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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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1 College Junior

Parking: Impossible to Park – parking on campus; well there is none. If you have never taken a bus you better get used to it because it becomes your best friend. Commuters should get to campus at least 30 minutes to an hour if you want to get a tiny space in the commuter's lot, but highly doubt it will be space there so take my advice and take advantage of public transportation; besides it is free and saves you gas money and you can count another day to buy the college favorite: Ramen Noodles.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Exciting on Campus – The majority of sports here at UF get the students, alumni, and faculty excited. Football and basketball do have the most supporters, although each sporting event is fun to watch. Many have active crowd participation and all of the sports teams at UF are high ranking.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Sometimes Overpriced but Worth It – Most of the dorms are pretty nice and it is very convenient to just be able to walk everywhere you need to go. It depends on where on campus your dorm is. Also the price can sometimes be higher than you'd think it should be.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Few Spots – Parking around campus can be a real pain in the butt. This is especially so on football game days since there are so many people around.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I always feel safe around campus. Its very well lit at night with police patroling at night. If you ever do feel unsafe there are safety lights around campus with buttons that contact the police and they will be there quickly to walk you home or inspect something. If there is anything going on you will get a text from the police with updates on the situation. It's always a good idea to lock your doors because laptop robbery is common on any college campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: One of the great things about UF is the diverse population of student from all over the world. Many international students come here.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Take Integrity Seriously – Do not try to cheat or do anything against the honor code or you will get in trouble. Also smoking is not allowed on campus and underage drinking is taken seriously.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Greek Life Is Great – A great way to meet girls, joining a fraternity and having social events with sororities is a lot of fun. The girls are hot (for the most part) and are almost always just out to have a good time. I've made some great friends here, and met some not so great people, but I would say, as a whole, the university has pretty good guys and gals.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not Bad, but Nothing Special – The dining halls serve the same things every day and it gets pretty repetitive. The food court in the Reitz Union as strange hours and I never now when each restaurant is going to be open. I was only on a meal plan for a few months freshman year and then switched to fraternity meal plan.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: Non-Greek Is the Way to Go – Greek life is HUGE at the University of Florida. There are many sororities and fraternities to join and it seems to be the primary focus at the beginning of each semester when rush begins. Many students join Greek life primarily for the social aspect. Greeks tend to stick together and there is definitely an atmosphere of superiority. What's interesting is that out of the school's main two government parties, you can basically label them as "Greek" and "Non-Greek" and guess who always wins? There have also been cases of hazing at our school and we only know of the ones that have been exposed.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation at UF is a nice commodity to our school. The buses come by fairly often, about every 20 minutes or so at each stop. In addition to the option of on-campus transportation, some of the buses also take you off campus, making it convenient for those who do not have a car. The best part is that it is all free; all you have to do is show your school ID. We also have SNAP vans that you may call if you need on-campus transportation from 6 pm- 3 am everyday.

College Senior

Greek Life: UF is all about Greek life. Almost everyone is in a sorority or fraternity. I consider that quite obnoxious just because they all dress the same, talk the same, and have to buy their friends. Some people may want to be a part of this because they want to be more involved and want to make friends much faster. If you like that then this is the place for you. If you absolutely hate it, do not come to UF. It's all a matter of taste.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Choose Off Campus – Living off campus is much cheaper than living on campus. It's also much better because you are not living under annoying school regulations. Live with roommates and you will definitely cut the costs significantly. Some places are expensive but you just have to do your research. Gainesville is pretty small so wherever you go you will be pretty close to campus and they have an awesome bus system (you will never park at UF, it's impossible). Don't settle for the prices and fees that landlords give you, you have the upper hand.

