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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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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Wish I Were Rich – This is no fault of my school's I guess, but I ended up with a lot more student loans than I expected and will be paying them for a long time to come. I got the Florida Bright Future's Scholarship, so my tuition was free. And I also got some Pell Grants and federal govt. loans, which I have to pay back. But this still didn't cover all of my housing, food, computer, gas, and other typical expenses. My family could contribute about $0 for me, so I took out extra loans to cover it. I wish I were richer or had applied for more third-party scholarships. Generally, I think our country should be doing more to make college affordable without expecting most graduates to be tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Excellent Diverse Experience – UF is a fun and inviting atmosphere where practically every scene, from Greek to Geek, is present and accounted for. Everyone seems to have a good time, either with Gator athletics, the music scene, frat parties or indie parties. And the academics, especially engineering and sciences, are second to none. I'd say the only drawback to the large campus would be large, impersonal intro classes. But I loved the big campus for the diverse group of friends I made, and there was always something to do.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: There are multiple stores and restaurants you can access by foot or bus.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Gator Pride Is Everywhere – Gator pride is everywhere around campus and people are excited about being at the University of Florida. This extends even beyond our sports teams as the Gator Nation comes through in many different ways around campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Minority, but Act Like Majority – Only about 20% of campus is Greek, but you'd never guess that given their self-promotion and habits. There are always parties to be at and Greek lifestyle is viewed as completely different.

3 College Junior

Diversity: A lot of students come from well-off families and are a little spoiled.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love the Swamp – UF is the perfect college. We take pride in everything we do from sports to academics and try our best to succeed in everything we do.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The bars and restaurants in midtown always have a good deal for the students and the food is delicious!

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty at the libraries and at the computer labs

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the balance of social life with academic life.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am an academic scholar and my academic experience has been superb. Even though it isn't an Ivy League School, I have gotten incredible academic experiences and opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You Can't Park Anywhere – The most numerous offenses on campus are usually traffic related. Parking is horrendous and any minor infraction will get you a ticket and a pretty hefty fine. Other than that, the police force is pretty decent and gives a sense of security to students.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It Could Go Either Way – Greek life is decent for those involved in it, but there are still plenty of opportunities to be involved on campus even if you're not in a sorority or fraternity.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Close to Classes, but Very Sterile – The dorms are great as far as location goes, but they are very sterile and plain.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The university's bus system is wonderful. The buses come by every 15 minutes or so, and run all day and even at night. On the weekends, there is a bus that runs late at night so that students have a safe ride to and from downtown. Bus access is free with your student id card.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many places to choose from in Gainesville for off-campus housing. Many of the places offer all-inclusive plans at low monthly rates, so most places are very appealing to students. Their amenities also cater to college students. Off-campus living can be very enjoyable.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The wifi network on campus is always fast and reliable. Wireless access is available all throughout the large campus. The computers in the Health Science library can be crowded sometimes, but most of the time computers are available.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Parking policies are very strict. Campus police are always patrolling the area, ready to give tickets to people who park incorrectly or without a sticker. The police also take underage drinking and drug use very seriously.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms are small, which is expected. Many students like to live off campus if they can.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of places to eat near and around the campus that are fairly affordable. Many places appeal to college students.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Very Hard to Get – From experience, the only way to get financial aid is if your parents have poor incomes. Otherwise, you are expected to take advantage of what bright futures has left to offer (which isn't much). There are academic scholarships that are extremely hard to receive. Besides that, there are not any other options.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Unique Experience in Gainesville – There are many unique aspects of life in Gainesville. Going to a game at The Swamp is a must. The Stephen O' Connell Center is also an amazing facility that offers concerts along with sporting events such as Basketball and Swim meets. The life in downtown Gainesville is also an amazing experience. From the music scene, to the traditional art festivals to dining, the experience is uniquely Gainesville!

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2 College Junior

Academics: Not Extremely Impressed With Professors – I've been at this school for almost three years now and I have not had very notable Psychology experiences. The teachers don't seem very keen on teaching. Many of them seem concerned only with their own research. Some classes are interesting, but I feel that the program could be improved greatly.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Only Rich Beauties Accepted – While I have never rushed, I have friends who have told me the majority of sororities only accept you if you are pretty, fashionable, and have a "stuck-up" attitude. During rush week, one could see the perfectly made up girls in packs constantly judging one another and not really seeming to enjoy themselves.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A True College Town – Gainesville always has something happening whether it is going out with friends to a favorite restaurant, doing an activity with one of the hundreds of clubs on campus, or simply completing schoolwork!

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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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