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3 College Freshman

Academics: One hears a lot about the University of Florida pre-med program, and its academics in general, as being the best in Florida. However, from what I've seen as a freshman, the emphasis is definitely on the athletics. Professors are generally nice and available, but the classes leave a lot to be desired. Just going to class and doing the homework will not ensure you get good grades - in fact, people who go to class don't have much of an advantage over those who don't. Academic success comes down to your ability to study and learn at home, as the professors seem to take their test material from the book and give homework assignments on generic pay-to-use websites like Webassign and APLIA.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Awesome Preparation – At the University of Florida, the rigor of classes is not a joke. All the classes are preparing me for my major studies. Everyone has to find their own, unique way to learn the material being taught to them. In addition, everything learned is applicable for the future.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The regional bus service at the University of Florida is amazing. You could basically commute from place to place without a worry. It gets a little hectic at times (especially if you have morning classes), but there are a large variety of buses that will get you where you need to go.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of available lots to park your vehicle. However, going around campus doesn't really require a car. There's a bus service for the whole city so commuting from place to place is really easy. The price for a parking pass is outrageous though. It is a couple hundred dollars.

3 College Junior

Technology: I've actually never used the computer lab at my school

3 College Junior

Local Area: Gainesville is a cool place but it does get a little boring. There are definitely cool concerts and attractions, as well as outdoor activities, but it is not a large city. Gainesville revolves around the UF campus

4 College Junior

Academics: I like being a psychology major because my classes are interesting. I feel like I'm getting a well rounded education from excellent professors but I wish my classes were smaller. There seem to be great connection for job opportunities and I'm definitely inspired to continue my education.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: It's the "Foundation for the Gator Nation," the center of the famous Florida Gator Pride, but what of it. While school pride is certainly not lacking, the list of things to do outside of academia is. What more is there to do other than eat out and shop.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are an abundance of scholarships available, but its only really accessible if you are in financial need or are of an uneducated or minority background.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The wireless access here is great and though it's preferable to have one's own computer, there is an abundance of computers and laptops available for public use.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The university is extremely student- oriented and everyone is welcomed with open arms.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Big but Close – I like UF, but I'm glad I chose a small major or I would feel lost.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are plenty of places to work alone or as part of a group. It is a very comfortable place to be.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses, Scooters, or Walk – The bus system on and off campus is great, they come by stops frequently and take you anywhere you would need to go. Scooters and Motorcycles are also great options because there is a bunch of scooter parking available and they are much more efficient for a college student and low cost than a car. Walking is also a great option because the campus is not too far to walk.

4 College Junior

Academics: Fycs Really Helps to Relate to People – In my major we are learning about the well-being of other people, youth, family, community and society. There are so any great aspects to learn in this class. You learn how to listen to other people and try to relate and help them. I am currently volunteering at a nursing home for this class, so I can see and help the well-being of the elderly. I love that my major shows you how to help people and let you know what goes on in life. Once I get farther in my major I am going to have internship with the children advoacy, so I can speak up for children.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options Close to Campus – Near campus there are great places to eat that are excellent prices. Some of the choices are Pita Pit, Relish (hamburger place), Mochi, and great pizza places. Many places are walking distance. The only downside is parking. There isn't very much of it and towing is really strict.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Go Gators – It's a college town, the students and the residents are all rooting for the same team, majority of the restaurants are Orange & Blue. We just have a great support system :)

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living in Freedom – Pros of off-campus housing: generally cheaper than living on campus, has better living conditions, individual leases, easy to commute to and fro your destinations, not as strict and there is better parking for guests and residents than on-campus.
Cons of off-campus housing: costly/difficult to impossible to get out of lease without subleasing, easier for packages to be stolen, may live with non-students and waking up a little earlier to get to class.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: They Have Everything – UF has facilities for anything you can think of. There are more libraries than I can count. Two big gyms on opposite sides of campus. Each dorm community has a specific learning environment that is supposed to help students as well as a study hall. It is very easy to get food from the many restaurants surrounding as well as within campus, and the two major dining halls. The Reitz Union is the center of campus, and not only is it a hotel but also a great place to house functions, conferences and activities, even at the same time. There are many nearby entertainment and interest opportunities as well as some of the greatest health facilities in the country.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Atletics Are a Major Focus – The school thrives on varsity and intramural sports. There is literally a sport for everyone!

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The gyms available and workout rooms, as well as sports facilities, athletic training and workout classes are mind-blowing. We even have a private lake with a rock climbing and ropes course available as well as all sorts of water sports. The quality of the facilities are excellent and they are open all the time. you can even get extremely discounted personal training.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I absolutely love the nursing school here! It is extremely competitive but they were adequately prepare you for your career ahead. I believe that I will be very adequately prepared and can easily get a job after studying at the University of Florida.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Just Be Smart – You will be fine as long as you don't do anything stupid. Follow the speed limits and traffic laws on campus and always be sure to park where you are allowed to! Be careful with open containers and as long as you are not out-of-control you will be fine.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Fun for Everyone! Midtown is the easiest place to go if you live on-campus just because it is right across from campus. It offers the best bars and many of them are 18+. House parties off-campus and fraternity houses are always fun and are open to everyone. The club life is a bit lacking but if you know exactly what you like you can find here in Gainesville. The transportation is fantastic, you never have to worry about drinking and driving because our bus system is free for all UF students. If you are not into the partying scene, at the Union every Friday night "Gator Nights" is held. At "Gator Nights" many different fun activities are featured, you can see new movies and free midnight breakfast :)

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Rts Busses Are Awful – my roomate had her toes cut off by the wheel chair ramp

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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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