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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 5295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of frat people here. If that's your thing then UF is for you. Unfortunately, it's not mine.

2 College Freshman

Academics: They're alright. The classes do not go very in depth and the professors are average.

2 College Freshman

Academics: It's very difficult because they technically don't have my major so I have to go through a convoluted process in order to create it and it's still not exactly what I want.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Midtown and downtown are both really popular with students. That's where all the clubs and bars are. For the students that are more adventurous, Lake Wauberg is a really fun place to go, along with all of the hot springs that surround Gainesville

3 College Sophomore

Weather: During the summer its hot and rainy, but during fall and spring semesters the weather is pretty nice. It can get cold but it's never cold enough to snow

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The apartment style dorms are pretty good, you don't even need a meal plan because you get a kitchen. The meal plan does make life easier though and the food is alright.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very secure on campus! Police cars are always visible. There is also Student Night Time Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) which is always available for free rides anywhere on campus 8pm-3am for students. Students are encouraged to not walk alone at time. The bus system RTS is also very convenient and safe. Streets are mostly lit and as long as you are cautious, you are going to be just fine. Just make sure to be aware. There are UF Alerts that promptly alert you of any crime or suspicions on campus which are also very helpful.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is a college town, therefore mostly everything outside of campus is usually catered toward the college population. Restaurants and stores do tend to close early, which can be inconvenient. Overall, theres not much to do but its not where you go, its who you're with. With such a large campus, you are bound to find something to do. There are some local bars and clubs that are fun. Some diners stay open late for students.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers at the printing lab are very few. Sometimes you have to wait for a while to print out papers, since it is free. But other than that, the wifi is always working and there are plenty of other computers to use in the libraries and student union centers. Network can be slow sometimes, but for the most part, its up and running. Guests can access students through the UFVisitor Wifi and students can access wifi using DHnet with their gatorlink username and password. Having a personal computer is recommended.

3 College Junior

Computers: I use my personal computer at school, and it has not failed me yet! However, do not expect to go online if you have any programs that share or torrent downloaded information. Also, the computer lab is available for all students. They are located in several libraries and labs. A plus is that one of the libraries is open 24 hours a day. Also, you can get 250+ pages of free printing depending on your college.

3 College Junior

Facilities: If there are two things to remember about student campus life, it would be about the amazing Krishna lunch and the Turlington Plaza.

Krishna lunch, or what I like to call Krishna buffet offers vegan friendly meal and drink for about 4 dollars. Even though I don't know what I'm eating half the time, the spices and aroma make it tempting. The meal includes a main dish, side dish (varies every day) sweet dessert, and a salad with dressing, I like to call "crack dressing" because it's so delicious. The best thing about the Krishna meal is that you can come back for seconds, thirds, and even fourths. It's a good bang for your buck.

The Turlington Plaza has a potato statue and french fry statue. More likely than not, you will probably have to walk through the plaza at least once a day to get from class to class. Walking through the plaza is like being Indiana Jones on an adventure. Why? The things that go on in Turlington is like a maze or obstacle, depending on how you view it. There are dozen tables with different clubs and organizations with information at the plaza. And walking through, you'll either be chased or cooly waved by a person to get a a flier for an event. (That's how I got introduced to my club.) Theres always an activity like dancing, four square, or even a protest going on any time of the day. If you walk through Turlington, you're bound to get interested in something on campus.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I'll be honest and say that I've changed my major four times because I could not make up my mind. Colleges and courses at UF are not an easy stroll at the park, however, the professors, TAs, and faculty have been very accommodating to meet the students where we are at in order for us to achieve high expectations.

I have finally chosen a major, Family Youth and Community Sciences, that I'm satisfied with and even taken on a part time job (feels like a full time job) as a teacher's aide at special education elementary school.
I've spoken to my professors about this on several occasions, and they have helped me tremendously on applying my learned skills in my job.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: High school grads want to go to UF for 3 reasons: it has the best education in Florida, it is Gator nation mania, and it's ranked one of the top party schools.

UF is a "party school" because the nightlife scene can fit any college student personality.

You like parties? No problem, your destined to go to a Greek sponsored themed party whether it's a word of mouth from your new roommates or high school buddy. It's a great way to get make friends and drink free beer.

What about raging? UF is close to a bundle of clubs for you to fist pump, salsa, rave, and even line dance to.

For those who enjoy the chill, alternative environment, downtown is lined with bars and pubs serving the best locally brewed beverage, and Hookah Lounges to sit, talk, and hookah.


And the best thing about Gainesville is can walk to any hot spot within minutes!

4 College Senior

Athletics: Great programs for student athlete tutoring and to become a student athlete tutor. Great sport programs for students interested in doing club or intramural sports as well.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life runs the school. Getting involved in it will open a lot of doors for you. There are a lot of politics in greek life but it affords opportunities for invivoment and connections that would be more difficult to come by any other way.

5 College Senior

Computers: There are computers located all over campus, with printing labs and I feel it is well planned out.

2 College Senior

Parking: The parking at UF is not the greatest for connivence. I bought an off campus decal for 500 plus a semester so I could walk to campus. The bus system however works well for most students and is extremely efficient day and night.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: 2 dining halls, with one being slightly better than the other, but tons of chains on campus! The prices are slightly higher on campus than off, but it's not by that much. There's always something open until midnight which is very nice.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is a true college town. The people here are friendly and the Gator Spirit is truly everywhere. The campus is old and beautiful, while the surrounding areas offer a nice collection of parks, residential areas, a small downtown, and pretty awesome restaurants. There is also nothing like a Gator football game!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely prominent at UF. If it's something you're interested in, the opportunities are certainly there for you. If not, there are plenty of other ways to consolidate the 50,000 students on campus into your own group of friends. Student government and many things on campus are pretty much greek dominant, but just because you aren't greek absolutely does not mean that you can't get involved.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at UF are actually pretty good. A lot of freshman get stuck in Broward Hall with "late-application triples", and that's probably the lowest level dorm you could get. Beaty Towers are really nice dorms for freshman and sophomores, but do get taken up quickly. Overall, I've heard good experiences about the dorms at UF, and everybody is usually happy that they were able to live the dorm life and have that special college experience.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: UF is a huge public school, so aid is not easy to come by. I'm surviving on one scholarship from outside of my school and Bright Future's, so I'm scraping the bottom of the bowl. They have aid once you get here, like to do research and study abroad, but not for tuition as an incoming freshman. Plus, the financial office can be quite cumbersome to incoming students.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Its just prevalent enough where it can be seen on campus, but not enough where it gets annoying. I have plenty of friends involved in Greek life and since we rarely have problems with hazing here, they all seem to love it. They make campus very social and diverse.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Hume is the Honors dorm on campus and is the most newly renovated with all the perks of a good freshman dorm on campus. The roommate situation wasn't the best match, but I dealt with it. I liked the first years room and because of it I will be living on campus again next year.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The University of Florida IS athletics. This past year our football, basketball, and gymnastic teams have gone so far along with the variety of other sports we have. We dominate. And the growd goes wild. There is so much school spirit and fan support from all the Gators at UF. Everyone is so involved and connected through the importance of sports and the pride we all take in them. Nothing brings students at this school more than those events because it is through them that we all share something in common.

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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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