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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Bus is the best method to get to and from campus. Little parking. Shuttle so you don't have to walk alone at night.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Very strict on plagiarism and cheating. Lots of proctors at exams

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The dining hall food itself is not the greatest, options around campus such as chick-fil-a, panda express, burger king, Moes, etc. are awesome

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town is centered around the University so its great.

4 College Junior

Academics: I know from visiting my program has its own building and Im looking forward to taking classes.

4 College Junior

Academics: I haven't started classes yet but what I have heard the University of Florida is a great school.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I didn't receive a lot of financial aid even though I need it very much much thats not what it says on the FASFA. So now I have to go else where that will increase my loans by a lot and I wish I didn't need to do that.

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College Junior

Parking: I haven't begun classes yet so I have no clue how parking is on campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation has been nothing but interesting. The majority of the work is hands on, interactive, and conceptual, so you learn to really understand and predict conditions, facts, processes, etc. rather than merely know or memorize them. Being a specific field of study, no one in the department "fell into it," so you will find that everyone has a rowdy passion for the subject.

4 College Junior

Academics: I have not run into a poor professor. They have all been welcoming, encouraging, and thoroughly knowledgeable. Most of them are disappointed when no one comes to office hours. I have had a few classes that were run primarily by the TAs; this was not a problem at all because the TAs were well selected and had been studying the topic of the class for ages, and if you really wanted to speak with the professor, he/she was still available.

4 College Senior

Computers: Most of the computers on campus have been upgraded at UFL over the last couple of years.

3 College Senior

Diversity: As the flagship campus of the Florida system, there's more that UF could do to ensure a diverse student population and to make minoritized area studies feel integral to the university.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: The bus system is pretty extensive, free for students, and fairly on time.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: The notification system is confusing. When additional information is required, it is not always clear.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: For students that live on or very close to campus the bus system is great. If you live further away from campus the busses aren't as frequent and fill up during the first few days. Parking is a pain for everybody. The SNAP system isn't very user friendly, especially if you don't have a smart phone. I don't know much about the ZIP cars but I've heard it's a nifty program. There are a few busses (non university affiliated) that run to Tampa and South East Florida for weekends. Don't try driving on game days!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The University Police are very on top of things and respond to necessary situations quickly that need to be attended to.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are some financial aid opportunities available, but they are somewhat difficult to get.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: They are probably the most important activity on campus. Plus, the teams are good.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: They can be somewhat choosy, but it doesn't matter if you are in it or not.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a good mix of fast food and sit down restaurants, with great variety of price and food, both local and chain.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The accounting school is one of the top 10 in the country. It is difficult but will pay off in the end. Excellent program but difficult.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UFPD circulates the campus at night but Some incidents

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free bus service for students when you show your ID. There are plenty of buses/bus routes usually every 15-30 minutes. Navigating around Gainesville and the campus is not a problem at all. Public transportation is the preferred method of most students as opposed to driving because there is limited parking on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is not as convenient as living on campus because of distance, but the privacy and independence are worth it. The costs vary but most places off campus are much cheaper than dorms. Be sure to sign your lease early! Availability and parking are usually not a problem. Plenty of buses at all times. There have been stories of break ins and burglaries but they are rare. Gainesville apartments are overall a safe and convenient alternative to dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are tons of options at the dining halls, and they have different items every day but they tend to get boring. Gator Corner Dining is the best dining hall on campus though paying about $9 per meal (if you don't have a meal plan) may not be worth it, but unlimited meal plans are only worth it if you eat a lot, otherwise you might as well spend the money on better food at off campus restaurants. Flex bucks are usually accepted everywhere on 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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