Trying to decide UF vs FSU
I am only applying to UF and FSU (applied early August).
I am not too worried about my chances at either university, but am rather trying to choose between the two. I go to a highly ranked public magnet that typically sends about 20 students out of a class of 100 to UF each year.
For everyone's reference, here are the highlights of my application:
GPA: 3.89 / 4.60, rank ~#10/90
SAT: 780/700/800 (1480/2280)
Main ECs: Extensive debate (local-, district-, state- and national-level awards), varsity tennis team (ranked 3 & "Most Dedicated"), 100+ volunteer hours at Ronald McDonald and 25+ at local hospital, National Merit Semifinalist, Florida Girls State
Essay: About 490 words, based on experience of reaching finalist level at National Forensic League Nationals as a sophomore although I was told that I could never succeed
Schedule: Very rigorous for my school, nine APs by graduation: Bio, Chem, Macro, Lang, Lit, Spanish, Comp Sci A, US History, Calc AB
I realize that UF is highly ranked, but the attitudes of many students as well as admissions officers at the university are turnoffs. I was wondering if this "holier than thou", elitist attitude is evident at the university. Additionally, since it is so large, having huge class sizes, TAs instead of professors for all classes, and having an impossible time registering for gen ed credits are all concerns.
I have visited both campuses and appreciate both Tallahassee and Gainesville.
My major choice is unclear- I have looked at both the international relations program at FSU as well as the agricultural program at UF (highly varying interests). Study abroad is especially appealing, and foreign language study is a must.
Does anyone from UF have any insight on the atmosphere of the university, ease of registration, rigor of courses, level of personal attention, etc?
(The reason I am not asking on the FSU board is because, not only do I have a boyfriend and many friends at FSU, but my family is full of alumnus and I have visited the campus many many times.)
Thank you for any help and insight! This is not meant to be a personal attack or blind stereotyping, merely anecdotes and observations that I have collected over the past year of college admission exploration. Thanks again!