College Senior 2012-08-30T05:13:10Z
The Dorms Itself Aren't That Great, but the Experience Is. The dorms aren't the nicest, but it may be worth just to be on campus where everything goes on. Campus is also really close to downtown where all the clubs and bars are, as well as the frat houses. So there's a lot of social things happening.
College Senior 2012-08-30T04:40:24Z
So Much Variety!! Gainesville may seem like a small place at first, but you slowly come to realize that there are so many hidden gems if you only know where to look. Since matriculating here in 2010, I've had great Mexican, Vietnamese, traditional Southern, Japanese, Cuban, and Italian food, not to mention other places which are more eclectic or don't have a specific specialty. Of course there are the usual chain restaurants like Olive Garden, but the places unique to Gainesville are really delicious and are priced pretty decently. There are a few more expensive places that are great for when parents are in town because they are SO delicious. Some of my favorite places: Flying Biscuit, Dragonfly, The Top, Manuel's, Relish, Chuy's, and Bagels and Noodles.
College Senior 2012-08-30T04:33:05Z
Lots of Buses – There are so many buses in Gainesville it's kind of ridiculous. But the upside is that you can always go places. The only qualms I have is that the buses sometimes don't run late enough, and sometimes the routes don't plan well so you have to wait a little while occasionally.
College Senior 2012-08-30T04:31:34Z
Living Off Campus Now – As a junior I decided to move off campus. It's cheaper and nicer! I'd recommend staying on campus as a freshman though, it's closer to classes and you meet much more people that way.
College Senior 2012-08-30T04:31:23Z
Apartments Are Plentiful – Gainesville is absolutely full of apartment complexes. When people decide to move off-campus, usually after freshman year, there is never an issue finding a place to live. You're only limited by what you want in an apartment. The costs vary from very cheap to pretty expensive, but it's all based on personal preference. Likewise, locations vary from as close to campus as a 2 minute walk to a 20 minute bus ride. That being said, there is usually always a bus stop very near any apartment complex, and all buses go to campus. Landlords are easy-going as long as you follow your lease, and most apartments have residents sign separate leases--so you're not responsible for your roommate paying rent, only your own share of it. There is always free parking for residents and usually free guest parking. I'd say most apartments are safe. Every semester there is a housing fair on campus where a bunch of apartment complexes advertise themselves, so you can learn really easily about a lot of options.
College Senior 2012-08-30T04:29:44Z
Decent Food – The food at gator dining is pretty good but you get tired of it after a semester or two. The meal plans are good at providing a good amount of food though. And they always have variety.
College Senior 2012-08-30T04:26:59Z
I've played several sports at UF and I have to say that they are all awesome. I've rowed crew at the Junior Varsity level, done fencing at a club level, and played intermural flag football, and they are all great. They get lots of funding to do fun stuff and the people are awesome. And FOOTBALL IS AWESOME AT UF!
College Senior 2012-08-30T04:22:48Z
Big School = Busy Lab – Because UF is such a large school, the main computer lab is full pretty often. Students get 250 free pages to print per semester so people do use the lab a lot. However, this is mostly during the beginning of the semester/around midterms or finals. Also, certain times of day (like noon-3 p.m.) are really busy but for the rest of the day the lab is usually relatively empty. There are a couple other lesser known labs on campus, though, and the internet is always really good. A printer is definitely not necessary but a personal computer is really, really helpful, if not necessary (think about having an online class).
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-30T01:22:00Z
Bursar Gets a B – The Bursar is helpful but they don't employ the nicest people. Also, its very crowded at the times you seem to be in a hurry and need there services the most.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-30T01:21:14Z
NOT VERY GOOD – Parking at UF is terrible. But most likely you wont' have to park on campus anyway give the variety of public transportation services that can get you around Gainesville. Most likely, a bus stop will be in walking or biking distance from where you are staying.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-30T01:17:39Z
Great Sport Programs – University of Florida has one of the largest selection of varsity sports in the country. Our facilities are envied by state school around the country. During the Olympic games, current and former Gators accumulated a large majority of USA gold medals.
College Senior 2012-08-29T20:53:41Z
Guys & Girls:
Gator Guys and Gals Have It Goin' on – Guys typically athletes or athletic/ fit, and ethnically diverse. Same goes for girls, who you'll often see jogging around campus at any time of day. Because it is a 'tough' university to get into the students are all bright and are eager to learn. It is refreshing to be surrounded by lively intellectual people, and many like to have fun in their spare time. From clubs to sports to parties, there's always something to do on campus. Wether you're looking for a friend, a relationship, or a group to join, the person you're looking for is somewhere on campus!
