Recent Alumnus 2012-11-28T15:19:29Z
Football here creates a sense of unity and it is who we are. We are the gators. Its an amazing feeling being in the Swamp, our football stadium, and seeing all 80,000 become one.
College Sophomore 2012-11-28T14:43:04Z
I lived on campus for 6 weeks and I personally did not like it. I am used to having my own room so sharing a room with someone was not a personal favorite. However, I lived in one of the best dorms called "Beaty Towers." The space and amenities were great and I was lucky enough to have roommates who understood the importance of shared responsibility. The cost is a bit pricy but living on campus is very convenient. If you would like more privacy, living off campus would be a better choice. I recommend Gainesville Place Apartments.
College Sophomore 2012-11-28T14:38:32Z
My program is in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. The advisors are very helpful and I enjoy this program very much. A lot of the majors within this college require similar classes so it's easy to double major. As an English major, the workload is average. It requires a lot of reading but it's not unbearable. All in all, I think this is a great program.
College Sophomore 2012-11-28T14:35:04Z
Thus far, I am happy with being an English major. You have a lot of freedom to explore other subjects you like which makes it easier to minor and major in other subjects. Since I want to be a teacher, there are many schools who are open to volunteer teachers which makes finding an internship manageable.
College Sophomore 2012-11-28T14:31:00Z
They are crowded during crunch time but there are so many resources on campus where you can find empty ones throughout campus.
College Junior 2012-11-28T13:33:30Z
Health & Safety:
The housing staff is very greedy and inconsiderate. They make it nearly impossible to be released from the contract regardless of the consequences of remaining in the dorm. Not to mention the dorms arent that nice. I rated it a D rather than an F because location is convenient with regards to proximity to campus and out of all the dorms Beaty is one of the nicer ones. I reccommend Lakeside if anything so you have your own room/privacy/can study in the room. But be weary of the housing staff!!! They truly do not know the meaning of compassion all they care about is money not the wellbeing of the student and its extremely messed up, discouraging, and I will be wasting $2,544 because they wont release me from my contract but I literally CANNOT live in the dorm for the sake of my mental health. Finally, living off campus is cheaper, more flexible, nicer, close enough to campus with busses always running and just overall a more beautiful experience.
College Junior 2012-11-26T20:00:37Z
The classes are rigorous, particularly math and science courses. It requires students to step up and achieve their true potential, however, the only fault lies in the size of the classes, way too many lecture halls for imperative classes.
College Sophomore 2012-11-26T00:12:58Z
The food in reference to the dining plans are great, but the cost is extremely rediculous
College Sophomore 2012-11-26T00:11:58Z
being in th engineering program has been fascinating, the best part is the endless funds available for research.
College Sophomore 2012-11-26T00:10:24Z
The process of getting into the engineering program so far has been simple, the criteria begins with even a high school resume, grades in high school are extremely important, and whether an IB program was completed
College Sophomore 2012-11-26T00:06:53Z
I am extremely happy in the engineering program, I have endless opportunities and have also made a seat on the board of athletic women of engineers
College Sophomore 2012-11-26T00:05:03Z
There are computer labs available in almost every corner at anytime of the day allowing access simple
College Sophomore 2012-11-26T00:03:43Z
As a biomedical engineering student, I will be capable of endless research within the university of Florida due to the royalties from gatoraid
College Sophomore 2012-11-25T08:54:09Z
UF's academics are some of the best in the country, especially at public university rates. Every "college" or department at UF is stellar at what they do and the professors are top notch. Easily the most rewarding part of being at UF. If you go to the University of Florida, you will absolutely be receiving a top notch education when you graduate.
College Sophomore 2012-11-25T08:26:22Z
The Regional Transit System of Gainesville is really helpful as Gainesville doesn't extend much farther than the University. You can get to most places by using RTS and there are lots of buses. After 9:00, the RTS buses turn into "Later Gator" buses which have four different routes and run until very early in the morning and are helpful so you don't have to walk alone at night or, for some, drive intoxicated. Similarly, SNAP is transportation from 6 PM to 3 AM which are vans that UF students can call to come pick them up from one place to another. They are really convenient and work to ensure students' safety from potential crime or from hurting themselves if they aren't in a condition to walk/drive themselves home. All of these are really convenient and have helped me when I have later shifts at work. The only issue I have with them is that at first, the whole bus system is very confusing and there are often times when the buses are either late or don't show up. But, the UF transportation serves its purpose.
