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

Majors: Being Well-Rounded. The process of getting into the Honors program was quite simple. Once I got my invitation, I simply wrote my essay and then waited for my letter of acceptance. People complain that it is unfair that only a few people get invitations when they all made the same grades, but I find myself realizing that being in honors is no different.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are Greeks. I find it difficult to approach people who are apart of fraternities and sororities. They do not seem to give off a welcoming vibe and tend to hang out among themselves. It's like they live in a whole different world from the rest of the people on campus.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at UF is insane. There always seems to be half the amount of parking spaces as there are students. Because parking is expensive, it causes the buses to be overcrowded and in some cases, very dangerous. If they could make parking a bit easier and more convenient, transportation at UF would be much improved.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The rustic looking buildings and the oak tree lined roads provide for an excellent learning atmospere. Besides, come Saturday, one can enjoy the college football atmosphere to a new extreme with the stadium centrally located in the heart of the University.

4 College Junior

Transportation: This is an excellent way to travel around Gainesville, and it is free to students/teachers with a valid University ID. The only downfall RTS has is that it can be packed at times (especially in the mornings and afternoons). Then again, it is free transportation! This is nice to have when gas is above $3 a gallon!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Chick Fil-A – They have a buy one get one special on Wednesdays for students with a valid gator 1. AS an added bonus, while you enjoy your meal, you can also play bingo for a chance to win additional items.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: No Shortage of Options – A person has several options when it comes to transportation. Use of the bus system is free for students, the city, campus especially, is very bicycle friendly. If a person doesn't want that, they can always walk, purchase a decal and drive, drive a scooter, use the university cab system. Florida does very well in accomodating its students in this aspect.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Let's Not Be Naive – As the title says, every university has alcohol and druge use, especially one as large as Florida. However, the public visibility of it and peer pressure for it is not worrisome, though at football games one will see a lot of drunk people walking about and will hear peers underage talking about drinkign. University and city police do well in enforcing university policy and regulating drug/alcohol usage.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Variety of Options and Affordability – Florida offers various university-sponsored apartments and there are numerous independent complexes within close proximity of the campus. The rent, however, can range from decent to expensive and may or may not include utilities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good for Social Events – Living on campus is very good for social gatherings since most club events are on campus. It is easier to wake up and go to class. You can also go back to your dorm room after each class.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good but Semi-Expensive – Dining qualities are mediocre; there are many options, but not all the food is ideally inexpensive and good. The better places to eat are more expensive on a college student budget. In addition, the dining halls do not always have fresh food.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Over Smoking – I am not aware of any drug issues on campus. I have seen two or three people smoking, but I don't believe it's a big problem at UF. Drinking, however, is much more wide known activity as many do drink I believe. This usually occurs right after exams and/or during "frat" parties.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not part of the Greek Life, so I know very little about it. But from my view point, many people are a part of it. There are always parties every week. However, you are not treated differently if you are not in a sorority or fraternity.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The University of Florida campus has a wide range of ethnic/racial groups. Everybody is different, but we all blend in. The campus accepts people of all types of backgrounds, including different political beliefs and/or sexual orientation. Students are normally very supportive of others.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Hot Hot Hot – during the beginning of the fall semester and throughout it the weather is extremely hot, so walking to classes can become sluggish and a sweating experience.

5 College Freshman

Academics: So Many Resources! I am in love with the business college of UF, it sends you weekly newsletters with all sorts of great opportunities having to do with your major of choice, mine being marketing. Thanks to the great resources here at UF, I have attainted a job and an internship and I am only a freshman.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Wish I Knew What I Was Doing – It might have been because I didn't understand how financial aid really worked but I did receive financial aid from the school. Make sure you go in and make appointments if you notice any discrepancy. Don't wait, get it resolved A.S.A.P

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's Like a Salad! To my surprise the University of Florida is actually a very culturally diverse campus. Yes the minorities are still minorities but out of the 50,000 students a good portion are composed of students who aren't white.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Opportunities Are Endless. The University of Florida has the only Vet School in the state of Florida which is the main reason I decided to attend the school. I am constantly sent emails giving me the opportunity to help further my career in Veterinary Medicine whether its through volunteer work or through internships.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Majority White – On the UF campus there a majority of white people, but we still have a lot cultures present. On an average day you could see almost every culture present in the world. The best way to describe UF diversity is unique.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If You Want Some, You Can Get Some. If you're interested in drugs or alcohol you can definitely get some; personally I don't drink often and have never been pressured into anything I wasn't comfortable with. You pretty much do what you want and no one bothers you unless you're blatantly underage and in the face of R.A.s or the police.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Go Gators! The football games are unlike anything else I've ever experienced. When you see the thousands of students doing the Gator chomp around the stadium, it's an absolutely amazing feeling. Despite our rocky season, it's still a whole lot of fun to go to the games.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Sometimes it's fantastic, the wireless internet that is, other times it kicks everyone on my dorm floor off for a few hours. Generally speaking it's fast and mostly reliable. Don't go into the school with McAfee as your anti-virus, it often doesn't let a McAfee protected computer connect to the internet at all because that's the single anti-virus that doesn't show the UF network that it's updated.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Academics are okay, dorms are run down. it is hard to meet new people at a school so large. you never sit next to anyone in class twice, so it is hard to get to know people. the best way to get to know some people is by living in the dorms, even though it is gross.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Fill out FAFSA A.S.A.P. and get work study. They aren't going to give you much.

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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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