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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville Life – UF is located in Gainesville, which is mostly a college town with the university located in the center of it. There is not much to do here but there are some good restaurants which are affordable to college students. The mall is also in a decent proximity to the school but traffic is always horrible when trying to get onto the highway.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The local weather is great! Expect cold weather in January- March, however, it mostly ranges through a cool 60 degrees in the morning, 70-80 degrees in the afternoon and drops to the 40's at night. It hardly ever rains and the weather has no effect on transportation or campus experience.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is very prominent in the University of Florida, although certain issues do come up, such as a recent hazing incident which is unacceptable. Greek students are viewed as party-types by non-Greek students. Greek Housing can be found along Fraternity Drive and Sorority Rd.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The University of Florida is a very diverse school with students attending from all over the United States and mostly, Florida. There are many Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and Indians on campus and their are multiple ethnic and religious organizations students can join on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: College Town – Although Gainesville is a small city, it is very college centered. Therefore, there are many things to do. Both the Downtown area and Midtown area are a great location for dining during the day and night, as well as socializing. Filled with bars and clubs, students are guaranteed a fun night out with friends. Buses are free for UF students, so there is always a form of transportation to get around. Gainesville is filled with many different restaurants, ranging from Italian, Mexican, Cuban, or Asian. Also, there are many nice attractions to visit. A relaxing day could be spent at the beautiful Lake Wauberg, or one can travel a little farther to Ginnie Springs or Bob's River Place. Gainesville is also located two hours away south of Orlando or two hours north of Tallahasee, if one wants to get away for the weekend.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's What I Expected – I am from the city that my University so it isn't very exciting but the professors are all good so far and my classes are interesting.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Nicer Options Available but Costly – Some of the dorms on campus are very old and not of good quality. A few of them don't have air conditioning. There are nicer dorms, such as Hume, the honors dorm, but they are very expensive.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Plentiful and Varied – You can find pretty much anything you're looking for. There is a variety of restaurants that serve all different kinds of food. Many of them are casual and affordable, but there are nicer options too. There are many places on University Avenue within walking distance and even more in driving distance.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes are hard, there are so many people its hard to make friends if you don't get involved and join clubs. The TAs are no help, they barely speak english and those tend to be for the hardest classes (chemistry, calculus, etc). Sports are free except football, and they give away tons of free stuff at games which is a plus. There are parties but people know how to balance pretty well. Party hard and study hard.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't actually lived off campus yet, but am in the process of looking for a place. So far, every place I've seen is still nicer and cheaper than on campus. There are bus routes from each complex directly to campus and parking. Tons of amenities including washer and dryer in your apartment, full sized walk in closet in each room, and a private bathroom in each room. Most have an in room alarm system but you have to hook it up and pay for it yourself, but they do have officers who live on the properties and patrol. Unless you want very luxurious 1 bed/bath everything is cheaper than on campus. It is a college town so parties and noise typically do happen.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a few gyms spread out. About 4 libraries, all in the center of campus. The Reitz Union is filled with stuff for students, its location is at the heart of campus. Plenty of food restaurants on campus and off campus. About 5 or 6 Starbucks included. Depending on where your dorm is, you'll have to take the bus everywhere. Parking sucks, don't plan on having your car and going everywhere with it; park and leave it there till the weekend. Live on campus maybe just your freshmen year, its a huge ripoff and off campus is way cheaper with more amenities/luxuries. Classes are hard, mostly depending on your professors, but most especially the weed out classes like chemistry and calculus.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Difficult but Do-Able – Take advantage of every opportunity given to you in your high school- admissions will not compare you to other schools that have better opportunities

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are expansive, spaces are limited and not very conveniently located, EXTREMELY strict parking rules- tickets and fines are given often, not a large need or a car on campus unless living off campus and like to go home on weekends. Although the horrible parking situation does give one a reason to not want to bring a car to school.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are clubs as well as regular frat parties. Very good transportation.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: I do not have a parking decal for campus because they are too expensive, parking is limited, and other forms of transportation (ie: buses) are much more efficient and eco-friendly.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I LOVE how convenient it is to get any type of food in Gainesville. If you don't feel like physically going out, any restaurant delivers right to your front door.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is no doubt in my mind that there is someone from every part of the world on this campus. Though UF is extremely selective in their admissions, they definitely do not hold anything against someone when it comes to diversity.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Start Early – Financial aid advisers are helpful but you have to make sure that you have plenty of time to do research and make all deadlines.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Walking around campus on can see diversity everywhere on goes. Different people and clubs show how UF is full of diversity.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Downtown and Midtown – While there are many "clubs" to choose from they are all basically the same. Midtown is full of frat and sorority people. Downtown can be sketchy and parking is horrible

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.

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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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