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I wish that I had picked a differentPublic Health
I wish that I had picked a different school. UF has too many students, classes are too large, too many TA's teaching and not nearly enough professors, not enough support from advising staff and majority of the professors DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE STUDENTS OR EVEN TEACHING for that matter! Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else....unless you are pre-med since Shands Hospital is linked to the school or if you get a sports scholarship. School is also in a high crime area!
Male -- Class 2000
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UF is a waste of time and money. My advice is take your money and your brain elsewhere.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2019
Campus Maintenance: A, Education Quality: F
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I went to UF because of its greatBrightJournalism
I went to UF because of its great journalism program. What I realized later is that there are other facets of college life that I had never considered and those can definitely make or break your college experience. UF itself is not a bad school. There are both positives and negatives depending on what an individual is looking for. First, UF has a huge student body. I took many lecture courses with 200 or more students, but the professors were rock stars in their fields and as an upperclassman I was able to take small seminars with a few great profs. Second, UF is in the middle of a not very metropolitan area. Really for me it was my first experience of the Deep South and all the connotations attached to that. However, Gainesville did have a cool music scene, offbeat places to eat and good museums. The weather is nice, although my dorm (Rawlings Hall) didn't have AC. Third, the sports teams are a huge draw for many students, but I don't follow sports so that whole part of campus life was lost on me. Although The College of Journalism has a great reputation and I did have a few great professors, overall UF was not a great fit for me specifically because it's such a large school and the surrounding area was too rural for my taste. I transferred from Miami and found that living in Gainesville was truly a culture shock. I was very happy to graduate and have not missed UF since. I'm happy with the education I got and I am happy with my degree. If I had to do it over again, I would choose a college in a real city or a smaller college near a real city.
Alumna Female -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Staff writer; Preparedness: C Reputation: C
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