Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, so I can't speak for the process.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most students move off campus after freshman year. There are a lot of options, from houses to apartment complexes, and at a wide variety of price ranges. Chances are you can find something close to campus for a reasonable price. Popular apartment complexes include Courtyards, Jefferson 2nd Avenue and Royal Village.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UF definitely isn't the most diverse school in the country, but there is a good mix of cultures and backgrounds here. In addition, you can find a club or group for pretty much any race, religion, or sexual orientation if you'd like to.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: It really depends on the dorm. Some, like Hume, are pretty nice, with suite style accommodations. Others, like Broward, are a bit run down and traditional dorm style. However, the social atmosphere is the best at Broward, and if you're looking for a social place to live try to get in at Broward, Rawlings, or Jennings.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Overall, the courses offered tend to be great quality. Some of the class sizes are ridiculously big, which can be frustrating, but if you try to meet with professors they're usually accommodating.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: UF has a huge alumni network that's great for after graduation. In addition, the career fair always has a ton of great companies hiring, and the Career Resource Center is very helpful.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports are huge at UF. Football and basketball are a big deal on campus, and gamedays are always fun. Intramurals are also big on campus and easy to get involved in.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There's some really great local places to try, especially in the downtown area. Favorites include Leonardo's Pizza and the Top.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: UF has a very strong Greek life. Greeks contribute a lot to campus through philanthropy and involvement, and it's a great way to meet people.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The dining halls aren't too bad, and there's usually a lot of decent options. The Reitz and the Hub have several choices for when you get tired of Broward or Gator Dining.

2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Besides the university, there's really nothing in Gainesville.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Overall, UFPD and administration is pretty laid back. However, watch out for parking...they love to give out tickets.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Between midtown, downtown, house parties, and frat row, there's always something to do any night of the week. Drink prices at midtown are really cheap, and gameday nights during the fall can't be beat.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Although some people do not agree with a "strict" system for "adult" student, I look at it as a protection and safety net. They officers on and off campus are helpful and understanding.

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3 College Junior

Majors: There are several students all over the world applying for my program. Therefore, admission into the university is quite difficult for the Liberal arts and Sciences program. One top that was helpful for me was that if you do not get in your freshman year, go ahead and attend another college and then apply as a transfer student upon completing your AA or AS degree.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: Being in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program at UF is such a rewarding experience. This program has taught me so much in such a short amount of time. What I love most about my program is that it has fully prepared me for all of my future endeavors!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone at UF is very open to gaining more knowledge about others religious backgrounds, culture, and heritage. No matter if your white, black, or Asian, you will have no problem finding a supportive diverse group of friends.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek community stays actively involved in several different charitable events and community service. Each chapter makes a point to inform everyone about what their next event is about and how to participate.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Can be hard to find your place with 70,000 other Gators, but it's been worth it for me so far. Still a long way to go.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's great to be a Florida Gator!

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of chain restaurants and fast food stops, but definitely some cool local shops as well.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As such a prestigious school in this state, there is hardly any merit-aid like other schools. Applying for University scholarships is not discussed with students (found the directory on my own and have never heard anyone mention it) and a complicated process. I have received a need-based grant from the school for each semester I have attended so far though.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: My program (Classical Studies) is small but I definitely feel that I've found my niche! So far I've only worked with graduate assistants (and not professors) but that will be changing in the fall. Still a decently heavy workload, but not too overbearing (I am learning a dead language, so it's bound to be challenging). Will be double majoring in Philosophy as well.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Highly rated. Heavy workloads but learn a lot. Definitely feel prepared for future classes.

1 person found this useful Report

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Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
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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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