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

Overall Experience: UF is amazing, I absolutely love it. There are always people who study, always people who party and then the ones in between. It is a great campus with tons of school spirit (GO GATORS) and so much pride in everything we do ranging from athletics to academics.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Southwest rec center- is AWESOME, great facilities, tons of group fitness classes, private training, large cardio room/weight room/basketball courts etc. only downside is that it is far from campus and gets super crowded super quick
Campus aesthetics- greeks run the government and pretty much everything which is great when you are a part of it !
Library West- the undergraduate library, huge, starbucks in there and close to midtown, social scene, everyone you know is there because it is right on campus
Marston Library- science library
Law Library- GREAT, and not as crowded but if you breathe, sneeze, cough etc you all get the evil eye from all the law students

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1 College Student

Parking: Don't bring your car if you absolutely don't have to.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options. There are many options for off campus housing at UF. There is also a bus system in the city that gets you to campus for free with your student id card.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Old Dorms – The dorms aren't the best in the country...some of the architecture on the outside is beautiful but many of them need renovations.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Walk and Bus – Many people walk to and from class given the climate, but for farther classes, people enjoy scooting, using the bus, and biking. Really a preference. Buses are free, but you must plan around their route schedules.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: You Can Park on Campus, but You'll Pay – Expensive decals for students. Parking is merit-based on your number of credit hours. Most freshman/sophomores have limited, out-of-the-way parking options. Even if you have a decal, you may not have a place to park. On football gamedays, don't even think about moving your car from a parking spot.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: True College Town – There's midtown and downtown to hang out in the local community in Gainesville. Not much more than that. But both locations are dense with local college culture and local residents who enjoy the college students' company.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Decals are too expensive but necessary if you have a car. Only good thing is limited parking during non-school hours.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Gyms Are Awesome – Spacious, many workout plans, many different places to play any sport. Awesome!

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4 College Senior

Transportation: There are plenty of buses to get you not only around campus, but around gainesville as well. However, make sure you are at the bus stop ahead of time as busses may come early or late.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Amazing Sports – UF has a great athletic reputation. Everything on campus is of the highest level and there are numerous opportunities to attend as well as participate in sporting events.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Getting financial aid is relatively easy but a long process. It has been easy to handle all of my finances with the school, but I have heard of students being charged twice for tuition and having to sort that out to some dismay. Overall, I believe the best way to get financial aid is to do everything early and monitor your financial aid closely to ensure that you are aware of what needs to be done to receive financial aid.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Ticketing and Fines – When it comes to parking on University of Florida campus and tickets, it seems that there are cameras on every single parking spot. Usually within 5 minutes of an expired meter a ticket will be given and at the hefty price of 30 dollars. It is best to utilize the bus system to travel around campus, instead of a personal vehicle.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Labs – The computers located in the University of Florida computer lab are extremely helpful, so much in fact, that a laptop is not necessarily needed. There are always computers available and ready to use. The only bothersome area is the lengthy time it takes to log into the domain, but besides that the computer lab is an excellent substitute to a personal computer.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party Every Night – Because Gainesville is very much a college town, the nightlife is great. There are two main locations to choose from, and parties to attend every night of the week! For more of a bar scene, students go to Midtown. This is one block from campus and has two blocks devoted to bars. Big nights to go to Midtown include Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's. There are always drink specials offered here. If you're looking for something fun to do on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, then Downtown is the place to be. There are a wide variety of clubs to choose from. Each one plays different music, from techno to indie to pop dance tunes. To get to Downtown, there are always buses running until 3 a.m. Both Midtown and Downtown clubs and bars have an entrance fee. The average price include five dollars for underage and three dollars for 21+. Lastly, fraternities are always throwing parties one can attend.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Molding the Future Leaders. Academics is one of the best things University of Florida is known for. There are many colleges to choose from and a large amount of majors and minors offered. Professors usually love what they teach and are always willing to help students. Many professors radiate a passion for their subjects that is not seen in other university professors. Curriculum and difficulty varies from class to class, as does workload. The university also offers many great programs. One of them includes the option of graduating with both an undergraduate and masters degree withing five years. A more exciting program includes the study abroad options. Students can choose from a variety of countries to study in ! UF truly does a fantastic job of educating their students.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Open to All – Diversity at the University of Florida is huge and extremely accepted! There are students from all backgrounds here and most people are open to their customs. The university has a large selection of clubs devoted to all the different ethnic, religious, political, and sexual backgrounds. It even brings in speakers from all these different orientations to come and talk to students. Also, UF offers many study abroad programs, so the university is always filled with international students. One can come out of UF with friends from Japan, Spain, Australia, Brazil, and Sweden. The diversity is truly amazing at this school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Comfortable Living – Living on campus is extremely comfortable in terms of location. This is because you don't ever have to travel far to get to classes. Also, campus is located at the heart of Gainesville, so you are at walking distance for most places. Dorm rooms are average and depend on which hall you choose, but there are a wide variety. From people who prefer comfort over a more social atmosphere, campus offers apartment style dorms. These are more expensive than the traditional style dorms. If you are looking for more social dorms, there are a wide selection of typical communal dorms to choose from. These are usually filled with freshman eager to connect with other freshman, and they always have a very lively atmosphere at all times of the day. All dorm rooms come with furniture-including a bed, dresser, and desk.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A World of Food – The off-campus dining options near University of Florida are immense. Whether you are looking for something fast or sit-down, cheap or expensive, or near or far, you definitely have a handful of options to chose from. A block away from campus is Mid-town, two blocks of bars and restaurants. Here there are a variety of options, spanning from Mexican to traditional American food. The costs at this area are reasonable and there are always discounts being offered. If you want to walk a little farther way, Downtown is located just ten blocks from campus. This area offers more expensive but higher quality restaurants. It's a great location to go to for important events. Also, there are a plentiful amount of restaurants just ten minutes away in car. Lastly, if one does not want to go out of their way to get food, many restaurants offer a delivery option. Although it ends up being more expensive, due to the tip, it's always convenient during a rainy or sick day. Most restaurants in Gainesville are American, Mexican, Asian, Italian, and Hispanic. There's always a world of possibilities to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Majors: No Concerns. I feel comfortable where I am in the program. I enjoy the classes I'm taking, but I'm not even taking the classes that teach me what real health sciences is about. I would do it all the same if I had the chance, I love my major.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: National Champs – We excel at every sport we can, thanks to great athletic programs and athletes. Spirit is something we have, pride in our team is always required, and the facilities for games are outstanding. I have visited other colleges and seen some of their facilities, ours is by far the best.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Great Wifi Connection and Speed. The wireless internet is available almost everywhere you go on campus. It has great speed and connection reliability. Even with thousands of other students online, the connection speed is reliable and when there is a problem it is usually resolved faster than you can notice.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Most days are sunny and hot. Winter can get cold (and i mean floridian cold which means the 30s). I love sunny weather. It probably rains a total of 7 days a school year. This winter (2011) it never really got that cold, but last winter was long an cold(2010). My main complaint is summertime it's very hot and by the time you get to class you're sweating

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is greek life on campus and you will see it. Greek life host a lot of event and people who join a sorority fraternity usually wear their letters. there are a lot of greek events. There is a variety of feelings towards greek life. Most are ambivalent. Student government is run by the greeks. Basically have to be greek to win. HOWEVER there is also tons of people not part of greek life. you don't have to join and you're never pressured. There are tons of non greek life events hosted as well.

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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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