The International Center is centered in the heart of the campus. It cultivates and nurtures a global perspective at the University of Florida. Like most American universities, UF has a school pride embodied in an iconic symbol. The University of Florida’s symbol is the Florida alligator. You will notice many references to being a "gator." Students frequently wear Gator symbols and the names of campus facilities and services contain the word Gator. For example: Gator Dining Hall, GatorLink email, NaviGators, and the Gator 1 ID card. UF students are a diverse population that come together to become the Gator Nation.
American football is very popular at UF. The football team recently won national championships in 2006 and 2008. During the fall semester, Gainesville becomes an even livelier place when more than 80,000 football fans attend games in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also known as "The Swamp." Sports like football also enable UF to be nationally recognized as a leader among the top schools.
UF Facts and Statistics
UF ranked 17th in the U.S. News and World Report "Top Public Universities" (2009); fourth in The Scientist magazine's "Best Places to Work in Academia" (2005); fifth among all universities in Kiplinger's magazine "Top 100 Public Colleges" (2003).
UF was awarded $518.8 million in sponsored research in 2005-2006. Research included areas such as health care and citrus production.
In 2002, UF began leading six other universities under a $15 million NASA grant to work on a variety of space-related research during a five-year period.
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