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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: True College Town – Gainesville is a true college town. The city pretty much revolves around the university, so that means there are a lot of business and services directed towards students. Plenty of nightlife and some the best sports teams in the country. Awesome.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Material Science Engineering – Highly competitive, nationally ranked always in top 10, currently 2nd, tied with MIT

5 College Sophomore

Academics: all of UF students accepted were in the National Honor Society, top notch Engineering program

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: lots to do - large campus, home of Florida Gators, great parks and lakes, good bike trails, reasonable cost, good weather, centrally location

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I absolutely love the gyms at the University of Florida. Recsports and Southwest Recsports is just amazing! The gyms are huge and they even offer classes such as zumba, spinning, yoga, and so much more. Furthermore, the buildings are so nice and they have a beautiful architecture.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great Apts – I have personally never lived on campus and currently live in Cabana Beach Apartments. I love living off-campus because you get more liberty and the prices are a lot less expensive than living on-campus. Parking is more convenient and you even have visitors parking. The cons with me are that not only is my complex far from the university but there is just so much traffic at the main street. The bus takes about 20 minutes in the morning which is great but around 5pm it takes like 40 minutes.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Interesting Info – I am in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences College at UF and I love it. The professors teaching political science classes at UF really know what they are talking about. So far, I have had great professors that are very helpful and have a very intellectual knowledge of the topics they teach. Because it is political science, you do get a lot of work and readings, but as long as you enjoy your career as much as I do you will be fine.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I can honestly say I feel very safe at the University of Florida. They work very hard to keep you informed about how to avoid violence and promote safeness around campus. They have phone lines that you can call or text that provide you with people who can walk with you at night if you are not feeling safe. There are always campus police officers around campus and I have never even felt threatened or in an uncomfortable situation in the campus.

5 College Freshman

Academics: My major at the University of Florida is Political science and the aspects of the programs are so incredible. I personally enjoy my major to the maximum because it is filled with tons of information and things to learn everyday. The classes are more than informative and the professors just make the time spent in their classes fun and enjoyable. Political science is not an easy major because it requires so much reading and dedication from the one pursuing it, the reading one must do each and every day is definitely big. But one will find out, that after all the reading, studying, and all the hard work, the consequences are incredible. With just a few political science classes taken at UF I feel I have learned more than I ever knew I would in such short amount of time. There are also political Science clubs that you can join and pre-law workshops, that as for myself, are more than useful for I am planning on going to law school when I finish my bachelor's degree. The professors that teach political science at the University of Florida are incredibly knowledgeable of what they are teaching and some even make their own textbooks. You will find internship opportunities and people that are willing to help you and contact you with professionals at the UF Career Resource Center, as well as job fairs and some other resources. As for myself, I will be volunteering at a law firm starting august which will help me enormously in getting more familiar with my career. I personally, absolutely love my major and the opportunities presented to me by the University of Florida.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Academic Life – The academics at the University of Florida can only be said to be one of the best in the state and even the country. So far, I have had great professors with the exception of one or two that although not very helpful know exactly what they are teaching. There are different programs offered at UF that fit everyone's needs and likes. Furthermore, it is also imperative to point out that the University of Florida is extremely organized in their registration process, their preview sessions, and financial aid resources. Everyone is very helpful and there will always be someone there to help you with whatever you need. The professors at UF do give a lot of work, especially in my major, political science, there is a lot of reading to do. But you always have to work a lot to be the best so this can only benefit you instead of hurting you. At my time at UF, I have noticed there are a lot of people who major in biology or chemistry. I find this impressive because there you can see that the students at this university like to take challenges and are hardworking as well as very intelligent.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gator Life! The Univeristy of Florida is located in Gainesville, Florida and is by far the most pleasant student atmosphere I have experienced. The university provides students with many resources and attractions that are incredibly fun and FREE! As part of UF there is a park called Lake Wauburg where you can enjoy a day outside and go canoeing, water skiing, sailing, and many more activities. There are over 900 organizations which you can join that go from religious to sports activities such as sky diving. The overall atmosphere of the University of Florida is extremely pleasant and fun but also gives you the time and tranquility to study at the various libraries that are opened until late at night, especially on exam weeks. The whole town is filled with students everywhere and everyone is always willing to help out. I can definitely say that it is Great to be a Florida Gator!

