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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 College Sophomore

Academics: Very Alive Campus – I arrived at the University of Florida with the intentions that I was on my own. On the contrary, everyone, student or professor, was ready to give a helping hand. The campus is beautiful and you become fully engaged the whole day on campus. The population on campus is very diverse and the opportunity to meet new people is endless.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food on Campus – There are a variety of great meal options on and around campus. The best dining hall is Gator Corner where you can go unlimited times during the week with a meal plan. They have ice cream, desserts, coffee, and all types of food. Some great chains on campus are Einsteins, Moes, Chilis, Subway, Taco bell, Panda Express, and many more.

1 College Senior

Parking: Don't Even Try – Parking at the University is a nightmare. If you can ever find a spot during "open hours" it's a miracle. However, "open hours" are quite limited and if you try to park during the day, you will be ticketed $30. Parking here sucks.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Healthy Students – Gainesville has some of the healthiest looking men and women you can imagine. They are always working out and eating well.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Crap! Many apartment complexes lure you in with their show room. It's a room that is nice and clean, with furniture set so that you want to live there. Do not be fooled, most apartments are nasty, and the noise you will hear at 2am, after the bars close, will be loud and obnoxious.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: UF weather, is Florida weather at its finest. While the summers tend to get alarmingly hot, that's Florida, and it's pretty much the same story everywhere. The winters are perfect, not too hot and not too cold. I'd say it rains around 45% of the time. But on days when it's clear, it is absolutely gorgeous.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's Okay – I've never felt unsafe at UF, but it is a public campus, anyone can walk on or off at any time. But they have numerous safety precautions, at night you don't have to walk in the dark, the buses run all the time and they have SNAP that will pick you up and drive you around, plus 24 hour campus police.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Top of the List – UF's Psychology Program is top of the line, the staff is always very helpful, and the material is stimulating. Loads upon loads of reading, but that's psychology anywhere.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: At UF, transportation is easily accessible. The buses come fairly often and there are numerous bus stops. However, parking is very difficult, especially during weekdays! They should build more parking garages near crowded spots on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: New 21-And-Up Mandate – Recently, UFPD has enforced a new law stating midtown is only for people who are 21 and older. This is because police have caught numerous underage drinkers in midtown bars such as Swamp and Cantina. House parties and going downtown are becoming more and more popular as a result. Transportation is limited, although there are cabs and the zip-cars.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Turlington Hall Attracts a Diverse Crowd – Turlington Hall is a place where students of various ethnic groups and races often eat lunch. Many enjoy eating Krishna food, which is entirely organic and vegetarian. Sometimes there are members of the African American fraternities performing dances and chants. There are also stands where students voice their opinions. All in all, I think students are aware that UF is a conglomeration of diverse students and are accepting of that fact, even embrace it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Dank 'N Drank – Drinking is definitely the sport of choice for most students, but weed is pretty widely available, and I know plenty of kids who smoke. I don't hang out around people who use cocaine or any other hard drugs, but I know they are pretty easy to find if you know the right people as well.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Hope You're 21 – Downtown nightclubs are ever closing/opening, and its hard to tell which ones will be worth your time or not. Midtown is where most of the bars are, and it is literally right across the street from campus. Problem is you have to be 21 to get into most of them, so that could defer a lot of the younger crowd. Downtown and Midtown are both in walking distance from campus though, so try out both and see which you like best.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Fairly Diverse – UF is a very southern campus, meaning that a lot of the white people dress and act like southerners, but there is also a good mix of racial ethnicities, such as Asian, African American, and Hispanics on our campus as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Almost anywhere you go, you can find someone who is a part of the "Gator nation" - whether they graduated from there or just grew up a Gator fan, there is always someone who you can have a conversation with about the school. The sports program really helps this; everyone comes together for a good Gator football game.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Beaty Towers during my freshman year. It was an apartment-style - you shared two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom with three other girls. I enjoyed the convenience of the kitchen and bathroom, but the floors were not very social. This upcoming year I will be living in Rawlings, which is more social. I am really looking forward to it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: On Campus Food – I purchased an unlimited dining hall meal plan my freshman year, but the variety of food was very limited. This year I decided to go with a "declining balance" option, where I can spend money on either on-campus restaurants or at the dining halls. I think this is a much better choice than buying a dining hall plan and not using it.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone Is a Fan – Athletics are HUGE at UF. The entire city shuts down when there is a big game. The good athletes live like rock stars on campus with their immense popularity. After recently winning two NCAA basketball championships and two football championships, finding the university's teams ranked number one in the polls is a common occurrence. The home games are a sight to behold. Even if you aren't a fan of the sport you are watching, the school spirit and excitement you are immersed in at a home game will instantly change how you feel about Florida athletics. Hint: An easy way to get some cash when you really need it is to get season tickets from the lottery and sell them. Really big rivalry game tickets can easily be sold on Facebook for $200+.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Definately a College Town – The campus itself is like a city in the middle of a small town. Once you leave campus you find that there's not much out there besides a couple of good restaurants. However the college runs the town so everything in Gainesville is geared towards helping college students. For instance, free bus travel and discounts at many places by showing your school ID. And since the vast majority of the people in the area are students, its a great atmosphere for making friends and partying....And yes, its a HUGE party school

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I had an awful first semester, but my second semester was lovely. I really like UF now, but the bureaucracy that runs the school makes it hard to get anything really accomplished.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Just about anything you would want to eat is within walking distance from the campus. One of the most popular spots, Midtown, has about one of everything. You can get a big, filling meal for under ten dollars and walk less than 1000 feet from the library. There are a ton of churches around the area that love to give food away, too.
The only downside is the majority of the restaurants don't have very healthy food, but it's delicious.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The UF athletic facilities are pretty wonderful. There are three gyms, three swimming pools, and recreational sports, club sports, and of course, varsity sports.
The only thing that could stand improvement is the size of the actual rooms and number of equipment. Usually there's no wait for the machine or weights you want, but if you're there during peak hours, it's very busy and crowded.

1 College Junior

Parking: There is almost no parking available during the day. Lots aren't always marked and available parking is never listed for finals. Students are removed from they're parking places during sporting events for RV parking. Tickets and towing laws are ridiculous.

3 College Junior

Computers: Many of the computers are often in use during the day and in between classes. The WiFi is useful, but often slow.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frat Parties Are the Best! The greek life at UF is large every other person you meet is a part of greek life or is thinking of pledging. The more greek events you attend, the more people you meet. If it's not a greek party you don't expect much.

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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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