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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 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Depending on which dorm one chooses to live in, the amenities offered is usually what causes prices to differ. In my experience, the older dorms such as Jennings, Broward and Yulee are better for meeting people than newer dorms such as Beaty and Lakeside. Underclassmen have an advantage by living on campus, especially those who are still unfamiliar with the large campus. UF offers many areas for socializing, eating and support for those living on and off campus.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have not been able to receive Financial Aid since my parents earn enough money to pay for my schooling. The financial aid office didn't seem to understand that my parents are going to a divorce and therefore not paying for my college expenses.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience at UF has been amazing. The atmosphere of the campus, the optimism at school games and the academics are amazing. I can not wait for what else is in store for me at this great University.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There really aren't much drug busts or issues at school. And you are not likely to be pressured into smoking marijuana.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Stay Focused – I had a fair amount of financial aid in the beginning, but the scholarships were taken away because my GPA dropped. Now I've been working my hardest to make it through these last two semesters but getting financial aid is not easy. My advice is to stay focused and see financial aid officers early.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Learning and Growth – The two things that I will take with me after I leave UF are what I learned and how much I grew from my overall experience. I had a tough time when I first started, but the faculty, my friends and my family helped me reach the point where I had a balanced social and academic life. My favorite experience was going to my first football game with my roommates. UF is a unique university because it is so diverse that there is always a new experience around the corner. If I could, I would do it all over because the juice was definitely worth the squeeze.

3 College Senior

Weather: The weather changes frequently. It could be cold in the morning, and the extremely humid or windy in the afternoon. It can sometimes be difficult to go from class to class in completely different weather settings.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Out of State-Ers, You Better Be Ready to Pay – Simply out, it costs a ton to attend out of state. Make sure you have financial arrangements ready and in place BEFORE you decide to attend.

5 College Student

Greek Life: Welcome to the SEC. Greeks tend to dominate the social scene at UF, being we're an SEC school. You'll find that a good portion of "independents" tend to show up on frat row Friday and Saturday nights.

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: Great Mix of Everything – The girls are great at UF. From sorority girls to the average girl you walk past on campus, a lot to look at. Plenty to choose from.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Could Have Been Better Advertised – Scholarship hunting is a little bit difficult at UF because there are many scholarships that aren't necessarily advertised very well. Be prepared to do some research for free money. Also be sure to read eligibility requirements, because they vary per person. However, form-wise, my forms never seemed to be lost. Once I submitted something, I never had problems with the other person not getting my form.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hot N' Cold – Sometimes Gainesville can be really nice and temperate, but if you're here in the summer, it's going to be so hot and humid. It rains a lot too, and there aren't enough buildings for someone to hide under to wait for the storms to stop. In the winter, temperatures can get to around the mid-30s, which is awful if you have to walk to an 8:30 AM class. What's worse is that the temperature can fluctuate around 20-30 degrees in one day!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not Much (Unless If You Have to Study) – Gainesville is pretty nice if you have to study, because there won't be a lot to do. Barring football nights (if you're into sports), main activities at night include eating out or clubbing in downtown. Granted, there are quite a lot of nice parks and outdoor activities (e.g. Payne's Prairie, Lake Wauburg), but they do close around sunset. Fortunately, if you want to go to good concerts, occasionally (but rarely) some bands will come to G-ville, but you have to go to Orlando 2 hours away to see some more popular shows.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Apply Early – Make sure you apply for FAFSA early so you can get first dibs on the aid.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Top Sports School – Well we have been national champions and had record breaking athletes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Very Good Security – Police officers are always available. The transportation services help to keep students safe. The environment is one that is makes students feel safe and secure.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Professors are interesting and keep the class motivated. Workload is somewhat high, but manageable. UF is known for their Medical Programs and the College of Journalism and Communication is one of the top in the country.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Very Convenient – Every facility at The University of Florida is a place where everything can happen. The gyms are huge and very comfortable for students. The bookstore has lots of items needed for students, and the food court has several food chains that benefits each student's financial and cultural needs. In other words, the University of Florida has the best facilities that they could offer.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Chinese and Pizza – It is very easy to have food delivered from off-campus restaurants. China Star is a great place to get Chinese food. Marco's pizza always delivers in under 30 minutes and has wonderful cheesy bread. Both places are relatively cheap and offer great service.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is terrific. Multiple buses run the same routes and there are many routes that they take. They are very convenient and are free on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm Rooms – The dorm bathrooms are cleaned everyday and everyone on the floor is friendly towards each other. The dorms are mostly located in the middle of campus so they are very convenient and average about 2000 dollars a semester.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Inside Scoop – UF is a very large school with many prospective students, and therefore a lot of extracurricular activities to participate in (school programs). However, there are so many students that competition to get into some programs is intense and there are never any small classes for activities.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The Parking situation in Gainesville is horrible in general. The first night I arrived in the city, I parked my car for five minutes to go into a building to pick up my parking pass, and there was a boot on my car after five minutes; the towing people saw my pass and would not accept it. They were VERY rude. There are too many students without enough spaces also.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There will be drugs everywhere you go in America, but there is a particularly high level of marijuana consumption by the students at UF. There is not too many very harmful drugs, but there is alot of underage drinking that I have witnessed as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Depends on where you are and things like who your RA is. Don't get caught and you'll be fine, and it's very easy not to get caught.

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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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