Recent Alumnus 2012-10-09T05:32:28Z
As an English major I was impressed with the pedigree and literary diversity of the faculty within the department. Most professors were very open with their students and welcomed office visits. Some, though were not fond of technology, and preferred old-school projectors and handwritten lecture notes. Courses on topics such as Literary Theorists, Anxiety of the Fifties, Folklore, and Popular Culture and Literature provided the opportunity to explore, analyze, and apply theories to every kind of text imaginable. I would honestly say that I hated to miss any class because the discussions were so thought provoking and my colleagues were creative and fresh in their perspectives.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-09T05:21:11Z
There are plenty of apartment complexes and larger homes that are perfect for groups of friends to share. While there are many options out there, the prices can be a little higher than average, no matter where you are in the city. Getting close to campus is always the best option. Making sure you are on a bus route, with a stop near your place is paramount. Public transportation is a must because there is extremely limited parking on campus for students.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-09T05:15:55Z
Football is always huge. The SEC is the most powerful athletic conference in the country and there is no joking when it comes to Saturdays in "The Swamp", especially when rivals like FSU, Tennessee, or LSU are in town. (The Geosciences building often detects a 2.0 earthquake just from the noise of the fans!). Gator Basketball under Billy Donovan has blown up in the last ten years: back-to-back National Championships and three consecutive SEC titles. Women's sports like gymnastics, softball, and volleyball are consistently National Champions, and sports like soccer and lacrosse are growing exponentially. The Gator Nation is alive and well!
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-09T05:08:44Z
Gainesville is medium sized college town with plenty of activities on and off the University campus. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the hiking trails, freshwater springs and rivers, and the unspoiled beauty of Gainesville. Those looking for an exciting night life will have no problems with local pubs, bars, clubs, and house parties kicking into high gear, especially when the Gators have any type of sporting event at home. Tailgating is a city past-time and there is no doubt when the alumni RV's start rolling into "the swamp" that the Orange and Blue faithful are ready to rock. Musicians and artisans will find entertainment venues scattered around town, and those looking for a taste of the historical can enjoy one of the state's largest and oldest renaissance fairs every October. The "little sister" to UF, Santa Fe Community College is just up the road, Florida State, is only two hours away, and the beautiful Florida coastline is only an hour's drive in either direction.
College Senior 2012-10-09T03:53:54Z
Alot of diversity occurs throughout campus due to many organizations and activities promoting cultural awareness.
College Junior 2012-10-09T03:50:38Z
Public transportation is really great in and around campus during the day. Forget about parking during the school day, though
College Junior 2012-10-09T03:46:43Z
Plenty of places to eat near and around campus, different options and choices
College Junior 2012-10-09T03:46:01Z
Pretty good overall selection of choices of places to eat on campus
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-04T19:38:47Z
Lots of clubs and bars. However, there is no good indie club. Buses at night on weekends are ok, but expect to walk.
College Junior 2012-10-04T03:29:27Z
The computers are the school are great. There are plenty of computer labs and printing options open 24 hours a day through the weekdays. The network is good, reliable and pretty fast. A personal computer isn't per say needed but it is much more convenient to have a computer.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-03T19:37:01Z
Once you actually find a spot, hold onto it dearly and never let go. There are simply not enough spots on campus for everyone who has a car. It is better just to walk. Even if you have a good decal spot- the spots are limited. Even the professors complain about this issue.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-02T13:59:58Z
Depends on where you go. There's always going to be a problem unless you rent a house but there is such a variety of apartment complexes. You can live in a mostly college student apartment or a less noisy family style apartment. Apartments aren't that far away and there is a bus route for almost all the apartment complexes off-campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-02T13:57:45Z
Bus transportation is poor here, especially the off-campus bus routes. They fill up pretty quickly and it may take you an hour and a half just to get home. Downtown buses, at night, are pretty good though as they are constantly running. We have a transportation system called SNAP, who will pick you up anywhere on campus and drive you across campus. The wait is about 30 minutes but they're pretty reliable.
College Senior 2012-10-02T02:14:43Z
All bus rides are free for university students. A bus for each route runs every 10-15 minutes or so, making it easy to catch a bus. The buses span most of the town so it's feasible for you to take the bus pretty much everywhere you might need to go but especially the more popular stops like Walmart, Publix, etc. I didn't bring my car my freshman year (even though that is allowed) and it didn't limit me much at all. On campus you can walk almost everywhere within 15 minutes and there are buses that stop various places on campus if you'd rather not walk. There's also SNAP which is a van than runs from 6pm-3am that you can call and have pick you up anywhere on campus for free if you don't want to walk alone in the dark.
College Senior 2012-10-01T15:05:51Z
These are typical dorms. Nothing fancy, nothing too bad. They're overpriced especially when you can get an apartment for much less each month.
College Senior 2012-10-01T15:04:01Z
A Lot of Options – I don't know much about the sororities, so i'll focus on fraternities.
They range in size from 20 to well over 100. Some fill a stereotype such as guido, fake redneck, etc, but most are typical frat bros (sperrys, khaki shorts, polo shirt). I pledged at one of the smallest on campus, and not once did I see one of the 20 guys wearing something with a collar. The trouble is, in the end, all fraternities, despite aesthetic differences, are all about the same.
They do some good, but it's a lot of wasted money.
College Senior 2012-10-01T15:02:10Z
Computers and printing labs are all over campus. There will always be plenty of open computers. The wifi security and reliability improved so much over the summer, and you can connect from nearly anywhere on campus.
College Senior 2012-10-01T01:31:07Z
Uf is fortunate enough to have a great public transportation system. The tuition funded buses are scheduled every 15 minutes. Then there's SNAP, which is a student run late night transportation system, and they're always available.
College Senior 2012-09-30T15:10:23Z
Excellent; best college in FL and for the money. Expect a big return on investment
College Sophomore 2012-09-30T03:49:44Z
Greek life at UF is absolutely amazing. There is so much to do and if you think it's only parties then you are so wrong. Every weekend there will be at least one philanthropy to participate in, and Greeks contribute the most money and time to the community by far.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-29T04:12:48Z
The weather's hot in Florida anywhere, especially in the Summer. But one of Florida's greatest seasons is late fall to early Spring where you can pretty much get away with little more than a long sleeve shirt.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-29T04:04:55Z
I spent a lot of time working at the English Language Institute at the University of Florida, which is practically the heart of diversity. I saw first hand and even helped guide the acceptance of students from nearly every country. We had students from Saudi Arabi, South Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Venezuela, and even Iraq. While it might have not always been easy for each and every student, I'm confident it was full of great people willing to help others become a part of the UF community.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-28T08:11:59Z
They're wonderful. They are possibly one of the only reasons I would say *definitely* go to UF if you are offered a sports scholarship. That said, if you are not involved with their sports programs, it can be hard to find funding for research and attention from the University.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-28T08:08:20Z
Health & Safety:
My car was broken into and it was parked on a well-lit street directly across from the entrance to my dorms! Also, some of the student parking lots are very far away and it's a bit scary to walk back alone at night. They could do a lot to fix this.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-28T08:05:58Z
UF has a great many international clubs, such as the Vietnamese Student Union, the Italian club, etc. These clubs are accepting in that one does not have to be of that ethnicity to join, so it fosters cultural acceptance and understanding. That said, I do wish there were more of these kinds of clubs and that they got the recognition they deserve--you rarely hear about them when all that's talked about is the Gators football team.
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