College Freshman 2013-11-18T18:15:48Z
They can be a bit stingy when it comes to giving out money and even if you do get money they basically audit you constantly so they can take some away.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T18:13:51Z
Guys & Girls:
There are so many people at my school that you can find every subset of person depending on where you look.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T18:07:26Z
Greek life at UF is VERY strong. They tend to lead student run organizations - student government in particular. Sometimes they are viewed as negatively manipulating the student money for their own uses. The top tier sororities are very difficult to get into and there is still moderate competition among even the lower tier sororities. There is no clash between Greeks versus non-Greeks (my best friend is in a sorority and I'm not!) and in terms of most social events, it's more convenient to be in a sorority but girls in particular can still attend frat parties even if they aren't in a sorority (although this is generally regarded as odd). The nationally recognized sororities and fraternities all have houses on campus that generally accommodate about 70 members and all members have lunch and dinner at their respective houses.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T18:03:01Z
The buses aren't very reliable and a car is convenient for transportation although at the same time, there is horrible parking on campus. The buses the school provides are free for university students which is nice. For long-distance transportation, a car is essential - the school offers rentable Zip cars.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T18:01:04Z
My university has a huge amount of majors and academic opportunities offered which is a definite boost in its quality. There is pretty much something offered for any area of academic interest whether a major, minor, or interdisciplinary study. The workload is nothing particularly overwhelming as long as you don't procrastinate.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T18:01:04Z
I came in with over 80 credits between AP and IB classes in high school (UF only takes up to 45 credit hours though) so I enjoy that I don't have to take the humdrum general education credits. I will already be in 5 semester tracking courses in the second half of my freshman year so its nice to be taking higher level courses so early in my college career.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:58:05Z
I HATE the weather. I'm from Florida so I'm used to it, but I can only take so many years of unbearable humidity. A change in weather is one of the things I'm looking forward to most in transferring. Also, it rains excessively for 5 minutes at a time sometimes every other hour. Other times it never ceases.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:56:30Z
I get Wi-Fi pretty much everywhere on campus which is amazing although sometimes depending on your location, the connection can get spotty. Plus the school is very rigid about having the right anti-virus software on your computer which can be a pain. They allow you to print 200 b&w pages for free per semester.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:54:36Z
Off-campus housing is definitely a cheaper alternative to living in a dorm and majority of the time completely worth the money you pay for your own bedroom/bathroom with a full kitchen. Not to mention parking which is a major hassle if you live on campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:53:22Z
Personally I'm not a small town or college town person so I don't find the city particularly appealing but for those who like less bustling and more quaint of cities - Gainesville is probably the place for you.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:51:42Z
I am in the honors dorm which is the most expensive although I get my money's worth by sharing a bathroom among four people total versus an entire floor. The rooms in general are small but that's to be expected from college dormitory life. The social atmosphere is honestly what you make of it. Almost all dorms hold floor- and building-wide events that are meant to build a sense of community of the residents. Almost all dorms are decently convenient with the exception of Lakeside which is far from the heart of campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:48:53Z
Health & Safety:
We have these blue emergency boxes every so many feet that if you press the button, a police officer should be over in a couple minutes time. You can generally spot a police man every couple hundred feet on campus so the school definitely feels safe. There is generally a blind-eye directed towards Greek life (whether intentionally or not) so that scene can become unsafe but overall the school appropriately makes its students feel safe.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:46:44Z
Overall, my school is great. The only problem is that my school is not for me. I am looking to transfer because I desire a larger city type of surrounding which Gainesville just does not provide, although if you are looking to attend school in a college town, this is the school for you!
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:45:15Z
Although the off-campus dining options are quaint, there are not that many, not to mention that they are a good 15-20 minute bus ride off of campus which is not exactly convenient.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:43:56Z
I am not a huge sports person but there is an extremely large fan base for the Gators here that carries our school to a high level nationally. School spirit is both intense and immense.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:42:33Z
There is definitely diversity on campus and there is a fairly general acceptance of said diversity although there is room for improvement on the extent to which our campus is culturally diverse.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:41:03Z
I have not yet experienced an internship although from what I understand, they are readily available for the upperclassmen.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T17:41:03Z
I really enjoy my placement in the Liberal Arts and Sciences College as a Biology major while simultaneously being in the Honors Program. I love that I can do interdisciplinary classes such as X-Lab which combine lab credits for biology, chemistry and physics into a single 3-credit course.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T15:45:25Z
My favorite place to eat off campus is the Indian restaurant by my apartment. It is a little pricey but the food is amazing and the service is great! I have never had such amazing indian food until I tried this place. Other than indian there is also Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cuban, Colombian, Mexican, and Steakhouses around campus. There is something for any appetite. The costs range from about $5.00 to $20.00 a meal depending on how fancy you want to be. However, the costs really do work out for a college student. The more you pay, usually, the larger your portion. There are always leftovers, no matter where you're eating.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T15:39:32Z
Almost everything at UF revolves around the football season. It's so much fun to see all your fellow gators dress up and cheer on the team in matching colors. It provides a lot of school pride and union within all the groups. Other than football, all athletic events are free for students and provide even more chances for school pride. Not only do you get in for free but a lot of athletic events on campus provide freebies and prizes. The Rowdy Gators is a perfect way to get involved with the athletics in school. Not only is it a great group to join but it also brings students together to admire the athletics at UF. Almost every student is involved in a sport, goes to one of the many athletic facilities for exercise, or loves to observe competitions and events.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T15:34:14Z
I live 3 miles away from campus and that's considered to be too far! I love how off-campus living seems to be the norm in Gainesville. The University of Florida has its own department that only focuses on off-campus life. They have activities for students to get involved and meet other students. It's one of my favorite things about UF. No matter how far away I live from campus, I have plenty of ways to get involved with other students and administrators. It's also very safe to live off-campus. Most communities are gated and have their own security systems within each apartment. Sometimes living off campus can also be more affordable than living on campus. There is a supermarket within a mile anywhere you are so you can always do a quick shop and feed yourself affordably.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T15:28:54Z
I personally don't drive my car to campus, but after parking regulations are lifted it's great!!! Everyday after 4:30pm I know I can drive to campus and park wherever I want without any difficulties.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T15:27:01Z
In the libraries and computer labs there are always plenty of computers to spare. Personally, I have my own computer but it is nice to know that if I forget my laptop at home I can always stop by library West and work for a few hours. printing is also free at certain locations on campus! It's great to know that if I'm ever stuck in an emergency I can go to the Reitz and print my assignment. Wireless access is also great on campus! No matter where I am I know that I can connect to the UF wifi network.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T15:23:50Z
I love Gainesville. Coming from Miami I feel like everything is at my doorstep. All of the restaurants serve exceptional meals and it's all within 5 miles. As long as I have transportation, I feel like living off campus is one of the best decisions I have made. Everything is so close Gainesville almost feels like a very small town. You almost forget that there are actual residents living in the area. There are tons of activities ranging from the movie theatres to Lake Warburg. For a small town Gainesville is also very live and eventful. There are always weekend events in town right around the corner from campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T15:20:05Z
Greek life gives the University of Florida it's own kind of vibe around campus. It's nice to see sorority sisters walking around campus together and the same for frat brothers. My best friend is in a sorority and I feel like although she is now busier than before she has grown into a greater person. Greek life allows people to branch out and meet others. In a campus of 50,000 students having a way to branch out is an excellent way to enjoy the college experience. My best friend will always be a great friend of mine no matter if they're Greek or not.
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