UF Health Science Center has campuses in Jacksonville, Orlando (Lake Nona) and Alachua (Innovation Campus), with its main campus in Gainesville. Gainesville is a medium-sized university city with a 120,000 population, in addition to the 55,000+ students at UF and Santa Fe Community College. The University of Florida offers excellent opportunities in art (Harn Museum of Art), music and dance (Phillips Center), science (Florida Museum of Natural History), sports (NCAA Division I) and many other attributes of a large public university.
Gainesville offers more than 3,200 acres of parks and playgrounds, hiking, biking, and nature study. It is situated 1.5 hours from either the Atlantic beaches or the Gulf of Mexico fishing villages. This part of Florida contains the world’s largest concentration of fresh water springs in the world, making paddling opportunities the best anywhere.