Life at UF
The University of Florida is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities.
UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities.
UF has a 2,000-acre campus and more than 900 buildings (including 170 with classrooms and laboratories). The northeast corner of campus is listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.
Museums, Galleries & Visual Arts
- The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art has a permanent collection of more than 8,000 original works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, photographs and cultural objects. Among the artistic traditions represented are those of the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and the South Pacific Islands. The museum also features a variety of changing exhibitions, and a full range of educational programs. Admission is free.
- The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state museum of natural history, dedicated to understanding and preserving biological diversity and cultural heritage. With more than 25 million specimens of amphibians, birds, butterflies, fish, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, fossils and plants, the Florida Museum is the largest natural history museum in the Southeast. Admission is free.
- The College of Design, Construction and Planning Gallery hosts regular displays of student projects, and also showcases traveling exhibitions of significant works from noteworthy architects past and present, providing you with exposure to historical precedents and contemporary currents in the field. “the gallery” in the J. Wayne Reitz Union features artwork by UF students, faculty, staff and alumni.
- The College of Fine Arts School of Art and Art History supports three campus galleries. The University Gallery hosts six exhibitions per year that bring current ideas in contemporary art to UF students and the surrounding community. The Focus Gallery provides exhibition spaces for students of the College of Fine Arts to show their work in a public forum. Grinter Gallery in Grinter Hall exhibits art created by international students and area artists, as well as traveling shows of internationally based art. WARPhaus, opened in October 2010, features studio classrooms, a covered outdoor workspace, and a gallery for rotating exhibitions of student artwork. Additionally, the College of Fine Arts School of Art and Art History supports the Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Program (HESCAH), which holds lecture series and symposia featuring distinguished art history scholars from all over the world.
Arts & Academics
Interdisciplinary centers within the College of Fine Arts enable traditional academic units (Art and Art History, Music and Theatre and Dance) to become part of a global campus. Through collaborative, multidisciplinary and intercultural arts projects, the Center for World Arts and the Digital Worlds Institute connect UF to the world through productions, cutting-edge technology, exhibitions and the creation of new works. The Center for Arts in Healthcare is committed to advanced research, education and practice in the arts and health care, locally and globally. The Center for Arts in Healthcare was developed as the educational component to the UF Health Arts in Medicine program, which connects volunteer community artists and artists-in-residence with patients, families and staff.
There are numerous outdoor courts and playing fields on campus, and in the O’Connell Center, the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, the Southwest Rec Center and the Florida Gymnasium for indoor sports. In all, Florida offers more than 60 intramural and club sports, ranging from archery to weightlifting.
Near the campus are many recreational lakes and rivers, including university-owned Lake Wauburg. The beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean are just a short drive away.
One thousand people can participate simultaneously in eight different recreational activities in the O’Connell Center, which seats 12,000 for concerts and other events. Also on campus are open spaces, small ponds, picnic areas, shady nooks and an 81-acre wildlife sanctuary that provide opportunities to enjoy Florida’s year-round outdoor life.
- UF Performing Arts hosts a variety of musical and theatrical events in three venues. The Phillips Center for the Performing Arts attracts world-class symphony orchestras, Broadway plays, opera and large-scale ballet performances to its 1,800-seat facility. The University Auditorium includes a concert stage and seating for 867, and is suitable for musical concerts, special lectures, convocations and less technically demanding dance concerts and pageants. It is one of several university buildings included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Baughman Center is a small facility (seating capacity of 96) for silent meditation, public performances, weddings, memorial services, honorary society acknowledgments and related types of activities. The College of Fine Arts School of Music produces many music events throughout the year, including jazz, choral, orchestral, band and other solo and ensemble performances by students, faculty and guest artists.
- UF’s landmark Century Tower houses a cast-bell carillon; one of only four such instruments in Florida. The Sunday Afternoon Concert Series offers listeners the chance to hear the UF Carillon performed in a 50-minute recital. The Carillon can also be heard on special UF occasions as well as 15-minute concerts some weekdays.
- Student Government Productions sponsors performances by touring artists in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Check the calendars of special events for upcoming concerts and dates.
Theatre & Dance
The Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts also hosts UF Department of Theatre and Dance productions and local ballet performances, in addition to a large variety of Broadway plays, operas and ballets. The College of Fine Arts School of Theatre and Dance hosts numerous musical, theatrical and dance events on campus in its Constans Theatre, Black Box Theatre and Dance Studios in the Nadine MacGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion. The H.P. Constans Theatre, adjacent to the Reitz Union, houses a 420-seat proscenium theatre, and Stage Two, a black box theatre with approximately 40 seats.
- UF’s College of Journalism and Communications is home to two television stations and four radio stations and a number of media-related websites, including the College’s primary news and information site for the Gainesville-Ocala market WUFT.org.
- WUFT-TV, Channel 5, has been the home of Public Broadcasting in north central Florida since 1958 and remains a leader in providing the highest-quality educational, entertainment and news programming. WUFT-TV’s award-winning local newscast, produced entirely by UF telecommunications and journalism students, airs weeknights at 5:30 pm.
- WRUF-TV launched in 2011 as the region’s leading source of local weather information and University of Florida Gator athletics. Through a unique and cutting-edge partnership with University Athletic Association, WRUF-TV provides viewers with a behind the scenes look at the Florida Gators, live Gator athletic events and local newscasts from the WUFT-TV news department.
- WUFT-FM (Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM) and its satellite station, WJUF-FM, are public radio stations serving North Florida and are the market’s leader in local news and information. WUFT-FM/WJUF-FM are National Public Radio affiliates and are typically one of the top-rated radio stations in Gainesville.
- WRUF-AM or more commonly known as WRUF, Sportsradio 850, was Gainesville’s first local radio station, is one of the oldest in Florida and has been the home of the Florida Gators for more than 70 years. WRUF, Sportsradio 850 serves 13 counties in north Florida with six+ hours of local sports talk daily from its 5,000-watt transmitter.
- WRUF-FM, Country 103.7, The Gator, is one of the market’s leading commercial radio stations, broadcasting with a 100,000-watt signal to more than 16 counties in the region. WUFT.org forms the basis for the College’s local news and multimedia content operation. The combination of commercial and public radio and television properties paired with an extensive suite of web products positions the University of Florida’s College of Journalism & Communications uniquely among institutions in the world educating tomorrow’s media professionals.