College Junior 2012-09-21T22:33:45Z
Locals are usually either friendly, or very rude. The poverty level is extremely high in Alachua county, and the cities' attractions usually mirror this lack of funding. Common areas are run down and downtown is could definitely use some renovation. Sports are big within the university, but shopping is scarce (one mall) and nightlife is centered around college students.
College Junior 2012-09-21T22:33:02Z
I have had a horrible experience at UF. My classes are all extremely large (100-350 students), it is difficult to arrange helpful counseling sessions due to the very large number of students, and there is hardly anything to do off campus. Gainesville is painfully remote, and I find myself extremely homesick most of the time (I'm from Miami, so the move to such a small and confined town of college students was a huge culture shock). I don't like that nobody seems to take the time to dress up or look nice. The majority of students hang around in gym clothes or shorts and tank tops.
College Junior 2012-09-21T22:30:58Z
There is hardly anywhere to park that is free; most designated lots charge a high fee for parking. Even in the parking lots of strip malls/restaurants, it seems there is always a cop looking to tow students. Tow zones are not clearly marked, so make sure you look around before parking anywhere. Ticketing is common (even for students on bicycles and scooters) and fines can be pricey.
College Junior 2012-09-21T22:29:40Z
The buses do not run late on Tuesdays, and only every hour on weekends. They are extremely limiting in where they drop off/pick up and they are rarely on time. As a student without a car, I have a big issue planning my day around the bus schedule. Most buses do not run past 7 pm anyway.
College Junior 2012-09-20T16:45:56Z
RA's are fairly tolerant on campus. If you are in violation of noise level or something of that nature, you get a warning before anything official happens. The University of Florida also has a medical amnesty policy in place in case of an alcohol or drug related emergency, which waives disciplinary action under certain conditions to encourage students to call for medical help for themselves or for a friend. Honor code violations, however, are taken extremely seriously. Depending on your offence, you can be suspended or even expelled from the university.
College Junior 2012-09-20T16:41:54Z
School spirit at the University of Florida is incredible. Come game day, the city is swarming with orange and blue. There are many opportunities to get involved in sports that are not necessarily at the professional level. Intramural sports teams are very popular here. There are also two athletic facilities available for students that are well equipped and very professional. Small group training is available for free, and personal training is also available at a reasonable cost. If you want to get involved athletically, you can and will find something to do.
College Junior 2012-09-20T16:37:30Z
Although Gainesville is not the biggest city, the neighborhood directly surround the University of Florida is full of entertainment. There are many restaurants around campus, and downtown Gainesville has quirky cafes and a theatre. If you are willing to explore, there is a lot to discover.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-19T18:52:32Z
The officers aren't really much help because it is very hectic in the office around the beginning and end of the semester and thats usually when they are needed most so it is a little difficult to get help however they do process your information timely and for the most part you do not have to visit their office since everything is for the most part always accurate.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-19T18:41:43Z
Unless there is an issue the police usually do not bother the activities unless the noise gets to loud we hardly ever see police.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-19T18:34:33Z
Gainesville is definitely a college town however there really isn't much of a nightlife if it's not during football season or when a special event happens.
College Senior 2012-09-19T06:10:05Z
Health & Safety:
UF has an incredible security system for its students: if an armed robbery, theft, or some other potentially dangerous act occurs anywhere close to the university in the Gainesville area, the students at the school are notified via text message immediately, and are told to report any unusual sightings to the appropriate number. Additionally, there are emergency signaling posts located at distinct locations across campus. Finally, there is a university service called S.N.A.P. (Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol) that picks up students from anywhere on campus during the late hours of the night.
College Senior 2012-09-19T06:04:39Z
I am a fifth year senior, and in the past 4 years at the University of Florida I have heard of only a few friends who have used drugs or talked about going to parties where there were drugs. This is the first year that I have seen students smoking on campus (even though UF is a tobacco free campus).
College Senior 2012-09-18T20:32:20Z
Being a Psychology Major puts me in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the biggest college in the school. With over 60% of the students in this college its not the easiest to make appointments and make a name for yourself in it. I'm satisfied with my education but i feel because of the vast amount of students in my college its hard to speak and be heard. My best advice is to become as involved as possible and find a adviser you like and stick with them. The workload isn't hard although it might have to do with my fascination with the subject matter.
College Senior 2012-09-18T20:23:37Z
Gainesville is a pretty small town. Other than UF there really isn't much here. They do have all kinds of foods but not the best quality. Growing up in Miami I was spoiled with an assortment of quality foods. For the small town it is there is a decent variety of food choices it just depends on how willing you are to look.