4 College Junior

Academics: As a journalism major, I've found that there are numerous ways to seek help when looking for academic guidance, internships and professional careers.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Punishments Vary Strictly – Punishments are very light in some cases, but not for cheating.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Fraternity Parties – Most of the nightlife on campus revolves around fraternities. Whether it be a crush party where they rent out a club and invite girls to meet their new pledge class, a house party, or a social between sororities and fraternities, these are the biggest parties on campus.
In terms of clubs, there are several 18+ clubs but most bars are 21+ just to enter.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Car or No Car? That Is the Question – To get around on campus, most students use the bus system or bike. The buses are generally on time and convenient, especially on hot or rainy days. Be careful though because at the beginning of the year the buses are packed so full that sometimes you have to wait for the next bus because there is no room left.
Biking from class to class is also an easy, affordable way to get around because there are bike racks everywhere. If you want a little more speed but not the hassle of a car, scooters are the way to go. They're very popular on campus, cheap on gas, and there are several places to park them on campus. Unfortunately, they can also be very dangerous.
Cars are probably the one thing that are a hassle. There isn't enough parking to cover the demand for spots, and it can be expensive to buy a parking decal on campus. Freshman get the worst parking selection so it is possible to go through your freshman year without one.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Although the University of Florida has a wide variety of great professors, the city of Gainesville itself it nonexistent. Unless you are a part of a Fraternity or Sorority, your college experience will most likely be mildly interesting at best. Although there is a wide variety of theatre shows and art galleries, students will rarely see large crowds of interested students attending these events. If you are into the art scene, stay away. Furthermore, although there are many brilliant professors, you will oftentimes find yourself being taught by their TAs, with 9/10 of them being unable to speak english.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is a sufficient amount of facilities to accommodate the large student population. There are at least 3 gyms, Southwesst being the largest and most diverse. The campus is certainly large and I rarely am unhappy with it.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Students at this University are very active. Even if they do not form part of a team or a specific sport, students will find a way to exercise. Gyms are always full and there's always somebody on the streets jogging or running.
School spirit is one of the most obvious characteristic of the university. Everyone shows love and loyalty for their university's sports team through clothes, stickers, tag plates, etc.

5 College Senior

Academics: College of Liberal Arts: Biology – To sutyd Biology preprofessional at the University of Florida is both challenging and fun. Workload is heavy and difficult but it can be achieved. The science classes such as physics I and physics II, organic I, organic II, and Biochemistry are in between the hardest classes to complete for this major. Group studies and tutoring have been proven to help students.
There are several libraries where people chose to go and spend the day studying in a quiet place.
Volunteering and internships are a plus in a curriculum, and for this major, one can contact their academic advisor and they will definitely help.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I had a meal plan for the summer which allowed me only to go to the dining hall and very few restaurants on campus. The dining hall near my residence hall had the same meal every other day. I tried to go to the other dining hall but that was 45 mins away from my residence hall. If you have flex bucks or declining balance then you are able to enjoy the fast food places on campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Very Helpful – Everyone in the College of Education at UF was really helpful to me. They make sure that I am taking the correct classes, and making sure that I am making the grades to get accepted into this degree plan. If I need help an anyway there are more than enough tutors that will LOVE to help you with anything you need!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great Experience – Living on a co-ed floor, Third Floor Rawlings, was the best experience to have as a first year college student. You meet so many people and it's much more social than the other dorms and single gender floors. UF is a great school with so many things to do on and off campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are emergency call stations, but other than that, the campus doesn't have too much security at night. But, there has never been an instance where I've felt in danger; the campus is mostly just empty.

College Freshman

Academics: Just Entered Major, No Opinion Yet – Only just switched my major into Fine Arts - Digital Media, therefore I don't have an opinion of the curriculum yet.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Student Body – The student body at UF is heavily active in the greek life. Greeks typically have control of the student government. Most girls on campus can be seen wearing anoraks with their sorority letters. On most nights, you can find a frat party.

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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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