Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the campus housing is good on campus especially the ones with their own bathrooms in them like Hume and Beaty. I remember having friends in the other dorms and during the weekends when their bathrooms wouldn't be cleaned they would be pretty disgusting.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit here at UF is amazing! Every football and men's basketball game is always packed with enthusiastic fans who get there hours before the game to cheerfully support their team. Even sports like gymnastics, which aren't usually well-attended meets in other schools get their share of fans here.

1 College Freshman

Parking: At UF, the parking is terrible, mostly because they give out a lot more parking passes than there are actual spots. Plus, a lot of the parking spaces are restricted to upperclassmen or faculty so the parking you will get as an underclassmen is usually very far away from your classes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus isn't very strict, it's rather straightforward. Just don't do anything illegal.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation system is really well thought out in Gainesville. There are several buses that reach every part of campus every five to ten minutes. There are also 15 minute buses that go further off campus to apartment complexes and the airport as well. Another good service is SNAP (Student Night Auxiliary Patrol) that will drive you anywhere on campus after calling them. Both of these transportation types are free.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: If you have less than 60 credits, you can forget about finding a spot. Decals are given out based on how many credits you have. If you live off-campus, don't even think about driving to class

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life has decreased the size of a relatively large campus. I have a place to call home, a support system. Greek life provides me with opportunities to get involved in school organizations as well as in community service. Of course, the parties are a perk too

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Students like riding the bus because there isn't a lot of parking on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very knowledgeable in the subjects they are teaching.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at the University of Florida are very good! The classes aren't too hard but students definitely have to work for a good grade.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: There's two areas you can go to: midtown or downtown. Midtown is cheaper and right across from campus. Downtown is about a mile or so away from campus.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: At such a big school you get people from every stereotype. I'm in a sorority so most of the people I'm around are very preppy.

4 College Senior

Academics: Nursing major at University of Florida. Loved the program, wish the classes were a bit smaller though.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of restaurants around the city of Gainesville for students to choose from. There are also restaurants that are specific to Gainesville which gives students a sense of closeness.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are plenty of different types of people on this campus, meaning there is someone for everyone to meet and get along with.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are many dorms to choose from in all areas of campus. The bus routes also cover every area so students don't have to walk very far to and from classes.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are much older than other Universities in FL, such as FL state and USF. The quality of the dorms can vary, for example, some are very old and do not even have air conditioning, others are set up like apartments and have full kitchens and living rooms. However, the cost is good and it is safe. Also, you are close to everything on campus which will save you time and gas money.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The buildings are old and historic, which in my opinion is beautiful. However, the insides are far less picturesque. Although UF updates the classrooms, I wouldn't say that they are "state-of-the-art" facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at UF are excellent! It is awesome to be learning with such a high caliber of students and professors.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is a pretty small town, because UF makes up almost all of it! But I would definitely say that there are many cultural activities such as museums and theaters that make Gainesville exciting.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are amazing at UF! On numerous occasions, the professors are the ones that wrote the textbook for the class. They are very intelligent. I know they could be doing other things with their degrees (and probably earning much more), but their passion is to teach, which is evident.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I think UF has numerous options that can cater to almost anyone's dietary needs

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of places to eat off-campus. There's a whole strip of restaurants just north of campus. Most places charge pretty much the same amount that on-campus restaurants charge

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments are definitely easy to come by in Gainesville. The further away you get from campus, the cheaper they get. The bus system is pretty good, you just have to deal with longer and more crowded bud rides if you live further away.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food in the dining halls can get tiring after a while, but there are several restaurants on campus, such as Moe's, Chomp It, etc., that you can use your meal plan with without dipping into your flex bucks. Otherwise, flex bucks are a great way to add variety with the other restaurants on campus

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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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