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2 College Junior

Administration: Campus Parking Enforcement – If you park in an illegal space you can pretty much assume you will have a ticket when you return. But everyone on campus knows this so if you get caught it is really your own fault.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: SW Rec Center – They recently remodeled the southwest recreational center and it is amazing. And best of all it is free. The machines are new and everything is cutting edge. The classes offered all also amazing

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Options for Late Night Transportation – There is an excellent transportation system that you can call in the evening so that people, especially females can get to places around campus without having to walk alone. This is an excellent addition to increased safety

1 College Junior

Parking: Students are unable to park on campus unless you park in the commuter lot. If you park in the commuter lot you still must take a bus to shuttle you into campus and that's if you can even find a spot. A permit is only a license to hunt. The best way to get to campus is on the RTS bus service

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Gainesville has a large variety of restaurants. No matter what you are in the mood for you can find a place to eat in Gainesville. Most places have excellent specials so even if you are on a budget there are places to dine.

4 College Junior

Technology: Wireless Access – Wireless internet is available all throughout campus which is very convenient. The internet speed tend to be fast which is great when working on your own personal computer. The networks are also password protected so you must have a University of Florida username and password.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Majority Is the Same – Considering that most UF students are in state students, the diversity is not that great on campus. I mean, if you join the right clubs and whatnot, you will be able to meet foreign exchange students and other interesting people. But the majority are white students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Hume Residential College – The dorms at Hume are definitely one step up from every other dorm on campus (including apartment style ones). Although they cost more to live in, Hume is not too far from central campus and is worth it if you want to meet people who have similar interests to you academic-wise.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very helpful and concerned about how students feels about their financial situations.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone Gets along it is not like high school where people fight

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Fresh Food – The food is fresh and nutritious but it is cooked so everyone can eat so sometimes its missing flavor.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Gator Nation – Studying at UF means you become part of a unique community. The Gator Nation is real, once you're a part of it, you're marked for life. There are amazing opportunities for undergrads, as well as for graduate students. Campus life is active and fun. People do treat you differently after they know you're a gator.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: This is the U of Florida, weather is mostly amazing. We do get a couple of month when it gets fairly cold, nothing crazy though, it hasn't snowed here in years. Rain-boots come in handy in the spring.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's Part of Your Life, Like It or Not. Lots of frats and sororities, you're guaranteed to know at least one person whose in a frat. There are also professional co-ed fraternities. That being said, no discrimination at all toward non-greek students, it doesn't dictate your life, but it's a part of the surroundings.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Find What Works for You – The convenience of having a car is hampered by the daytime parking restrictions. Decals are expensive, the lots are far from classroom buildings and spots fill up quickly. On the day of football games, expect parking tickets just about anywhere you can find a space. It's most efficient to walk, bike, or ride the bus to campus during the daytime and save driving for the evening, when parking restrictions are lifted. Scooter and motorcycle decals, however, are less expensive and there are a lot of spaces available right by the center of campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Something for Everyone – If you set your priorities right, you can find off-campus housing that suits you. Whether your priority is proximity to campus, luxury, low price, whatever you can find something to suit your needs. You might not get all of those things rolled into one, but there's no shortage of low-cost apartments around town, and with an ample bus system getting to class is simple.

4 College Junior

Academics: Lots of Opportunities for Professional Development – As a student in the College of Journalism and Communications, there are ample opportunities to get job experience in town, around the state and in student organizations. This goes for all four majors in the college: journalism, advertising, public relations and telecommunications.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are lots of parties; something is going on every night of the week. There is a lot of under age drinking, but there are a lot of transportation options that are free.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletes here work extremely hard to be good at their sports. Many have good grades and are very involved. People get very energized for sporting events and there is an excess of school spirit here. GO GATORS!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Gainesvile is a big college town. There are young people every where. It is very upbeat and lots of fun!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very Happy – Really, you can do and learn about anything you want here. It's not just the classes but the extracurricular activities as well. These wide ranging clubs serve to let you meet a wide range of people you probably wouldn't have met otherwise stuck within your major's classes. The dorms, too were not that bad. I thought I would die in a triple but it turned out being the best place I could have been in my freshman year - my roommates were both conciderate and interesting people and our room was so near all the on-compus events and classes that it was near perfect. Beyond some of their odd policies and hit-and-miss dining hall, I had a great experience. Though, because I hate their grading system where A- is not a real A but a 3.67 which everyone knows is a B, I give them the dreaded A-

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Bright Futures sure doesn't make it easy to transfer money over to a different school, if you're a transfer student, and FAFSA's require a rigorous amount of info. School wise though, UF handles financial aid well, and supplies a lot of it.

5 College Junior

Transportation: "The RTS Bus Is My Other Car." – I, and every other UF student, take the bus EVERYWHERE. Being a UF student means free busing around campus and around the entire city. It's absolutely great. Technically, I might be able to take it all the way home, on the weekends. Parking at UF is wayyyy too expensive, so the bus is a zero-cost alternative, every day.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Lots of sororities and fraternities give back to the community and are focused on grades. Lots of effort to do more than just party- though that is ALSO a huge focus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: But none are that great. Prices are steep in a bad economy, and many apartment rental places in Gainesville are extremely old (although effort is taken to make lobbies, gyms, etc., nice.)

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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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