The University of Florida (UF) is a public, land-grant research university located in a 2,000-acre campus in Gainesville, Florida. A member of the Association of American Universities, it is one of three research flagship universities within the State University System of Florida and is the oldest and most comprehensive university within the state. UF traces its beginnings to 1853 with the take-over by state-funded East Florida Seminary of Kingsbury Academy. The seminary was consolidated with Florida Agricultural College in the 1860s. In 1905, the college became a university.
Today, with over 50,000 students, the University of Florida is one of the largest universities in the United States. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), UF offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and non-professional certificates and courses. UF also has a distance education program that offers degrees, certificates and courses to busy working students who may live too far away or are too busy with work or family to attend traditional on-campus classes.
Degrees offered via distance education include Bachelor of Science; Master of Arts, Science, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health Science, Public Health, Latin, and International Construction Management; Doctorate Degrees in Education, Audiology, Pharmacy, and Philosophy; and Educational Specialist degrees. Although distance education degrees may be taken on a part-time basis, all degree programs require formal admission to the University of Florida.
Annual cost of tuition and fees for undergraduate students is US$5,020 and for graduate students, US$10,050. Financial aid is extended in the form of loans, grants and scholarships for qualified students.
The University of Florida currently ranks 53rd overall among all national universities, public and private, in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.