University of Florida

February 16, 2011

As a graduate of the University of Florida (UF), Alexander Pis-Dudot earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in accounting. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida has been counted among the “Public Ivies,” a handful of public universities capable of providing an rigorous undergraduate education comparable to those at Ivy League schools. Along with such accolades, UF receives regular recognition as a provider of high-quality education from multiple college and university ranking publications. For instance, the US News & World Report ranks UF in its top 60 universities in the nation for 2010, while Shanghai Jiaotong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places it 38th globally.

Academically, UF provides 16 colleges, including the Fisher School of Accounting, the Levin College of Law, and the Warrington College of Business. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and over 200 graduate degrees. Current total enrollment tops 56,000 students who take classes on the 2,000-acre Gainesville campus, as well as in satellite facilities in Jacksonville; Orlando; St. Petersburg; Sunrise; South Florida; and Beijing, China.

Established in 1853, when the governor signed legislation providing public funding and support for higher education, the University of Florida was the first publicly funded institution of higher learning, East Florida Seminary, opened in Ocala, Florida. Closed during the Civil War, East Florida Seminary relocated to Gainesville in 1866. As the years passed and Florida’s public education system grew and changed, multiple institutions of higher learning, including East Florida Seminary, merged into the University of Florida. Post-secondary education has grown continuously on the Gainesville Campus since 1906 and shows no signs of slowing. To learn more about the University of Florida, visit


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