Questions & Answers: Student & Multicultural Affairs

Everyday Things | Finances | UF Dental Student Life | Studying and Exams | Resources


Everyday Things

  • I need to take a day off, what do I do?

Pick up an Absence Request form from the Office of Education in D3-11.
  • I lost my Gator1 ID card, where do I get a new one?

Visit Gator 1 ID Card Services — located both in the Reitz Union and in the HSC building
  • Are loupes required? When is the Loupes Fair?

The Loupes Panel for first-year students occurs early in the fall semester and is followed 3-4 weeks later with the Loupes Fair in the Sim Lab.
  • My locker isn’t working properly.

Contact Marilyn Vaughn —



  • How do I find scholarships and loans that may be available?

Information about scholarships can be found here, and information about loans can be found here. You can also speak with our Financial Aid Coordinator, Meredith Dungar ( for further information.
  • Who can I talk to about my tuition and fees and other finance questions?

Information about tuition and fees can be found at the University of Florida Bursar’s Office website here.
  • If I realize after I receive my refund that I don’t need all of the loan money, can I return a portion?

    Yes, you can return a portion of your loan after the disbursement by calling the University Bursar’s Office at 352-392-3448. You must return the unused portion shortly after the disbursement is received.
  • How can I look at different loan repayment options?

       The ADEA Dental Loan Organizer and Calculator lets you look at repayment options with your specific loans.


UF Dental Student Life

  • How was the transition from undergrad (or pre-dental school life) to dental school? And what about from 1st to 2nd year?

One of the biggest adjustments is time management. While undergrads spend an average of 2-4 hours per day in class, dental students are in class or lab for a total of about 7-8 hours daily. The challenge is getting acclimated to the amount of hours spent at school, but after the first semester students get the hang of it. The transition from first to second year is usually seamless – by that time dental students are already in the swing of things and accustomed to the course load and comfortable with his or her studying styles.
  • What is the relationship between faculty and students? Among members of a class?

The relationship between the faculty and students is one of mutual respect.  Faculty want students to do well and they make themselves available with advice to help students out.  Each dental student class feels like a huge family – classmates really go above and beyond to help each other out and share notes and other resources.
  • What do students like most about UF and/or Gainesville?

Students say that the University of Florida and the College of Dentistry are very prestigious it really means something to be a Gator Dentist. Additionally, Gainesville offers so many different ways for students to spend their free time – whether that is outdoors hiking, floating down a river, playing intramurals at RecSports, or going out at night.
  • What is the best way to prepare for patients?

The best way to prepare for patients is to meet with faculty a few days before doing a procedure and make sure you understand exactly what you are doing. It is also helpful to talk to upperclassmen about patients. They will be able to tell you exactly what is expected and a few different ways of doing it.
  • How is the transition like from Sim Lab to real patient care?

The transition from Sim Lab to real patients is extremely rewarding. Finally you are able to apply what you’ve learned onto a real patient. Nothing is more exciting than taking a patient out of pain, repairing an anterior tooth that a patient was self-conscious about, or providing a patient with a full set of teeth to replace those missing for years.


Studying and Exams

  • What are the best ways to study? How does studying differ from previous higher education institutions?

It really depends on the person. One student says that after studying alone, the student likes to join a group study session to talk about the topics learned. A study room, called the “Blue Room,” is a great quiet location located on the second floor of the Health Science Communicore to help students to concentrate. Compared to undergrad, dental students have to study significantly more.
  • How are exams taken in dental school? How do block exams work?

Usually exams are scheduled all within the same week, which is called “block exam scheduling.” This method is preferred by almost everyone. It is stressful leading up to the exam, but it is nice knowing that after the block, you have a week or so where you can relax and not worry as much. Having an exam every week would be exhausting – you just can’t spend that much time studying.
  • What are the best sources for studying for Boards Part I?

Dental Decks will probably be your best resource.
  • How are you prepared for boards with the 5-year, 100 percent pass rate?

The curriculum is rigorous as is, which allows UFCD to raise its standards for studying holistically and thoroughly. At UFCD, faculty members go the extra mile to make sure students know the material and are not simply memorizing answers for an exam. UFCD’s track record shows that whatever it is doing, it is doing it right.
  • What are the library hours? MDL-6 hours?

