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Triniti
What kind of person should not attend this school?

You should not attend UF if you are not open-minded, driven for success, or lazy. Just getting by is not going to cut it. Peo...

What kind of person should not attend this school?

You should not attend UF if you are not open-minded, driven for success, or lazy. Just getting by is not going to cut it. People who come to the University of Florida with that mindset and attitude usually do not make it past sophomore year, I have seen it happen many times. If you are someone who feel as though you don't have to study in order to pass, this school is not for you.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing at UF is the overall lack of diversity. When people mention diversity at UF they often mean exchange students from other countries. The sad truth is that overall the school lacks diversity amongst students as well as faculty. It is a predominantly white Institution and its noticeable once you step foot on campus. Another thing is that UF prioritizes their athletes much more than they do regular students, its pretty sad.

Kevin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's one of two schools in Florida that have Animal Science as a major and the only University in Florida with an AVMA accred...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's one of two schools in Florida that have Animal Science as a major and the only University in Florida with an AVMA accredited College of Veterinary Medicine. That's why I go here. There's more resources than anyone can actually remember. Last year I learned that students can get free legal advice and physical evaluations. It's well worth the cost of tuition considering everything that is available on campus. Not everything is easy to find, but if you dig a little you can get a lot out of UF. If it fits your situation then go here without a second thought.

ZiaKemia
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I believe that the University of Georgia is an amazing school. It looks like a good environmental school and people have fun...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I believe that the University of Georgia is an amazing school. It looks like a good environmental school and people have fun while learning.

Adileidy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Florida allows international students to have a smooth transition into the University. The faculty is alway...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Florida allows international students to have a smooth transition into the University. The faculty is always available or usually mostly available & at our disposition as students. In regards to the safety and environment of the Gainesville community, all adults,students, etc are always alert and very secure. I am an extremely proud gator and would not want to attend any other University due to the academics, extra curricular activities and the extra ordinary people who attend, teach and guide us day to day.

Maite
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, I just simply love University of Florida. It is a great university with high standards, absolutely awesome community...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, I just simply love University of Florida. It is a great university with high standards, absolutely awesome community, and lots of facilities. Professors and counselors are always there to help you improve. Nice and safe campus that you will entirely love.

Daniel
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am going to be a freshman in the fall! I have toured the campus and various dorms. Some of the dorms are old but tolerabl...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am going to be a freshman in the fall! I have toured the campus and various dorms. Some of the dorms are old but tolerable for a year (this is where they put most of the freshman because they are in the center of campus). Living on campus the first year is highly recommended as it is a great way to meet and make new friends! I am excited to be attending!!! GO GATORS!!!

