Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It all depends on where you live but overall i would say that it is better than staying off-campus. The only downside is that is further away from campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: They are very strict when it comes to cheating and academic misconduct.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The university of florida provides great academic programs as well as a great social life.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Psychology Was the Best Choice – I originally wanted to apply to vet school after my undergraduate studies until I took a chemistry class. After struggling so much in these introductory courses I made the decision to pursue a psychology degree and it was a great choice. I am happy with the way things have turned out and wouldn't redo it if given the choice. My career goal is to work with humane societies and create a rehabilitation center for dogs that have aggressive behaviors in order to eliminate the behaviors and give the animals a second chance at adoption. I do have concerns about finding a job since what I want to do currently doesn't exist but I am still optimistic to the idea.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I got to UF and am a Psychology major and I have never taken such interesting classes before. The courses cover a wide spectrum of topics and are very fun. There are revolving topic courses that change each semester sometimes a class will be about drug abuse and the next semester it could be about eating disorders. The professors are wonderful too and many are willing to help you in office hours or even just sit down and discuss your interests in Psychology.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Not That Challenging – Declaring your major at UF is fairly simple. At preview you declare your initial major and if you ever change your mind throughout your semesters you can go to an adviser and have your major changed. The only aspect that could make it difficult is the critical-tracking courses. Critical tracking courses are select courses required for your major that must be taken certain semesters in order to be on-track for a major. For example, I am a Psychology major but if I happened to change my mind and want to become a Chemistry major I would have to make sure I have taken the critical tracking courses up to the semester I am currently enrolled in before being able to switch majors.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless Access and Network Speed – The wireless access at UF is great. I didn't have an Ethernet cable when I came to UF but my dorm room had wireless and I haven't used a cable once to get the internet. Overall, the speed is decent there are a few days when the internet does crash but the tech department is great at getting it back up and running. Be forewarned though on the days of registration for classes or housing your internet will likely crash due to system overload with the number of kids on the network.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are free buses around campus that have many pick up locations and multiple buses per route so you never have to wait too long. There are also free nighttime buses around town as well as a service that you can call to get picked up and driven at night so you don't have to be walking the streets after dark.

4 College Junior

Academics: Apply Yourself! The academics are tough, but not impossible. Professors are easily accessible through their office hours, just send them an email. Pay attention to the syllabus because that's basically your contract with the professor. There are a lot of really cool classes offered through the honors program like an entire class on Harry Potter books! It really is what you make it, cause if you study you'll get As and nothing is more satisfying than having a good GPA at UF.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lottt in Gainesville. Which can be difficult if your only mode of transportation is a bike or if you walk. But autumn is beautiful and the winter is lovely, especially coming from south Florida. It doesn't go below 30-40 degrees and that would only be at night. The summers are disgustingly hot, but you'll get that anywhere in Florida.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Midtown is easiest to get to from campus and there is everything there. You've got jimmy johns, tijuana flats, pizza by the slice, munchies, pita pit, and relish (a burger place). Everything is amazing and you can get most of those meals for 7 bucks or less.

4 College Junior

Academics: The thing is, it's all what you make it. It can be really easy to just coast through UF's psychology major with Bs and get the degree. But if you read the textbooks and study for the tests, A's are not super difficult. Also, there are so many opportunities to get involved that it would be dumb to just drink your life away. I've had really great instructors. And the undergrad psych coordinator, Lise Abrams is amazing. She sends you emails every week with important stuff going on and most importantly opportunities. I've volunteered at the Child Advocacy Center, then got an internship there. I had an internship at Peaceful Paths. And I am working in 2 research labs with awesome psych professors. All of this I found through her website!

5 College Senior

Diversity: So Diverse – There are almost as many black and hispanic students as white students.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Bring a Car If You Can Avoid It. Parking on campus is a JOKE. There are only two decals available to students and there are so few lots that you can park it. They sell more decals than spaces. Once you have 60 credits and have a Red One decal, parking availability is slightly better, but as a true freshman, leave your car at home. You will have to park in the middle of no where and its just easier to take a bus home to visit or carpool. Buses can take you everywhere else.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Try to Live Off Campus – If you don't mind sharing a room, walking down the hall to pee, and having to go to the dining hall whenever you're hungry, then on campus living is the way to go. And honestly, it's not horrible. You're close to your classes and you can walk everywhere. There is no 'ideal' dorm. If you want your own bedroom, you're stuck out about a mile from classes. If you're close to everything, then you're in a traditional dorm. Off campus is the best. It's generally about the same price as living on campus, and buses run by almost every apartment about every 15 minutes. My advice- live on campus for the first year, get used to being on your own, and then you can decide where you want to go after that.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food in the dining halls is usually covered in grease and the meat may or may not be cooked thoroughly. Beware. But better much everywhere else on campus has good food. You will start to hate Subway and Starbucks because they are EVERYWHERE. The prices are reasonable but most places will not accept your meal plans...just the flex bucks. One of my favorite places to eat is on the Plaza of the Americas at the Krishna Lunch. Yes, it's vegetarian/vegan, and it's so delicious. It's $4 and you can go back and get as much as you want. It's the best value and the food is sometimes better than what you get from other food vendors.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Wouldn't Go Anywhere Else – I love being at UF. Everyone I've met here has been nice. I've been here for two years and I've only had one professor I didn't like. The campus itself is so beautiful and honestly, UF feels like a second home to me. Buses run so frequently and go everywhere, so I don't have to drive all over, which I really like. You have to study, but there is plenty of downtime to get involved with clubs or go have a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Descent Amount of Aid – The financial aid office is staffed with friendly people and are very knowledgeable. They understand that many of us don't know much on financial matters as it can get complicated and tedious.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Good – Parking here is ridiculous. Most people when they move off campus actually take the bus and plan out the bus schedule because parking is impossible.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best Option for Me – I don't have a car up here so on-campus housing is the most convenient choice for me. Most dorms are in walking distance to classes, and if not you can always take the bus. Single rooms are also available if roommates aren't your style but I would suggest getting used to communal bathrooms and shower shoes.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Upgrade from My Hometown – Many people complain about not having much to do here in gainesville, especially if you are from a big city like miami, orlando or tampa. There are usually things going on by the school and organizations, groups, frat houses and sometimes concerts from local or even nationally known artists. Other then that, people usually drive to other cities on the weekends to do things and go to the beach since Gainesville is in the middle of the state.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Used to Be Great – The varsity athletic program used to be one of the best in the country but in recent years has been a bit shambly. It's still better than most and students still enjoy going out to watch the Gators play.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Head Off-Campus for Better Food – There are a number of quality restaurants in Gainesville that are generally pretty reasonably priced. There are also great bars that have really good drink specials.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Someone for Everyone – There's over 50,000 people on this campus. You find all kinds of different styles and personalities. There truly is someone for everyone and you get a chance to date a diverse variety of attractive people. It's great!

4 College Freshman

Weather: Warm and Rainy – It never gets colder than 50 degrees. It stays a pretty cool 70/80 range most of the year. No need for too many cold weather clothes. You will want rain gear though. It is Florida, so it does rain a lot.


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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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