University of Florida Reviews
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I graduated from the University of Florida with Microbiology and Cell Science B.S. degree. As a pre-medical student with little guidance on how to approach the road to medical school, an early challenge was choosing the appropriate major and degree for me. After extensive research on numerous undergraduate degrees, such as Health Sciences, Applied Kinetics and Physiology, and Biology, I thought that Microbiology and Cell Science would provide a strong foundation of knowledge in immunology, bacteriology and pathogenesis, all of which are a unique approach to understanding medicine. UF's program employs undeniably helpful and caring administrators that provide each available opportunity to the students, encouraging community outreach, laboratory research, and personal growth through the exploration of academia. It is no easy program; to achieve highest honors, the student must be prudent, diligent, and excited to embrace the rigor of STEM academics.
The University of Florida offered me more than I ever imagined a university could: involvement, camaraderie, tremendous pride, confidence, and an academic background that prepared me for graduate school. There are organizations to make this 50,000+ student school seem small and easy to navigate. UF offers the true college experience, complete with organizations catering to all interests, ever-present school spirit, rich athletic traditions, research opportunities, nationally esteemed academic programs, and beautiful campus.
My undergraduate experience at the University of Florida was amazing. It is a fantastic university in regards to their academics, research, and social responsibility. UFs academic program is as vast as it is remarkable (we are ranked in the top 10 best universities!). Among the top programs UF has to offer are engineering, business, law, medicine, and psychology. UF is also top research school that works in all fields from studying diseases and viruses like Zika, hurricanes and weather patterns, combining robotics and medicine, and so much more. They use their research as a part of the social responsibility initiative The Gator Good. This initiative aims to use university resources and alumni to make a difference in the world. A few areas they focus on are the environment and sustainability, medicine, and agriculture. These three components to UF makes this school unique and a great fit for anyone who values education and innovation while also wanting to help the world or their community become healthier and thrive. While academics, research, and social responsibility are three extraordinary reasons why UF was the best choice for me, I cant write a proper review without mentioning Gator pride. I think the atmosphere on campus, in Gainesville, and globally stands out. Of course, the best example of this is on game days, fans and alumni arrive on campus around 8 am and stay for hours. The whole city comes alive with Gator pride. It is really a sight to see all of these strangers laughing and tailgating together like old friends. During my freshman orientation they said that the Gator Nation is everywhere. I didnt truly understand that they meant on the global scale and not just in the US until I had the opportunity to study in London for the summer of my junior year. I happened to be wearing a Gator scarf out one day and a complete stranger started to enthusiastically chomp across the street. Im sure everyone thought we were insane, but for a moment I felt like I was back home, in a foreign country. It was honestly an amazing moment for me, and it made me realize that choosing UF was the best decision to me. I hope anyone who needs advice with this decision thinks about the atmosphere of the school before deciding whether or not to attend. You may be in college to earn your degree, but youll be there for four years and having an atmosphere thats a good fit for you is important.
As a pre-veterinary student at the University of Florida (UF), I have had outstanding hands-on experience with animals, especially food animals. UF has a horse, beef, dairy and a swine teaching unit where students can take management courses and even gestation courses to assist with births. Additionally, UF has an amazing veterinary graduate program and a pre-vet program that prepares students for graduate school.
-Pursuing a Sociology degree at the University of Florida- Most people graduating from high school probably have never heard of "liberal arts" degree or related field aside from the ones most universities like to boast about, like engineering and chemistry and any other STEM related field. Admitting that I, myself, were one of those graduates. I spent my first year with the title of "Microbiology and Cellular Science Undergraduate," which I did not hate but did not seem to click with my abilities very well. My academic adviser gave a suggestion and proposed the idea of pursuing a Liberal Arts degree, specifically Sociology. I had not heard of it, but very good research into it, as well as meeting personal from the college did more than enough to convince me. I am someone who is very logical, very observational, has a hobby of connecting dots and crafting various thoughts and theories to explain observed or established phenomena. A degree which essentially trains you to harness and perpetuate those skills is perfect for me. So, from my 2nd to final years as an undergraduate as UF, it became clear that I was very happy with my decision brought up by my academic adviser and furthered by my peers, professors, and teaching assistants. I do not think I could have even though of all this or pursued this path towards being a researcher and professor of Sociology if it were not for the open-minded and vastly knowledgeable individuals and lifestyle I become familiar with at the University of Florida. Though I am beginning my masters studies elsewhere, I hope to return to the institution in pursuit of the coveted doctoral degree and establish myself as someone who will one day impact the greater sociological research world! I hope anyone who reads this review and is inspired to trek this path into their academic futures experiences all the triumph and struggles I did. You will come out stronger, wiser, more versatile, and, most importantly, a better you than you thought feasibly possible. Thank you!
