The University of Florida has a commitment to serving the citizens of Florida and educating students so they are prepared to make significant contributions within an increasingly global community. To do this, the school offers broad-based, exclusive public education, leading-edge research and service to the local community, the nation and the world. The school also hopes to maintain its dedication to excellent teaching and researching by creating a strong and flexible foundation for higher education in the 21st century.
The history of the school dates back to 1853 when Gilbert Kingsbury founded the East Florida Seminary in Ocala, Florida. After consolidation with several other colleges in the state and a move to its current location of Gainesville, Florida, the university was established. Today the university is the second largest in the United States and is home to 16 Colleges and over 150 research centers.
The University of Florida has an impressive academic track record. It is considered a Public Ivy school offering Ivy League-quality education in a public university system. The U.S. News & World Report ranked the University 49th overall among both private and public universities in the United States. The school also boasts many famous alumni including two Nobel prize-winners, eight members of the United States Senate, almost thirty-five members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ten state governors, multiple presidents of corporations, and dozens of actors and professional athletes.
The distance education program at the University of Florida offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as special certifications. Their distance education programs are conducted primarily online but students can sometimes be required to come to no more than two face-to-face meetings each semester for orientations, labs, projects, or exams. Delivery methods can be either through the Web, CD-ROMs, DVDs, video conferencing, or in print. Programs offered online include Latin, Engineering, Civil Engineering, Forensic DNA, Business Administration and more.