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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school and I there is no other school I would rather be at. Our academics are held to a high standard and the level of education achieved by our students is evident in our alumni and post-graduation opportunities. There are many things to do for students whether it be parties or going to the rec and just playing ball. Though the campus could use a bit more upkeep in some aspects, it is still a beautiful, friendly, and inviting place to go to college.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of things going on all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Facilities both for athletes and students are kept up-to-date and well maintained. Obviously the athlete only facilities are much nicer because the receive much more attention and therefore money, but the facilities for students are still very nice compared to other schools I have visited.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The city is very student oriented, however there are not many forms of recreation that are low cost that are applicable to everybody. Safety is a large priority, but due to the large amount of lower income people in the city it is not very safe for students to be alone at night.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places off campus that are cute and quirky.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of students here, and many of us take the bus, bike, or walk around to get from campus back home. Parking decals are decently priced, but you can never find a parking spot at the peak time when most of the students are on campus. It is much easier to take public transportation.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Coming to UF, I was not an athlete and I hated doing any type of sport. With the amount and variety of sports available though, it does get hard not to find a person who is involved in some type of sports. SW Rec and Student Rec are the two main gyms on campus, and they're pretty decently sized and equipped. Sports are huge here, and a good majority of people watch football and basketball.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: After a certain time, every food option available closes, so you have to eat earlier in the night. Other than that, it is like a typical campus, with overpriced food that can vary in taste.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's always something to do in Midtown and Downtown, whether to go clubbing or just go to bars. Underage people do get carded. A good way to get there is to walk, take the bus, or have a designated driver, although parking is horrible.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is pretty safe walking through campus at all hours of the night. However, areas around SW Rec are unlit and not many people pass through there. If you need any help, student health is available. If you want to see a doctor, you do need to make an appointment, and it isn't always at the most convenient of times.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses take a lot of students from Point A to Point B in no time. There are buses running almost everyday, and are free to UF students. If you are on campus, you can take SNAP, which picks you up and drops you off at various locations on campus for free.

3 College Freshman

Administration: If you aren't appearing to be actively committing a crime, no one bothers you.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are tons of people here, so you can encounter different people of different faiths and religions, as well as different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's been pretty good, there are a ton of things to do here even if you aren't an athlete or Greek.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't want to be a part of the drug and alcohol scene, you're not alone. You have to actively look for drugs. Not many people openly drink alcohol on campus, but it is apparent in the amount of people who go to bars off campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge on campus, and you can feel excluded sometimes if you're not part of it. Still, there are plenty of people who aren't greek at all.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The actual dining halls don't have the best food, but some things are good. Other options on campus are everywhere, but can be pricy depending where.

1 College Freshman

Parking: It's awful. Don't bring a car unless you have to.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: This is a college town and the college is the center of attention. There is nothing outside of Gainesville but farm land. Good thing the town has plenty to do. It's big enough where you have plenty to do, but not big enough to get lost.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is much more popular than drugs here, but drugs are at almost every party. Mostly weed, but ecstasy and cocaine have been around as well. I've never been peer pressured with drugs. The police are very strict with drugs and alcohol and you will get in serious trouble if you are caught.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: It's not that you don't need a car, it's that you can't park anywhere. Parking is so scarce and parking decals are expensive. Not to mention traffic. Buses are free but can be unreliable as they will stay at one particular stop on their route from 5-20minutes. They will show up even when they aren't running and vice versa. Zip cars are expensive so split it with friends. If you don't like the bus or no buses are running you can take snap. A free shuttle service. It's awful. They are the most unreliable form of transportation available. Buses are a hundred times better.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is very diverse in every way possible. So much so that it's ridiculous if you act racist toward any group.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is wide variety of off-campus housing. The trend is the closer to campus, the more expensive. Most of the nice apartments by sorority row are owned by a company called trimark who are over priced and con people into paying more than others. On the other hand, if you have the money it is worth it, even if the apartments are cheaply made, maintenance is free. There are many apartments on a major road leading to campus that have much better rates. They are not as fancy and you may want to bring a car, but they are not a safety issue

3 College Freshman

Academics: It's a lot of work being pre-med. The chemistry classes are extremely difficult. I do not know much about internships at this point. Psychology is interesting but comes with a lot of work as well.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is stressful and a huge hassle. Classes fill up quickly and freshman register last so we don't get optimum classes. Depending on the class the curriculum can be very easy or very difficult. Many electives are easy while most core classes require a lot of work. Homework is dependent on the professor and professors come in all varieties. Some are very good, while others are very bad.

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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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