Location
Gainesville, FL
Undergrads
30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It may be because UFPD sends us alerts every time a crime happens in or around our university, but it seems like there's a lot of armed robbery and assault on the edges of campus. Particularly near sorority row and Norman Garage. That being said, we have plenty of security options such as SNAP (Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol) which is a *marked* van that gives free rides to students around campus from 6pm-4am and Emergency Blue Lights. Also I've always felt safe walking around downtown at night. Date rape or rape at frat parties is a much larger concern than being assaulted by a stranger.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The varsity teams are good in almost every sport and are exciting to watch.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at gator dining is better than broward dining.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different apartments to live in and most come fully furnished. Buses go to the apartments as well

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek like at UF is average, its not a huge deal but they are definitely noticeable on campus. Some of them really do their part and are an asset to the community other are not. But I don't have first hand experience so I can't really say much

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Plenty of bars, clubs and partying to do at the University of Florida. It definitely helps to be Greek (in a sorority or fraternity) but not required in order to have fun. Great prices, great location to the school and very fun!

4 College Senior

Computers: Everything is very new, up-to-date and the very accessible. You get 500 pages of printing per semester and some labs have free printing within certain colleges. Overall, pretty great.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The college campus feel is great the surrounding town seems to revolve around UF. I will say though that traffic is pretty bad, the cops are bored and looking for trouble and that there is little to do if you don't like going to clubs or bars. Great sports, great food and everything is "college cheap" so it balances out.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: The school focuses more on the safety and encouraging not to do drugs or alcohol rather than being naive and putting all of their efforts into prevention. The rules are put in place, rides are put in place to avoid DUI/DWI's and they have many programs set in place to help with prevention, awareness and incentives to avoid potential problems. UF definitely plays it well and while UF is a huge party school, they are a very successful and prosperous education establishment.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: All sorts of people, very diverse but almost all are smart

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is free as long as you show your UF ID. there are multiple bus stops around campus. the buses run frequently.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's pretty good overall, but the Broward Dining Hall is very disorganized most of the time.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of places to go to. Mi Apa is my favorite place to go. It is cheap and very tasty. Other places I like to go is Peach Valley which is a breakfast place. There are many different places for you to go to. Almost any kind of cuisine you want they have

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The application process was difficult. It was also hard to get in touch with an advisor. I received some financial aid but not enough to cover all my needs.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms are far away from the center of campus but the experience is great for incoming freshmen.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are several seminars throughout the semester explaining student safety, the Blue Light System, and drug and alcohol safety. There do seem to be quite a few stolen bikes around campus, such as broken locks and bikes stripped of there parts even when they're locked up, so it's important to register it with the campus police! Lastly, the police sent out emergency messages to students whenever a crime occurs with detailed information. Overall, UF seems like a pretty safe and secure learning environment.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computers to choose from on campus, even one in the main student center where students get around 250 free prints. There is also a computer lab in the Architecture building that is open 24/7 with computers that serve multiple purposes such as touch screens. The network has definitely improved since a couple years ago. For instance, before whenever you wanted to access the computer you had to always log into the server, including on a smart phone which tended to be a hassle. Now, however, after following a couple of simple steps at the beginning of the semester you no longer have to log in every time you wish to access the internet.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gainesville in general is extremely student friendly. Food places are open extremely late for those late night cravings and places such as Mid-town and Down-town are popular off campus hang out spots. As far as on-campus goes, there are always fun activities to participate in. The main library, Library West, is open until late and there is even a Starbucks in there open 24/5. We have a big, and newly constructed, athletic center that has a ton of machines and an indoor track, basketball court, volleyball court, and activity rooms.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is overall very nice in Gainesville. Some days will be very sunny and bright, and because students tend to walk to from class during these hot days it may be uncomfortable because of the heat. But we do get out chilly days and the days that it rains. When it rains, which isn't really all that often, it can also be annoying. All in all, the weather is usually very beautiful here.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty nice. There are so many places to choose from, and they have pretty good hours over the weekend.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are very convenient, and run every 5-10 minutes.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation at UF is great. I live off campus and do not own a car, so I therefore have to rely on the buses. At first I was a little hesitant to use them, but I have no complaints. There are two bus routes pass by my apartment every 6 minutes and I personally have not had any issues with any of the buses. They are all very punctual. Also, there are so many different bus routes that navigating through Gainesville is not an issue at all. The buses are free for UF students. Also, there is a special bus called the Later Gator that trasports students back and forth from midtown to downtown, where the clubs are at.

Other than the buses, UF offers a service called S.N.A.P which drives students around campus night. This is done to aid the small amount of buses that run late at night and to increase student safety when traversing from extreme of campus to the other, not that safety is an issue.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall, it is pretty good with the safety measures on campus, and for health with the student health center

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are so many options of majors that you can choose from...you'll be able to find the right one for you

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities at UF are really pretty good, such as the research labs, medical equip, rec centers, athletic facilities, etc.

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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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