Recent Alumnus 2012-08-02T21:54:59Z
Private Log in – In order to use the computers, you must have a log in. which is awesome, because no one can see your history on the computer and it's safe.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-01T02:03:55Z
Awesome but Not for Me – I am currently a nursing major; however, I am switching my major to psychology. The program for nursing is wonderful. The courses leading up to nursing school are very in-depth and requires labs that give you hands-on experience. The actually nursing school works through Shands Hospital; thus, giving students actual work in the field and with patients before graduating. Not to mention, Shands is a great hospital with exceptional care and exceptional research. I am leaving this major, but only because I have found a different area of interest. Psychology has always been interesting to me and I am very excited to change my major. This major requires volunteering and individual work in order to graduate- something that I look forward to. The psychology advisor is extremely helpful and I plan on attending graduate school at UF after graduating with my bachelors.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-01T01:54:51Z
Diverse in Every Area – There is a place for everyone on this campus. Not only is it racially diverse, but there is a broad range of political, moral, and religious views. It is easy to find students with like interests. All students respect those with opposing views, and may come together to peacefully debate those views. On another note, you may think that because UF is an expensive school, there would only be students with financially sound backgrounds. This is not true, however. There is a large base of financial support that is possible to those who strive for it.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-01T01:34:51Z
Aesthetically Pleasing – The campus is full of ivy-wrapped brick buildings that are architecturally interesting. There are a number of ponds, water fountains, and lawns to sit and rest on the grass. Different libraries cater to the needs of different kinds and levels of majors, as well as learning styles. The Reitz Union has a great variety of food choices, as well as a book store, and game center that even includes bowling lanes!
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-01T01:21:24Z
Something for Everyone – Campus life is always very active. It is easy to find your niche at this school. Sitting in the Plaza of the Americas is filled with people playing musical instruments, tight-rope walking, studies, Krishna food, and more! It can be a center for debates and knowledge, as well as fun and social. University of Florida students and alumni take great pride in being Gators, and we can all come together as a whole, decked out in orange and blue. Go Gators!
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-01T01:15:42Z
Helpful, but Long Process – The financial advisors are very helpful; however, that is when you finally get the chance to sit with them. Many times they will send you to someone else and back. The campus is very large so running around campus to talk to numerous people can be very time-consuming and hassling. Appointments are a must, and give yourself plenty of time to make sure you get everything done right and on time.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-01T01:06:50Z
Pretty Average but Great Ras – I only lived in the apartment style dorm for one semester. It was clean and suitable. Limited amount of buses. Pretty far. Attempts to "break the ice" between students seemed pretty cheesy. They needed to find a way for freshmen to meet each other without seeming like a summer camp.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-31T05:08:55Z
Watchout for Finals and Midterms – Lots of computer labs, however they can get crowded at these times in the semester
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-31T05:03:35Z
Health & Safety:
Never Felt Safer – Quite a good presence of campus police. I lived on campus for a couple of years and only once have I had to call the police (for a domestic disturbance situation upstairs to me). And they were quite prompt in responding.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-31T03:17:00Z
Always Sunny but Hot and Muggy – Weather at the University of Florida is usually very warm. In late spring until about the middle of fall, temperatures can range from about 75 degrees to 100 degrees. Humidity is always in the top percentages, and it rains quite frequently but very briefly unless it's a thunderstorm. During the rest of the year, the weather can actually get quite comfortable: the humidity drops a bit, it rains less, and you can wear jeans and sweaters and never need a big winter coat. It doesn't snow down here.
Thus, during the hot parts of the year, walking around on campus becomes really aversive. You sweat really easily, and people try to wear as little clothing as possible but still carry cardigans or light sweaters because then the air conditioning inside most classrooms can be quite cold. Also, the frequent rain makes people carry umbrellas often as well. During the cooler parts of the year, it's much more comfortable, and these worries won't be as prominent.
College Senior 2012-07-29T21:37:35Z
Unfortunately most of the clubs/organizations on campus are run by the Greeks, so if you want to be involved on campus, being in a sorority or a fraternity gives you the right connections to do so. I'm in a sorority and I absolutely love it. Every sorority and fraternity has a house and a meal plan that are a part of your dues so you're able to eat there for most meals. You expand your friendship circle a ton and although it can be costly, I would say that it's worth it when it comes to the social aspect of the college experience as well as the involvement aspect.
College Senior 2012-07-29T21:32:49Z
Very Diverse!!! One of the things I love most about the University of Florida is how diverse the student population is. It seems that everywhere I go I encounter someone of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and even hometown as me. Everyone I interact with is pretty accepting of those who are different from them and that's another reason why I love the school so much. It's great to see diverse people interacting with one another, it's really an awesome learning experience.
