Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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4 College Senior

Athletics: Football, Football, Football – Most of the student body get excited about Football. They have a very large student support and great school spirit. The football stadium is amazing. Most other sports are overlooked and do not have the fan base that football does, especially women's sports.
Gator sports teams are usually top notch and are competitive at every level.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You Have to Be Very Proactive When Its Comes to Aid. UF knows that it is a high-quality school so it is extremely difficult to get merit-based aid. You have to be very alert for scholarship opportunities and do your best to have a great resume because you're often competing with your peers.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Definitely a Jock School – UF has great option for people who want to continue being active in athletics but aren't a scholarship athlete. Depending on your level of commitment you can join intramurals or a sports club/team.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pretty Great – I love UF. It's pretty fun all the time. There is always something going on. The sports teams are all great and its so much fun to be apart of such a great atmosphere. The classes are pretty difficult, but manageable. It's kind of hard to meet new people, but when you do and you have your group of friends, it doesn't get any better.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: More Alcohol Than Drugs – Drugs aren't really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. And the main drug is weed. Not every single person does it, obviously, but there are a good amount that do it occasionally. Drinking is what more people do.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not Bad If You Know People – If you have a lot of friends, Gainesville will never be boring. The clubs are pretty good if you go with your friends. There are also a ton of parties always going on, but if you don't have a lot of friends, there's not much to do. You need to know where the parties at to have the fun.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bike Is Best – Public transportation around Gainesville is fantastic and free for students. The buses run constantly around campus during the day, but between classes are very crowded so many students use bicycles to get quickly across campus or just walk. Some buses on campus do run at night, but there is a university-sponsored student-run van service that drives students anywhere they need to go around campus in between the night hours of 630pm and 3am. It's extremely convenient and helps keep the students from walking around alone at night.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at UF are great. There are multiple gyms on campus that offer quality equipment, fantastic exercise classes, and a safe environment to workout in. The student areas such as Reitz Union and the Hub have been recently renovated and are great places to get food, hang out with people, and get work done. The libraries are organized, comfortable, and conducive to studying with multiple floors and areas meant for a student's optimal learning environment. In general, the campus is clean and well organized and a great place to be a student.

1 College Student

Parking: One of the things that makes my very short list of what I can't stand is parking on the University of Florida Campus. Attempt to park somewhere and move your car in the morning by 730 when the cops are supposed to start ticketing.. too bad they've already written the ticket by 7am! Trying to appeal a ticket is totally pointless, it's never worked for me sadly:( There is very limited parking on campus, but it is especially challenging for freshman living in the dorms. You will most likely have to park in a garage that is at least ten minutes away by walk. They are very, very aggressive in giving tickets at all times so don't be surprised to find a yellow slip on your car even when you think you're following the rules!

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4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Florida weather definitely motivates young people on our campus to stay on top of their physique. The two on-campus gyms are swamped day and night full of frat guys and athletes pumping iron and girls in tight spandex in fitness classes and working on their abs. We have a ton of athletic clubs on campus for every major and many minor sports. Most everyone walks or bikes from class to class. There are always people jogging around campus or running stadiums no matter how hot it gets! Florida guys and girls spend time sweating it out in the gym and it definitely shows:)!

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3 College Student

Scholarships: Don't Get Let Out from the $$! I felt that even though I tried to stay on top of scholarships and financial aid, somehow I did not really utilize the resources that I could have had I been more aggressive in my quest for financial aid from the beginning. I believe that it is vital to start looking into scholarships that you qualify for immediately after being admitted to the university. There really is a large database of scholarships that can be found on the UF website, you just have to find the right ones that suit you before it's too late (literally weeks after classes start). Otherwise, the university does provide scholarships for people based on finical need, academic merit, and specifically set aside funds for minorities.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Party Any Day of the Week in Gainesville – Students in Gainesville love to party (probably why we've made the list of top party schools in the nation!) and no matter what night of the week it is you can find people drinking up at the bars and clubs. The most noteworthy parties in Gainesville would have to be our giant paint parties at :08, foam parties, and most importantly The Estates pool parties. Gainesville students take their physique very seriously and all the guys and girls come out looking their best in their swimsuits during these pool side events. There is always free pizza, free beer, and usually a new type of alcoholic energy drink up for sample. Usually there is a performer (like Mayday Parade or Hot Chelle Ray) and always a DJ keeping the vibe of the party great:)!

