Gainesville, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5262 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Too Few – Because the school locates suburb,not too many restaurants here.Therefore, if we students want to find variety restaurants, it's hard for us.

5 College Junior

Athletics: GATORS RULE – Our school is definitely supportive of our variety of sports' teams. Sometimes too much...they seem to put more focus on sports than academics at times, which I don't always like. However, I do enjoy the energy and school pride on campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Variance in Ethnic Backgrounds – I see a lot of people from different races on campus, mainly whites, hispanics, and asians, very few blacks. It is nice to meet people from a variety of backgrounds and countries so that I can learn about different cultures, customs, and FOODS! :) I'd say UF has a diverse campus.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Convenient but Needs Improvement – There are several different options for eating around campus. However, most dining halls do not stay open very late (closing on Friday nights at 9 pm), there are cockroaches crawling around the milk machines and salad bar, the menus are often repetitive, and the meal plan is too expensive for the quality of the food served. On the positive note, the dining halls are in convenient locations, so I don't have to walk far to get a meal. It is nice to not have to worry about cooking a meal when time is of the essence. I would not recommend getting a meal plan after freshman year.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: UF is located in a beautiful city with the most unique places, it even has beautiful reserved parks to bike over and eat lunch.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: There is a lot of nightlife here, all of it is college age friendly. Parties go on all the time especially in the fall when it is football season. This University is highly social.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus housing offers something for everyone, and is everywhere around campus. Off campus housing is the best choice when attending UF. Cost ranges from 300-1000 per month.

5 College Junior

Computers: Our campus is very computer friendly. Wireless access and speed is great and so is the accessibility to computers around campus.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: You will get sucked into the contagious Gator spirit. Everyone is so proud to be a Gator no matter who they were previously a fan of, and it is very unifying. I would never change my decision if I went back in time. Classes are tough, but when you succeed you feel great because you know that you're at an awesome school.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Participation or Avoidance – Greek life is there for parties and some other events, but it doesn't dominate at UF. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or sorority, and it is not a big deal if you never set foot in one. It's nice because you can go to frat parties, which can be fun, but it's not a status thing.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Best and Worst Dorms – The most social dorms to live in (and in my opinion the best) are Rawlings, Jennings, and Broward, in that order.
The most luxurious are the suites: Lakeside, Springs, and Beaty Towers.
The least expensive dorm is Thomas, because it has no air conditioning. Do not live there in the summer semesters.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Go Exploring – UF is a huge place and if your not careful you can get lost in it all. Make sure you explore as many groups and opportunities as you can and make the most of your experience. UF has everything to offer, just make sure you don't let it pass you by.

3 College Senior

Weather: Splash Zone – If coming to UF during any sort of summer months there is a very high probability that you will get rained on during the afternoon. Bring an umbrella and get ready to get wet.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Parking on campus is nearly impossible during the school year leading most to either choose bikes or scooters. The bus system gets the job done but can be unreliable late at night or on weekends when fewer are running.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Plenty of Options – I am not sure if i have ever been to a place with more diversity than UF. I met my wife here and I'm sure you can find someone that sparks your interest. There will be attractive people anywhere you choose to go, UF not excluded. I would recommend you choose where to go not based on the sexual scenery.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You Must Go to Gainesville's Midtown – Its impossible to miss, I <3 NY pizza, pita pit (the best), designer greens, and copper monkey are among the restaurants you can choose from. Everything in town is around $6.50-$8, unless you have coupons or gator greenbacks wich i highly recommend.

4 College Junior

Academics: I feel very blessed to be part of a college that is number five in commercialization. One of my friends is actually working on developing a flying car that runs on plasma. Most of my teachers actually care about their students. You will do well if you do the homework and go to office hours.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UPD = Nazis – Campus police are infamous for being very strict, especially about the open container policy and breaking the speed limit (20 mph everywhere on campus) - and don't even get me started on the parking rules, that will get you a $30 ticket faster than you can say "Don't taze me bro". They need to realize that statistics show there are less DUIs and alcohol/drug-related deaths on campuses that have more lenient drinking rules

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Top Notch – Southwest Rec is my favorite place to work out just because of everything is has to offer - whether you're like me and use it exclusively for it's weight room, or you use it for basketball, racquetball, indoor soccer, cardio room, etc. theres really something for everyone. Even though it's location is very isolated from the rest of campus it's still a very popular place and a great place to meet people as well.

2 College Junior

Parking: Having more parking garages would be a huge help along with longer the cost for decals

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs on Campus:Never!! I haven;t know for any drugs to be found or used on campus

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Security in the Mornings – Better security needs to improve when people are heading to work on campus early in the morning

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Best – there are many clubs bars and parties whenever you want one

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The Best – There are thousands of girls and guys andany thing you are looking for is here

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: They Are Very Social – Yo get to meet friends just like if yu lived oncampus


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Chris Kirschner
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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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