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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love the off-campus restaurants. There are a lot of fun, local places with really good food. Most of them are within walking distance too. I wish that they did offer more student discounts, however, as I prefer not to spend a lot of money on food.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has a 10 to 1 student-faculty ratio. The facilities on campus for my major are extensive and I get emails about internships and job opportunities multiple times a week from the college advisors.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The curriculum is difficult, but manageable. Registration is pretty organized. The workload is manageable if you put in the necessary time outside of class by studying and doing your homework. There is free tutoring offered on campus and plenty of other tutoring services that you can pay for. The libraries are popular study areas as are the dorm lounges. If you need help, you can access your professors during office hours or your TA's during their office hours. You can also go to your discussion classes and ask questions.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The tech support available is resourceful. The wireless network is extremely unreliable and pretty frustrating. I do not know anything about computer labs because I've never had to go to one. The printing lab is awesome - free printing and your limit refreshes every semester. The network speed is fine and I rarely have problems when I am using my Ethernet cable. Having a computer is necessary

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I really do not like the campus dining, but some people do. It's not the best quality food and does not offer much variety, so you get sick of it pretty quickly. There are healthy options, however so once again, the dining hall experience is mainly up to the student. I choose not to go there very often. I prefer to eat at on-campus locations that I can pay for with my student ID because I have declining balance.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have amazing sports teams that are so much fun to watch. We also have plenty of club teams and intramural teams that are just as much fun to be apart of. There is huge support from alumni and fans and our sports teams have strong rivalries with many other teams. The athletic facilities are great

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: UF has a Medical Amnesty program and Health and Wellness centers to help students in need. Many people drink, not as many do drugs, and many people do neither. You can still have a great time at a party without drinking or doing drugs, and you can still have a great time in college without going to parties. There are people who are in Greek Life that don't drink at all, and they still have a great time. It's all up to the student

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is extremely convenient. Some of the older dorms are not as nice, but they're still manageable. Housing process isn't too difficult. Cost is reasonable, but does not include laundry services. Social atmosphere is great, there are always housing events going on. Amenities are good too as there are kitchens and lounges.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Gainesville's nickname is "Rainesville." It rains a lot over the summer and in the fall. But when it is sunny, it can be hot. In the winter, it gets cold, but not to an unbearable extent. No snow, but you do get to enjoy some fall leaves changing colors.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local community is intensely supportive of the school. In fact, the Friday before our homecoming game is a local holiday and many of the locals attend the parade that takes place on University Avenue that afternoon. Gainesville is a rather small town, but there are fun things to do in the community such as going to the springs and Lake Wauburg (off campus, but free for students). There's also the Oaks Mall that you can take the bus to. Downtown Gainesville has many restaurants, clubs, and music venues to offer as well as events like art shows. There's also some museums on campus that are open to the public and free for students. If Gainesville gets boring, you can always find friends to make a trip to Orlando or Jacksonville, both of which are only about an hour away and have active music scenes, not to mention the theme parks in Orlando. You can also make a trip to the beach if you really want, although that is closer to two hours away.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Between parties, bars, and clubs, you can find something to do almost any night of the week. The bars and clubs are pretty good about catching fake ID's and sticking to their rules and standards. There are few, if any, local bars, clubs, and restaurants that serve alcohol to people who are underage. Most people drink before going out if they are underage. The frat parties are lenient, but if anything gets out of hand, the police are likely to show up. Transportation can be found through fraternity pledges, the RTS bus system, friends, or UFPD's SNAP (Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol) which offers free, safe rides anywhere on campus after dark until 3AM. Student's safety and decisions are ultimately up to themselves when it comes to nightlife. UF has many resources to keep students safe through U Matter We Care. There are emergency telephones all around campus and a Medical Amnesty program as well. In the end, going out is really fun if you do it right, and if you don't, there is always a way to find help or assistance.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: - the campus is beautiful
- there are plenty of resources available to meet my needs academically, socially, and physically
- my classes are challenging, but still manageable
- it's an ideal distance from home - not too close, not too far
- there are endless organizations and clubs to get involved with
- the surrounding area has fun things to do
- the alumni are everywhere and extremely supportive
- we have great and competitive athletic programs
- it's an old school full of history and tradition

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I'm busy! But it's manageable. My program focuses on making connections among peers and professors, so we are a very close-knit bunch that provides each other with support whenever it's needed. Having the same classes with peers and professors allows close bonds to develop that will last a lifetime

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: One of the top research universities in the nation, top in the state. Wide variety of colleges and majors available, advising and tutoring support easy to come by, professors generally care about the well being of students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Florida! Mostly sunny all year around and very mild temperature. Right now, it's the middle of December and it's probably the coldest (61 degrees) it's been around 4 in the afternoon all winter long. There's beaches east and west of Gainesville that are only a 2 hour drive in either direction.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I ride my bike to class so I don't worry about parking. Parking on campus isn't bad: you can normally find a spot and there are buses to take you where ever you need to go once you park, and they run almost continuously. Don't park where you shouldn't be parking though, because you will get a $30 ticket! (that you can normally challenge and almost always get it brought down to $15) :)

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Make sure you complete FAFSA on time, or early!! Best financial aid goes to those who complete it first. Didn't have Florida prepaid but I did have bright futures, plus extra scholarships/grants given to me by the school. Definitely going to struggle to make ends meet for grad school

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I had a meal plan during my whole first year as a freshman. Convenient when you're living on campus so you don't have to have cooking supplies. Open late and usually pretty yummy. OMG COOKIES. After several months, the food got a little repetitive. Luckily, there's several restaurants on campus where you can use flex bucks throughout the semester

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life really does a lot of raising awareness and funding for a variety of causes/issues. Their always elected as student body officials for the school. Greek life is very cliquey and they tend to keep to themselves when partying/out on the town. Frats are known for throwing huge parties where everyone is invited (meaning frat brothers of that house and any girl - regardless of if they're Greek). Dance Marathon raises millions towards Children's Miracle Networks

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Always something going on in Gainesville either with the college or with downtown. Very active eco-friendly town with local produce and shops. Beautiful wildlife and scenic opportunities around Gainesville and good bike/walking trails.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Can find a club on campus for anything, and outreach programs within the community to support student life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Not as popping as Miami, but you can find several different types of nightlife throughout the city: Midtown is good for dive bars and cheap drinks, downtown has a variety of spots good for dancing (to all kinds of music), listening to live music, or relaxing with food and drinks inside/outside. Buses run until 3 Thursday-Saturday and there are a lot of companies using electric cars for free, just pay tip

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Everything pretty centered around the university and not too expensive. Late delivery for only $2 for most resturants, wide variety of options

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Many are influenced to do drugs/drink alcohol, especially in Greek life. The strip of bars called midtown is where you can find upperclassmen any night of the week, downtown is crowded on the weekends. Decent amount of rave culture

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Mostly new Macs, free printing at the student union, wireless has gotten a lot better throughout campus

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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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