Florida, as its known, is one of those rare universities
that manages to be both an academic challenge and good place to
party. The most prestigious state school in the university system,
it also has a reputation for first-class athletics. Theres
more to brag about as well: its the states oldest
and largest university; its the sixth largest university
in the nation and one of the most diverse. Students come from
all 67 Florida counties, all 50 states and more than 100 foreign
countries. Half the students are women and there are significant
populations of Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans.
The majority of its 43,000-plus students are in-staters, many
of whom transfer from the community college system.
UF offers more than 100 undergrad majors and more than 200 graduate
programs ranging from dentistry to law to veterinary medicine.
Founded in 1853, it now consists of 875 buildings on a 2,000-acre
campus in Gainesville. Shands, a respected teaching hospital,
is associated with the university as well.
Academically, UF students are among the best in the country. Florida
rates fifth among public universities and eighth among all universities
in attracting freshmen National Merit Scholars.
On the playing field, only Florida and UCLA have ranked among
the nation's 10 best athletic programs in each of the last 14
FSU is Floridas big rival, both in sports and studies. The
university enjoys a distinguished reputation nationally for courses
in the basic sciences and performing arts, and for feats on the
field. Its football team, the Seminoles, has ranked in the top
five nationally for a decade. But theres more than football.
FSU sponsors eight men's teams and nine women's teams in intercollegiate
An estimated 75 percent of 33,000-plus students are Floridians
and the average entering freshman had SAT scores in the high 500s.
The main campus is in Tallahassee, the state capital, with satellites
in Panama City, Sarasota and the republic of Panama.
FSU offers 93 BA and BS degrees in 196 fields, 99 masters
degrees, 27 specialist degrees and 71 doctoral programs.
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