This Monday, U.S. News & World Report released their Top Public Schools list, with the University of Florida landing at No. 7. This is the third consecutive year UF has been one of the top 10 public universities in the United States.

As Gators, we love to bring up our top-10 ranking status, with even a whole Facebook group dedicated to memes about the university (Swampy UF memes for top ten public teens). So in celebration of our rise in the ranks, here are seven things to love about attending UF:

1. Game days

Nothing is as exciting as game day in Gainesville. The whole town decks out in orange and blue, those two colors you did not think would work together when you decided to attend UF but now adore. From tailgate hopping to stepping foot into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the energy is palpable even into the night at post-game parties. Can any other school match that energy? Not even close.


2. The Gator Nation

If you wear a UF shirt out in public, no matter where you are in the world, you are guaranteed to hear “Go Gators!” from a random stranger. Gator pride runs deep, well after graduation. Use that alumni network to your advantage! Bond over Krishna lunches while discussing possible job opportunities with UF alumni in your field and you may just land your dream job. 


3. The academics

UF boasts high-quality education in both its undergraduate and graduate programs. The acclaimed College of Journalism and Communications once hosted advertising students who have gone on to work for Saatchi & Saatchi, BBDO New York, and Omnicom Media Group. The skills cultivated at the college, coupled with networking, will propel any UF student’s future career opportunities.


4. The number of clubs available

Whatever odd niche you may fall into, UF has a club for that. With almost a thousand organizations available to browse in the GatorConnect Student Involvement Directory, students are bound to find the place they belong (like Ad Society). From academic societies to Greek life to just plain fun hobbies, UF has you covered. 


5. The social life

It is no secret that UF students work hard, but party harder. From Midtown to downtown Gainesville, on any given night you are bound to find a group of students living it up. But don’t get too messy; you still have an 8:30 a.m. class tomorrow.


6. The surrounding nature

Fall season means sweater weather, and nothing is better than stretching out a blanket in Plaza of the Americas and hanging up a hammock in between the overarching oak trees. Take a day trip to nearby Ginnie Springs and enjoy tubing or even camping (students get discounted camping equipment from the Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education).


7. The fact that it’s not FSU

Well, we are the No. 1 university in Florida.


Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 12th in Turlington L005 at 6:15 p.m. We will be hosting Audrey Hill, an Engagement Manager at T3, an advertising agency based in Austin, Texas. See you then!

Written by Sandra Salvatierra