Gainesville, FL
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Reviews 5278 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Let's Go Gators! One look at our stadium during a home football game will tell anyone just about everything they need to know about UF and their involvement in sports. We are essentially a sea of Orange and Blue with undying support for our Gators. Although sometimes our performances in some sports are not the best, we will continue to support each team wholeheartedly. The school spirit that exudes from this campus is addictive with each cheer louder than the next making it sometimes intimidating for the opposing team. A new atheletic facility has been built recently that provides a wide variety of top notch equipment for even the non-athletics who are just trying to keep fit and healthy.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Gator Nation – There is no other way to describe Gainesville than it being a true Gator Nation. The whole culture of the city revolves around the Orange and Blue spirit with each citizen being a proud and willing participant of the atmosphere. The college itself pretty much engulfs the whole city which proves to be both its advantage and disadvantage. There is no running from the fact that Gainesville is indeed a college town with UF reminders plastered all over it. The appeal of it is the unity the city has towards such a proud institution which brings about a slight bond and attraction between even strangers meeting and exhchanging their "Hellos."
Furthermore, to cater to the whims of diverse college students, it feels as if you can find just about anything within a 10 mile radius from the college. We have the usual shopping, sports/recreation and restaurants galore within a few minutes drive. But we also have some more exotic activities such as a monkey sanctuary a few more miles North of the college.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Does Its Job – Even if you feel campus rules are too strict, they're there for a reason.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Average College Feel – I have seen more drinking than drug usage while attending school. Drinking is the activity that is favored among students.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Ideal College Experience – If you've dreamed of having the perfect college experience, while still enjoying school and campus life, then UF is for you. It's a small and quiet town, but you make the best of it when you're with friends thanks to all the businesses that are here. The town is full of Gator pride. If you have Gator pride, look nowhere else.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is pretty decent. Sometimes it is really hot and other times it rains but its average.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Whenever my laptop broke or I needed to be able to print form a computer lab I was always able to. The University of Florida does an excellent job or making sure very student has access to a computer and able to print when needed.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into my Criminology major was relatively easy. I didn't have to do a special application process when applying to the school. Once I was there, I just enrolled in an intro to crimial justice classes and eventually declared my major during my second year.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: honestly, most of the things they tell you to invest your financial aid money in are kind of expensive, like the meal plans and the dorms ... i prob save 2 thousand dollars by living and eating at my fraternity house ... you prob even save money if you live off campus ... as far as the fin. aid office on campus, they are very helpful, but tend to take quite a while to process things.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Well, i chose to live in the springs complex farther away from the center of campus because it probably has the largest dorm room you can get a UF, a suite style room, and its close to fraternity row since i knew i was going to pledge ... as far as cost is concerned, its still pretty expensive compared to off campus housing options, but its still nice.

3 College Junior

Computers: Great Software, Not So Great Hours and Availability – The computers in the labs have current software and are well functioning, but the labs with the most available computers are open the least hours. There is one 24/7 lab on campus, which is the smallest and is consistently occupied by design and architecture students. It's nice that there are both Mac and PC computers on campus, but that also leads to more crowding. You definitely need to own your own computer if you spend a lot of time on campus or have a lot of technology-based classes. I've taken digital classes in classrooms without computers before.

1 College Senior

Parking: Too Many Cars, Not Enough Spaces – The parking on campus is ridiculous. There are tons of parking spaces, but not enough of them are allotted to student decals. The parking office sells more decals than there are parking spaces. These decals are also expensive. The parking enforcement is also bad as well, they ticket extremely frequently and each ticket are upwards of $30. Even in the parking garages that students pay per day/per hour is pretty bad, you have to either get to campus extremely early or circle the garage for a while before finding parking.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Pretty Diverse School – It seems like every race is represented here at UF. It is still a predominantly white school, but at times you can find yourself in a large cluster of people from Korea, India, or Haiti! The student organizations representing these cultures are large, and they compete in talent showcases, and display their heritages across campus. However, even though many races are represented here at UF, I still find myself being one of the few black people in many of my classes.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Gainesville Has the BEST Local Eats! The off campus dining in Gainesville is great! They have a great mix of chain restaurants, but what's even better are the local places to eat. Many of these places are fair to moderate prices but the food makes up for any money you'll spend. The downtown and NW/NE parts of Gainesville have great eats, some are even close to campus. Check out: Bistro1245, Boca Fiesta, Cafe C, The Midnight has great drink specials on Tues/Wed and a great place to go for amazing deep dish pizza is Satchels. They have a junk shop in the back with cute trinkets, you can sit in an old bus and enjoy your meal. They even a live band playing some evenings!

