THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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The University of Florida is one of the top public universities in the country and boasts the eighth largest single campus. With more than 120 undergraduate degree offerings, 200 graduate degrees and five professional schools, few other universities can rival UF’s academic opportunities. Encompassing more than 2,000 acres, the UF campus has a blend of modern as well as renovated historic buildings, 19 of which are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Here are some of our students’ favorite places.


All photos shown in this gallery were taken prior to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Century Tower

The planning of Century Tower, a focal point of campus, began in 1953 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the university. It houses a 61-bell carillon that is one of the largest in North America. Carillonneurs plays concerts throughout the week, and the bells chime each quarter of the hour.

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Century tower in the distance with students walking
close up shot of 5 bells that ring in century tower
Woman playing the carillonCarillonneurs climb 11 stories, or 194 steps, to reach the carillon. Any UF student who can read and play music may audition to join the UF Carillon Studio and earn the bragging rights that come with playing one of the rarest instruments in the world. More than 12,000 people donated funds for Century Tower's construction, which began in 1953 and was completed in 1956.
University Auditorium

The University Auditorium, completed in 1924, features a collegiate Gothic style that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped out of time for a moment. The towering pipe organ is composed of 5,356 pipes, making it one of the largest of its kind in the Southeast. The magnificent acoustics of the Auditorium make it the perfect setting for performances hosted by the University of Florida Performing Arts program and intimate commencement ceremonies for some UF colleges.

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The spire of the University Auditorium surrounded by yellow flowers from towering trees
The auditorium is constructed with a hammerbeam ceiling

The organ was first played in 1925 at the university's commencement convocation.

The auditorium was featured in the movie “Just Cause,” starring Sean Connery.


Students walk across the palm-tree lined Plaza of the Americas with the UF auditorium in the distance
Plaza of the Americas

Throughout campus, there is plenty of green space for students and others to enjoy. The Plaza of the Americas remains one of the most popular spaces at the University of Florida; an area many consider the heart of campus.

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two students enjoying resting in hammock that are hung from large oak trees in the Plaza of the Americas
student reads book in the grass in the plaza
students gather with bikes scattered about in plazaThe plaza has been an integral part of campus since 1905. The brick walkway that runs diagonally across the plaza is known as the Friendship Walk.
Heavener Hall

This state-of-the-art building is an important piece of what sets the Warrington College of Business apart from other business schools across the country. Home to the brightest undergraduate business minds in the world, Heavener Hall houses all undergraduate business programs and student activities under the same roof for the first time in Warrington history. The walls of Heavener Hall feature inspiration from Warrington alumni that now have successful careers—constant reminders for current students of what they can achieve. 

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students walk along the first floor lobby of Heavener Hall underneath with the building’s signature rotunda
outside view of heavener hall, brick building with arch saying University of Florida
view of students on first from the second floor’s large, open rotundaThe iconic Heavener Hall Archway, a popular photo location on campus, welcomes students and visitors to campus.
Chemistry Building

UF’s new home for chemistry and chemical biology studies is one of the most advanced undergraduate laboratories in the state. It is home to general, organic and analytical chemistry. Because general chemistry and organic chemistry are required courses for many UF majors, more than 8,000 undergraduates will use this facility every year.

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outside of chemistry building with students walking by big windows
interior of second floor of chemistry building showing floor to ceiling windows and modern ceiling
Chemistry building on the first floor hallway looking into class rooms through big glass windowsThe amount of concrete poured for this structure could have paved a sidewalk from Gainesville to Micanopy, located 13 miles south.
Historic District

UF's campus is noted for the preservation and reinterpretation of Collegiate Gothic architecture, which features elements such as Gothic tracery, gargoyles, medallions, and fan-vaulted ceilings in archways. Nineteen buildings, some which were built beginning in 1905, are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Long view of Peabody Hall from a tree-lined walkway in the Plaza of the Americas
large stained-glass window in Dauer Hall, constructed in collegiate Gothic architecture featuring plaster bas reliefs depicting the sun, trees, boats and native Americans
Exterior of Griffin Floyd Hall, shaded by large palm trees>
Libraries

The seven libraries of the University of Florida provide the most comprehensive knowledge resource system in the state with more than 6.17 million bound books and more than 1.5 million electronic versions.

