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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Tons of stuff to do in the city of Gainesville. There is a ton of history and cultural events. Great nature and outdoor activities with Paynes Prairie and other local state parks. The school has over 800 clubs to join, getting involved in the school will give you tons of opportunities for activities to do. Student love going to UF!

5 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are HUGE at UF. From Gator football, basketball, track, volleyball, baseball, we're great at everything.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Great Florida weather! Summer months are rough, try to avoid attending class during the summer. October through April is beautiful here.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants around campus, from chinese to mexican, you pretty much have it all.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are a variety of food options so unless you want something specific from a particular restaurant, you should have it around campus.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Gainesville has a plethora of apartments and housing options. Parking is the greatest issue but most off-campus housing has their own parking lots for the residents. To live in a house is more expensive than an apartment, the apartments are geared toward the students. Most are affordable and fun!

5 College Senior

Computers: Our computer labs are excellent! Most of the colleges have their own special computer lab geared to help you complete your type of assignment. We have free printing on campus and various other low cost printers. Most people have their own computers and our WIFI is excellent and never really crashes except during "class picking" season. If you don't own a computer it is not a huge deal.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at the University of Florida is pretty big, especially in the greek scene. If you are greek you know people who partake in drugs or you yourself do drugs. However, drinking is far more popular overall on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you're into the nightlife scene, UF is the place to be. During weekdays, you will find a few frat or house parties here and there depending of the friends that you hang out with. As most UF students know, the weekend here starts on Thursday night (yes, that's right, THURSDAY). There are midtown bar areas, which I think serves more of the 21+ population since they serve drinks but 18+ people are also welcome. Then there's downtown where the nightclubs and hookah lounges are. The public transportation system makes sure that you get home/dorm safely because they run till 3am (an hour after the clubs close). Overall, nightlife is great here.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I personally think UF provides a great environment for socialization. There are all types of guys and girls here with a variety of interests. One thing that I have to say though is I'm not a big fan of the sorority/fraternity folks but I still think people are friendly and the chance to create a good relationship is great.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: As an environmental science major I am thrilled with the UF masters program. The majority of the classes are available online (so it is possible to get a UF degree but not have to be on campus) and the professors really know what they are teaching.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are plenty of intership/job opportunities and funding that the facility make students aware of on a regular basis. The program is designed for working students that don't necessarily have to be on campus, as the majority of the class have a web-based video/lecture component. The only downfall is that students not on campus can't participate in the variety of on campus events (department bbq, or student leadership).

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene here isn't big, especially if you pick good friends to hang out with. Drinking is more popular

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is an awesome way to have fun at this University. It's not necessary, but great if it's something you're interested in.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are many distinctive and vocal groups that promote various types of diversity on campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: A lot of the housing is older (and some dorms do not have AC), but they are generally clean inside although about antiquated.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity in every realm of life at UF. There are students of every race, religion, political affiliation, and sexual orientation here. Check out UF's list of clubs to get involved in a few that suit you and your personality!

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most guys and girls that are freshmen are involved in Greek life, as evidenced by all the greek shirts you see people wearing around campus. Besides them, there are all types of people: rednecks, skaters, and the like.

4 College Senior

Weather: Florida is hot, and Gainesville is incredibly hot. It is worse in August and May, and the winter and fall can be chilly especially with the wind, but I have yet to need gloves or a nice winter coat to handle any of that. Game days early in the season can be especially brutal, so sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife is very good for Gainesville being a college town. Downtown has many clubs that are 18 and above, and include dubstep and rap music, and sometimes have concerts as well. Midtown has a good choice of bars, some dingy, some nicer, some that are restaurants during the day. Most of midtown at night is 21 and up. Also, fraternities houses usually through parties around holidays or on the weekends. If you are a girl who is not greek, it is easy to go to house parties if you know someone or ask around.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: As expected, housing closer to campus is more expensive and usually results in smaller rooms and fewer parking choices. The bus system, however, is quite convenient and if you live a bit further than walking distance, you can take a bus to campus. Parking on campus is tough and far away, though if you live too far you may be forced to drive. Most places are pretty safe, and cost depends on what you want and where you want it.

3 College Senior

Academics: It is tough to work with the bureaucracy of the administration when applying to classes and meeting with advisors, especially in the bigger colleges. This is the worst part of the academics. The best aspects are the study spaces available (Library West, Pugh Hall, Plaza of the Americas, the Hub, the Reitz, etc.), the curriculum, and professor reviews.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am a History major, and although the program and the college has been hit by state budget cuts, the professors are still passionate and the class offerings are decent. I very much enjoy being involved in the major and knowing a number of history professors. Upper-level classes usually rely heavily on articles and numerous small books, which can get expensive at the beginning of the semester.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is the only real source of transposition. It usually very helpful for most parts of town. IF you get stuck with a bad route, however, it can be quite an annoyance.


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Chris Kirschner
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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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