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  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Santa Fe College is great for any student!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would take college success in my first semester, and find out about all the scholarship opportunities as soon as I was accepted.

    Bang for the buck

    It is not that expensive and not a private school so Bright Futures pays 100% tuition, and the teachers always try to choose the cheapest text books for the students.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy attending this school because the teachers are nice, enthusiastic about his/her job, and I feel safe with the SFC police station on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are only 20-35 students so each person has a good chance to get extra help if needed.

  • 11/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 2 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Santa Fe College is great for students that don't want to spend four or nine years going to school. There are many degrees you can get within two years, degrees that can guarantee you a job in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am currently working at the Financial Aid office here,so the biggest advice I can give you is to keep up with your Financial Aid and scholarships make sure everything is set. Another thing is to have a good attitude, people are more willing to help you if you are kind to them.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is not a University, there are programs here where you can earn a Bachelor's degree, and of course it's much cheaper. There is a food bank that gives food out every Wed. there is also a vegetable garden where they provide the products for you all you have to do is take care of your garden. Every so often there are events where they have free food and all you have to do is fill out a small survey. So there are MANY opportunites where you can save on food.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere here. There are many clubs that you can join. People are very nice, there are places that have couches and I've seen many people sleeping and no one bothers them, I've even sat on one of the couches and slept before my class starts. It's great!! If you're not one of those people that enjoys sleeping, then there is a game lounge where you can go and hang out with your friends in between classes.

    Am learning a lot

    We have labs available for Math, English and Writing. There are also tutors for just about every subject you need help in. All my teachers give me my work ahead of time so that if I have any questions about anything I can speak to them personally and they can help me out.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 3 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a fantastic college for any student wanting to transfer to the University of Florida under a medical degree. Santa Fe offers a four year degree as well as transfer degrees to UF.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're planning on attending Santa Fe, make sure you speak with the advisers on the courses you should take, especially if you're planning on transferring to an university.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are cheaper than most colleges, and it allows you to get through the grueling generic classes with ease. Since they've switched to a regular college, the prices have risen slightly, but not so much that you'll need to penny pinch for awhile.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy it here because the class sizes are such that one-on-one help can always be found.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are really nice and know how to keep their students interested in their subject! Most students get really good grades because the professors are so energetic and willing to teach.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This School is great for those who are not ready for the universities or other 4 year colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to stay on track, don't let the college life get to you. Make sure you study before going anywhere with your friends. Try to make study group, that way you can get information on something you didn't know and the others can get something that they didn't know.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. I had a night class I had to take and security was always on campus. And they had the call posts which you only have to press a button and the security cart will come and investigate or escort you to wherever you need to go

    Clubs and Activities

    They have every club imaginable. And if they don't have a club you like, make one. People are always willing to try new things.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type, really. It's a chill place

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Santa Fe always has something going on, food, music, free tshirts- you name it. Always stay updated on the ESanta Fe website

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper. I'm planning to transfer to UF in three years and I've already saved so much money. I'm transferring for my bachelors in Zoology but I'm doing a dual enrollement of sorts because I'm still going to be in Santa Fe working on my AS in technical zoology at the zoo. Im going to be saving so much money!

    What to do for fun

    Downtown is where all the fun is at. The closer to UF the better. My girlfriends and I have stumbled on little nook restaurants and ice cream shoppes and there's this apple bees that I offers karaoke nights on thrusdays and it's packed to the brim with college students and it's just a fun atmosphere

    Food and Dining

    Gainesville is a small town but there's something to eat at just about every corner. Just hop on the bus, which is free with a Santa Fe ID and go out to the oaks mall or even archer rd.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Santa Fe but I thought to answer anyways. I live in an apartment close to the college, just a bus ride away and I love it. I have roommates and I did a roommate matching.

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Fe is what a community college should be. There is no babying or anything like that. You learn very quickly that you no longer in highs school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to making new friends. Not that it's hard at Santa Fe. Everyone is very friendly and you meet so many people by just standing at the Bookstore line and striking a conversation and the classes are small so it's easy to get to know everyone in the class

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Santa Fe. It's such a small college with a big college attitude. Everyone is very friendly and always open to lend a hand. It's a great place to start as a freshman

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have their own police force here at santa 24 hours a day.

    Greek Life

    Many of the clubs on campus also merge with UF so lots of Greek stuff to participate in.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many. Circle K. Student Government. French club.

    Great for these types of students

    studious, money savers, on a budget, and independent. If you're one of those than you'll make it at santa Fe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am part of Circle K. It's like Key club from Middle school. I like hanging with those guys around campus but the most unusual place i have to say is the big Zoo because it not every school that has a Zoo with so many animals

    Bang for the buck

    Being independent and doing everything for myself, it is a struggle everyday to stay motivated but Santa Fe has great tutors and a big open lab with good tutors. The library is also full of resources for those term papers. ALSO... Santa is like a mini UF. Most profs are from UF and being at Santa Fe gives you a greater advantage of getting transfered into UF.

    What to do for fun

    I work part time but i like to also go to the movies and go to church.

    Food and Dining

    Great places around gainesville to eat out and hang with friends. The mall is like 5 minutes away.

    Dorm Life

    I live two minutes of walking distance from campus in my own apartment with very nice roomates. No dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Each course is a challenge and must do the work to pass as with anything in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your A game. No class is really easy.

    In three sentences

    Courses are challenging, Most teachers are very good with helping students achieve a higher lever of education. Campus is close to many housings and stores and different places.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If you want to feel safe, come to Santa Fe College, we got our own Police station right in the parking lot, you can see police cars going all around the college every minute.

    Greek Life

    there are no fraternities in the college, but this college is the gateway to UF, where you can find a real vivid fraternity life.

    Clubs and Activities

    you can join all type of clubs, we also have all kinds of sports and activities that go around them.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great only for one type of students, the ones who want to succeed, you get all the right tools to be whatever you want to be in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I believe the most unusual thing is the zoo. I think is great I can tell all of my friends that I am studying in a place where we got our own zoo.

    Bang for the buck

    As I told you, Santa Fe is everything you expect to be, this also includes the monetary part. I am sure every one in the college is happy and in peace because of what they pay and what they gain because of that.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Fe provides their students with a gym, a pool, a play room, but I think that the coolest thing is that we have our own zoo, who can say they have a zoo at their school?

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria haves any kind of food you want, we got salads, pizza, rise bowls, sandwiches. if you want to eat healthy you can, if you are not a healthy eating person then you can find junk food to.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe do not have dorms, but they are surrounded by a lot of living places such as 'the crossing at santa fe' this gives you the great advantage of living right across the street of your college

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers want to get the best of you, but at the same time they are comprehensive about situations you can not handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I can give to them is not be shy, be outgoing, you are going to find a lot of great people and a lot of opportunities if you look for them

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is just what you expect college to be. It is fun, classes are entertaining and people are interesting.

  • 09/02/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I can finish my animal sciences degree and be able to transfer to UF and save a TON of money

    Will enjoy being here

    Found a great apartment, close to school.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i'm rating this a 1, because it has significantly declined over the years. my freshman year (2009), i felt very safe and secure. slowly, it seems that the police department on campus is more interested in parking issues than major issues. there have been kidnappings, rapes, and multiple robberies on campus. keep your belongings close to you, and always travel in groups if you want to be safe. seriously, it's bad.

    Greek Life

    there is no greek life on campus. you have to wait until you go to a university for this.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the oak grove almost always has something going on. check by that area at least once a day to get free food or give blood. carpool! if you carpool, you can get a carpool decal each semester and never worry about parking again. parking on campus sucks. definitely carpool with someone. you will be so thankful.

    Bang for the buck

    the instructors rock, and the prices are lower than many other colleges in the area.

    What to do for fun

    get involved in clubs. otherwise, there isn't much to do besides study or go to nightclubs. gainesville is a party city, so if you aren't into that, definitely get involved on campus for activities.

    Food and Dining

    santa fe has 3 food court options: subway, dominoes, and some latin place. subway is great, i'm not a huge dominoes fan, but dominoes has a great breakfast. start your day with breakfast in the food court, and you'll feel so much better throughout your classes. the cafe in the library is pricey, but has delicious food and friendly staff.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms at santa fe college. you can, however, live in student apartments in the city. be prepared to live with roommates that may be into drugs though. i do not recommend the crossing at santa fe, simply for the amount of drug use in the area. stay on the university side of town for a better experience.

    Academic Rigor

    i feel that the classes can be challenging, but nothing too tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved on campus--it will help you to stay motivated. also, make sure to develop a relationship with your academic and financial aid advisors. this will make each semester so much easier. i wish that i had visited my advisor more often. they are a great resource, and they are there to help you. financial aid advisors are very important, too, because, well, the whole process is a pain. have a relationship with an fa advisor, and you'll be so happy you did.

    In three sentences

    santa fe is a great school. it has small class sizes, great teachers, and strong community involvement. i have very few complaints.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there has been a kidnapping but the sfc police are all over it.

    Greek Life

    none that i am aware of

    Clubs and Activities

    so many to chose from. i am in sfc organic gardeners club and senate

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    student government office they are awesome there is always something awesome going on and they know all about it

    What to do for fun

    oh man there is always some type of event going on at santa fe, so many clubs you can participate in. im a freshman and i am already involved in so much. i am a club senator a scholar and an gardener

    Food and Dining

    sf has a food court that includes dominoes la fortuna and subway, not enough options and its packed, the lines are too long and it takes awhile

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms but there are apartments within walking distance and there is an amazing bus system you ride free with your sf id.

    Tips for prospective students

    always come to class on time, turn in your assignments on time and don't be afraid to ask for help from your professors. helpful for ged freshman's if you have your ged speak with dr angela long about joining the pathways to persistence program, it is an amazing program that gives you a scholarship as well as helping you prepare academic goals and success while in college.

    In three sentences

    santa fe is a small setting with small classrooms. santa fe has an awesome and helpful staff. santa fe has three campuses through out gainesville making it easy to have access to.

  • 05/22/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    This college is okay to start out with. But, don;t just leave it here. Use this school as a way to get into higher institutions.

    Did learn a lot

    The classes were okay. Some were not taught very well, while others were fantastic.

  • 10/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who like smaller classes and the ability to talk one on one with teachers.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something going on at the campus. It is a very friendly atmosphere and has its own personality.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of the teachers may not have a teaching strategy that you like, but if you take the time to study and practice all the materials are understandable. Many of the teachers are willing to help you and there are plenty of tutors around.

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Santa Fe College is a great choice for upcoming college students looking to start small. The friendly atmosphere is a plus! You will always here about ways to get involved, like in student government or in school clubs. So, if you feel like you are the kind of student who likes more personal interactions within the class and the campus this is the right place for you!

    Bang for the buck

    Santa Fe College is a college that understands that college students are there to make it! They wont nickle and dime you!

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being a student at Santa Fe college because of the vibe, many students are from everywhere so it is a multi-cultural setting full of high-energy and fun:)

    Am learning a lot

    Many of the instructors at Santa Fe are very open-minded and fun. A lot of them let you voice how you feel on subjects past and current which makes good discussion in class.

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All Types of Students

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school and I enjoy waking up and going to class

    Bang for the buck

    Small Class sizes, Professors who care, and courses that matter and degrees for me all a great slogan and is not a lie

    Am enjoying being here

    The location is great its just outside of the actual city of Gainesville and is pretty quiet around the school!

    Am learning a lot

    This place is an amazing place... nice faculty and staff, anyone that I have ran into is happy to see me!!

