The University of Florida is a big (over 53,000 students), public land-grant research university. It boasts a vast breadth and depth of institutional offerings: 16 academic colleges that collaborate across disciplines to make significant impact, more than 150 research centers and institutes tackling tough global challenges to improve the world, and one of the best athletic programs in the nation.

It’s a lot.

UF is a place with a lot of moving parts, and it was on the move — rising in the rankings, growing in its capabilities, and beginning to extend its reputation beyond the state of Florida.