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-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.
The University of Florida has shaped my development into a young adult in more ways than one. It gave me academic opportunities I couldn't imagine earning anywhere else. It introduced me to brilliant individuals, both peers and professors, that have opened so many doors to me. It helped me learn that I have the potential to do anything I set my mind to.
Great campus, you really get to understand what being a Florida Gator is. The campus and the Gator Nation is vibrant, great opportunity for networking and there are courses that will challenge your way of thinking. It really helps you prepare for life after college. I enjoyed my experience at UF and hope you all can understand what it feels to say, "Its Great to BE A FLORIDA GATOR!"
The University of Florida is an incredible college that truly tries to foster the personal and professional growth of their students. As a student interested in joining the healthcare field, I found ample opportunities to become involved in research, shadow healthcare professionals, and engage in clinical and community based outreach efforts. All of these activities were fostered in addition to a world class education that I would not change for the world. The vast majority of professors here are incredibly passionate about their fields of study and provide awesome sources of mentorship and networking opportunities for students who excel and show interest in their studies. The one area I believe our university could improve upon would be the area of financial support for students. Despite receiving many scholarship offers from other comparable universities within the state, Neither I nor any of my friends received any type of financial assistance other than loans. This being said, cost of attendance is actually very affordable and is a bargain for the education you will receive.
As a student in the University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, I was exposed to a wide array of educational opportunities in research, service, enrichment programs, and seminars. My college was very attentive to student needs and always took the initiative to make students aware of upcoming events, financial aid and employment resources, and networking. My advisors and professors maintained an open-door policy and were quick to address any student concerns. My classes were enriching in material, stimulating in delivery, and practical in application. UF is a thriving college town that is rich in cultural diversity, challenging academics, and incomparable school spirit. Thanks to charitable alumni, the facilities are getting even better and bigger while the affordable, top-notch education guarantees every bang for your buck. Being in a large university setting can be tough at times, but the comraderie is unquestionable; the Gator Nation really is everywhere! This is the place to be. Go Gators!