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

Computers: Easy Access to Technology – The University of Florida has many computer labs that are easily accessed by student for their needs. There is no need to bring your own laptops as computers are provide for you along with wireless laser printers. Upgrades to the newest programs are regularly announced and relatively cheap to the average student.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Working Hard Is Only One Way to Stand Out – In my particular major, there are professors that are willing to help with anything they can, whether it is a shadowing program or tutoring. They go out of their way to make things easier since the course load is anything but. There are many interning opportunities that are open to each and every student. The diversity of the faculty and staff along with many students' educational backgrounds help create an atmosphere for success.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The University of Florida has an extensive amount of opportunities for financial aid. One of the reasons I chose to attend this university is because they were the college out of the 4 that I applied to that gave me the most money for my college expenses.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The University of FLorida is well known for its excellence in athletics. The fan support is outstanding and there are fans from the youngest to the oldest of generations all over then world. The school spirit is one that cannot be duplicated and can only be understood by the members of the Gator Nation!

4 College Junior

Academics: Excellence in Prestige and Consistency – I chose to attend The University of Florida not only because of its prestige, but also because of its consistency. Students can always depend on this university to provide the finest learning environment and professors that are helpful and knowledgeable in their subjects.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Demeanor – Day in and day out I witness 50,000 + students attend UF and I am amazed at the pride nearly every one of them has for our campus. We appreciate almost every aspect. From sports to facilities, Greek Life, Food, Transportation, etc. The list will go on but the fact remains the same that it is great to be a Florida Gator!

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at the University of Florida is incredible. I have made close relationships with not only my 100+ fraternity brothers, but with hundreds of beautiful, intelligent, and fun women. There is always something to do and there is someone you can always count on. I wouldn't trade it !

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Aerospace Engineering – Any University of Florida student will tell you that the engineering field has very challenging majors to offer. It is also very rewarding. Most classes have heavy work loads but the faculty is willing to take time to answer questions and truly teach. The facilities for the most part are outstanding. Classrooms are auditorium style often and the environment is helpful. There are numerous internship and job opportunities. I am constantly receiving emails not only from faculty but from my fraternity brothers who truly care about my education and well being.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Excellent Education With Lost of Options – While being in the University of Florida, not only were professors always willing to help the students, but also the whole community was always friendly and very welcoming towards new students. The spirit of the whole school is always felt. I really had my best moments at this university.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health & Safety – We have security located on our campus 24/7. We have plenty ways we can get in touch with security when we need them in a timely manner. There are various numbers to call for security/campus police. Also, if your walking through the campus and there is an emergency, there are numerous poles that have the emergency call button and the police will be there in seconds. I feel safe on campus because I know the police are on campus when I need them.

4 College Junior

Academics: The University of Florida has some of the best majors in the USA. It is hard to get into your specific major because you have to it the criteria and have the correct grade point average. Most majors require you to do an internship so you can get a feel of what you want to do after college. My major [Journalism] requires not a lot of math but writing classes and classes required for my major.

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.


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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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