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4 College Freshman

Majors: The advisors here are here to help. They are very knowledgable about internship but you need to be willing to put in the work as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus housing. According to my friends, I'm happy I'm not living on campus. The only perks is how close their classes are, but that is pretty much it.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't care so much about the Greek life. It is just another sorority.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit at University of Florida is unmatched. Gators are everywhere.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Bars and clubs are usually in the downtown region of Gainesville, which gets pretty packed.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: University of Florida is one of the best school in Florida. The opportunities are limitless. Not only does it challenge you, but the experience will be memorable.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you live off campus, like I do, most likely you will not need to purchase a decal. For one, finding a parking on campus without a decal is near impossible. If you do find an area that has lifted the restrictions on parking, finding a spot is quite impossible as well. Parking gets filled up very quickly.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The University of Florida offers free bus transportation. It is super convenient to get around on campus. Buses are the main route of transportation on the campus. For me personally, buses are more convenient than cars because of the traffic and finding a parking on campus is near impossible.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is hard to give just one rating to dorms because they vary so greatly. I live in one of the most low end dorms, Graham Hall. It is great in location but there are no elevator so I walk up to the third floor multiple times a day. The community bathrooms are shared by 50 girls and the showers are very run down. The cleanliness of dorms on campus is good. The bathrooms are cleaned daily Monday-Friday, but they do get very gross over the weekend when they are not maintained. The nicer dorms are very nice however. In my opinion the nicest dorms are Lakeside and the Keys, but they are significantly more expensive and require bus transportation to reach the central part of campus. Many social events are held in the dorms, but in the case of my dorm most students don't participate. The housing process is easy, but the most important thing is to register for housing as early as possible so you get a good housing preference number. This determines how much weight your preference for housing holds. Also look into living learning communities so you can be surrounded by people with common interests. And if you want to request a roommate, odds are you will be placed with them. The UF housing site is confusing and hard to understand but the process is easy and not filled with much hassle.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a Music Major and it is rather difficult at UF. Required classes like piano skills and theory are difficult but the faculty is great and if you are accepted into the program you will have a one-on-one relationship with the professor you study under which makes it great when you study at such a large university as UF. The Facilities are poor at best. the music building is old and run down and is nearly outside due to the architecture. There is a lack of practice rooms and although each practice room has a good piano the rooms are falling apart themselves. University Auditorium is quite charming although it is old, but the Phillips center is new and nice, although few music performances are held there.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics at UF are their best strong point. Not only is it known as a prestigious school but there is a great feeling as a student knowing that the students around you had to meet the same criteria as you to be admitted. OI do find though that taking classes that require less intellect and work to pass do have don't want to work as hard, but I am pursuing a double major and I have been impressed with the level of academics. Don't underestimate the difficulty of weed-out classes. Classes like General Chemistry and Calculus offer a huge challenge for first year students, but if you utilize all the study aids offered both on and off campus you can pass them.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: In the central part of campus is Turlington Plaza which is UF's free speech plaza. If you have any doubt on the vast amount of religions, ethnicities, political views, or issues troubling students just go there and you will see it all unfiltered. Just last week I saw a large group of students out there holding huge signs yelling about banning circumcision of males in America with very graphic and provocative pictures. I have no doubt that there is an advocacy group for nearly every ethnicity of student in the school and you'll have no issue locating these groups through online portals that allow you to find groups if you are interested in joining.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Policies are pretty lenient on campus on alcohol and drug-use. However, don't hit your tire to the white parking lines or drive a mile per hour over the speed limit because they'll be onto you so fast with a ticket.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a great deal of emphasis on partying and the first semester is hard to manage for those who devote too much time to partying. In the realm of finding romance or relationships on campus, it is like any other school. Students are typically attractive, but there is a dichotomy with most UF students. They are either bookworms, devoting nearly all their time to studies or they are enjoying the college life a little too much with excessive partying. A social life is easy to maintain and finding the right group of friends is easy to do because with as many students as UF has to offer there are definitely people to fit any personality. Greek life is always a good way to make friends, but beware that people are not often above the reputation of their sorority of fraternity. Whether it's a friend or boyfriend, trust the reputation their group has because even if it doesn't follow their individual morals or attitude, they spend much time with these people so they are very prone to changing their morals and ideals to that of their group. But with that said, there are many great Greek life organizations with great moral, goals, and traditions on campus.