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

Academics: Tipical College Town – University of Florida is located in Gainesville, FL, which is a tipical small, college town. However, there are plenty places to hang out with friends to do something interesting and fun.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police can get annoying but not terribly intruding

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its called Titletown for a reason! Most of the sports are title contenders and the student body is really spirited!

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Admission Is More Then Numbers – It is very hard to get into the school. You need a GPA at an unweigthed 3.8/4.0 but SAT and ACT scores vary. You need to be involved in a LOT of unique things. Also, many people lie on their applications so keep that in mind when youre applying.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Youre Safe When Youre Smart – There are many campus police programs and the university is providing more transportation night options then ever. But still youre safety is up to you. If you walk alone at night.. well you shouldn't.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Obviously no one wants to take the bus. However, cars aren't ideal and scooters are becoming more popular which leads to less spots

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Make up About 30% – I find greek life to be great. There is a house for everyone. If you are interested in joining you can get in. However, activities and popularity depends on the specific house. They dominate campus but provides an unlimited opportunity for everything on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: While I would say that there are many computers across the campus, few are easily accessible. I am in my third semester and am aware there is a printing lab in the student union but upon many attempts I haven't found them.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very very common. Weed is also fairly common. Other drugs are much less common and out in the open as the policies on them are much more strict.

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3 College Senior

Facilities: The facilities on campus are all generally average. Work is being done to renovate and update a large part of them at the moment.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: Very Social – UF is one of the biggest party schools in the country

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Something for Everyone – The variety is very wide. Cost is decent. Generally close to student living and campus.

3 College Senior

Weather: HOT HOT HOT – Walking around such a large campus in the summer heat can be a challenge. Also the rainstorms can have a fairly negative affect because of the large amount of walking that is necessary.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Great Way to Meet People – Living on campus Freshman year is one of the best ways to meet people. The value is good. Living quarters are typical for a dorm.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Decent variety. Not the best service. Hours are decent.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Not Dangerous, but Prevalent – Alcohol is obviously all over the place, and there's clearly lots of underage drinking, fake ids, etc. going on. There isn't a lot of dangerous drug use, from what I've seen, but people are pretty casual about alcohol and weed and stuff.

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College Senior

Greek Life: Definitely Prominent – I'm not a part of Greek life but it's definitely something you see as prominent in the school seeing as student government is primarily run by Greeks, so it affects things that affects students. It's not really a big deal if you're not Greek because there are so many other things to get involved in on campus, but they are definitely a presence in the school

College Senior

Nightlife: Not Really Sure – I'm not very into the club scene but there are lots of places to go if you are. Midtown has more of a bar feel to it whereas downtown is mostly clubs and dancing. They have buses to take you downtown so you don't have to drive/find parking which is convenient.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Slow Money – I receive a fair amount of financial aid, but I do have an expensive student loan. The money from financial aid comes slowly though. Its hard to wait for at the begin of each semester when you need books. Its an expensive school to attend so be sure you come here with some type of financial help.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Proud Protection – Although drinking is the most popular activity at UF. But there are rarely any serious drug problems that the campus police can't handle.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Wonderful Athletic Programs – The programs here are wonderful. The sports teams are very well taken care of here. Our football team is famous here at the University of Florida.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Loads of Fun – There is always something to do in Gainesville on any given night of the week. Clubs are always fun and are available to students younger than 21. The best places are house parties, though, where there are always people you know and someone to look out for you.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: University of Florida is home to a diverse population of students and religions. There is always an opportunity to meet some new people. Turlington plaza is the place to be for information about different groups. Daily there are people from different religious groups, political groups, and ethnic groups that are ready and willing to teach people about their beliefs.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining Off-Campus – Off-campus, there are a plethora of dining opportunities. As soon as students decide what type of food they want, they can surely find something relatively close. There are also a variety of price ranges, from college-cheap, to date-night-expensive. University students can usually nab a discount, and most restaurants, such as my favorite Bento cafe, offer weekly deals.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Apply Apply Apply – Lots of scholarships but you just have to do the first step and apply! Unfortunately, if you cannot prove you need financial assistance, you will not be able to get any at all.

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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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