College Reviews 2012: University of Virginia, University of Florida, and Shoreline Community College

University of Virginia

By Taylor Cotter
StudentAdvisor.com Staff

Are you a high school junior, starting to put together your college list? Or are you a senior, waiting to hear from your top choice schools? Either way, it’s important to think about being a good fit at the university you choose to attend. Check out our college reviews section on StudentAdvisor to see if these are the schools for you!

Here’s a sampling of some of our most recent college reviews posted by students and alumni:

University of Virginia – Main Campus

The Good:

Living in Charlottesville offers a lot to a twenty-something student. There’s hiking and camping 15-20 minutes outside of city limits; the nightlife varies from wild, rambunctious undergrads on The Corner to more staid, upscale wine bars and restaurants on The Mall; concerts are plentiful and affordable downtown at The Jefferson; homes and apartments are generally affordable and within walking distance to the university and downtown.

The Bad:

The fraternity/sorority can be a bit much sometimes – bowties to football games? – but they’re easily ignored.

Would I do it again?

Yes, While I would gladly repeat my experience at Brandeis, I definitely missed out on living in a great college town and attending a school with Division I sports. Coupling the Charlottesville experience with a top-tier, inexpensive grad program makes for a fantastic graduate school experience!

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University of Florida

The Good:

The best thing about about the University of Florida is the whole package. You get a great education, you feel like you are part of The Gator Nation, and at the end of a great experience, you have a better chance of getting a great job. I received 3 different great offers upon graduation.

The Bad:

It is a very large university and some of the undergraduate classes had hundreds of students attending in a large auditorium.

Would I do it again?

Yes, I loved my time at the University of Florida and it was not the “Party School” reason. I felt like I had accomplished something great and had a fun time doing it. I could get as involved as I wanted. From being on the front of a Homecoming float, attending Football games and Gator Growl in The Swamp, watching the Gators win the National Championship in 1996, to walking in my cap and gown in the O’Connell Center, my time at UF continues to be one of the highlights of my life. My life would not have been the same without it!


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Shoreline Community College Review

The Good:

I loved the strengths, diversity and approach-ability of the faculty, and the diversity and approach-ability of the students. Another huge plus was the success rate of students transferring to the University of Washington and other 4-year schools.

The Bad:

Every student has a bad professor or two somewhere along the way. Just be sure to trust your gut and drop that course asap!

Would I do it again?

Yes, lots of memorable courses with great professors.

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