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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
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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

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: While UF definitely has fair rules in most areas, since the school is so big, parking is strictly inforced. You MUST have a valid parking decal at all times and make sure it is not expired! The parking police will bust you THAT DAY if its expiring. You have to be really careful.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: This University Is a Community. Everything from the gyms to the student union to the classrooms, there is such a sense of community. Everyone is joined together through the fact that we are all Gators. Pride is exuded everywhere, and all buildings are in awesome condition.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Fairly Simple but Aggravating – Like all UF schols, you have to fill out a FAFSA for aid. I have Florida Pre-Paid, so a great deal of my school is already paid for, but the rest is done with Bright Futures. The issues I had were how they billed these 2 programs and disbursement. I see them charge incorrect amounts to the programs (especially my pre-paid account). I didn't realize how bad it was until this semester, when my pre-paid ran out. They've billed the program full price tuition when it is supposed to be cost of tuition when the program started. So now I have almost no money to live on, if I actually get any aid disbursed. And at this point, I can't get a loan from the school and private loans don't like to work with students who don't have federal loans already.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Easy to Be You – There are all shapes, sizes, colors, and orientations at UF. I am in the health science program where there is less diversity, though. The rest of campus, when I'm actually up there, is very open and has a lot going on. The worst part is that one of the radical churches in the area always has people walking around the most populated areas of campus being incredibly rude, screaming at people about how they're going to hell, and bothering students with their questions, accusations, and judgments. But it is an open campus, so everyone is entitled to this.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I've never actually used the off-campus housing department here. It's almost impossible to get a dorm on campus, so most people live off anyways. Usually the better complexes and units are not the ones you see at UF, either. There are 2 major companies that run the majority of the complexes and they are really aren't good...in fact, they are overpriced, (mostly) old, and have terrible staffs. I'm almost certain these are the only complexes that give out information at UF. But, since there are so many complexes, there are multiple ways to find a place outside of using UF's services. If you do the work yourself, you're probably going to find a better place and price.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Although the Greek system represents a small percentage of the total student body, it has a huge presence on campus. Student government is basically run by the greeks. The Greek system almost functions as it's own school within the school. There are always tons of greek parties and events and philanthropies going on every week. There is never a dull moment within the greek system. And the people that don't join the greek system typically enjoy themselves as well, but are not involved with greeks at all.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Good Group of People – With a school so large you will find anything and everything you like. You will also find people you don't like. I've found it very easy though to avoid people I don't want to see and surround myself with people I like.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great, Tons of Options – There are tons of options to eat off campus. It's only a problem if you do not have a car since the city bus systems are confusing and a pain. But once I had my car, I was able to explore the many options that I still have not tried all of them. Across from the stadium is midtown which is full of restaurants and is easy to walk to from campus. Also there are tons of delivery services for off campus food as well.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Out of State – I am out of state and there are only a few options for me to get financial aid from the school. But I was awarded small scholarships and the process of getting them was very smooth. I just wish there were more larger opportunities for out of stater students since we are not eligible for Bright Futures or Florida Prepaid.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I Don't Use It Much – Most buildings on campus have wireless, but not all. I don't use the computer/printing labs on campus although they do exist.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe, but Things Do Happen – I feel safe on campus, but the surrounding area is sketchy. There have been crimes recording including muggings within a couple blocks of campus. I would not want to be, as a female, walking alone at night, especially off-campus. There are enough police generally to keep the area safe and incidents are rare, but they do happen. Dorms are pretty strict on alcohol and noise, so I'd definitely stick to parties off-campus or at fraternities.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I do not receive financial aid through the University itself, but from what I hear, they are about average in giving out aid to students. This aid is, however, strictly need based. Merit based aid is extremely rare here; National Merit Scholars get a paltry $500/semester (if my memory serves) and priority registration. The consensus is that UF doesn't feel the need to give merit aid, because they don't feel the need to reward students for coming here. Applications (and incoming GPAs) are on the rise every year, and it is getting harder and harder to get in. It's an unfortunate reality, but you can't argue with their logic.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Not as Bad as Some Say, but Still Pretty Bad – Parking is not as bad as most people make it out to be, as long as you're smart about it. Spots for on-campus kids are pretty good, and if you stay on campus past 50 credit hours, you get additional clearance for a few extra parking lots. If you live off campus, just make sure to leave for your class early. People are always coming and going, and if you're smart and give yourself time, you probably will find a spot in 5 or 10 minutes. That being said, try to take the bus as much as possible, and consider not getting a parking pass. You're paying $135 per year for a parking pass, and if you live off campus and have less than 110 credits, that means your only parking option is the park and ride, AKA drive to a garage and take a bus to class anyways! Might as well just take the bus to begin with.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received the amount of financial aid that I needed, but it was not simple to do. The financial aid office is not readily available to help students, are open at odd hours, and treat you like just another number.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Gooooo Gators! Obviously, just about every student enjoys Gator football. The spirit on game days, especially if you score a ticket to the game, is phenomenal. The campus is usually crawling with loyal alumni the day of a home game. However, other varsity sports get a lot of attention from fans as well. Soccer, volleyball, swimming and diving, baseball, and basketball are fun to watch too.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A College Town, With Perks – There's more to do in Gainesville than you might think. The college atmosphere itself is great, with tons of local bars/clubs and hangouts to satisfy 50,000 students. But, Gainesville also offers museums, theaters, and a thriving, active community. There is a state park 10 minutes from campus that offers campsites and trails for those looking for a more natural recreational experience. Don't miss Devil's Millhopper, a huge sinkhole near UF that was turned into a park. It's incredible!

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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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