Community Engagement & Outreach

Card Image

Developing programs and sparking curiosity for future engineers.

K-12 engagement
Card Image

Building a resilient future for coastal communities.

Environmental outreach
Card Image

Making a safer world, online and off.

Safety & community wellbeing

Community engagement news

Gainesville & the University of Florida

The City of Gainesville was established in 1853 and selected as the official site of the University of Florida in 1905. The largest city in Alachua County, Gainesville is conveniently located in north central Florida within easy reach of main highways and several international airports, and within driving distance of many of the state’s major metropolitan areas. We’re also a quick trip away from the beach, being halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Our average high temperature in January is a balmy 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

University of Florida sports may be Gainesville’s claim to fame, but that’s not all the town has going. Gainesville ranks 15th among Florida’s most populous cities (with over a quarter of its residents between the ages of 25 and 44) and boasts vibrant food, music, and art cultures. Natural wonders, including spring-fed rivers, hiking and biking trails, and preservation areas, abound in the surrounding landscape, and Gainesville has been a designated Tree City USA community for three decades.

The University of Florida’s campus covers 2,000 acres and has more than 900 buildings. UF’s capital improvement program has resulted in lab and classroom facilities ideal for twenty-first century academics and research in engineering, the health professions, business, and communications.

For more information: