The University of Florida is a top-10 public, land-grant research university and the state’s oldest and most comprehensive higher education institution. With 16 colleges and more than 170 research centers and institutes on its Gainesville campus, UF is among the nation’s six most academically diverse universities.
A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s best institutions: No. 8 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Public Schools” (2019); No. 1 in the Times Higher Education rankings for graduate employability (2016); No. 2 in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (2018); and No. 10 on the Forbes list of best value public universities (2019).
UF is a leader in research and discoveries which improve the lives of individuals throughout the state, nation and world. Its 6,000 faculty members conducted a record $865 million in research in 2018, with major funding from the public and private sectors. These research collaborations occur in diverse fields that include human, animal and agricultural life sciences, engineering and the physical and social sciences.
The university is also recognized as an international leader in technology commercialization, dating back to its development of the sports drink Gatorade in the 1960s. UF Innovate is regularly ranked among the top 10 institutions in the nation for technology licensing, patents and start-ups, as ranked by the Association of University Technology Managers, and its two business incubators have been named best in the world on several occasions.