Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5221 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: It just really sucks that anyone that lives off campus can only get a park and ride decal, which doesnt really help at all.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The University of Florida is generally safe, and buses are widely available.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The clubs are horrible, but the 21+ bars are a fun atmosphere. Fraternity parties are usually a good time depending on where you go.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: There is no special application process for entering the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department. It is deciding what you want to specialize in within the department that can be challenging. There are four focus areas from which to choose: Human Dimensions, Management, Quantitative Science, and Ecology (as well as a combined Master's in Urban and Regional Planning). There are many students that know precisely what they want to do, but I am not one of those. I have changed my mind three times, and there were always conversations to be had with advisers, curriculum plans to fill out, and mini explanations to write about why I wanted to do what I wanted to do. The paperwork process is not difficult; deciding what you're interested in more than anything else is the hard part. My advice is to take advantage of the diverse opportunities and follow your heart.

4 College Junior

Computers: I have never had any problems with finding an on campus computer or having to print. We even get free printing!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. The UFPD is never far away and I can always have SNAP come pick me up and take me where I need to go if I don't feel safe.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is a lot to do as long as you are willing to look. There is something for everyone. There is always a party going on somewhere or some kind of club activity to get involved in. There are fun cheap things to do like bowling or Gator Nights at the Reitz!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My specific major offers many venues that catered to my needs. Through the biology major, I was able to find many research opportunities and volunteering opportunities. The advisers in my program are great, they have provided me with much of information regarding how to apply to medical school and how to be a more competitive applicant. The classes so far have been great. Since I enjoy science very much, I enjoyed these classes. The only problem is that the beginning classes are what we call "weed out" classes and they are designed to be very difficult to discourage people who are not serious about the program to drop it. Otherwise, great program!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Gainesville has good off-campus dining but unfortunately it lacks in variety. There are many small places that are found only in Gainesville, such as the Flying Biscuit, a local breakfast place that's to die for! Most prices are within a students budget range, as it is a college town.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville, in simple terms, is a college town. The night life is great, with plenty of activities for night life and for just a great weekend. Gainesville is surrounded by several springs, so making a weekend trip with your friends is a great experience. Mid-town is right across the street from campus with great restaurants, bars and clubs. Downtown offers many clubs as well and the buses that run until 3 am will take you anywhere in town you need to go. There is a local lake for the students of UF. Any student can go kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and sailing for free. Great atmosphere!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains heftily during the fall semester and during winter. The combination of cold and wet do not mix. But towards the end of winter and in the spring, the weather is absolutely stunning! Perfect weather to study outside in the plazas and parks.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There are some crimes that occur on campus such as muggings and vandalizing but as long as you travel with a friend at night at lock your doors you will most likely be fine. The university has emergency phones all along campus and they provide texts to students in case a crime has been committed telling them what the person looked like and where it occurred.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Every college campus is going to have students that do drugs, however it all depends on who you hang out with. Students aren't using drugs openly on campus or in public facilities such as restaurants and bars, it would most likely take place at a private party.

3 College Junior

Majors: The classes are good, but the advising in the School of Journalism and Communication are even worse than the other colleges.

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2 College Junior

Weather: IT RAINS ALL OF THE TIME! and for someone who is on campus it sucks because I get soaked walking/riding to class.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Its pretty good if you are into getting wasted and/or being harrassed by drunk guys that think they are hot stuff.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't like the Sorority and Fraternities. They cause lots of probles

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: As an English major I was impressed with the pedigree and literary diversity of the faculty within the department. Most professors were very open with their students and welcomed office visits. Some, though were not fond of technology, and preferred old-school projectors and handwritten lecture notes. Courses on topics such as Literary Theorists, Anxiety of the Fifties, Folklore, and Popular Culture and Literature provided the opportunity to explore, analyze, and apply theories to every kind of text imaginable. I would honestly say that I hated to miss any class because the discussions were so thought provoking and my colleagues were creative and fresh in their perspectives.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of apartment complexes and larger homes that are perfect for groups of friends to share. While there are many options out there, the prices can be a little higher than average, no matter where you are in the city. Getting close to campus is always the best option. Making sure you are on a bus route, with a stop near your place is paramount. Public transportation is a must because there is extremely limited parking on campus for students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football is always huge. The SEC is the most powerful athletic conference in the country and there is no joking when it comes to Saturdays in "The Swamp", especially when rivals like FSU, Tennessee, or LSU are in town. (The Geosciences building often detects a 2.0 earthquake just from the noise of the fans!). Gator Basketball under Billy Donovan has blown up in the last ten years: back-to-back National Championships and three consecutive SEC titles. Women's sports like gymnastics, softball, and volleyball are consistently National Champions, and sports like soccer and lacrosse are growing exponentially. The Gator Nation is alive and well!

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is medium sized college town with plenty of activities on and off the University campus. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the hiking trails, freshwater springs and rivers, and the unspoiled beauty of Gainesville. Those looking for an exciting night life will have no problems with local pubs, bars, clubs, and house parties kicking into high gear, especially when the Gators have any type of sporting event at home. Tailgating is a city past-time and there is no doubt when the alumni RV's start rolling into "the swamp" that the Orange and Blue faithful are ready to rock. Musicians and artisans will find entertainment venues scattered around town, and those looking for a taste of the historical can enjoy one of the state's largest and oldest renaissance fairs every October. The "little sister" to UF, Santa Fe Community College is just up the road, Florida State, is only two hours away, and the beautiful Florida coastline is only an hour's drive in either direction.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Alot of diversity occurs throughout campus due to many organizations and activities promoting cultural awareness.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is really great in and around campus during the day. Forget about parking during the school day, though

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of places to eat near and around campus, different options and choices

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty good overall selection of choices of places to eat on campus


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Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
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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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