Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most of the parties I have attended have been safe and healthy. The free transportation offered to students is also a convenient and safe system.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on the University of Florida's campus due to the great UFPD system. They are always around the campus at all times of day. They also have a system from which they send out automatic texts, warning students of an occurring crime on campus or around campus. Apart from the UFPD, UF also offers several free defense courses and security for the electronics a student possess.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I'm in the Art Education program, which is very small, but a very worthwhile program to be a part of. It would have been nice to have had more opportunities to interact with other majors and promote ourselves among people with related majors (since art ed is fairly interdisciplinary) but overall it is one of the best programs of this kind in the country.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: UF has typical Florida weather--mild winters and extremely hot/humid summers. If you are already used to Florida weather, this is not much of a change, but if you are like me, it was a little different seeing how quickly the weather could change inland versus the relative constancy of living by the beach. Aside from the occasional rain and hurricane season weather hiccups, there aren't other weather elements that should really cause any problems.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of life at UF. The percentage of students in a fraternity/sorority is much higher than average, and certain opportunities make their priority painfully obvious. Most notably, student government is largely dominated and controlled by Greek students. On the other hand, they did offer the opportunity for many parties and activities that non-Greeks (especially females) were able to participate in. Also, Greek students frequently participated in very worthwhile philanthropies that did great things for several excellent organizations.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Well, I havent started class yet. But I know the classes are large. However, UF is known for producing some of the best doctors. So something must be working!

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I recieved financial aid, but all government stuff and loans. The financial office is difficult to get in contact with and there aren't many scholarships available unless you apply for the hand-written private scholarships. Also they are not informative on which scholarships are available to apply for.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing seems to be very disorganized. I don't think that they can handle the number of students who are attending and need on campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I don't know everyone there, bt from the people I know that associate there, the students know how to have a good time and have great diversity.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to eat. Like Hardee's McDonalds, Zaxby's ect.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student Life on campus is what makes UF what it is.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is Great and most of the guys and girls are all nice. It makes the social atmosphere more fun and adds to the college life. Greeks are not really looked down on by non greeks. Most every sorority and fraternitys have houses on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I just switched in to my current degree field, but I love the program, the classes, the professors, and the advisory help. The workload is good for me because i really enjoy it.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process at UF is pretty good. As long as you keep up with the tedious process and requirements, your aid will come.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are literally hundreds of student opportunities on campus in the areas of athletics, campus events, and social events.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities at UF are great and easy to navigate and use.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I hope to one day recieve internship opportunities through UF.

3 College Junior

Weather: It can get really hot at UF starting around May, but this year while the winter wasn't as cold the cool air persisted throughout a lot of what I would have thought to be hotter months, so that was a really nice change. I do love winter and was sorely disappointed when the air temperature didn't drop as low as I expected it too. One thing to watch out for at UF is the humidity, sometimes, even when the thermometer doesn't read that high, it is like you are in a plastic bag with this weight sitting on you. It can be frustrating, but my advice to you is don't bother with jeans once May starts and don't worry about curling your hair because no one appreciates it anyway and it will just fall out. Save yourself the trouble and wear lightweight clothing and for ladies, natural make-up.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off campus from UF. While there are many places, such as chain apartment buildings that are owned and operated all by the same company who jack up the prices ridiculously high for something that isn't even that pleasant, there are some really great off campus choices. I truly enjoy living in a house, it makes me feel like I have a real home, and I don't have to worry about so many neighbors if I want to have people over. Also a lot of houses are genuinely cheaper that the apartment complexes and a lot closer you just have to find the right one, because like the apartments there are crappy houses with crappy landlords. It takes a lot of searching, but if you do it right and out the time and effort into your living situation you will come out a much happier person. I'm very grateful for the place I live now, it's perfect and I plan on staying there until I graduate.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I love the atmosphere of UF. It's facilities give an ambiance of an older time. I enjoy having my classes in the brick, 50+ year old buildings. As for the classes themselves sometimes I feel I have it too easy, this is why I picked up another major. Campus life itself is great though because you get to see people from all different walks of life come together for causes they think are important. UF has a great free speech policy, it allows students to petition, rally, and push the student group they want others to be a part of. One of my favorite things about UF is that you could ALWAYS find a club or organization that would fit exactly what you want because there are almost 1,000.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is very eclectic. There is something for everyone. From locally grown food to the typical college processed crap you will always be able to find someplace to eat. As for attractions, UF in itself is an attraction. At least once a week I find out something new about the campus I never even knew existed. And outside of Gainesville there is a lot of natural beauty. Don't expect to find students at arcades or out bowling, expect to find them at Paynes Prairie or Devil's Millhopper. This college town is a culture because people from all backgrounds, races, economic statuses, and political views live here and participate in the one of Florida's best universities.

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1 College Junior

Weather: Florida weather is extremely unpredictable. It sometimes rains while the sun is still shining!

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5 College Junior

Athletics: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!!!!! Gator football is the most fun ever!

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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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