University of Florida

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The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida, UF or U of F) is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university located on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) campus in Gainesville, Florida. The university traces its historical origins to 1853,[5] and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906.[6] It has been included among the so-called "Public Ivy" universities—one of the top public universities in the United States.[7] The University of Florida is currently ranked fifty-third overall among all national universities, public and private, in the current 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings[8] and consistently ranks within the top 100 universities worldwide.

The University of Florida is an elected member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization composed of sixty-three American and Canadian research universities.[9] It is one of three "research flagship universities" within the State University System of Florida, as designated by the Florida Legislature.[10]

It is the second-largest Florida university by student population,[11] and receives the highest academic marks in the state of Florida as measured by national and international rankings of American colleges and universities.[12] The university is also the sixth largest single-campus university in the United States by student population, with 49,679 students enrolled for the fall 2009 semester.[13] The University of Florida is home to seventeen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law and medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master's degree programs and seventy-six doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments.[14] As of the 2007—2008 academic year, Florida ranked twelfth among all institutions in the number of new National Merit Scholars enrolled.[15] The university has an annual budget of approximately $4.3 billion.[16]

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