Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Libraries, Gyms, Student Centers – There are several libraries ranging from music, art, education, science, etc. They are all extremely comfortable. Always a place close by wherever you are on campus to study.

There are great recreation centers. More that three, I know for a fact. They are of extremely high quality, have great equipment, diverse classes, access to tracks, pools, raquetball, etc.

Student Centers are amazing. Especially the Reitz. It includes several conference rooms, a food court, bookstore, career resource center, art gallery, arts and crafts basement, and so much more...

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are law enforcements at times on street corners keeping incoming traffic flowing and regulating the law. Bikers have to also abide by the rules as much as those that are conducting vehicles.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The University of Florida is really a college town. I love it coming fall semester knowing that football season has arrived. There is a sense of community unlike no other. I am from Miami and football season for the Miami Hurricanes doesn't even come close to the football seasons here in Gainesville. The people are very loving and very polite. I love this town.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Gainesville can be quite rainy and get quite chilly compared to the rest of Florida but its a beautiful place:) I love the sunshine state!

1 College Freshman

Parking: Strict and Stressful – Since the campus is so big, the parking enforcement is STRICT. Be careful! I would say to try and avoid having a car on campus for as long as possible! The police will bust you even if your parking permit expires THAT DAY. and theres never a promise you'll get a spot. The bus is free to UF students! Take the bus!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Awesome Dining Halls but Expensive – The meal plans are excellent and convienient, but only if you can afford them.... and BE CAREFUL for signing up for a meal plan. Its a two semester contract. You might be able to afford it this semester, but if you cant afford it the semester after, tough cookies! You still have to get the meal plan. Its very unfortunate.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Varies Widely – Dorm quality varies from building to building, but all locations are convenient and many are being remodeled and updated. In the Florida heat, A/C is important but all of the buildings have some sort of A/C.

4 College Junior

Computers: Lots of Labs – Depending on the department you work in there are tons of computer labs available at certain times, particularly in the evenings when most students work on projects. Computers are very up-to-date. There is a free printing lab where all full-time students get 250 free pages of printing per semester.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I've never felt unsafe walking around campus. There are lights almost everywhere, emergency call buttons/phones all over campus and a service that will escort you if needed. I hear very little of campus safety violations.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You can find the most amazing, smart people here! The people are awesome, parties and nightlife are fun and the campus is beautiful.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most bars are 18 and up so it's fun to just go out and dance! There are a few bars that are strictly 21& up so they attract a more mature crowd. Parties are fun too but harder to find!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Free Money? The only free money I've gotten is bright futures and that was very easily dispersed.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Gator sports are ahhhmazing! They're so much fun! Especially since we're really good at most of them. Whether you're at a basketball game, football, or gymnastics, you'll have a great time and leave feeling proud to be a Gator.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is on the small side, it's definitely a college town, but there is always something to do. Especially on campus. Every Friday there are free activities and a movie in the Reitz. There are nightclubs, the regular movie theaters, a mall...normal attractions of a town. If you're a big city person, it wouldn't be so normal though.

4 College Freshman

Parking: We have an abundant amount of parking garages, they actually just built a new one a few days ago.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The Nightlife is really good for girls. All you need is to be 18 years old and we never have a cover charge. We harldy have house parties, but when we do there always fun.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Whether you are a student-athlete (those with FREE everything!) or just a student who wants to get active, you are in the perfect place! Not only does everyone in Gainesville walk absolutely EVERYWHERE, they also have plenty of opportunities to get involved with sports - whether it's watching a football game or joining an intramural sport. The SouthWest Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art 1 year old gym that has absolutely EVERYTHING! (even an indoor track to run on!) Aside from the amazing gym, there are plenty of fields and courts to play football, ultimate frisbee, soccer, or any other sports all around campus. If you think the sport you play is not at UF, think again! I have not come across any sport that is not a club or an organization at UF. There's really no way you will be adding on to the Freshman 15 at UF. If anything, you will lose weight here!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: UF students seem to be very accepting. It almost seems as though we have more black, asian, religious, or gay communities than we do white communities. When you come to UF, expect a lot of members of the gay community to be roaming around. You must have an extremely open mind when coming to UF.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Although the school is well known for having excellence in academia, it will not seem that way for the first couple of years. I am a Freshman, every class I've had here is online or taught by a student. Online classes are extremely hard to keep up with and should not be allowed for fulltime students in my opinion. I feel that online classes should be reserved for students that have families and fulltime jobs or students with disabilities. However, UF enrolls most of its students in online classes because they enroll about 2-3 thousand students per class and as you know, only about 30 students can fit in a classroom if it is not in a lecture hall. In my opinion, UF "sets up" freshman to fail. They want to weed out as many people as possible with as little effort as possible. Furthermore, every other class I've had has been taught by a fellow student. This is absolutely ridiculous. I am not paying to go to this institution that is supposedly "the best university in the US" to be taught by someone that is the same age as me. The problem with student teachers is that they are very inexperienced and do not clarify many things. My chemistry "teacher" does not show up, does not say anything about assignments or due dates, and does not post anything on the website to let the students know about tests or due dates. My overall experience at UF has been very very poor due to the stress from teaching myself all the courses I've been in. It's absolutely awful and I understand why everyone says they only come here for the football.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are multiple blue emergency buttons around campus, but sometimes they are hard to spot. I do not walk on campus at night, there is definitely not enough light. Although there are several police units in Gainesville, most of them are scouring midtown and downtown to give DUI's or bust up parties. They aren't super concerned about on-campus safety in my opinion. Most of the time, I feel the police are mainly there to serve against me, not for me. They only give tickets and tow your car.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Fairly Nice – There really hasn't been a lot of rain or anything like that. I'm used to and like hot weather so that is great for me.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – The campus police are strict about Bicylcists and such but not really about other things. A party campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not Much – There are not really that many cheap but good places to eat right around campus

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – The drug scene at UF isn't really big at all. Recently, UF has banned tobacco and smoking on campus. Also, you are not able to drink publicly on campus unless you are the age of 21. Of course there is always underage drinking going on, but police are very strict when it comes to it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is a great experience to live on campus. I have been living on campus for two years and it has been fantastic. The good thing to do is research and choose your favorite dorms before you pick where you want to live. Depending where your dorm is, establishes what kind of social life that you will have.


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Chris Kirschner
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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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