College Junior 2012-07-24T02:58:32Z
Sexual Orientation – There are a lot of movements and pushes toward open-mindedness and acceptance on campus. However, Gainesville remains a rather backwoods, small southern town where there is still a lot of ignorance outside of campus boundaries.
College Junior 2012-07-22T03:38:02Z
Diverse Social Scene – There is always something going on in or around the University of Florida campus. There are numerous art centers where you are sure to see wonderful displays, fantastic plays and musicals, and riveting art shows. The nightlife scene surrounding campus is definitely geared towards college students. Definitely plan to spend a day at Paynes Prairie.
College Junior 2012-07-22T03:31:59Z
Shifty Wireless Connection – Having a laptop is incredibly necessary, especially during frantic exam weeks. Unfortunately, the WiFi is a little shifty. UF technicians are normally very good at resolving the problems as quickly as possible. Students are also given a generous free printing allotment in the Reitz Union, but for convenience sake it is nice to have your own printer.
College Junior 2012-07-22T03:28:34Z
Greek Influence – The Greeks definitely have a prominent impact on the school at UF. They're very involved in Student Government and run lots of philanthropic events for the benefit of the school and other organizations, but they often get a bad rep for being solely party crazy.
College Junior 2012-07-22T03:24:53Z
Hit or Miss – Parking on campus can either be hit or miss - you're either really lucky (or up really early) or you're looking up and down rows for a space. Chances of finding a spot increase with class year, and can also vary depending on what type of vehicle you're trying to park. It's much easier to find a spot for a scooter or a bike than it is for a car.
College Sophomore 2012-07-21T14:42:08Z
Expensive, but Convenient. Rent is around $400 for one bedroom in a 4 bed/2 bath. The proximity to the school is close enough and there is always bus transportation.
College Sophomore 2012-07-21T14:36:15Z
I did receive financial aid money, but if was most certainly a hassle trying to get in contact with a financial advisor. Not much is based on the actual person; just test scores and the school application.
College Senior 2012-07-21T00:06:15Z
Too Expensive – It's not too bad, but it's just not worth the price. Maybe the first year, to get accustomed to campus and make friends. HUME, however, is not worth the price ever.
College Senior 2012-07-20T23:59:34Z
Lots of Free Options – Impressed with the amount and convenience of the buses on campus. Many even run downtown for drunk students during the week nights until very late. There's also SNAP vans and biking and walking... and scooters. AND driving, although that's much more useful when dealing with things off-campus (not necessary to pay for a campus parking pass, in my opinion).
College Senior 2012-07-20T23:52:11Z
A Few Gems – With a university this big, there are inevitably going to be your joke classes and even your joke majors, especially the GenEd classes... but there are excellent professors and curriculums every now and then - but they can be few and far between, depending on your major.
College Senior 2012-07-20T22:12:41Z
Alcohol Is Everywhere, Drugs Are Easily Accessible – It seems like almost everyone drinks. You see groups of girls (usually freshmen) on campus blatantly intoxicated as they leave the dorms to go to a party/club. If you live in the dorms, your neighbors WILL have alcohol, and likely drugs. It's just everywhere, even though there's no tolerance for drugs.
College Senior 2012-07-20T22:01:54Z
Very Lively Atmosphere – There is always something to do at UF. Every weekend midtown is crowded with students looking for a fun night out. Then there's downtown with clubs, bars, and you name it. On game days campus is flooded with people from everywhere, filled with spirit. As for safety, there have been quite a few instances of armed perpetrators on/around campus; a couple times they've harassed students in some way. The campus police department keeps students well aware of anything like that though; they send emails and text messages with details and a description of the suspect, etc. It feels safe in general.
College Senior 2012-07-20T21:36:58Z
It's definitely convenient to have a meal plan, but that's about where the lists of benefits ends. The food feels unhealthy and the Broward Dining employees make you feel uncomfortable. The food court at the Reitz Union is awesome though; it's a nice clean environment with friendly workers and tasty food.
College Senior 2012-07-19T04:19:18Z
Civil Engineering – I enjoy the college of engineering at UF, some of the classes may be large but teachers are always willing to help. As you reach more difficult classes the number of students in each class lowers dramatically, so the interaction among other students and the professor is much greater.
College Senior 2012-07-19T04:17:04Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Police – The crime on campus is kept at a minimum. You can sign up for updates on your phone from UPD; they will inform if anything is ever going on.
College Senior 2012-07-19T04:10:44Z
Not Much Knowledge – I have yet to have the dorm room experience, however I have heard that some are a little outdated, while others are just like apartments.
College Senior 2012-07-19T04:09:27Z
RTS Transit Amazing – At the University of Florida, many students rely on the RTS transit system to get around not only on campus, but from campus to home as well. The bus system is free with your student ID, and provides a number of on and off campus routes that circulate Gainesville. They also provide late night buses Thursday through Saturday to assist with anyone trying to get home from a night on the town.
College Junior 2012-07-19T02:40:09Z
The Reitz Union is the center of the student life on campus. Starting this fall it will be undergoing some much needed renovations such as more meeting rooms, a larger performance space, and additional offices for the student organizations.
College Junior 2012-07-18T20:43:23Z
Tons of Options – UF has plenty of open grass areas, courtyards, and covered areas all across campus to sit outside and study, hang out with friends, or wait for your next class. There are also tons of places to hang out on campus like the Reitz Union or the Stadium. There is always something to choose from.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T05:50:49Z
Greeks Rule the School – Literally. Greeks have control of most student body organizations, including student government, because of the prevalence of Greek life and the huge number of students who pledge and consequently take an active interest in Greek candidates running for office. Great social scene, though.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T05:48:42Z
Eco Friendly- Bus, Walk, Bike or All Three! Many, many bus routes facilitate travel all over campus and the surrounding city. Most student essentials are within walking distance of campus, though a bike may prove more convenient in some cases. Scooters are also a very popular and cost-effective alternative to cars (especially since parking on and around campus tends to be limited).
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T05:46:06Z
Guys & Girls:
Hotties With Bodies – Florida guys and girls are remarkably well-groomed and always in fantastic shape. Most look like they stepped out of a Sperrys or Victoria's Secret PINK brochure. Not everyone has money but you will never be able to tell who does and who doesn't just by looking. Florida Gators tend to be very confident, self- assured, outgoing, and motivated. There are many instances of very long-term relationships (the "Power Couples"), and even more of the regular hookup (emotion-free fun... supposedly).
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T05:34:39Z
Number 1 Party School – Gators work hard and party harder. There are always parties, bars, and clubs that cater to any tastes, preferences, and age groups on every night of the week!
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T04:06:24Z
Alright but Hot – It is nice during the winter and spring usually but it can get very hot.
College Junior 2012-07-16T09:33:10Z
The computers are nice. Some of them are really nice such as the apple desktops in the lab. However, they can get slow at times when there are many people on the internet.
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