4 College Senior

Athletics: Go Gators! So much emphasis is put on the football team because their games bring in the big money. But UF has other teams who do better than the football team and never get the sort of recognition that they deserve. The football games are fun, but what about volleyball or soccer?

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Youthful City – Gainesville has a lot of attractions and organizations geared towards the younger college students. From concerts to comedians to the football games, it really is an amazing city for a college student.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Everything You Will Ever Need – University of Florida has everything you could ever need as a university student. There are restaurants, two dining halls, too many athletic centers to count, superb classrooms and auditoriums, several libraries, multiple computer labs and printing stations, and the list goes on and on!

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: A Health Conscious Community – University of Florida is renown for its athletic programs, and so it is only natural that the home of one of the best athletic programs is also very health conscious. The Student Health Care Center is extraordinary.

5 College Junior

Academics: Feels Like a Small School – Even thought University of Florida is one of the biggest universities in the country, all of the professors and resources available make it seem just like a small college. Lots of great professors, the technology is amazing, the only bad thing about UF is they want you to graduate as soon as possible.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Buses Are Great and Convenient – The bus routes are great. Buses come every 9 minutes approximately. They run until really late hours on the weekdays. However, you need a car for the weekends.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: internships available everywhere because UF is located at a college town.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Plenty of Opportunities – At the University of Florida, there are plenty of options if you know what your end goal is. You are bombarded with chances to study abroad from various sponsors - the Honors program, the business school, and so on. The five-year engineering program is popular. You have a very limited opportunity to get an MD during your undergraduate years, in a six-year-or-so program offered by the UF medical school. There's always something going on at the Reitz Union (it being interesting is another matter entirely). Gainesville life isn't much different from any other Florida town. Good bands rarely come to Gainesville, except for the excellent Fest, which occurs every October. There's always a party going on somewhere and the game days are quite a spectacle.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As Average as a College Can Be – I went to University of Florida for monetary reasons, it being in-state. And being in-state is one of its flaws; the weather in Florida is awful; hot and muggy, only getting bearable for few short winter months. Autumn is nigh-nonexistent - you won't see the red and gold leaves you'll find in the north. UF, being the best and second largest of the Florida schools, attracts quite an array of people, few of them decent. If you don't like dubstep, radio rap, and drinking, you'll probably find yourself lonely at UF. The best part of UF is knowing that, in four years, you'll have a degree from the "best university in Florida," which, unfortunately, won't mean anything to employers; just another state school. You will find quality facilities, good food, and a decent-looking campus, and I hear good things about the architecture and engineering programs. More than likely, you'll fit in and have a good time at UF, but it certainly isn't the place it's made out to be.

3 College Freshman

Academics: One hears a lot about the University of Florida pre-med program, and its academics in general, as being the best in Florida. However, from what I've seen as a freshman, the emphasis is definitely on the athletics. Professors are generally nice and available, but the classes leave a lot to be desired. Just going to class and doing the homework will not ensure you get good grades - in fact, people who go to class don't have much of an advantage over those who don't. Academic success comes down to your ability to study and learn at home, as the professors seem to take their test material from the book and give homework assignments on generic pay-to-use websites like Webassign and APLIA.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Awesome Preparation – At the University of Florida, the rigor of classes is not a joke. All the classes are preparing me for my major studies. Everyone has to find their own, unique way to learn the material being taught to them. In addition, everything learned is applicable for the future.


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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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