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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: My university (UF) is located in Gainesville, FL which is more of a rural area. UF basically makes up the atmosphere into a lively one because of the diverse and large amount of student population it has. It is definitely considered a party town because there are many clubs nearby that create the nightlife. During home football games, the town turns into a sea of orange and blue, as everyone partakes in tailgating. There are many fairs and local events, such as the art festival, which allows the students to become a part of Gainesville's community.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are different types of transportation on campus. There are the buses which go on and off campus and are free and there is a night time transportation which takes you anywhere on campus for free until 4am.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Variety of Options – There are tons of places to eat off campus, from Pita Pit, which is a very healthy wrap place, to Relish which is a very tasty, very different burger joint. There are also tons of smoothie/frozen yogurt places for people with a sweet tooth.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: very spirited campus. Everyone goes all out for football games

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of food options near campus: walking distance right across the street on University avenue there's Pita Pit, Designer Greens(salads and flatbread sandwiches), Relish (burgers), Tijuana Flats, pizza, Chipotle, bars, etc. On Archer Road there are most of the normal chain restaurants (Friday's, Chili's, Outback, Olive Garden, Carrabbas, etc.). The best places to eat in Gainesville are a little further away and downtown. I recommend The Top in downtown Gainesville, it's kinda indie but delicious food and really interesting drinks, and reasonably priced.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professional Opportunities – Uf offers many professional opportunities, which everyone should take advantage of. Every semester, UF offers huge career showcases where employers come to campus to recruit people. Student organizations are also a great way to network and find internships. UF encourages internships because they are the easiest way to finding a job upon graduation.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Many Options – The best option out there is the RTS bus system, which is free for all students and goes around town. Sometimes it sucks because you have to wait around to catch the buses, but they are pretty good. Scooters are also pretty big here in Gainesville, but you must pay a parking decal on campus. Bicycles and skateboards are some viable options as well. Cars aren't recommended as finding parking spots on and off campus is nearly impossible.

3 College Junior

Diversity: UF is very pro-diversity, which is reflected in its campus. People from many different backgrounds are seen everywhere. This is good because the different ethnic groups learn from one another and because students from the same groups feel identified with one another. However, despite the fact that there's a lot of diversity, white population is predominant.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Parties and Transportation – You can find a party on or off campus any day of the week. The city of Gainesville and UF are extremely efficient with on and off campus transportation. UF has set up the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) to transport students all over campus at night.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls Are Plesant and Good Looking – All of UF's students are attractive and fun in one way or another. They are all smart and a good amount of them are athletic. The guys, especially the football players are really attractive. Lots of partying with the fraternities and sororities. But also a lot of activities hosted by people from all cultures.

3 College Senior

Computers: Labs Only Get Crowded During Finals and Midterms – The labs at the Reitz and at Marston are usually pretty good except during midterms and finals weeks. the libraries also have many computers to use. UF offers students 250 free printing pages per semester from the libraries or the computer lab. UF also provides all students with free WIFI on campus.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's GREAT! There are plenty of opportunities for scholarships and UF automatically matches you with many of them depending on your financial need.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We Got It! UF is a drug free campus and it is a policy which is strictly enforced! I feel very confortable regarding this subject at UF because I know that the UF Police Department will always make sure that drugs aren't a problem on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's Difficult! The facilities are kept up and fixed but it is mainly about who you live with. If you get stuck with a person who isn't organized or doesn't care about being clean; your dorm experience will not be pleasant.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Party School – UF is a party school, but you can avoid parties if you hang with the right crowd. So far, I have only been to one party that had underage drinking, but I didn't drink, because I don't feel the need to drink to have fun. The policy is strict on underage drinking, but sadly it still occurs :(

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining Hall – We have a variety of food and a vegetarian/vegan section for those that don't eat meat, like me. Though the problem is that it is the same variety every few days. And I believe the food is only good on Monday which is meatless Monday at our school. Other than that, I am tired of our dining hall food. I don't think its really worth it to buy a meal plan.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Best Sports Fans in the SEC – The Athletic Program at UF is definitely top-quality, and highly competitive against any other school. It is extremely well-funded, both by the University and outside sources. Gator football is huge in Gainesville, and the Gators have a huge following around the nation as well. Most all of our sporting events are usually packed to capacity with fans. The gyms around campus are also very high quality. They have the latest in exercise equipment, with top-notch trainers and dietitians readily available for students and staff. IM sports are fairly popular, with a large number of students involved. However, they are not near as popular as varsity sports are on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Good Small-Town Atmosphere – Gainesville is a relatively small town. There is always something going on in town, whether it is on or off campus. The city will usually have different events like parades, cultural festivals, county fairs, or other local happenings. There are also several different venues for shopping, dining, and entertainment. There is a large shopping mall, three different movie theaters, and a huge variety of restaurants. Whether one likes small towns or big city-style atmospheres, Gainesville can satisfy any taste.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Safety Is Average – Overall, I feel fairly safe when on campus. There are programs set up to assist students if they ever feel as if they are not safe. For example, there is a bus service one can call if they ever need a ride at night and do not feel safe walking alone. Campus police are reachable in case of an emergency, but they are not present around campus at all times of day. The lighting at night around campus is poor, with most walkways being very dark. This tends to create a feeling of anxiety when walking across campus at night, especially if one is alone.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are rather small. I live in Jennings and it was just renovated so the common areas are nice. We have a pool table and ping pong table and foos ball. The food is okay but you get tired of it after awhile. Jennings is near one of the two main dining halls. I've met a lot of friends in my hall. Those that live off campus their first year don't have much of social life from what I hear.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It! Gainesville is such a great atmosphere and everyone gets along mostly. You get the real feel of a college town and its awesome!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Learn the Busses! The busses are free for students and take you anywhere you could possibly need to go. Driving is a hassle around campus and the city

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: College Town – There's plenty to do if you are looking to go out, get drunk, and party. Lots of clubs and bars, but nothing really exciting to do unless you want to party and are over 21

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Big State School in a Great Small Town – I enjoy Gainesville much more than UF itself.

3 College Sophomore

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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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