The University of Florida
The University of Florida - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||19|
|Avg years at University||2.3|
|Research Quality||A- (8.6)|
|Research Availability||B+ (7.8)|
|Research Funding||B- (5.9)|
|Graduate Politics||C+ (5.4)|
|Errand Runners||B+ (7.7)|
|Degree Completion||B (7.3)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B- (5.9)|
|Sufficient Pay||B (6.6)|
|Education Quality||B (6.7)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B (7.3)|
|Useful Research||B (6.6)|
|"Individual" treatment||B- (6.4)|
|Campus Beauty||A- (8.7)|
|Campus Maintenance||A- (8.4)|
|University Resource/spending||B- (6.3)|
|Surrounding City||B (7.2)|
|Social Life/Environment||B+ (7.7)|
I have had a major fight with UF EVERY SINGLE SEMESTER. As my undergrad and masters' schools I had one minor issue that was solved easily my entire time at those other schools. I really can't explain how horrible UF is; professors who have left UF are so much happier at their new universities. I wish my advisor had left UF and I could have gone with him to a new institution and--I would have had a much better experience. The only thing I would have missed is the good faculty (that UF is letting go to other institutions or retire without replacement).The faculty are great and some people in administration try to go above and beyond to actually be helpful, but they are fighting a system designed to produce problems. system is so archaic (I actually had to turn in a paper application along with my digital application which was a shadow of things to come--every other school was able to send my digital application the the relevant college and dept), set up to allow for human error (and there is a lot of it), and there is nothing in place to make people do their job so they can effectively avoid being helpful in any way if they want to. The governor wants to make UF top 10--it's not faculty that's keeping them from that that (although there are way too few faculty because of budget cuts)--it's going to be that UF is so top heavy with so many redundant administrators that have a full time job fixing all the problems other administrators created. It's great job security but it's no way to run a top teaching and research institution. Go gators.
Here are some observations about UF Law:
-50%+ of students came from UF ugrad. Basically meaning that most already have a firmly established social network in place and dont need to make friends
-95%+ have VERY STRONG connections to the state of FL. This is to be expected but they are such an extent that if you're an out of stater, you are an outsider and treated as such.
-IMMATURE, everyone here is smart but most are just plainly immature. They act like its HS and consume their lives with asinine topics. I actually see people pass notes in class!
-Few actually have a serious desire to practice law. Most just wanted to stay at UF for 3 more years to get student tickets.
-For the most part, there is little work ethic, most do the minimum to get by
-the school is dominated by clicks
UF as a whole is obsessed with football. There is no question by pretty much anyone that football takes a greater precedent than academics. On gamedays, everything is closed and all the parking taking away on the rationale that the people that come donate to UF. Yeah that may be true but they donate to the football team not UF.
Gainesville is nothing special. Parking is horrendous! Towing is a major business here. I've driven in many large cities but I've never seen traffic so bad especially in a small town like gainesville. Its horrible.
Few pluses are cheap apartments and having most of what you need considering the small size of the town. Also in state tuition is great too if you qualify.Lastly, at Tulane when you were new you would meet people from all over the US and the world and everyone loved Tulane and New Orleans. By the end of the day you would have 10 offers to showing you around. Here there is nothing. Its assumed that you have been here before and know everything. I just hate it. The bias against out of staters doesnt help either. Some people wont even speak to you for that fact! If you're out of state or really serious about Law, DONT COME HERE.
First of all, the facility is top-notch on the exterior. The interior and classrooms are also excellent, minus the hospital-aesthetic common to many universities. On a minor note, there is a lack of water fountains in the building other than in a few, faculty-favoring locations.
Second, the administrative personnel should be discussed. Despite the fact that the GERC has relatively limited enrollment and the facility is open during regular business hours, the front office staff are very difficult to contact in person or via phone. When they are available by either of these methods and their help is requested for even the most perfunctory actions (e.g. course registration, contacting other faculty, etc.), the response is frequently temperamental.
Third, the teaching faculty creates concerns. Several teachers are hired to teach as an additional job. Some of the teachers are employees who work at the local military bases who are often late or absent from teaching due to their primary work schedules. This creates a problem for many of the students who are also employed at the local military bases and taking classes part-time to fill job requirements. This branch also offers no outlet of feedback to students in order to improve facilities/faculty/courses in general. There are no end-of-course surveys or anonymous channels through which problems can be addressed. The only method for feedback is direct, personal criticism or contacting the front office—both of which leave doubts as to the absence of retribution for even constructive suggestions.
Overall, the GERC is one extension of the UF main campus creates a very pretentious atmosphere that seems to care very little about its students. Its existence fulfills the basic requisite for having another major university name in the far Florida panhandle offering advanced technical degrees. It may be no surprise if these reasons may be direct factors to the low enrollment at the branch.
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