College Senior 2012-09-18T20:19:24Z
The places on campus arent too bad you have your usual franchise's Burger king, CHick F, Subway, Pizza Hut, and many more options. As for the dining halls the food alright. On game days is the best time to eat in the dining halls. The dining halls are more of a place to meet people and be social.
College Senior 2012-09-18T20:16:11Z
Guys & Girls:
You will find a mix of individuals at the University of Florida. Although it seems that Greek life takes over the social scene. People in Greek life love to stay within their clicks and show off their letters as much as possible. When it comes to looks According to some surveys UF has the 4th hottest girls in the nation, as for the guys were not too bad either ;) Regardless of who you are you will find a group you can fit into though.
College Senior 2012-09-18T20:12:12Z
Other than Florida Bright Futures I didn't apply for any scholarships. I have a lot of friends who did apply for scholarships though. There are many opportunities out there to get money for your education. Just apply to as many as you can and hope for the best. Making appointments with counselors is a good way to get information on where to apply to scholarships.
College Sophomore 2012-09-18T04:32:32Z
Health & Safety:
First there are several services to keep you safe. One is SNAP which is a night bus which will transfer you to and from any location on campus. You can sign up for a text alert which updates you on any crime in progress. Finally there are emergency poles around the campus which if the situation requires it can be activated. When activated a siren goes off and a police unit is sent to your location.
College Sophomore 2012-09-18T04:24:54Z
Guys & Girls:
You will find all kinds of people here. Most people seems to be involved in a sport or a couple clubs. Everyone seems to have something they are interested in and this makes them very engaging to talk to and get to know. It helps that everyone seems very friendly as well.
College Junior 2012-09-18T01:28:24Z
Parking or even just driving on UF's campus can be a nightmare. The speed limit is 20mph everywhere, and you always have to stop and wait for pedestrians crossing the street. During the day, you can wait an awfully long time. Certain parking lots require certain color decals, have hourly restrictions, etc. You can buy a parking pass for the Commuter lot for I believe $100 per semester, but it's far away from any classroom hall. Don't even try to park somewhere without a decal - campus parking enforcement is always patrolling, so you are essentially guaranteed a ticket with a hefty fine. Honestly? Don't drive yourself; use the public transit service (RTS), even if you live off campus. If you have a Gator1 Card, you ride for FREE (normally $1.50 per ride, $3.00 for an all-day pass). There are buses that circulate campus every 10-30 minutes during normal academic hours. Sure, they can get crowded during peak hours, but when they're empty you get where you need to go quickly without having to worry about parking, tickets, etc. There's a bus stop almost everywhere on campus. The buses are air conditioned well, too.
College Senior 2012-09-17T22:56:11Z
Being in Florida, the weather is obviously hot and muggy most of the time and sporadic rain showers and thunderstorms are common. During the summer and fall months walking to class can be uncomfortable and leave you feeling uncomfortable in classes, and rain jackets or umbrellas should be with you at all times. But the winters are mild and very nice, and you get to enjoy the leaves changing without having to go through harsh, snowy winters.
College Senior 2012-09-17T22:46:54Z
The University of Florida has a state of the art recreational facility, South West Rec, where students can play tennis, racketball, lift weights, do cardio, etc. The campus also has lots of green space, from the North Lawn to Plaza for the Americas and much, much more. We even have amazing libraries split up by content, like law, science, etc. All of which have wonderful computer labs, electronic book shelves, and group or individual study rooms.
College Senior 2012-09-17T22:37:07Z
The public transportation at UF is pretty good, but there are certain routes like the North/South Circulator that could use more than one bus in the route and campus buses should also run on the weekends, which they don't currently do.
College Junior 2012-09-15T02:03:54Z
I came to the University of Florida initially because I knew the college of business was really awesome. However, when I realized that I wanted to study nursing instead I was lucky because their Nursing program is really great too. The University of Florida has many great degrees and programs for whatever you want to study. The teachers are available to help you answer questions and the guidance counselors will answer all of your questions and even help you realize what you want to study if you're unsure. I feel very lucky to be a student at UF.
College Junior 2012-09-15T02:01:37Z
Health & Safety:
At our school we have this program called SNAP which is a transportation system for students on campus during the hours between 6pm -3 am. This way we have a reliable way to return to our dorms without walking by ourselves and it promotes students to call SNAP instead of driving after a few drinks.
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