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4 College Junior

Majors: As an architecture major one of the advantages of the UF Citylab Program is the preparation that it gives to its students for the professional world. Although I havent had the chance to find an internship that suits my interests I definity plan on getting one soon. Accoring to my classmates who have an intership the pay is pretty decent and the workload varies depending on your skills.

4 College Junior

Majors: As an Architecture major, I am very satisfed with my program. I had the opportunity to stay in my local town and save money on out of state tuition and other room and board expenses. I have access to quality education from one of the best school in the state for my field and the possibility networking with local architects while getting involved with the local AIA (American Institute of Architects) chapter. If I had the opportunity I would definitely do it all over again. My career goals are far more achievable with this program since I have internship possibilities that would eventually allow me to get my architecture license. One concern that I currently have with the field that I chose is the lack of security the architecture profession has. Unfortunately, architects as not as well regarded as they used to be in the past.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am currently enrolled in the UF Citylab Masters program of Architecture based in Downtown Orlando, FL. Since, the program was recently established, there are a few disadvantages. However, I have enjoyed the program since its curriculum offers a strong basis for the study of architecture in the urban environment and the design studio fosters critical analysis thru a demanding and interesting set of problematic scenarios presented in the local community to be solved architecturally. The workload is very demanding as any architecture school, but the exposure to the local architecture community is one of the perks of being in the heart of Downtown therefore the possibilities for internships are definitelly far more. Even though the facility is small, it offers a good 24 hour studio space with available printers, 24 hour security, and free parking!!

4 College Junior

Majors: The Program has an organized system of admissions validated thru the NAAB accreditation which is clearly based on a combination of portfolio strength as well as GPA.

3 College Junior

Academics: UF is known for their academics. Just keep in mind that this is a research university. In order for faculty to get promoted and keep their jobs they must publish. This can take away focus from teaching.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Everything is very silod. You will get shipped from office to office and do not expect extra special accommodations; the school is too large for that. Registration is easy and if you have enough aid coming in they do a good job on deferring payments. Some residence halls are not A/C, BIG deal in Florida. Definitely make sure where you live is near classes. It is easier to walk versus driving.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports at UF are enormous. Every student is trying to get a ticket for the game, or tailgate and then watch it with some buddies. All of the gyms are extremely nice, spacious, and have a lot of equipment. Recreational and club sports are easy to join and very fun. You can play basically any sport you want.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus transportation is extremely user-friendly. You access bus schedules and a real-time map of the bus locations through the bus website or through the UF mobile application. At night, UF has Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) vans and other free transportation that you can call to request a pick up.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Tons of stuff to do in the city of Gainesville. There is a ton of history and cultural events. Great nature and outdoor activities with Paynes Prairie and other local state parks. The school has over 800 clubs to join, getting involved in the school will give you tons of opportunities for activities to do. Student love going to UF!

5 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are HUGE at UF. From Gator football, basketball, track, volleyball, baseball, we're great at everything.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Great Florida weather! Summer months are rough, try to avoid attending class during the summer. October through April is beautiful here.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants around campus, from chinese to mexican, you pretty much have it all.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There are a variety of food options so unless you want something specific from a particular restaurant, you should have it around campus.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Gainesville has a plethora of apartments and housing options. Parking is the greatest issue but most off-campus housing has their own parking lots for the residents. To live in a house is more expensive than an apartment, the apartments are geared toward the students. Most are affordable and fun!

5 College Senior

Technology: Our computer labs are excellent! Most of the colleges have their own special computer lab geared to help you complete your type of assignment. We have free printing on campus and various other low cost printers. Most people have their own computers and our WIFI is excellent and never really crashes except during "class picking" season. If you don't own a computer it is not a huge deal.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at the University of Florida is pretty big, especially in the greek scene. If you are greek you know people who partake in drugs or you yourself do drugs. However, drinking is far more popular overall on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you're into the nightlife scene, UF is the place to be. During weekdays, you will find a few frat or house parties here and there depending of the friends that you hang out with. As most UF students know, the weekend here starts on Thursday night (yes, that's right, THURSDAY). There are midtown bar areas, which I think serves more of the 21+ population since they serve drinks but 18+ people are also welcome. Then there's downtown where the nightclubs and hookah lounges are. The public transportation system makes sure that you get home/dorm safely because they run till 3am (an hour after the clubs close). Overall, nightlife is great here.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I personally think UF provides a great environment for socialization. There are all types of guys and girls here with a variety of interests. One thing that I have to say though is I'm not a big fan of the sorority/fraternity folks but I still think people are friendly and the chance to create a good relationship is great.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: As an environmental science major I am thrilled with the UF masters program. The majority of the classes are available online (so it is possible to get a UF degree but not have to be on campus) and the professors really know what they are teaching.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are plenty of intership/job opportunities and funding that the facility make students aware of on a regular basis. The program is designed for working students that don't necessarily have to be on campus, as the majority of the class have a web-based video/lecture component. The only downfall is that students not on campus can't participate in the variety of on campus events (department bbq, or student leadership).

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene here isn't big, especially if you pick good friends to hang out with. Drinking is more popular

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is an awesome way to have fun at this University. It's not necessary, but great if it's something you're interested in.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are many distinctive and vocal groups that promote various types of diversity on campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: A lot of the housing is older (and some dorms do not have AC), but they are generally clean inside although about antiquated.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity in every realm of life at UF. There are students of every race, religion, political affiliation, and sexual orientation here. Check out UF's list of clubs to get involved in a few that suit you and your personality!


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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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