About the University of Florida

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. 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."  University of Florida Athletic Association has contributed $76 million to UF since 2006 to fund academic endeavors and UF is the only program to finish among the nation’s top 10 in each of the last 33 national all-sports standings. With 36 National Championship teams, you will have plenty of reasons to wear orange and blue.

UF Facts and Statistics

UF ranked consistently among the nation’s top universities:

  • No. 14 in U.S. News & World Report “Top Public Universities” (2016-2017)
  • No. 3 in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (December 2016)
  • No. 4 in the Fiske Guide to Colleges list of Best Buys Among Publics (2015)
  • No. 13 on the Forbes list of best public universities (2016)

UF is a leader in research and discovery, which improves the lives of individuals throughout the state, nation, and world.
The University of Florida received a record $724 million in research awards last fiscal year and UF helped launch more than 190 startups based on researchers' technologies in 15 years. Through its research and other activities, UF has also contributed more than $12.56 billion to Florida’s economy in fiscal year 2014-15.

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