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7 Cool Facts About the University of Florida

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Browse through this list of interesting facts about the University of Florida to learn more about the gator lifestyle! Whether you’re curious about fun facts on the school or are thinking about becoming a fellow gator, we have the local’s knowledge on everything you’re searching for. Read on and learn a little more about what it means to sport the orange and blue. And, if you’re thinking about visiting, we recommend using our complimentary Vacation Guide to navigate the area. Stop by and begin exploring both the school and the city!


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Facts About the University of Florida


The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, Florida. If you don’t know much about the area, there are so many things to do and see in our wonderful city! You’ll catch an adrenaline rush at the Gainesville Raceway, or float down a river in an intertube at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. Enjoy a variety of restaurants with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. Plus, there’s plenty of unique bars and stores all throughout the downtown area.


UF has not just one Heisman Trophy winner, but three: gator athletes Steve Spurrier (1966), Danny Wuerffel (1996), and Tim Tebow (2007).


Famous alumni include Erin Andrews, who is the host of FOX College Football, politician Marco Rubio, and three-time Golden Globe winner Faye Dunaway.


They have a dynamic duo as their mascot: two gators named Albert and Alberta! This is one of the school’s long-lasting and most important traditions.


With their land, sea, and space grants, the university has expanded its research facilities to 67 counties in Florida to help local farmers, better predict hurricanes, and protect the population from pathogens.


Between The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, or The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 43 faculty members have been elected to these prestigious institutes.


Over 3,400 UF students participate in the honor’s program.

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Did these facts about the University of Florida convince you to take a tour? Luckily, Sweetwater Branch Inn is only minutes from the heart of downtown Gainesville as well as the school. Start your first morning in the city right with our complimentary, home-cooked breakfast. Then, reserve our free bike rentals to swiftly get to each destination on your list. After an afternoon of exploring, your relaxing accommodation awaits. If you’re traveling with the whole family, we recommend reserving one of our luxury cottages, like Nora Belle’s Cottage, for a little extra space. Take the first step to becoming a gator when you book with us at Sweetwater Branch Inn!

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