and sustainable communities.
Our vision is to be the premier land-grant college of agriculture and related sciences. We will be known for excellence and innovation in teaching and for the readiness of our graduates for leadership. We will be the destination of choice for students seeking academic programs in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences and the pre-eminent source of talent for employers, graduate programs, and professional schools.
Grounded in the land-grant ideals of access, innovation, and relevance, CALS promotes these core values in pursuit of its mission:
The beginnings of the college were established at the Florida Agricultural College at Lake City in 1883. However, it was not until the establishment of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1889 and the acquisition of the staff trained in the agricultural sciences that agricultural instruction began in earnest. In 1909, the University of Florida was reorganized and the College of Agriculture established. The first departments were Agronomy, Horticulture, and Animal Science. By 1940 there were nine departments and the staff included 30 professors and an additional number of instructors and graduate assistants. The College also included a School of Forestry.
The name of the College was changed to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 1999 to better reflect the diversity of academic programs. By fall 2000, the College had expanded to 17 departments/schools with 151.6 teaching FTE’s distributed among 460 faculty. Undergraduate enrollment was 2,997 and graduate enrollment was 813.
The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination.
The Warrington College of Business Administration‘s mission is to build a better society by creating influential research and educating tomorrow’s business leaders. Under the college of business there are three schools:
The vision of the College of Dentistry is to be an internationally recognized dental school known for an innovative educational program, commitment to cultural diversity, discovery, transfer of scientific knowledge, the superior skills of our graduates, and the highest degree of service. The mission of the College of Dentistry is to achieve excellence in the art and science of dentistry through teaching, research, and service:
The College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) contributes to local, national and international efforts to conserve and improve the quality of the natural and built environments through its research. Research activities are housed both on-campus and abroad.
DCP’s vision is to be recognized globally as a preeminent College for teaching, research, creative scholarship, and outreach in the built and natural environments.
The mission of the DCP is to improve the quality of the built and natural environments through offering exceptional educational and professional programs and research/scholarship initiatives that address the planning, design, construction, and preservation of the built and natural environments.
The University of Florida College of Education, founded in 1906, consistently ranks among the top 25 public education schools in the elite Association of American Universities.
The college’s distinguished professors and their graduate students aggressively pursue vital, interdisciplinary research that is helping to transform teaching and learning, education policy, and leadership in all education disciplines. By partnering with public schools and communities across the state and beyond, UF education faculty engage in novel scholarship and research activities that enhance “whole school” improvement, student achievement, early-childhood readiness, teacher preparation and retention, and classroom technology advances. In 2018, faculty held research grants worth an all-time high of $128.5 million, a 26 percent increase over the previous year.
By partnering with multiple stakeholders, education faculty engage in novel scholarship and research activities that enhance “whole school” improvement, human development, student achievement, early-childhood readiness, assessment and program evaluation, teacher preparation and retention, and classroom technology advances.
Our centers, institutes, and affiliates are closing the achievement gap among students of different races, learning capabilities and class distinctions. Though their methods may differ, these centers, institutes and affiliates are designed to enhance school improvement, student achievement and teacher retention; to address the needs of students with learning disabilities; to improve learning outcomes for students in high-poverty and at-risk K-12 schools; and to advance education and leadership at the college and university levels.
The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering fosters and provides world-class programs in engineering education, research and service to enhance the economic and social well-being of the citizens of Florida, the nation and the world. Our graduates exhibit the following in pursuit of their profession: vision, values, leadership, professional expertise, and knowledge.
The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Research Service Centers (RSC) support and enhance the research, education, and public service missions of the University of Florida by providing access to characterization and process instrumentation. Expert staff provides the assistance and guidance necessary so that students, faculty, and industry get the most effective and appropriate use of the center’s facilities.
The University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance is unlike most academic colleges. Research and teaching in HHP has an impact on almost every aspect of the human condition. The college’s three centers – the Center for Digital Health and Wellness, Center for Exercise Science, and the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute– as well as its three primary departments – Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK), Health Education and Behavior (HEB), and Tourism Recreation and Sport Management (TRSM) – place the college firmly in a position to influence and improve an array of societal problems and challenges. Its mission is to provide recognized programs of excellence in teaching, research and service that focus on assisting individuals, families and communities to promote health and prevent disease while enhancing quality of life across the lifespan.
HHP strives to be an academic community that enriches lives, influences healthy living and enhances human performance of diverse populations worldwide.
In pursuit of our mission, HHP recognizes and celebrates the important contributions of diversity of race, creed, color, national origin, language preference, belief systems, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, political opinions or affiliations, thought and personal expression.
HHP affirms its dedication to fostering an environment of inclusivity and belonging, that values the unique voices and perspectives of our students, faculty, staff and the broader communities we serve.
HHP supports diversity and inclusion through our numerous programs and outreach, and our HHP Inclusion Working Group.
HHP is committed to equity in recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff and to accessibility of all resources and opportunities.
The UF College of Journalism and Communications is considered one of the nation’s best. The strength of its programs, faculty, students and alumni throughout its history has earned the college ongoing recognition as one of the best programs of journalism and communications in the United States.
Faculty members in the College provide a balance of academic background and practical experience related to their specialties. The faculty have a strong history of conducting and publishing research, both theoretical and practical, in journalism and communications fields. These efforts continue to elevate the exceptional reputation of the College that their predecessors built over the decades. The college offers master’s degrees and doctorate degrees in mass communication as well as online master’s degrees and certificate programs in Global Strategic Communication, and Web Design and Online Communication.
