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The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida or UF ) is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university located on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km 2 ) campus in Gainesville, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida and traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906. The University of Florida is ranked 14th overall among all public national universities in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings, and has ranked within the top 100 universities worldwide. The University of Florida was also described as a "Public Ivy" in the book The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities . The University of Florida is an elected member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization composed of sixty-one top American and Canadian research universities. The University is classified as a Research University with Very High Research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It is the second largest Florida university by student population, and is the seventh largest single-campus university in the United States with 49,589 students enrolled for the fall 2011 semester. The University of Florida is home to sixteen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law, dentistry, medicine, and veterinary medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master's degree programs and seventy-six doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments. As of fall 2012, Florida ranked fourteenth among all institutions in the number of new National Merit Scholars enrolled. The University of Florida's intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known by their "Florida Gators" nickname, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In their 107-year history, the university's varsity sports teams have won thirty-one national team championships, twenty-six of which are NCAA titles, and Gator athletes have won 256 individual national championships. Annually, the students from the university hosts an event called Dance Marathon at UF, which is the largest student-run philanthropy in the Southeastern United States. This event is held in the O'Connell Center on the university campus. In 2013, Dance Marathon raised a record total of $1,169,722.16 to support the University of Florida Health Shands Children's Hospital.