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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great College Town Full of Good Food! The city of Gainesville is filled with good food and many choices of places to eat. You can stay on campus or dine off campus and find many different types of restaurants. There are the typical chain restaurants as well as unique to Gainesville places to go such as the swamp restaurant!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Make Distance Learning Easy – I am in the online business program through University of Florida and the professors make learning in a distance learning environment much easier than it was at a previous college I attended. They make it easy to skype with them and the TA's and they give you just as many resources as the on campus students.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Gainsville is notoriously known for being rainy a lot of the time. Be sure to keep an umbrella handy!

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks at the Game – All of the sorority girls wear dresses to the foot ball games.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: I tried setting an appointment to discuss financial aid and get an understanding of the letter I received; I was told that I had to go on-line and read that info. Obviously, I tried setting an appointment for a reason. In the meantime, what monies I had available for college are almost spent. Gotta figure it out for next year. Trying to not end up with student loans.

4 College Student

Campus Food: Dining on Campus – I chose the unlimited five day meal plan with flex bucks as this averaged out to cost <$4 per meal. Meal plans are sufficient for freshman living on campus with limited cooking facilities. Dining halls are sufficient for weekday options, but for weekends I prefered to have more of a variety than the standard cafeteria food. Univeristy of Florida has a good variety of non-dining halls. Some of my favorites are Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A and SubWay. Since I had an unlimited meal plan for five days, I didn't use all my flex dollars. After freshman year, I will probably have a very limited meal plan or delcining budget plan, if anything, as I will be living within walking distance to campus.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Bad – At UF the only time one will see any sort of drugs on campus is at tailgates on saturdays before a football game; other than that, the campus is clean as a whistle.

5 College Senior

Academics: UF integrates groundbreaking research into their lectures and studies, allowing students the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of their respective fields. The professors are top of the line outside of IVY league schools, and I strongly recommend UF as the best education one can get in Florida.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had a great experience so far. It is very easy to make friends here, the classes are hard as expected, but manageable, and there is always something to do. I would definitely choose this school if I could do it all over.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse. There are all different races, ethnicities, beliefs, religion, etc..

3 College Freshman

Technology: A lot of computer labs and on campus printing, but the wireless internet access does not always work as fast as one would hope.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is limited...especially for 1st year students. Parking tickets handed out like candy...is this just an easy source or revenue for the college?