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can register your home number, your cellphone number and email address so you are notified if there is a security problem on campus. I love it.

    Greek Life

    There is none.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student government, Cultural clubs, Art and Music clubs, Zoo, Internation Festivals, and with University of Florida only 5 miles away there is much more for a student to become interested it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type! Does not matter your hobbies or interests, Santa Fe has it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have campuses located in more than 3 surrounding towns. They celebrate all ethnic holidays and much more.

    Bang for the buck

    When it come to cost, especially for a Bachelor's Degree, the cost compared to a University is great. In state it is $330 plus lab fee of $30. This for in state students only. I am not real sure about out of state, but I know it is more.

    What to do for fun

    There is a gym, a baseball team, a student activities building and much more for anyone who is interested in being active in student life.

    Food and Dining

    The food court has three types of food to choose from Latin Cuisine, Domino's Pizza, and Subway. However, the library has a Starbucks and the Book Store has things like sandwiches, yogurt, microwavable lunches, and more.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe has no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not easy but with some time management and good study habits it is easy to keep a good grade point average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not wait till the last minute. If you want to start your education and you live in the Gainesville area then register today.

    In three sentences

    They have great technical and professional degrees. Their teachers are some of the best in their fields and with day and night classes, I can choose classes around my schedule.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    santa fe offers many clubs in which students can participate in. most clubs are specifically for students majors which help students succeed in their major.

    Food and Dining

    santa fe's cafeteria offers three restaurants which are subway, la fortuna ( a latin food restaurant), and dominos.

    Dorm Life

    there aren't dorms for santa fe college, but there are many affordable apartments around santa fe's location.

    Academic Rigor

    santa is a college and requires studying to pass classes. it offers an honors program for those who qualify.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to do well on your sat's, act's and cpt to avoid unnecessary classes. also look into the programs it offer.

    In three sentences

    it's a great college that offers many programs which opens a students field of opportunity. it offers programs such as nursing, dental, animal zoo tech, and business programs. these programs often train students for a job with hands on experience in the field they want to work in.

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    Great for these types of students

    students who like free food

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    no unusual traditions

    What to do for fun

    go to the gym

    Tips for prospective students

    study and pay attention in class

    In three sentences

    great school and cheap for in state majors as well as housing 5-10 miles away from the school

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 111

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    i love going to smoothie planet or shopping at our oaks mall. i love studying at any coffee shop!

    Food and Dining

    gainsville has one of the biggest selections of resturants.

    Academic Rigor

    the education here is excellent!

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be nervous when walking the hallways there is always a teacher or student willing to help. talk with your counselor!

    In three sentences

    santa fe is a very safe school. they try to find the best teachers to offer you the best education and help. the counselors are very helpful in setting up for school.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus crime rate at the main campus is a little sketchy. be careful!

    Bang for the buck

    bowling splitz. uf athletic events. university ave night life!

    What to do for fun

    mall. and uf! lol

    Food and Dining

    not that much of an selection. very limited.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms. student housing is not that good in my opinion. to much crime activity in the apartment complex

    Academic Rigor

    health science department is tough and they lack good teachers. math you have to do your research on ratemyprofessor.com; if not your screwed!

    Tips for prospective students

    get involve as much as possible. there is already a lack of interest in student involvement. plus its a wide spread of ages there so to get in where you fit in your only hope is student government events and functions!

    In three sentences

    it is okay

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    cant name em all but if they dont have it, you can start it!

    Great for these types of students

    any!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    rock cycle garden, natural history and geologic exhibits on campus. geographic and biological sites. math lab for help with homework. student services building has many things in it

    What to do for fun

    join a club!

    Food and Dining

    only three resturants in the food court, a cafe in the library and some convenience snacks at the bookstore but the food court is consistently good!

    Dorm Life

    no dorm. close apartments but would recommend living further away

    Academic Rigor

    some professors are better than others, but i can only tell you what i have heard because all of mine have been exceptional!

    Tips for prospective students

    do your best, get involved and you will see success happen! there are so many clubs on campus! join one!

    In three sentences

    santa fe college is a fantastic institution with wonderful faculty to help you on your academic endeavours. they have a fabulous honors program and many scholarship opportunities. i highly recommend!

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 111

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    it is a wonderful college that i am glad to attend. it is helping me get to my degree in nursing that i would like to get. the college is student oriented, and keep us wanting more education.

  • 02/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's pretty safe and open space of the campus makes me feel comfortable and safe.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am an adult working student, so I don't have time for clubs and activities. They seem to have many clubs though.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like a small setting and who are more relaxed. It is a great place for adult students who want to go back to college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Location is great. Beautiful and quiet place but close to interstate. A lot better than around the University of Florida.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other places, it's very economical. Yet, textbooks they require are very expensive even though some of them were not used in the class.

    What to do for fun

    They seem to have a lot of events. They have nice theater too.

    Food and Dining

    I don't use that at all. There is Starbucks inside the library.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm. There are many nice apartments in the city and around the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depend on a class, but some of them are rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Very nice and beautiful campus. Professors are generally accessible and helpful. Many students target to transfer to University of Florida which is in the same city and is trying to be one of the nation's top ten public universities.

    In three sentences

    It is a small nice college. I have taken classes in the physical class room setting and online setting. I prefer physical ones for the better interactions. Online classes can be boring depending on professors. They need to be more creative for interactions between students and professor.

  • 07/23/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's street lights on most of the paths and emergency call boxes. Saw campus security and normal PD walking around campus and in the parking lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs that you can join from eSantaFe. All different types of clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Teaching Zoo at the NW Campus

    What to do for fun

    Teaching Zoo! Small, but has interesting animals, students work there so very they are understanding and helpful, and IT'S FREE for Santa Fe students.

    Food and Dining

    The book store actually has a bunch of good food. Not sure if there's anywhere else to get food though.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms but I have an apartment that is literally right across the street!

    Academic Rigor

    Not taken any classes yet but I have checked out Rate My Professor and I have friends who attend too.

    In three sentences

    Everyone was very friendly and helpful in answering all of my questions when I toured the college. The Northwest Campus is beautiful and it feels like you're walking in a park between the buildings. I can't wait to start.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is key but campus is small so no much of a threat

    Clubs and Activities

    many clubs not currently part of one.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student

    What to do for fun

    Santa Fe does have a recreation room but again this is college so fun is with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good you have fast food and fresh cook food your choice.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    the Academics is hard but not impossible, but it is college not high school, this is for your future, some things are meant to be work for not breeze through, so when you are done you will feel the accomplishment

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be nervous, just get in sit down and listen study and have fun learning, this is college it is all about you and your future.

    In three sentences

    Strong, intellectual school with teacher devoted to helping you, small class rooms that you can feel comfortable in and don't get lost in the size.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Many crimes have happened since I started attending.

    Greek Life

    Nothing that I have seen.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who need more personal help

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of classes I needed for my degree were cancelled at the last limit & I could not take any alternatives.

    What to do for fun

    There is a rec room with table tennis, pool, TV to hook up your console

    Food and Dining

    Only three restaurants on campus. (Domino's, Subways, & La Fantina)

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers are caring & are willing to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to get your AA in two years, go to classes full time & take some classes in the summer.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a typical community college. There are many things that can be frustrating about the place, but overall it is a good school.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 111

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A lot of guards and police on campus at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs to choose from that are presented at the beginning of every semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to get in and out of class without being interrupted by campaigns and organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    I did get a lot out of my classes, however some of the books that I paid good money for had writing in them already.

    What to do for fun

    There are random things going on around campus all the time. Pay attention to the newsletter so you can be informed.

    Food and Dining

    Limited dining, only had three restaurants to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes and teachers are harder than others. Also, when the teachers give a lot of homework at the same time it becomes overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to pay for your classes on time so you will not be dropped. Check out the planetarium and rock garden around campus. Go visit the zoo on campus as well.

    In three sentences

    Very nice college, and a pretty campus. Teachers will work with you about assignments and absences. Only college around here with a zoo!

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe but events do occur.

    Greek Life

    One honors club.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many.

    Great for these types of students

    Relaxed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jazz band performs in an are between cafeteria and lawn.

    Bang for the buck

    Prices are good I think.

    What to do for fun

    Sports like intramural. Travelings and Student Government.

    Food and Dining

    Not many choices only 3 or 4.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are not serious.

    Tips for prospective students

    No room and board so find a nice apartment nearby. Bus passes come in handy and one is included with tuition. Make friends.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus. Nice class sizes. Fun student Government.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a recreation room in the S building where you can play games and talk with people. I usually walk around to find people to talk with or attend some events.

    Food and Dining

    The food in college is what I consider expensive. There is a small food court that has only three restaurants. Domino's, La Fortuna, and Subway. The best restaurant I would recommend for new comers is Subway. The food is in manageable prince and the quantity is filling. If you want a cheaper deal, you can walk from campus to Wendy's or McDonald's for 15 minutes walk.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are fairly in fair price range. Before getting a place to stay, you would have to get an apartment guide to find the right price. Once you find the right price, you would have to do a tour of that place to see if you feel safe in that place. Once you find that place, you can then move there. First, it will feel really scary because you are new. Then, you will meet new friends and find that they come to college for the same reason as you and you will turn out to have study buddies as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic in the college here depends on the professor and the courses you take. If you take a science class, the course is usually difficult but yet manageable. In these classes, the professor matters the most because there is a huge vary in the type of professor there are for these classes. Some of them are so difficult it is hard to pass. Some of them are so easy and getting an A is a joke.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you ever want to come to this college, make sure that you are well planned. This college is what I would call a second chance for those who was not able to enter in the University after high school. This will give you an opportunity to make up your grades, and be able to transfer quickly.

    In three sentences

    I think that the opinion of the college would vary based on the person and experiences each person had. My experience here was not the best. I had lots of issues that took place that affected my grades in this college.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus of the college is not very safety. Everybody can get to the university very easily and nobody will ask for your IDs to be sure that the person that is getting in really study there. I didn't have any bad experiences there yet, but I think that the people who work in the college should do something about it before something bad happen.

    What to do for fun

    In Santa Fe Community College you can do a lot of things. For example, the students have a free gym, they only need to have their ID and they can use it every day for free. An other activities students can do are: plant trees, enjoy Christians conversations, take art classes, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Santa Fe Community College has a big food court. There you can find different types of food. Some restaurants are healthy like Subway and others have typical food of Latin America and American food, too. This Latin restaurant is there because of the large number of people form South America studying in Santa Fe Community College.Also, there is a Starbucks where students can relax and study inside of the library.

    Dorm Life

    I never had a dorm life in college because I studied for one semester in the ELI (English Language Institute) in UF and then I went to Santa Fe Community College. I found a good roommate, she is from Latin America too so we get along very well. I never wanted to change my roommate so I never search information about the dorms in my college. Furthermore, it wasn't mandatory to stay the first year of college in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise the future students to first study in a community college and then go to the university they want to go. Being in a community college has a lot of advantages, for example: if the person just finished high school and is not ready to leave his or her family and house, they can study in a community college that could be close to his or her house for two years. In addition, community colleges are cheaper than the other universities so is a way to save money, too.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a very good college, specially for international students. When you are an international student and English is not your first language, being in a community college is the best option. The classes are smaller than in the big universities in the United States, so it helps a lot to understand what the teacher is explaining in the class. Also, Santa Fe has a good level of education and that's why I'm so happy studying there.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Santa Fe alert system is sure to alert students of possible threats in the area and keep them informed.

