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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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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

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse Campus – With such a huge student population, there's just about every kind of person you can imagine here. I have never experienced or noticed any kind of racial intolerance, However, the religious people in Turlington Plaza can be downright offensive at times. I find that it can be kind of clique-ish, but everyone can find their place.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Pretty Nice – There are a lot of old buildings on campus that give it an old school collegiate feel, which is cool. Athletic facilities are exceptional. Perhaps the student union is a little out of date looking, but it has all the things it should. The campus is gorgeous, especially in the spring time.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Huge Classes – I've only completed my first year so far, but since I'm in a popular major (biology), my classes were pretty big (my smallest class had at least 80 people). No individual attention here, except if you go to office hours maybe. Professors expect a lot when it comes to testing.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Great program, want and ask for student involvement

4 College Senior

Facilities: Great Opportunities – Academics at UF are very important, so most classes are challenging. If you want to get one of the best educations, definitely come here. Every semester, they hold career fairs where some of the top companies in every field come for you to investigate, apply for a job, and maybe have an interview.
Socially, there are so many bars, restaurants and clubs within walking distance of campus that have great prices and great atmospheres. There are also hundreds of student organizations you can join for a myriad of interests, including groups for your major. Almost every night, there is a group meeting or event happened on campus that you're bound to enjoy.
Saturdays on campus in the Fall are incredibly fun, especially if we have a home football game. There are tons of tail-gates and many companies stop by to hand out free samples of their products.
You'll have tons of fun on and off campus in Gainesville, with most of the town's attractions being catered towards college students.

3 College Senior

Weather: At the beginning of the Fall semester, the humid, hot weather will kill you. It will also rain a lot during the beginning of Fall and the end of Spring. From December until about mid-April, the weather will go through extreme cold snaps, at least for Florida. It reached 12 degrees last year. For the most part of the Spring semester, it is wonderful weather, perfect for being outside.

1 College Senior

Parking: Although a car is not necessary for campus, it is very useful. Unfortunately, the parking on campus is a nightmare. The permit costs are incredibly expensive, especially because they oversell by a huge percentage. Most freshman take up the spots, never leaving during the week, making it almost impossible for off-campus students to find a space. The majority of spaces are for hospital and faculty parking, with the few student spaces being far away from classes. The campus police prowl campus and will most definitely catch you for illegally parking somewhere. The only times parking is okay on campus is after 4:30pm and during finals week, where parking restrictions are lifted.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Roomates from Hell – I personally appreciated campus housing because it gave me time to get used to the university as well as get involved and get to know others. The only thing I wish there was, is roomate matching. I got stuck with possibly the worst combination of roomates ever, there was minimal conversation between the 3 of us and it seems that there was always a sense of ackwardness in the room.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Love Hate Relationship – I personally love the campus dining halls, there's lots of variety and I personally never get bored of it the only problem is that it's too expensive. I can't afford a meal plan, and paying up to $9.00 per meal is a little extreme. I could only go there on rare occasions where I had money.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great Place to Find Yourself – University of Florida has many different high quality majors and despite being tough is a great place to make friends and party too. There are tons of club and inter-mural sports and a thriving greek life. Its a great place to figure yourself out.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses run during the school day and then some, although some of the more popular routes can get fairly crowded. And during the later hours a student gov. run van service escorts students back to their dorms on campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – The university has a pretty well trained police force and many security phones around campus, however there is still a level of danger as with any large college.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is Huge – Drugs arent extremely prominent, but there is constant drinking everywhere. On fourth of july the streets were littered with red solo cups. Almost everyone is drinking on game day, you can practically smell it in the air.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Although the greeks only comprise about 10 percent of UF students, they are disproportionally prominant. Without actually knowing the statistic you might guess 50 percent based on the amount of attention their events get. However there are so many students at UF that you could absolutely get by fine without being in one.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Large Variety – Gainesville has many great nightclubs that are fun almost every day of the week. The dining options are great; there are many interesting restaurants. Obviously Gainesville is a party school so there are many parties at apartments going on almost every day

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: We are really safe on campus but it is still really relaxed.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Housing – There is so many greek houses at UF. I use to be a sorority girl and I still could not name all the houses. That is just social greek life, community service greek life and business greek life are not well known about

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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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