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The University of Florida
Keeping pace with the steady progress of the state, the University
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of Florida has grown with it until today, twenty-five years after its
founding, it stands prepared to take its place among the great institu-
tions of higher learning. Its past is marked by achievement and
progress, its present is distinguished by cooperation and democracy,
its future promises a destiny to be envied.
The "Buckman Act," adopted by the Legislature in 1905, combined
such institutions as the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College
at Lake City, the Florida Female Institute, two Seminaries, and the
South Florida Military College into two institutions, The Florida
State College for Women, located, as every University man knows, at
the state capital, Tallahassee, and the University of Florida, situated
in the sleepy little town of Gainesville.
The University began on a very limited scale, the class rooms,
professoris quarters, infirmary, and student's quarters all being
housed by Buckman Hall. Growth was rapid, however, until now the
campus comprises nine hundred and fifty-three acres and numerous
buildings. When the University first opened its doors in 1905, it
consisted of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Agriculture Experi-
ment Station, and the Normal School. The College of Law was
established in 1909 and soon afterwards the College of Engineering
and the Teacher's College were organized. During the year 1909,
the University underwent a reorganization during which Dr. A. A.
Murphree was elected president. Standard entrance requirements
were approved in 1913g two years later all Agriculture work was con-
solidated in the College of Agriculture, and the Experiment Station
placed under the direction of the Dean of the College.
The World War interrupted the usual academic trend of the Univer-
sity, when it entered the service of the Government, regular work was
resumed, however, as soon as the war ended. The College of Com-
merce and Journalism was established in the Spring of 19275 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. A Graduate Col-
lege, with the aim of ultimately conferring Ph.D. degrees, was author-
ized during the past year by the Board of Control.
Linked and interwoven in an enduring way with the growth and
progress of the University is the name of Dr. Albert A. Murphree.
During his long, faithful and ellicient administration, the institution
established itself among the leaders in the field of higher education,
his work will remain as the foundation of an institution whose prog-
ress has been phenominal and which is looked,upon with pride by
every Florida man.
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