Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T05:05:25Z
There are students and professors from various countries and areas. There are also organizations that cater to bringing together people interested in meeting a diverse group of individuals whether they are international students, have a disability, etc. There is a program called Florida Opportunity Scholars that accepts students of low economic background and are the first to go to college. Just take a look at the student organization page. There is certainly a place for everyone.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T04:57:19Z
I haven't been to any of the clubs, but I notice that people tend to go to the Swamp (bar) and the Vault.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T04:54:40Z
Abundant Resources – There are plenty of polices paroling the area. I always feel safe. There are blue poles for safety. The police station is on campus. We have the number one career resource center in the United States. The police are quick to capture the suspect and there is a system set up to communicate with all students via e-mail and text.
College Junior 2012-06-26T03:51:59Z
I've lived in Florida my whole life so it's not that different here for me. If you're from up north you should know that Florida has two seasons: summer and fall. Summer being pretty much from March til September, Fall being October through February. It gets legitimately cold(and beautiful) here, but overnight freezes are about the fullest extent of that. Florida is weird, sometimes it will be perfectly sunny for two weeks at a time, sometimes it will rain every day. Overall I'd rather be here than New Hampshire.
College Junior 2012-06-26T03:41:02Z
Never Felt Safer – Gainesville is a really safe town to live in. Drugs really aren't big here, the "worst" I've seen in plain view is marijuana. Drinking is huge, especially on game days. It's funny because you're much more likely to get in trouble for drinking underage at a club here than you are if you were walking down the street with a beer in the broad daylight on a football Saturday. It's part of the culture and if you want to partake, it's everywhere. If you don't want to partake, well there's six other days of the week to have good clean fun. Club drugs like Cocaine and MDMA are somewhat popular but that's kind of limited to downtown. You decide your own involvement and no one is going to pressure you to do something you don't want to do.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T03:31:39Z
Super Cheap Vs. Super Expensive – Gainesville has its low and its high when it comes to housing. There are plenty of places far away from campus that are cheap, but it takes you 30 minutes on the bus to get to school. On the other hand, you can live right next to campus and walk there (super convenient), but you pay a hefty premium.
College Junior 2012-06-26T03:30:09Z
The Gator Nation Is Alive and Well – A lot of people write UF off as a stupid football school, and in a way, they have reason. Football is a huge part of the culture here, as it would be at any SEC school. Saturdays in the Fall are some of the most memorable times I've had here because the city really comes alive. Even if you don't like football(I've never been a huge fan) you'll put on your orange and blue and tailgate the day away. Our other sports don't generate quite as much hype, although our Basketball and Volleyball programs are really popular. Florida really does have the best athletes in the state and from around the country, last year we won the national championships in Rugby, and I only knew about it because my friend was on the team.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T03:29:10Z
Delicious...For the First Week – Although I never had the privilege to live on-campus, I have experienced campus dining at the University of Florida. Most of the places that I have gone to for lunch or dinner have been fresh and fast, with a plethora of places to sit. I have been to the dining hall twice and I thought it was good, but I have heard from many people that after about a week, the food and flavors get so repetitive that it's hard to eat all the meals they bought through the meal plan.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T03:25:13Z
Gator Country – Gainesville is one happening city. What with the constant sporting events, with a majority free to all students, and the outdoor adventure areas, there is always something to do in Gainesville. Take a trip to a Gator football game, with tailgating before and afterward of course. Then, make your way over to Lake Wauberg or Ginnie Springs for some outdoor activities. After you clean up, go shopping at the Oaks Mall or explore Haile Plantation's farmer's market. Then, head to Satchel's, Gainesville's famous pizza place that is known for not just their pizza but their eclectic atmosphere and Lightning Salvage store. All in all, the University of Florida sits in the hub of adventure.
College Junior 2012-06-26T03:23:47Z
Good Food, but Dining Halls Are Overpriced. UF has a lot of great options for dining on campus, including a Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, Papa Johns, Burger King, Einstein Bros, Starbucks, etc. That said, the dining halls are overpriced if you don't have a meal plan. While the food is surprisingly good, take your 10$ to one of the restaurants I listed above or across the street to midtown and you will get much more bang for your buck.
