College of Nursing and Alumni Facts

The College of Nursing has a rich history of producing some of the country’s most distinguished professional nurses. Here are some unique facts and figures about our college and alumni.

  • There are more than 10,000 Gator Nurse alumni and they stretch across the globe.
  • The College of Nursing is ranked FOURTH overall at UF for alumni giving rate. Help us get to #1!
  • The University of Florida College of Nursing was among one of three that was founded at the same time as the College of Medicine, thereby establishing the UF Health Science Center. It was also unique in that it was founded as a traditional bachelor’s degree program, rather than starting as a diploma school.
  • Beginning in the mid 1970s, the College expanded its master’s program with more nurse practitioner specialties, becoming the leader in Florida.
  • In the early 1970s, the College’s faculty was also instrumental in the founding of the ACORN (Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs) Clinic, which for hundreds of nearby low-income residents, offers the area’s only accessible, primary health care services. The clinic was one of several community clinics staffed by faculty of the College through the 1970s and 1980s, giving faculty a chance to expose their students to real world experience in grassroots nursing.
  • The UF College of Nursing marked its 60th anniversary in 2016–a milestone moment to remember all of those who have come to Gainesville with willing hearts and a desire to serve, and who left here educated by the finest minds in  nursing to bring comfort and care to those who trust them with their lives.