College Junior 2010-08-31T19:28:48Z
From What I Understand Not That Bad – I come from Miami, perhaps it being such a party city, I am biased in the view that it isn't so bad at all. Also, this personal view is influenced by my major, I seriously don't have time or brain cells to spare and get hammered, nor do my peers, my classes and those of related majors are pretty horribly hard.
College Junior 2010-08-31T19:24:54Z
The University of Florida athletics program took second in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The finish is the Gators' highest ever in national all-sports competition, as Florida's previous best was a tie for second in the 1997-98 standings.
Florida is the only program in the nation to finish among the nation's top 10 in each of the last 27 national all-sports standings.
The women's Swimming & Diving and men's Indoor Track & Field national championships led a program record 14 Gator athletic teams among the nation's top 10 in 2009-10. The previous high of 12 top-10 team finishes was achieved five times, including the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
College Junior 2010-08-31T19:22:29Z
Dorms Aren't So Great – The best part of living on campus is having everyone nearby, from peers & teachers to friends that if you commute everyday you would never get to see. You wake up & your class is that much closer, if you need a nap you won't have to necesarily take it at the library. I'd say it would be pretty convenient for many, but the noisy surroundings aren't conducive to engineering majors, it sort of encourages laziness, less attention in class, it's like working at home & without that separation for me the lines blur too much & I can't concentrate.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-31T16:21:12Z
Health & Safety:
UF has their own campus police. They have plenty of police surveying and patrolling the area, for jaywalkers and cars/scooters/bicycles speeding over 20 mph.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-31T16:20:03Z
Off campus housing selection at UF is quite varied. You have your more high-end apartments/townhouses/houses and you also have your older, less-renovated houses. You generally pay for what you get. The more you pay, the better, and higher quality things are.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-31T06:31:11Z
If you have a medical condition...such as asthma...try going to your doctor to get a note and bring it to the medical infirmary at the university to get parking in the orange spaces...
College Senior 2010-08-31T00:58:45Z
Guys & Girls:
Typical Student Look – Looking around at the people on campus, there's a basic standard for what is seen: well-kept. Many different styles, different heights, different weights, different hair colors, different everything. It's nice to see such diversity :)
College Senior 2010-08-31T00:51:41Z
Dining Hall Meal Times – The time breakfast is served should definitely be longer, especially on the weekend. This is college: half the student population doesn't wake up til 10:30 AM or even later.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-30T16:28:02Z
So Much Excitement! Gainesville, FL is an up and coming city that has so much to do; from canoeing/kayaking down the Santa Fe River, to biking around Paynes Prairie, or even the awesome Gator games and events (like Gator Homecoming). There's always something fun and exciting to do.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T17:26:08Z
The University of Florida is pretty diverse considering the amount of student that attend this school. The academics are top notch, the university has over 900 clubs for students to get involved in and has lots of programs to promote diversity.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T17:21:50Z
Almost all of the Greeks have houses on campus or very close to campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T17:18:04Z
The computers are very fast and reliable. At the student center there is also free printing which is very helpful and convenient.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T04:04:03Z
Sun and Fun – LOts of sun makes for more fun. Easy to get around campus when it's nice weather. It's a great place to be when winter hits!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T04:00:40Z
It's the Good Life – Lots of parties and bar hopping. Lots of fun and laughter with friends. Memories galore!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T02:45:29Z
Fairly Diverse Campus – At UF, there seems to be a fairly diverse ethnic population. There are regular events sponsored by the various ethnic groups, and many of them are quite popular.
College Junior 2010-08-24T02:35:54Z
Rules Made Known – Rules are enforced pretty well like the honor code and no smoking on campus.
College Junior 2010-08-24T02:34:18Z
Not Too Visible – I am sure it goes on but it is not something I have to worry too much about.
College Junior 2010-08-24T02:32:52Z
A Cluster of People from All Over the World – Campus is very diverse and it is easy to see people speaking in foreign languages. Many people attend from other countries from all sorts of backgrounds so it is very diverse place.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T17:35:11Z
Lots of Options – Didn't ever need to wait to use a computer...there were a ton of libraries with computers and printers
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-22T23:23:08Z
The Small Town Dilemma – Gainesville is a great town and has a great social life. However it is a small town and compares nothing to cities like New York or Los Angeles. It is not hard to get downtown where all the clubs and bars are but they are starting to become 21 and up admission only making it harder for younger people to even get in.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-22T23:21:06Z
Many Varieties – Apartments on campus are blossoming. Many new complexes are being built that are spacious and luxurious. The problem arises in transportation to get to campus, which can take a while. However, the apartments themselves are reasonably cheap, include all necessary amenities and feel like home.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-22T23:17:38Z
School Pride at Its Best – In my time as a college student and speaking with other college students it becomes clear that every student develops a great sense of pride in where they attend. No better the case then here at the University of Florida, where Orange and Blue are almost the only colors worn by nearly 50,000 students each day in and around Gainesville. Along with school pride, there are many nice places to eat, and great outdoor activities to be a part of in Gainesville Florida.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-21T19:28:19Z
GATOR NATION! Aside from getting used to buses when you come from a place where you use your car everyday, UF is the best! I love it! Most of the people are always nice and extremely helpful. If you are new, and you ask for directions, they will point you to the right direction, and some would even walk you there! Being a gator automatically creates a bond between you and your fellow classmates regardless of your background. Professors are the best and are always willing to help you out within limits. I wouldn't change a thing about my experience. If I had to do it all over again, I will become a gator again, and again, and again.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-21T19:21:20Z
Dinning options off-campus are several and none of them are too far away from the campus life. However, the variety is mostly among different dinning options and flavors, but not necessarily cultural wise. Diversity is more among chain restaurants such as italian vs mexican, but not authentic foods. But, there are a lot of options even though they are mostly chain. In university alone, you have plenty of choices you can walk to besides the options within campus. Not too bad for a college town.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-21T16:41:07Z
Buses and Walking Are BEST! Transportation options include the bus, buying a parking permit, and walking. For those that live near, walking is great since there are apartment and the doorms that are very close to wherever you need to go on campus. The buses are great! They have buses coming every 5 minutes or so and they are super quick to get you where you need to go, which leviates the whole waking up an hour early just to get to class on time. The parking is useless for someone like me that lives close enough to campus, but not able to park in normal parking because I am an undergraduate student. For those undergrads that live far away, it works because they can do half the distance on their own car and then just park and walk the remainder of the distance or get on the bus and finish the rest. Therefore, for me, it is better to take the bus straight from my apartment complex and walk to class from the bus stop.
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