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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you go down Archer any type of food you may want to eat is there. In fact, it is my goal to try every restaurant before I graduate. For the most part, everything is reasonably priced and some places give discounts to students. It's nice to get off campus every once in a while and take advantage of these places to eat.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people at UF are very diverse and since the campus is so big, you'll certainly find a group of people that you will fit in with. There's those who are nerdier and spend countless hours in the library as well as the party-goers who make their way to midtown or downtown every evening. There are also people heavily involved with their culture or religion. Most importantly, the people here are passionate. Whether it be about their major, a club, or something else, the majority of guys and girls are involved in something and stay busy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Girl: Lots of sorority girls; very beautiful girls
Guys: Most are average looking, lots of jocks, lots of geeks lol

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There are a few restaurants like Chick Fil A and Burger King and Krishna (vegetarian lunch). Dining halls offer great breakfast (homemade waffles, pancakes), lunch and dinner options vary by day. Many people go off campus to eat (i.e. Cantina, McDonalds, Sushi Express) which are in walking distance to campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Need some renovations, yet there are numerous options for housing.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of places to live off campus, from single living places to multi quarters

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are two dining halls on campus that offer a variety of foods including pizza, pasta, salad, hamburgers, fish, vegetarian options, and endless other items. The food at the dining halls is not too great so the meal plans are not really worth it because you end up getting sick of the food after a few months. You get flex bucks with the meal plan but it still doesn't make it worth it. However, the University of Florida offers a HUGE variety of other food options including starbucks, burger king, panda express, subway, pollo tropical, chik fil a, and tons more. They do not have kid's meals which is a let down but there are plenty of places to eat. It is cheapest to just usually cook for yourself and then treat yourself to a fast food joint once a week or so.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug and alcohol usage at the University of Florida is not overwhelming but it is definitely present. It is hard not to start swaying towards becoming a "party school" when there are so many students attending such a big university who all feel a need to fit in. It is more of an unspoken peer pressure that influences students to drink and engage in drug use. There is not a person really saying "drink this or you will not be cool" but it is almost implied. I did not drink until my second year of undergrad and I honestly started drinking just so that I would not have to keep explaining to people why I did not drink. I never really had an interest in it before college but after a certain point, I just wanted to fit in too. I never felt any worry about being underage because I had been to so many parties where the cops showed up, saw how many underage drinkers were there and just told us to keep it down. Drinking and drug use is discouraged here but there is very little enforcement past "do not drink on campus where someone can see you." They could do a better job of making us more aware of the consequences and dangers of drugs and alcohol.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports at the University of Florida have helped define this school. Due to our division one school and due to the hundreds of thousands of students and alumni, the "Gator Nation" has grown tremendously over the years. The support for the sports teams that UF students and alumni gives is unparalleled and continues well after graduation. No matter where you are on this earth, when you see another person wearing a gators hat or shirt, you say "go gators" and they say it right back to you. It helps make this university into something much more personal for each of us. Students are incredibly involved in sports whether it's tailgating, going to games, becoming a rowdy reptile or traveling out of state to watch the gators perform. The students love it. It creates a sense of camaraderie and pride for all of us.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: In general people feel safe on campus however you do have to be careful especially when getting around at night. Apart from that it is a pretty safe campus, there are blue phones everywhere as well as campus police. Also the university provides services to help students to get around campus especially when it is dark or the student feels unsafe.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's a small college town, aside from the school and the football games there isn't that much to do. Coming from a big city like Miami, the town disappointed me at first. Eventually I found some really cool restaurants and bars that serve healthy and local food. Many places support local musicians and therefore have live music which is always fun. The university also has a great museum of natural science and history. If you're from a big city, the town might disappoint you too. I took advantage of things like Gainesville's many parks, prairies and lakes though. These are things I might not have the opportunity to indulge in once I return to the city after college so it's great to get in touch with nature's beauty while I'm here.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is great! With the exception of a short, mild 3-month winter we have a year round summer. Everyone wears flip flops and shorts to class.

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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

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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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