College Senior 2010-09-24T03:16:11Z
College Town – College Town. Everything is geared towards 18 and older crowd. lots of things to do. Awesome football game tons of parties all the time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-18T01:12:55Z
Guys & Girls:
To tell you the truth, most of the classes I have had are mainly girl dominated! The guys are usually in some male-dominated major but when you catch a glimpse they aren't bad.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-18T01:10:10Z
Dorm Life – When entering as a freshmen, the dorm activities allowed you to make friends and have fun in the dorms.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-18T01:07:17Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Security – I feel very comfortable on campus. There is a shuttle that when called will transport students after dark to on-campus sights. Besides that, UFPD is very vigilant and always making rounds.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T18:44:57Z
I passed through two other Florida colleges before settling in Gainesville, and the past two years have been the best in my life. It's academically far more challenging than the other schools I've attended, but well worth the work. The social scene is much better, and generally a great mix of people. Highly recommended.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T18:36:57Z
Hot Wet Sticky Summers – The summers in Gainesville are tough. Otherwise, weather is mild. The winters can get chilly, but nothing like the north. The only real gripe I have with Gainesville is the terrible, humid summers.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T18:32:48Z
Gainesville Green Is Everywhere – DUI and underage drinking enforcement is very high around town; underage drinking on campus (dorms) is also difficult. But the university/city is very accommodating otherwise. And Gainesville green rules this town; the city is generally very relaxed when it comes to drug enforcement.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T02:54:44Z
The main transportation option is the RTS bus system, the availability of which depends on where you live in the town. Where I live, two buses go buy, every 30 minutes. If you miss a bus, you're late for class, which sucks. To park on-campus, you need a decal. But if you don't live on-campus, the only place you'll be able to park with you're decal is still at least 20 minutes away from most of your classes.
Lastly, there have been various parking protests from students at UF before. Students have asked for more parking for students and lowering the cost of decals. Non of which really have been realized. There are 50,000 students that go to UF, of course parking and transportation would be a problem.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T02:46:18Z
The Greeks are there to party. At least most of the people who enter that system. It's a great way to get to know people, make quick and meaningless connections. But there is little to nothing of substance to what the Greeks do. All of their rules seem very superficial and immature.
Though there are a few houses, I'm sure, that devote themselves completely to the philanthropy and community service, that would not be the case for them all. Most Greeks just want to drink alcohol and get laid as many times as possible.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T02:40:19Z
Off-Campus Foods Offers Variety in Cost, Cuisine – The off-campus dining scene at the University of Florida is one of the most diverse. There are lots of different options for people of all kinds of backgrounds. Gainesville has everything from cheap fast food joints, like McDonald's and Taco Bell, to reasonably priced local restaurants, like Leonardo's Pizza and Liquid Ginger. The gourmet scene includes places like Dragonfly, which offers top-notch sushi, and The Top, which has a huge selection for the vegetarians and vegans.
Gainesville also has some amazing local restaurants. One of them is Satchel's, which has an outstanding pizza and salad selection. Also, Its interior design will leave anyone puzzled and astonished.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T02:52:45Z
Lots of Variety – You never know who you will meet on campus at UF. There are a lot of international students and people of all races and all ethnicities.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T02:49:09Z
Lots of Opportunities – I love being a psychology major at the University of Florida because it is the largest major of the school. This provides many more resources that other colleges do not have available such as major-specific guidance counselours. There are also multiple interniship, job, and research opportunities.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-12T15:57:51Z
Lots to Do – Gainesville has quite a few places for the shopper especially at the mall. There are parks available for those who like to hang out and play sports and for those who want a place they can play with their dog. A lot of places enjoy having the students even going so far as to give them discounts.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-12T15:52:56Z
Can Be Pretty Strict – There are certain policies that can get a student kicked out if broken like the ban on hazing. However there are very few and of the ones that do exist all are for the safety of the students, faculty, and guests on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-12T15:48:20Z
Way Too Much – There are tons of condos and apartments available all over Gainesville. So much that each complex does all it can to grab the students attention in order to actually get people into the available housing. Most are pretty close to campus and /or have a bus route that comes pretty close that students can ride for free.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-11T13:50:56Z
The University of Florida has everything a student looking for the typical American college experience could ever want. It's in a small town where the university dominates not only the social scene, but the economy. The athletic teams are excellent and we'll make a football fan out of even the greatest non-fan. School spirit and traditions are alive and well--on game day it's tough to find ANYONE not wearing school colors. The campus is gorgeous (and the student body is as well). It's everything I was looking for in my experience.