    Clubs and Activities

    Christians on Campus meets every Monday on campus and is a great way to meet new people.

    What to do for fun

    Sports complex, zoo, lakes for fishing, parks, University of Florida, and the Oaks Mall.

    Food and Dining

    There is a Starbucks on campus and plenty of food places nearby. Most students take advantage of the Publix right next to campus.

    Dorm Life

    Because Santa Fe is a community college, there aren't any dorms. But, there are plenty of apartments nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors take their jobs seriously, as most of them live and breathe their professions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Santa Fe is a great small school with lots of activities to do nearby. University of Florida hopefuls can easily transfer over after a few semesters here. Get involved in campus activities.

    In three sentences

    Quiet campus life and distance from downtown Gainesville, FL offers students a peaceful semester. Students have the option to stay around campus to focus on their studies, or drive a few miles to the busy University of Florida. The professors are available to help students on a regular basis.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not lately random acts of crime have been going around

    Greek Life

    none its a Jr college

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a lot if u name it they have it

    Great for these types of students

    young right out of high school and a few others

    Bang for the buck

    I guess

    What to do for fun

    im not sure im not on campus much

    Food and Dining

    there are 3 restaurants you can have pizza, Latin food, and subway.

    Dorm Life

    there is no dorm but the closest student living apartment is across the street and i wouldn't go there in the day time at alone live there.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you turn in all your paper work, copies of everything and remember the names of the people u turn you papers in to.

    In three sentences

    there are small class. Avg. teachers for the most part but there are some that will go out of there way to help you. The Fin Aid office SUCKS.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a police department on campus with 24 hour service.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many Clubs and activities including Zoociety, which i participated in while I was in the zoo program there. Health clubs, Psychology clubs and many more. They even have Zumba and yoga classes which are super fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Like I said before, the zoo is a great place to go visit. It is called the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. They also have opportunities for students to save money or help them out, such as the Gainesville Food Harvest. This allows for students to get a certain amount of baked goods and bread for free and even canned foods if needed. They also have a thrift store where you can get shirts or pants for $1.

    What to do for fun

    This college has a wonderful zoo which is also a teaching zoo for students to learn how to be a zoo keeper. There is also a planetarium which is great as well.

    Food and Dining

    The College provides with a good selection of fast food at their cafeteria. There is also a grocery store very near where i can go buy my food.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the apartment complex across from campus and i have had the same roommates who i get along with quite well. It is a good walking distance so no need for driving.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always get involved in whatever you can. The college provided many activities for students weekly. There are also many clubs to join.

    In three sentences

    This College has a great atmosphere on campus. There are a wide variety of academics that give you great opportunities in. The education is more intimate then others allowing for better learning one on one unlike large classes with over one hundred students.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are three different departments on campus: Santa Fe police, Alachua County police, and Gainesville PD. They won't get in your way but are there when you need them. For example, studying late in the library? Call their office and they will give an escorted ride on their golf cart to your car.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 60 intramural sports to be involved in and over 180 clubs and organizations. There is really something for everyone to be involved in. It is an excellent wait to meet people who share your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is very flexible and is great for the working student. Online classes are always available and you can even take hybrid classes, menaing you come on campus once a week to class and the rest of the time, your work is online. You can arrange your schedule to only take classes on certain days. It is really designe dto work for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Santa Fe is very reasonably priced as far as tuition goes. It is way cheaper than big name universities like UF. Gainesville is also relatively cheap town to live in. Your money goe sfar here.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Gainesville! Check out Santa Fe sports teams as well as the Gator teams. Go to the zoo or the plantetarium on Santa Fe's campus. Join a club or an intramural team. Go our dancing in downtown Gainesville or hit up the bars in mid-town across from the swamp. You can enjoy the day at the lake. There is even a rock gym in town. The possibilities are endless!

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of unique places with local flare to eat in Gainesville and you can always find your favorite chain restaurants as well.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe College does not have dorms so all housing is off campus. However, there are a numbe rof apartment complexes close by and within walking distance and Gainesville has no shortage or apartment options.

    Academic Rigor

    College classes can be difficult but the professors here really make an effort to help students succeed. The class size average 28 students to 1 professor so your professor will know your name and there are plenty of scheduled offic hours per credit hour of class and Santa Fe offers free tutoring the writing and math labs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and take advantage of everything they have to offer! With your Santa Fe ID you can get free tutoring, ride the RTS bus system for free, and get into the zoo, gym, and planetarium on campus for free. Intramurals and student organizations and clubs look great on applications and are a great way to meet people with common interests.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College wa sthe best decison I could have made! There are so many things to get involved in on campus from intramurals sports team, such as beach volleyball, to student organizations like the organic gardeners club. All the professors here are so pleasant and mor ethan happy to help out and guarantee success.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Santa Fe is very safe! The campus police are there 24/7 and will help you with anything you need from wanting to be walked to your car late at night to giving your car a jump if necessary! They're pretty awesome.

    Greek Life

    This is not really their strong point, but it isn't bad. You may also join at the University of Florida. They have many more options.

    Clubs and Activities

    Santa Fe has a dance programs, art programs, test prep programs and so much more! I was so overwhelmed with the list when it was handed it to me; I circled about twelve things off of the list!

    Great for these types of students

    If you like the homey feeling then this is definitely the college for you. The college life is not that far away though! It's right around the corner at the University of Florida!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, the campus is sort of small. Everything is like, right there! Though some may hate it, I actually think I'm going to grow to love it. If your running late, you don't have to run very far!

    Bang for the buck

    The school's scenery is AMAZING! I promise, if you'd ever want to do a photo shoot, you'd find a place on campus and do it there. They keep the grass cut, the buildings and parking lot painted and also, there are many free- drawn paintings on the walls around the school. That really made the school feel different, yet comfortable for me.

    What to do for fun

    Actually I go to the mall and have lots of fun! The skating rink is usually awesome and you can't forget about the parties! Everything is located very close together so you should rarely ever be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is fairly small and they only have about three or four restaurants in them. Make sure you don't eat there everyday or you will indeed, get bored with the minimum choices.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life only gets three stars because they don't have dorms. That isn't all bad though! They offer to help you find furnished housing at very low cost. They've got some great deals in this city.

    Academic Rigor

    Many professors had attended this school. Just about all of them were on the verge of giving up on attending college at all! Luckily, they came across this school. They personally help you in anyway necessary with the tutor programs and clubs they offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have every bit of your paper work sent in personally! Also, make sure you've applied for financial aid in order for things to run smoothly.

    In three sentences

    When I went for orientation I loved every minute of this tour. Everyone smiled as I walked by and many were willing to help me find my destination. The students and faculty were very patient and determined to help this lost freshman.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are all sorts of clubs. I, in particular, participated in the intrmurals. There is also a zoo and a planetarium!

    Food and Dining

    They have the BEST food court. They have a little bit of everything for every ones taste. There is no reason to go hungry here.

    Dorm Life

    There were no dorms at this college.

    Academic Rigor

    They do prepare you to succeed in any other institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to focus on your studies. Live around the school so you are never to far away from your college environment. And take advantage of everything that it has to offer.

    In three sentences

    This was a great school, it allowed me to become a gator at the University of Florida. The atmosphere was motivational and the college provided everything you neeeded to succeed. The groups and clubs of people were diverse and I found my place.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    As with any college, it really depends on your major. The teachers generally want to help you get a better grade and are mostly very capable.

    In three sentences

    Great class sizes and readily-available advisers. The online class scheduling system is nice, and there is a good academic environment at the school. The campus is compact and the only issue may come in the quality of upper-level professors.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Fishing and equestrian horseback riding.

    Food and Dining

    I cook for myself and family. We have a budget we have to still too. so we don't dine out that much.

    Dorm Life

    I live in my own house

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not much on being a book worm, I have to force myself to study and tell myself I like certain subjects. I like hands on things and when we have labs at school. Anatomy class was the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep trying no matter what, the road is hard, but that is what the journey is all about. If you want something fight for it, stand beside it, and hold true to it. Always tell yourself you can, even when it seems like you can't. YOUR DREAM WAS PUT IN YOU FOR A REASON.

    In three sentences

    I never wanted to go college and didn't care much for school, until I had my first child. Santa Fe has given me an opportunity to change my mind and my value on how important an education really is. I have dreams and futures to provide for my children and also myself.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police keep the environment safe for all students and staff.

    Greek Life

    There are greek clubs available but I am not familiar with the organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are available for students to get involved and network.

    Great for these types of students

    Santa Fe is great for all types of students and it is a great portal for UF.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every once in a while there would be an issue with someone wandering on campus to commit a theft but campus police are pretty good at stopping all criminal activity.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is great for the tuition cost. Cheaper than a lot of other schools.

    What to do for fun

    There are usually a good number of campus activities going on and sports to play.

    Food and Dining

    The campus cafeteria is nice and offers a good variety of foods choices.

    Dorm Life

    NA no dorms available but their are two apartment complexes that are within walking distance from campus which are under the school's umbrella. They are Santa Fe Crossing and Santa Fe Trace.

    Academic Rigor

    The educational standard is set high because of UF's prescence so don't expect classes to be easy. Apply yourself and seek whatever help needed to achieve your academic success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on time for classes and labs because your instructors pay attention to that. Do not take your education for granted and go to classes and labs. Arrive early to campus especially on the first day of each semester because parking will be hard to find.

    In three sentences

    Santa fe offers a great education. The staff and teachers are helpful. Santa Fe's campus is nice but I wish the campus was bigger and more modern.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Had a lot of people running around doing crazy stuff but the police were always on top of it!!

    What to do for fun

    Night life is nut in Gainesville!!

    Food and Dining

    Never ate here but seemed good.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the best teachers I ever had teaches here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start early and don't hold anything off.

    In three sentences

    Great college just need help in the fin aid department.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Emergency phone booths, student watch, on and off campus security 24/7.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Government, Saints for Sustainability, Carribean club, Gay and Straight Alliance, Hispanic and Latino club, Organic Gardeners, My Brothers Keeper, Nerd Society, The Republicans, Psychology club, French club etc.

    Great for these types of students

    All diversities, high school, GED, Single mothers, even retirees.

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable for in state students, not so much for out of state students.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Fe is always offering free trips to local or surrounding colleges, water park trips, on campus amateur night, movie night, or you can just hook up with friends after school and hang out.

    Food and Dining

    Could provide more healthy foods (subway doesn't count).

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Level of work just a bit above any students comfort level.

    Tips for prospective students

    *Get involved *Study *Only take on what you know you can handle *Enjoy the experience and have fun

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College has many available resources. Professors are very dedicated in helping their students. There are always fun activities going on and free food.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Dairy Queen, Burger King, and Wendys are within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    There are apartments within walking distance called Santa Fe Trace Apartments but I didn't live there.

    Academic Rigor

    If you apply yourself you'll make it through and every professor I knew was more than happy to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go see the acedemic advisors. Look at the payment plans Santa Fe offers if you're tight on money.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is a good stepping stone for UF or to transfer to other schools. The classes are between 20 and 30 which makes it more personal. It's an all-around good college.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are constantly campus police officers around and if a student ever wants an escort to their car they just have to call the non-emergency line.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Fe has numerous clubs and intramural activities that students can join.

    Food and Dining

    I did not have a chance to try the cafeteria food, but what I heard from other students the food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, it is a community, junior college.

