With just over 125,000 residents, Gaineville is the largest city in Alachua County and the North Central Florida region. It is also the primary city of the Gainesville-Florida Metro Area (MSA) which supports a population of roughly 265,000. In a recent edition of Cities Ranked and Rated produced by the New York Times, Gainesville was ranked the No.1 place to live in North America. National Geographic Adventure named Gainesville one of the best places in the United States to live and play.
Gainesville is well known as the home of the University of Florida (the 7th largest university in the United States based on annual enrollment figures) and Sant Fe College. Other four-year colleges and universities in and around Gainesville include campuses for Rasmussen College (in Ocala) and City College (based in Ft. Lauderdale).
Of all four higher education institutions in Gainesville, the University of Florida (UF or U of F) is the most influencial. Not only it is the largest but it contributes the most to the local and regionally economy. UF employs over 5,000 faculty and staff year round and is directly responsible for over 100,000 jobs throughout the region. In addition, each year UF sporting events, such as SEC football games, generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenues for the city. In all, UF and UF affiliated organizations contribute over $9 billion to the state’s economy.
Below you can explore detailed profiles for the four-year colleges and universities located in and around Gainesville, Florida.
7001 N.W. 4th Blvd.,
Gainesville, FL 32607
Tel (352) 335-4000
Fax (352) 335-4303
The City College campus in Gainesville, Florida is a mid-size higher education institution with approximately 1,300 students (350 in Gainesville). The college offers associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees in over 20 fields of study.
4755 Southwest 46th Court
Ocala, FL 34474-6226
Phone: (352) 629-1941
The Rasmussen College-Ocala campus is located about 20 miles south of Gainesville, Florida just off I-75. Rasmusseen College-Ocala has approximately 2,800 students and offers associate’s degree, bachelor’s degrees and certificates in various disciplines including business, web development, education, health sciences, criminal justice, paralegal studies, kinesiology, digial arts and child care.
Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd Street, R-112
Gainesville, FL 32606-6210
Fax: (352) 395-7300
Santa Fe College has a total enrollment of about 15,000 students and offers a comprehesnive selection of professional certificates and 2-year associate degree programs. They also offer a limited selection of bachelor’s degrees.
University of Florida
201 Criser Hall-PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611
main phone: (352) 392-3261
admission phone: (352) 392-1365
University of Florida has a total enrollment of 47,000+ students and provides Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and First Professional degrees and programs.