Being a part of football season during the Fall semester makes Gainesville a place like no other.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-11T13:43:15Z
Food Was Good but Not Great; Decent Selection – I never got a meal plan, because I heard from other students that it was overpriced and that I'd be sick of the food halfway into my first semester. Every time I ate in the dining hall I enjoyed it, but I could see the food getting repetitive if I had to eat their every day. The dining halls try to have theme nights (Latin Night, Jewish Night, German Night, etc.) and I think they're actually pretty successful--even though I didn't have a meal plan, I would never miss a Latin Night at Broward.
My favorite part of the on campus dining was breakfast during the weekends. It's served all day and they even make Gator waffles! Great to stumble in around 1 or 2 PM after a long Friday night, still in pajamas, and look around and see everyone doing the same.
The dining options on campus where a meal plan is not accepted are excellent. The Reitz Union just got a major overhaul and now includes places more in tune with what students want (Pollo Tropical, Panda Express, Croutons--a designer salad place, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Subway, Taco Bell, and Orange & Brew, a coffee and beer-serving panini place that often has live music, comedy shows, or other fun activities).
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-11T13:38:20Z
Labs Are Great, but Free Printing Is More Trouble Than Its Worth – The labs are great--they're numerous, they're spaced out well over campus, and they have new, functioning computers. Free printing, however, is offered only in one of the labs, in the most hidden one, during hours that are convenient to no one, and there's always a line out the door. Better to just print at home or pay for printing at one of the other labs.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-09T19:50:25Z
Parking at UF sucks if you're not a freshman or someone who works at UF. They basically say "Screw you," BUT I do have to mention the bus system is pretty decent so it's not all that bad.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-09T19:48:16Z
Policies are very good on campus. They passed a ban on all smoking on campus recently.. awesome.. Or when in th library or the HUB food is pretty well accepted.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-09T19:45:12Z
Available Student Areas – UF has fantastic amenities for the students. The gyms on campus are awesome and include nice swimming pools and all the exercise equipment you need as well as a room for any sport you can think of. Late hours too. Free bus service, printing services, computer help services, tons of amazing libraries with access to computers and any other electronic equipment you need, for example they have video viewing stations.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-06T19:20:25Z
Greeks Taking Over the School – As a non-Greek, I can tell you Greek life is definitely a big part of our school. Though it doesn't make up most of the school, it does have an ample amount of power in the student government. Which is not what non-Greeks want. However, they do provide good parties so it works out.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-06T19:14:16Z
University of Florida is a wonderful college that has years under it's belt helping students succeed in the real world. However, with all it's experience the University still needs some work. Though there are ample amount of study areas and different programs to get into, actually learning the material is quite difficult. Most of the professors don't actually teach you anything. You have to take the time outside of class to really grasp the material. UF needs to work with their professors in bettering how us students can understand the knowledge they are laying on us. Other than this, the University lives up to it's reputation.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T23:51:40Z
Top Notch – The facilities at UF are great! There are about three gymnasiums. The Southwest Rec center was just renovated this month! The only downside is that it can get a bit packed... The Reitz Union holds many events including Gator Nights and various performances from diverse student groups.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T14:54:27Z
Big School, Big Name – UF is the flagship university for the state of Florida. There are tons of organizations, protests almost every day, and quality professors. On the one hand, you are tiny fish in the gigantic ocean. On the other hand, now that I'm preparing for grad school, I am proud to say I attended probably the best university in the state of Florida, and one of the top public institutions in the country. I transferred here from UNF, a much smaller university, and while I liked UNF's atmosphere far more, I like UF's name more. Let me clarify- the weather is swamp-like, the campus is filled with traffic, smog, and noise, and it's often unbearably hot.
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