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Profiles of a Few Florida Colleges & Universities
by G.K.Sharman

University of Florida
Florida State University
Bethune-Cookman College
Florida A&M University
University of Central Florida
University of Miami

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About Gainesville
Historic Century Tower at UF.

University of Florida

Florida, as it’s 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. There’s more to brag about as well: it’s the state’s oldest and largest university; it’s 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 years.

Florida State University

FSU is Florida’s 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 there’s more than football. FSU sponsors eight men's teams and nine women's teams in intercollegiate athletics.

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 master’s degrees, 27 specialist degrees and 71 doctoral programs.

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About Tallahassee
The Westcott Building and Ruby Diamond Auditorium at Florida State University is Tallahassee.


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