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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a public relations major at the UF School of Journalism and Communications. I love the program. I feel that all of my courses are really doing a great job at preparing me for what's next after college. Intro to PR gave me a greater insight to the PR field. Multimedia Writing and JOU2005 have really perfected my writing skills. It's great knowing that I now have the ability to write articles for a newspaper or press releases for a PR firm. My instructors have also encouraged me to starting my own blog which has been very fulfilling and has further exercised my writing skills.

UF also has the largest PRSSA chapter in the nation. I joined this year and it has been one of the best decisions I've made while in college. I've gotten to meet great people and network as well. It's given me a great opportunity to practice my PR skills.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student population at UF is extremely diverse. There are nearly 50,000 students which makes it easy to be so diverse. You certainly see all kinds of people on campus and in your classes. It's always great talking to someone new and learning about a whole different culture. One of the best things about the student population is that everyone is, for the most part, accepting of others, whether they're different or not.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: So far, all of my professors at the University of Florida have been extremely insightful and inspiring. They're not just here to teach and grade papers but they make an effort to connect with their students and guide them outside of the classroom as well as within the classroom. Some of my professors have even played a big role in helping me earn internship positions by helping me prepare my portfolio and helping me prepare for interviews.

The courses are really interesting and informing. I look forward to going to class to learn about the field of public relations (my major).
Another great thing is that, for the most part, the majority of the course load remains within the class period and not at home.

The registration process is made simpler by the really helpful academic advisers that are made available to every student. The advisers guide us into choosing the courses that will keep us on track.

Another thing I love about this university is the dedication it has to its students outside of the classroom environment. For example, I am someone who struggles with math. I'm currently enrolled in statistics but going to class and paying attention isn't enough to help me fully get a grip on the concepts being taught. Thankfully, UF offers math tutoring from Monday to Friday beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. That gives you the whole day to walk in at your convenience for extra help in math or reading and writing. The best part — it's completely free.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Do not cheat or plagiarize. You will get caught and they will make your life hell. As for underage drinking, the cops only intervene if completely necessary/breaking up a party/when it's gameday. You can get a written arrest for underage drinking and then they'll make you go a program about drinking to a group or other things. Don't do drugs in your room- plenty of people got caught while I was there and they got in a boat load of trouble.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I was a Psychology major and let's be honest, it was not that hard. UF is huge research school so a lot of the classes are research based and professors will try to get you involved in their research projects--which is great if you like doing research. UF has a great psych program and it is one of the largest majors on campus but the classes are held in the oldest building. If you want to do psych at UF, try to go the IDS route... you get to know professors really well and it is huge for networking and getting an internship.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UF's campus is CRAZY diverse and it's amazing! There are so many different clubs/organizations that embrace diversity. Throughout my 4 years at UF, I came across so many different types of people-- not just racially or ethnically, but of different religions and walks of life. UF is a very liberal campus so we embrace accept diversity. There are always rallies on campus for different reasons, promoting different groups, being LGBT or whatnot. My favorite part of campus was the Plaza of the Americas where the Hare Krishnas would bring a "karma free" lunch to campus from 11-2 every school day. The food is awesome and its a great way to mingle with people you do not see everyday.

4 College Senior

Majors: I've had a couple internships. I am a Sociology major, so the internships I've had have involved working with low-income families. None of my internships have paid, but they have been very flexible. I have learned a lot from working at these places and I have a better understanding of what kind of issues low-income individuals in Gainesville are facing (not being able to pay rent, utility bills too costly, difficult trying to find a job) and I've been able to help implement some programs that assist these individuals with overcoming or facilitating these issues. I did have the responsibility of paying attention to detail and completing assignments given to me on time. I also had to maintain confidentiality when working with low-income individuals or patrons.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: You can find rednecks, party girls and boys, fraternity bros and sorority girls, studious girls and boys. There is a lot of diversity. Different ethnicities and races. You will see many cliques, Asians hanging out with Asians, Latinos hanging out with Latinos, African Americans hanging out with other African Americans, Sororities and Fraternities hanging out with one another, etc. Same-sex couples are starting to come out in public more often, which is fantastic! Girls are pretty, some boys are attractive, but a lot of them look like tools. Some girls dress up way too fancy for school. Many wear leggings as pants and too much make up. Sometimes I don't understand how some of the girls were accepted into the University. A lot of the guys dress the same with dress shirts, boat shoes, and bermuda shorts.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is very convenient. Buses running at all times. There's also a van called S.N.A.P. that can pick you up at certain locations during the night and early morning. Some buses do not follow their schedules and some take very long to get to their destination, but they are still convenient to save money on gas.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Free bus rides covered by tuition. You can go most places with the bus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As you'd expect, the closer you are the campus, in general the prices will increase. There is not set rule regarding parking, safety, convenience, cost, it will depend solely on your landlord. Parking is usually free. You will be able to find an apartment, but it might not be the location or price you want. Regardless of where you go read anything you sign. When you visit an apartment, personally ask several tenants about the place, they will give you a pretty honest answer.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great buildings and facilities, always something to do events-wise

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Best in the country, always top in whatever sport, lots of fans, spirit and nice facilities

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: status symbol, greeks and non-greeks don't usually get along unless they're normal people

1 College Student

Weather: The weather is bipolar. Most days the weather changes from morning to afternoon so ill be fine one minute and miserable the next. Either overdressed or underdressed.

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3 College Student

Technology: There are computers available but very few for what I need them for.

2 College Student

Parking: Parking is terrible. There are never spaces available when you need them. Decals are expensive for off campus students and you have to ride the bus even if you drive your car.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm an engineering major at the University of Florida, and I really enjoy the program! While the classes are a bit difficult (most of the lower-level classes are designed to "weed out" all the premed students), professors want to make sure that you understand the material really well. It takes a lot of hard work to succeed, but it is definitely possible to do well. You just need to make sure you put a lot of time into studying. Overall, the workload isn't bad. Most professors don't give assignments just for the sake of busy work. The assignments are there to reinforce your knowledge of the subject or to give you extra practice. Just manage your time wisely, and don't fall behind on assignments.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My career goal with Criminology and Psychology is to work with the government, preferably the FBI or the Department of Corrections. Both programs offer informative, useful classes and provide many internship, job or extracurricular activities. I don't have many concerns with finding a job after college because my areas of study offer me so many options.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm double majoring in Criminology and Psychology at the University of Florida, both of which are in the Liberal Arts and Sciences college. Each has greatly varied areas of interest, with great classes and many academic or social activities.

5 College Freshman

Technology: The wireless network at the University of Florida is campus-wide. There are computer labs located all across campus, with a Tech Help Desk located at the Hub. 250 free printed pages are available at the Reitz Student Union as well as color copiers, fax machines, etc in the various libraries. There's even a FedEx shipping store. It's not necessary to bring your own printed unless your classes require you to print notes, but a personal computer is good for notetaking, homework, or extracurricular activities.

2 College Freshman

Administration: UFPD is strict with on-campus underage drinking and things like theft. The academic honor policy is taken very seriously, especially by the deans and professors-however, each college has its own procedures for infractions.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I came to the University of Florida because it offered one of the only criminology-specific majors in Florida. The classes in every area I've taken are great and the professors go above and beyond with review sessions, study hours and appointments to help you. Registration is relatively easy, although the system inevitably crashes during peak hours.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It is almost the same cost with on campus. Location may vary but definitely easy to get to campus. But not recommended for freshmen

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: It is a party school but there is strict enforcement still

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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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