University Of Florida, Gainesville
~ The University of Florida is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university located on a 2,000-acre campus in Gainesville, Florida. The university traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906. The University of Florida is ranked nineteenth overall among all public national universities in the current 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings and consistently ranks within the top 100 universities worldwide. The University of Florida is considered a “Public Ivy,” a designation reserved for the top public universities in the United States.
The University of Florida is an elected member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization composed of sixty-one American and Canadian research universities. It is one of three “research flagship universities” within the State University System of Florida, as designated by the Florida Legislature. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
It is the second largest Florida university by student population, and is the seventh largest single-campus university in the United States with 49,589 students enrolled for the fall 2011 semester. The University of Florida is home to sixteen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes.