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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
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Average
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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Unless there is an issue the police usually do not bother the activities unless the noise gets to loud we hardly ever see police.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is definitely a college town however there really isn't much of a nightlife if it's not during football season or when a special event happens.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: UF has an incredible security system for its students: if an armed robbery, theft, or some other potentially dangerous act occurs anywhere close to the university in the Gainesville area, the students at the school are notified via text message immediately, and are told to report any unusual sightings to the appropriate number. Additionally, there are emergency signaling posts located at distinct locations across campus. Finally, there is a university service called S.N.A.P. (Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol) that picks up students from anywhere on campus during the late hours of the night.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I am a fifth year senior, and in the past 4 years at the University of Florida I have heard of only a few friends who have used drugs or talked about going to parties where there were drugs. This is the first year that I have seen students smoking on campus (even though UF is a tobacco free campus).

3 College Junior

Academics: Being a Psychology Major puts me in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the biggest college in the school. With over 60% of the students in this college its not the easiest to make appointments and make a name for yourself in it. I'm satisfied with my education but i feel because of the vast amount of students in my college its hard to speak and be heard. My best advice is to become as involved as possible and find a adviser you like and stick with them. The workload isn't hard although it might have to do with my fascination with the subject matter.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Gainesville is a pretty small town. Other than UF there really isn't much here. They do have all kinds of foods but not the best quality. Growing up in Miami I was spoiled with an assortment of quality foods. For the small town it is there is a decent variety of food choices it just depends on how willing you are to look.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The places on campus arent too bad you have your usual franchise's Burger king, CHick F, Subway, Pizza Hut, and many more options. As for the dining halls the food alright. On game days is the best time to eat in the dining halls. The dining halls are more of a place to meet people and be social.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You will find a mix of individuals at the University of Florida. Although it seems that Greek life takes over the social scene. People in Greek life love to stay within their clicks and show off their letters as much as possible. When it comes to looks According to some surveys UF has the 4th hottest girls in the nation, as for the guys were not too bad either ;) Regardless of who you are you will find a group you can fit into though.

College Junior

Scholarships: Other than Florida Bright Futures I didn't apply for any scholarships. I have a lot of friends who did apply for scholarships though. There are many opportunities out there to get money for your education. Just apply to as many as you can and hope for the best. Making appointments with counselors is a good way to get information on where to apply to scholarships.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: First there are several services to keep you safe. One is SNAP which is a night bus which will transfer you to and from any location on campus. You can sign up for a text alert which updates you on any crime in progress. Finally there are emergency poles around the campus which if the situation requires it can be activated. When activated a siren goes off and a police unit is sent to your location.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You will find all kinds of people here. Most people seems to be involved in a sport or a couple clubs. Everyone seems to have something they are interested in and this makes them very engaging to talk to and get to know. It helps that everyone seems very friendly as well.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking or even just driving on UF's campus can be a nightmare. The speed limit is 20mph everywhere, and you always have to stop and wait for pedestrians crossing the street. During the day, you can wait an awfully long time. Certain parking lots require certain color decals, have hourly restrictions, etc. You can buy a parking pass for the Commuter lot for I believe $100 per semester, but it's far away from any classroom hall. Don't even try to park somewhere without a decal - campus parking enforcement is always patrolling, so you are essentially guaranteed a ticket with a hefty fine. Honestly? Don't drive yourself; use the public transit service (RTS), even if you live off campus. If you have a Gator1 Card, you ride for FREE (normally $1.50 per ride, $3.00 for an all-day pass). There are buses that circulate campus every 10-30 minutes during normal academic hours. Sure, they can get crowded during peak hours, but when they're empty you get where you need to go quickly without having to worry about parking, tickets, etc. There's a bus stop almost everywhere on campus. The buses are air conditioned well, too.

3 College Junior

Weather: Being in Florida, the weather is obviously hot and muggy most of the time and sporadic rain showers and thunderstorms are common. During the summer and fall months walking to class can be uncomfortable and leave you feeling uncomfortable in classes, and rain jackets or umbrellas should be with you at all times. But the winters are mild and very nice, and you get to enjoy the leaves changing without having to go through harsh, snowy winters.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The University of Florida has a state of the art recreational facility, South West Rec, where students can play tennis, racketball, lift weights, do cardio, etc. The campus also has lots of green space, from the North Lawn to Plaza for the Americas and much, much more. We even have amazing libraries split up by content, like law, science, etc. All of which have wonderful computer labs, electronic book shelves, and group or individual study rooms.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The public transportation at UF is pretty good, but there are certain routes like the North/South Circulator that could use more than one bus in the route and campus buses should also run on the weekends, which they don't currently do.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to the University of Florida initially because I knew the college of business was really awesome. However, when I realized that I wanted to study nursing instead I was lucky because their Nursing program is really great too. The University of Florida has many great degrees and programs for whatever you want to study. The teachers are available to help you answer questions and the guidance counselors will answer all of your questions and even help you realize what you want to study if you're unsure. I feel very lucky to be a student at UF.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: At our school we have this program called SNAP which is a transportation system for students on campus during the hours between 6pm -3 am. This way we have a reliable way to return to our dorms without walking by ourselves and it promotes students to call SNAP instead of driving after a few drinks.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains a lot here during the summer which isn't a problem because it gives me a chance to wear my cute rain boots! Most of the time it's very sunny which gives me a change to go to Lake Wauberg with my friends and relax by canoeing and kayaking! I can't complain to much about the weather to be honest.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Nursing program is so awesome! My advisers really work with me and help me figure out my classes.The workload is tough but the teachers are really intelligent and love what they're teaching! I am very satisfied with my education thus far.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Party School – every friday night it's gator night. everyone can get involved.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Beautiful Compus – There is Alice lake, I have heart some one saw gators there.
The Gym is pretty good too.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good Times – living on campus; you get to be close by for the football games and tailgating, you get to bond with people who live near you and there are thousands of clubs to join.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Too Focused on Greek Life – Most people here are friendly, and there are a decent amount of options of things to do. But when I was a minor, it was much more difficult to find things to keep me busy.

4 College Senior

Academics: Many Options for Courses – Psychology is the largest major at UF, therefore we get many benefits, such as many scheduling options for classes, including many really good online classes. Furthermore, we have our advisers, which cuts down on the long lines of general advising. The undergraduate research opportunities here are also some of the best statewide, with numerous chances to get involved, from being a research assistant to a participant.

4 College Senior

Academics: Very Varied – The academic quality at UF depends on which academic course you are on.

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Chris Kirschner
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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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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