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Come to the University of West Florida, aQuite BrightArchaeology
Come to the University of West Florida, a diamond in the rough and home to one of the best Archaeology programs in the State, small class sizes, and a beautiful wildlife preserve are some of the many things this school has to offer. Sounds great, right? I thought this University would be the best for me almost one year ago when I applied, and I cannot say I wasn't overjoyed to hear I was accepted. Turns out though, the school has a side they don't show you on "Freshman Friday" or any other day when you get a tour, all of the mistakes they make that lead to poorer lives for students. My first year was promised to be "completely covered", I am now $6,500 or so in debt and without any assistance from the school, they "accidentally" gave me a grant I didn't qualify for, and then took it back! That dosent include the false accusations that result in me not getting hired on campus and keep me from getting a job in the future. Its no wonder over 35% (Currently) of the student body would choose not to return to UWF! The facilities are kept in poor condition, I can't even use a restroom outside of my Dorm room because they are so bad. Every University needs to understand that they are nothing without their students and should strive to provide the best experience for them.
1st Year Male -- Class 1920
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Individual Value: F
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This school wouldn't be so bad if youNot so brightBiology
This school wouldn't be so bad if you lived in the area, were looking for the cheapest tuition possible for a four-year public university, and got involved socially (or in clubs) as soon as you get on campus. However, the atmosphere of this school is very "dead" - people are stuck in their own bubbles, students and professors included, and there is a lot of pressure. The level of challenging academics varies wildly - it depends on what you are studying and who your professors are. I had one professor that I liked a lot, but that was about it. I've also had professors that wouldn't help much at all, that treated the class like high school students (assuming they were lazy, dumb, always wanting to be on their phones, etc.). One professor made me believe I was going to be able to pass the class if I did all my work (so I didn't withdraw), I worked my tail off to get my grade up and did everything they asked plus extra credit, and they gave me a failing grade anyway (there was no points system and assignments were spontaneous, so I couldn't calculate it myself to argue). I had been in college for a few years and been through some especially difficult classes, but had always did very well until then. I had great AP and IB marks in high school, so I certainly wasn't a "lazy" student. This is mostly a commuter school, so making social connections is trickier than if most of the student body lived in dorms and had a sense of community. You have to pay out-of-pocket for club fees, but that seems to be the norm at most public universities. My advisor was useless - wouldn't answer my emails; told me I could graduate in a year then after finally releasing my degree audit to me I found it would take over two years. The campus is not very safe, there are frequent sexual harassment/violation reports and there were a few instances of gunshots fired while I was there, fortunately no one was hurt. The townspeople are kinda creepy, sadly many live in poverty, it is very close to Alabama so you get people from there as well. The campus seems racially diverse, but I don't know how discriminating the police are, and there has been some violence from the townspeople on campus.There appears to be a little spoken of mental health crisis on campus, too. Free limited counseling is offered, but there was a waiting list to get help from psychological services.My advice: unless you must study marine biology or are a local commuter looking to save a lot of money, seek a degree elsewhere. Every school has its ups and downs, but I entirely regret my time here. I finished my degree at a different school and am much happier, wish I did it earlier.
2nd Year Male -- Class 1921
Faculty Accessibility: C, Education Quality: F
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From time to time, students with personal orAverageArt & Design Department
From time to time, students with personal or mental issues dislike that they cannot manipulate the system, department or police the way they might at lesser schools they may have attended. These students might be likely to write highly untruthful or wildly biased reviews. Such students, with personal agendas and nursing a load of malice, will have problems no matter where they attend school. UWF is a tremendous university, and students willing to make a reasonable effort will have a great experience here and gain an outstanding education.
4th Year Female -- Class 2017
Innovation: A+, Campus Aesthetics: B-
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