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

Greek Life: They can have great parties, but in general are the cause of dangerous drug, alcohol abuse or a false sense of social life.

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4 College Junior

Weather: It is warm nearly year-round, never snows, and there is great outside weather.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It's Gainesville, there is a WIDE variety of people. Could be good or bad depending on where you go

4 College Senior

Academics: Health Science is awesome in terms of exposing you to the health care system. Your junior and senior year, you are in the same building as PT students, PA students, Pharmacy students, nursing students, etc. and you're right next to Shands hospital. That being said, this major is incredibly easy unless you add some difficult electives. It is more of a critical thinking and busy work major than anything. Knowing what I know now, I would have done Applied Physiology and Kinesiology to have a better exposure to the science-based courses before going to PT school.

4 College Senior

Academics: The university definitely produces great results as is evident by our alumni, but at times while I've been in attendance I've felt like I was just being rushed through and missing the real experience of growing and learning from professors. There are a few gems of classes though that I've really enjoyed, especially my musculoskeletal anatomy class where I was able to learn anatomy on cadavers as an undergrad.

2 College Senior

Weather: It's hot basically year round. It's depressing not to have a true seasonal experience. And when it rains, it pours. Drainage is not idea either so you get flooding pools on the sidewalks. Rain boots are a must.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Luck of the draw. A little expensive but very convenient and simple to get into. Socially is either great or horrible depending on the floor.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Not in greek but the people I know in it do very well. Great opportunity socially with a fairly broad range of people and also allows for easy involvement

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Once you're 21 the nightlife is fairly good. Good variety of places to go. Hard if you're under 21 though

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus life is great. Around the student center there are various clubs that meet, a movie nights take place within it,and gator nights(every friday) have various of fun activities. They also have a comedy club which performs in a restaurant next to the student center which can make for a fun night out.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I love the weather in Florida, especially a little farther north of where I once was so it's a little cooler. It will rain sometimes but the weather is great.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining is decent, nothing special but decent nonetheless. The dining halls themselves are a bit expensive for lunch and dinner and sometimes the food isn't great but by and large its a good way to get lots of food. There is a good variety of on campus restaurants but the hours on many of them aren't great.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: By and large the facilities are excellent. The campus life is robust and there is always something going on you can participate in. There are plenty of opportunities for research in a variety of fields. I honestly can't think of anything wrong you just have to be willing to look around some for what you need.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Excellent bus service.there's a bus in every 10 min and the best part is that the bus can be tracked using trasloc app.UF had the most convenient and well connected bus service.late night travel are well supported by lator gator buses.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is extremely hot in the summer months, but otherwise the weather is pleasant. The winter is almost non-existent and it usually only rains during hurricane season.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is extremely prevalent on campus. They run all major student organizations, such as student government. If you are in Greek life you will have many more opportunities than non-Greek students. However, this system divides the campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses run fairly often and all over town and campus and are completely free to students. The only problem arises when the bus comes to popular apartment complexes and the bus is already full.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You have your typical looking guys here. Occasionally there will someone pretty hot and he's probably in a fraternity boy. It's a little less determined for girls, but there are quite a few pretty girls. I'd say the ratio of attractive girls is higher than attractive guys. Some of both gender seem distant, but everyone is pretty friendly when you put yourself out there. Everyone dresses pretty well. I'm starting to think I'm the only one who shows up to class looking like I got run over by a car.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: UF is great with the diverse knowledge of professors, the great classes, especially the types of classes available. The registration process can be a little tricky to figure out, but a lot of the time it is pretty simple compared to that of other schools that I have heard about. If you can't get into a class you need to stay on track, you can talk to your academic advisor and they will explain what you need to do to get into the class. The workload, depending on your major, can be difficult. It is a lot and normally it isn't entirely easy. But tutors, study groups, TA's, and professors are all available for a decent amount of time after classes, and during office hours to get help. UF offers a lot of free tutoring, and so many libraries that if you need somewhere to be quiet and study, you'll find it no problem.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity at the University of Florida is crazy. With 55,000 people on campus you see and meet people from nearly every background. In my residence hall a lone there are 20-some girls each from a different country! The school is known for its amazing diversity, not only of race but of financial background as well.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Chemistry major. I am extremely satisfied with the education I am receiving from UF. The quality of education is extremely high, as well as demanding. The curriculum of a Chemistry major is pretty much every major core science, multiple calculuses, and if it has not be fulfilled already, some english credits. The laboratories are a bit worn down and could use a remodeling, but the stafff is impecable and extremely knowledgable. There are plenty of opportunities for free tutoring and extra help from the teachers, in fact it is encouraged. UF provides an amazing chance to network with many wonderful and intelligent instructors and counselors for when it is time to get a job. Not to mention they have incredible opportunities for research and internships.

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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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