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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is on the small side, it's definitely a college town, but there is always something to do. Especially on campus. Every Friday there are free activities and a movie in the Reitz. There are nightclubs, the regular movie theaters, a mall...normal attractions of a town. If you're a big city person, it wouldn't be so normal though.

4 College Freshman

Parking: We have an abundant amount of parking garages, they actually just built a new one a few days ago.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The Nightlife is really good for girls. All you need is to be 18 years old and we never have a cover charge. We harldy have house parties, but when we do there always fun.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Whether you are a student-athlete (those with FREE everything!) or just a student who wants to get active, you are in the perfect place! Not only does everyone in Gainesville walk absolutely EVERYWHERE, they also have plenty of opportunities to get involved with sports - whether it's watching a football game or joining an intramural sport. The SouthWest Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art 1 year old gym that has absolutely EVERYTHING! (even an indoor track to run on!) Aside from the amazing gym, there are plenty of fields and courts to play football, ultimate frisbee, soccer, or any other sports all around campus. If you think the sport you play is not at UF, think again! I have not come across any sport that is not a club or an organization at UF. There's really no way you will be adding on to the Freshman 15 at UF. If anything, you will lose weight here!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: UF students seem to be very accepting. It almost seems as though we have more black, asian, religious, or gay communities than we do white communities. When you come to UF, expect a lot of members of the gay community to be roaming around. You must have an extremely open mind when coming to UF.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Although the school is well known for having excellence in academia, it will not seem that way for the first couple of years. I am a Freshman, every class I've had here is online or taught by a student. Online classes are extremely hard to keep up with and should not be allowed for fulltime students in my opinion. I feel that online classes should be reserved for students that have families and fulltime jobs or students with disabilities. However, UF enrolls most of its students in online classes because they enroll about 2-3 thousand students per class and as you know, only about 30 students can fit in a classroom if it is not in a lecture hall. In my opinion, UF "sets up" freshman to fail. They want to weed out as many people as possible with as little effort as possible. Furthermore, every other class I've had has been taught by a fellow student. This is absolutely ridiculous. I am not paying to go to this institution that is supposedly "the best university in the US" to be taught by someone that is the same age as me. The problem with student teachers is that they are very inexperienced and do not clarify many things. My chemistry "teacher" does not show up, does not say anything about assignments or due dates, and does not post anything on the website to let the students know about tests or due dates. My overall experience at UF has been very very poor due to the stress from teaching myself all the courses I've been in. It's absolutely awful and I understand why everyone says they only come here for the football.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are multiple blue emergency buttons around campus, but sometimes they are hard to spot. I do not walk on campus at night, there is definitely not enough light. Although there are several police units in Gainesville, most of them are scouring midtown and downtown to give DUI's or bust up parties. They aren't super concerned about on-campus safety in my opinion. Most of the time, I feel the police are mainly there to serve against me, not for me. They only give tickets and tow your car.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Fairly Nice – There really hasn't been a lot of rain or anything like that. I'm used to and like hot weather so that is great for me.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – The campus police are strict about Bicylcists and such but not really about other things. A party campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not Much – There are not really that many cheap but good places to eat right around campus

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – The drug scene at UF isn't really big at all. Recently, UF has banned tobacco and smoking on campus. Also, you are not able to drink publicly on campus unless you are the age of 21. Of course there is always underage drinking going on, but police are very strict when it comes to it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is a great experience to live on campus. I have been living on campus for two years and it has been fantastic. The good thing to do is research and choose your favorite dorms before you pick where you want to live. Depending where your dorm is, establishes what kind of social life that you will have.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are so many restaurants and dining halls on campus that it is impossible to eat. The good thing is that they are spaced out. The only bad thing is that all the dining hall close before midnight and the only thing that would be open a little later would be Starbucks. The have various different meal plans and ways that you could put your meals on deferment and pay for it at the end of the semester.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Orange and Blue – At the University of Florida, we bleed Orange and Blue. The are over 800 organizations that students can get involved in. There is a lot of tutoring and other help to guide and study with students to help them pass test. There are things going on every day at school, so there is no reason one shouldn't have a social life at UF.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks inspire the social life at our school. There are so many social Greek organizations, as well business Greek organizations. Greek houses are only giving to the Greek organizations that can afford it and was already built on campus when the school started.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of choices of off campus housing. There is a variety of apartment choices all over the city for different prices and value.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A school this large has so many options to narrow your social sphere and really settle in socially and academically

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Something for Everyone, Always – There are endless options at UF for whatever your interests are

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Printing Labs Get Crazy at Times – For general computer use there are plenty of options. However, UF has a free printing lab (which is great) but it gets really crowded at times

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Inside Scoop – Many student organizations to choose from, and many opportunities to take part of. You can start an organization on your own or with a group of people. Students can get very involved and it is a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are great overall, some teach you the book, some teach you through real life problems. Registration is flexible and gives the upperclassmen more freedom. Workload can pile up if you do not keep up, but that is normal.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many selections available, broad range of prices and distance away from campus. Pros include freedom, living on your own, having your own personal space. Cons extra expenses, and inconvenience. Landlords don't bother you unless you are doing something wrong or have not payed your rent. Some places have garaged parking, others allow you to park outside your door. Many fliers are placed around the school in relation to off-campus housing.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Every time I've gone to financial aid in UF the assistance has been amazing. They actually take interest to helping you out. They take their time and look up all of your information so you can have ease of mind. They realize money is a huge issue, just make sure to visit often.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: RTS System – The bus system at UF is very convenient and easy to use. During the week, the buses run till 4 AM and they constantly run; therefore the longest wait is just around 15 minutes. On Sundays there is a lack of buses though. Thankfully, on Saturdays there is the Later Gator which satisfies any needs for clubs/nightlife. Best of all, completely free to students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms on Campus – You have to come with lowered expectations if you are searching for dorms in college. Thankfully, the dorms at UF are pretty good. It's really simple to make friends and they are all walking-distance to campus.

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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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