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Fe requires committed students who are there to learn, not just party. If each student pays attention in class and does the required outside the classroom work, they will pass with no problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to open up in your classes. The classes are small and the teachers like students who are eager to learn new things.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a very supportive and education driven school. This past year that I have spent in the dance department was full of support and encouragement. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The school has plenty of clubs and organizations to join. Students are more than happy to welcome you into their circle!

    Food and Dining

    Santa Fe has a small selection of food but a decent variety from healthy food to ethnic.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe does not offer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not all that difficult, however they are more challenging than your typical high school class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid of taking on a heavy load. The professors are more than willing to help you out. Every teacher responds quickly to emails and loves having visitors during office hours.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is a great school to attend before heading off to a big university. The classes are small and the professors are all willing to take the time to teach you everything you need to know. The campus is small enough to walk from class to class and lunch is located right on site!

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Quite a few thefts and even a kidnapping-at-gun point incident occurred in my first year... I think they installed security cameras and stuff, though. Just be smart and don't walk alone at night, etc.

    Greek Life

    Wouldn't know

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for everyone... I'm in the psych club and we do lots of stuff.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are lots of events and such going on every day.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not that expensive

    What to do for fun

    It's Gainesville.... there are clubs, bowling alleys, the mall, everything, really.

    Food and Dining

    Never been to the cafeteria place, but they have a Starbucks... so 5 stars.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms...

    Academic Rigor

    My classes are hard, but the basic A.A. ones aren't.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're confused about anything or unhappy with your schedule, make sure you either further question your adviser or speak to someone else. Look up your professors on ratemyprofessor.com before you take a class; I didn't know about that and I failed math due to my awful professor.

    In three sentences

    The advisers aren't very helpful. The campus is nice. Class sizes aren't tiny, but they're not really huge and scary.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ones who like smaller classrooms, or who don't wanna get too far from home if they live close by

    What to do for fun

    There's stores all over the city!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus, but apartments are pretty close by

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very helpful, the teachers and satff are there to help you

    Tips for prospective students

    Just because they accept basically everyone doesn't mean that you still shouldn't try to keep your grades up. Also, don't underestimate it's size

    In three sentences

    I've been here so many times, and it never gets old. It's a really nice campus and you can feel safe there. Also, the staff that's there is really helpful so feel free to ask them questions!

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Check out the school website at SFCollege.edu or visit for a tour.

    Food and Dining

    If the food was cheaper it would be amazing but besides that Subway, Dominoes, and the spanish food is always freash.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in one and does not apply to this college

    Academic Rigor

    Interacting with your teachers is always a plus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the best you can do and take advantage of good oppertunites.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College has been wonderful to me. I have received a few amazing teachers that has helped me increase my knowledge. Although the vending machines and food court could be slightly cheaper.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Since much of Santa Fe's staff is also employed at the University, the education we receive is comparable to that of UF but still at the cost of a Florida state college. I have been able to work and afford my own education.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Fe College offers many clubs and activities for students. One of my favorites is their theater program, open to all students not just theater majors or those who pass auditions. Santa Fe has not only provided me with an amazing education, but gave me a unique college experience I will never forget!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria on-campus has several windows offering various culinary options. The dining area has ample seating and is a fine place to meet new people or visit with your friends. Additionally, there are several restaurants in the surrounding campus areas.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe College does not offer dorms but they have safe, affordable and beautiful apartments just off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors at SFC are either current or former University professors. They want to see their students excel when they make that transfer. The professors push and support their students academically and provide them with a quality education.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is necessary to communicate with your professors! Office hours are clearly stated on the first day of class and the professors at SFC make themselves readily available to their students. The biggest advice I can give is to study hard and use your professors as a resource!

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is an excellent facility for continued education and a preparatory stepping stone for future university students. The amenities and staff have supported me through my educational career and will be able to confidently thrust me into the next level of my education. I owe the functionality of my future to Santa Fe College.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Santa fe had a police station right on campus! They have a lot of cameras and street lamps for night students. They also send out a yearly report on criminal incidences on every campus Santa Fe has.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, there is no Greek life on Santa Fe's campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Santa Fe has lots and lots of clubs! From the Nerd Club to the Graphic Design club, Santa Fe has it all.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for first time students, from highschool graduates to older people returning to school for a college degree. This college is also great for the slow going and relaxed type.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Santa Fe does have an unusual location called the rock garden. It's a garden of the different types of rocks and gives you insight into how they're formed.

    Bang for the buck

    Has the best price per-class for in state students. It also has free financial aid advice and gives out a list of free scholarships each week.

    What to do for fun

    There is a student game room which a pool table, computers, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, a flat screen T.V., and a sound system.

    Food and Dining

    They do have a food court, but it only has three restraunt.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms, but there are apartments near by (like right across the street).

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are small and can be easy depending on the professor. If you go to rateyourprofessor.com you can see which ones are hard and which ones are easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    When getting ready to apply for financial aid, make sure you get to the financial aid office early! It is always busy! Also, make sure you apply for classes as soon as possible because they go fast!

    In three sentences

    Good start for college freshmen, medium sized campus is just right for transferring into a major college! Has great programs for all majors! It also is a friendly and fun lovely college with free food, games, and music during special occasions.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Its a college town so there's plenty to do! Going out at night, farmers markets, festivals, local springs and hiking, great town.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get good teachers, because there are some great ones! Especially in the art dept.

    In three sentences

    Great school, small class sizes, attentive teachers, rigorous and interesting classes. Love it here!

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a campus-wide alert system via cell phone. If anything regarding safety is a concern you will receive a text of call from the police department on campus.

    Greek Life

    There isn't any Greek life available.

    Great for these types of students

    Santa Fe College is great for those looking to transfer to a four-year university. It is also great for those interested in pursing distance education, as they offer many online course, and for those looking to pursue various technical certificates.

    What to do for fun

    That would depend upon your tastes and preferences. There are many clubs and activities to become involved with, from religious organizations, to academic clubs, to sports teams.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. There aren't many options, but those available are good.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available.

    Academic Rigor

    If you put in the time and effort you will do well, and if you are struggling there is always help available to you. Most of the classes I've taken haven't been really difficult, but they are often time consuming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Santa Fe College is known as the gateway to the Gators because many students go on to transfer to the University of Florida less than 10 miles away. So it's a great school to attend if you're looking to transfer to a university. But regardless of whether you are looking to transfer, make the most of your time by getting involved with some of the many student organizations, and always ask for help when you need it.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is a great school with a lot of opportunities for those who wish to get involved with academic and/or community projects. All of my professors have been extremely supportive and helpful. The students are nice and the atmosphere is great!

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great value!!

    What to do for fun

    Close to amusement parks, beaches, springs, waterparks, concert venues, museums, and so much mroe

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of restaurants to choose from on campus and close by

    Dorm Life

    No dorms but lots of college living close by

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are as easy or as hard as you want to make them. There are plenty of free resources to help you in any subject

    Tips for prospective students

    Get with an adviser about the right classes and schedule for you. Don't be afraid of online classes

    In three sentences

    Online Classes are great and widely varied. Instructors are friendly and know their subjects. Other students are excited about their journey. Administration is willing to help you along the way.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school makes sure to block off any unsafe walkways during rainy days or that might be damaged.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of clubs and extracurricular activities that suit many student's interests. There's also sports team like football or baseball.

    Food and Dining

    There is a food court in the center of the school with many food options and a Starbucks in the library.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is quite easy to understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's best to know ahead of time where your classes are and to arrive ten to fifteen minutes early to each class. Get to know your classmates because they can be very helpful whenever you don't understand something, and also, don't be afraid to ask questions. Try to schedule some one-on-one time with your teachers to ask any additional questions if needed.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a respectable school with many great opportunities and options. Classes are fairly easy and students can very friendly. It is also a great school to go to for one-on-one learning with teachers.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Seems to be a good looking mall near campus. Girls get your wallets out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your eyes on the prize. Go to the school you think will fit you best.

    In three sentences

    This school looks amazing. I will be attending Summer of 2013. Its conveniently located right outside of UF. Can't wait for tailgating during football season.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At one time I was the transportation, parking, and safety director and from my personal experience and work I can state that Santa Fe College is huge on safety and the atmosphere that the campus displays. There are many safety awareness programs, hot lines, and opportunities that the campus offers for free! This list will only continue to grow.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an activity at least once a week large enough to draw crowds of hundred(s) as well as small activities almost daily. To become involved in clubs is fairly easy student government and presidents of clubs are always posting involvement sheets throughout campus and do receive a lot of inquiries.

    Great for these types of students

    All students with one visit to campus one would see their are all kinds of students on campus with no judgement or discrimination. This is a welcoming campus that makes education more desired.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have several locations throughout Gainesville and its surrounding areas to supported its students means and their need for education. Their are not any unusual traditions to my knowledge, however, for the wide body of students we are very united.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education of the cost of classes and extras that are on campus! In addition the classes are rather small giving students an advantage to learn and compete

    What to do for fun

    On campus I'm doing activities to support student government or participating in club events. This allows me to reach out to more students and fulfill more needs around campus. At home I tend to build clocks or engines.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is somewhat small, though, the variety of food applys to all students and is full most of the day.

    Dorm Life

    None

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers and coursework are excellent. Very challenging work, yet its interesting and fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    The three big things I would recommend are: meet with a student advisor ever so often (especially when signing up for classes), join either student government or a student club, and understand the goal your pursuing to gain all the help you can.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is a unique school filled with diversity, a need for higher education, and involvement. From my experiences on campus I have found guidance, acceptance, and knowledge. With my two years of attending this college I'm happy with the choice I made.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On sight police station and constant patrol. Just me, they are there.

    Greek Life

    Yes.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it its here.

    Great for these types of students

    First time, career change, first time of any age.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SFC has many satellite facilities throughout the City, County and surrounding Counties making the availability of attending easier.

    Bang for the buck

    SFC college sends more students to the University of Florida. Smaller classes provide more one on one with professors. Ease of commute is notable with public transit service available from 6 am to 10 pm.

    What to do for fun

    SFC features a state of the art student recreation center with all sorts of activities, lounge and computer lab on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are close by eateries. There is a subway and pizza parlor onsite.

    Dorm Life

    Doesn't apply here.

    Academic Rigor

    SFC is a serious college. Academic rigor traditionally is dictated by mostly the Professor followed by the content of the actual course. Therefore its subjective when rating on a scale such as this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus with an Ambassador. You are shown the in's and out's. Register as early as possible. Go to class and make time to study.

    In three sentences

    Excellent gateway to graduate school. Smaller intimate classes. Top notch student learning labs and facilities.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to be involved in the academic college life but like the small classroom environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has a zoo; it is very peaceful to go on breaks to clear your mind of school work.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the in college zoo to take a break from school work.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is good; there is subway, pizza hut, and home cooked food also.

    Dorm Life

    The college doesn't have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very willing to help if you show them that you are willing to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in the many events.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is an all opportunity college that gives the best choices if your interested in the Medicine field. The radiography program is a great program that gets the students involved. I have enjoyed my first semester so far.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Santa Fe college have clubs and events that many students can join.

    Food and Dining

    dominos subway

    Dorm Life

    no dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Great classes and teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you see a academic advisor before registering for classes. The advisors help you map out everything and they answer all your questions.

    In three sentences

    Staff at santa fe helps students. Many resources to help students out. Award winning teachers and school.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you like small schools where you are more than just a student ID number this is your school. Have fun but make sure you attend class and do your work.

    In three sentences

    I am enjoying the Santa Fe College campuses. They have nice clean facilities. I would recommend this school for others!

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security is great here with campus police always patrolling and a station in the back parking lot.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many great clubs and activities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like small class size. individual attention from teachers, and students who need to save money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    There is a lot of bang for your buck the teachers are all very good and the price of the school will definitely help people save money on there first two years of school.

    What to do for fun

    There is a great rec room on campus with pool tables, ping pong, video games, cable tv, and card games.

    Food and Dining

    The food court located on campus has good food and a decent selection. There are also good dining options that are about a 10 minute walk away.

    Dorm Life

    There is are no dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes on campus try to go beyond the basics and teach in a very thorough manner to cover all bases on the subject that is being taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check where your classes are located so that you don't leave your self with 5 minutes to walk across the campus.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy the class sizes at Santa Fe because if you need a questioned answered they can respond. I also like the courteous staff and teachers that help you out with any problems. Finally the campus rec room is great place to meet people and pass time between classes.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    they have a dominos and a subway.

    Dorm Life

    there aren't any dorms attached to this school

    In three sentences

    I love Santa Fe!! the class sizes are small which makes it easier for teachers to focus on their students.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    About once a year there is a fight or a robbery. In the past few, there has been one kidnapping. Fortunately there are vigilant Santa Fe Police who actively patrol. At every major intersection of pedestrian traffic, there is an emergency beckon, a button that may be pressed to signal the authorities. There is an excellent alert system that sends out notifications when a crime has taken place. For this reason, transparency of what violent crime occurs is excellent.

    Greek Life

    Phi Kappa Theta is the only greek group at Santa Fe. There is little Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a diverse spread of clubs and activities to choose from. Notably is the environmentalist organization Saints for Sustainability which not only has excellent attendance but also partners with the Suwannee -- St. Johns chapter of the Sierra Club.

    Great for these types of students

    It is perfect for anyone looking for a high-quality nursing program, anyone looking into emergency medical services, and anyone who wants to get their toes wet before diving into the full-blown university experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Hare Krishnas have quite a presence on campus. They serve food, and, should you take the right courses, they will be taking classes right along-side you. Enjoy their positive disposition, and broaden your horizons by getting to know these kind and jovial people.

    Bang for the buck

    Your education here is what you make of it. Should you do your research, take challenging courses from passionate professors, and invest yourself in your education, this is likely the best place for you.

    What to do for fun

    Participate in any of the many clubs. There are many active student-run organizations with high-quality leadership that always love to have new participants. Multiple times every month there are events that occur in the common green space at the heart of campus.

    Food and Dining

    For its size, Santa Fe offers a decent variety of foods from vendors such as Subway and Dominos. The Hare Krishnas also vend excellent cuisine at lunch time for a very reasonable price. The lunch area is spacious and located centrally on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The Crossings at Santa Fe is a safe, gated community of other students who are also going to Santa Fe. Keep in mind that Santa Fe is not a party school, and is quite distant from the down-town college life that is more accessible from the University of Florida.

    Academic Rigor

    You have the opportunity to learn from professors who will teach you the material to mastery, or you can coast through with teachers for whom you barely have to show up. It's up to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Have a plan, even a basic plan, from the get-go. It is absolutely imperative that you have a solid Idea of your education goals as you progress through your education. 2. Thoroughly research your professors. Do not be tempted to take the professors with the easiest rating (such as on Rate My Professor and other websites). Santa Fe can either provide you with a phenomenal education or one that is substandard if measured against a school such as UF. 3. Use your time there to feel out perspective career opportunities. Particularly if you are going into a health or vocational program, you are going to have access to some of the most influential people in your region. Get to know your professors well during the course of your program, and let them point you in the right direction as you exit your program.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College provides an excellent opportunity for both students looking for a small environment to kick-start their ascent into the realm of higher education and students looking into careers vocational or health related. Santa Fe College sets the regional standard with their general education courses, many professors from the University of Florida teach part-time at Santa Fe College, and their nursing program. As for nursing, Santa Fe College sets the bar even higher, such that the University of Florida is to phase-out its nursing program directing prospective students to, instead, choose Santa Fe College's as their desired institution.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is definitely safe. If something ever happens students are contacted immediately and we have our own campus police station. Security isn't a problem and even at night campus is pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    The is no greek life on campus but Phi Theta Kappa is one of the Honor Societies on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many sports on campus. Clubs are always inviting new people in and have tables around campus set up at least once a week. Overall, the campus has a wide range of clubs and sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Santa Fe is great for ALL types of students. The Honors Program is great for the students that are extremely motivated and professors always encourage students to do good. So even if you're not an outstanding students professors will be there for you to help you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since I'm still a freshman I still don't know any of these weird traditions. I'd say that we have a zoo and planetarium on campus. So if you ever get bored then you still can find something to do.

    Bang for the buck

    If you want to safe money this school is for you. The professors are great and the classes are good too. If trying to safe money and transfer to a big university this school is good for you.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is very active. They often provide activities for students to do. Sports and clubs definitely help to keep the campus fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food court is small but it has the basic for the students' needs. At least once a week the campus offers free food which helps the students' pocket. Definitely, can eat almost every for free on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live in the campus housing but all the students that live there have negative comments about the apartment complex. There's many places around town that students can live in and they're nicer. Transportation around town is free for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are small and students are encouraged to be successful in their classes. Teachers are willing to help. The school overall pushes students to be productive and still succeed in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely go there if you're trying to save money and if you're not sure if Gainesville is right for you. Small classes help students get a better grasp of the subjects. You can get involve with many things on campus.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a great school if you're planning on transferring to the University of Florida but don't know what you want to major in yet. Professors are great and classes are small. The variety of classes are nice and for a community college the campus is very active and always has activities going on.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Santa Fe Police Department is prompt, highly responsive, and always patrolling the campus. Due to its educational aspect as well, the program/department is always growing.

    Bang for the buck

    If residing in the city, it might be a good idea to get a bus pass, or a bike. Both save on gas for personal vehicles, and allows for a little sight seeing.

    What to do for fun

    Residents or visitors have the options of Mid-Town, which is home to the famous Swamp restaurant, along with bars and clubs such as Gator City and 101 Cantina. For a more adult evening, downtown is home to several clubs like :08 and Skyy.

    Food and Dining

    On-campus, there is a cafeteria that serves Subway, Pizza Hut, and other food shops. There is also the Krishna group that serves their delicacies around noon on most days. Being such a college town, there are plenty of choices for food. From fast-food places like Burger King and Arby's, to sit down restaurants such as The Olive Garden and B.J's

    Dorm Life

    No dorms for this growing college. However, there are plenty apartments and condos around that contour to the college lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    With a smaller class size, the professors are able to develop a more personable relationship with their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to campus early to avoid parking problems. Visit professors in between classes/off-time to get additional help. For a getaway, the third level of the library is quiet enough to hear a pin drop.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is a great gateway for students who are looking at getting into the University of Florida. With smaller classrooms, there is the ability to seek additional help outside of class if needed. Also, being so close to the University, students can go to home games and run around the university's huge campus.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Call the college and plan an interview. Make a check list of what to bring to your interview ie: a portfolio, ID, proof of residency, high school transcripts and desire. Look for an apartment close to the college and sign a lease with 2,3 or 4 other college students via roommate matching. Complete your FASFA

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is greater than I ever anticipated. The teachers and professors are the best in the country, they care about you as an individual and have your best interest first. I got 4 of my hometown friends to attend Santa Fe, there isn't a college that compares in campus, professors, activities, theatre and arts.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is a big issue.. We have had some pretty scary encounters on campus. It's best not to travel alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons and tons of clubs. They really hammer you with club options. Students who get involved, succeed!

    Great for these types of students

    Any kind of student really. Hard working and the slackers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a zoo. And a planetarium.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are looking for good grades, yes. Textbook store is a RIP off.

    What to do for fun

    College life is really supported by the University of Florida. Lots of stuff to do downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Some good restaurants around town.... Not so much on campus. We have 3 restaurants and a Starbucks. No fine dining unless you really like Subway and Dominos.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms on campus. However there are lots of Student Living apartment complexes in town

    Academic Rigor

    Classes, like I said, are relatively easy. Really small class sizes which I really like. Most of the professors genuinely care about your academic achievement. It's much like high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes are relatively easy. This is my 4th semester at Santa Fe and I can tell you, ATTENDANCE IS NECESSARY. I have taken full-time credits since I started at SFC and I have had maybe 2 professors who did not take an attendance grade.

    In three sentences

    Parking is a mother if you know what I mean. Campus is pretty easy to navigate except the buildings aren't in letter order like you would expect them to be. Some of the professors are awful. I would seriously suggest doing research before picking your professors.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police is relatively heavy and quick to respond. If anything big happens, a mass text and phone alert is sent to all students. (ie; armed thief on run, wearing black shirt.)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For the smokers: You have your own smoking huts, but you are expected to keep your smoke in those locations.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is obviously considerably less than a University, but I feel I still receive a good education!

    What to do for fun

    On Campus: Various clubs/groups, dance and musical performances occasionally. Off Campus: Mall, Hippodrome, Movie Theater, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Santa Fe does offer a small food court consisting of Dominos, Subway, and La Fortuna. Picnic tables are arranged all over campus for studying or eating. I prefer eating off campus :) The mall is only 10-15min away.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe College does not offer dorms. There are a few nearby apartment complexes (although not the safest from what I hear). It's a short drive from almost anywhere in town though, so just find a location you like!

    Academic Rigor

    This totally varies from teacher to teacher even within a single course! My friend and I took the same course with different teachers, his workload was much more rigorous than mine! Just check ratemyprofessors :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Carpool with a friend; sign up for the carpool lot pass, it's free and insures quick parking! Don't park in any colored lines/designated spots, you WILL be ticketed. Wait to purchase books till after first class, some teachers omit or change books on their own.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is known for it's small class sizes, which I LOVE. Math and writing labs are open to all students for free tutoring. Parking is rough, but not bad when compared to a University!

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    our campus is really safe.

    Greek Life

    i don't know anything about a Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    they have all types of clubs. i was in black student union.

    Great for these types of students

    great for all types of students, from social butterflies to the book worms.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every semester Santa Fe has a fun day where you get to know others. the best location on campus is the cafe. if you want to see and meet people the cafe is where you want to be. it is located in the center of the campus .

    What to do for fun

    Santa Fe has a game room and lots of sports and other things to do during every semester

    Tips for prospective students

    because Santa Fe is a small school, everyone knows everyone, therefore; drama is all over the place but it still is a great school.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a small but great school. most of the teachers are really nice. everyone is very friendly.

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    great inter murals

    What to do for fun

    You can get involved on campus in a variety of clubs and organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and dining and large choice of food to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in a dorm here so I don't know

    Academic Rigor

    The school is easy for most but hard for some. If you work hard you will get A's here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are trying to get your AA this is definitely the place for you.

    In three sentences

    Sante Fe is a great institution that has allowed me to better myself. The teachers are grade A and the faculty is full of genuine, nice people. It is the best community college in the state of Florida for a reason.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    The are a lot of clubs at Santa Fe, finding which one you want to be in will be the real challenge.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of restaurants around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    The campus does not have its own dorms but there are tons of cheap apartments made for college kids.

    In three sentences

    The campus has amazing medical related programs. I plan on taking their nursing program and am extremely excited. The campus does'nt have many students, I know that much, but it just makes it easier to learn.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A few issues.

    Clubs and Activities

    Offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oak Grove!

