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

Facilities: I guess Gainesville's social scene really sets it apart from other university cities. It's a small town compared to most college towns but thats exactly what makes it so great. located right next to the university is a place called Midtown where a bunch of food places, bars, churches, study tutors, clubs, and shops are located. It makes it super convienent to hang out there right after classes or to meet up with friends. Plus, a lot of people live behind it so they can easily pick up breakfast while on the way to class.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is so many great things to do on campus. The atmosphere is very open and welcoming. Ever since I stepped foot on campus everyone I've met wanted to get to know me and get me involved with events,clubs,sports, etc. The school offers great environments all around campus to study, a variety of food joints, and over 800 clubs to be apart of! There are so many great things to do at UF and through them grows greater pride for the Gator Nation.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: If you live off-campus you better forget about convenient parking during class time. If you live on campus the need for a car is limited. Campus cops are very struck about parking in the wrong places and you could end up with more than 3, $30 tickets (a piece), if you don't follow the parking rules.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a little bit of everything. Yet the Greek scene is huge so "chubby's" are taking off. There are also more free spirited, hippie styles. Lots of hipsters!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a variety of professors to choose from. This is great because not everyone learns the same way. Variety is the key to keeping students interested and on their toes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a psychology major and I am very pleased with the variety of courses, their availability and the professors I have had.

3 College Senior

Weather: During the Summer, it gets extremely hot, if you're into that. Winter will vary from unseasonably warm to frigid... The Spring and Fall are very fickle seasons, but for Florida, the weather gets very unpredictable during transitory (Spring/Fall) seasons. Rainy weather comes and goes as one could expect with Florida weather.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: They have your generic advocacy against underage drinking and utilize RAs to police the matter. It is at the RAs' discretion how to handle issues, such as drinking, but generally an issues are quickly resolved. HIGH strictness on plagiarism, but other than that, the school is fairly relaxed.

3 College Senior

Computers: The computer labs can get crowded and the often have ridiculous start-up times. Once they get going, they tend to work fairly efficiently.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing around the UF area requires some research and comparing, but you can narrow down where you want to live based off of price, amenities, distance, bus routes, and parking. Also it helps to know what kind of community you are interested in (more undergrads, grad students, faculty, families, etc.) Overall, off-campus living is far less costly than on-campus and offers infinitely better amenities, living space, parking, and more. The only drawback would be the distance from your apartment/condo complex to UF.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life on campus is great. It's a great way to meet new people and get involved with things on campus. There are event held every few months for different housing areas and getting to class is easy since you're already on campus. Each housing area, like the muprhree are for example has lounges where you can just relax and watch TV or play ping pong, or even study.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a great experience and makes it easy to meet new people. The only negative would be being housed with someone you don't get along with but UF does a great job making sure this doesn't happen. When signing up for campus housing UF has you fill out a questionnaire and uses you responses to pair you with a compatible roommate.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computers at UF are very up to date, however I have my own laptop so I have no need for the school computers, I'd also suggest investing in your own laptop because of convenience purposes. The network reliability is great, I've never had a problem with it unless maintenance was being done on the system but the school always informs you a few days in advance that the network would be down. I also suggest investing in your own printer. My classes required a lot of papers that had to be typed up and handed in, also it's a good idea to have printed copies of all your syllabus'. If you can't get your own printer there's free printing on the 3rd floor of the reitz union (250 pages a semester)

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is a bit of a hassle if you don't provide all the information up front the first time. When I first applied for financial aid I had to go through a few extra steps (very time consuming). However, everything turned out alright and I got the financial aid I needed. This past month I applied for financial aid again and this time I provided everything the school would need and got response back regarding financial added fairly quickly.

4 College Freshman

Parking: There really is no need for a car on campus, I personally think public transportation works just as fine. My friends have cars and whenever we go out we end up taking the bus just to get to the parking garages on campus. The only time you would need a car is for shopping but then again there's places to eat on campus plus meal plans.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't personally stay off campus but I have friends that do. Every time I go over I always have a great time, living off campus in my opinion makes you feel more like an adult rather than living on campus. There is always parking when I visit and there are always three or two bus routes that stop by each housing complex off campus. They're also very close to campus so you don;t have to stress being late to class. I recently talked to a friend of mine who lives off campus and she told me how much she pays for a full school year which is actually a few dollars cheaper than what I pay, she has her own room and bathroom, there's also a kitchen and a living area. I can;t wait to live off campus myself and experience college a different way.

4 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into the Microbiology pre-medical program was relatively easy. There was no special application process when applying. You do have to keep up with the major requirements and grades to ensue that you can stay in good standing within the program.

4 College Junior

Majors: The Microbiology program is a great program with many opportunities. I enjoyed all of my classes and found them all to be relevant to to my field of study. Many research opportunities, including jobs, volunteer work, and internships are always available. My career goals are to go to Medical School and become an Emergency Department Physician. I do not have any concerns about finding a job because the health care field is on the rise.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. It is an open campus, but has many safety features on it. It is well lit and has good campus security, including blue light emergency stations where you can call for help. When called, emergency campus police will be on site in less than 60 seconds.

3 College Junior

Majors: The application process was easy to complete but my college sent admission letters very late... July. This made making housing arrangements and plans very rushed.
As always, it is better to apply as early as possible.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few basic places to go eat, like everything from Tijuana, Moes, and pizza places. Gainesville isn't home to many extravagant places to eat, but everything they do have is good quality and fairly affordable.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think that Greek life is a big part of UF. A lot of things on campus revolve around being Greek, like dance marathon, relay for life and many other organizations. The majority of Panhellenic frats and sororities have houses. The sorority houses are top notch, and the fraternity houses are pretty dirty and could use a lot of work.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in the state of Florida in general but especially at the University of Florida is bipolar. In the summer it gets very hot (I come from South Florida), and in the winter months it can get as low as the 20s. It rains sometimes but we rarely have any serious thunderstorms. Some days the weather is fantastic and days like today the sun never came out. Bring all types of clothing.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Maybe it is just me however I have had a negative experience with financial aide. I am entering my second year at the university and I basically just receive loans which is very disappointing. There are many scholarships offered and available but in my opinion they are difficult to be awarded if you are not a minority and are an only child.

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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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