The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica Suite in UF’s Smathers Library features the largest personal library of Judaica and Hebraica in the United States
students studying at tables in Smathers Library West, one of the largest libraries on campus
The libraries have a large selection of nationally significant research collections. For example, the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature is among the world’s greatest collection of literature for children and is located in the Special and Area Studies Collections.
Students studying in the Special Collections Library located in Smathers East. This large room features Hammerbeam Ceilings and was the original dining hall when UF opened the campus in 1905
IBC and La Casita

Directly across from UF’s main campus on University Avenue stand two vibrant buildings that house the Institute of Black Culture (IBC) and the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures (La Casita). Rebuilt in the fall of 2019, the LEED-certified buildings offer lounges and study areas for students as well as staff offices and event spaces.

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interior first and second floor views of the Institute of Black Culture on the UF campus

The original buildings for IBC and LaCasita were built in the 1920s. The newly built facilities in the same location are part of the university’s mission in advancing diversity and multicultural initiatives.interior of La Casita with students enjoying the common space with large sofas and windows that overlook University Avenue
exterior of newly built IBC and LaCasita facilities on the University of Florida campust
Reitz Union

As the community center of UF and the “front door” to campus for prospective students, the eight-story Reitz Union is a favorite spot for dining, socializing and studying. In addition to the UF Welcome Center, a food court and the two-story Florida Bookstore, the Reitz is home to the Career Connections Center, Student Government, Multicultural & Diversity Affairs, Student Activities & Involvement, and more. The top two floors house the Reitz Union Hotel, convenient accommodations for UF guests.

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Reitz Union exterior at night with students practicing a dance routine under the large front entrance
Interior of Reitz Union showing the multiple levels and walkways inside

You can find everything from a bowling alley to a barbershop at the Reitz Union.students working in a quite spot in the reitz union
Residence Life

UF is home to more than 50,000 Gators, with 10,000 living on campus. UF offers 26 residence halls with room layouts including traditional, suite or apartment styles. Many of our halls offer Living Learning Communities where like-minded students have access to programs, speakers and activities. Our residence halls are much more than just buildings: They are where our students call home and where the next world problem may be solved.

Two UF residence hall students enjoying the comforts of their dorm room
Interior lobby of Cypress Hall, the newest residence hall on campusCypress Hall is the newest residence hall that can cater to students with mobility-related disabilities. This residence hall is one of only two in the nation that provides a Sure Hands lift system that provides independent transportation within a residence room.
Exterior of Infinity Hall, a UF residence hall that houses students in the Innovation Academy
Lakes
Lake Wauburg

Eight miles south of campus is UF’s Lake Wauburg, which offers water sports, a climbing wall, a disc golf course, sports fields, mountain biking trails, a swimming area, a team challenge course and several gathering areas. A direct bus line runs conveniently from the Reitz Union. And don’t worry about needing equipment. Students can check out everything from kayaks to paddle boards. Sailboats, too!

Lake Alice

Lake Alice, located on UF’s campus, is an open water marsh system that provides habitat for wildlife and serves as an outdoor classroom for students and faculty to learn about natural Florida systems. There’s a boardwalk for viewing wading birds and an occasional alligator.

Sailboats at Lake Wauberg, UF’s own lake where students can sail free of charge
Lake Alice on the UF campus, with the clouds and blue sky reflected on the surface of the lake
Students on the sandy beach at Lake Wauberg where they are enjoying the water with a life guard in a red life guard chair overlooking to ensure safetyA student being assisted at the CORE equipment facility on campus, where she is obtaining a paddle board
Recreation Facilities

We’ve long known that physical activity plays an important role in student outcomes. UF has two recreation centers, intramural and club sports, four pools, a golf course, outdoor recreation at UF’s own Lake Wauburg and adventure trips. And if you like courts, we have basketball, sand volleyball and tennis. We even have a roller hockey rink and a skate park.

Students doing cardio exercises in the Southwest Recreation Center on the UF Campus
A male student doing dips as strength exercising at the Southwest Recreation CenterStudents in a yoga group class at the UF rec center
A female student lifting free weights at the Southwest Recreation Center on the UF campus
Florida Museum of Natural History

Located on the UF campus and open year round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation's top five natural history museums. It also houses the world's largest butterfly collection. General admission is free.  

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Full skeletal mounts and sculptures on exhibit to show Florida’s first land animals during the Prehistoric Age

Visitors can experience a life-size limestone cave, see a mammoth and mastodon from the last Ice Age, as well as hundreds of live butterflies in the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.Visitors viewing the large butterfly displays at the Florida Museum of Natural History, which houses one of the largest butterfly exhibitions in the country
Shark Jaw Row on exhibition at the Florida Museum of Natural History. This exhibits includes jaws of the exting giant Megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived
The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

As one of the largest university-affiliated art museums in the United States, the Harn's permanent collections feature African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. It is free and open to the public. 

