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3 College Freshman

Administration: If you aren't appearing to be actively committing a crime, no one bothers you.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are tons of people here, so you can encounter different people of different faiths and religions, as well as different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's been pretty good, there are a ton of things to do here even if you aren't an athlete or Greek.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't want to be a part of the drug and alcohol scene, you're not alone. You have to actively look for drugs. Not many people openly drink alcohol on campus, but it is apparent in the amount of people who go to bars off campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge on campus, and you can feel excluded sometimes if you're not part of it. Still, there are plenty of people who aren't greek at all.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The actual dining halls don't have the best food, but some things are good. Other options on campus are everywhere, but can be pricy depending where.

1 College Freshman

Parking: It's awful. Don't bring a car unless you have to.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: This is a college town and the college is the center of attention. There is nothing outside of Gainesville but farm land. Good thing the town has plenty to do. It's big enough where you have plenty to do, but not big enough to get lost.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is much more popular than drugs here, but drugs are at almost every party. Mostly weed, but ecstasy and cocaine have been around as well. I've never been peer pressured with drugs. The police are very strict with drugs and alcohol and you will get in serious trouble if you are caught.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: It's not that you don't need a car, it's that you can't park anywhere. Parking is so scarce and parking decals are expensive. Not to mention traffic. Buses are free but can be unreliable as they will stay at one particular stop on their route from 5-20minutes. They will show up even when they aren't running and vice versa. Zip cars are expensive so split it with friends. If you don't like the bus or no buses are running you can take snap. A free shuttle service. It's awful. They are the most unreliable form of transportation available. Buses are a hundred times better.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is very diverse in every way possible. So much so that it's ridiculous if you act racist toward any group.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is wide variety of off-campus housing. The trend is the closer to campus, the more expensive. Most of the nice apartments by sorority row are owned by a company called trimark who are over priced and con people into paying more than others. On the other hand, if you have the money it is worth it, even if the apartments are cheaply made, maintenance is free. There are many apartments on a major road leading to campus that have much better rates. They are not as fancy and you may want to bring a car, but they are not a safety issue

3 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is stressful and a huge hassle. Classes fill up quickly and freshman register last so we don't get optimum classes. Depending on the class the curriculum can be very easy or very difficult. Many electives are easy while most core classes require a lot of work. Homework is dependent on the professor and professors come in all varieties. Some are very good, while others are very bad.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It's a lot of work being pre-med. The chemistry classes are extremely difficult. I do not know much about internships at this point. Psychology is interesting but comes with a lot of work as well.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really like the area and the big school vibe. Also, this is the best school in Florida academically and I get bright futures while going here so I would definitely choose to go here again.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: In the gator nation there is nothing but school spirit and many parties revolve around the football schedule. There is always traffic when any varsity sport is playing as hundreds of people rush to watch them. I personally enjoy the gyms, although the weight room can be a bit crowded.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I plan to get one, but you have to get involved and get to know the right people in order to do it. You cannot just walk up and get an internship.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm pre-med so most of classes aren't much fun and give me a constant stress headache, but I've worked hard to get here. I don't think I'll have trouble finding a job since child psychiatrists will always be needed. Especially as the world grows crazier.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: We have a club for everything here as well as social opportunities that go on almost every day. For example, every day there is an outdoor lunch with music in a certain area of the school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is plenty of study space between multiple libraries and copious green spaces to hang out, relax, or study. It's easy to get involved and students are always tabling for different events. There is plenty of food, although it's over priced. Of course everywhere is typically crowded during the day, especially the buses.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs around campus, but they are almost always overcrowded so it's best you have your own laptop. Printing is free in some areas so you don't really need a printer, especially since most things are done online. If you get a school computer, the boot up is extremely slow and the computers can be unreliable and glitchy.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They can be a bit stingy when it comes to giving out money and even if you do get money they basically audit you constantly so they can take some away.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at UF is VERY strong. They tend to lead student run organizations - student government in particular. Sometimes they are viewed as negatively manipulating the student money for their own uses. The top tier sororities are very difficult to get into and there is still moderate competition among even the lower tier sororities. There is no clash between Greeks versus non-Greeks (my best friend is in a sorority and I'm not!) and in terms of most social events, it's more convenient to be in a sorority but girls in particular can still attend frat parties even if they aren't in a sorority (although this is generally regarded as odd). The nationally recognized sororities and fraternities all have houses on campus that generally accommodate about 70 members and all members have lunch and dinner at their respective houses.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses aren't very reliable and a car is convenient for transportation although at the same time, there is horrible parking on campus. The buses the school provides are free for university students which is nice. For long-distance transportation, a car is essential - the school offers rentable Zip cars.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I came in with over 80 credits between AP and IB classes in high school (UF only takes up to 45 credit hours though) so I enjoy that I don't have to take the humdrum general education credits. I will already be in 5 semester tracking courses in the second half of my freshman year so its nice to be taking higher level courses so early in my college career.

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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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