College Senior 2012-07-29T21:30:38Z
Rains a Lot, but Most of the Time It's Bearable – It rains quite a bit in Gainesville, and usually it's very sporadic, which makes planning an issue a lot of the time. But you learn to keep an umbrella with you at all times and that usually helps! It can also get extremely hot in the summer because well, it's Florida, but if you're a Floridian, it's easy to deal with.
College Senior 2012-07-29T21:28:32Z
Sports Are HUGE – If you love sports then the University of Florida is definitely the school for you. Football game days are massive at UF, and everyone goes out to tailgate, show major amounts of school spirit, and to cheer on the Gators. Basketball and baseball are also pretty amazing sports at UF, our baseball team is one of the best in the country! I don't know anyone who goes to UF who doesn't enjoy at least one sport affiliated with the school and I think that says quite a lot. All in all, it's GREAT to be a Florida Gator!!
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-28T16:07:30Z
I Like Forensics but Should Have Chosen a Different Concentration – After being in the masters program for a year now, I have started looking for jobs and realize that forensic toxicology would be better suited to my career goals. I want to work in a forensic lab in a law enforcement setting. Forensic toxicology can be used for LE based forensics and gives you more options when deciding on a lab to work for.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-28T16:03:06Z
Very Easy and Quick – The application process is very easy and straightforward. The advisors are very willing to help you through any issue that you run across while completing the application.
College Junior 2012-07-25T20:44:07Z
Summers Are Brutal – The weather in Gainesville fluctuates with the seasons (we pretty much only get 2, some years 3) There is summer which is hot, humid, and filled with rain and thunderstorms. It's not unusual for it to be sunny on your way into class, and then it be pouring at class change. The winters are usually mild but sometimes it can get chilly. Most of the time it is hot in Gainesville with maybe 3 months of either bearable or cold weather. There is also no sea breeze so it can get muggy.
College Junior 2012-07-25T20:31:39Z
A Lot of Chain Restaurants – Most restaurants off campus are chains. That being said, they have most every chain that you could want within 20 minutes of campus (chili's, olive garden, outback, moe's, chipotle etc). However, there are a few mom and pop type places such as Satchels pizza and Leonardo's. Although they are few and far between, they are DELICIOUS!
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-25T18:08:53Z
Be Persistant – As soon as I was accepted to UF, I received the Presidential Scholarship. I constantly receive e-mails about current scholarships available. You have to be persistant and keep applying until you get another scholarship. I was able to become a FGLSAMP Scholar my Junior year and got a Grant.
College Sophomore 2012-07-25T03:18:21Z
Decent but Repetitive – The food is good for a dining hall but it gets old
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-24T17:10:16Z
Diversity and Help – The University of Florida is a great institution and I am glad to have had the opportunity to experience all it has to offer. The University of Florida is very diverse and I have met people from many different parts of the world. Another great thing about the University of Florida is that everyone i.e. staff members and students are always happily willing to help with any question or concern. Professors also make an effort to learn your name and help you during non-class hours.
College Junior 2012-07-24T03:11:30Z
Opportunities for Double Major – Don't limit yourself! Use your elective credits to count towards a second major. Don't let the general education courses be a waste...take things you are interested in. You never know, that might be your true calling!
College Junior 2012-07-24T03:08:37Z
It was a huge part of my life, and I have a lot of who I am today to show for my 4 years in a sorority. A word to the wise, if you try to hard to fit in or if you have your heart set on that one particular house, you will likely lose who you are in the process or get hurt in unnecessary ways.
College Junior 2012-07-24T03:06:35Z
Cheap, but You Get What You Pay for – Off-campus housing is a whole lot cheaper here than it is most other places in Florida and certainly out of state. Only problem is that you are prolly stuck living in a dump with a landlord who couldn't care less if you are in a complex that is traditionally students. Either that or your neighbors will entertain you with baby drama or arrest warrants and evictions. Maybe both!
College Junior 2012-07-24T03:03:53Z
Obviously laws are laws. There's no getting around that. However, UF has had plenty of reasons to celebrate with all of the National Titles recently. The campus and local police were all really laid back about it. Tens of thousands of people rushed the streets after each oft he championships, drunken, rowdy and out of hand, but the police were all cool with it so long as no one was doing anything to truly endanger others. Also, on game days, the cops turn a blind eye on drinking on our "dry" campus. However, any other day, they are quite strict.
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