The UF Advantage
Welcome to the University of Florida, home of The Gator Nation. UF is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the American Association of Universities. The university has 16 colleges and more than 100 research, service, and education centers. UF’s main campus is located in Gainesville, Florida, with clinics and centers located throughout the state. Where nature and culture meet, Gainesville was named 1 of 13 of America’s best college towns and 1 of 60 hotspots for talented workers in 2009.
Join UF’s 150-year plus tradition of academic excellence, leading-edge research, medical care, flourishing arts, and world-class athletics. As part of The Gator Nation, you will enjoy outstanding benefits and play an integral role in contributing to the atmosphere, diverse culture, and traditions that make UF great. Explore UF’s Dual Career Services, which assists with dual career considerations across the campus and locally. The program’s services are intended to make opportunities for employment accessible to relocating life partners of new UF faculty members.
Living in Gainesville
Gainesville and the surrounding county is home to 250,000 citizens and serves as the cultural, educational and commercial center for the north central Florida region. The city provides a full range of municipal services, including police and fire protection; traffic engineering services; refuse and recycling services through a franchised operator; recreation and parks; cultural and nature services; and necessary administrative services to support these activities. Additionally, the city owns a regional transit system, a municipal airport, a 72-par championship golf course and a utility. The Alachua County School District is one of the highest-rated in Florida, having earned an ‘A’ grade from the state for three straight years based on the performance of our schools and students. We have the highest SAT scores in the state, scores that are also well above the national averages.
Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville’s numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban “forest,” Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida.
Enjoy all Florida has to offer! Florida is known for its sunshine and outdoor recreations. Gainesville residents can choose from more than 70 nature parks in and surrounding the city to picnic, swim, hike, camp, bike or fish. Nearby Gulf and Atlantic coasts are perfect for weekend beach getaways, and within a short two to three hour drive are attractions such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens and the St. Augustine Historic District.
Explore arts and athletics: The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, the Hippodrome State Theatre and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts feature the best in fine art, drama, dance and music. Gainesville’s civic calendar features art, food tasting and music festivals.Gainesville has much to offer the sports enthusiast with year-round events from baseball to gymnastics and championship Gator basketball and football, as well as a strong women’s athletic program.