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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't personally stay off campus but I have friends that do. Every time I go over I always have a great time, living off campus in my opinion makes you feel more like an adult rather than living on campus. There is always parking when I visit and there are always three or two bus routes that stop by each housing complex off campus. They're also very close to campus so you don;t have to stress being late to class. I recently talked to a friend of mine who lives off campus and she told me how much she pays for a full school year which is actually a few dollars cheaper than what I pay, she has her own room and bathroom, there's also a kitchen and a living area. I can;t wait to live off campus myself and experience college a different way.

4 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into the Microbiology pre-medical program was relatively easy. There was no special application process when applying. You do have to keep up with the major requirements and grades to ensue that you can stay in good standing within the program.

4 College Junior

Majors: The Microbiology program is a great program with many opportunities. I enjoyed all of my classes and found them all to be relevant to to my field of study. Many research opportunities, including jobs, volunteer work, and internships are always available. My career goals are to go to Medical School and become an Emergency Department Physician. I do not have any concerns about finding a job because the health care field is on the rise.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. It is an open campus, but has many safety features on it. It is well lit and has good campus security, including blue light emergency stations where you can call for help. When called, emergency campus police will be on site in less than 60 seconds.

3 College Junior

Majors: The application process was easy to complete but my college sent admission letters very late... July. This made making housing arrangements and plans very rushed.
As always, it is better to apply as early as possible.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few basic places to go eat, like everything from Tijuana, Moes, and pizza places. Gainesville isn't home to many extravagant places to eat, but everything they do have is good quality and fairly affordable.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think that Greek life is a big part of UF. A lot of things on campus revolve around being Greek, like dance marathon, relay for life and many other organizations. The majority of Panhellenic frats and sororities have houses. The sorority houses are top notch, and the fraternity houses are pretty dirty and could use a lot of work.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in the state of Florida in general but especially at the University of Florida is bipolar. In the summer it gets very hot (I come from South Florida), and in the winter months it can get as low as the 20s. It rains sometimes but we rarely have any serious thunderstorms. Some days the weather is fantastic and days like today the sun never came out. Bring all types of clothing.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Maybe it is just me however I have had a negative experience with financial aide. I am entering my second year at the university and I basically just receive loans which is very disappointing. There are many scholarships offered and available but in my opinion they are difficult to be awarded if you are not a minority and are an only child.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The computers are all functioning and up to date. There is a free printing lab in the middle of campus, however it would be nice if the hours were extended or if more options were made available throughout the campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I came from a very diverse High School in Miami, and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of diversity and tolerance of different cultures on the campus at the University of Florida.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking has improved, but it tends to be far away. You still have at least a 10 minute walk or you have to wait for the bus even if you drive onto campus. Parking decals aren't cheap, but are worth it if you don't have time for the transit system (especially if you have a job off campus).

4 College Junior

Transportation: Public Transportation is really good on campus. Sometimes you have to wait for a few buses right after each class due to the volume of students leaving. Many of the bus stops aren't covered, so it is unpleasant if you have to wait in the rain.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The labs usually have a lot of people, but I have always been able to find a spot to do homework. The connection speed is very fast and reliable. It's always good to have your own computer so if you can't find a computer available in the lab, you have a back up plan.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports at UF are huge. We have large gymnasiums and places to work out or play recreational sports. People from all over the country come to see big home games and the seats are always full. Our school is partially known for our exceptional sports teams and school spirit. IM sports are also huge and many people watch those games as well.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have rarely felt unsafe at my college's large ad beautiful campus. UFPD patrols the school at all times and are very quick to respond to threats ad violations. Theft is common for unattended items but as long as doors are locked and items are not left unattended it its uncommon for robbery. Free transportation services are available late at night.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I personally love the weather in Gainesville. It will be cool throughout the winter without any snow to worry about. The summer's however, can be quite hot and wet, but most people don't stay the summer so this shouldn't be that big of an issue.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As I'm only a freshman I haven't had very many Biomedical Engineering courses yet, but from what I know, this is a very difficult field to get into because you don't get to apply for the actual program until year and the University is very selective with who gets to enter. Thus it is very important to do the best of your abilities in your General Courses to be able to enter the Biomedical Engineering program your junior year.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Most of the professors are helpful and know how to teach their class, the curriculum isn't that overbearing so that it takes away all your free time but it is still rigorous and requires a lot of focus for you to succeed.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are definitely a variety of places to choose from, ranging from typical chain restaurants to local restaurants that you would only find in Gainesville.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I liked living on campus. It was easy to get to know peopl and convenient to get to class.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I like the engineering program. It can be difficult to get all the classes you need when you need them.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had any internships yet but plan to have one. There are good career services at UF, however, there is a lot of competition for the internships. I will probably seek one on my own.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I entered my major Freshman year and had no problem. I was able easily meet with my advisor and we set a path of study. There was no special application process.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: UF has an excellent engineering school. I would recommend it to anyone. Their graduates have jobs in top firms. I would definitely choose this major again. I hope to get a job in a top engineering firm and I think I will be able to get one.


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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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