Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system on campus and around the campus can get you anywhere you need to go in a reasonable amount of time. It is free. Get a scooter though, way better

2 College Freshman

Parking: You don't need a car on campus. Parking on campus is terrible unless you are a senior and even then it is few and far between. If you park anywhere you aren't supposed to you WILL get a ticket. Towing in Gainesville is also very active. A good idea is to get a scooter. They work well for getting around campus and parking is a lot easier.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Very diverse community. Anyone would be comfortable.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Very homey and diverse community. Eclectic downtown.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: UF provides a free shuttle service for students at night time called SNAP which helps a lot with safety. I have never felt unsafe on campus. However, there are certain areas of the surrounding town of Gainesville where I wouldn't want to be alone at night.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: A lot of bars downtown are 18+ and can be really fun if you enjoy dancing or cool eclectic vibes. Midtown refers to the bars along University Avenue, which are a mix of 18+ and 21+ bars and restaurants that convert to bars at night. There are always plenty of fraternity parties and house parties for underage students as well.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is in between a small town and a city. There's plenty to do, with a cute downtown scene and lots of fun bars and restaurants along University Avenue. You get a typical college town feeling when you're here, which is one of the things I love about UF. FSU, our biggest rival, is about two hours away.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is a nightmare! Make sure to leave plenty of time before class or exams to ensure that you find a spot.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There has been alot of breaches in security around campus but not necessarily on campus. I am very paranoid in my apartment

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is nothing that students cannot do here, from underwear runs that donate clothes to charities to people running around shooting nerf guns. there is very little we cannot do here

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live in an apartment and it is very nice besides the fact that our windows don't fully close

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Well for one, the male to female student ratio is low. There are more girls than guys that attend the University of Florida. Majority of the guys here all talk to the same girls and such so it's not really all that great when it comes to selection. Everyone pretty much does their own thing when it comes to dressing. The best way to meet people is to attend social events like football games, Gator Growl. FISS (Florida Invitational Step Show), etc.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process of getting your financial aid is pretty smooth and easy. They'll fix any problems you have asap and they really care about their students.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Never have any problems with transportation. All is great! Only problem is that it can get a little crowded in the mornings but other than that it is a great system.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are everywhere and they are all great. All types of food close to campus and just a ten minute drive to butler plaza holds much more. You can eat almost anything you feel like with a college budget. Food is great here!

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs can get full so your best bet is to invest in a laptop or iPad. The Wi-Fi isn't the greatest at times most likely because there are so many students using it. As for a printer, there are numerous places on campus to print free of charge, and there are other places that charge, but in my opinion, owning your own lap top is probably your best bet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The best dorms are in the Murphree area. These are the cheapest but also the closest to classes. Don't get stuck in Broward or Jennings. These are the big ugly freshman dorms. Oh, and you'll definitely want to move off campus after your first year in a dorm. That's just the way it goes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's not the best. Make sure you pay attention to what all the added fees will be before you sign your lease!!

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safety has never been an issue for me. There have been some incidents on campus but UF PD is really good about keeping updated on such things. But health wise it's been a bit of a pain. I remember one year, I was feeling sick to my stomach and tried going to the infirmary on Homecoming Day and they were closed. That just seemed weird to me. Another instance, I got into an accident on my bike and was sitting in the infirmary for at least 30 minutes before someone came to look at me. They didn't seem very busy and I looked messed up (even had a sprain in my wrist causing me pain), but no one really seemed concerned for me except for the guy who helped me over there. So you might have better luck getting an appointment with Shands on campus than the infirmary.

3 College Senior

Weather: It rains a lot! And since it is Florida, the summers are hot though we do get some decent breezes to help us out. But winter/fall is generally really nice weather. A light jacket and pants are usually enough to get through the day.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: They've been very helpful to me in getting all of my financial issues in order. It was easy enough to go and ask questions if I ran into any issues. It's a bit of a walk to their building but over all it's been worth it every time.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Illegal drugs are not that big of an issue at the University of Florida. Granted, there are always those that partake in the use of illegal substances, it all boils down to who you are associated with. You almost never hear anyone talking about drug use on campus, but underage drinking is a frequent activity in Gainesville.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: One thing I've noticed at UF is that there is a huge amount of ethnic diversity. Almost every ethnicity and racial background is represented on campus. UF has many different student organizations designed specifically for ethnic diversity, including the Black Student Union, Asian American Student Union, Latino Student Association, and dozens of others. There are also student organizations designed for a wide variety of social backgrounds as well. These include various religious groups, LGBT groups, and organizations for political activism as well.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone is really into varsity sports, especially football, basketball, and baseball. The stadiums for games are always packed. Every student and professor is full of school spirit! Most of our teams are also highly ranked this year!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is free for students, and it is very reliable. The buses are usually always on time. They don't run very often during the weekends though, so that's not too convenient.


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Chris Kirschner
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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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