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3 College Sophomore

Technology: While the technology is definitely up to date the requirements for students can be pricy and the wifi can be weak at times.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While trying to remain safe, I naturally feel on alert when alone on campus however the presence of the Campus security is highly visible which generally makes me feel safer.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven;t had any encounters with Drugs or Alcohol so far and while I believe that soMe students may be partaking of those substances I definitely don't THINK that it is a popular or out in the open as it could be. Which could be a good and a bad thing.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a wide range of diversity. Almost everyone I meet is completely different and unique and I like that.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Downtown and Midtown offer lots of choices of bars. Midtown bars seem to be a lot more grimey and packed, but downtown is really nice with something or everyone. Bus transportation is pretty good, but walking or driving yourself is better, The only problem would be finding parking. Also, house parties around Gainesville neighbourhoods are really easy to get to on foot or by car, but not so much by bus.

3 College Junior

Weather: Temperature fluctuations can get pretty bothersome, since leaving early for class is usually cold, but then it can warm up a lot as the day progresses. Certain times of the year (like Spring and early Fall) experience heavy rains. Some of these storms pass over quickly, yet some linger for the whole day. Winter is nice in my opinion, since the weather is often cooler and more consistent. In Fall, it is very common to work up a sweat when walking or biking to campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks are always really busy with sorority and fraternity affairs, whether it be planning parties, going to socials, or other things. The social atmosphere is not really impacted by Greek life; most people are all really nice to each other regardless of membership, but there are also many pretentious Greeks who see non-Greeks as "GDIs" or "God-Damn Independents" and have a lesser view of them. Oh well.

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4 College Senior

Weather: It is Florida. It changes from one extreme to the other. Sunny in the morning and thunderstorm in the afternoon.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Some financial aid officers doesn't care, and gave a horrible advice. Some do go beyond

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: A lot of crime near the campus, but on campus crime not too bad

4 College Senior

Administration: I do not live on campus, even with the strictness of policies, students will always finds a way to break it.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Older buildings has their own history, nice orange bricks building

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Eventhough its against the university code, but majority of students takes part in drugs and alcohol

4 College Senior

Diversity: Very diverse. a lot of people from different cultures, religion and sexual views

4 College Senior

Party Scene: One of the best party school in the country. Parties can be easily accessed

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Very big in athletics as a big football college. GO GATORS!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: On campus housing is great to be close to campus and the amenities offered. but off campus gives more freedome

4 College Senior

Local Area: Lots of attractions from nightlife, bars, scenery and sports

4 College Senior

Transportation: Free buses, and buses runs everywhere around the city

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol availability and visibility are very present. For the amount of alcohol sold the price seems reasonable. Students always find a way to get alcohol. For underage students it is almost as available as for legal drinkers. It is an unspoken truth that on the weekends half of the school will get drunk. It is also very noticeable at clubs and parties. In terms of peer pressure it seems a minimal cause to underage drinking. Most underage college students will willingly drink, however, the amount they consume will depend on peer pressure. Policy enforcement of underage drinking is strict, but will happen regardless of efforts by police and campus enforcement.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The night life at the University of Florida is one of the best. That is why we were known to be the best party school in the nation. There are multiple clubs near the school students can go to. Every night there is a theme at a club ex: Techno Tuesdays, Latin Thursdays. One of our most popular party scenes has to be the Frat parties. Here students can socialize, dance, and drink for free. Parties are usually at the Fraternities house, which have enough space to accommodate many people. Gainesville is also one of the best places for underage nightlife. For the most part most clubs will allow underage students in, usually before a certain time. Transportation to these part areas is also very good, Later Gator Bus transportation runs periodically and efficiently.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process is tough sometimes. To receive aid you can apply through your college since they have a lot of scholarships to offer. The bigger the college, however, the tougher it may seem to be awarded a scholarship. Most scholarships have very specific requirements, but it seem there is a scholarship for every major and interest.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The local weather is always changing and most of the time unpredictable. This does not affect the campus experience too much since Gators don't stop due to a little weather foul.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: If you are a science major and are pre-professional you will have to endure 'weed-out' classes. These courses are not as difficult as the professors make the tests to be. The tests and homework's are made harder than they should be to 'weed-out' students, since these course have a large volume of students. In such courses professors will see you as a number unless you make the time and effort for them to know you, and grade policies are very strict. The workload is sometimes overwhelming, but manageable. There are some courses and majors at the University not offered, but there are alternatives to this. The preprofessional courses get tougher and more time-consuming.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding reasonable off-campus housing all depends on how much time students are willing to invest in finding the perfect place for the perfect price. If you are on a budget and would like to live as close as possible to campus you should start looking early. If you just want to live close to campus or in a luxurious place, with no budget, there are always options for that as well. Off-campus housing provides personal space, amenities, and more freedom than on-campus housing. Buses are a great form of transportation. There is a route that reaches any and every student residency. The only down side is the distance to campus. Make sure you are always on time for the bus, since it does take a while to reach campus.

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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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