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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls are pretty nerdy but that doesn't mean they aren't fun to hang with. The cool thing about UF girls is that a lot of them workout and they have some nice bodies. At night Gainesville is a party city so most girls go out and drink with friends or if not they spend the night studying. Also girls like to wear yoga pants for some strange reason.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Sports at UF are taken very seriously. Football is the most supported sport as far as student involvement, fan support, school spirit and athletic facilities are concerned. The home UF football games really bring the city of Gainesville to life. A UF home game is definitely a special experience to all who may come.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The UF campus is large and there is a lot of walking involved in your academic and social life. Unfortunately, in the early fall and late spring, or if you're attending over the summer, the heat and humidity can become unbearable. There aren't really seasons in Gainesville and being in the middle of the state there isn't a lot of wind to help cool. As with the rest of Florida, thunderstorms are a part of life and you should always be prepared for sun or rain.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is a fair amount of crime on campus, but we are alerted when any occurs via text message and e-mail. I've never lived on campus, but I know that most people move off as soon as possible, whether that's a choice due to safety or lifestyle probably depends on the person.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Facilities: The old collegiate look is nice, but it feels very dingy in places. The "green spaces" are mostly grass and weeds, and computers on campus look like they have not been cleaned in 10 years.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Summers are the hottest, most humid and stagnant in the whole state. Then it becomes more mild in fall and spring, but with wide temperature fluctuations over the course of day (e.g. need a sweatshirt in the morning, then can't wear it in the afternoon and sweat while walking between classes). Winter can get very cold (by Florida standards).

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1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There is a supposed "strict" honor code in place, and it is enforced strictly in some classes and contexts, but not others. Some online classes have webcam proctored exams, and some have no regulations at all. A major source of cheating are the groups of people I have seen in science classes who share all their materials, especially lab materials and old exams, with their friends after them.

1 College Senior

Parking: A majority of students get scooters or motorcycles because otherwise you can't park on campus. Most students take the bus, ride bikes, or walk. You can only get a parking decal if you live on campus, and even then you have to park a mile away from your dorm.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Busses are pretty convenient in Gainesville. They even have "later gator" busses that run after hours. UF also has a program called "SNAP" which will drive you anywhere on campus after dark until 2am.

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Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
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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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