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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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Reviews 4831 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Worsening Situation – When I was a freshman at UF, things were relatively safe. Crimes would happen once in a blue moon and the main safety issue was drunk drivers. But now, as a senior, I've seen it become more and more unsafe. Every year brings along more and more armed robberies, kidnappings, and hectic searching for criminals across and near campus. My roommate and I live a mile from campus and we alone have had to call 911 three times in the last 2 years because of crimes; from break ins to harassment. In none of the situations have the police managed to catch the people responsible. I look forward to graduating next semester and getting out of the spiraling safety situation here in Gainesville.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Good, but Somewhat Expensive – There are plenty of apartments around campus, but you have to start your search early if you want to get one within close walking distance to campus and classes. However, the rent prices can run a little high depending on where you choose to live. If you choose to live in one of the farther away apartment complexes, there are plenty of reliable buses that run very frequently to the most popular places to get you to campus and around town.

4 College Junior

Diversity: UF seems pretty diverese to me. There are LOADS of clubs and organizations for minority groups, and there seems to be a lot of support behind them. I have met many people, from many backgrounds and all different places around the world while attending UF. Of course there are some people who aren't as accepting as others, but the majority of campus seems to appreciate the diversity.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Great Spirit Overall! Almost everyone at UF has AMAZING school spirit, especially when it comes to sports. The facilities are nice, for both the school's athletes as well as the "regular joes".

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Very Chill – It's a very chill campus. Everyone does what they want and everyone is so nice. If you need help finding something 9 times out of 10 they will help you and give advice on how to get there or anything that you are doing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a big variety of off campus dinning. There is many restaurants on the main road as well as a walmart, publix and target. There is a lot of fast food places as well. The only problems with them is that they are kinda far off campus to walk so you need to take a 15 min bus ride which is not bad. There are some that are in a walking distance to campus which is nice.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Here at the university, although it is a big school there is plenty for students to do and get involved. Although the school is kinda very greek oriented you just need to find your own little group. I would suggest join a lot of groups, go out of your way and meet people in your hall if you live on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not Bad, Very Nice – There is a great and diverse option around campus ranging from low to higher prices. But all off-campus housing has buses that go from the neighborhood to school and to any shopping centers. The buses come about every 15 minutes so its not a bad wait. All the off-campus housing I have visited have been very accommodating with big rooms, kitchens and living areas. Plus the places always look clean and nice.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Love It! Buses are extremely convenient! Constantly running and make it very easy to get to class, or really anywhere on time. Plus, it's free to students! And you don't have to worry about parking.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: A Little Sketchy at Times – There are UF alerts of an armed robbery on or close to campus at the very least, once a month. I also saw a pretty bad and bloody fight once on campus. There were no cops or any kind of law enforcement to break it up. Overall, I feel relatively safe, but there is room for improvement.

2 College Junior

Parking: Pretty Bad – It's not really worth it to park on campus. Permits cost about a hundred bucks and it's close to impossible to find a parking spot. I always take the bus. Much more convenient.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Their Own Thing – The Greeks are kind of separated from others. They don't dominate UF, nor are they invisible. They're just there really. Being a Greek mostly means parties and guys/girls. If you aren't a Greek, you can still find other parties and meet guys/girls elsewhere. All in all, it's not a big deal if you join the Greek system or not.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It all depends on where you live but overall i would say that it is better than staying off-campus. The only downside is that is further away from campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: They are very strict when it comes to cheating and academic misconduct.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The university of florida provides great academic programs as well as a great social life.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Psychology Was the Best Choice – I originally wanted to apply to vet school after my undergraduate studies until I took a chemistry class. After struggling so much in these introductory courses I made the decision to pursue a psychology degree and it was a great choice. I am happy with the way things have turned out and wouldn't redo it if given the choice. My career goal is to work with humane societies and create a rehabilitation center for dogs that have aggressive behaviors in order to eliminate the behaviors and give the animals a second chance at adoption. I do have concerns about finding a job since what I want to do currently doesn't exist but I am still optimistic to the idea.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I got to UF and am a Psychology major and I have never taken such interesting classes before. The courses cover a wide spectrum of topics and are very fun. There are revolving topic courses that change each semester sometimes a class will be about drug abuse and the next semester it could be about eating disorders. The professors are wonderful too and many are willing to help you in office hours or even just sit down and discuss your interests in Psychology.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Not That Challenging – Declaring your major at UF is fairly simple. At preview you declare your initial major and if you ever change your mind throughout your semesters you can go to an adviser and have your major changed. The only aspect that could make it difficult is the critical-tracking courses. Critical tracking courses are select courses required for your major that must be taken certain semesters in order to be on-track for a major. For example, I am a Psychology major but if I happened to change my mind and want to become a Chemistry major I would have to make sure I have taken the critical tracking courses up to the semester I am currently enrolled in before being able to switch majors.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless Access and Network Speed – The wireless access at UF is great. I didn't have an Ethernet cable when I came to UF but my dorm room had wireless and I haven't used a cable once to get the internet. Overall, the speed is decent there are a few days when the internet does crash but the tech department is great at getting it back up and running. Be forewarned though on the days of registration for classes or housing your internet will likely crash due to system overload with the number of kids on the network.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are free buses around campus that have many pick up locations and multiple buses per route so you never have to wait too long. There are also free nighttime buses around town as well as a service that you can call to get picked up and driven at night so you don't have to be walking the streets after dark.

4 College Junior

Academics: Apply Yourself! The academics are tough, but not impossible. Professors are easily accessible through their office hours, just send them an email. Pay attention to the syllabus because that's basically your contract with the professor. There are a lot of really cool classes offered through the honors program like an entire class on Harry Potter books! It really is what you make it, cause if you study you'll get As and nothing is more satisfying than having a good GPA at UF.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lottt in Gainesville. Which can be difficult if your only mode of transportation is a bike or if you walk. But autumn is beautiful and the winter is lovely, especially coming from south Florida. It doesn't go below 30-40 degrees and that would only be at night. The summers are disgustingly hot, but you'll get that anywhere in Florida.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Midtown is easiest to get to from campus and there is everything there. You've got jimmy johns, tijuana flats, pizza by the slice, munchies, pita pit, and relish (a burger place). Everything is amazing and you can get most of those meals for 7 bucks or less.

4 College Junior

Academics: The thing is, it's all what you make it. It can be really easy to just coast through UF's psychology major with Bs and get the degree. But if you read the textbooks and study for the tests, A's are not super difficult. Also, there are so many opportunities to get involved that it would be dumb to just drink your life away. I've had really great instructors. And the undergrad psych coordinator, Lise Abrams is amazing. She sends you emails every week with important stuff going on and most importantly opportunities. I've volunteered at the Child Advocacy Center, then got an internship there. I had an internship at Peaceful Paths. And I am working in 2 research labs with awesome psych professors. All of this I found through her website!

5 College Senior

Diversity: So Diverse – There are almost as many black and hispanic students as white students.

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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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