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Visitors viewing art exhibited on gallery walls at the Samuel Harn Museum of Art at UF

Art in the museum’s 11 galleries ranges from Ansel Adams to Claude Monet.Visitors viewing the Asian gallery exhibit at the Harn Museum of Art
Harn Museum of Art exterior of building
Bat Houses

There aren't many universities that can claim to have ten times as many bats as they have students. UF is proud to be home to the world’s largest occupied bat houses, with a colony nearly 500,000 strong. Watching the bats emerge at dusk to consume an estimated 2.5 billion insects (per night!) is a rite of passage and completely free. 

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The UF Bat House and Bat Barn shown with black-eyed susan flowers in the foreground
bat house at night with bats leaving in the sky
close up view of a braziliam free-tailed bat yellow face and neck, black bodyThe most common bats that live here are the Brazilian free-tailed bat, the Southeastern bat and the Evening bat. They can consume up to 2,500 pounds of insects each night.
Baughman Center

Located overlooking Lake Alice, the Baughman Center is a stunning contemplation space on campus. Designed to bring the picturesque outdoor setting inside, the soaring windows and delicate natural materials echo the serene Florida surroundings. It is open to visitors on weekdays.

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Exterior of Baugham Center showing the tall, narrow building with large windows on all sides that overlook UF’s Lake Alice
stain glass window of baugham center
Interior of Baughman Center at dusk showing the lake through the large arched window at the back of the facility
Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Popularly known as The Swamp, UF's football stadium is the 12th largest stadium in American College Football. The university built its first on-campus sports field in 1911. By the 1920s, the Gators were earning national gridiron prominence and by 1930 had a stadium that seated 22,000. Each decade following has brought expansions and renovations, and today the facility seats more than 88,000. Every day, except on game days, Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is open for students and visitors to jog around the concourse, run stadium steps or sit in the stands.

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Exterior of the Steve Spurrier Stadium entrance at night, with the stadium interior lights aglow
UF football players walking through the tunnel to enter onto the playing field at game day
stadium filled with people during a game
Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center

The Exactech Arena, also known as the O'Dome, is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena located at UF. It is home to men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, swimming and diving, and volleyball teams. The student section has been named "the Rowdy Reptiles."

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Large lobby of the Exactech Arena at UF, with a large Gatorhead logo on the floor
The stephen O'connell center from up high during sunset
people cheer during a volleyball game inside the Center
Academic Health Campus

UF's Academic Health Center is the country's only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on one campus. Those colleges are dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and health professions, and veterinary medicine. The academic health campus educates 6,570 students and 1,200 residents. Patient care is provided by UF Health through teaching hospitals in Gainesville and Jacksonville.

Exterior of the UF Health Heart and Vascular Hospital, part of the university’s health science center campus
Exterior of the George T. Harrell Medical Education Teaching facility, part of the UF College of Medicine campus

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked in the top-50 pediatric hospitals in the country.Two student practice incubation on a dummy patient in the Patient Stimulation Unit on the College of Medicine campus
Premier Athletic Facilities

UF's athletic program is consistently among the top five in the nation, and our facilities mirror the championship experiences of our programs.

Interior of the inside practice field for UF football
Girls softball game at UF in the Pressley Softball StadiumFans watching tennis at the Alfred Ring Tennis facility on the UF campus
Florida Ballpark, the newest athletic facility on campus for men’s baseball
Favorite Photo Ops
The French Fries statue on the UF campus photographed by drone. This sculptures name is really Alachua, but students nicknamed it the French fries because the art does resemble two large clumps of yellow fries
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Large, life-like statues of Heisman trophy winners Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow located outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the UF campus
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Exterior of palm-tree lined walkway to enter Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, where UF football players will line up and do the Gator Walk prior to a home football game
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The Turlington Rock, also known as the Potato, located in the brick Plaza of Turlington Hall on the UF Campus. This rock is more than 25 million years old and weighs more than 10 tons
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Exterior of Heavener Hall and the Heavener Archway on the UF campus
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The large words This is Gator Country painted on a wall in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
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Bronze statues of Albert and Alberta mascots, located adjacent to Emerson Alumni Hall on the UF campus
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The bull gator statue in front of Ben Hill Griffin stadium
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The large bronze Gator Ubiquity sculpture shows a gator on top of the world and located in the courtyard adjacent to Heavener Hall
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