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

Academics: University of Florida offers great opportunities for many majors. I was interested in this school because of its great business program. The campus is big, yet easy to get around and very beautiful. You may find yourself taking classes with many students or classes online, however, communicating and asking the teacher questions is effortless.

4 College Student

Diversity: Very Diverse – There's people from all walks of life and corners of the world

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are Great – The bus system is your best option. There are many places the buses can take you, although some places are harder to get to than others. Some run until 2am, extremely convenient and it's completely free to students. The big bus chains that run from Gainesville to other cities... not so much. More expensive and take forever. Too bad there aren't any trains. There is SNAP, which is a student run nighttime "taxi" if you will where you can call up SNAP and they'll pick you up anywhere on campus and take you anywhere on campus- free. Runs until 4am

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Depends on Who You Are – The campus isn't littered with alcoholic containers and in honesty it isn't very evident. If you hang around people who like drinking, you'll see it everywhere. If you don't, you wont see it. Close to campus, around game time, drinking is more evident and in the open. Other than that, our campus is smoke-free so there are less and less people smoking on campus.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – In 4 years I never heard of any serious crimes happening on campus. We have our own police force which is really cool because they aren't busy with Gainesville "crimes" and can focus on the campus. Also we have blue light poles which have an emergency button on them. You push it and it calls the police for you and tells them your location. You can always see the next blue pole from the one you are at so if you are running from someone you can push each red button and the police can track your path and determine where you are heading to help find you.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Love It Here! I really love UF but Gainesville can be a little boring. If you don't like to drop a lot of cash then there is a limited number of things to do around the city. But I love the campus, the professors for my major, and of course, the Football! Being able to go to football games and be a part of this large community of fans is a wonderful experience. The Gator Nation truly is everywhere and I am so blessed to be a part of it

2 College Senior

Computers: Priniting Labs, There's Only One! I would have to rate the printing labs as a C. This is because as of right now there is only one priniting lab on campus with maybe 25 computers and 3 printers. You can imagine how crowded this can get with about 50,000 students at the University. Also the page limit of 250 pages a semester is low especially since most professors post powerpoint slides and it is benefical for the student to print those slides out and bring them to class. More printing labs and a higher page limit would increase the grade given for sure!