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Limited Options – If you are not on the meal plan and use the dining hall, dining options are limited and do not provide the healthiest choices. Food courts are often very crowded during peak periods and makes dining a chore.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I Don't Do Sports – I don't like sports but if you do this school has everything. Great games to watch, clubs, teams etc. And no matter your level you can find a team to play on or support. Considering how much money they spend on football compared to the art program....we must have the best team on EARTH.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of People – The University of Florida had so many students it would be weird if the student population wasn't diverse. Typically There are alot of white students, but there are also many asians, african americans, indians, hispanics, etc. There are also a lot of foreign students I hear different languages every day. I would say people are very accepting and friendly regardless of race, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation. Religion is also diverse but mainly Christian. Basically there is a club/greek house for everything you can imagine so even quiet people like myself can make friends. Just remember rich caucasians near sorority row, artsy kids near the arts buildings, jocks near the stadium etc.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Art Major...For the TRUE Artist – Im a drawing major hopeful at UF.So at UF if you are interested in ceramics or graphic design I would recommend the school. The teachers are well informed and you will learn a lot, specifically in ceramics. In fact this is true for all art majors. Although most intro courses are taught by graduate students not actual professors.If you are coming here for painting or drawing be prepared to deal with broken easels no proper tables or chairs and a lot of out of pocket expenses because your class fees don't cover anything. Oh and be ready to clean because the building has one janitor. I can't speak for graphic design, but I know they accept a limited number of students to the program and most don't get in....so find something to do for a year and umm reapply? Most classes are 3 hours, and longer in upper level courses. The work load depends on the specific class but is doable. The 3 hour classes are not bad considering work time. Students are nice and laid back and so are most faculty. The problem with this program is you end up taking classes in art that are not specifically related to your major so by spring of your fourth semester when you are applying to your specific major (drawing, photo, etc.) you may not know if you want to be in the program. Also after two years of putting up with nonsense there is still a chance you may not get into your desired major...and then you get into your second choice. For most people pursuing art as a profession this can be frustrating. So if your "free spirit" wants to be in a program cross your fingers (graphic design students) and hope you get in. Otherwise most people get into their majors and its all good. Overall the program is decent but not spectacular.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: My campus is tobacco free, which is great. Drinking is considered a &amp;quot;huge&amp;quot; thing, but in reality its not. To get alcohol and be underage is extremely difficult if you don't know someone over 21, because they don't fall for fake IDs since they always swipe the fake ID. Also, all stores must stop selling at 2 in the morning, and at 11 or 12 on sunday. As for drugs, I've honestly never seen anyone do anything besides weed at a party. However, some girls in my psych class used the classroom bathroom to do coke right after class! It was disgusting. They belonged to a sorority.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks run the student union, which sucks because scooter parking keeps going up, and even though I vote for a different leader, they always get the spot in office. Greeks are viewed by others as rich kids, because pledging at UF is extremely expensive. But, Greeks definitely don't dominate the social scene, so its not a big deal if you don't pledge. There is a funny story about the alligator that gets painted by the frat members of a house. Its a funny UF tale.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – Mold was growing in one of the dorms and the university basically didn't do a thing about it for a long time. And I heard it was really gross. Also, you can get sick from mold and spore growth so... as for health, I wouldn't say its the healthiest. There is a free clinic which is small and outdated for the large amount of students, but its "free" (not really because we pay for "health care" in out tuition payment, but other procedures are also greatly reduced for students because of the teaching hospital, Shands! The campus is pretty safe, there are texts sent to students when something happens, and only 3 things have occurred this year (including the blowing up of a lab). I feel like the security is mediocre though, UFPD is MUCH more concerned with giving out tickets for speeding than anything else. EXAMPLE: A lady crashed into me on my scooter on campus, and then left without stoping, and a cop was watching and did NOTHING. I then asked him why and he said there was nothing he could do anyway because I didn't fall over (but my scooter has a scratch now... so yeah I could have been hurt for all he knew). Also, the campus is ridiculously dark, not safe to walk alone after dark at all.

3 College Freshman

Administration: There Are Rules, Then There a Exceptions – Some technical rules seem to be too strict, but when it comes to important matters protocol is followed and justice is fair.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: I've only eaten there once, and all though they change the menu very often the outcomes are not always very tasteful. If you run across a favorite that's not usually there like cookies, pizza or drinks, good luck finding it again. As far as the restaurants, some are good like you would find them off campus. Others, could use some work

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Best – Any opportunity you want here at the University of Florida, you;ll be able to find it. I've rarely had serious problems with them and it really does seem to be a fare, wholesome, environment.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: For in state kids the prospect of Bright Futures Scholarships seems almost too good to be true. That's because it is. The state of Florida will promise you full tuition and then take it all away because they no longer care about education. Want financial aid? Not if you're white, have parents that are still married, and are middle class. Good luck paying for college, you'll need it.

2 College Senior

Campus Food: Ate There Once, Never Again – Maybe I'm overly pampered at my sorority house but the food available in Gator and Broward Dining is sub par. The food is overpriced and lacking in taste. I get more nauseous walking past the buildings than hungry. The restaurants on campus are quite good, especially Chik fil A but they don't have the specials and discounts offered in their off campus sister locations.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Old but Improving – While our athletic facilities are unmatched on any college campus, the rest of the campus struggles to keep up with the times. Classrooms lack air conditioning, most dorms are barely livable, and a lot of campus just seems dated. However, I love the red bricks adorning every building and the school is making renovations slowly but surely.

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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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