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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Average
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Reviews 5198 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Senior

Computers: Our computer labs are excellent! Most of the colleges have their own special computer lab geared to help you complete your type of assignment. We have free printing on campus and various other low cost printers. Most people have their own computers and our WIFI is excellent and never really crashes except during "class picking" season. If you don't own a computer it is not a huge deal.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at the University of Florida is pretty big, especially in the greek scene. If you are greek you know people who partake in drugs or you yourself do drugs. However, drinking is far more popular overall on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you're into the nightlife scene, UF is the place to be. During weekdays, you will find a few frat or house parties here and there depending of the friends that you hang out with. As most UF students know, the weekend here starts on Thursday night (yes, that's right, THURSDAY). There are midtown bar areas, which I think serves more of the 21+ population since they serve drinks but 18+ people are also welcome. Then there's downtown where the nightclubs and hookah lounges are. The public transportation system makes sure that you get home/dorm safely because they run till 3am (an hour after the clubs close). Overall, nightlife is great here.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I personally think UF provides a great environment for socialization. There are all types of guys and girls here with a variety of interests. One thing that I have to say though is I'm not a big fan of the sorority/fraternity folks but I still think people are friendly and the chance to create a good relationship is great.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: As an environmental science major I am thrilled with the UF masters program. The majority of the classes are available online (so it is possible to get a UF degree but not have to be on campus) and the professors really know what they are teaching.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are plenty of intership/job opportunities and funding that the facility make students aware of on a regular basis. The program is designed for working students that don't necessarily have to be on campus, as the majority of the class have a web-based video/lecture component. The only downfall is that students not on campus can't participate in the variety of on campus events (department bbq, or student leadership).

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene here isn't big, especially if you pick good friends to hang out with. Drinking is more popular

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is an awesome way to have fun at this University. It's not necessary, but great if it's something you're interested in.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are many distinctive and vocal groups that promote various types of diversity on campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: A lot of the housing is older (and some dorms do not have AC), but they are generally clean inside although about antiquated.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity in every realm of life at UF. There are students of every race, religion, political affiliation, and sexual orientation here. Check out UF's list of clubs to get involved in a few that suit you and your personality!

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most guys and girls that are freshmen are involved in Greek life, as evidenced by all the greek shirts you see people wearing around campus. Besides them, there are all types of people: rednecks, skaters, and the like.

4 College Senior

Weather: Florida is hot, and Gainesville is incredibly hot. It is worse in August and May, and the winter and fall can be chilly especially with the wind, but I have yet to need gloves or a nice winter coat to handle any of that. Game days early in the season can be especially brutal, so sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife is very good for Gainesville being a college town. Downtown has many clubs that are 18 and above, and include dubstep and rap music, and sometimes have concerts as well. Midtown has a good choice of bars, some dingy, some nicer, some that are restaurants during the day. Most of midtown at night is 21 and up. Also, fraternities houses usually through parties around holidays or on the weekends. If you are a girl who is not greek, it is easy to go to house parties if you know someone or ask around.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: As expected, housing closer to campus is more expensive and usually results in smaller rooms and fewer parking choices. The bus system, however, is quite convenient and if you live a bit further than walking distance, you can take a bus to campus. Parking on campus is tough and far away, though if you live too far you may be forced to drive. Most places are pretty safe, and cost depends on what you want and where you want it.

3 College Senior

Academics: It is tough to work with the bureaucracy of the administration when applying to classes and meeting with advisors, especially in the bigger colleges. This is the worst part of the academics. The best aspects are the study spaces available (Library West, Pugh Hall, Plaza of the Americas, the Hub, the Reitz, etc.), the curriculum, and professor reviews.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am a History major, and although the program and the college has been hit by state budget cuts, the professors are still passionate and the class offerings are decent. I very much enjoy being involved in the major and knowing a number of history professors. Upper-level classes usually rely heavily on articles and numerous small books, which can get expensive at the beginning of the semester.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is the only real source of transposition. It usually very helpful for most parts of town. IF you get stuck with a bad route, however, it can be quite an annoyance.

5 College Junior

Majors: As an accounting major, I am very happy with the program. It is very challenging but it is one of the top 15 accounting programs in the country. All of the big 4 firms as well as many middle market and local firms recruit from UF. There is I believe around a 95% job placement rate in the college and if you belong to the honors society (Beta Alpha Psi) there's a 100% job placement rate. For me personally, I really want to work with one of the big four and hopefully become a partner one day.

4 College Junior

Majors: Getting in to the accounting major wasn't difficult. I actually applied to UF as a potential engineering major and I was accepted into engineering. However, by the time Preview (orientation) came along, I decided to do accounting. With the help of my Preview adviser, I signed up for the right classes and let the accounting college know that I wanted to do accounting and they accepted me within a couple weeks.

5 College Junior

Athletics: If you're a sports fan, then the University of Florida is obviously a place you'll enjoy. If not there's no need to worry, I'm not like the many people who applied because they have good sports. They also have lot's of academic opportunities and an excellent nightlife and social events.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of excellent local restaurants around town. It's helpful to be friends with someone who lives in town and know lot's of the landmarks and local places. Don't just go to the chain places (like Chipolte compared to the local restaurant Burrito Bros.) that everyone goes to.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There's nothing wrong with the physical apartments, but there are problems with the landlords and companies that own apartment complexes. For the apartment I'm currently at they never gave me a copy of my lease or any move in information. I had to call them several times and most of the calls went to an answering service and when I asked to be put through to the office they would only tell me they'd send a message to them, when I insisted to be put through personally I was told that no one was currently at the office (they told me this at 3 pm on a Thursday afternoon, so it was either a flat out lie because it was during business hours or they have the worse staffed business ever). I also had a difficult time during move in because the staff tried to get me to sign a contract saying I had read and understood the rule book (which is also part of the lease) without reading it, saying I wasn't allowed to get it until I signed (I refused to sign it, so they gave me the rule book). It seems like a lot of the people in the apartment business try to take advantage of the fact that we are still students. My advice is to hold your ground and know some Florida laws (for example, they can't withhold your security deposit unless they have informed you by written notice 30 days prior and they cannot keep it in an interest bearing account, if they do you're entitled to the security deposit and the interest they earn on it).

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: You don't see a lot of drug usage here at UF, most people do that in their own trustworthy and small segments. Alcohol is the more dominant substance, especially around game days. Most college students here will drink while underage in the clubs and bars because they will get away with it.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation here on campus is great! The transportation on campus is supplemented by the Gainesville Regional Transit Services so its free to ride campus buses, and free to ride the city buses with your college ID. The buses typically run until 1AM or 2AM and then there are the later gator buses that run on the weekends after those hours. If you're stranded on campus and need to get back to your dorm they have a late night service that you can call and have them pick u up.

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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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