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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Too Great – It is very difficult to find a parking spot on campus. Most of the time your car will be in a parking garage. The parking permits are pretty expensive especially since you'll rarely be able to find spots.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather is sunny most days! Some rainy days like any other place in Florida!!!

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Great Place for Students – Gainesville has a variety of restaurants, from upscale to quick-bite to eat restaurants. Movie theathers, bowling, and lots of other amenities. You can never get bored! There is also a lot of price where to shop (for those that like to go shopping). It is a great place for college students!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bicycles Are Popular! Gainesville is a great town. A lot of the students there ride bicycles to get around. In the summer time, is the quickest way to get from one end of the campus to the other. Buses are available as well.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Campus in Itself – Students at University of Florida really do have it good. We're situated right next to one of the top hospitals in the country, have food that can be delivered to your dorm room at any hour of the night, and are surrounded by school spirit wherever you go.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Expect What You See – Yes, there are a lot of attractive guys at the University of Florida, and most of them frequently go jogging shirtless. When I was a freshman, this was the greatest thing I'd ever seen. However, for every attractive guy, you can expect an ego the size of his muscles, and probably quite a few scandals with the opposite sex.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of Great Opportunities – At the University of Florida there are so many groups to get involved in. There isn't a reason to be bored in your dorm. Even if you don't want to be a part of the Engineering groups and Religious groups (even thought there are some awesome ones to choose from) You can always find an activity sponsored by the your dorm or another place on campus. There is just great people and great times to be found at UF.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very important at UF. It is a top ranked university in the country. My major, occupational therapy, is ranked #13 in the country and it is definitely obvious why. The teachers are invested in the students and are always available to help.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good Food but Always the Same – The food is decent, I was pretty excited in the beginning of the year. However, as more time progressed, I was eating the same food each and every day. It was too much after awhile and I stopped going to the dining hall.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are huge at UF. It is not just football, but stands are packed for gymnastics, baseball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and just about ever other sport. Most of our teams are top ranked as well. It is very exciting to go to every game and watch our team win.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are so many majors available at UF and so many classes to chose from. The workload can be stressful at times so time management is key. Also the registration process for freshmen is terrible because all the classes fill up so fast

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Fair but Harsh – The campus penalties are all following the general law of the public and enforce it as if this was not a college campus. It is fair but obviously very harsh.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: So Many – There are so many computers in the libraries and the speed is always efficient. They get very crowded during busy hours of the day.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There for You – All of the professors genuinely want to help you succeed. You just have to be willing to put in the effort and go ask for help.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: You Are as Safe as You Want to Be – Police and safety services, along with safe rides to your dorm and apartment and very safe bus systems, make this campus very safe. However, if you don't utilize these services, and are a girl walking alone on an unlit path, safety could be questionable. Use common sense, and don't walk alone, especially under the influence of alcohol, and Gainesville can be a very safe town.

3 College Senior

Weather: Hot, Hot, Hot! Gainesville is located about as far away from any ocean as you can get in Florida, which robs it of some of the tempering effects those breezes give. So it is hotter in the summer, and colder in the winter than most other areas of the state. That may not be terrible for you if you head home for summer break, and it never snows. Hurricanes tend to dump a decent amount of rain if they pass over the city, but we don't see the massive damage the coast receives. All in all, it is a nice place, especially if you are trying to avoid winter snow and cold!

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Butler Plaza Has Every Major Dining Franchise You Would Like! The butler plaza area is about a mile from campus; they have all sorts of franchise places and little diners. You can get quick meals or long, fancy dinners, from McCallister's place for a giant potato to Bonefish grill. If you want a local restaurant, head downtown, where the more eclectic dining experiences are available.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Everywhere – Pretty much any type of housing you could want is located in Gainesville, from luxury high rise large complexes to single houses of all shapes and sizes. Apartments are available throughout the city, with some right off campus and others several miles away. Prices and inclusions are variable, but if you look you can find the apartment that is right for you.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Free Printing Available – There are plenty of computer labs and libraries available allover campus. I sometimes feel like lugging a computer around even with the wifi is a bit inconvenient. There is only ONE place on campus you can print for free. If you print anywhere else you usually have to pay in bulk, or get charged to your account which must be paid before each semester starts.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The Campus Shuttle covers all the main apartments surrounding campus and everywhere on campus. Its almost impossible to need a car. However if you are not a student but would still like to use the bus to get from one place to another you have to pay. After around eight o clock, there are roughly three buses, route Later Gator A, B and C. They run until two in the morning, however the routes are drastically abbreviated. UF recently implemented Gotcha-Rides. You can call and have your party picked up at the door and taken where ever, the rides are free, but tips are recommended. They also only run until roughly three in the morning.

5 College Freshman

Academics: workload is a lot! Curriculum is rigorous, hence the high level of competitiveness for good grades. Lots of programs are offered to help students.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – The girls are hot the guys are cool. Very diverse campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: An Older Look – The UF campus has an older feel to it and it does have some of it's original buildings. It's very cool to see the architecture and it looks great. We have newer buildings as well and one such building is a gym which is state of the art and awesome to use. I've used it myself with friends and it is definately the best gym i've been to. The only problem is that it's in a part of campus that is far away from the living areas and the classes. It's definetly a walk but it is worth it. The stadium, however is probably the best part because it is the center of the Gator Nation and is the best place to be during a game or if you want to reflect when no one is there.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Warm and Rainy – It's very warm her being in Florida and it does rain quite frequently depending on the season. Classes don't get cancelled unless a hurricane or an extreme tropical storm comes through though it's never reached that bad since I've been here. The rain usually ends up being more of an annoyance rather than serious.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Landscape Architecture – I am a landscape architect major which means i'm in the college of architecture. It's a unique experience being in my program. For one, there are not a whole lot of people in the college so you will see some of the same people from class to class. Also, it gets you thinking creativly and anylitically which is an awesome combination. I enjoy it because it is what I like to do and when you enjoy what you do, you tend to be more involved and more interested than if you weren't. The instructures are awesome and they know what they are talking about. Many of them had their own practices or work for a large firm and would sometimes use their projects as examples in lectures which, to me, is really interesting because you get to see what your teacher did. It's a great environment and the building itself is pretty awesome.

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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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