Gainesville, FL
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: You Can Always Tell When It's Crunch Time – I don't often use the computer labs on campus, but the one time I went to was around finals week and though they tried to limit time usage on the computers themselves to speed up the process, it was still a pain waiting on them.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Life of a Business Student – I have throughly enjoyed my experience thus far as a Business Administration and Management student. I feel as though all of the information I've been learning is all relative to the real world. I'll actually be using it in my life later on, not just for my profession either. My instructors have all been excellent. They clearly know and have a passion for their material and that makes it worth learning. My Business Writing class especially. It helped connect me to my first job that relates to my major! It was wonderful and rewarding.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: obviously gators drink! but who doesn't. I'm a senior, finally old enough to drink, but I'm almost over it by now. haha. We are good at sports, and game day is one huge cocktail party. If you haven't been to Florida-Georgia (you haven't lived)!

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: If you can afford it initially- do it! Pretty good food all around. Awesome for getting to know people, obviously. Going Greek is Great! Do it! even if you think your major is too tough (coming from an architecture student!) The houses are on campus, it doesn't get any more convinient than that. In the long run... you save money on food and board if you are active. TRust me

4 College Senior

Academics: Tough major, very little sleep. The TAs are very helpful but professors vary in availability. For pin-up, try having the "hardest professors" early on. Time management and cultivating a healthy studio culture is crucial.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: A Lot to Do Everywhere – There's so much to do in a college town. Whether it's stay on campus and go to frat parties, or go off campus to house parties. Midtown has bars for those old enough to drink and downtown has bars and clubs for different age groups.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at UF are just like at any other school: A broad range of intelligence, athleticism, heritages, and personalities. There are the good looking guys and the not so good looking ones, it all depends on your own likes and dislikes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Advisors Are Really Helpful – I'm in the CALS College in the Animal Sciences department. I can email my advisor and within a short time have an answer to my question. If I try to schedule an appointment, I usually get one within two or three days. So compared to some of the other colleges on campus, CALS advisors are very reachable.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I Love Gainesville – Great school, Great town. Fun and upbeat atmosphere with all the college students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I just finished my freshman year. My first year changed monthly. At first I hated it, I was overwhelmed, scared, and hated how big it is. Football season was extremely fun, but again, it was overwhelming. By Thanksgiving break I started getting used to it and knowing the lay of the land. I was excited to go home for winter break, but when I got back I was so excited. I loved the spring semester at UF. The thing about UF is that there is something for everyone. The school offers so much, you would never even be able to begin to touch on even half of it. There is a group for everyone, a major for everyone, friends for everyone, and basically anything you need. I was on the fence about going, but if I had to go back and do it again, I'd stick with my decision to attend the University of Florida.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: UF's campus is huge! There are a lot of times where it's just not possible to walk to somewhere you want to go. Most students on campus have a bike or some sort of moped. However, one thing UF has going for it is the awesome bus system there. The busses run all day (and most nights) every nine minutes. It's easy to get around.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academic opportunities at UF are unlimited. The professors (for the most part) are phenomenal, there are thousands of classes offered, and there are more majors than almost any school. I will say that the curriculum is harder than I expected before I got there and there is a pretty heavy workload if you're serious about your classes. The registration process isn't ideal but drop/add week helps a lot. Also, the study abroad options are great!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Wonderful – Off-Campus is wonderful at the University of Florida. With so many options that are so close to the campus that you still feel like a part of the community.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Totally Fair – The dorms at University of Florida may not be the most modern but they do offer a feeling of marvelous history. The University also aids students in choosing the right off-campus housing as well.

College Freshman

Academics: Proud to Be a Gator – I just entered the University of Florida so I may not be able to say much about the curriculum thus far but I am hopeful and trust that it will be wonderful. I recently attended the orientation with over two hundred students and the personal attention each student received was truly unbelievable. GO GATORS!

1 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Bring a Car – For a school of fifty thousand students, it's ridiculous. There are two or three designated student parking areas and they are no where near dorms. Even my teachers bike or use the bus, and they have way more parking lots. At freshmen orientation we were advised to not bring a car. Some said don't even bother w a bike but bike parking is only packed in the main building.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Every Walk of Life – I like to think that I came from a town with a lot of diversity, but I didn't know the half of it. I had never met a real Jew before until I was n an acting class where half the class wore the star of David. My other class has a couple of girls that wear head scarves and my roommate is Portugese and switches between her language and English on the phone. I have only met one gay guy but what makes all the diversity so wonderful is everybody is happy to live and let live. There are innumerable cultural clubs on campus and two different gay-straight alliances. The school encourages the students to embrace diversity and take stands against prejudice in many ways. The first example I can think of is a wall that is built of foam bricks that people come by to write a racist or hateful term and at the end of the week the students bull rush it and tear it down.

4 College Freshman

Academics: So Many Choices – When I came to Freshman Orientation to sign up for classes I was amazed by all the choices. Not only did the University of Florida have the usual acting and dance classes, I also saw Rock Music History, Russian Fairy Tales, Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction, and so many other interesting classes. Even better they encourage you to take what sounds interesting to you, because as a freshmen you will learn to love learning and take an interest in studying, which will better your study skills when you take a class you don't like. The only trouble is the really fun ones fill up fast, and some popular culture ones like Vampire History hav a waiting list two years long.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I find people that love greek life and others that are against it. The connotation of the typical greek is a heavy party person. I can see this as true. There are countless parties going on each week. I myself am not that into it. Even considering that some Greeks have philanthropic agendas, I just never really got into them.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: My freshman year consisted of me within a hall of frat boys where the floors were usually covered in vomit. Through that I made friends that weren't solely responsible for the happenings and had more control. I took these friendships and expanded my networking to a diverse group of students. When relaxing with others I usually find myself among a rainbow of friends.

3 College Junior

Academics: Digital Arts – I haven't really gotten into my major coursework, but so far has required more work than I usually would have to put into school and it's for the better. I get to mix abstractness of art with the concreteness of computers. Eventually I hope to be making video games or make animated movies. The couple of intro classes I've taken dealing with animation are very interesting however time consuming.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – The campus is pretty open about most things. Any policies are generally more helpful than hurtful. The police are pretty strict about speed limits on campus (20mph) but that's usually good with so many students walking around. Drinking is more fun and easier off campus, so that's what people go for. The open-container policy doesn't really apply on game day. Overall, I think there's an appropriate amount of strictness.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computers are pretty accessible all around campus. There are several in the libraries and computer lab. Generally there is always one available, although it may take a bit of hunting during finals week. There is also an architecture lab with computers open 24/7. Printing is available in the computer labs that will charge your UF account, so you don't need to worry about bringing change, and also there is free printing in the student union. Most people do use laptops, as there is WiFi accessible all over campus and in the dorms.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics at UF are incredibly diverse, but all hold a substantial amount of rigor. There are plenty of easy filler classes available, but the core coursework requires a lot of focus. You quickly realize that you need to put in a lot of effort, but the resources are always available for you to do well. By talking with advisers and other students, you learn which courses are easier and which are harder, and can easily build a well balanced, manageable schedule each semester.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great Learning + Socializing Environment – It is a perfect learning environment where you can not only achieve your goals, but you can also succeed and socialize with others.


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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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