Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5278 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm still really confused about the whole scholarship process. Do I just fill out a FAFSA and hope to get rewarded??? They are very vague on the UF website...

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is very diffcult. Have to pay high prices for a good parking permit. They love to ticket too! I recommend parking of campus (at a friend's house who lives near campus) and walk/ride a bike.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Since I am not eligible for a number of scholarships from my middle-class family status I usually only receive the typical scholarships. However, I am fully able to pay for all my expenses and finances are usually not an issue.

5 College Junior

Transportation: There are so many innovative alternatives to driving in which there is an incredibly convenient schedule for buses and ample bike parking.

5 College Junior

Athletics: All of the teams from lacrosse to football are incredibly involved with the student population and create an inviting and fun environment for everyone.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: No Merit Awards – There are some scholarships that can be earned that are not need based. However, you have to really search to find out what they are and how to get them/ where to apply. UF doesnt award merit scholarships upon acceptance, so all scholarships that you would earn would either be from other places, or need based, or athletic.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Tobacco Free Campus – UF is a tobacco free campus as of fall 2010. You rarely ever see or smell smoke on campus. Drinking is hardly ever observed on campus, except for in the FRAT houses. Of campus partying is much more prevelant. On weekends you would never know that UF used to be one the of biggest party schools in the US, judging from their campus scene. Tobacco free, the drug scene isnt really there depending on who you associate with. Pot is used frequently by a moderate percentage of students, but rarely observed.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: At UF the campus is covered by the largest in force , number of police officers in this square mileage, that is the campus, in the United States. Campus crime is low, personal safety is highly upheld, blue safety poles can be seen all around campus. they can be pushed at anytime and a police officer will arrive within 5 minutes or less. For late night travel, or drunken students S.N.A.P.- student nighttime auxillary patrol is around, run by student government. It is a large campus but many additions such as these perks make walking around on campus at 2 am feel like midday. You will always see a police officer or a blue pole, and the campus is very well lit.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not Great – Since it is such a competitive school, scholarships are hard to come by. Since im middle class I dont get priority on the scholarships.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Does Not Do It for Me – THe food on campus is all the same. Boring and expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: 34Th Street Butler Plaza – Butler Plaza is the best place to go when you dont know what you want; they have nice expensive seafood restaurants and well as cheap all you can eat restaurants. It has has fast as relatively cheap sub places and relatively inexpensive but nicer italian restaurants.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Lots of Effort – The school provides lots of scholarships, but does not tell many people about them and they all require very driven, outgoing people. It seems like they only award over-achievers.

2 College Junior

Academics: The academics themselves are good and very challenging, but the professors are very aloof unless you are in an extremely small and specialized class. The work loads can be brutal, and it always seems like the professors don't even know you are there. One main problem is the online classes. The teachers only want you to contact them is you have a problem with a grade. For everything else, they want you to go to a TA

3 College Junior

Computers: Wireless Internet and Printing – The campus has its own wireless so as long as you log in, you can get internet anywhere on campus, which is great. The downside to their computer labs are that you have to pay to print things.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Know What You Need and Recieve – If you are receiving aid definitely understand what you're receiving. I received 100% Bright Futures and a Presidential Scholarship worth $8,000. I got a check for $1,700 in extra money that they didn't use my first semester, and in the my second to last semester received $100. It steadily declined because of cutbacks across the board in the state of Florida. I thought I would have more money, but they continued to take more and more as the years went on. It did however always post a couple weeks after the semester started so it always came in when needed.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: Sports, Arts and Music – If you like sports than this is the school for you. In the last five years our school has won 4 major National Championships as well as at least 3 others that I can think of. Our stadium row is a complex that is unrivaled anywhere else in the country. If you're not into intercollegiate athletics our club teams and intramurals are top notch.

If sports isn't your thing then there is always art and music. Our Phillips Center for the Performing Arts constantly is bringing in great shows such as Beauty and the Beast and the Gainesville Improve Festival. Accent, which is run by the student body is always bringing in great speakers from John Legend to Bob Saget.

If music is your forte than UF is the school for you. Aside from hosting concerts from the likes of Lil Wayne and Lynard Skynard Gainesville itself has a huge underground music scene and University Ave. always has local bands performing. Flavet Field is probably the coolest thing we have. It acts as an open recreational field complete with soccer goals and plenty of space to play. A lesser known occurence is their free concert series. They have hosted completely free concerts from people such as: Common, Pepper, Kid Cudi, Young Joc, Citizen Cope and Slightly Stoopid.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The girls at the University of Florida are fine. There are a lot of them in sorority's who walk around wearing sun dresses and love showing off their assets.

A majority of the guys at this school are gym rats meaning they are always lifting weights and running.

Being in Florida, and with a large part of our school coming from Miami the school is very diverse. Also the fact that we have 50,000+ students helps us to have men and women from all types of backgrounds. It is warm here from Late March - Early December. Because of this there are always less clothes on than in traditional northern schools.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: Never had any problems with financial aid. Nothing ever got lost and I always had enough cash for my studies.

4 College Junior

Weather: It's hot during the summer and bone-chilling during the winter. There is no in between! I love it though.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Gainesville - Party Capital of the World – The party scene here is insane. All the bars and clubs get crazy and it's super easy to get a drink if you're of any age. Everything is close to campus, so there's never a need to drive impaired. House parties are wild too, especially during football season.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not Much Financial Aid Available – I received financial aid only from the state, not from the university itself-it rarely offers any.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Varied Range – There is free transportation for students using their UF IDs through RTS system. The neighborhoods are generally close to campus no more than 15-20 minutes. The residential areas are usually inhabited by students. They can be expensive as well.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the University of Florida. It has a great "big school" atmosphere which includes football games and greek life. The professors care how you are doing and are very open to meeting outside of class for extra help.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I like everything at UF except for the dorms. They are all old and not up to date. I lived on the 4th floor and there was no elevator which was a pain. The rooms are small and dirty. I am so much happier now that I am in an apartment off campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Quite Confusing! I didn't get as much financial aid as I would have liked but it worked out ok. They don't offer many University of Florida-only scholarships but there are plenty of deferment options


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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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