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T19:18:04Z
Availability City – Computers are everywhere! At the University of Florida computers are everywhere from in the libabries to inside the Institutes of Cuture. There is even free printing available in the Reitz Union 250 page max. per semester and the Institute of Black Culture also has free printing 15 page max. per day.
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T19:02:51Z
Something for Everybody – Even though the University of Florida may seem to mainly revolve around football is actually a detour from the truth! UF has several intramurals sports for everything from cheerleading to ultimate frisbee. There is something for everybody and if you don't feel that way there is room for you to create a new intramural sport.
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T18:58:45Z
Best Place to Be – The University of Florida is the perfect place for a person seeking a first class education while meeting people from all over the world who desire the same things you do! UF presents the unique oppurtunity of experiencing a family connection in a school with such a large number of people. The professors are great! They are clear about what they expect and if you stay focused there is no way to fail. I'm definitely enjoying my time here to the fullest and looking forward to the many experiences that are still to come!
College Sophomore 2012-08-29T18:52:36Z
The dorms at the University of Florida are rather nice consisting of reasonably sized rooms, large bathrooms, study areas, and a kitchen for each floor, but the prices are a bit ridiculous. Once you divide the total rent by 4 for the months in a semester we're nearly paying $600 or more for a place where we have to share everything! The prices should definitely reflect that aspect, but of course living on campus will always be convenient above all things.
College Junior 2012-08-29T18:36:13Z
Building Construction – The first two years before upper division are pretty easy, but then upper division is more difficult. We have our own career fair, which is a huge help in finding internships and careers. The BCN professors are mostly good professors, but I can't say the same for other departments.
College Junior 2012-08-29T18:31:48Z
Professors Are O.K. Most professors at any college do a fairly poor job of actually teaching anything important and relevant to real life, so don't expect it to be any different here.
College Junior 2012-08-29T18:26:52Z
Drinking Is Most Popular – There are many people who use drugs, but there are more who don't and there is not really any pressure to use drugs.
College Senior 2012-08-29T17:38:38Z
Great Teachers – the teachers here just want you to learn and be successful, they make themselves available at any time and are always willing to assist you. Its a great field and alot of opportunities to advance.
College Senior 2012-08-29T17:35:44Z
Department of Corrections – As a Criminology major I completed an internship for the probation and parole department. In order to receive credit I had to complete at least 160 hours by the end of the semester and was on a pass/ fail basis. My responsibilities were typing up pre-trial intervention contracts for first time offenders, answering and making phone calls to offenders, witnesses, victims, and attorneys' offices. I also did scanning, filing, and typed case notes for the officer I was working under. I also sat in on court proceedings and observed when the offenders come into the office. I also observed how drug testing was being conducted and witnessed how an arrest can happen if the offenders were to be violated.
College Senior 2012-08-29T17:25:49Z
Not to Bad – I did not encounter any problems when applying. There is not particular process you go to just pick a major of interest and once you get there you will select classes based on the tracking requirements for that major, however freshmen can not officially declare a major until sophomore year so if you decide that tracking for what you selected does not suit yo u well then you can change it.
College Senior 2012-08-29T17:17:48Z
Criminology Is Great – I am very happy with my field beacuse the classes are relevant to real life issues that are going on in society and the classes always capture my attention. If you don't want to be bored then try criminology. The material is not difficult and you gain alot of insight to many thoughts, ideas, and theories that are tested and thrive within the field. My career goals are to continue my education and obtain a master degree in a related field and mt only concern is about me not being to keen on my exact callling as of now. I am still exploring my career options.
College Junior 2012-08-29T17:17:00Z
Always Something to Do – You could live on campus and always have something to do, because it's so big. There are a lot of clubs to get involved with, there's art, museums, and the bus transportation is very good. The gyms are awesome and there are group fitness classes. The libraries are open late and there are a lot of places to eat out.
College Senior 2012-08-29T17:07:34Z
Impossible to Park – parking on campus; well there is none. If you have never taken a bus you better get used to it because it becomes your best friend. Commuters should get to campus at least 30 minutes to an hour if you want to get a tiny space in the commuter's lot, but highly doubt it will be space there so take my advice and take advantage of public transportation; besides it is free and saves you gas money and you can count another day to buy the college favorite: Ramen Noodles.
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