Beyond the Classroom
For some students, meaningful extracurricular opportunities define the UF MBA. These opportunities allow you to leave UF with so much more than your degree – you'll leave with a network of friends and mentors who have challenged you to become a better version of yourself personally and professionally. Both inside and outside of the classroom, you’ll have a wide variety of opportunities to develop your leadership and networking skills in the center of Gator Nation, one of the most spirited universities in the world.
Student Life & Organizations
One of the most impactful ways to hone your leadership and networking skills is to get involved in our student organizations. We encourage all MBA students to consider joining and even starting an organization. Among the opportunities especially designed for UF MBA students are...
- The UF MBA Association (MBAA)
- Gator MBA Gear (GMG)
- Finance Club
- Marketing Club
- Strategy Consulting Club
- Gator Fit MBA
- Women in Business Club
- Net Impact
- UF Chapter of National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA)
- International Business Fellows
- Sports and Entertainment Business Society (SEBS)
The broader UF community also offers significant extracurricular activities. If you can think of a student organization, UF probably has it. If UF doesn’t have it, you can start it. With more than 500 university student organizations, you can join cultural, socially active, political and educational clubs and organizations. If you like to play sports, you can also participate in an array of intramural sports. MBA students regularly field teams in flag football, soccer, volleyball and softball.
Families & Partners
For many students, the UF MBA is a family commitment. Whether you come to The Swamp with a spouse, children or on your own, we know that you’ll find both Gainesville and the UF MBA Program to be quite family friendly. Students get to know each other’s families quickly because of the intimacy of our programs. We foster this sense of community by providing family-friendly activities right from the beginning.
The MBA Association (MBAA) offers a partner membership program so that your partner can take part in extracurricular activities with you. Beyond our program, the University of Florida also welcomes partners by providing a spouse Gator 1 Card which will give your spouse/partner access to student recreation facilities, student football tickets and more!
Life in Gainesville
Since your living environment will have a significant impact on your quality of life, it’s important to consider the many advantages of living here in Gainesville, Florida. Even though it’s a small town (just over 200,000 residents and students), Gainesville hosts many amenities which are normally only found in much larger cities. Cultural venues, nightlife and art and music festivals complement year-round outdoor activities and sports leagues. Competitive collegiate athletics are also at your fingertips in Gainesville with national titles in football, basketball, soccer, swimming and tennis.
The city is affordable, and it boasts an excellent public school system. Within a couple of hours’ drive, you can visit world-famous theme parks, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, natural springs and spring-fed rivers. Gainesville Regional Airport operates commuter lines operated by Continental, Delta, and US Airways, and the Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) offers bus service free for UF students, faculty and staff.
The University of Florida is the state's oldest and largest land-grant institution. It’s the most comprehensive research university in the state, and it is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. The northeast corner of campus, home to the Hough Graduate School of Business, is listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The campus boasts a variety of recreational facilities, including an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and state-of-the-art gyms.