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school, the University of Florida is great. In addition to an awesome education, there are PBS/NPR TV and Radio station on campus that supplement my communications education, and I believe that makes it unique.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the academics the University of Florida has to offer, but I believe I would be more happy in city or larger town with more opportunities and thing to do. I am also a music major so I wish I attended a school with more to offer in the avenue of music.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather in Gainesville is a bit sporadic. I was driven mad the first two months with rain everyday and it is clear if you are to be moving to Gainesville you should invest in a nice rain jacket and umbrella. As we approached December the weather would shift from constant heat to nearly freezing in the time the sun would go down.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The closest gym to the central part of campus is quite small for the volume of people who use it. Group fitness classes are great and offered with many varieties. The second on campus gym, which is a bit farther, is large and very nice with quite enough equipment for the demands.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Gainesville is a COLLEGE TOWN. There is not much to it other than The University of Florida, but the benefits to this are that is a good town for college students and there are plenty of dining options and shopping! However, I fin that for many career opportunities, I would need to move to a larger town or city.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships:
I received my financial aid in a timely manner and it was an easy process. Along with receiving bright futures and other private scholarships, I did receive a scholarship through the School of Music and I received all of these payments easily and without hassle. One thing to note that I was unaware of was that scholarships like bright futures do not just deduct from your tuition, but rather you pay the full amount and then receive the amount of scholarship owed to you after in check form or credited to your upcoming financial payments. But I believe this is typical of most schools.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Although there is a decent variety, it consists mostly of chain restaurants and fast-food. Late night options are scarce and most restaurant hours are inconvenient because they close at 4 and 5 o'clock at night. Student discounts work at a good number of dining options. One of my favorite dining places is the "Home Zone" in the Reitz Union. This restaurant makes fresh dinner and lunch options everyday ranging from carved turkey and mashed potatoes to fish and macaroni and there is always delicious dessert!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is not always the most convenient on campus. Parking for on-campus students is ideal because it is close to classes and central parts of campus as well as the dorms, however, I find many times I am driving through my designated parking lot waiting for a spot to open. Parking for students that commute is not as convenient because most lots and garages are not within walking distance from campus and busses must be used to get to the central parts of campus. Permits are not excessively pricey but parking is not the most ideal either.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining on campus is average because all though there are many options for food, the hours are not always the most convenient and the dining halls lack in quality. On campus, there is a large variety of chain restaurants, however, I find most of the hours of these places to be inconvenient closing at 4 and 5 in the afternoon so many are closed before I get out of class. Dining halls are nice and the food is generally good, but there are few options and many of the same dishes are served daily giving less variety to the daily meals. On campus convenience stores are great for their late hours and there is a 24-hour Starbucks for late nights, however the prices in the convenience stores are extremely high and flex bucks get used up quicker than one would imagine.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is much to choose from in off-campus housing at The University of Florida. There is a great variety in prices, however as would be expected the price you pay does play a large factor in the safety and convenience of the housing. The main benefit of living off campus at UF is the cost off living is generally cheaper than living on campus. Although rent rates and utilities often equate to a higher rate then on campus in rent, students save substantially more in food costs. Food plans are not required with on campus housing, but it is extremely difficult to live without them in the majority of on campus dorms because they do not have in room kitchens for cooking and storing food. One down side to off campus housing would be commuting to the school. Many dorms are available within walking distance and these are ideal because otherwise one would need to plan additional time into each day to find on campus parking for class in one of the commuter parking lots and many of these lots require bus transportation to transport students to the central parts of campus.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: The thing that bothers me the most about campus police is that I see them giving bike riders tickets all the time. They should encourage students to ride bikes instead of scooters but instead they're steering students like myself away.

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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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