The hours for the HSC library can be found at this link. MDL-6 on the ground floor of the HSC Communicore is a space for dental students; however, sometimes the space is scheduled at various times for classes or events.
  • What are some other quiet study places on campus?

The Blue Room (2nd floor of the Communicore) and third floor of the HSC library are popular quiet areas for studying. Some other studying places around campus can be found here.
  • Where can you park after hours? What is considered after hours?

Parking lift times vary around campus, and while online parking maps do not list these lift times, there should be signs posted at the parking lots detailing their hours of operation. “After hours” is any time not within these hours of operation. Reference UF Transportation & Parking Services’ FAQs and learn about what campus parking restrictions might be lifted.
  • What are the rules of the testing center?

For a comprehensive list of the testing center rules, please visit this page.


Involvement Opportunities

  • Do you have time to do anything other than study and go to class?

Yes, dental students definitely have time for extracurricular activities. Students say that while about 75 percent of your learning at UFCD takes place during school hours, the other 25 percent of learning comes from clubs, organizations, and your involvement outside of school hours. Experienced students cannot stress enough the value of getting involved while being in school and believe that you learn so much from your peers and how to work as a team (which is really important in dentistry). Additionally, extracurricular involvement serves as a way to de-stress and help prevent you from getting overwhelmed. Getting involved will be helpful in the long run.
  • What outreach opportunities exist for students? International service trips?

There are many service trips available and they are listed here and here; any student that wants to participate will have a chance to do so.  Also, there are a lot of public service opportunities in dentistry for the students like local clinics and practices.
  • What opportunities are available in public health dentistry?

Please contact Dr. Micaela Gibbs —
  • What are some of the rotations available to students?

UFCD students have the opportunity to rotate through some of UFCD’s off-site clinics. Please contact Dr. Micaela Gibbs —
  • What student organizations are available for dental students?

Dental Ambassadors, Admissions Outreach Ambassadors, SPEA, ASDA, Psi Omega, Alpha Omega, to name a few. There are countless organizations, most listed here.
  • Community Service Opportunities?

There are a number of ways that dental students can get involved in community service projects. These include membership in a dental student organization, participating in a service trip, or even joining a non-UFCD student organization. Additionally, the UFCD Summer Learning Program usually offers a number of opportunities to obtain service hours in the summer.



  • What resources are available to help prepare you for managing your own practice?

There is a dental pre-professional student organization, called the Marketing & Business Management organization, designed to help students learn about managing finances in preparation for a practice. A course is also given to seniors during the last year in order for lessons on practice management to be fresh in the seniors’ minds.
  • How much money do we have at the Henry Schein store? Is it for all four years or just one year?

    Each student gets $300 total to use during all four years of school.
  • Where are good places to buy scrubs?

Scrubs by Design, located near the Oaks Mall, has a wide selection of scrubs. More information can be found here.
  • How do I get my named changed?

1. Get a “Name Change Request” form from Censeri in D3-11 Office of Education.
2. Submit it to the court house where you either registered for your marriage license or name changing document.
3. The court house completes the form and sends it to Criser Hall.
4. Criser Hall updates it in the school’s database.
5. Censeri contacts everyone at the UFCD who will need to update their records.
  • Where can I work out?

See the UF RecSports for a wide variety of work-out options, from indoor gyms to outdoor fields and from swimming pools to even a lake where you can check out kayaks and canoes!
  • I’m stressed out! Where can I discuss my test anxiety?

The UF Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) offers a variety of free services to UF students. Call 352-392-1575 to schedule an individual counseling session today, or, students can partake in the CWC’s free Therapist Assisted Online program, which provides educational modules using well researched and highly effective strategies to help overcome anxiety. Additionally, the CWC offers a Biofeedback Lab, which enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity, such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity blood pressure, and skin temperature, to help the individual control their anxiety. Check out the CWC’s website to learn all about their wonderful resources!
  • Where are the student health care clinics located?

The hours and locations of UF student health care clinics are listed on this site. The nearest student health care clinic is located in the Dental Tower, 2nd Floor, Room D2-49. Hours: Fall/Spring: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.)