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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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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.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's Great to Be a Gator – When people think of UF, they usually think first of Gator football and second, of the size of the school. While the social life here at Florida ranks pretty high in Gator priorities--and with the sporting events, Greek life, fun midtown/downtown scene and all the things to do on campus, we have plenty to do--it's not all fun and games. At the end of the day, classes are no cake walk and our students only made it here because they were the best and the brightest. There's a reason we jokingly call our main library "Club West..." It's because it's the place is raging with students 24/7, a testament to the studious attitudes of most UF students.

UF's size is often thought of as a negative when students are choosing schools. I clearly remember putting that on the con list when I was evaluating schools. However, what I didn't realize is how many doors UF's size really opens. We are called the Gator Nation for a reason! In any class, you'll find students from a range of hometowns, from Florida's biggest cities to the nooks and crannies of the state, not to mention out-of-staters from across the country. Furthermore, with so many students, UF has just that many more resources to provide to all of us. There is a huge selection of things to get involved in from Student Government to Greek life to any of over 900 student orgs, the lifeblood of our campus. It's all about finding your niche in what interests you and then owning that. That is how one student shrinks a University of over 50k people to a strong supportive community of peers.

Go Gators!

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Convenient and Hard to Find – Parking on campus is very annoying and inconvenient. It is hard to find parking even if you have a parking decal. Freshman and some sophomores get horrible parking in 3 different lots that are not places well. They do not have enough parking for commuter students. I always have to get on campus early in the morning in order to find a spot for the day.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe but Sometimes Not – We do have some crime on campus, mostly on the outskirts near sorority row. I like getting the texts alerts to let me know what is happening at the time, but It scares me to know that it is happening two blocks or so away from where I live.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The Melting Pot of Students – Not only is UF rich in it's diversity, but the students are open to ANYTHING. I was a white member of the Black Student Union who was never discriminated against. I attended Krishna lunch and dinners at the Bhakti house on a regular basis. My friends took classes on different languages and religions and we all bonded with the International Students in Weaver Hall and got henna tattoos from a tent set up outside the Reitz Colonnade during Islamic Awareness Month. If you're Jewish, you can attend services and Challah for Hunger benefits at Hillel or Chabad. If you're Christian, there's every church denomination in Gainesville to satisfy your needs. There are Hindu temples and Buddhist meditation events. Even walking through Turlington, you're bound to hear a sermon from local religious leaders or help build a sukkah for the rabbi.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The "Sunshine" State – Maybe it's because I'm a Florida girl and I'm used to the occasional random spurts of intense rain or blazing heat. In my time at UF, there were only occasional storms, and they never lasted more than a few hours. In the winter months, it gets cold in the morning and nights and is light-sweater weather by mid-afternoon. You don't need a parka. An umbrella will suffice, but it's nowhere near England-level. For the most part, UF is sunny and windy. Sometimes it's overcast and cloudy and doesn't rain. I love it :)

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Reggae Shack – This place blends the spices of the Caribbean with late-night live jazz and exotic artwork. It's located downtown, not too far from the Hippodrome and trendy boutiques and close to a few different RTS buslines. The menu has everything from oxtail to Ting soda. I went here throughout freshman year and even had my birthday party here, gorging on dulce de leche and rumcakes with my friends. The staff are friendly and efficient, the prices are awesome when you consider the sheer amount of food you get (most dishes come with a bed of rice, cabbage, and fried plaintains) and there is even a section of the menu dedicated to vegetarian options.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: You can't take a Gen Ed without meeting a sorority girl or total frat jock. Though many of them fit the stereotypes of being preppy and snooty, a lot of them are very nice, especially if they are in frats for Pre-Legal or Pre-Med tracks. There are lots of parties and fundraisers all year long, and you will not be able to walk through Turlington without seeing frat boys rapping and breakdancing or sorority girls in matching T-shirts talking to their bigs. I liked most of the Greeks, but when it comes to campus politics, they practically dominate with the Unite party and it gets messy.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Pretty Great – They did a pretty good job of giving me financial aid and avoiding loans. Advisers told me that they would be the least helpful in the financial area of my schooling, but they offered the most aid out of any school I applied to.

3 College Junior

Parking: If you can help it, DON'T PARK ON CAMPUS. It isn't worth the hassle. That said, if you live in a dorm, it isn't awful (since it's a different decal area from commuters). Commuters beware! You still have to ride a bus to get to the heart of campus from the Park and Ride lot. Faculty has the best parking, followed by grad students, then on-campus, then commuter. This aside: the scooter parking is pretty nice. It's usually pretty close to wherever you need to be, and there isn't a differentiation between decals. It's still not super easy to find a spot, however.

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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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