Gainesville, FL
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I would suggest getting flex bucks, that's what my friends have and that gives them the options to go to the restaurants on campus, such as Chik-fil-A and Moe's. However, the food provided by the university I hear is nasty and no one really likes it.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life. Most Greek people I've met are really nice, but Greek life is a huge influence on the school. So if you are looking to be involved in anything Greek this is the school to go to.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Getting scholarships at UF is very difficult, it is costly to go here and there aren't many scholarships offered to incoming freshmen. Outside scholarships are the way to go, and if you have Bright Futures and Florida Prepaid, you get a refund that depends on how many credit hours you take, which is pretty awesome but I had to find that out on my own.

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Majors: I have not had an internship yet, I am not quite sure if I will have one yet. But there are plenty of options at UF and I have heard that all are pretty great, and that there is something for everyone.

College Sophomore

Majors: I am only a sophomore at UF and I have not been in anything exclusive yet.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of familiar places to dine off campus, but there are also plenty of local places to keep things culturally unique. Most places are pretty inexpensive but there is the nice restaurant here and there for a date night.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I only lived on campus for six weeks because I was accepted for the summer term and they did not have a space for me in the fall, that was my fault though and not the university's. However I have friends who lived on campus and they enjoyed it and there have been renovations going on to make living on campus even nicer.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The University of Florida wants students to get the best education that they can. However, if you are caught plagiarizing or cheating on anything in anyway, they take that very seriously. This is not a bad thing, it shows that they care that you do your work so that you are learning, and that you aren't taking credit for anyone else's work. UF also wants its students to have fun but to be safe. There is a medical amnesty policy in place to keep students safe if there is underage drinking going on and if someone needs to go to the hospital, then there isn't the fear of being kicked out of the school.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are blue lights set up on campus for students to push if they feel threatened, usually if they are walking alone at night. The police for the most part are concerned for the students but I've seen one give a student a ticket for skateboarding in the bike lane. The skateboarder isn't allowed on the sidewalk or the street so they were in the bike lane, and still got a ticket. That issue needs to be addressed because they need to be allowed to skateboard somewhere.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I personally do not partake in parties, it's just not my style. But I hear about them a lot and I hear they are absolutely fantastic. But I also hear to stay away from Pike because they will drug your drinks, just being honest.

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Guys & Girls: I personally do not believe a school should be rated on how attractive its students are. There are a lot of students though involved in Greek Life and many love to party. You have students that dress anywhere from preppy to hipster, which creates a nice diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The locals love UF. But Gainesville is a "love it or hate it" kind of town. UF is like it's own little town with Gainesville which is really cool, but a lot of the surrounding area can be described as "hick town." But there are certain places nearby that are gorgeous.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is gorgeous. There is a lot of space for students to relax and enjoy the day. The Southwest Recreation Center is an excellent athletic center that includes small classes such as Zumba and Yoga. There are several libraries and each are great.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Since I have only just finished my freshman year at the University of Florida, I do not know much about internship opportunities for my major. I do know that my major will make me look unique when I apply for the veterinary program, which is one of the best in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The curriculum, professors, and workload at UF have all been pretty great so far. The professors are all understanding, the curriculum is strong, and the workload isn't too heavy so that students are not completely overwhelmed. There are also study abroad programs for students to get a true life and college experience.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: At the University of Florida there is a giant fan base. Most fans are average, they love their school and their colors. However, there are some extremists that ruin the name for everyone else. There have been people who have tipped cars, been in fights, and some have even shot and killed other fans. I love being a Florida Gator, but there are times it just goes too far.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is not extremely easy, but it is possible to get financial assistance and receive a good amount of aid from the school.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Most students seem thoroughly happy in Gainesville while attending UF. There is enough to keep life interesting, but not enough job opportunities to continue residing in Gainesville after graduation.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I'm asian and have many cultural differences with most of my friends, however I have never received any negativity or experienced racism. The economic and political sphere seem to be a little more homogenous, shifted to upper middle class and republican. Religions are diverse but there are many are believers of different variations of Christianity.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am living off campus next year in an apartment with my friends. Apartments are typically very affordable, with prices increasing as you are closer to campus which is reasonable. The landlords are very lenient and friendly, offering help whenever they can with payments. The process of leasing an apartment is very straightforward and simple, with most apartment complexes offering lots of help to the students when applying. There are lots of apartments close to campus so it is very safe.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of UF. Many greek students are involved in multiple organizations and event committees, as well as many community service programs. Greek life allows students to meet other students by creating benefit events, participating in sports, and going to get togethers. I am a part of a greek organization and I highly encourage my non greek friends to consider rushing a sorority or fraternity. Most chapters allow brothers and sisters to live in house. Non greeks and Greeks typically get a long well, but the 2 groups primarily tend to hang out with there own social circle.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls offer a variety of food of good quality, its easily accessible to the students. There is also a wide choice of other places to eat such as Chipotle, Starbucks, and Chick fil a which is all a part of the UF campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus health and safety system is great at UF. The school provides lots of programs to assist students such as a late night taxi system called Snap to prevent students from dangerous walks home alone at night. There are also many stations where you can alert police when you feel threatened.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I resided at Springs Residential Complex, which is a suite still dorm room. My experience was good, the bathrooms were always well maintained and the room itself was very spacious for a double. I made lots of friends in my hall and the cost was reasonable. The Resident Assistants were also very friendly and helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our school is very strict when it comes to drug use and parking. Drug use of any kind is never tolerated and results in high consequences. Police are stationed all around campus to watch for this kind of activity amongst both students and Gainesville residents. Parking is also very strictly enforced, tickets are 30 dollars and ticketing officers check parking spots from morning to late afternoon without rest.


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Chris Kirschner
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Some schools have certain advantages over others. Small schools give a feeling of community; large schools have lots of resources; private schools are ripe for close academic relationships with faculty; and state schools offer a good value. Well, UF is not your typical state school, and Gainesville is certainly not your stereotypical small town. Because this place is so big, it has all of the libraries, dorms, athletics, courses, clubs, and services you could want at a good price. But if you put forth just a little effort, you’ll find that the University also has more compassionate, down-to-earth professors, locals, and students that any small, private school could ever dream of having.

The best thing about going to a school like UF is that whatever you want to accomplish in life, it is probably obtainable through going to this school. You will never have to worry about not fitting in with anyone because the campus is a huge melting pot. Students are never bored on campus because there is literally always something to do with friends both on or off campus. And who wouldn't want to go to a school where the immense amount of school pride is literally unexplainable? It sure is great to be a Florida Gator.

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