College Sophomore 2012-11-25T08:08:47Z
If you are looking for a college town with literally nothing else but the college, classes, fraternity houses, and a small section of clubs, bars, and restaurants, then you would enjoy Gainesville. The school spirit of UF defines Gainesville and is one of the best in the country as far as love of one's school. However, prepare yourself for orange and blue everything in a fifty mile radius of the campus. There is nothing in Gainesville but the college. No thriving city life, cultural area, or environmental phenomenon. Gainesville and UF are truly synonymous. That is meant for some people and not for others. To go to UF, you are surrounded by 18-24 year olds at all times and must face the reality that there is little to do but go to clubs, bars, or parties. Residents either love or hate Gainesville but personally, having nothing to do gets really boring and no school spirit or football game could change that.
College Sophomore 2012-11-25T07:58:23Z
UF barely contributes scholarships, at least academic ones. If you are a sports prodigy that could help the football team get a national championship, then you can count on a scholarship, but much less than that, then good luck to you. I am a Florida resident, and tuition for in-staters is fairly reasonable compared to other in-state tuitions. It is a public university, so out of state tuition isn't horrible, but extreme need-base financial aid is considered. There isn't much luck on scholarships and help financially apart from the up front low cost considering the caliber of the school.
College Sophomore 2012-11-25T07:52:45Z
Guys & Girls:
Regardless of where you go, there are many types of people at UF. Recently, the population of South Floridians has increased among a usually North Floridian school. Also, there are many out of state/international students. Over a fourth of the students at UF are associated with Greek Life, so many girls and guys are "fratty." There are many partiers among both guys and girls. Girls will sometimes be southern and classy. Because of UF's academic standards, there are a large group of people only focused on their studies and not their social lives or looks. There is really just a mixed bag of people at Florida, but the majority of people are the type that will go out to frat parties all night and then go and ace an exam the next morning.
College Sophomore 2012-11-25T07:46:57Z
Dorms make it easy to get around campus, however, they aren't very nice. They are all pretty old yet they don't have an aesthetic charm as some older dorms have. Most of them look like brick factories. It's good to be around the campus, but parking is terrible and the rooms aren't very comfortable.
College Sophomore 2012-11-22T04:42:21Z
Gainesville is an exciting and diverse place. There are many hangout spots near campus.
College Sophomore 2012-11-22T04:40:31Z
The University of Florida is very diverse and accepting.
College Sophomore 2012-11-22T02:44:46Z
I am a journalism major and am part of the Journalism and Communications College at UF. The advisors at my college are phenomenal and help in every way they can. They are very accessible and love their students. There are so many opportunities through my program and I am in love with the major.
College Sophomore 2012-11-22T02:28:32Z
Gainesville has two main areas to look for something to eat off-campus: Archer Road and University Ave. There are several restaurants in both areas, and they're both within walking distance of campus, which is very convenient. If you're looking for something like Olive Garden, Tijuana Flats, Moe's, Panera Bread (the basics), Archer Road is where you'll want to stop by. On University Ave, there's what we call "midtown" where you can find pizza shops for when you're out on the town, Dunkin' Donuts for those late study nights, sushi shops, and more.
College Sophomore 2012-11-22T02:24:37Z
Becoming involved in Greek Life at UF has been the best thing I have ever done. I joined a sorority during rush of my freshman year, and it has opened so many doors for me and introduced me to some of my best friends. I've been able to involve myself in some of the most rewarding volunteering experiences and charity events, as well as internships. I honestly don't know what I would do without my sorority sisters and the social opportunities that being in the Greek community has given me! It's so much fun, yet at the same time, Greek students have the highest GPAs of all students on campus. It's an experience I wouldn't give up for the world.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-17T23:56:47Z
Transportation and Parking Services makes campus life easier by administering transportation and parking programs at the University of Florida. Transportation and Parking Services works closely with Student Government and the Regional Transit System (RTS) to provide convenient, fare-free public transportation on campus and to and from many locations within Gainesville.
Your Gator 1 ID card makes campus life easier by granting fare-free access to RTS bus service. All students may ride any RTS bus anywhere in Gainesville including campus, fare-free, by simply presenting their valid Gator 1 ID card to the driver.
Students who wish to park a vehicle on campus must purchase a parking decal and park in an appropriate area. Campus parking is limited and most students find that it is not practical to use their car for campus transportation. Not to worry. With your Gator 1 ID card and RTS, you don't have to.
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