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5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's an amazing atmosphere. There is so much school spirit and everyone is so nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Libraries are HUGE and wonderful for studying. However, dorms are cramped and many times strange especially the lower freshman dorms. Campus traditions are evident everywhere. University of Florida gives students a booklet on different traditions and events that students can participate in. The school loves it when students get involved.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: In Florida, there is not much bad weather. The only thing that can stop classes completely is hurricanes, which rarely occur. Rain may cause students to be slightly late but classes carry on uninterrupted.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I was NOT a gator fan when I came to Gainesville for the first time. I thought that University of Florida was too large and not useful to me. However, the immense love and happiness of the students on campus convinced me that I could not only belong in a student body of 50,000 students, but thrive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drugs are available everywhere and if you want to find them; you will. However, University of Florida, even with a huge body of students, tries with every effort to create a drug free campus to surround the students will.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports at the University of Florida are extraordinary. In the top conference and competing in the top tier of student-atheletes in the nation, the university dedicates an infinite amount to accomplish the set goals. There is a spectacular training and workout amenities. The facilities include friendly and passionate staff that help in all aspects for the athelete: physically, pyschologically, academically, and for a fufilled college experience. IM and clubs sports are also popular. There are many oppurtunities for students to get involved in at all competitive levels. A new trend is underwater hockey.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is very involved in the party scene and community involvement. But it doesn't dominate the athletics, but contribute to the support from the students. It's noted if you are involved in Greek life, which is great as it encourages one's involvement, academics and school pride. It's nice to have a group of friends and be able to network, which are all great oppurtunities and experiences!

4 College Junior

Local Area: Gainesville is a small town with lots of college life to offer. Gainesville thrives on the University of Florida, which is the heart of the town. About an hour away is the beach and natural springs that are great get-aways from the big party student life. The town offers many shows and art festivals for the students and the community to be involved in the Gator Nation! Visit the Butterfly Museum and attend the athletic events that are a great experience in the spirited atomosphere!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are some really cool professors here and enough teaching assistants to really help all the students who need to ask questions. Everyone is pretty open to help however they can and do so fittingly.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's not too hard to find Off-Campus housing, but it may be more expensive the closer you are to campus and what all you want included in your rent. Although some of the apartments are not the best options, there are really great options within a couple miles of the school that are cheap and give exactly what you need, plus less living limitations.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although some facilities for campus housing are fantastic, dorm rooms could be better, some are working on renovations and don't always have air conditioning; however, most have personal air conditioning units and thermostats that allow each room to be comfortable according to the occupants.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Education is raving here as many of the students are from higher positions in grades from their high schools. This makes the college really competitive and yet easy to balance when focused.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are greatly sought out and supported by the majority of faculty, staff, and students. There are some workout facilities that are absolutely eye-opening including a room dedicated to biking. Theres a lot of room to workout on your own or with other students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Professors are almost always passionate about the major. I'm a Sociology major and I am always learning something new each day. Professors are usually easy to talk to and engage in conversations over Sociology career options, such as research, teaching, medical field, law, etc. Workload consists of much reading and writing. Not too difficult, pretty easy to handle. Internship opportunities are usually found off campus. Typically small classrooms compared to other majors, so it's easy to have answers to your questions and engage in conversations with other students. Major consists of many class discussions and a couple group projects. A couple research papers here and there. Need to take Stats 1 and 2 for the major, and a couple other required Sociology courses such as Research Methods and Sociological thought and theory. Many options for courses, interesting subjects such as sociology of masculinity, sociology of women, poverty, society and the individual, etc.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: My school is one of the top public universities in Florida. Every student here is proud to be a Florida gator. We are filled with school pride, we take pride in our sports and its accomplishments, along with academic accomplishments. Even though he's somewhat of an embarrassment to the school, Ryan Lochte is a gator and he is an Olympic champion. Even in the movie Parenthood, the University's Turlington plaza is shown. There's always something to do on campus. There is Krishna lunch, and we have all kinds of options for dining such as Moe's, Papa John's, Subway, Freshens, Burger King, Panda Express, Starbucks...We have a non-smoking campus and are a green school. We have an amazing Career Resource Center that provides students with resources for internships and other career related opportunities. They also help with resumes, applications, cover letters, etc. We have a great bus transportation system. You can always find something to do for nightlife around midtown area and downtown.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics is really important at UF. Everyone is somehow involved and attend games.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: You have access to high quality equipment. You may have to travel to reach a level of quality equipment, but it's always provided.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a number of diverse and small mom-and-pop places along with traditional chain restaurants. A majority of them surround UF campus, making it convenient to grab a bite if you live on campus or surrounding it. There are a lot of places that stay open later for late night prowlers.

3 College Senior

Weather: Fall semester is perfect if you don't mind the heat. Winters are mild and all of my out-of-state friends walk around in shorts and t-shirts while the Floridians are bundled up. Unfortunately, during the summer it rains almost every day.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: As a student at the University of Florida, I am allowed to use the Gainesville bus system for free as long as I have my UF ID card. Buses arrive at each bus stop every 20 minutes, making it a convenient way for me to get to classes.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The University of Florida is a non-smoking campus, and violators are fined accordingly. Also, on campus drinking is frowned upon.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The University of Florida is considered one of the best college educations that a student can receive in the United States. It has multiple majors that rank in the top 10 of the country and is also known for extensive research opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: While Greek life is generally viewed as a "must" at most universities, that is not the case at the University of Florida. At UF, there are hundreds of other clubs that are not associated to Greek life that enable students to become involved.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is very hard to find a good apartment with everything you want and/or need but there are some great ones out there. APPLY EARLY!!!

4 College Junior

Administration: Campus rules are not all that strict, the only one anyone can really complain about is the 20 mile per hour speed limit on campus that bikes have been pulled over for.

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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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