College Junior 2012-11-12T18:04:50Z
All and all, campus housing is like most other colleges. There are some good options, but there are downsides to most places (too far away, no AC in a couple of halls, sharing a room, etc.)
College Junior 2012-11-12T18:00:51Z
Overall, UF is a pretty safe campus, so there is a level of strictness, but students also have quite a bit of flexibility
College Junior 2012-11-12T15:12:10Z
Campus dining at the University of Florida is average at best. There are a few places that would be considered dining halls, and they are filled with average food that they serve every single day. The one thing that is interesting about our campus dining is that we have a few restaurants on campus that you can use a "declining balance" card at. These restaurants include Moes, Chilis, Starbucks, Subway, Panda Express, and many more. Our Reitz Union includes many of these options and I believe that is where you will find the best healthy and various options for dining on campus.
College Junior 2012-11-12T15:08:48Z
My financial aid process at the University of Florida was a bit of a struggle in the beginning, but I have learned how to be successful through it. I have learned that if you have any questions or need to take out loans or cancel a loan, you need to go directly to the office of financial aid, Criser Hall, and speak to someone directly. They are very helpful there and will put you on the right track.
College Junior 2012-11-12T15:07:03Z
The parking situation at the Univeristy of Florida is absolutely horrendous. There are only a few parking lots that students are able to park in, and not even every student is allowed to park in them. Also, if we are not residents on campus we can only park in one parking lot that is extremely far away from most, especially my classes.
College Senior 2012-11-12T03:05:19Z
As an architecture major one of the advantages of the UF Citylab Program is the preparation that it gives to its students for the professional world. Although I havent had the chance to find an internship that suits my interests I definity plan on getting one soon. Accoring to my classmates who have an intership the pay is pretty decent and the workload varies depending on your skills.
College Senior 2012-11-12T02:51:07Z
As an Architecture major, I am very satisfed with my program. I had the opportunity to stay in my local town and save money on out of state tuition and other room and board expenses. I have access to quality education from one of the best school in the state for my field and the possibility networking with local architects while getting involved with the local AIA (American Institute of Architects) chapter. If I had the opportunity I would definitely do it all over again. My career goals are far more achievable with this program since I have internship possibilities that would eventually allow me to get my architecture license. One concern that I currently have with the field that I chose is the lack of security the architecture profession has. Unfortunately, architects as not as well regarded as they used to be in the past.
College Senior 2012-11-12T02:33:21Z
I am currently enrolled in the UF Citylab Masters program of Architecture based in Downtown Orlando, FL. Since, the program was recently established, there are a few disadvantages. However, I have enjoyed the program since its curriculum offers a strong basis for the study of architecture in the urban environment and the design studio fosters critical analysis thru a demanding and interesting set of problematic scenarios presented in the local community to be solved architecturally. The workload is very demanding as any architecture school, but the exposure to the local architecture community is one of the perks of being in the heart of Downtown therefore the possibilities for internships are definitelly far more. Even though the facility is small, it offers a good 24 hour studio space with available printers, 24 hour security, and free parking!!
College Senior 2012-11-12T02:18:17Z
The Program has an organized system of admissions validated thru the NAAB accreditation which is clearly based on a combination of portfolio strength as well as GPA.
College Senior 2012-11-11T20:55:37Z
UF is known for their academics. Just keep in mind that this is a research university. In order for faculty to get promoted and keep their jobs they must publish. This can take away focus from teaching.
College Senior 2012-11-11T20:53:44Z
Everything is very silod. You will get shipped from office to office and do not expect extra special accommodations; the school is too large for that. Registration is easy and if you have enough aid coming in they do a good job on deferring payments. Some residence halls are not A/C, BIG deal in Florida. Definitely make sure where you live is near classes. It is easier to walk versus driving.
College Sophomore 2012-11-11T20:43:16Z
Varsity sports at UF are enormous. Every student is trying to get a ticket for the game, or tailgate and then watch it with some buddies. All of the gyms are extremely nice, spacious, and have a lot of equipment. Recreational and club sports are easy to join and very fun. You can play basically any sport you want.
College Sophomore 2012-11-11T20:18:53Z
Bus transportation is extremely user-friendly. You access bus schedules and a real-time map of the bus locations through the bus website or through the UF mobile application. At night, UF has Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) vans and other free transportation that you can call to request a pick up.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-11T00:07:00Z
Tons of stuff to do in the city of Gainesville. There is a ton of history and cultural events. Great nature and outdoor activities with Paynes Prairie and other local state parks. The school has over 800 clubs to join, getting involved in the school will give you tons of opportunities for activities to do. Student love going to UF!
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-10T23:56:20Z
Athletics are HUGE at UF. From Gator football, basketball, track, volleyball, baseball, we're great at everything.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-10T23:53:27Z
Great Florida weather! Summer months are rough, try to avoid attending class during the summer. October through April is beautiful here.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-10T16:57:59Z
There are many restaurants around campus, from chinese to mexican, you pretty much have it all.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-10T16:55:39Z
There are a variety of food options so unless you want something specific from a particular restaurant, you should have it around campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-08T19:29:16Z
Gainesville has a plethora of apartments and housing options. Parking is the greatest issue but most off-campus housing has their own parking lots for the residents. To live in a house is more expensive than an apartment, the apartments are geared toward the students. Most are affordable and fun!
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-08T19:26:19Z
Our computer labs are excellent! Most of the colleges have their own special computer lab geared to help you complete your type of assignment. We have free printing on campus and various other low cost printers. Most people have their own computers and our WIFI is excellent and never really crashes except during "class picking" season. If you don't own a computer it is not a huge deal.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-08T19:20:35Z
The drug scene at the University of Florida is pretty big, especially in the greek scene. If you are greek you know people who partake in drugs or you yourself do drugs. However, drinking is far more popular overall on campus.
College Junior 2012-10-31T20:58:18Z
If you're into the nightlife scene, UF is the place to be. During weekdays, you will find a few frat or house parties here and there depending of the friends that you hang out with. As most UF students know, the weekend here starts on Thursday night (yes, that's right, THURSDAY). There are midtown bar areas, which I think serves more of the 21+ population since they serve drinks but 18+ people are also welcome. Then there's downtown where the nightclubs and hookah lounges are. The public transportation system makes sure that you get home/dorm safely because they run till 3am (an hour after the clubs close). Overall, nightlife is great here.
College Junior 2012-10-31T20:50:31Z
Guys & Girls:
I personally think UF provides a great environment for socialization. There are all types of guys and girls here with a variety of interests. One thing that I have to say though is I'm not a big fan of the sorority/fraternity folks but I still think people are friendly and the chance to create a good relationship is great.
College Junior 2012-10-31T17:18:41Z
As an environmental science major I am thrilled with the UF masters program. The majority of the classes are available online (so it is possible to get a UF degree but not have to be on campus) and the professors really know what they are teaching.
College Junior 2012-10-31T16:53:20Z
There are plenty of intership/job opportunities and funding that the facility make students aware of on a regular basis. The program is designed for working students that don't necessarily have to be on campus, as the majority of the class have a web-based video/lecture component. The only downfall is that students not on campus can't participate in the variety of on campus events (department bbq, or student leadership).
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