The College of Journalism and Communications understands the importance of diversity as a contribution to the industries of journalism and communications in our increasingly multicultural nation and globalized marketplace. We value diversity and the development of competence in intercultural communication and behavior for all who are a part of our college, industry and society. Thus, we are committed to incorporating diversity and inclusiveness in our faculty, staff, student, curriculum, research, immersion properties and culture.
We embrace diversity as a shared responsibility among faculty, staff, and students and strive for tangible expressions of this responsibility. We are committed to fostering a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals of all races, genders, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, identities and abilities, to express their culture and perspectives through the art and science of journalism and communications.
The mission of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law is to achieve excellence in educating professionals, advancing legal scholarship, serving the public and fostering justice. We aspire to prepare lawyers to serve their clients, the justice system and the public with a high level of accomplishment and a commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession. We strive to provide students with a well-rounded legal education. Our curriculum is designed to teach students about the law and to help them develop the skills necessary to use that knowledge in practice. Our goal is for our graduates to possess the core competencies essential to embark on the practice of law.
UF Law fosters and supports a vibrant, intellectually stimulating and open-minded law school community, both in and out of the classroom. We give back through volunteer work and pro bono hours. We foster creativity and the sharing of ideas through multi-day conferences held on campus, annual barbecues and our more than 60 student organizations. Throughout the academic year, our endowed lectures and student organizations bring leading scholars and top legal minds to campus for discussion and networking opportunities. UF Law faculty also travel throughout the country and world, fostering relationships between alumni, faculty and students, making Gator Law Nation even stronger.
UF Law faculty are actively engaged in publishing cutting-edge scholarship, traveling throughout the United States and the world to engage in a variety of professional activities. They present their work at conferences and share their insights with the media.
Research is a major activity at all levels within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, from undergraduate research experiences, thesis and dissertation work of graduate students and faculty scholarship. The research activities of this college are more diverse than those of any other college on campus and have gained the college a national and international reputation.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to have a faculty, staff, and student body whose diversity matches our breadth of programs and projects. We welcome and accept people of all genders, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, creeds, affiliations, level of ability, and all other aspects of personhood that make humans so unique. We aim to provide all who walk through our doors with equal opportunity to pursue their dreams and goals, contribute to the advancement of society, and join us in the quest for knowledge.
We encourage a free exchange of ideas, rigorous academic inquiry and debate, and open discussion about the challenges of our world. We believe that all rational beings deserve a place at the table, and we strive for inclusion and respect in our pursuit of knowledge and innovation.
The UF College of Medicine continues to have one of the premier medical education programs in the country. Our goal is to produce the next generation of specialists, scientists, clinical researchers and health policy leaders who not only place their expertise in the service of individual patients but also significantly impact the health and well-being of people worldwide. Our research programs, featuring some of the leading basic and clinical scientists in their fields, increasingly focus on translational science. While we continue to make basic discoveries about the workings of the human body and the mechanisms of disease, we now also work to more rapidly deploy those discoveries in the clinical setting to help patients and their families. The care we provide to our patients, in concert with our partners UF Health Shands Hospital and the Veterans Health Administration, is at the leading edge of science, quality and compassion and influences all that we do. Our diverse body of faculty, staff, and students set the college apart with their exceptional dedication to our patients and research. Indeed, commitment to diversity is a core value in the UF College of Medicine and we know we are stronger when we draw on a broad variety of backgrounds and experiences in both patient care and research.
The College of Nursing aspires to be a model of excellence, recognized nationally and internationally, for innovative education, dynamic programs of research, and creative approaches to practice. We are committed to preparing nurses for leadership as clinicians, scientists and educators who reflect and care for a diverse society; foster interdisciplinary collaboration; and improve the health of individuals, families and communities.
As part of the University of Florida, the College of Nursing has all the resources of the state’s flagship university at their fingertips, including a top-notch interdisciplinary Health Science Center and centers and institutes like the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of UF, the UF Genetics Institute, the UF Shands Cancer Center, and the UF Institute on Aging.
The nursing education programs offered at UF address gaps in the health care system, as do the College’s innovations in technological resources and initiatives linking students to diverse and international populations. The College of Nursing has a history of pioneering leadership in nursing education, having offered Florida‘s first nurse practitioner programs, and first PhD in Nursing Science program.
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s vision, mission and values are reflected in its faculty, staff, students and alumni. The college develops and maintains a curriculum of sufficient length and quality to be consistent with the profession’s concept of pharmaceutical care, with respect to American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education guidelines.
The oldest college in the UF Health Science Center, UF College of Pharmacy was established in 1923. Today, the college is ranked among the top colleges and schools of pharmacy in the nation. In keeping with the University of Florida mission, the college is dedicated to excellence in pharmacy research, service, and educational programs enhanced through online technologies.
The college prepares students who seek academic training and degrees in professional practice and graduate research areas. The doctor of pharmacy degree is offered to students in four Florida cities, and also to working pharmacists with bachelor’s degrees across the United States.
The college is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education.
The mission of the College of Public Health and Health Professions is to preserve, promote, and improve the health and well-being of populations, communities, and individuals. To fulfill this mission, we foster collaborations among public health and the health professions in education, research, and service. The vision of the College is to lead in the development and application of innovative models of education, research, and service that promote collaboration between public health and health professions.
Whether developing new ways to restore sight and sense, pinpointing levels of toxicity in the environment, developing a vaccine against cancer, or investigating microscopic organisms and viruses to protect against disease, researchers at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine are at the forefront of advancing animal, human and environmental health.