The University of Florida is an American public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. It is the state’s oldest university, taking pride in the academic diversity it offers. The university’s origins can be traced back to the year of 1853, when the state-funded East Florida Seminary took over the Kingsbury Academy in Ocala. The University of Florida has been operating on its present campus since September 1906.
Furthermore, the university is an elected member of the Association of American Universities, and has been included among the so-called \"Public Ivy\" universities—one of the top public universities in the United States. Currently, in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings, the university is ranked fifty-third overall among all US universities (both public and private) , while also regularly ranking among the top 100 universities in the world.
The University of Florida is the second largest university in the state by number of students, and the sixth largest single-campus university in the United States. It is represented by seventeen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. To this date within the grounds of a single campus it offers multiple graduate professional programs—from business administration and engineering to law and medicine; 123 master\'s degree programs and seventy-six doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments.