Santa Fe College
Gainesville, FL, USA

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Santa Fe College
3.13 Average Rating

Crystal from Florahome, FL

a current student here
16 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The classes are only 20-35 students so each person has a good chance to get extra help if needed.
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.
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.
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.
Great for these types of students
Santa Fe College is great for any student!
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Genesis from Gainesville, FL

a current student here
13 people found this review useful
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Beth from Keystone Heights, FL

a current student here
8 people found this review useful
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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.
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy it here because the class sizes are such that one-on-one help can always be found.
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.
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.
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.
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Arelis from Apopka, FL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
Great for these types of students
Any type, really. It's a chill place
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.
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
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Juan from Gainesville, FL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Santa Fe is just what you expect college to be. It is fun, classes are entertaining and people are interesting.
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
Academic Rigor
Teachers want to get the best of you, but at the same time they are comprehensive about situations you can not handle.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Clubs and Activities
you can join all type of clubs, we also have all kinds of sports and activities that go around them.
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.
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.
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Blake from Hobe Sound, FL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Everyone is 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 love going here.
Academic Rigor
All of the professors I have taken have been great educators and were all very fair in their grading.
Dorm Life
No dorms but I have an apartment that is literally right across the street!
Food and Dining
The book store actually has a bunch of good food. There is a food court with Domino's in it.
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. Planetarium is on campus too.
Bang for the buck
All of my professors have gone above and beyond to give me bang for my buck.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Teaching Zoo and Planetarium at the NW Campus
Clubs and Activities
Tons of clubs that you can join from eSantaFe. All different types of clubs.
Greek Life
None
Campus Safety
Santa Fe has its own police department. 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.
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Erica from Gainesville, FL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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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!
Tips for prospective students
do your best, get involved and you will see success happen! there are so many clubs on campus! join one!
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!
Dorm Life
no dorm. close apartments but would recommend living further away
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!
What to do for fun
join a club!
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
Great for these types of students
any!
Clubs and Activities
cant name em all but if they dont have it, you can start it!
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Debra from Dunnellon, FL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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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.
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.
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.
Dorm Life
Santa Fe has no dorms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great for these types of students
Any type! Does not matter your hobbies or interests, Santa Fe has it.
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.
Greek Life
There is none.
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.
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Travis from Ocklawaha, FL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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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!!
Am enjoying being here
The location is great its just outside of the actual city of Gainesville and is pretty quiet around the school!
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
Tips for prospective students
This is a great school and I enjoy waking up and going to class
Great for these types of students
All Types of Students
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Kendriana from Gainesville, FL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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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.
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:)
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!
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!
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