When it Comes to School Spirit, No One Beats the Gators
PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young
What’s not to be proud of? From its winning sports teams to a top-notch medical school, there are tons of reasons why University of Florida students feel proud to be called Gators. The state’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive university, UF is also among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities – not to mention that the Public Ivy attracts more students than all but one other four-year campus in the entire country. With more than 100 undergraduate majors, it would be difficult for all these students to find a course of study not offered. Nuclear engineering? Check. Economics? Of course. In fact, UF majors span the alphabet from accounting to zoology – and practically every other conceivable offering in between. When it comes to getting college and career guidance, students only need to go as far as the J. Wayne Reitz Union. College know-how is enhanced by easy access to info about student jobs, events and news, serving as a place to connect with other students. UF students can really feel the true college experience at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. On football Saturdays, students gather in “The Swamp” to cheer on the Gators. But then again, Gator basketball is just as much fun to support. Being surrounded by the voices of thousands of other loud and proud fans builds enough camaraderie to encourage anyone to power through a tough schedule. For college students needing some time to themselves, any one of the university’s nine libraries (plus one digital library) provides the perfect spot to hole up for a while. No matter if you’re studying architecture or journalism, law or music, there’s a specialized library for your field. However, if a school of 50,000 students seems a bit daunting, the considerably smaller Santa Fe Community College offers associates degrees in an array of arts, sciences and technology programs.