The University of Florida is an American public university that was founded in 1853. Its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 2,000 acres. The University is a home to sixteen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar and offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law, dentistry, medicine, and veterinary medicine—on one contiguous campus.
Many of the University of Florida's graduate schools have received top-50 rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
In its edition for 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Florida as tied for the 14th-best public university in the United States, and tied for 50th overall among all national universities, public and private.
Florida alumni live in every state and more than 100 foreign countries. They include two Nobel Prize winners, ten U.S. Senators, forty-two U.S. Representatives, eight U.S. ambassadors, eleven state governors, eleven state supreme court justices, and over fifty federal court judges. Among Florida graduates are James Allchin, former executive of Microsoft Operating Systems, John Vincent Atanasoff, inventor of the first automatic electronic digital computer, Bill Nelson, current U.S. Senator and former U.S. Representative; Space Shuttle payload specialist astronaut, W. Don Ladd, former vice president for Marriott International and many others.
The school has well-regarded graduate programs through the engineering school, Hough Graduate School of Business, Levin College of Law and the College of Medicine. The most popular specializations among students are Engineering (13% of total number of bachelors), Business/Marketing (12%), Social Sciences (12%), Biology (10%) and Communications/Journalism (8%).