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

Computers: The printing labs usually always have a computer free, unless it's exam week. Internet can sometimes be unreliable though so be careful.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off-campus! It takes me 5 minutes to get to the library, and 3 minutes to get to Midtown. The place isn't very nice, and they definitely take advantage of the location when charging rent. But to me, it's worth it. There are many options for living off-campus. I paid about the same price my freshman year to live in an apartment that was about 2 miles from campus, with utilities, furniture, and TV included. It was nicer than my current apartment. But, I hated being so far away and dealing with the hassle of transportation.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Riding the bus is free with your student ID, and without it I believe it's only $1.50. I could be wrong, though. Zip cars ask for a tip, and I've never taken a taxi but I'm sure they're average. My one dislike was that when I lived off-campus, the bus would take 20 minutes to travel about 2 miles.

4 College Junior

Weather: I've lived in Florida my whole life, so I'm spoiled when it comes to the weather. We recently had a cold spell (weather in the 30s), and everyone complained. On the one day it was "misting" (I'm still convinced it was snow), campus was deserted. Normally, the weather is nice and you can find people laying out at nearby pools or wearing running shorts and t-shirts.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There's a computer lab in the Reitz Union that I use to print papers, and it's not too bad. It can be a little crowded at times. I think you get 250 free pages per semester. When I had issues connecting to UF's wifi, I called they Help Desk and they fixed my problem in a timely manner. I never have an issue with Internet speed. There are computers at the library and in computer labs, but I personally can't imagine not having my own.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I made the personal decision to join Greek life, and I honestly can't imagine my life without it. Especially since I was living in an off-campus apartment, it was really difficult for me to meet new people and make friends outside of classes. Joining the Greek community has given me lifelong friendships, confidence in myself, and more involvement opportunities than I could ever imagine. I would say that Greek life makes up the majority of the parties on campus. I know a lot of non-Greeks look down on Greek life, and they do have valid reasons. With thousands of students in these organizations, not every single person is going to be kind or respectable. Unfortunately, when one student makes a bad decision or says something inappropriate, the entire Greek community takes the hit. We aren't all bad people, and in fact most (including myself) have great friends who are non-Greek. We do a lot for UF and the surrounding community. Just this past weekend, my sorority held our annual philanthropy. We hosted a BBQ and a flag-football tournament that raised money for literacy in the United States. I believe that every sorority has a house, and most fraternities do as well. I lived in the sorority house my sophomore year, and while it was crowded, it was a great experience. Fraternity houses tend to be somewhat dirty from all the parties they throw, and I personally could never live in one.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I feel like I just answered this question on the previous page.

4 College Junior

Majors: As a Psychology major, I had no issues getting into my major. I love the variety of classes that I can take, and I feel like I've learned a lot since I've been here.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy it. My program has a lot of students, but it really is what you make it. I'm Pre-Occupational Therapy, so in addition to my psychology courses, I'm also taking a few science classes. A lot of Psychology majors are also trying to get into law school. Psychology is a commonly added second major. I'm on a list-serv where each week, new opportunities are sent out for research, internships, and even jobs. There's a Psychology Club on campus that helps you meet other people in the major and gets you involved in the community. Overall, I love being a Psychology major.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I never lived on campus, so I can't answer this question validly. But from what I've heard, the dorms are small and the showers can get pretty gross. I had random roommates in my apartment and we all became great friends, but for the most part random roommates in dorms turn into horror stories. And don't even think about throwing a party in your dorm, the RA will catch you for drinking. Some dorms are great for meeting new people, while others tend to be very anti-social. It really depends on what the lottery gives you.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: As a student who lived in off-campus her first semester, I was truly excited by the number and variety of restaurants located right down the street from my apartment. In the mood for Mexican? Tijuana Flats, Moe's, Willy's Mexicana Grill, and La Nopalera are all located within a mile of each other. Fast food craving? Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Wendy's Burger King, Panda Express, McDonald's, and Steak n' Shake can all be found just down the street. Maybe you want something fancier? Downtown is a great location for date night with restaurants like Vello's, Dragonfly, Harry's Seafood, and so much more. While the food may not be good for a college student's wallet or waistline, it sure will satisfy your taste buds.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: While this football season was a little rough for the Florida Gators, there's nothing like experiencing a Saturday in the Swamp. I've been attending games since I was just a little girl, and even then I remember the giant crowds of orange and blue walking up and down University. I don't think I'll ever forget beating LSU at home during the 2012 season; I've never heard Ben Hill Griffin so loud in my life. I could literally feel the stands shaking. The noise level was so high that LSU's quarterback had to call back-to-back timeouts because he couldn't hear the play that was being called. The fans are normally very supportive... due to the difficulties our team faced this season, you definitely heard "In all kinds of weather" being said a lot. Basketball games are fun, too, especially this year as the Gators are ranked #3 in the country. With powerhouses like Patric Young and Scottie Wilbekin, Florida basketball truly is "Faaaantastic"! As for the non-athletes, there is still a ton to do. Whether it's Monday morning yoga at the Student Rec Center or leading your team to victory in intramurals at Southwest, there's something for all types of activity levels.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: After attending Catholic school my entire life, college was quite the culture shock for me. I was blown away by the amount of diversity, but in a good way. Seeing people dress however they want, hearing people's different opinions in my discussion classes, walking through Plaza of the Americas and smelling Krishna lunch, hearing the different types of music being played... it was all very new to me, but it gave me a new curiosity toward life and opened my mind in ways I'd never imagined possible.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Though I'm sure there are some kids who succumb to peer pressure or their own curiosity, I have yet to see any drug-related activity anywhere on or off campus. People work hard to get here and aren't willing to risk the consequences.

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College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't party. Just Study.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police mostly show around campus on the weekdays.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People are very discrete about drugs on campus. It's almost not even noticeable.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are sketchy neighborhoods nearby, but that's anywhere basically.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great variety of choices and not everything is so expensive.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Parking regulations are very strict. You have to park "perfectly"

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: People have more spirit when a team wins than loses

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Living on-campus will have more restrictions than living off-campus but overall it is decent

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of great restaurants and new places open all the time

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a great diversity of students on campus and there are so many nationalities represented as well

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: When it rains it can get pretty flooded in certain areas but for the most part it stays warm and sunny not during the winter time.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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