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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 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.

4 College Junior

Academics: Study Areas – There are countless libraries to choose from for a great place to study. Depending on what type of work you need to do, you can find the perfect place on campus to do that work. There are places that are great to go work on group projects and also great libraries to do individual studies.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Gainesville Has Competitive Living Opportunities – Gainesville may sound like a tiny town, but the people more than make up for that. The appartments off-campus are easy to find, and most are pretty affordable (~500-650/mo average) if you're looking at a 10-20 min. bus ride (many, many, many UF students take the regional bus since it's free with school ID). I've been living at about that distance of no more than 5-10 min. car ride WITH traffic to campus and I've been very satisfied.

Most apartment packages come furnished and have a utility cap ("utilities included"), as well as include separate leases. Most have leases PER ROOM, meaning if you don't find a roommate, they'll match you one to the best of your criteria when you fill out your roommate-matching form during signing. Maintenance is usually included, but don't expect same-day service. You may or may not get stuck with a competent office staff, but that's a risk you'll take anywhere.

My biggest suggestion is to look around and ask to see samples. Just keep in mind that the samples are made to look perfect. Ask LOTS of questions when deciding where to live. Anywhere you live, however, is accessible to the regional transit system (as mentioned above), so you won't have trouble getting around. I think the locations and distance from campus for the price - compared to living in Miami - is very good.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a mechanical and aerospace engineering dual-major at the University of Florida, and I am proud of it. This Summer I interned with GE Healthcare thanks to a national conference I went to for an engineering society I found on campus. There are so many recruitment opportunities at the University of Florida for internships and full-time offers as far as engineering is concerned, that I'm happy to be here. The professors are always doing research and involved in the field - or were - so there's never a professor you can't ask a career question about.

Many teachers treat you as an adult who knows what they are doing with their lives, however, so they will not give special treatment unless you prove to them that you care. That's why I'm giving an A-, although not necessarily a drawback.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I Start in the Fall of 2011 – I have not yet begun my classes at the University of Florida, but i have heard from others that the classes are tough. The university does this so that we can be pushed to do our best. Students tell me that the work load is not unbearable unless you procrastinate and that the proffesors are highly qualified and great instructors.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Uf's campus is extremely diverse. It is a very large campus and just walking the campus, yu see people of every race. At UF people are not ashamed to state the religion or political beliefs and I really enjoy learning about each individual I meet. I have met people with different sexual orientations also and it was a great experience and many are still my friends today.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Its a difficult major with an intnese workload especially in chemistry and bilogy. The facilities are all quite amazing and the professors are always there for extra help. Not to mention there are great free tutoring facilities.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Is It Here Yet? Financial aid is always highly anticipated as I'm sure it is as most school because most students have usually had to fork out their first month's rent and pre-pay for their books before their aid is dispersed. Because of this, financial aid cannot seem to come fast enough. However, I have never had an unfavorable experience with the office of financial affairs and I have consistently received my aid on-time and in full.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: At the Center of the Gator Nation – Living on campus is exactly what every incoming student should experience once, especially at the beautiful University of Florida. The spectacular campus has so much character yet still is abundant in amenities. Living in the dorms allows students to be at the center of the classroom buildings, eating halls, student gymnasiums, and social life. There's no better place to be.

4 College Senior

Academics: Diverse Gators Taking Charge – What most impresses me at the University of Florida is the extreme array of diverse cultural groups represented on the campus. Furthermore, it is quite amazing to see members of all cultural backgrounds working together and holding top positions in key student organizations including student government. I love the University of Florida because there are so many ambitious students and working alongside them everyday only boosts one's own motivation and drive.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks DOMINATE – I am not affiliated with the Greek life at all, but it seems like it is inescapable. I have nothing against Greek life, but I do find it funny that I could sit somewhere on campus and know which student was in a sorority and which isn't. Large population of students in Greek life and they control the student body. Once again, not a bad thing, just an observation.

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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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