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent value for your money. All of the classes straight transfer to Universities in Florida for a fraction of the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with student government!

    Food and Dining

    Just a few quick places on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The Honors Program is excellent. Classes are between 10 and 12 students, which offers incredible personal attention. First class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make an effort to get to know your professors. They care, they want to help out, and you are paying them to teach you!

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe offers excellent teachers, small class sizes, and a real chance at a personal education. I found the registration and online components of the classes easily fit into my busy schedule. The classes and work were straightforward and assignments were clear.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe--the occasional idiot roaming through but the peacocks are more of a danger than other people Security will walk you out to your car at night--just send them a text and they will be at your class door when you're ready to go.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Government Honor Fraternities

    Great for these types of students

    Want/need a smaller setting to get used to college. If you are directionally challenged. If you need to work your way through school this is a great place to be. Lots of choices in when you can take classes and you don't HAVE to take a certain number.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Eating lunch with the Hare Khrishnas is a must do. On Monday there is a food pantry open-one item per person and there is also a thrift shop on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The professors really are awesome-if you are considering changing your major or are wondering what to major in they are very reachable. I can walk right in my professors offices just about every single day if I need to.

    What to do for fun

    There are LOTS of free trips offered through the school--humanities trips, wild adventures,etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus has jacked up prices and they don't offer the same prices as they do off campus (no $5 footlongs at Subway and no $1 menu at Wendys,etc). Bring your food or eat off campus. They also shut down the food places early so if you have a late afternoon or night class there is nothing.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms--find an apartment. Read the reviews and be very very careful of where you choose. If you can, live at home. It is quieter and cheaper.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a great small campus--the professors are really good. The classes are much smaller but they still expect the best out of you and you can't sit in the back and hide.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go a few days early if you can to get your ID and Smartcard so you don't have to wait in line. DO NOT get an apartment at the big place just down the road that advertises a lot on campus--it is not safe. Pay attention to the news bulletins--there are lots of free activities, free food, etc on campus.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a great school with lots of staff in place to help you through the registering, paying and book buying experience. The bookstore does online orders so you can just pick up your books-new or used. The counselors really do help with everything. The honors program rocks!

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has recently increased due to a few criminal activities that have happened in the past two years that I have been a student. I always feel safe and have never had any issues, and crime rates are very low in general. Police officers drive around campus, and you can even opt to have an officer accompany you to your vehicle at any time of the day.

    What to do for fun

    There are always many things going on, on campus. From Zumba to free giveaways, it is never boring.

    Food and Dining

    Although there are only three restaurants on campus, they are all very good choices. There is Subway, La Fortuna, and Domino's Pizza. Food service is always pleasant, and prices are fair. The areas are always clean and well-stocked. No complaints.

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Fe College is rigorous and academically challenging but mentally stimulating in a positive way. Being a student at Santa Fe will prepare you for your career in the most challenging/exciting ways possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since more students from Santa Fe College transfer to UF than any other college in the state of Florida, Santa Fe College is academically challenging. My tips for prospective students would be to study hard, take advantage of free tutoring/study labs, stay organized, and always do the extra credit offered by professors!

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is an exciting, upbeat, and mentally-stimulating environment. I am very proud to be a student here at Santa Fe College because it won one of the top ten spots for best colleges in the United States. Santa Fe College highly meets my expectations, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to attend there.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help and get personal with your professors. Many of them want to see you do well.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe has great opportunities for those seeking a transfer degree to the University of Florida. The classes are small and many of the professors also work at UF. I would defiantly look into seeking a degree or transfer degree.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All Kinds of students they have the perfect degree for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Most Defiantly a great investment, you will leave this school with a head full of Usable information for the real world.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy handing out with classmates after class and sharing what we learned to get a solid understanding of the lesson and working in the computer lab with live equipment.

    Food and Dining

    I have not personally had any food on campus, but I have only heard good things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all of your paperwork and applications in early, this is a great school, classes fill quick!

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is the Best college in Florida, hands down. I have only had a positive experience here so far. Great Professors, knowledgeable staff, and students who want to achieve.

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots to do in Gainesville.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good variety of food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't stay in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging courses that push students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like to be pushed and challenged, this is a good school for you.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school that offers many opportunities and challenges. They also give the students all of the resources needed to succeed. They help students find what they like and are good at.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria offers 3 restaurants: Subway, Dominos and a Cuban restaurant. On campus is also the Krishna lunch that moves to various locations on campus throughout the week. The library has a Starbucks. Snacks and microwavable food can be purchased at the bookstore. Several vending machines throughout campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available at Santa Fe College.

    Academic Rigor

    Assignments and projects are excellent for learning, but students can get by with bare minimums.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what's in and what's not, you have to teach yourself taste.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe's digital media program is very well rounded and excellent in learning how to use the software of the business, but the instructors are not real enough. Classes are very easy, and teachers are not blunt. It only hurts a student's jobs prospects if a teacher fails in their responsibility to tell them what is wrong with their projects.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs. Baseball. Basketball.

    Great for these types of students

    Wishing to transfer.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs sports.

    Food and Dining

    limited

    Dorm Life

    none

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all the school amenities most are free.

    In three sentences

    Excellent school. Tough but not too hard. Helps with transfer requirements.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police station on campus but a girl still got robbed in broad day in the parking lot and idk if they ever caught the guy.

    Clubs and Activities

    I didn't even join anything because after everything that happened here I just wanted to leave asap.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people that want a college degree for doing almost nothing at all. The classes are filled with tiny old desks that are big enough for 1 arm and people are like 1 foot away from you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Your attendence is part of your overall grade. Professors here take it personal if you don't attend class like you are insulting them or something. This place is like a middle school I am still shocked by how different it was when I actually got in the classroom.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the worst decisions I have made in my life. Every semester there was some sort of ridiculous situation involving financial aid that was the fault of a SF employee. None of these people are held accountable or even apologize. It's like they do it on purpose. Once again, you are allowed to use notes on tests I'm pretty sure a 10 year old can graduate from SF. Seriously not worth moving out here to attend this school you will be disappointed.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do in the area you have to go downtown by UF. I wouldn't say there is anything fun around this area unless you like walgreens and burger king and gas stations...and publix.

    Food and Dining

    I only went to the starbucks in the library.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the santa fe area and it's more ghetto than anything.

    Academic Rigor

    I had 1 class that was actually like college. The rest were so easy I felt like I shouldn't even go to school anymore. We were literally allowed to use notes on tests with word for word answers on them. No wonder their graduation rate is so high they literally give you the answers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go somewhere else.

    In three sentences

    I would not attend this school again unless someone paid me a lot of money. This school does not prepare you for university coursework. No idea how it would be considered a smart choice or how it is ranked as a top 10 school in America this place really hurt my life and put me through a lot of unnecessary situations.

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Spending time with family.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent and always clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Scale of 1 - 10. 10 being the greatest. I rate it a 10.

    Tips for prospective students

    Strive and you will have no problems with succeeding.

    In three sentences

    The best school in the world.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining and food is very poor at school, students don't have many choices and there are only three places you can eat at the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Never have lived in a dorm

    Academic Rigor

    I am very glad to be a student at Santa fe College. Not only the campus is clean and green but the professors actually take the time to listen to you and make sure you pass the class.Do your homework, attend class, follow instructions and you'll succeed

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework, attend class, follow instructions and you'll succeed

    In three sentences

    I am very glad to be a student at Santa fe College. Not only the campus is clean and green but the professors actually take the time to listen to you and make sure you pass the class.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    many

    What to do for fun

    paint

    Food and Dining

    nice cafe

    Academic Rigor

    CLasses are made easy by helpful professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    none

    In three sentences

    I love this college. Great professors, beautiful campus! Easy to apply and helpful staff!

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We are a very safe campus, we have text alerts and email alerts that are sent to each individual student if anything unsafe takes place. We also have a active police department on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many many different club opportunities here such as : nerd club, christian clubs and Even gamer clubs. if your looking to join a club we will have a club here that will fit your interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not really anything unusual on this campus, everything seems pretty normal to me.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes here are much cheaper then UF classes. If you need some prep classes here would be the best place to do do them for cheap.

    What to do for fun

    you can walk around campus and hangout with friends. Santa Fe often has themed programs taking place throughout the day some include rock wall climbing, jello wrestling, face painting and even bounce houses.

    Food and Dining

    Has a variety of options for food on campus, from Starbucks to subway and even Dominoes pizza and much more. you have a wonderful cafeteria and outside dinning options.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe college has a wonderful environment. This college offers so many opportunities, known for its number of transferring students to UF. You get to personally know all your professors and there is a variety of options for extra help on any subject.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No safety problems that I have seen.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Government is teaching leadership to anyone who dares to sign up!

    Great for these types of students

    Military student are taken care of by the VA at Santa Fe. All branches attend SF including myself (Army). Great school for everyone, but even greater for military!

    Bang for the buck

    Getting your AA done at Santa Fe before transferring to UF, FSU, FIU or any other university is going to save you money. When your student loans hit you after Grad you'll be happy.

    What to do for fun

    LaterGator runs til 3am to get you home from partying on the weekends. You can also join social clubs at school to help you pass the time.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options for cooking at home as well as eating out. Local spots and big name restaurants will have you feeling like home.

    Dorm Life

    There are no Dorms at Santa Fe, but student housing is everywhere! Low prices around $400-500 a month and the bus is free to all students.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, however the math lab and library are perfect area to study and receive help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Registration is easy and 90% of it can be handled online before you ever step foot onto campus. RateMyProf is lined up well with our teachers, making it a must have tool. Gainesville is a great city for students who love culture and low cost of living.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is an excellent school that can be used at a gateway to UF. SFC's main campus is open and relaxing, it also has everything you at a single location. Classroom size are small and teachers are helpful to all students.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Constant patrolling of the campus by the on-campus police. Very good night time lighting.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs with about four club day events a year where all the clubs put up booths and allow people to come and see what their about.

    Bang for the buck

    Santa Fe's classes are cheap and allow you to get your Associates Degree with ease and little need for student loans.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of student activities happening constantly. Santa Fe also has sports teams being created at an advanced pace.

    Food and Dining

    The Krishna lunch will get you through many meals. If you need meat in your diet there is a Dominos pizza, a latin cafe, and a subway.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at Santa Fe. Near campus housing is less then wonderful.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors at Santa Fe are straight forward with the amount of work they plan on giving you. They are also good at giving you time to adapt to the college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending UF at some point, make sure you spend time getting to know the counselors. Also while ratemyprofessor.com is a wonderful place to get advice don't let it control your schedule. If you plan on getting study groups in your harder classes make sure to reserve your study rooms in advance.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a great school for students who are fresh out of high school and wanting to get a feel for what college is like. The professors are nice, and are a good transitional help. Santa Fe makes it much simpler to get into UF.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Santa Fe has their own police station at the school and emergency stations all across campus, so you feel safe and protected at school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Santa Fe offers many different clubs. They offers clubs such as comic book club to Student government.

    Great for these types of students

    Santa Fe is great for any kind of students. Santa Fe is has many different ethnic groups and offers many religious groups and clubs at the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Santa Fe offers education just like the University of Florida but without the high prices and over crowded auditoriums. Santa Fe is reasonable and offers a great education for students.

    What to do for fun

    Santa Fe has many activities at the school. They offers sport events, planetarium, and plays for students to go and enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Santa Fe has very few options to eat at on campus, but the few places they have are cheap and not that bad of quality of food.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe does not offer dorms but has many reasonable priced apartments around and near the Santa Fe school.