Allison
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I find the University of Florida to be a very beautiful and excellent school. I entered the university as one of the first Pa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I find the University of Florida to be a very beautiful and excellent school. I entered the university as one of the first PaCE students in the school's history. I applied for Fall semester with a 4.2 GPA and 33 ACT score. (Apply summer if you can, you might be more likely to get in on campus or in a regular program). If you are accepted as a PaCE student, think carefully about all your options. The PaCE program is very new (only two years old on Fall 2016), and it has had some SERIOUS growing pains. PaCE students were barred from mental health counseling, student health care, student housing, football games in the student section, the university/city bus system, and many fraternities and sororities that are top tier will NOT consider a PaCE student for a bid. If you value Greek Life and their tier system, don't attempt to join as a PaCE student. In PaCE, you CANNOT switch from your accepted major!!! Don't accept the program for a degree you don't want and assume you can switch majors later. You cannot, and many students are learning this the hard way because they tried to "backdoor" their way into the school. To transition out of the online program and onto campus, you must complete certain classes for your degree, earn 60 credits minimum, and have spent at least a year in the online program. There is no getting out early. Though PaCE has its fair share of problems, the administrators have heard the complaints of my cohort and I and have made some moves to rectify the situation and improve conditions. There is now a package that you can purchase for a certain price per credit hour that will include access to the bus system, membership with Student Rec, access to student football tickets, and student health care. As a PaCE student, you CAN join clubs on campus! You just have to be present for meetings and events if required - so participating from a distance is nearly impossible. My personal experience with PaCE has been alright. I wish that I had gone to an on campus program my first semester and I highly regret taking UF's offer. It is not the traditional method for attending college and resulted in me feeling as if I didn't belong or "wasn't good enough to get in". However, no one will look down on you for entering this program. There is no stigma on campus and the PaCE group seems to be largely unnoticed. Our only stand-out feature is our special orange ID (which bus drivers will harass you about! CARRY A BUS TICKET!). The rest of the students have white IDs, so expect constant comments from cashiers such as "It's orange?!". I lived off campus in Gainesville at Windsor Hall in the female building. Please, please visit where you are going to live BEFORE you sign the lease! It seems like a no-brainer, but my family and I panicked when we saw few spots were left and jumped on the room. It turns out it is behind a building full of drunks and strange old men. It was also expensive compared to some other options, as I will soon be paying $545 in rent rather than $650, and I'll get my own room, bathroom, and a kitchen in a 3/3 instead of a shared room and communal kitchen for the entire building. I wouldn't recommend buying a meal plan if it can be avoided or if there will be a kitchen where you are living. During Preview, the dining hall becomes a 5 star restaurant. They are lying to you. You know that delicious steak you ate? It was a steak of lies. Have fun choking on dry pork chops and burnt cheesy potatoes for the next year! They have unlimited cookies that you can stuff in your purse and take back to your dorm, so I guess there is that. I paid about $40-50 per week for groceries and kept off the freshman fifteen while actually eating what I liked. Even if you can't cook now, there are easy ways to get around that. Tyson chicken nuggets are better than most of the dining hall entrees. Also, the declining debit method is a good investment and parents have access to the account, so parents - if your student is often on campus and can't make it home for lunch or realizes he or she needs something from the POD (little markets throughout campus carrying necessities and food) it's a great idea to deposit some money into that account every once in awhile. I once forgot pens when I went on campus to take notes and the POD saved my butt. Just use your student ID as basically a debit card, and when you graduate you can take back any unused money from the account. With a meal plan, any unused funds are basically erased and you have to buy a new meal plan the next year. I started off about a year into my degree, and did decently year - I ended with a 3.5 GPA. Online classes have their quirks and you need to consider that when you think about accepting this program. Online classes require the use of a website called "ProctorU". While it's great to take an exam in your pajamas and with a cup of coffee, it's odd knowing that on another tab someone is constantly staring at you. So if you're like me and mutter stuff under your breath when you get to a question you don't understand, you could be in for a pretty awkward situation. Also, I've had roommates bring home friends during an exam so communication is super important if you'll be living with someone else! Also, in online classes there is significantly more busy work than you would expect. I had about three assignments due per day last semester (including weekends) and it took its toll on me when I wasn't able to properly give some classes enough attention because one class demanded so much work. Because you aren't attending lectures and gaining attendance points, they have to make sure you're learning and reading somehow and unfortunately they just give you a ton of assignments to do that. If you are considering a pre-med program, do not accept PaCE program. Please save yourself the difficulty and exasperation. I'm one of the only students trying to work her way through this still, and it is so difficult. I constantly bounce between three advisers and they all have given me great advice but admit there is little they can do to help me right now. Medical schools don't accept online classes and it will be frustrating when you have to wait to take classes and your MCAT date will just keep getting pushed back, along with possible admission to medical school. If I have any bumps in the road, I will face the possibility of a gap year. It CAN be done, just not with any relative ease. So decide if this is really the school for you and, if it is, go for it - just be prepared! Don't let PaCE scare you. It's a great program, it's new and under development but evolving into something fantastic. If you want a safety net, it's a great option. I became very ill my first semester and after a hospitalization I was able to go home and recoup without worrying about missing my classes and failing. It allows for a safety net if you have never been away from home before or don't have much experience with adulthood or independence. Sometimes it is nice knowing that if everything crashes down you can get away for a month or two. It's also nice to save some serious money on classes! I took as many classes online as I could and by the end of my time online I will have earned 64 credits (including my 20 AP credits) around $600-700, which is amazing. UF is wonderful and if you have been accepted under this program, you have a whole previous year of PaCE students there to support you! Join our Facebook group and we will all answer any questions you have!

Danna
What is your overall opinion of this school?

it's one of the best universities in USA

What is your overall opinion of this school?

it's one of the best universities in USA

Justin
UF From a Transfer Student's Eyes

The University of Florida is the premier academic institution in the state of Florida. With a student enrollment of around ...

UF From a Transfer Student's Eyes

The University of Florida is the premier academic institution in the state of Florida. With a student enrollment of around 50,000 students and an alumni base of over 300,000 strong, there are opportunities at every corner. A massive 2,000-acre campus may seem intimidating to incoming students, but the time to get acclimated is minimal. UF is currently a top 15 U.S. public university, but with rapid innovations and goal of preeminence, the university will break the top 10 in no time. As a transfer student, adapting to a new school can be difficult, but fortunately I felt right at home when I ventured into the land of orange and blue. There’s a small process to get into the swing of things, but that’s routine with any life undertaking. With over 100 undergraduate major, dozens of prestigious graduate programs, and 1,000 student organizations, there are a wealth of areas to explore. As a journalism major, the valuable experiences I've encountered will propel me to a successful career. Career resources and professionals are here to help students with life after graduation, and courses allow students to explore all realms of journalism. I’ve acquired skills in multimedia, reporting, law, ethics, sports media and even magazine writing. I’ve had some pretty memorable professors, including the former executive editor of the Tampa Bay Times and an international journalist who was held captive overseas. From gaining hands-on experience in a newsroom setting to seeing my name in multiple campus publications, I feel confident as a young professional heading into the industry with ambitious intentions. I can honestly say attending UF has been the best decision I’ve ever made. And I don’t just say that as a biased student, but someone who truly enjoys calling myself a member of Gator Nation.

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