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College, Gator style
Despite its party school rep and its size, UF ranks among the most selective public universities. And with thirty thousand undergrads, it also ranks among the biggest. The university offers more than a hundred majors through its sixteen undergraduate colleges, which include colleges of liberal arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, nursing, and architecture. Pre-professional majors attract the highest numbers of students, and programs in healthcare, engineering, communications, and pharmacy are especially notable. Internship, volunteer, and study-abroad programs are plentiful, and students benefit from the wide range of research activities on campus, including those in neurology, biotechnology, and citrus production (this is Florida, after all). As can be expected given the university’s size, students are likely to face their fair share of large lecture halls and TA-taught courses. The student to faculty to ratio is 23:1. And while students voice the usual complaints about frustrating administrative workings, most agree that the self-motivated will find no lack of stimulation.
Shiny, Happy People
Gators like to party. The university’s huge Greek system is the primary partying
engine, and Gainesville offers plenty of bars and nightclubs that cater to most
tastes. Students tend to be politically conservative, and more than 90 percent are
native to Florida. But what students lack in regional diversity they more than make
up for in ethnic diversity, and a host of student organizations and events celebrate
the campus’s multiculturalism. Less than a quarter of students live on campus.
Residence halls are largely clean and serviceable, if unremarkable, but many
upperclassmen skip the housing lottery and seek digs in the surrounding
neighborhoods. UF offers more than 650 student organizations, ranging from service
and religious organizations to the
A Lot to Gain in Gainesville
Gainesville is located in north central Florida, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. UF’s 2,000-acre campus features Gothic-style buildings, many of which are national historic landmarks, as well as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary that houses environmental and wildlife management, conservation, and outreach programs. Gainesville offers a notable independent music scene and a number of student-friendly bars, restaurants, and shopping options. Mild winters allow students to enjoy outdoor activities throughout most of the year. UF-owned Lake Alice is popular for water sports, and equipment is available free of charge. Beaches are easily reached by car, but drivers be forewarned: Parking at UF is such a crapshoot that students often bring bikes in for the week and leave their cars in the lot.