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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best Decision of My Life. I am so happy attending the University of Florida. I'm a member of the Gator Marching Band, and it's like a second family to me. Classes are always fun if you put in the effort. My major fits me perfectly (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), there are plenty of classes to choose from. That's one of the best things about it: the variety it offers to all of its students. If I had to do it all over again, I would still attend UF.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are a wide variety of people here. We've got plenty of jocks, just go to Southwest Rec. We also have our share of nerdy guys. You'll probably be able to find your type, whether it be the jocky, nerdy, or someone in between.

4 College Senior

Technology: Multiple Labs to Choose from! We have a lot of different labs to choose from. And each semester, every student gets 250 free pages of printing at the Reitz Union!

4 College Senior

Weather: Gainesville is pretty warm. It gets really hot some days, but the classrooms are well air-conditioned.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Great Spirit – Gainesville has such great town and school spirit. We all support the Florida Gators and have so much fun representing our pride!

4 College Senior

Transportation: Many Buses Available – There are many buses that have many different routes. There is a bus coming every 5 minutes.

4 College Senior

Technology: Private Log in – In order to use the computers, you must have a log in. which is awesome, because no one can see your history on the computer and it's safe.

5 College Senior

Majors: Awesome but Not for Me – I am currently a nursing major; however, I am switching my major to psychology. The program for nursing is wonderful. The courses leading up to nursing school are very in-depth and requires labs that give you hands-on experience. The actually nursing school works through Shands Hospital; thus, giving students actual work in the field and with patients before graduating. Not to mention, Shands is a great hospital with exceptional care and exceptional research. I am leaving this major, but only because I have found a different area of interest. Psychology has always been interesting to me and I am very excited to change my major. This major requires volunteering and individual work in order to graduate- something that I look forward to. The psychology advisor is extremely helpful and I plan on attending graduate school at UF after graduating with my bachelors.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Diverse in Every Area – There is a place for everyone on this campus. Not only is it racially diverse, but there is a broad range of political, moral, and religious views. It is easy to find students with like interests. All students respect those with opposing views, and may come together to peacefully debate those views. On another note, you may think that because UF is an expensive school, there would only be students with financially sound backgrounds. This is not true, however. There is a large base of financial support that is possible to those who strive for it.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Aesthetically Pleasing – The campus is full of ivy-wrapped brick buildings that are architecturally interesting. There are a number of ponds, water fountains, and lawns to sit and rest on the grass. Different libraries cater to the needs of different kinds and levels of majors, as well as learning styles. The Reitz Union has a great variety of food choices, as well as a book store, and game center that even includes bowling lanes!

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Something for Everyone – Campus life is always very active. It is easy to find your niche at this school. Sitting in the Plaza of the Americas is filled with people playing musical instruments, tight-rope walking, studies, Krishna food, and more! It can be a center for debates and knowledge, as well as fun and social. University of Florida students and alumni take great pride in being Gators, and we can all come together as a whole, decked out in orange and blue. Go Gators!

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Helpful, but Long Process – The financial advisors are very helpful; however, that is when you finally get the chance to sit with them. Many times they will send you to someone else and back. The campus is very large so running around campus to talk to numerous people can be very time-consuming and hassling. Appointments are a must, and give yourself plenty of time to make sure you get everything done right and on time.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Pretty Average but Great Ras – I only lived in the apartment style dorm for one semester. It was clean and suitable. Limited amount of buses. Pretty far. Attempts to "break the ice" between students seemed pretty cheesy. They needed to find a way for freshmen to meet each other without seeming like a summer camp.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Watchout for Finals and Midterms – Lots of computer labs, however they can get crowded at these times in the semester

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Never Felt Safer – Quite a good presence of campus police. I lived on campus for a couple of years and only once have I had to call the police (for a domestic disturbance situation upstairs to me). And they were quite prompt in responding.

3 College Senior

Weather: Always Sunny but Hot and Muggy – Weather at the University of Florida is usually very warm. In late spring until about the middle of fall, temperatures can range from about 75 degrees to 100 degrees. Humidity is always in the top percentages, and it rains quite frequently but very briefly unless it's a thunderstorm. During the rest of the year, the weather can actually get quite comfortable: the humidity drops a bit, it rains less, and you can wear jeans and sweaters and never need a big winter coat. It doesn't snow down here.
Thus, during the hot parts of the year, walking around on campus becomes really aversive. You sweat really easily, and people try to wear as little clothing as possible but still carry cardigans or light sweaters because then the air conditioning inside most classrooms can be quite cold. Also, the frequent rain makes people carry umbrellas often as well. During the cooler parts of the year, it's much more comfortable, and these worries won't be as prominent.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Unfortunately most of the clubs/organizations on campus are run by the Greeks, so if you want to be involved on campus, being in a sorority or a fraternity gives you the right connections to do so. I'm in a sorority and I absolutely love it. Every sorority and fraternity has a house and a meal plan that are a part of your dues so you're able to eat there for most meals. You expand your friendship circle a ton and although it can be costly, I would say that it's worth it when it comes to the social aspect of the college experience as well as the involvement aspect.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse!!! One of the things I love most about the University of Florida is how diverse the student population is. It seems that everywhere I go I encounter someone of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and even hometown as me. Everyone I interact with is pretty accepting of those who are different from them and that's another reason why I love the school so much. It's great to see diverse people interacting with one another, it's really an awesome learning experience.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Rains a Lot, but Most of the Time It's Bearable – It rains quite a bit in Gainesville, and usually it's very sporadic, which makes planning an issue a lot of the time. But you learn to keep an umbrella with you at all times and that usually helps! It can also get extremely hot in the summer because well, it's Florida, but if you're a Floridian, it's easy to deal with.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are HUGE – If you love sports then the University of Florida is definitely the school for you. Football game days are massive at UF, and everyone goes out to tailgate, show major amounts of school spirit, and to cheer on the Gators. Basketball and baseball are also pretty amazing sports at UF, our baseball team is one of the best in the country! I don't know anyone who goes to UF who doesn't enjoy at least one sport affiliated with the school and I think that says quite a lot. All in all, it's GREAT to be a Florida Gator!!

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3 College Senior

Majors: I Like Forensics but Should Have Chosen a Different Concentration – After being in the masters program for a year now, I have started looking for jobs and realize that forensic toxicology would be better suited to my career goals. I want to work in a forensic lab in a law enforcement setting. Forensic toxicology can be used for LE based forensics and gives you more options when deciding on a lab to work for.

5 College Senior

Majors: Very Easy and Quick – The application process is very easy and straightforward. The advisors are very willing to help you through any issue that you run across while completing the application.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Summers Are Brutal – The weather in Gainesville fluctuates with the seasons (we pretty much only get 2, some years 3) There is summer which is hot, humid, and filled with rain and thunderstorms. It's not unusual for it to be sunny on your way into class, and then it be pouring at class change. The winters are usually mild but sometimes it can get chilly. Most of the time it is hot in Gainesville with maybe 3 months of either bearable or cold weather. There is also no sea breeze so it can get muggy.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A Lot of Chain Restaurants – Most restaurants off campus are chains. That being said, they have most every chain that you could want within 20 minutes of campus (chili's, olive garden, outback, moe's, chipotle etc). However, there are a few mom and pop type places such as Satchels pizza and Leonardo's. Although they are few and far between, they are DELICIOUS!

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Be Persistant – As soon as I was accepted to UF, I received the Presidential Scholarship. I constantly receive e-mails about current scholarships available. You have to be persistant and keep applying until you get another scholarship. I was able to become a FGLSAMP Scholar my Junior year and got a Grant.

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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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