A connection with athletics often builds school spirit! UF has ranked among the nation’s 10 best athletic programs in each of the last 20 years. The University of Florida athletics program includes sports from football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, etc. For information on all UF intercollegiate sports as well as schedules, visit GatorZone. University of Florida students are admitted FREE to all Gator athletic events with exception of football with their Gator 1 ID Card. For more information on UF student tickets, click here.
Students are encourages to participate in all forms of recreational activities. The Department of Recreational Sports offers experiences that enrich the lives of University of Florida students through excellence in facilities, fitness, sport, adventure and play, They are committed to fostering leaders, encouraging life-long healthy lifestyles and developing meaningful relationships.
More than 90 percent take advantage of the numerous outdoor courts and playing fields on campus, and in the O’Connell Center, the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, and the Southwest Recreation Center for indoor sports. In all, Florida offers more than 60 free intramural and club sports ranging from archery to weightlifting.
Near the campus are many recreational lakes and rivers, including university-owned Lake Wauburg. Lake Wauburg offers students, faculty and staff a place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Many activities are available including boating, swimming, volleyball, team development course, climbing wall and more. Admission and activities are free wit ha Gator 1 Card. For more information on Lake Wauburg, click here.
The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. Collections cover virtually all disciples and include a wide array of formats – from books and journals to manuscripts, maps, and recorded music. Increasingly collections are digital and are accessible on the Internet via the library web page or the library catalog.
The Health Science Center Libraries serve the academic, research and clinical information needs of the six UF health science colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health & Health Professions and Veterinary Medicine.
The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center contains legal research materials supporting the study of state, federal, and international law. Notable collection areas include Florida, United States federal taxation, and British Commonwealth materials.
J. Wayne Reitz Union
The Reitz Union supports many different programs that benefit all University of Florida students and the Gainesville community as a whole. Among the Reitz Union’s outstanding components are: an attractive building boasting 350,000+ gross square feet of public space, including two ballrooms ,two auditoriums, 30 meeting rooms, a food court, game room, office spaces, and a hotel with 36 guest rooms. For more information on the Reitz Union, click here.
GatorNights! is the leading late night program in the Southeast, taking place every Friday night during the Fall, Spring, and Summer B semesters. The program offers FREE first run movies, bands, comedians, improv shows, arts and crafts, DJ’s, video game tournaments and more. Most importantly, there is FREE midnight breakfast. To learn more about GatorNights!, click here.
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. 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/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 and the 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 exhbitis arts 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.
Music & Concerts
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, 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.
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 the 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 State Two, a black box theatre with approximately 40 seats.
Tickets for events at the Constans Theatre, Phillips Center, O’Connell Center & various other campus venues are sold at the University of Florida Box Office.
Radio & Television
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 sportstalk 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.
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 healthcare, locally and globally. The Center for Arts in Healthcare was developed as the educational component to the Shands Arts in Medicine program which connects volunteer community artists and artists-in-residence with patients, families and staff.
The Division of Student Affairs includes the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Career Resource Center, Center for Leadership & Service, Counseling & Wellness Center, Dean of Students Office, GatorWell Health Promotion Services, Housing & Residence Education, J. Wayne Reitz Union, Multicultural & Diversity Affairs, Off Campus Life, Recreational Sports, Student Activities & Involvement, and Student Legal Services.
The Dean of Students Office offers support through the Disability Resource Center, New Student & Family Programs including Preview (orientation) and Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution. The UF student body follows an honor code committed to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.