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food Options! There is a plethora of food options all in walking distance from the campus! Gainesville conveniently has plenty of dining options that can appease any budget and any taste buds! Most of the establishments understand that college students are going to be frugal and prices are relatively low. The restaurants offer quick service take away food as well as many dine in restaurants with nice outdoor seating perfect for sunny Florida weather:)! The food ranges from pizza parlors, wing joints, specialty soup and salad bars, Mexican, Asian, or frozen yogurt shops all on University Ave. As a vegetarian, it is very easy to find veggie options and affordable prices. Probably the most interesting and less common food that is offered in Gainesville can be found by visiting the outdoor Krishna food booths. A large gathering of Krishna people make heaps of fresh locally grown food vegan cuisine daily and offer unlimited amounts of food and tea. Most people bring their own Tupperware and take seconds or thirds home with them for dinner! Lastly, another great find is the local farmers market held downtown every Wednesday from 4-6pm that supports local farmers and vendors where you can find anything from organic vegetables, cage-free grass-fed animal meats, to delicious breads. Gainesville definitely excels at providing food options with convenience, affordability , and deliciousness all held as top priorities!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Online Business Program – Being in this program is great if you want to be a student and still be part of the student life while keeping a full time job. I would highly recommend it to anyone!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great College Town Full of Good Food! The city of Gainesville is filled with good food and many choices of places to eat. You can stay on campus or dine off campus and find many different types of restaurants. There are the typical chain restaurants as well as unique to Gainesville places to go such as the swamp restaurant!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Make Distance Learning Easy – I am in the online business program through University of Florida and the professors make learning in a distance learning environment much easier than it was at a previous college I attended. They make it easy to skype with them and the TA's and they give you just as many resources as the on campus students.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Gainsville is notoriously known for being rainy a lot of the time. Be sure to keep an umbrella handy!

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks at the Game – All of the sorority girls wear dresses to the foot ball games.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: I tried setting an appointment to discuss financial aid and get an understanding of the letter I received; I was told that I had to go on-line and read that info. Obviously, I tried setting an appointment for a reason. In the meantime, what monies I had available for college are almost spent. Gotta figure it out for next year. Trying to not end up with student loans.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: Dining on Campus – I chose the unlimited five day meal plan with flex bucks as this averaged out to cost <$4 per meal. Meal plans are sufficient for freshman living on campus with limited cooking facilities. Dining halls are sufficient for weekday options, but for weekends I prefered to have more of a variety than the standard cafeteria food. Univeristy of Florida has a good variety of non-dining halls. Some of my favorites are Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A and SubWay. Since I had an unlimited meal plan for five days, I didn't use all my flex dollars. After freshman year, I will probably have a very limited meal plan or delcining budget plan, if anything, as I will be living within walking distance to campus.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Bad – At UF the only time one will see any sort of drugs on campus is at tailgates on saturdays before a football game; other than that, the campus is clean as a whistle.

5 College Senior

Academics: UF integrates groundbreaking research into their lectures and studies, allowing students the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of their respective fields. The professors are top of the line outside of IVY league schools, and I strongly recommend UF as the best education one can get in Florida.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had a great experience so far. It is very easy to make friends here, the classes are hard as expected, but manageable, and there is always something to do. I would definitely choose this school if I could do it all over.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse. There are all different races, ethnicities, beliefs, religion, etc..

3 College Freshman

Computers: A lot of computer labs and on campus printing, but the wireless internet access does not always work as fast as one would hope.


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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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