Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is nt much to do in the city of Gainesville. Basically, if you don't go to the University of Florida, you will be bored. There are a lot of cultural events and festivals/concerts that are always occurring downtown. There are sports facilities on campus and there is one shopping mall.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Plentiful but Not Especially Veggie Friendly – The dining halls become tiresome to many students after freshman year, but they're a good place to meet new people when you're new on campus. The vegan and vegetarian options aren't as good as they're hyped up to be, so I wouldn't depend on the meal plan option if you're a veggie. Other than that, there are plenty of eating places scattered across campus, so there's no reason to go hungry.

4 College Junior

Computers: Reliable and Readily Available Technology – Although having a personal computer seems invaluable these days, a student could easily get by using the resources provided on campus. There are so many computer labs - including the architecture lab that's open 24 hours. The wireless network is nearly flawless, with only some sketchy areas in the upper levels of certain dorms, which they seem to be working on fixing. Also, there's the ethernet alternative available in those rooms.

4 College Junior

Academics: Varied Offerings – Since the University of Florida is a large school, it does host a number of auditorium-sized classes. However, this is largely the class with lower-level, generic requirement courses and most professors seem willing to make themselves available to students individually during office hours. UF is a great place to be if you aren't completely sold on a major yet. Counselors offer a lot of guidance in selecting courses, and the process is generally hassle-free.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I start school in the Fall and therefore have not yet had the opportunity to experience the University of Florida's top-ranked education. However, based upon my experiences at the school, such as freshmen orientation and class registration, the University of Florida lives up to its name. The classes and course load will be challenging but the dedicated and helpful staff are there from class registration to teaching to mentoring in all aspects of life.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The campus is so big we transport via bus that runs through campus, but parking is horrible. They give priority to staff and then again parking decal costs a couple of hundred of dollars for the year.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Club Scene – there are some bars and clubs within 5 miles from the campus which is good so people dont have to travel far.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: This school has some of the best professors, they are so knowledgable and professional. They genuinely care about the development of their students and are always available to help students understand the subject matter.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs & Alcohol – The visibility of drugs and alcohol is not apparent at all as the guidelines for students are simple and clear as agreed upon by the student body and the University.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus – The off-campus housing selection is less known as the University provides sufficient advertisement. They offer an affordable alternative to on campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are so many students that it's difficult to obtain your first choice. However, the quality of the system is efficient in the campus housing.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Face it, Florida is hot a lot of the time, almost unbearably in the summer, and it rains. However, no snow during the winter, and we do actually have gorgeous springtime weather in march and april.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football Rules! We are crazy spirited, and football is king around here, you have to go to the games, at least a few, even if you don't like football, its an amazing experience. The great thing is we also have a ton of other sports teams that are amazing as well. Basketball games are really fun and spirited as well, and our softball and baseball teams are both top ten in the country at the moment. Our gymnastics and swimming teams are also very highly ranked, and win SEC championships almost every year. We also have a ton of intermurals for students to participate in that are really fun.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Good Campus Safety – There are 'blue lights' placed throughout campus that will get a police officer to you in 60 seconds. The non-emergency number for the police is posted everywhere, and they are more than willing to come check out a suspicious situation for you. Also, the Student Auxiliary Night Patrol (SNAP) van is a great, reliable way to get around campus after 6pm, and runs until 2am. It's much safer than walking around campus at night. There are also signs posted in front of wooded paths warning students not to take them at night, just in case.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek system in the University of Florida is a great group to be part of. by joining a fraternity or sorority the campus will seem much smaller and you will get to know tons of new people. Definitely something to be a part of. It Dominates Life at UF

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Strong Pride – Attending the University of Florida can be a very exciting experience. the school pride is one of the most famous attributes of the univesity. everywhere you go people will be wearing gator colors and this unifies the student body as a whole though out the whole nation.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Terrible and Takes Forever. Like I said in the title, it takes forever to get anything. I never receive financial aid and I'm not exactly banking over here. Not to mention, at the office it seems like they want to help the school obviously more than you.

1 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Suck and There Is No Parking: Start Looking for a Better Option – Buses are absolutely terrible with their scheduling over the summer and the routes available are halved. Over the school year, once it hits 5 o'clock, you could be sitting around for over an hour waiting for a bus. The parking could not be more impossible and when you do find a spot, there's a 75% chance you'll get a b.s. ticket. Walking, biking, and zipcars are the best way to go.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone You Could Imagine – Ranging from the skaters to the very Southern frat stars, this school literally has every type of person known to existence. Although it is not very hard to find someone attractive, do not get your hopes up that they are interested in anything serious. Amazingly enough, you cannot stereotype the students to have one "look," with the exception of Panhellenic sororities who always dress properly and look polished.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Just Don't Be Stupid – My college is meant to help students build a future, not ruin it. If you are a screw up and do stupid things then you will feel consequences. By no means does the strictness prevent haveing a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Unique School – One thing that I think sticks out is Krishna Lunch. It is where Hare Krishnas come to the library lawn on the weekdays and serve vegan lunch at a low price. I have yet to have it, but I hear it is delicious.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Awesome Experience – I have been at UF for only a year so far, and it has been the greatest year of my life. I already know I will be telling my kids some (but not all) of my stories of school.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Melting Pot – I feel that there is a wide array of different nationalities on campus. I am pretty sure every country is represented on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Modern and Well Kept – There is something for everyone on this campus, it just depends on the student going out and getting it. All the facilities are well kept and clean with technology that help makes living and working easy. However we could improve our wireless network which can be inconsistent at times.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Just Settling in – I have just recently switched to my major last semester so I am still getting used to its requirements. Thus far the classes have been challenging but manageable with good work ethic. I have not been to office hours yet, but the professors continue to mention their availability. Research opportunities are present, it all counts down on the student and whether are not they are wiling to work.


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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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