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A university united for a greater purpose

A university united for a greater purpose

At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities. Rankings like second among Forbes "Best Value Public Colleges" (2016) and second in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (2015) are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value.

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96% of UF first-time-in-college freshmen continue to their second year.

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More than half (56%) of students start at UF and graduate with no student loan debt.

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U.S. News & World Report ranked UF No. 14 among public universities.

Great students with greater potential

Great students with greater potential

Whatever you have your sights set on, that’s merely the beginning. At UF, we help great students achieve greater. With an average 4.35 G.P.A. and an average S.A.T. score of 1919, applicants for our fall 2016 freshman class are anything but average. And while those numbers are impressive, for us, they’re just the beginning. Here, it’s not about the accomplishments of an individual; it’s what we can accomplish together.

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UF ranked No. 1 among AAU institutions for the number of Master's degrees awarded to Hispanic students and No. 2 in Bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students in 2014.

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70% of UF undergraduates secure employment or plan employment in the state of Florida.

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More than 3,400 UF students participate in the Honors Program, where the majority of the Honors classes are limited to 25 or fewer students.

Better research for a better state

Gators see things differently. We conduct research as freshmen and sophomores because we believe tomorrow’s solutions should be found today. We measure success not in awards won, but in lives changed. And we see big breakthroughs as just tools to achieve even better ones. Every day, we’re striving for a better world through better research. 


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UF helped launch more than 190 startups based on researchers' technologies in 15 years.

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UF's Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator was ranked "World's Best University Biotechnology Incubator" in 2013 by Sweden-based research group UBI.

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The University of Florida received a record $724 million in research awards last fiscal year.

Gators for a greater economy

Gators for a greater economy

Our innovation doesn’t end with our facilities - they're just the beginning. In fact, inside our classrooms, residence halls and labs, we are creating inventors and inventions. UF is sixth in the nation in total engineering degrees produced and has two times the national average of inventions produced per research dollar invested.

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Through its research and other activities, UF contributed more than $12.56 billion to Florida’s economy in fiscal year 2014-15.

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Last year, UF contributed $7.83 billion to the State Gross Domestic Product.

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Return on investment in research funding for every state dollar UF used to hire faculty in preeminent focus areas.

The faculty that moves UF forward

At UF, we have some of the top faculty in the country. In addition to attracting a record $724 million in research awards last fiscal year, they continue to foster the uniquely collaborative environment that transforms potential into actual results - developing our students into the researchers of the future.


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Two Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty members call UF home.

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UF has nearly 5,000 faculty members, the vast majority of whom have distinguished teaching and research records.

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UF has 43 faculty elections to the National Academy of Sciences Engineering, the Institute of Medicine or the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A better state through sustainability

Gators' thirst for knowledge and success can be quenched in the lab. Their hunger can be satisfied at any of our 45+ dining spots on campus, which include national brands, vegetarian and vegan options. But it's more than just where you eat; it's where your food comes from. On campus, we are committed to sustainability through local and organic vendors, doing our part to help UF become carbon neutral by 2025. 

A better state through sustainability

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The on-campus water saving laundry initiative has saved nearly 7 million gallons.

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UF's marine research helps to protect our coasts and stimulate Florida's ocean economy, which trails only Texas and California.

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Number of academic departments at UF that offer at least one sustainability-focused or related course.

A greater commitment for a greater state

A greater commitment for a greater state

With our land, sea and space grants, we have been entrusted with a responsibility to educate, research and serve. These grants fuel our commitment to making a greater difference. One felt not only by the citizens of Florida, but around the world. Below you’ll find just a few of the ways we’re working for a greater impact through research.

Together, we’re tackling some of the toughest problems in search of even tougher ones. We have facilities in all 67 counties in Florida, working together to help local farmers and economies grow and thrive. Our Emerging Pathogens Institute is a national model, charged with protecting the nation from a whole host of diseases and pathogens.

Three and a half billion people worldwide — including millions in Florida — live in coastal areas, putting them in the path of hurricanes and other deadly storms. Researchers at the University of Florida have created better ways to predict and prepare for these potentially dangerous hazards.

Our athletes are earning letters like BS, BA and MBA.

As Gators, we’re motivated by more than winning. We answer to a higher calling. As a Nation, we play for a purpose greater than ourselves — one that sets us apart both on the field and in the classroom. It’s why, in addition to winning 52 Olympic gold medals, Gator athletes have earned over 1,900 All-America honors and a total of 107 Academic All-America honors since 1992. And it’s why we’re the only SEC school to place 100 or more student-athletes on the academic honor roll each of the last 19 years. 

Our athletes are earning letters like BS, BA and MBA.

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With 36 National Championship teams, you’ll have plenty of reasons to wear orange and blue.

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University of Florida Athletic Association has contributed $76 million to UF since 2006 to fund academic endeavors.

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UF is the only program to finish among the nation’s top 10 in each of the last 33 national all-sports standings.