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Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I haven't been to any of the clubs, but I notice that people tend to go to the Swamp (bar) and the Vault.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Abundant Resources – There are plenty of polices paroling the area. I always feel safe. There are blue poles for safety. The police station is on campus. We have the number one career resource center in the United States. The police are quick to capture the suspect and there is a system set up to communicate with all students via e-mail and text.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I've lived in Florida my whole life so it's not that different here for me. If you're from up north you should know that Florida has two seasons: summer and fall. Summer being pretty much from March til September, Fall being October through February. It gets legitimately cold(and beautiful) here, but overnight freezes are about the fullest extent of that. Florida is weird, sometimes it will be perfectly sunny for two weeks at a time, sometimes it will rain every day. Overall I'd rather be here than New Hampshire.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Never Felt Safer – Gainesville is a really safe town to live in. Drugs really aren't big here, the "worst" I've seen in plain view is marijuana. Drinking is huge, especially on game days. It's funny because you're much more likely to get in trouble for drinking underage at a club here than you are if you were walking down the street with a beer in the broad daylight on a football Saturday. It's part of the culture and if you want to partake, it's everywhere. If you don't want to partake, well there's six other days of the week to have good clean fun. Club drugs like Cocaine and MDMA are somewhat popular but that's kind of limited to downtown. You decide your own involvement and no one is going to pressure you to do something you don't want to do.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Super Cheap Vs. Super Expensive – Gainesville has its low and its high when it comes to housing. There are plenty of places far away from campus that are cheap, but it takes you 30 minutes on the bus to get to school. On the other hand, you can live right next to campus and walk there (super convenient), but you pay a hefty premium.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Gator Nation Is Alive and Well – A lot of people write UF off as a stupid football school, and in a way, they have reason. Football is a huge part of the culture here, as it would be at any SEC school. Saturdays in the Fall are some of the most memorable times I've had here because the city really comes alive. Even if you don't like football(I've never been a huge fan) you'll put on your orange and blue and tailgate the day away. Our other sports don't generate quite as much hype, although our Basketball and Volleyball programs are really popular. Florida really does have the best athletes in the state and from around the country, last year we won the national championships in Rugby, and I only knew about it because my friend was on the team.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Delicious...For the First Week – Although I never had the privilege to live on-campus, I have experienced campus dining at the University of Florida. Most of the places that I have gone to for lunch or dinner have been fresh and fast, with a plethora of places to sit. I have been to the dining hall twice and I thought it was good, but I have heard from many people that after about a week, the food and flavors get so repetitive that it's hard to eat all the meals they bought through the meal plan.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Gator Country – Gainesville is one happening city. What with the constant sporting events, with a majority free to all students, and the outdoor adventure areas, there is always something to do in Gainesville. Take a trip to a Gator football game, with tailgating before and afterward of course. Then, make your way over to Lake Wauberg or Ginnie Springs for some outdoor activities. After you clean up, go shopping at the Oaks Mall or explore Haile Plantation's farmer's market. Then, head to Satchel's, Gainesville's famous pizza place that is known for not just their pizza but their eclectic atmosphere and Lightning Salvage store. All in all, the University of Florida sits in the hub of adventure.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good Food, but Dining Halls Are Overpriced. UF has a lot of great options for dining on campus, including a Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, Papa Johns, Burger King, Einstein Bros, Starbucks, etc. That said, the dining halls are overpriced if you don't have a meal plan. While the food is surprisingly good, take your 10$ to one of the restaurants I listed above or across the street to midtown and you will get much more bang for your buck.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Generally Safe and Healthy – Bike theft is probably the most common crime on campus, though the University Police Department will occasionally send out emergency alerts about criminals, who are generally caught within a few hours.

Health services for students are great.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a large variety to choose from off campus. From chain restaurants to establishments only found in Gainesville.

3 College Senior

Majors: Great Elder Communication – I was able to meet with the head of my major and he alerted me to the job options. He also informed me that Bioengineering will equip myself with the knowledge necessary to create the environmental companies I desire.

3 College Senior

Majors: New to the Program – Haven't fully experienced my major's program so I can not fully judge it's value. From what I've experienced it seems productive and full of opportunity.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Best School in the Nation!!! What a great deal for the money and an awesome school. I love it here. I would definitely choose to come here again if I had the choice to do so.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Go Gators!!! If a student cannot get excited about athletics at the University of Florida, then it is likely their own fault. Saturdays in the Swamp are priceless. And even if you're not that into football, you can always find a women's volleyball, men's baseball, or track event to watch. Basketball season is really underrated too. If you ain't a Gator, you're GATOR BAIT!!!

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4 College Senior

Computers: Big and Spacious – There are few labs on campus, but they are big and in key locations. Have computers and printers all over that can be used.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Very Athletic School – Have some of the best sports teams in the nation at the school, so one could only expect the student body to be the same. Lots of sports clubs and intramural are very competitive, some teams even make flags and have whole uniform. Occasionally some of the athletes that play basketball and football at the school play at the gyms on campus and in the leagues.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking a Lot – Drinking is everywhere, bars are waling distance. At times its easy and pretty lenient, even in the dorms, depending on RA. Bars are strict. Can find alcohol at a lot of frats and house parties. Drug scene depends on who you hang out and i guess that can be said for alcohol.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Strict About Things – Cops are pretty strict about alcohol, parties and underage drinking at times. Certain semesters cops crack down, but will lessen up again. Strict on id's and drinking at clubs and bar. The worst for parking tickets, they get you on everything little thing, which is probably the most enforced thing.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Good School Maybe to Big – Great school has everything, the downside is that there is so much going on that its hard to figure out what to do and get in touch with advisors.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Infirmary Is Great! The on-campus infirmary is very reliable and generally they can see you on short notice. The pharmacy is also very cheap for OTC items such as Advil, Band-Aids, etc. A fee buried in tuition is for the cost of the items, so when you need to purchase something, it's significantly cheaper than at retail stores. You've already basically subsidized the cost, so stock up on cheap meds!

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Easily Accessible and Always Updated – Mostly Windows computers, but some colleges are transitioning to Apple. Open lab hours are posted within each college. Free printing locations around campus and generous print-anywhere credits.

3 College Senior

Diversity: More Diverse Than Most – While there is a large percentage of caucasian students on campus, the student body is extremely diverse. There's a good balance of ethnic diversity representing many cultural backgrounds. There is also a decent amount of international students. The mixture of student populations is represented by the many on-campus organizations catered towards the various backgrounds.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Many Places to Go, Open Often – UF is surrounded by nightlife. There are bars and clubs across the street from campus, and more downtown. People go out Wednesday-Saturday nights usually. There are two movie threatres near campus and one in the student union as well, and on Friday nights the university puts on "Gator Nights". It's free for students and offers a variety of things, from food to A-list movies with popcorn and drinks in the theatre to henna tattoos, etc. You can almost always find something happening at a Frat house too.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UF had been a challenging but rewarding academic experience for me. The campus is beautiful, the housing is convenient, and because Gainesville is small, everything is close (although traffic is the pits). There are so many restaurants, bars, and clubs surrounding the school, and it's awesome to see Ben Hill Griffin Stadium from the window of the dining hall. The campus is very bike and pedestrian friendly and buses are free for students. People are very trusting. There are so many clubs and organizations- if you don't think there's something for you, you haven't tried to find something.


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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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