Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – Living in a dorm room is what one would typically expect. It is by no means luxurious, and you are in very tight quarters but that's with any college you go to. The dorm rooms at UF do not allow you to bring a lot of your personal belongings with you to college, but there's enough room for the essentials. Living in a dorm is a great way to meet fellow students and make great first friends if you don't know a lot of people going in. The community style bathrooms suck, but you learn to get used to it. There are great laundry facilities and convenience stores in most residence areas. After the first one or two years at UF, I would highly recommend moving into an apartment off campus as most on-campus residents are freshmen.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great Locations! The locations and proximity to the campus and bus stops are great. The only drawbacks are the expenses, independence, and lack of involvement on campus. Off campus living can get pricey, but if you're smart, it's manageable. The independence and alone-ness can be frightening too. And it's really hard to stay involved at UF if you're not in the middle of things like you would be on-campus. But overall, it's still a really great experience. Plus, off-campus allows pets!!

5 College Junior

Majors: Food Science – My major is Food Science and I enjoy it very much. The advisors are very helpful. They inform me of internships, jobs, etc. They really want to see you succeed.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: It Is Called a "Party School" for a Reason – The drug scene at the University of Florida is extremely prevalent, especially among a select group of individuals. Also, surprisingly, UF has a relatively lenient policy enforcement, such as its amnesty program for alcohol abuse.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Stuck up – People who go to UF do tend to be hot but it comes with this attitude that everyone brings that just makes them think they are better then everyone else

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: College Town – If you are looking for a big city, Gaineville is not it!! However, if you are just looking for a college town where almost everything is geared towards students and the university then it is a very nice place to live with everything pretty close by and a whole lot of things that stay open late for students!

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many student organizations that promote diversity on campus such as VISA, French club, Greek club, etc.

4 College Senior

Majors: Psychology Has No Admissions Criteria – you do not have to go through any type of admissions process to get into the psychology program. as long as you get into uf, you can major in psychology.

3 College Senior

Majors: Psychology as a Major – its great because it is a field that i am interested in. i would say that you would definitely need to go to graduate school after majoring in psychology though in order to get a well-paying job.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a great school and environment to be a part of

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some dorms have AC and Elevators; some do not. Enough said?

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Some days are A; some are C. They have to change their bacon vendor soon. It is disgusting

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Good clubbing and campus activities abound. Have to walk a ways to some clubs downtown

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Some are good; some bad in terms of house condition, behavior, attention to grades, being too preppy/snobby-or not

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – Good medical quality and availability with a teaching hospital/clinics on campus. Very good safety programs that are proactive and preventative

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Good; Gainesville rated the hardest working small town in US per 1 survey

1 College Junior

Greek Life: How Greek Students Are Viewed by Non-Greeks – The greeks control everything. When I met people in the greek life, I thought I was stepping into a movie.

5 College Junior

Athletics: School Spirit – Everyone is into football. The whole city comes out to support the gators. When there is a game going on, the whole campus is a ghost town because everyone is in the stadium watching.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It Depends on the Person – If you're looking for a normal typical student, they are awesome. They know how to have a good time and when it's time to study. When you get into the greek system, most are stuck up, rude, and party animals. This of course is just a generalization not everyone fits into this category.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: The University of Florida is very accepting of different genders, races, economic background, political beliefs, religion and sexual orientation. I am part of the student area government and we have a whole month of events celebrating student differences. My friends come from various backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, and political beliefs. The University of Florida doesn't discriminate.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There is one free printing lab. You just have to hit it at the right time of day to avoid the crowds. I rarely have a problem finding a computer. There are many people who choose to bring their own computer to campus. I have heard that the school is putting money into building more computer lab areas. There is also computer help classes offered by the library.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are students and professors from various countries and areas. There are also organizations that cater to bringing together people interested in meeting a diverse group of individuals whether they are international students, have a disability, etc. There is a program called Florida Opportunity Scholars that accepts students of low economic background and are the first to go to college. Just take a look at the student organization page. There is certainly a place for everyone.

Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I haven't been to any of the clubs, but I notice that people tend to go to the Swamp (bar) and the Vault.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Abundant Resources – There are plenty of polices paroling the area. I always feel safe. There are blue poles for safety. The police station is on campus. We have the number one career resource center in the United States. The police are quick to capture the suspect and there is a system set up to communicate with all students via e-mail and text.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I've lived in Florida my whole life so it's not that different here for me. If you're from up north you should know that Florida has two seasons: summer and fall. Summer being pretty much from March til September, Fall being October through February. It gets legitimately cold(and beautiful) here, but overnight freezes are about the fullest extent of that. Florida is weird, sometimes it will be perfectly sunny for two weeks at a time, sometimes it will rain every day. Overall I'd rather be here than New Hampshire.


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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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