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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
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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.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is inescapable at this university and ultimately, it has resulted in widespread acceptance for the most part. If there are any students or staff that are not accepting, nothing is done to show it. There are more ethnic backgrounds on this campus than I've ever encountered in one location, its great.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics vary tremendously. Some classes are very large and due to size, it is difficult for the professors to be personal with the students. However, there are some small classes that are the opposite. Personally, I haven't had bad experiences with either size, the professors are very good about emails and office hours, not to mention TAs are usually available. The curriculum I have encountered is challenging, but not impossible. The way it is presented in class (when experiences and examples are given by the professor, also enthusiasm about the material) makes it easier to retain.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I get no assistance from financial aid because I'm white and upper middle class. My friends, who are hispanic, get financial aid and use it to buy drugs and designer clothes.

3 College Junior

Weather: We're in Florida! It's hot! The heat makes it really nice to walk around campus during the fall and spring

5 College Junior

Academics: Time for Other Things – I am trying to go to medical school. I love psychology, and this degree allows me to participate in more extracurricular activities. It's perfect for me.

1 College Junior

Parking: Get Used to Public Transportation – Good luck trying to find parking on campus or around campus. Parking around that area requires a decal, which the designated parking spots aren't close to actual classes. And parking around campus are metered parking with a max of 2 hours. Most students use scooters, ride bikes, or just ride the bus (it's free for students).

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It All Depends on the Timing – Some officers are lenient, while others are tough. It all depends on the time, mood, event, etc.

3 College Junior

Academics: Has Almost Everything. Because UF is such a big school, it's difficult to have a lot of one-on-one time with your professors. However, there is a lot of help around campus with any class. We have tutoring centers called TutoringZone and StudyEdge that really help out with those difficult/weed-out classes. For most required classes, the workload is quite big. A lot of studying is required in order to get good grades. Many students mainly study in the libraries, or at study rooms provided at college apartments.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – The campus makes sure to offer all kinds of security and campus police. They have Blue Light Stations all around, and lots of places to call for help.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at the dining hall are good and there's a variety.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Go Gators – Um, it's Florida. Home of the Gators. The nationally recognized, nationally awarded Gators. The school spirit at our school is part of what drove me to choose it as my own. I wanted to be a part of it all. The football especially. It is a b;last to go to games, and not just because it is such a huge event but because of the atmosphere of the whole experience.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: You Can Always Tell When It's Crunch Time – I don't often use the computer labs on campus, but the one time I went to was around finals week and though they tried to limit time usage on the computers themselves to speed up the process, it was still a pain waiting on them.

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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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