4 College Senior

Majors: Psychology Give You Space to Explore – UF has a strong psychology program. Most of the professors really care about the students and about the work that they do. Psychology classes are some of the most interesting classes you can take, but then again I am a psychology major! If I could do it all over again I would, though I wish I would have had a better idea about what my career goals were from the beginning. The good thing about the psychology program is that you can do a lot of things with it so you are not married to any one thing. I would like to go on and pursue the field of counseling psychology though I am also very interested in research having to do with positive psychology and health psychology. I am not so concerned about finding a job in my field as I am about making the amount of money I would prefer but I believe I can make it happen.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: UF is well lit at night and provides students with boxes where they can quickly call someone for help if it is needed. Campus police are constantly securing campus and are quick to respond to a problem on campus

4 College Senior

Majors: Relatively Easy – I applied to the Psychology program as a transfer student. It was a normal application process and the most they asked from me were two separate paragraphs discussing why I wanted to be a psychology major and what I wanted to do after graduating. The first thing they really look at is your grades and whether you finished all of the pre-reqs. After that is out of the way they will look at your writing and extra-curricular involvement.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great atmosphere. People are very involved and it makes you want to be involved on campus. The social scene is so fun and the game days for football and many other sports is amazing. Libraries are a place to hangout, which seems weird, but it encourages studying.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Favorite Grade – This grade in my major is the easiest good grade to achieve. Its soooo unbelievably hard to achieve an A- or A in the science major classes such as physics and organic chemistry if you also want a social life as well with clubs,etc. But if you attend class everyday and turn in hw and quizzes on time with a good effort theres no doubt that you atleast get a B grade.

4 College Junior

Majors: Music Major for Life! I started out as a Mechanical Engineering student, and I liked the program a lot, but I just knew it wasn't my calling. I am extending my graduation by a year so that I can follow my passion in Vocal Performance, while also completing a Non-Profit Organization Leadership minor. I absolutely do not regret my decision to change paths (and I gave it literally years of contemplation before committing to it) and I would definitely do it again. UF has a wonderful music program. Honestly, the music building - or MUB, as we fondly refer to it - is very idiosyncratic, but on most days that just makes us love it more. I feel like my professors are truly preparing me for graduate school, which is my goal.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Affinity Groups for Everyone! At UF, you can find people from LITERALLY all over the globe. You will probably meet people from places you've never even heard of, and you will frequently stumble upon a group of students speaking a language you don't recognize. There are affinity groups of every size, shape, and color all over campus, including ethnic student organizations and fraternities.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Always Room for Improvements.. I love the facilities at UF. However, some are much nicer than others. The grounds are ever-improving and renovating spaces to best serve the student's needs, which is always appreciated. There are still some areas that need work: I vote that the music building get updated ASAP (speaking from personal experience), but the new physics and slew of engineering buildings are beautiful, and I love spending time in them!

5 College Junior

Facilities: Something for Everyone! There are far over 800 student organizations affiliated with the University of Florida. There is never a shortage of tarp banners on quad corners advertising student organization activities or events. I love having the option of getting involved on campus, and there are so many choices, that you can always try something and if you don't like it, just join something else next semester. :)

5 College Junior

Athletics: Rain or shine... hot or cold... light or dark... win or lose... I will be in that stadium 7 Saturdays during the Fall semester. I love Gator athletics and bleed orange and blue, whether we win every game or not. I was lucky enough to be here during the Tebow era, and while he isn't charging team to victory and our stats are suffering a little bit, I love being in the Swamp with 90,000 of my closest friends and classmates. I also really enjoy going to our Basketball games and Gymnastic meets. Our women's gymnastic team earned the title of National Champions last year! No matter what season it is, It is ALWAYS great to be a FLORIDA GATOR!

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5 College Senior

Facilities: Dean of Students Office – The Dean of Students have great programs and services designed to help students excel academically and personally. They really do care!!!!!! You can't help but love them! :)

5 College Senior

Facilities: Counseling Center – The Counseling center is VERY helpful to students who facing tough times in their lives. The counselors are extremely help and the resources are great! They even have massages available as therapy. I love it!

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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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