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5 College Junior

Computers: There are many computers all over campus available to students. There are buildings I didn't even know had computers. And while some computer labs close in the afternoon some are open all day every day. They are very accessible to students and help out very much. Printing and wi-fi is available to everyone, as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: As long as you know where to go, you can easily find great meals and deals all around town!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: RTS bus systems could have left the same routes open for fall/spring as they do summer. Would be more convenient to get around the central heart of campus.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The bus system is really good! However, it is very inconvenient to have a car if you live on or near campus.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The greek life is very strong, but also very diverse. Some students set stellar examples of how they positively influence campus, while some just reinforce the typical negative stereotype toward greeks.

College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car, but the on campus bus transportation sytem runs pretty often.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It appears as if people go out everyday! I'm not really a part of this scene but there is definantly plenty of things to do at night to have fun. Transportaion is pretty good. The LaterGator bus system runs Thurs-Sat until 3 am and SNAP van service runs until 3.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life = partying life. As an outsider looking in. I don't know many people who are Greek but from what I have observed it is all about your brothers/sisters. There is only Greek housing for the white fraternities and soroities I believe. I may join one in the future.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Smoke free campus, no drinking on campus with the exception of game days. Policies are clearly explained and strictly enforced by UFPD.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: A mix of positive and negative. The greeks pretty much control student government and most aspects of social strata and have a tendency to strong arm 'GDI's. That said, their impact isn't entirely negative, they hold many positive events and fundraisers for underprivileged. They also serve to give the university some of the southern feel it is known for.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Granted, I did make some early mistakes and lose my scholarships, but when I decided to fix the problems I caused the punishment began. I give a B+ because every question I had was promptly answered, but mistakes are not forgiven. Then again that may be a mark of a great institution.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: UF has a great price and quality selection when it comes to dorms. Theyre located near each other for the most part. The buildings have been in constant renovation for a few decades, so there are times where construction is a bit inconvenient. Social scene is wonderful and close to local hangouts.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: At UCSB, where I attended my first year of college, most everyone is hot. I hear the same is true for UF.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Again, I haven't started schhool there yet so I am not sure. Ask me about UCSB and I can tell you all about it though!

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4 College Junior

Facilities: I haven't started at UF yet so I cannot be fully objective, but I am very eager to start and I've heard great things.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I was so inspired by my amazing university that I decided to write a teleplay series about it and its college town, Isla Vista. I have already completed two episodes. I love UCSB, and the fact that it is by the beach makes it all the more amazing. It's facilities are modern and completely propagate an environment of learning.

-UCSB Ranked 2nd in the World in Leiden Ranking of Top 500
Universities
-UCSB Ranked Among the Country’s Top 10 Public Universities
by U.S. News & World Report
-UCSB, Number 1 among the world’s public universities by
Center for Science & Technology Studies at Leiden
University, Netherlands, 2011
- UCSB,Number 35 among all the world’s universities
according to Times Higher Education, London, 2011.

I could not be more proud to be a Gaucho.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Curriculum is stimulating and the workload definitely keeps you busy but the teachers and ta's are very helpful. UF offers a a variety of majors ranging from healthcare, to journalism, to business, to engineering and more.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: For the most part weather is pleasant, usually warm and sunny. In late spring there are a relatively large amount of afternoon showers which make it difficult to walk to class.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: UF is the only university in Florida that offers my major of Animal Science. The classes are extremely interesting and the teachers are very enthusiastic about their respective fields of interest.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are plenty of things to do at UF for both under and upper class men. Most of the bars don't charge cover and almost all of them allow 18 and up. Even if you don't drink there are plenty of places that have live music and good food.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Not only are there tons of diverse people on campus but there are also a variety of clubs and organizations centered around being proud of ones ethnicity,religion,hobbies etc. as well as organizations that bring people of all different backgrounds together.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Easy to find computer/printing labs, although often crowded. A personal computer and printer are highly recommended. Wireless access is largely good with a few spotty areas; however, on a laptop, updates are frequently required to remain connected to the wifi, which can be disruptive and annoying.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: UF's weather is mostly hot and humid, with a pleasant, moderate winter and a small degree of seasonal changes in the fall and spring. The heat can be problematic in the warmer months, especially when classroom buildings are excessively air-conditioned, requiring a jacket when indoors. The warm weather doesn't typically stop students from congregating outdoors, but it can be annoying when crossing campus for classes.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The variety of housing is really great. There are very high-end apartments and condominiums and then very low end ones as well. Usually, you get what you pay for. If you're paying $350 a month, you should expect being able to hear the people above and around you and having a lot of things break in your apartment. There are also lots of houses for rent but I haven't seen many nice ones.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking is the worst at UF. It's pretty expensive (like $75 a semester) and the student parking spots are nowhere near any of the classes. Unless you live in a dorm, you can't park anywhere close to the middle of campus. If you do have a parking pass, good luck actually finding an available spot. And never park somewhere where you're not allowed to, parking enforcement will give you a $30 ticket. If there's 40 cars parked in the grass for a gymnastics meet, they will all get a ticket, unless it's a football game day, then there's free parking for all.

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Chris Kirschner
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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Some schools have certain advantages over others. Small schools give a feeling of community; large schools have lots of resources; private schools are ripe for close academic relationships with faculty; and state schools offer a good value. Well, UF is not your typical state school, and Gainesville is certainly not your stereotypical small town. Because this place is so big, it has all of the libraries, dorms, athletics, courses, clubs, and services you could want at a good price. But if you put forth just a little effort, you’ll find that the University also has more compassionate, down-to-earth professors, locals, and students that any small, private school could ever dream of having.

The best thing about going to a school like UF is that whatever you want to accomplish in life, it is probably obtainable through going to this school. You will never have to worry about not fitting in with anyone because the campus is a huge melting pot. Students are never bored on campus because there is literally always something to do with friends both on or off campus. And who wouldn't want to go to a school where the immense amount of school pride is literally unexplainable? It sure is great to be a Florida Gator.

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