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Many Options – There are so many apartment complexes to choose from, literally dozens, and many come furnished and with private bathrooms and include utilities in the low rent. There's frequent bus routes to a lot of them. Houses are also plentiful and the cost is typically low.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's nationally acclaimed and recognized as one of the best college towns in the country, for student living and for the general population. It's been named best city to live in, and in there's a lot nearby for college kids to enjoy to.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Walk If Possible – Parking at UF is a mission, and there are very few spots available. The apartments are close enough for you to walk, and if you live on-campus, it's even more convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not Too Shabby – There are plenty of good places to eat near campus! Some are more expensive than others, but there are plenty of selection.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on What You Want and Where You Look – It's not hard to find a nice apartment for a very reasonable price, especially if you are willing to go a little farther away from campus. If you want to live within walking distance, the prices get a little expensive for the nicer places and/or the apartments aren't all that nice. But overall, off campus housing is reasonable.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's important to have a diversity because it makes things more selective.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: LOVE THIS NATION – It's no wonder we're called the gator nation. The pride at this school is incredible and seeps into your very core. I love how social it is and how easy it is to make friends. There's never a dull moment at UF. From home football games, crazy frat parties, eating out with friends, there is always something to do. The majority of the professors are also great. They really care about your intake of knowledge and growth at the University of Florida. I just finished my freshman year, and If I could I would do it all over again.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: An Internship If I Had One – University of Florida is very big on Greek life. I believe this question all depends on personal interests. Some females prefer to be in sororities and others do not. However, I don't believe being a female out of a sorority causes any life changing events. They can still attend house parties if they are interested, they just can't attend socials. Additionally, they don't have to worry about dues every month which is beneficial.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Chose Healthy Food Options – I did not have a meal plan during the school year. However, I did visit the dining halls and I went to the markets that were open late. The food was good at the dining halls and they had healthy choices as well. Additionally, the markets were convenient and were open late. The only bad thing about the food plan and markets are that they are expensive.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Don't Believe Everything You Hear? The only experience I have personally had with the campus police was when I did not have my bike lights with me at night when I was riding. However, the cop let me off with a warning. However, I have heard that student's have received DUI's while riding their bikes and walking on campus. Although DUI's for riding a bike are understandable, walking is questionable. Additionally, the school is very strict with cheating policies as any University is. I have not personally experienced the consequences of cheating, however, they can be very severe depending on the circumstances.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Don't Be the Average – As of right now my major is health science. However, I plan on changing my major to Nutrition in the coming future. My goal is to graduate from UF and attend graduate school to become a doctor. However, with my major I don't really stand out and I am not passionate about what I am learning. I have realized that my passion is nutrition and will soon love the things that I am learning. Although Nutrition is only a slightly less common major than Health Science, I will love what I am doing. Thus, I advise any student looking to attend graduate school for medicinal studies, I recommend doing what you love, whether it's different or not. However, the college that I am in is very helpful and will certainly advise you in the right direction.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Seeing one's hard work pay off gives the individual confidence in their performance and allows them to stay positive for their future courses. Thus, many students want advice on how to maintain a good GPA when taking challenging courses. My advice, is to find the local tutoring business and take advantage of all of their services. Additionally, when attending their tutoring services make sure to pay attention and review until the test day. Lastly, make sure to practice, practice, practice. Many of the challenging courses at UF are in the math and sciences. Therefore, it is important to review and practice as many problems as possible because the solution to the problem will not seem as easy to get during the test. One last thing, do not freak out before the test/be nervous. Try to be confident in yourself and if you don't do so hot on the test the first time, make sure to better the second. However, don't always have the mentality that there is a next time. Always try to do your best from the beginning.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Seriously I could describe people all day - my school is HUGE. There is every fashion statement (including the ones that don't actually exist), every combination, every look, possible to find on this campus. Students have their own niches and friend groups - you have relationships within these groups and through other extra-curriculars and events you participate in. Greek life is huge.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: While UF may be looking to save 1.2 million on cutting specific sections of libraries throughout campus (not good), they certainly are excited about athletics, student safety, and having fun activities available to everyone at all times. Reitz Union is amazing - very accessible and it's like a mini city with tons of food, resources, and important people. The Southwest Gym is exceedingly nice, as is the FL pool, stadium, and even the smaller racquetball gym near the Hub. Again, UF loves athletics and spends money on fitness like no other. Additionally, UF spends money on safety - which is necessary, but getting ridiculous. They're apparently installing cell-phone chargers stationed around campus, much like the the 'blue-light' stands that allow people in danger to call the police/call for help. General campus aesthetics are good - tons of people, busy, always something to do, lots of resources and trees.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The best/worst options in terms of dorm choosing are convoluted - while Broward is basically a s***hole, it's one of the most central and "happening" dorms on campus. Nicer dorms are actually more on the outskirts of campus, and while you would therefore have a higher quality of living, you'd be required to catch the bus every morning/often, and are farther away from spontaneous events and other central and significant buildings, such as Reitz. The social atmosphere on campus is above average. It's nice to just be around the tons of people moving around campus every day - it's not lonely, and everyone is always bustling off somewhere. Unfortunately it's difficult to make friends easily because even if you're outgoing and can start a conversation with a complete stranger, people are unlikely to give you their number or email and talk to you again if they don't see a real reason to. The ease of the housing process is amusing... since it's not very easy. Applications and requirements filled are simple enough, but trying to snag the room you want when you have a later housing registration date is frustrating and difficult/doubtful. It's the sheer number of students who apply for housing that makes this hard. The cost of housing is average/good - it definitely saves money.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Life Without Greek – It seems almost like a win or loose. You deffinitely always have the IN when it comes to clubs and bars. You meet a lot of people, and at a faster rate. Networking is huge. Once you know a member of a chapter you usually become friendly with more. Everyone secretly knows who the most popular girls and guys of each chapter hosue are and with that being said, jobs are a lot easier to get when you can emphasize that you are part of a large organization .

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: i feel that at UF when there is drinking there is also cocaine and even possibly molly involved. That is just the greek life crowd.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This year at the University of Florida, there has been a major acceptance of diversity, especially for the LGBTQ community. Even talking to students about diversity, the attitude has a very liberal approach and students are extremely accepting of people who have different backgrounds, political views, and ethnicities.

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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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