University of Florida is a great school for undergrad. It has the total package of good professors and course work, a beautiful campus, lots of club and extracurriculars to keep busy, and top notch sports. The downside when I attended, which may have changed by now, was that it was too liberal arts focused. There was no career guidance or help, the focus was on learning for learning sake, expanding your mind and becoming a critical thinker. In theory, that's great but in 2008 that became worthless. I liked my time there a lot while I was there but soured on it in the years since as I've learned a lot that I wish I'd known or been taught from my program. Post-crash, students are probably savvier and able to make the most of the experience. Make sure you get an internship and go to career fairs and advisory council sessions. Don't be like a lot of UF students and linger, maximize your time--double major and get a second degree or a minor.
I greatly regret not going to a smaller, more rigorous, school. Aside from the amazing football games and fun things to do in a college town, the education was lackluster. I learned more from starting a charitable movement and running it for 3 years than I ever learned in a classroom. This school has great programs, but for most of the programs in the business school, the online classes make it difficult to connect with teachers and peers.
Oh boy, well allow me to start off with saying that I have not attended this university. This is mostly, alright ALL because of the communication from this university is a JOKE for online students! I started out with the whole application and paid the fee. I had a few more steps to my application process, yet I completed everything that was asked of me in a timely manner. I wish I could say the same for the school! I found out that I was accepted into the university by tracking the submission page DAILY. I received NO welcome letter, NO welcome call to congratulate me on being accepted into a university with such a lot acceptance rate...nothing! I went on to contact the university to see what my next step was, and not one person knew. There is a "tuition fee" that EVERYONE must pay, and NO ONE understands so don't bother asking questions about it. The whole academic adviser call was incredibly ridiculous! They are NOT here to answer the questions that you have in regards to your degree, they are just there to SPEED through the syllabus, and if you email them later with any questions, they have NO idea because they are basically call center directors! And they will direct you all over the university accept for where you need to be directed to! I went ahead and applied for my FAFSA, and got NO calls about this either! I once again had to call, MULTIPLE TIMES and still got NO answers. I finally had to wait and do an online chat with financial affairs to just find out that in the whole 5 month process that they were dragging their feet through, that my financial aide was not going to go through in time and I was going to be responsible to pay for my classes entirely out of pocket! The only advice I was gives was to defer my enrollment from summer to fall. Seriously!? yep! So as an older online student that is ready, excuse me MORE than ready to begin my classes, I am once again ignored and let down by the shear incompetence of this university! I would also like to say that while they may not be a "for profit" college, they sure are after your money! Here you will not only get the wonderful respect of ZERO COMMUNICATION from the university, but you will pay for the application, have to pay before you are even really enrolled for the stupid student ID, you can go ahead and apply for financial aide and be granted FULL amounts, however you will STILL be paying out of pocket for classes! Books, and SO much more! This place charges for EVERYTHING!!! i still have to pay for a "placement math exam" out of pocket despite the fact that I was given NO other option than to defer my enrollment. Best part...ZERO COMMUNICATION that I would have to do this, ZERO reason as to why, zero heads up. So if you want to pay a LOT of money, for a university that has ZERO communication for their online students...this is the place for you! Completely unprofessional and ridiculous! I have attended college before enrolling here, but I had just changed my mind on my major, as well as applied to many other universities, and I have NEVER had such a lack of communication from a university that would be getting nearly a 110k for the degree.
The University of Florida is a prestigious university and I feel fortunate that I was able to attend this institution for 4 years. Academically UF is internationally recognized for it's excellence in research. As an undergraduate I was surrounded by diverse peers and faculty. I was encouraged to get involved in the over 600 student-run organizations, and I was able to experience the various cultures represented by the student body. As a whole UF encourages intellectual growth and mental well-being. While it could improve, the school provides access to mental health services. Within my department I was engaged in leadership and public service opportunities. I was president of a service organization, a member of a leadership cohort, and received multiple scholarships based off of need and merit. I was able to conduct research as an undergraduate and learned a lot about the structure of higher learning as a teaching assistant. UF is a great value school that is also prestigious and provides a solid foundation for any career.
I attended the University of Florida because of the florida lottery bright futures program. If you're in a similar situation of deciding between a competitive private school and a free education from the University of Florida, I would highly recommend you taking the former. I regret going to UF as it was a big party school that had resources that were not helpful. I regretted my time at UF and want others to beware of the school.