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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Butler Plaza Has Every Major Dining Franchise You Would Like! The butler plaza area is about a mile from campus; they have all sorts of franchise places and little diners. You can get quick meals or long, fancy dinners, from McCallister's place for a giant potato to Bonefish grill. If you want a local restaurant, head downtown, where the more eclectic dining experiences are available.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Everywhere – Pretty much any type of housing you could want is located in Gainesville, from luxury high rise large complexes to single houses of all shapes and sizes. Apartments are available throughout the city, with some right off campus and others several miles away. Prices and inclusions are variable, but if you look you can find the apartment that is right for you.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Free Printing Available – There are plenty of computer labs and libraries available allover campus. I sometimes feel like lugging a computer around even with the wifi is a bit inconvenient. There is only ONE place on campus you can print for free. If you print anywhere else you usually have to pay in bulk, or get charged to your account which must be paid before each semester starts.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The Campus Shuttle covers all the main apartments surrounding campus and everywhere on campus. Its almost impossible to need a car. However if you are not a student but would still like to use the bus to get from one place to another you have to pay. After around eight o clock, there are roughly three buses, route Later Gator A, B and C. They run until two in the morning, however the routes are drastically abbreviated. UF recently implemented Gotcha-Rides. You can call and have your party picked up at the door and taken where ever, the rides are free, but tips are recommended. They also only run until roughly three in the morning.

5 College Freshman

Academics: workload is a lot! Curriculum is rigorous, hence the high level of competitiveness for good grades. Lots of programs are offered to help students.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – The girls are hot the guys are cool. Very diverse campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: An Older Look – The UF campus has an older feel to it and it does have some of it's original buildings. It's very cool to see the architecture and it looks great. We have newer buildings as well and one such building is a gym which is state of the art and awesome to use. I've used it myself with friends and it is definately the best gym i've been to. The only problem is that it's in a part of campus that is far away from the living areas and the classes. It's definetly a walk but it is worth it. The stadium, however is probably the best part because it is the center of the Gator Nation and is the best place to be during a game or if you want to reflect when no one is there.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Warm and Rainy – It's very warm her being in Florida and it does rain quite frequently depending on the season. Classes don't get cancelled unless a hurricane or an extreme tropical storm comes through though it's never reached that bad since I've been here. The rain usually ends up being more of an annoyance rather than serious.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Landscape Architecture – I am a landscape architect major which means i'm in the college of architecture. It's a unique experience being in my program. For one, there are not a whole lot of people in the college so you will see some of the same people from class to class. Also, it gets you thinking creativly and anylitically which is an awesome combination. I enjoy it because it is what I like to do and when you enjoy what you do, you tend to be more involved and more interested than if you weren't. The instructures are awesome and they know what they are talking about. Many of them had their own practices or work for a large firm and would sometimes use their projects as examples in lectures which, to me, is really interesting because you get to see what your teacher did. It's a great environment and the building itself is pretty awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Landscape Architecture – I am in the Landscape Architecture program and I couldn't be happier with how it is all set up. The teachers are very well versed in their respected fields and I have learned a lot from each one. I can't really comment on the design courses since I have not yet participated in them (I plan to next semester) but I've been told they are very interesting and definately a challenge. I want to be a Landscape architect or an urban planner so this program is perfect for me and it is one of the best.
I don't really have any concerns about getting a job. I plan to intern with someone (possibly disney) and get a job out of my internship. The field I am in is going to be needed in the future.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – You get alerts if someone escaped from jail, or if someone stabbed someone, if someone is running around armed. Things may happen to girls on campus, usually if the girl is drunk and decides to hop in the car of a total stranger just because he offers a ride. Be smart and you'll be safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is important to certain ethnicities. Some people take it too seriously and feel as if they're a nobody if they dont become greek. Honestly if someone is non-greek by choice they can have different views toward those who are Greek. People who become greek tend to change, so be aware of that because friends who knew you before you became greek will notice.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – There is just about every race you could possibly think of that goes to this school, so there is no reason to feel left out. There is also people who make up organizations based off of their culture backgrounds. I have met so many people from different parts of the world, and it's truly a learning experience. There are also different groups for people of different financial backgrounds, political beliefs, religions, and sexual orientations. It's all a learning experience as well as a place to fit in.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless Access – Alot of times you are required to constantly update your computer just so that the internet can work. You have to constantly log on if you're go to a different place on campus and it gets pretty annoying.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Activities – The school provides many organizations for each person to join and so many activities are happening that you can't be bored. There is something always going on for students to do.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: SEC Explains It All – UF is in the Southeastern Conference for sports, which pretty much makes sports incredibly important. We also have a National Championship in almost every sport. Students love attending sporting events, and can attend everything but football for free. The Fall semester practically revolves around football. If you want to participate in sports and not just watch, the intramural program is exceptional. You can play anything from Quidditch to flag football, and most students will participate at some point!

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Depends on What You Do – UF has three police forces on campus, so things like speeding and parking violations are VERY strictly enforced (you pretty much can never get away with it). But things that occur in the dorms are the responsibility of the Resident Assistant, so the punishment tends to differ according to the RA. UF has a student honor court and legal team, so if you get in trouble for anything on campus (especially plagiarism and cheating), you can utilize the honor court to fight the punishment.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Benefits Outweigh the Negatives – There are some excellent dorms on UF's campus, but there are some bad ones too. A lot of the freshmen dorms are being renovated, so they are brand new feeling. Some of the older dorms (especially in the Murphree area) are definitely old, but you can't beat the location. I lived on campus for two years and loved it! It is so much easier to get involved on campus and make friends when you are living on campus. The most important thing to remember when picking whether or not to live on campus or where to live on campus, is that it's a dorm, not a resort. Don't have too high of an expectation!

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is pretty cheap but the clubs are only open until 2am.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Great at First – At the beginning of every academic year, the food is phenomenal. There is a huge variety to choose from, and the dining staff is friendly. As the year goes on however, the quality of the food really takes a plunge, and it seems like the dining staff does not put as much effort into their work. I would only recommend buying a meal plan for freshman year, but nothing after that.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Gainesville has an amazing nightlife to it, but that's if you're 21 or older. There are a ton of bars and drinking venues around campus, but not a lot for underage students. There are a lot of house parties that go on, but you have to know the right people to get in.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The libraries are amazing, state of the art facilities. There are several different libraries around campus to choose from, with each specializing in different subjects. They are fantastic places to study, with most of them being very quiet and usually not too crowded. Some such as Library West even have food and refreshments such as Starbucks to help with those late night study sessions!

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Business college is very helpful. I am very satisfied with the education I have been receiving.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Very Well Maintained – All of the facilities at the University of Florida are all very well maintained. The gym, for example, is huge and always very clean. There is always some sort of workout equipment available to use and it is two stories high, allowing for many people to work out at the same time. The library is the same way. There are six stories and plenty of clean seating available for everyone.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: UF has a strong social scene... and that scene is usually at night. Hotspots are Frat Row, Sorority Row, midtown and downtown. On campus, drugs and alcohol are practically non existent. Some people may be smuggling contraband past weary dorm RA's but that's not where the ragers are (except for Broward Hall which has a very "social" reputation). If you are into the scene, you'll know where to go; likewise, if you are opposed, there is very little overlap so it is easy for you to avoid if you so desire. Greek life is synonymous with partying. Don't join if you are adamant and can't handle peer pressure. As for drugs, I'm sure there are circles of usage but it's not nearly as dominant as alcohol.

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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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