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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I do not plan on having an internship. I am a pre-med student, and instead of having an internship, I am involved in neurosurgery research. However, I have friends that have had internships, both unpaid and paid, and they enjoyed them a lot, and had great opportunities to develop connections with companies.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Different Looks! I love this cultural variety of the University of Florida. People dress differently all the time. There is no a certain way of dressing for all students. Interests, looks, dress, social life, and relationships are all different, and this is what makes this campus so unique.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There Is a Variety of Apartments! The campus holds events for off campus housing each semester. The university helps and advised students in the transition from on campus housing to off campus housing, or directly to off campus housing. The prices range according to how far away the apartments are located from campus. Prices are fair, and living conditions are great!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather here is amazing. It rarely gets cold in the winter and doesn't rain too often. There are mostly sunny days.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Very Limited – There is very little parking. It costs a lot to get a parking pass and it is very difficult to find a spot. Tickets are given for any parking offense and it is common for people to find tickets on their cars. The majority of the spots are reserved for teachers. You can park in the park-n-ride lot, but you will need to take a bus into campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Many Choices – There are many choices for off-campus housing and there is a large range of prices. It is relatively easy to find a reasonable price for a good apartment. Most of the apartments are very close to campus which is a huge convenience. You can live farther away but will have to pay to park on campus and/or take the bus which can be time consuming.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining halls are normally only visited by those who live in the dorms in the area near the dining halls. There are a few good quick places to eat in between classes but most of the restaurants close relatively early, so there are limited choices for dinner.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Communication Sciences and Disorders – I was very pleased with the undergraduate program of Communication Sciences and Disorders. All the teachers are willing to help their students and offer advice. I really enjoyed the opportunities to observe speech-language pathologists at Shands Hospital as well as other locations in Gainesville. Classes tend to be smaller so it is easier to get to know your teachers.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different restaurants to choose from here, and if you want to change up your plans for lunch, places like Tijuana Flats, Red Mango, Firehouse Subs, and Dunkin Donuts are right across from campus. Aside from that you can have a wonderful meal in case you want to go out for lunch or dinner with friends and family.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining halls – It already costs a lot to get a meal plan on campus, and sometimes in the dining halls the food isn't all that great. I have gotten woozy a couple of times as a result, therefore this year is the last I will buy a meal plan.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Club Scene – Here we have all types of clubs, convenient for everyone's different taste in music, from country to hip-hop and even to electronic dubstep. While the clubs may be shotty, everyone has a good time.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Expensive – Renting an apartment or even a house here in Gainesville is worth your money than a tiny hotel sized dorm you must share with three people. Not to mention sharing the same shower space and bathrooms with everyone in the same dorm hall.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are a Hit or Miss – Some professors are really helpful and want their students to succeed. However, some do not give the slightest interest in attempting to help their students pass.

1 College Junior

Transportation: I absolutely hate riding the bus. While they are running all the time and there are numerous bus numbers available for all the different locations needed to go, it is terrible when the bus is overloaded and you have to stand on top of each other. If a bus is too full it will just pass you by and you are stuck waiting another 15 minutes for the next bus.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: There is nothing quite like going to a Gator football game (or any sport for that matter). I had the liberty of attending UF while Tebow was there and nothing quite beats going to one of his football games. The UF student section has a strong allegiance and fan support.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Packaging Science/Nursing – I am a 2010 UF Grad with a B.S. degree in Packaging Science. I am now returning to UF for an accelerated BSN degree. I love the faculty, collegiate atmosphere, diversity, and education at UF. I have a strong allegiance to my alma mater and like to believe that I really bleed orange and blue! Go Gators!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Big Party School – UF is pretty well known for it's crazy party life. Ranging from fraternity parties to house parties. There is pretty active night life downtown in various clubs and bars, but only over 21.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty Diverse Overall – At the university of Florida, tolerance is a major quality it advocates. With much freedom given, there are almost different student organizations (For different races, interests, religions) being advertised during the day at Turlington Plaza and other plazas.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Easy Access Areas – The atmosphere in gainesville is comfortable, yet at times dull. However, for a college student, living on Archer road off campus provides students with everything they need, from grocery stores, to walmarts, to fast food restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Home Away from Home. At first I had a few rough patches here. But then I just realized I was feeling homesick. The people of Gainesville are one of the nicest people on earth. They do everything in their power to get you connected to your interests, and very quickly I found my place here.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everything Great – The only reason why I don't enjoy the nightlife as much is because of all the studying I have to do. Other than that, Gainesville has a variety of places where you can enjoy whatever you like doing. Clubs, restaurants, and bars are all located relatively close to campus, and not having a car is the least of your worries because of the regular routes from buses.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Small Town Charm, Small Town Crime. There is crime anywhere, but I never feel afraid of walking around the University of Florida campus. Police always seem to notify students of recent dangers and crimes as soon as it has occurred.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Gainesville Is a Fun but Small City. I love Gainesville. The city is small and I'm now for the first time in my life considered a minority but the people are extremely nice and receptive to college students. I come from Miami which is a large predominantly hispanic city, but the people are rude and uninterested in others. Since Gainesville is a quintessential college town, almost everyone is concerned with bettering the community and helping others. There isn't much diversity within the city when not considering the college community but there are always enough cultural events on campus that are open to all the public. I always feel as if I have something to do on the weekends and the food choices for a vegetarian like myself are endless. During the fall semester, all of Gainesville becomes a unified front supporting the Florida gator football team and it is such an amazing experience. Everyone needs to experience a Gator football game at least once in their life.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nigthlife Rocks ! Nightlife is for students of all ages. There is plenty for you to do. All clubs are 18 and older, and the music is on point! House parties are awesome as well. They are free, the music is great, and you don't have to worry about going home at two o'clock in the morning. You have so much to choose from when it come to Gainesville nightlife. Everyone should come visit!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body is very diverse. I was actually cultural shock when I first arrived.


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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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