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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I found a Humanist group to join, which is something I couldn't do at my smaller community college (there were only religious clubs there).

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: I don't really get out much (that sounds so pathetic! but studying is time-consuming). But I do know that there's always something going on outside or in the campus. Butler Plaza is a good place for all your shopping/eating/movie needs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are ads on the buses encouraging students to take it easy on the alcohol (they use quotes from anonymous students that talk about how drinking too much messed up their night). I don't go to parties or such, so I don't know how peer pressure is. A good policy that I heard about is... I forget what it is called, but I think of it as "immunity." If an underage friend has been drinking too much and looks really bad, you don't have to worry about them getting in trouble if you seek medical attention for them. I think that shows that UF is more concerned about making sure students are safe than it is about being "tough." They prioritize medical attention over punishments.

I've never seen anything to do with drugs, but I'm sure they're around.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Honestly, I pay very little attention to sports at UF. I know the Gator football team is a big deal, and I see tons of other sporting events going on, but I'm so focused on academics that it's all a blur to me.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I live off-campus, so it's hard for me to judge things like dorm policies. In terms of classroom strictness, it really depends on the professor. Many take a hands-off approach. They assumed that you're an adult and treat you like one; attendance of lectures is obviously a good idea, but often not required. The exception of course is labs and test days; you have to go to those! You also miss out on quizzes and extra credit opportunities if you skip class, even if the professor doesn't require attendance.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm pleased with the biology program; so far the professors have been good, and the classes are interesting. I'm still deciding what I want to do after I graduate. My concerns about finding a job are more to do with the current economy than the quality of the education at UF.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The challenges I encountered as a transfer student included several places in the application process that assumed I had graduated high school (like your sign-up form!). I have a GED and AA, so it was a bit stressful trying to figure out how to fill out the application. It also took a while for my permanent residency to be validated, so for a while I was accepted as an international student.

As a transfer student, the most important criteria for admission were an AA degree, a good GPA, and having all the right classes taken for biology (like Chemistry 1 and 2). The essays were short (in fact it was hard to fit all I wanted to say in them!), and probably pretty different from the freshman application process.

Tip: leave enough time to go through the application form. It wasn't nearly as straightforward or user-friendly as I expected from such a large institution.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The fall and spring are great, but in the summer the weather is brutally hot. But that's what you get in Florida!

5 College Junior

Athletics: our football team was awful this season but usually it's a force to be reckoned with. Sio far our basketball team has yet to lose a match this season.

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4 College Junior

Academics: UF has wonderful academics, difficult at times but worth the struggle. A degree from here will get you places

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: there are crimes like in most places. there should be escort services though. UCSB, where I used to attend, had them.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Midtown and Downtown are where the party's at. Nightlife is pretty sucky if you're not 21 because bars are the big thing here.

2 College Junior

Majors: The pre-requisites for pre-med are all weed out classes. Do not apply for biology as a major, there is a lot of competition.

3 College Junior

Majors: It's really difficult, I'm tired all of the time

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is important in the south, but you can get by with not being Greek.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is free to students and you can catch a bus that will take you just about anywhere. Just be sure to learn the bus routes.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: About average, but I recommend getting to know your representatives and being nice to them. They are more than willing to help.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors, classmates and faculty push you to be the best you can be.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I haven;t really participated in the Nightlife as I try to be a good student and study a lot. But I haven't heard complaints.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It's about average. Follow the rules and you will be ok.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains a lot and is in the cooler part of Florida but other than it's great.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The University of Florida is partially famous for it high quality in the area of Sports.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Pretty much your average dorms. It all depends on how clean you are and your roommates are.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: There is definitely a variety of Majors at The University of Florida however some majors have more resources than others.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm happy with my major.

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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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