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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

Transportation: Buses Run Regularly – Buses run regularly, both on campus and around the city of Gainesville. They are free with a student ID. Most people ride the bus to school from apartments.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Everyone Loves Gator Football – Gator athletics are huge! Everyone loves the Gators. Football is probably the most popular among students, alumni, and the general public alike. There are always other sporting events going on, though, from basketball to lacrosse to swim meets. The facilities are wonderful and the fans are die hard.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Very Diverse – UF has a very diverse population. Of course you have your "typical" college students, but there are so many different varieties of guys and girls. Depending of what program you are in, you may have some older students or international students. There are many students from other countries. Greek like is big at UF, so you will see a lot of girls wearing Greek t-shirts and bags with their chapter initials.

College Freshman

Greek Life: UF is a place of opportunities. If you're not into the greek scene, you can find fun in other places. If you are a fun of fraternity/sorority life, it's definitely available to you.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen Experience – Living on campus has been pretty convienent for me. I have a dining hall less than a block away and the amentities such as laundry, electricity, a/c are all pretty nice. Then again, I reside in newly renovated dorm. Go Gators!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Lovely Libraries – There are many libraries to choose from on campus. Each one offers a unique study atmosphere, and although there are seperate libraries committed to certain colleges all provide an excellent space to study! Go libraries! :)

4 College Junior

Diversity: Variety of Places to Live. They got them all. High to low level living. Depends on your budget. RTS has a million stops.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of Restaurants Around Campus – There are plenty of places off campus for UF students to eat. Many places on the east side of campus offer students locally owned establishments to dive into like Leonardo's, Farrah's, and Reggae Shack Cafe. The west side of campus offers students the more commercial route with the run of the mill fast food joints and sit-down restaurants.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There could be a lot more variety. The food is way overpriced.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computer access is easy. Could use more free printing accessible computers.

3 College Junior

Academics: I dislike my program. I feel that it is not being run properly.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We're Diverse – My school has many growing programs that are being developed despite budget cuts. That being said, there is a major and a passion for everyone and everything, including 'make your own major' options. Our engineering department as well as other noteworthy departments are very strong when compared to the rest of the nation. There are hundreds of student organizations and a very strong community of diverse students which in turn create a very strong social, academic, and intellectual web that personifies the University of Florida. Football aside, we're pretty awesome regardless of how the Gators do on the field. Some people forget that, but there are students who have much more pride in their Gator academics than others.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: If the parking enforcement on campus spent more time doing more important things and less time giving out stupid and ridiculous fines to students who have enough chaos in their educational life, everyone would be happier, and the parking enforcement wouldn't have 6 months worth of appeals to sort through before they got to yours. They don't like doing it, we don't like getting them. Just stop giving them out for silly things. The parking on campus is WAY too expensive. At other universities, parking is FREE, and is based on a first come first served basis. Here, it's over $130 dollars for a decal you really would only use sometimes, cause sometimes is when you'd be able to find parking on campus. The system is completely unorganized and illogical. I understand there are many students, but there are areas you could make parking spaces. Where are those places? The places you usually spend your time giving out parking tickets at. Excuse me for being bitter, but it really seems like the students who are studying efficiency of transportation and parking would be able to come up with a better solution that the people who run it now. The parking department spends more time making room for their alumni than fixing the current parking problems.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Typical for a Large College Area – I can't give you a black and white rating because it depends on where you look and want to live. Few complexes have 'good deals'. Finding the balance between freaking expensive hoity toity, far away, complexes and cheap but ghetto, nearby campus, and not that well taken care of complexes is fairly difficult and can be overwhelming. No place is perfect, but I think a major issue complexes should invest in is the safety of their residents. That includes installing higher technology unit access devices. In other words: providing the residents with a lock that cant be picked with a paperclip and not charging them extra for extra security. Make rent a reasonable amount. Major issue number two: management can be douchebags. Just be considerate and nice. That's all anybody wants.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is strictly a college town -- very few people live in Gainesville that are not affiliated with the University of Florida. Because of this, there are tons of attractions for college aged students, such as clubs, restaurants, socials, and shows. An area just north of UF campus, alled Midtown, consists of the major clubs and bars students like to go to. Downtown Gainesville is also trendy and has a few nicer restaurants such as Harry's Seafood and Dragonfly Sushi restaurant. The homeless poulation in downtown Gainesville is quite high.

