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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UF has a great many international clubs, such as the Vietnamese Student Union, the Italian club, etc. These clubs are accepting in that one does not have to be of that ethnicity to join, so it fosters cultural acceptance and understanding. That said, I do wish there were more of these kinds of clubs and that they got the recognition they deserve--you rarely hear about them when all that's talked about is the Gators football team.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Tons of options to choose from. Whether you choose Midtown or Downtown Gainesville, the amount of bars/clubs in both are impressive. Midtown is more of a bar scene, so many places you have to be 21 and up (especially if you're a guy), but there are some 18 and up places as well. Downtown has more clubs than midtown, but also a lot of bars. So many different scenes to choose from, you'll never get bored.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking definitely can be a hassle. Having said that, once you start to know the times when people tend to leave and the places that people often forget about, finding a spot is possible. If you do find parking to be miserable, there's a great bus system on and off campus that can be used as an alternative!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are emergency switches all over campus to alert authorities if you are in trouble. Hit the button, and they will be there within 60 seconds. The campus is pretty well lit at night, but it's still common sense to walk with a friend; you can never be too careful. Make smart decisions and you'll be fine. I feel pretty safe on campus, and students are able to subscribe to UF alerts when there is unusual activity in the area that students need to be aware about. There is the UF Police Department as well as the Gainesville Police Department, so safety is pretty much guaranteed here.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a lot to do in the city of Gainesville; there are many places to eat. The nightlife here is extremely active and there's something for everyone from partygoers to those who would rather stay in and watch a movie. Everyone here is so friendly and willing to talk about anything, whether it be personal or professional.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school cradles a balance between academics and athletics that far exceeds most other institutions. Library West, the largest library on campus, is just as impressive as Southwest gym, the largest gym on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Typically when walking around you don't notice it, but there's still a large amount of stoners on campus. Really depends on who you hang out with though.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains pretty often, but that's pretty typical for a Florida school. The temperatures also seem to get pretty severe, ranging from above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer months to below 20 degrees in the dead of winter.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The University of Florida is a luscious campus that balances athletic needs with academic needs. There are two major gyms and libraries on campus with many smaller ones dispersed throughout the campus. There are also numerous quiet, scenic areas on campus that are perfect for studying.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains a lot over fall, but it never gets too cold and spring is amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Other than bikes getting stolen around campus, there is not much to fear. Off campus can be more dangerous in some areas, but the immediate campus is usually free from anything of that sort.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Rated party school of the decade for a reason! There is always something to do, and midtown is a blast, even if you are not old enough to drink. The greek life, if you are interested, is also one of the biggest in the country.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love my college program I am in right now. It is extremely interesting to me because I love sports medicine. The classes can be intense and challenging, but they are still interesting.

4 College Junior

Administration: I don't agree with underage drinking but I think the campus is pretty easy on those who do because it happens a lot. I see the campus as having a don't see don't ask policy towards students who party. So as long as you aren't belligerently drunk, you probably won't get sent home. Please realize though, if you are here to party that there are a lot of risk factors involved other than the campus strictness. City police are NOT afraid to crack the whip on college students disturbing the peace around here. And although campus is a safe haven, there are countless girls every semester who get taken or raped at night, and alcohol is almost always involved. Please be careful!

4 College Junior

Academics: I'm a junior at University of Florida and I am very satisfied with my education! The professors are very knowledgable and try to set you up for success in future classes. The workload is tough, as most health students expect but the class sizes are small enough to ask professors questions in class. The facilities for my major (Public Health) are conveniently located right next door to Shands, the hospital and we have our own library and food court as well.

5 College Junior

Academics: I came to University of Florida because I'm a HUGE health junkie! This school is the best for anything public health related, thanks to Shands hospital and all the health businesses in the city that Shands has attracted. The programs are great and professors use plenty of real life experience in the curriculum.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on University of Florida's campus. Most people who worry do so after dark but I still feel like there's no point. There are blue light buttons located around all the dorms/ busy areas of campus that you can press if you need an officer right away. And they respond pretty quickly, too. Or in case you don't feel like walking there is a free shuttle called SNAP that will pick you up no matter where you are on campus. ROTC cadets also volunteer to tag alongside midnight runners. The campus is very safety conscious.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: Locals are usually either friendly, or very rude. The poverty level is extremely high in Alachua county, and the cities' attractions usually mirror this lack of funding. Common areas are run down and downtown is could definitely use some renovation. Sports are big within the university, but shopping is scarce (one mall) and nightlife is centered around college students.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had a horrible experience at UF. My classes are all extremely large (100-350 students), it is difficult to arrange helpful counseling sessions due to the very large number of students, and there is hardly anything to do off campus. Gainesville is painfully remote, and I find myself extremely homesick most of the time (I'm from Miami, so the move to such a small and confined town of college students was a huge culture shock). I don't like that nobody seems to take the time to dress up or look nice. The majority of students hang around in gym clothes or shorts and tank tops.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: There is hardly anywhere to park that is free; most designated lots charge a high fee for parking. Even in the parking lots of strip malls/restaurants, it seems there is always a cop looking to tow students. Tow zones are not clearly marked, so make sure you look around before parking anywhere. Ticketing is common (even for students on bicycles and scooters) and fines can be pricey.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses do not run late on Tuesdays, and only every hour on weekends. They are extremely limiting in where they drop off/pick up and they are rarely on time. As a student without a car, I have a big issue planning my day around the bus schedule. Most buses do not run past 7 pm anyway.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: RA's are fairly tolerant on campus. If you are in violation of noise level or something of that nature, you get a warning before anything official happens. The University of Florida also has a medical amnesty policy in place in case of an alcohol or drug related emergency, which waives disciplinary action under certain conditions to encourage students to call for medical help for themselves or for a friend. Honor code violations, however, are taken extremely seriously. Depending on your offence, you can be suspended or even expelled from the university.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit at the University of Florida is incredible. Come game day, the city is swarming with orange and blue. There are many opportunities to get involved in sports that are not necessarily at the professional level. Intramural sports teams are very popular here. There are also two athletic facilities available for students that are well equipped and very professional. Small group training is available for free, and personal training is also available at a reasonable cost. If you want to get involved athletically, you can and will find something to do.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Although Gainesville is not the biggest city, the neighborhood directly surround the University of Florida is full of entertainment. There are many restaurants around campus, and downtown Gainesville has quirky cafes and a theatre. If you are willing to explore, there is a lot to discover.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The officers aren't really much help because it is very hectic in the office around the beginning and end of the semester and thats usually when they are needed most so it is a little difficult to get help however they do process your information timely and for the most part you do not have to visit their office since everything is for the most part always accurate.

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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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