Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5263 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: Life Is Great – University of Florida is the best college in Florida. The football games are a blast to attend and there is never a dull moment. It is a lot of fun to be Gator but you most definitely study.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: So Much to Do – At the university of Florida there is always something going on. There is never a down moment and it is really easy to find something to do every night and day that you will enjoy.

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: All of the guys are either really nerdy or total jock there is rarely a middle median. While 90 percent of the girls are extremely hot but some of them don't realize that their clothes are too short.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's Great – Beautiful school and campus. Lots of work and lots of social life.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They Are Expensive – Compared to off-campus living, campus housing is terribly expensive specially for what you get. Only good things are location and the cleaning of bathrooms.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Normally is easy to find a free computer in the main computer lab, even during exams. The other libraries do get full though.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Keep an Eye Out – University of Florida is strict when you get caught doing drugs. If you live in a dorm and plan to drink in your dorm, best advice is to never leave the drinks in your dorm and don't advertise it to everyone. If there's an emergency and it requires you to get out of the dorm, then you will be busted. Just be careful and always drink with your friends (those that will take care of you and keep an eye out).

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Always Open – Gainesville is a small place. But there's plenty of stores and restaurants nearby. One of the best part in Gainesville is that if you are ever hungry, there's always a place open. For instance, Tropical Smoothie is 24 hours and has great smoothies and food. Also there is 420 Menchies where it opens at 4:20pm, but closes at 4:20 am. In addition, the mall is small but its a good place to shop. The local people there are really nice and treat you like if you were at home. Overall, there's always a place to hang and eat at any time of the day.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Stepping into college is different from high school. Procrastination is a big problem. There's no time fooling around. However when you are stuck or don't understand something, the professors or the teacher's assistants are always available to help out. If you are shy, there's office hours for students to get one on one help. The workload for each class depends on the class you take and the professor that teaches the class. But lesson learned is do not procrastinate.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm not sure of my field yet but if I stick with it, I plan to get a Master's degree in Counseling so that I can be a Guidance Counselor or so that I can be a counselor in general for people who need help. I am afraid that I won't be able to find a job in the education system when I graduate but I am hoping for the best and trying to think of many options after I graduate.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – A lot of the students main interest is to party and go to Midtown and Frat Row, but a lot also go to school clubs and events on campus. The school is really diverse but overall the students dress well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I loved the meal plan that I had over Summer B and the food in the dining halls and around campus is really good. Sometimes I hear others complaining but there is so much variety that it's really good to me. I don't like that Taco Bell was removed! But I'll survive.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Easy to Find – I am alerted about new internships by my college's advisor every week. I'm not so sure about actually getting one, but I know that finding them is quite simple.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to grab grub off and near campus but the they're all very similar and so it gets tiring eating the smae thing over and over again. The places with real diversity are pretty far from campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: What Drugs ? The drugs at UF are not publicized and there more known drinking accidents or problems than anything.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Gyms Are Great ! The gyms at UF are amazing and always fun to go to after a long day of studying. From volleyball to racquetball, everything is available, including eyegeear and nets. Not only are the gyms great, but the libraries are comfy and easy to get work done in, and fast food places are always wonderful !

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers at UF are great, but they are quite limited. Finding available computers during the day is near impossible, and if one is able to acquire one, he or she is quite lucky !

4 College Freshman

Majors: Being Well-Rounded. The process of getting into the Honors program was quite simple. Once I got my invitation, I simply wrote my essay and then waited for my letter of acceptance. People complain that it is unfair that only a few people get invitations when they all made the same grades, but I find myself realizing that being in honors is no different.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are Greeks. I find it difficult to approach people who are apart of fraternities and sororities. They do not seem to give off a welcoming vibe and tend to hang out among themselves. It's like they live in a whole different world from the rest of the people on campus.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at UF is insane. There always seems to be half the amount of parking spaces as there are students. Because parking is expensive, it causes the buses to be overcrowded and in some cases, very dangerous. If they could make parking a bit easier and more convenient, transportation at UF would be much improved.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The rustic looking buildings and the oak tree lined roads provide for an excellent learning atmospere. Besides, come Saturday, one can enjoy the college football atmosphere to a new extreme with the stadium centrally located in the heart of the University.

4 College Junior

Transportation: This is an excellent way to travel around Gainesville, and it is free to students/teachers with a valid University ID. The only downfall RTS has is that it can be packed at times (especially in the mornings and afternoons). Then again, it is free transportation! This is nice to have when gas is above $3 a gallon!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Chick Fil-A – They have a buy one get one special on Wednesdays for students with a valid gator 1. AS an added bonus, while you enjoy your meal, you can also play bingo for a chance to win additional items.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: No Shortage of Options – A person has several options when it comes to transportation. Use of the bus system is free for students, the city, campus especially, is very bicycle friendly. If a person doesn't want that, they can always walk, purchase a decal and drive, drive a scooter, use the university cab system. Florida does very well in accomodating its students in this aspect.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Let's Not Be Naive – As the title says, every university has alcohol and druge use, especially one as large as Florida. However, the public visibility of it and peer pressure for it is not worrisome, though at football games one will see a lot of drunk people walking about and will hear peers underage talking about drinkign. University and city police do well in enforcing university policy and regulating drug/alcohol usage.


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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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