Our Mission

The Mission of the University of Florida

The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land-grant foundation. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world.

Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit.

The university welcomes the full exploration of its intellectual boundaries and supports its faculty and students in the creation of new knowledge and the pursuit of new ideas.

  • Teaching is a fundamental purpose of this university at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Research and scholarship are integral to the educational process and to the expansion of our understanding of the natural world, the intellect and the senses.
  • Service reflects the university’s obligation to share the benefits of its research and knowledge for the public good. The university serves the nation’s and the state’s critical needs by contributing to a well-qualified and broadly diverse citizenry, leadership and workforce.

The University of Florida must create the broadly diverse environment necessary to foster multi-cultural skills and perspectives in its teaching and research for its students to contribute and succeed in the world of the 21st century.

These three interlocking elements — teaching, research and scholarship, and service — span all the university’s academic disciplines and represent the university’s commitment to lead and serve the state of Florida, the nation and the world by pursuing and disseminating new knowledge while building upon the experiences of the past. The university aspires to advance by strengthening the human condition and improving the quality of life.
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The Mission of the College of Design, Construction & Planning

‘DCP pursues its vision and mission with guidance provided by its Strategic Plan Goals and Strategies, a collaboratively developed blueprint addressing all aspect of college organization and activities. It covers academic and professional program structure and operation, support for research, community engagement, faculty development, facilities (including instructional technology), student recruitment and enrollment, internationalization and alumni and development efforts. The initial Strategic Plan adopted by the faculty in 2007 was recast and forwarded to the DCP Faculty Council for review this year in response to new DCP initiatives and to incorporate updated performance metrics.’
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Our Mission in Interior Design

The Department of Interior Design strives to position students well to enter the profession in the State of Florida or with our expanding alumni base that includes Atlanta, Austin, New York, Chicago, and Seattle. Feedback from graduating seniors shows that the UF learning experience in the program was excellent. Students benefit from a close-knit studio culture. At UF, students benefit from our outstanding teaching faculty.

During studios and in internships, students have unique opportunities to engage with interior designers, architects, and industry specialists who help guide professional growth. Students love hands on design projects using the UF living laboratory. They also develop strong skills doing community-based design, competitions, and other cutting-edge projects from many firms who partner with our program. In essence, interior design at UF is creative, team-based, and exciting.

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