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Old 05-14-2007, 05:14 AM
 
Location: 32082/07716/10028
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which is the better school?
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Old 05-14-2007, 06:02 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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Well, it depends on what's right for you. What do you want to study?
Have you perused StudentsReview.com and read the comments there?
The rivalry between the two schools reminds me a lot of the CSU/CU feud in Colorado.
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Old 05-14-2007, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Miami
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I went to one of the schools and turned down the other. They are both good schools. It all depends on what you want to study? They don't offer the exact same majors. They both have that great typically college experience.
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:47 AM
 
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University of Florida probably has a little higher acceptance standards. It has a prestigious architect school, law school, and medical school, among some other highly prized colleges. UofF is more "big city" than FSU - which tends to be a little more southern.

However, I'd agree with what the others have said. What do you think you want to major in? Once you answer that question, if you are choosing strictly based on your education then you will have answered your own question.
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:16 PM
 
Location: lake mary, fl
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everyone is completely right when it comes to what you are studying and what you are looking for from a school. i went to uf and turned down fsu. i am happy i did! it was also nice to be not too far from home if i wanted to visit from time to time. good luck and i know it's a lot harder to get into uf these days!
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:05 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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i know it's a lot harder to get into uf these days!
I don't think it's a *lot* harder to get into UF than FSU; and some people do get into both and might not choose UF. Both schools have a fairly decent, competitive crop of freshmen this year. Both UF and FSU are flagship universities of Florida, but UF does seem to have an edge in prestige or whatever you want to call it.
What really matters is what the student wants to study.
There was a bit of a shakeup in some of UF's departments this year:
University of Florida Five Year Plan
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:12 PM
 
Location: lake mary, fl
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i don't agree with that. even back in 1994 when i had a gpa of 3.75 in high school, i heard back from fsu in a few weeks. it was down to the wire with uf because they start with students with over a 4.0 and go from there. i went to early summer school right after graduation to make sure i got in. that use to be an option, but i'm not sure now. it's not a bad idea either since the fl schools require summer class credit for graduation. most people don't know that until after they start.

besides sat and act scores, uf now has an entrance exam that is no joke from what i hear from friends. glad i missed that!
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:29 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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i don't agree with that. even back in 1994 when i had a gpa of 3.75 in high school, i heard back from fsu in a few weeks. it was down to the wire with uf because they start with students with over a 4.0 and go from there. i went to early summer school right after graduation to make sure i got in. that use to be an option, but i'm not sure now. it's not a bad idea either since the fl schools require summer class credit for graduation. most people don't know that until after they start.

besides sat and act scores, uf now has an entrance exam that is no joke from what i hear from friends. glad i missed that!
Is the entrance exam for freshmen? Or students looking at grad school?
Our experiences are from this year. This year they had the highest amount ever of kids applying. Here are the UF's requirements listed for freshmen:
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* Graduation from a regionally accredited or state-approved secondary school or the equivalent (G.E.D., etc.).
* Fifteen academic units, distributed as follows:
English (with substantial writing) 4 years
Mathematics (Algebra 1, Formal Geometry, Algebra 2) 3 years
Natural Sciences (two units must include laboratory) 3 years
Social Sciences 3 years
Foreign Language (must be sequential) 2 years

* A cumulative C average in the academic core, as computed by the university, at all institutions attended, high school and college.
* A record of good conduct. Major or continuing difficulty with school or other officials may render an applicant ineligible regardless of academic qualifications.
* A combined score of at least 950 on the critical reading and mathematical reasoning sections of the SAT with a minimum score of 440 on each. At this time, the university will not consider the new writing component (multiple choice grammar and usage questions and the written essay) in its admissions process.
* On the ACT with writing test, a composite score of 19 is required with a minimum of 17 on the English subsection, a minimum of 19 on the math subsection and a minimum of 18 on the reading subsection.
* All applicants must submit the SAT or the ACT with writing test. While UF cannot mix scores from old and new tests, the university will accept the highest subscores from the new SAT if you took the new test multiple times. The university cannot mix or combine any ACT subscores.
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FSU:
Required High School Course Units

* 4 units of English (at least three with substantial writing requirements)
* 3 units of mathematics (Algebra I level and higher)
* 3 units of natural science (at least two with laboratory)
* 3 units of social science
* 2 sequential units of the same foreign language
* 3 elective units, preferably from English, mathematics, natural science, social science, and/or foreign language areas

The units listed above represent the minimum required for admission consideration. The typical student coming to FSU has 5 units of English, 4.5 units of math, 3.5 units of natural science, 4.5 units of social science, and 4.5 units of foreign language.
ACT/SAT Information

* While the writing component of the ACT and/or SAT is required, FSU does not currently use it as part of the total composite/score.
* Applicants may take both exams, since FSU uses the best composite/total score for admission purposes.
* Applicants may take each exam more than once, since FSU uses the highest subscores to create the ACT composite and SAT total (critical reading plus math).
* In addition to the applicant's overall composite on the ACT or total score (critical reading plus math) on the SAT, FSU has minimum subscores for each exam: writing -- 19 on the ACT English or 480 on the SAT critical reading; math -- 21 on the ACT math or 470 on the SAT math; and reading -- 19 on the ACT reading or 440 on the SAT critical reading.

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As I said, I don't think the requirements for each school seem *drastically* different. It really depends on what the student wants to study.
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Old 05-14-2007, 03:35 PM
 
Location: South Florida 34 years
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U.F. Gainesville!
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Old 05-14-2007, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Miami
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I don't think it's a *lot* harder to get into UF than FSU; and some people do get into both and might not choose UF. Both schools have a fairly decent, competitive crop of freshmen this year. Both UF and FSU are flagship universities of Florida, but UF does seem to have an edge in prestige or whatever you want to call it.
What really matters is what the student wants to study.
There was a bit of a shakeup in some of UF's departments this year:
University of Florida Five Year Plan
I turned UF down!
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