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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school, the University of Florida is great. In addition to an awesome education, there are PBS/NPR TV and Radio station on campus that supplement my communications education, and I believe that makes it unique.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the academics the University of Florida has to offer, but I believe I would be more happy in city or larger town with more opportunities and thing to do. I am also a music major so I wish I attended a school with more to offer in the avenue of music.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather in Gainesville is a bit sporadic. I was driven mad the first two months with rain everyday and it is clear if you are to be moving to Gainesville you should invest in a nice rain jacket and umbrella. As we approached December the weather would shift from constant heat to nearly freezing in the time the sun would go down.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The closest gym to the central part of campus is quite small for the volume of people who use it. Group fitness classes are great and offered with many varieties. The second on campus gym, which is a bit farther, is large and very nice with quite enough equipment for the demands.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Gainesville is a COLLEGE TOWN. There is not much to it other than The University of Florida, but the benefits to this are that is a good town for college students and there are plenty of dining options and shopping! However, I fin that for many career opportunities, I would need to move to a larger town or city.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships:
I received my financial aid in a timely manner and it was an easy process. Along with receiving bright futures and other private scholarships, I did receive a scholarship through the School of Music and I received all of these payments easily and without hassle. One thing to note that I was unaware of was that scholarships like bright futures do not just deduct from your tuition, but rather you pay the full amount and then receive the amount of scholarship owed to you after in check form or credited to your upcoming financial payments. But I believe this is typical of most schools.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Although there is a decent variety, it consists mostly of chain restaurants and fast-food. Late night options are scarce and most restaurant hours are inconvenient because they close at 4 and 5 o'clock at night. Student discounts work at a good number of dining options. One of my favorite dining places is the "Home Zone" in the Reitz Union. This restaurant makes fresh dinner and lunch options everyday ranging from carved turkey and mashed potatoes to fish and macaroni and there is always delicious dessert!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is not always the most convenient on campus. Parking for on-campus students is ideal because it is close to classes and central parts of campus as well as the dorms, however, I find many times I am driving through my designated parking lot waiting for a spot to open. Parking for students that commute is not as convenient because most lots and garages are not within walking distance from campus and busses must be used to get to the central parts of campus. Permits are not excessively pricey but parking is not the most ideal either.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining on campus is average because all though there are many options for food, the hours are not always the most convenient and the dining halls lack in quality. On campus, there is a large variety of chain restaurants, however, I find most of the hours of these places to be inconvenient closing at 4 and 5 in the afternoon so many are closed before I get out of class. Dining halls are nice and the food is generally good, but there are few options and many of the same dishes are served daily giving less variety to the daily meals. On campus convenience stores are great for their late hours and there is a 24-hour Starbucks for late nights, however the prices in the convenience stores are extremely high and flex bucks get used up quicker than one would imagine.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is much to choose from in off-campus housing at The University of Florida. There is a great variety in prices, however as would be expected the price you pay does play a large factor in the safety and convenience of the housing. The main benefit of living off campus at UF is the cost off living is generally cheaper than living on campus. Although rent rates and utilities often equate to a higher rate then on campus in rent, students save substantially more in food costs. Food plans are not required with on campus housing, but it is extremely difficult to live without them in the majority of on campus dorms because they do not have in room kitchens for cooking and storing food. One down side to off campus housing would be commuting to the school. Many dorms are available within walking distance and these are ideal because otherwise one would need to plan additional time into each day to find on campus parking for class in one of the commuter parking lots and many of these lots require bus transportation to transport students to the central parts of campus.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: The thing that bothers me the most about campus police is that I see them giving bike riders tickets all the time. They should encourage students to ride bikes instead of scooters but instead they're steering students like myself away.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses around campus are pretty convenient. They will take you pretty much anywhere. I'm my apartment complex though, there are only a few busses that run. And they don't run past seven or so.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to eat within a local proximity which is nice. Most of the restaurants however are for the most part chains or fast food joints. There are a few authentic Asian restaurants though, which are delicious.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many different races of people present on campus. The majority of the students here at the university of Florida are tolerate of all races and sexual orientation.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I've never had a problem with any drugs or alcohol since being at UF. I'm sure it's around, it's a college town, but it's not all over the place.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's hard to find mom and pop places. Gainesville is 90% chain restaurants. Not really my taste.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's Florida. It's usually hot. Rainy at the end of Spring semester and beginning of Fall semester.

4 College Junior

Administration: I've never had a problem with campus police or administration, but I've also never lived on campus. I'm not sure how that goes.

4 College Junior

Majors: I've never had an internship, seeing as I've just transferred from community college, but I plan on applying to various radio stations for the summertime. I've already talked to a few advisers about my plans and they have all been very helpful and supportive.

5 College Junior

Majors: I am a telecommunication news major. As a telecom major, I had to take the "News Test" to determine whether or not I'd even get into the News track, which made me nervous, but I passed my first time taking it and am absolutely thrilled for next semester. I get to work at the radio station as part of my grade, and all my professors have been nothing short of wonderful. I love being a telecom major!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've only lived off-campus and I love it! There are tons of apartment complexes available around town, each with varying amenities and prices. If you don't mind splurging a bit, you can have your own room, bath and share a W&D with roommates, as well as a complex with a pool, clubhouse, gym, tanning bed different courts and fields for sports, for a few hundred dollars. I love the freedom of being able to come and go as I please, whenever I please.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Gainesville has a high population with a small town feel. Everything is very spread out and rural when you get off Archer Road. There's things to do, but nothing outside of Gainesville. It's also pretty far from any other city. Orlando and Jacksonville are an hour and a half away, and Tampa and Tallahassee are two hours away. So, if you don't find anything to do in Gainesville, you'd better have gas in your tank and time to waste driving.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: There are lots of different places to eat at UF during the day, but if you have a night class, you'd better make sure you eat before because most places close around 7:30. I find this annoying, especially since there is on campus living arrangements. I understand not all things can be open all the time, but 7:30 seems a bit early to me.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: All of the programs offered at UF seem to be top notch, buildings are nice and clean, and there's never much trouble with anything I've been involved in.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: From what I've seen in my first semester, there's a lot to do and be involved with at UF. There's hundreds of clubs, and if you don't find one you like, you can literally make your own. There's many options for Greek life, college organizations, and events to be a part of. UF obviously has a very strong tradition when it comes to football games. It's a great place to be involved, I just wish it was a bit easier for people who are new and don't have connections to join in too...

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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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