3 College Senior

Weather: Mildly Unpredictable – The weather here in North Florida can be weird sometimes. Most days are pretty nice. It is very hot in the summer but cold in the winter. No snow or anything too extreme, perhaps a hurricane here or there but they are usually mild and few and far in between. Rain can be unpredictable, especially in summer. A good rule of thumb is to expect rain everyday at around 3 in the afternoon during the summer months. I gets very cold around December and January so make sure you have a warm jacket. Rest of the year is usually mild to hot and humid in the summer.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Pretty Reasonable – Strictness at UF does depend in part on what you're doing and where you're doing it. In the dorms, there is a very strict policy against things like drinking and drugs. However, the severity of the enforcement usually depend on your RA. They will certainly enforce policy but they are usually pretty fair and nice about it. On campus there is one rule "Do not mess with UFPD" We have a very large police presence on campus and they are quick and effective at cracking down on all sorts of violations especially traffic ones. (Don't speed on your bike... you will get caught) Some feel that they go a little too far sometimes but I know that having the great police presence on campus makes me feel very safe on campus, even at night. But don't do anything illegal because they most definitely will throw the book at you. This also goes for policies for cheating as well.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Tossed Salad – UF campus have a very large and diverse population. There are people from all racial, economic, political, religious backgrounds as well as a large LGBT group. Most of these groups are all very vocal and active on campus and are well represented. The biggest struggle with diversity on campus I feel is trying to make everyone feel accepted without losing the individual characteristics of each group. All in all, the UF campus is very welcoming and supportive of people from all backgrounds.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus sucks. Parking violations occur all the time because there is not enough space. Plus parking for visitors does not exist.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety and Security – There is a police station on campus. There are also emergency stands on campus, where you can push a button and an officer will come escort you to where you need to go. There is also SNAP, which is on-campus transportation from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Inside Scoop – UF offers so many majors and opportunities to learn about any career you might want to pursue. I have looked at lists of majors and courses for other schools, and they don't even compare. The only problem is, if you are undecided about what you want to do, the variety can just be too much and you'll end up being a junior still wanting to switch her major.

3 College Junior

Weather: Intense heat in the summer, accompanied by thunderstorms every afternoon at 4. Freezing temperatures in winter. You really get a range of degrees through the year, 20 degrees to 90.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: If you are 21, there is an abundance of bars and clubs to go to. But if you aren't 21, I don't think there is much to do unless you are in a sorority or fraternity. All social life in Gainesville really revolves around the Greek community. If you aren't part of that, there isn't any other organized nightlife (other than bars). I gave this a B because I'm not 21 yet.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I've done my fair share of partying and drinking on campus, and have never been caught. I've stumbled downtown, clearly intoxicated (and underage) and not been questioned. However, if you DO get caught, you could be arrested. You could be kicked out of your dorm if you're caught with illegal substances in your room, and in rare cases, kicked out of the university (or at least forced to withdraw for a semester). Basically, if you don't do stupid things that will get you caught, you can have as much fun as you want on campus. Driving drunk is taken VERY seriously though: if you're going to drink anywhere on campus (or in Gainesville, for that matter), find someone else to drive or make sure you can walk home. Cops can be friendly to drunk pedestrians, not so much to drunk drivers.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are What You Make of Them – I've lived in a different apartment every year. The most important part of apartment hunting is to shop around and find the best deals, but make sure you're not paying for things you don't want. Gainesville is a college town, so the apartment complexes cater to college students and their needs. If you're going away for a summer, look for a short term lease. If you never use tanning beds, don't let an ad for free tanning get you. If you work out a lot, look for a place with a free 24/7 gym. It's not hard to find what you want in Gainesville, and if you're willing to make some compromises, apartments can be MUCH more affordable (and comfortable) than living on campus. And before you move anywhere, ride the nearest bus from there to campus and decide if its worthwhile to make that ride everyday.
Warning: Watch out for hidden charges, and don't be afraid to fight a property on charges that you feel are unjust. Keep in mind that its easier to make special deals with smaller properties (i.e., not paradigm!)

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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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