College Senior 2012-06-26T00:54:14Z
Health & Safety:
Generally Safe and Healthy – Bike theft is probably the most common crime on campus, though the University Police Department will occasionally send out emergency alerts about criminals, who are generally caught within a few hours.
Health services for students are great.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-24T17:07:09Z
There is a large variety to choose from off campus. From chain restaurants to establishments only found in Gainesville.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-24T16:22:44Z
Great Elder Communication – I was able to meet with the head of my major and he alerted me to the job options. He also informed me that Bioengineering will equip myself with the knowledge necessary to create the environmental companies I desire.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-24T16:13:59Z
New to the Program – Haven't fully experienced my major's program so I can not fully judge it's value. From what I've experienced it seems productive and full of opportunity.
College Junior 2012-06-23T21:17:04Z
Best School in the Nation!!! What a great deal for the money and an awesome school. I love it here. I would definitely choose to come here again if I had the choice to do so.
College Junior 2012-06-23T21:14:11Z
Go Gators!!! If a student cannot get excited about athletics at the University of Florida, then it is likely their own fault. Saturdays in the Swamp are priceless. And even if you're not that into football, you can always find a women's volleyball, men's baseball, or track event to watch. Basketball season is really underrated too. If you ain't a Gator, you're GATOR BAIT!!!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-22T01:14:34Z
Big and Spacious – There are few labs on campus, but they are big and in key locations. Have computers and printers all over that can be used.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-22T01:13:13Z
Very Athletic School – Have some of the best sports teams in the nation at the school, so one could only expect the student body to be the same. Lots of sports clubs and intramural are very competitive, some teams even make flags and have whole uniform. Occasionally some of the athletes that play basketball and football at the school play at the gyms on campus and in the leagues.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-22T01:06:47Z
Drinking a Lot – Drinking is everywhere, bars are waling distance. At times its easy and pretty lenient, even in the dorms, depending on RA. Bars are strict. Can find alcohol at a lot of frats and house parties. Drug scene depends on who you hang out and i guess that can be said for alcohol.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-22T01:03:53Z
Strict About Things – Cops are pretty strict about alcohol, parties and underage drinking at times. Certain semesters cops crack down, but will lessen up again. Strict on id's and drinking at clubs and bar. The worst for parking tickets, they get you on everything little thing, which is probably the most enforced thing.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-22T01:00:24Z
Good School Maybe to Big – Great school has everything, the downside is that there is so much going on that its hard to figure out what to do and get in touch with advisors.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-21T20:51:13Z
Health & Safety:
Infirmary Is Great! The on-campus infirmary is very reliable and generally they can see you on short notice. The pharmacy is also very cheap for OTC items such as Advil, Band-Aids, etc. A fee buried in tuition is for the cost of the items, so when you need to purchase something, it's significantly cheaper than at retail stores. You've already basically subsidized the cost, so stock up on cheap meds!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-21T20:45:50Z
Easily Accessible and Always Updated – Mostly Windows computers, but some colleges are transitioning to Apple. Open lab hours are posted within each college. Free printing locations around campus and generous print-anywhere credits.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-20T20:26:11Z
More Diverse Than Most – While there is a large percentage of caucasian students on campus, the student body is extremely diverse. There's a good balance of ethnic diversity representing many cultural backgrounds. There is also a decent amount of international students. The mixture of student populations is represented by the many on-campus organizations catered towards the various backgrounds.
College Senior 2012-06-20T19:15:37Z
Many Places to Go, Open Often – UF is surrounded by nightlife. There are bars and clubs across the street from campus, and more downtown. People go out Wednesday-Saturday nights usually. There are two movie threatres near campus and one in the student union as well, and on Friday nights the university puts on "Gator Nights". It's free for students and offers a variety of things, from food to A-list movies with popcorn and drinks in the theatre to henna tattoos, etc. You can almost always find something happening at a Frat house too.
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