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THE UNIVERSITY Ol FLORIDA
SCARCE a quarter century has elapsed since the founding of the I diversity I of Florida. Vet. in that short span of time there lias been accomplished a " record exemplar) of the highest ideals and the greati t ambition .i people may have in the interest of higher learning.
Today the University of Florida stands monumental to the efforts and ideals of the people of the State of Florida.
Nearly three quarters of a century passed from the time that lir-t plans for a University were formulated ami the actual founding in the Stale of Florida of the University of Florida. During that lime several colleges were established, notably the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College at Like City, two Seminaries, The South Florida Military College and others. Inasmuch as this- institutions did not completely meet the high standards of learning to which the Slate attained, by passage of the Burkman Act in 1905 all were merged into two great institutions, one. The Florida State College for Women, to be situated at Tallahassee, the other. The University of Florida.
Near the drowsy little village of Gainesville, among the stately Southern pines of a beautiful forest the University of Florida was established.
This new site was chosen because of its central location, ideal for a State college. Additions have been made to the original campus until at present it compose' a tract of nine hundred and fifty-three acres. The founders of the University exercised great foresight when they planned the entire work before starting construction on a single building, preserving all the natural beauty of the luxuriant forest, erect, ing edifices planned on the design of Gothic architecture so as to create a campus of surpassing beauty. W hen the University held its first session it consisted of the Cob lege of Arts and Sciences, the Agriculture Experiment Station ami the Normal School. In 1909 the College of Law was established and soon afterwards the Teachers College and the College of Engineering were organized. In 1909 the institution was reorganized, Dr. A. A. Murphree was elected President. I nder Dr. Murphree's able direction the University began to take shape as it is today. Standard entrance requirements were adopted in 1913. Two years later all Agriculture work was consolidated in the College of Agriculture, and the Experiment Station placed under the direction of the Dean of the College.
Regular work was interrupted when the I nited Stales entered the World War and the College entered the service of the Government. Resumption of regular work was effected as soon as the war closet!. In the summer of 1910 the General Extension Division was established. A School of Business Administration and Journalism was opened in the College of Art' and Sciences in 1925 and became the College of Commerce and Journalism this past year. A School of Architecture was organized under the direction of the College of Engineering in 1925 and at the same time the School of Pharmacy provided for in 1923 was made a separate College.
On the threshold of the year 1928 the I Diversity of Florida ranks a one of the foremost institutions of learning in the South and for that matter, in the Nation. It' progress has ! rcn little short of miraculous, having tripled ami quadrupled its size many times.
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