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Fe has rigorous classes that keeps the student busy and focused on their studies. Santa Fe courses keep students active with others by having them do projects and one on one activities to learn how to work with one another like you would in a working environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would highly recommend going to Santa Fe for a AA or AS. Its a fun school and challenges a student to work hard and pursue their goals.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a wonderful college that offers many different varieties of AA and AS courses with a great learning environment. The classes are not packed and feel as though your getting a more one to one learning experience with your teacher. Santa Fe and the teachers offer many ways to help their students such as the library and after school tutors.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is the Santa Fe sports teams, which you can attend a game. Events for different clubs that someone might like.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is great, because you don't have to wait too long to eat. I am enjoying that new spanish resturant that just came here.

    Dorm Life

    I don't stay in a dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, but in a good way. This is what i call tuff love, only to make you work harder for what you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your work as much as you can. If you are having problems, just talk to a professor and they will help as much as possible.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a school I am glad to attend because of it's academic oppurtunities. The students are friendly and peaceful, and care about their academic progress. The professors care about their students, and want them to pass the course they are taking.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SFC campus is extremely safe. There is a SFC police station located on campus and they are always out. It is well lit at night and there are emergency buttons located all around campus and we have alerts that notify you by texts if anything is happening.

    Greek Life

    I am not familiar with any fraternities or sororities that SFC has but I know they do have something like that.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities going on at SFC all the time. their website makes it easy to coordinate among these activities and see what is happening next.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to complete an A.A. and then transfer to a University for their Bachelor's. Students looking to take music classes, guitar, art, etc. Students that are not sure what they want to do yet but don't want to waste any time getting started on their education. Great general ed classes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I do not know of any unusual traditions that happen on campus

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is not too terribly expensive for in state students. It's a great place overall. It's affiliation with UF makes it very easy to transfer

    What to do for fun

    SFC has a nice gym with many nice cardio and weight training machines

    Food and Dining

    SFC has a cafeteria with dominos, subway and Latin Cusine. Not too bad but more options would be nice.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't really a dorm life at SFC, as it isn't a big University. But there are nice apartments nearby that make commuting to and from school easy.

    Academic Rigor

    SFC has great academic rigor

    Tips for prospective students

    It's ok if you are not sure exactly what you want to do yet, take classes you enjoy at first and study hard and you will be happy with the outcome when you have made a decision.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College has a great campus with many amazing teachers and is a wonderful school. This College offers many different degrees in a wide range of fields, I attended in high school with the dual-enrollment program and continued on by completing my A.A. and now am getting my A.S in Biotechnology and will also pursue my Bachelor's at SFC

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    off campus

    Dorm Life

    off campus

    Academic Rigor

    radiography

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is very safe for the most part.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities, and at Santa fe there is always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety near campus within a 5 mi radius.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorm but there are many close apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    The work at Santa Fe some may be challenging, but there is a lot of help available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do all your work. Stay on the teachers good side. Use the resources that are available to you such as tutors, labs, etc..

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is a good college for students who need the one- on - one attention. The professors are really nice, and are willing to help the students. At Santa Fe, it is a great atmosphere.

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at Santa Fe College.

    Clubs and Activities

    didn't attend any - heard good things about them.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a wide variety of cultures. Open-minded.

    What to do for fun

    Participate in activities! Take advantage of their gym! Make friends and study buddies!

    Food and Dining

    Haven't had to each much from here since I attend at night. There are always plenty of vending machines in each building.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe College does not have dorms. They do have apartments with in walking distance of the school. I personally have not lived in any of them. There has been reported crimes but I'm not sure Santa Fe has any control over the apartment complexes.

    Academic Rigor

    Santa Fe College is no where close to being harsh. It really comes down to what teacher you have one how strict a course can be. I have learned even with the most strict teachers I have met, if you just communicate and try your best you will do just fine. All my teachers have recognized my efforts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid! Adventure around the school so you are familiar and comfortable with your surroundings. Don't be afraid to ask for help!

    In three sentences

    I love being a student at Santa Fe College. Due to working full-time, I attend night courses and I always feel safe with their increased security. So far, I have had great teachers that always remember me outside of class.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Sports

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall have a lot things to eat but there is no meal plans .

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms so you will have to provide you own housing.

    Academic Rigor

    pretty rigorous but not more so than expected from a good small college.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs, organizations, meeting up with new people to just go out to eat, volunteering, and fairs at school are fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty basic. I don't eat there much. I only get Subway when I do.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms, but the apartments in Gainesville are pretty great. I recommend The Pavilion, if you want to be social, The Crossings if you want to be social and focused since it is across campus, and The Woodlands for it's scenery and atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    To Succeed you have to ambitious and focused. You have to want to do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a prospective student, use ratemyprofessor and do not be afraid to drop a class if a professor does not teach according to your learning style. Always take notes of all important things a professors says during lecture or anytime really. Join groups to be more involved in the environment you are in. You won't regret it.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is a multicultural and diverse campus full of people who are proactive and focused on succeeding in college. The staff are very caring and efficient as long as you know how to use ratemyprofessor and the classrooms are in an avg 20 students to 1 instructor ratio. The campus is very clean and constantly maintained daily.

  • 10/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very comfortable, even after dark.

    Clubs and Activities

    Santa Fe offers just as many clubs/organizations as a large university.

    Great for these types of students

    Any students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an actual school police department. Beware!

    Bang for the buck

    Santa Fe offers you a great opportunity to transfer to UF with our compatible academic system. Also it is a great place go back to school and get your A.A. if you have not already. Santa Fe brings a multitude of people together to and inspires them to save money and get your education.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in whatever you enjoy. Santa Fe is has a large student population and that means that more than likely there are a group of other students who have similar interests as you. Don't be afraid to step out or ask questions. Just apply yourself. There are literally a hundred different clubs/organizations at Santa Fe.

    Food and Dining

    Poor. The food court composes of a Subway, La Fortuna, and Dominos. Compared to other schools, it is bad.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Santa Fe, but there are many different apartment complexes to choose from. They offer a variety of packages to fit your needs.

    Academic Rigor

    College courses are very time consuming. However you schedule your classes, be sure to leave significant free time for homework. The classes are very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to study before college starts. It is very different from high school!

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe is very easy to get into. There is a great variety of people/cultures here. More than likely, anyone will aid you if you ask for help.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    hang out and chill

    Food and Dining

    subway

    Dorm Life

    I live in an apartment

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are classes and require work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in campus and enjoy it. Campus is a place full of opportunity.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe college gives you the perfect atmosphere to learn and advance everyday. Professors are great and administrators friendly. I know i made the right desicion attending school here.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student the tuition is very expensive, but attending this college makes transferring to a university a lot easier. Santa Fe College is ranked in the top ten colleges in the nation!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities and clubs to get involved in at the college if you have the time for it!

    Food and Dining

    On campus there is only a small food court so you will most likely have to leave campus for lunch or bring one.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available at this college, unfortunately.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are mostly based on tests so expect to spend a lot of time studying!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is best to apply for the Honors Program and join it because it is such a great way to stay focused in school and also get involved in the community.

    In three sentences

    The Honors Program is a great opportunity to meet friends and mentors. The professors are very helpful and the students are involved. There are numerous opportunities available for most majors and interests every week.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There was a kidnapping and a couple robberies on campus which raised a lot of concerns for students and staff. Rest assured though, the campus in my opinion has become more safe then before. If ever worried, especially at night, you can call the Santa Fe police on campus to escort you to your car. The college also has a free female only self-defense class for students.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at this college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a great variety of clubs and activities for every student. There are a lot of people to meet and a great number of opportunities to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Santa Fe is great for students who want to save money on education and/or are figuring out what they want to do career wise. Anyone interested in transferring to UF, or doing a certificate program will benefit from this college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are no unusual traditions or locations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Other than being affordable for students there are some helpful resources and events on campus to take note of. At the library, you can reserve study rooms if you need to work with classmates on a project or homework. At the oak grove, many student organizations and student government put on events weekly that offer free food and drinks. The blood mobile on campus gives you free food if you donate blood. The college also gives out free food on certain days of the week for students who are in need. I think they do this on Monday and Wednesdays. There is UF@SantaFe center on campus for students interested in transferring to UF. UF advisors come to Santa Fe weekly to speak to students. Check out the counseling center at the college if you need to speak to an academic or personal counselor. They're really helpful in times of need and are in your best interests.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown to some music venues or attend a Gator game in the on season. For restaurants, downtown, Newberry road, and Archer road will have most of what you're looking for. If you want to explore, go to Devil's Millhopper, Payne's Prairie, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, or the springs in the surrounding areas of Gainesville. There is always some event going on in town so be sure to look up the different festivities and events. Outside of the area, Crescent beach, Jacksonville, and Orlando are hot spots for students.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining options at Santa Fe are mediocre. Vending machines are found throughout campus. The library sells snacks and have a Starbucks coffee shop. The bookstore sells snacks and drinks. At the food court you will find Subway, La Fortuna, and Domino's pizza.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms. All housing is off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This is all dependent on the teacher and the class. Some classes are harder than others. The classes I've had here are challenging but thought provoking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use ratemyprofessors to pick out your teachers and register early. Textbook prices can be ridiculous. Research textbooks online to find the best deals. There are many ways to save money. Be friendly to other students. For the most part, it's easy to make friends and to get to know people. Check out the events held every week at the Oak Grove. Do well in your courses, study hard, and maintain a great GPA. Use your teachers office hours. Learn as much as you can and take a variety of classes. There is so much knowledge out there so use it to your benefit.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is a wonderful choice for students of all backgrounds and interests. There is an abundance of clubs to join and resources to use. Whether your heart is set on transferring to UF or you're going back to school for the first time since 1985, Santa Fe is a great way to get an education without putting a dent in your wallet.

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never had any run-ins with Santa Fe PD personally, but they do get alerts out to students in a timely fashion when something priority is happening in or around the campus.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons and the school is very willing to help students set up new clubs if they can't find what they're looking for.

    Great for these types of students

    Non-traditional students, part-time students, students in the workforce, distance learners, adult learners.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rock garden with different kinds of rocks. It's not that exciting, but I do think it's unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    Wish the piece of paper I earned here had as much value to others as it does to me. Highly affordable and classes are not afraid to deal with real-world subject matters.

    What to do for fun

    There is a zoo and a planetarium on campus and lots to do in Gainesville if you know where to look. Gainesville has a number of small theaters to see plays or art house films. There are plenty of places to go spend a day outdoors watching wildlife. UF draws in big speakers that are often available to the public.

    Food and Dining

    There is not much selection for dining on campus.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. The apartments across the street are sketchy.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty easy and teachers go out of their way to help students that are struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There are so many different social groups and clubs on campus: competitive, philanthropic, and just plain silly. I wish I could have spent more time getting to know all the great people who are proud to go to Santa Fe.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe has teachers and faculty that treat their students with respect and as peers. For a small school, there is a surprisingly robust social life. They are adept at dealing with non-traditional students needs and always quickly assist with advising issues, even by e-mail.

