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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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4 College Junior

Facilities: Lots of Research Opportunities – Research positions are very competitive, but there are a lot of them. The school gets a lot of funding and as a result there are many professors working in a huge variety of subjects. As long as you're persistent and intrepid you can find amazing opportunities to work personally in an area that's interesting to you!

1 College Junior

Parking: Permits are very expensive, and you can only get one if you live on campus except for commuter lots, which never have any open spots when you could possibly need to get to class. Even legitimate permits for on-campus residents won't get you a spot most of the time, and the ones you can find are nowhere near where you need them. Best bet is a scooter. There's a lot of open, convenient scooter parking all over campus.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Greeks Are Everywhere – Greek guys dress nicely, but Sorority girls wear baggy work out clothes on campus every day.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: An Organization for Everyone – Whether you want to get to know the people in your dorm better, connect with other people who love math, form an IM team with like-minded people, or get involved in a religious organization, you will be able to find what you're looking for. There are tons of well-run, exciting, and engaging organizations to be a part of and find long-lasting friends in.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Perseverance, Perseverance, Perseverance – Getting the right parking tag, being mindful of when you get to campus, and being patient are necessary in a good parking experience. Don't expect to park right next to your class, though. You'll need to walk from the parking lot.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports = Awesome – Sports at the University of Florida are fantastic. The whole student body gets behind the teams and going to the games is an experience like none other. The athletic facilities are state-of-the-art and the IM program is all-inclusive and lots of fun.

4 College Junior

Weather: It rains often but its not a problem for me. also the wind keeps campus cool even if the temp is +90*F

3 College Junior

Parking: Tire Nightmare – Unless you live something like +8 miles from campus, seriously ride your bike. It will still be faster. I beat the bus and the scooters to class everyday! I live 1.5-3 miles from campus.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I never had a problem with receiving my financial aid.

5 College Junior

Athletics: UF is very well known for it's school spirit and it's football team. On game days, you can see everyone on campus and off campus dressed in blue and orange, supporting their favorite team and getting together to watch the Gators win some games.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – The campus police does a great job to ensure that all the students are aware of any possible dangers. Also, the provide fliers with tips on how to stay safe around campus during the late hours. UF also provides a great bus system that runs til late hours of the night to ensure that no student is walking alone in the dark. Other than that, i have never had a negative or dangerous experience during my time on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had an internship as an exercise specialist in a physical therapy clinic. it was for 15 weeks, 40 hours a week, unpaid.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: All You Can Drink – Almost every where you go in Gainesville there are drink specials includng all you can drink, free drinks before a certain time, ladies night, etc

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: College Town – Gainesville, FL is a college town. The whole city operates around the University of Florida schedule ex: certain restaurants and shops change their hours according to school days. I love this big small town!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Quick and Easy – I did not encounter any difficulties. If you are a good student in high school and have good SAT scores, then you can be a Florida Gator too. Make sure you have a lot of extra-curricular activities and a good essay. The application is fast and easy and takes no longer than a 2 days to complete.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Student Involvement – Everyone is very spirited and shows support for every sport from volleyball to football. Also, the gym facilities on campus are very modern and are an excellent place for people to get fit.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I found my own place here, you can too- don't be boring and do what everyone else does

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is alcohol and drugs all around (not dependent on age either)

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If you're here to party, live off-campus- otherwise you wont get anything done, on campus is much better (convenient, decently priced, good atmosphere)

3 College Junior

Facilities: Due to the state being stingy with funding, a lot of cuts have been made for programs. They however spare no expense when it comes to sports.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking is horrible, hands down- if you have a car, live off-campus

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The Facts – For girls, it's about every other one is hot, lots of whores and a lot of fake religious whores. With guys, there are a good deal of douchebags but as long as you stay clear of the Frats you should be good.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Very Straightforward Process, Just Don't Wait! Financial aid at UF is easy - just fill out your FAFSA and sign up for direct deposit. After drop/add ends that semester, they will direct deposit all of your left-over financial aid into your bank account of choice. No messy paperwork, it's pretty easy as long as you do it by the deadline. DO NOT miss the deadline or you will be in for a giant headache! They will still help you but it's a lot harder to get aid.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Do It the First Year, Then Move Off Campus – I definitely encourage all incoming freshmen to live in the dorms for at least their first year of college. It really is part of the "college experience" and it's great to be on campus and in the middle of everything when you first start out. But a lot of the dorms are really old (historical buildings) so they don't have any central air conditioning, you have to use fans or standing A/C units, no window units. The newer dorms and honors dorms are a lot nicer, and the Later Gator buses run from downtown back to campus so it's a nice way to be able to party downtown and make it home safe without having to drive. There is NO PARKING on campus, though, so if you're bringing a car, good luck finding somewhere to park it.

4 College Senior

Facilities: UF has a lot of great facilities that are free or low cost to students. The SW Rec center is a huge fitness center that is free to students and open almost all the time. UF has a great student health care center that is partnered with Shands Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the southeast. The Counseling and Wellness center is also really helpful, they will go out of their way to make sure you get the mental health and personal wellness services you need. The Reitz Union has everything - a print lab, small arcade, lots of food places, study areas, and often offers movie screenings and other fun things. Basically, there's always SOMETHING to do somewhere on campus, you have no excuse to be bored.

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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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