  • 11/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good, lots of campus cops

    What to do for fun

    Checking out all the nature trails around this beautiful town

    Food and Dining

    The food court is small... Subway and Domino's and a nice cafe in the library.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. Awesome apartments near by

    Academic Rigor

    Class are not too difficult mainly because most teachers are pretty laid back. Besides math and science teachers each class has its own difficulties but sometimes I find high school harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on campus before classes start for the new semester and make sure you know where you are going. Parking is the worst so you don't want to be running around like crazy to trying to find your class because you couldn't find parking.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is a very good college for people who do not want to sit in a huge class. You are more connected and hands on with the professors. The environment is lovely and easy to navigate.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus has the safety alert system all around campus along with campus security.

    Greek Life

    On campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    All types for any interest levels.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic students. Has one if not the best sport programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pep rally for basketball games.

    Bang for the buck

    Santa Fe will prepare you for your future. The in state cost is reasonable and affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Going to UF sport events.

    Food and Dining

    Great selection on campus with lots of food and dining off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living off campus at the Crossing. It is within walking distance, right across from the school. Lots of social events throughout the year.

    Academic Rigor

    Studies are geared to push you to exceed for the future. You will be challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study should be a priority. Take your harder classes in your first year. Use all resources as much as possible.

    In three sentences

    1. How does Santa Fe compare to other state colleges? Santa Fe is rated in the top 10% of all 2 years schools. 2. What makes Santa Fe a top 2 year school? The academics are challenging and are at a higher standard then other 2 year schools. 3. Santa Fe location. Santa Fe is located in Gainsville Florida and is a bridge to University of Florida. You will enjoy the big time college atmosphere.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is for people who like the outdoors and love peace. The town is friendly and the schools are great. Santa Fe is for someone who likes to get involved and also for those who are trying to escape party crowds.

    What to do for fun

    Visit different activities at school.

    Food and Dining

    Great variety of fast food restaurants and cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    College life over here is awesome and the the best thing is that people have ambitions.

    Academic Rigor

    The students at Santa Fe are very focused on their own thing. Every individual is focused and happy to be doing their own thing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on task and focused.

    In three sentences

    My rate for Santa Fe College is a 10. The school and the environment is very peaceful. Santa Fe works around you and you make it what you want it to be but there's no excuse to not succeed in such a helpful college.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    24 hour police station on campus. They help out so much if you ask for it.

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's soooo many options. Santa Fe Cheerleading is obviously the best. There's also basketball, baseball, softball and intramurals.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking Dedicated Not sure where you're going.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a huge field in back of the campus and it's really relaxing and spacious. Also there's a forest you can walk through, but don't get lost.

    What to do for fun

    $3 Burgers on Wednesday at Mothers Pub and Grill. Techno Tuesdays at 101 Downtown. Simons on Friday and Saturday night.

    Food and Dining

    Besides Dominos, Subway and La Fortuna there's not many options. You might as well make food at home.

    Dorm Life

    Living with roommates is weird at first, but remember just because you live with them does not mean they are your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard depending on what classes you take but it is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    You'll love it here. Just do the work and look at rate my professors and the semester will be a blast.

    In three sentences

    The best college I've attended, hands down. There's no other college like it. If you move away from home, this college becomes home.

  • 01/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Most areas are out in the open so it feels very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs such as religious clubs, art clubs, sports clubs. There's always so many fun activities going on outside and free food. There are also really good programs.

    Great for these types of students

    It is really great for all students. There is a huge variety of diverse cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Around campus, on the stone pillars, you will are different paintings. It is quote enjoyable to are colors rather than plane white walls.

    Bang for the buck

    It is definitley worth it. Prices are reasonable. Classes are cheaper than most.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to do such as going to workout at the gym and playing sports on the fields. One can also play basketball in the gym court. The S building is full of recreation with different games free to the students. There are diverse clubs that meet regularly as well. Students can visit the art gallery and have something displayed as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are sometimes free food if surveys are completed encouraging the students to participate. In the food court, the food is great but I wish there was more of a variety. I especially like the coffee shop in the library.

    Dorm Life

    I dont live by the campus but I know many students do and like living closeby.

    Academic Rigor

    Many students are hardworking and succeed in their classes. The professors also are as hardworking.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many tutors available and helpful subject centers. There is a math, reading, and writing lab, each filled with knowledgeable staff that can help students do well in their classes.

    In three sentences

    This college is one of the top ten in the nation and is worthy of this position. It is a great school that many people van benefit from. Success in this school is highly possible for all that attend.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very well lit parking lots and security on duty at all times.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of the different programs hold events for the students and public such as their dance & art programs. Where you can see some of the plays, dances & artists that are local.

    Food and Dining

    They have an amazing variety of food to choose from that not only is healthy but delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe College does not offer on campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    They have small class sizes which is extremely helpful and hands on.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is pretty big being prepared with a school map never hurts.

    In three sentences

    Probably one of the best colleges I have decided to attend & be a part of. They offer my major in pharmacy which is not as common as you think. The faculty and staff are always pleasant and helpful to get you where you need.

  • 03/13/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    YES!

    What to do for fun

    Many shows and performances around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Appartments seem like a great deal.

    Academic Rigor

    Stay on top of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start researching early.

    In three sentences

    Based on my research this college seems to be a wonderful school at a wonderful price.

  • 03/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have a police department on site. However low crime activity. And if there is , you can get the crime activity alert notification to your phone or email.

    Greek Life

    No. No Greek Life. I do not know what that means.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs are on Campus. the website is sfcollege.edu. they have clubs about religion, animals, unity etc...

    Great for these types of students

    All students will feel welcomed at Santa Fe. It is a multi racial school and has all types of different people, cultures, personalities etc...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Santa fe has a Nw campus. An archer. A starke. and a Downtown.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes. you get the education you need for a good price. Teachers are usually excellent. Always use Ratemyprofessor.com.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty. Santa Fe always has free fun people attracting events held on campus. Ive seen horses on campus as well as bungee things.

    Food and Dining

    They only have about 3 or 4 restaurant choices. Dominoes, Subway, a Latin American food place, and a Krishna outside.

    Dorm Life

    Santa Fe does not have dorms. However, apartment housing around it is nice.they have apartments directly across.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy. some are hard. Use Rate my Professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not Withdraw from too many classes. The more classes you complete, the sooner you graduate. Its easier without withdrawing.

    In three sentences

    I would rate santa fe a 5/5. It is a very nice school. Has more perks than not.

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    A good degree for a great price. A semester's tuition and books run just under $3000.

    Food and Dining

    There's a Subway, Dominoes, and La Fortuna (latin food). If you want anything else you have to go off campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on-campus housing. The apartments right next to the college are not very good either.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be tough, depending on the class and teacher but overall it is not difficult to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a good degree for a fraction of the cost then this is the place to go. Most students here are trying to transfer to the University of Florida but getting an AA here guarantees admission to any state college.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe has a good campus and a small average class size. Most of the teachers are very good at what they do and administration is always helpful. A good overall school.

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus seems pretty safe. There are security officers on campus and the campus has ample lighting. I personally have never felt unsafe there.

    What to do for fun

    The school is in a college town, so there is always plenty to do. There are always events and activities in the town that are geared toward students and offer student discounts. There is also a variety of things to get involved with ranging from sports, to music, to outdoors, to academic activities. On campus itself there are events to attend such as plays and concert and fairs/events hosted on the campuses main lawn.

    Food and Dining

    I have honestly never eaten on campus because I live close by and eat at home. I have however noticed that their are options for students to eat on campus. Also there are tons of vending machines as well.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus but there are ample options for students such as houses and apartments. There is plenty of student parking on campus for free, and several bus routes to the schools so living off campus is not and issue.

    Academic Rigor

    I have attended one other college and another university and compared to the university Santa Fe was not as challenging. However this may have been because the teachers guide you in understanding the material where at the university much of the information was left up to the students to learn on their own. Compared to the other local college I went to however the academic material was more challenging, I believe this is because many of the students are trying to transfer into UF or other state universities so the teachers try and prepare the students for a more challenging course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    I also go to rate my professor site before enrolling for a class to see what other students said about the class/teacher. It is not to difficult to get into the classes that you need and the site is easy to use. Additionally i would wait on buying the text books listed for the classes I would try and see which ones are truly needed. Also the campus bookstore is most likely not the cheapest option although it may be the most convenient. There are more affordable options online and the teachers seem to be patient with students waiting for their books to come in.

    In three sentences

    The school has several commuter students and students who are trying to transfer into other colleges and universities. Overall the school is a good one. The class sizes are small so the teachers are able to address individual questions and get to know the students. If you keep up work class work it is not difficult to succeed here. The student body is a diverse one with students of all ages and from different social and cultural backgrounds.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty good security because of the active campus police but there are robberies and such because of the inexpensive tuition attracting low income groups who are more prone physical violence

    Greek Life

    No sororities or fraternities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and a very active student government.

    Bang for the buck

    Most teachers have real world experience in their major they're teaching so it's great to pick their brains and have an outside perspective on textbook material and whether it's relevant outside in the real world or not.

    What to do for fun

    Sitting on the grass in the shade is delightful. Also, student government constantly has stuff going on and is quite fun - lots of free food!

    Food and Dining

    They have a great cafeteria all centrally located by the bookstore with a Starbucks in the library at the other side of campus.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available. You'll have to live off campus with an average of $400 a month for rent in student living apartments. The nicer the place, the less discovered it is.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are challenging but most aren't. I'd advise to take the harder classes because you'll end up learning more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the prerequisites for the majors you are considering in your first year so when you decide what you are planning to major in you'll already have them done so you aren't forced to take different classes if you switch your major last minute.

    In three sentences

    Good school, and great experienced teachers with low tuition rates. Sometimes feels very high school but a great way to get an associates degree and transfer to an upper level University.

  • 04/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police take their job quite seriously and are very attentive to problems that occur. They have set up many different safety alert systems, as well as escorting night students to their vehicles. You will often see a campus officer patrolling the parking lots to ensure safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and activities that students can get involved in. There are also many sporting events and a gym that students can attend for free, just by using their student I.D.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive and hard work. But I feel that Santa Fe College gives you a good experience and is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs on campus available to all students on campus. At least twice a month there are fun events held by the students that occur at the center of the campus. Santa Fe College is also known for its sports (i.e. baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball) and going to the games are always fun.

    Food and Dining

    Santa Fe College has a wide variety of delicious food and dining options on and and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the Santa Fe College apartments, but from what I have been told, many of the living situations are nice and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe Santa Fe College holds high standards for all of its students. The programs have set courses for students to follow. But from what I have experienced, many facility members are willing to help students if they are having problems with their courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Develop a good relationship with your academic advisor. I have known my advisor since I started school, and she has always been very helpful with how I should proceed with schooling and with any problems that I have experienced.

    In three sentences

    Santa Fe College is an excellent school to attend. Not only was Santa Fe College ranked 7th in 2013 for Top Colleges in the Nation, but it also has numerous associate and bachelor programs. Many professors and facility members at Santa Fe College are nice and willing to help students.

  • 05/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Literally the safest place to be.

    Bang for the buck

    Normal Jr. college experience. Has its pros and cons.

    What to do for fun

    School events take place as scheduled. Very fun when involved.

    Food and Dining

    Only three places to get food.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and ask questions. Teachers are patient and tolerate.

    In three sentences

    Helpful, Santa Fe does a great job at helping someone in need of information. Making sure that every student has a fair opportunity. Unknown information is not what this institution is about.

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Always an activity going on from concert's to free food!

    Food and Dining

    I heard that the food in the caf�© was pretty good has various of options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    The advisors are awesome!

    Tips for prospective students

    Small campus so it's impossible to get lost.

    In three sentences

    Very beautiful scenery.