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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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Reviews 5262 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Great Busses – the bus system runs every where and is free to all students. But on campus parking is awful, the parking passes are expensive and there are never any available spots.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are almost too many clubs in Downtown and Midtown Gainesville. They are open to 18 years and up. There are also a wide array of bars. Almost everynight there is a club that can be entered for free. There is a late night bus that runs during the regular school year, but not during the summer, from downtown to campus.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Great Athletic Department – Of course, the UF football team is highly praised and all home games are huge events at the school. UF has multiple gym facilities, one of which is being completely redone and expanded to include an indoor track. It will be done this following fall. There are a huge variety of group fitness classes, which are all wonderful. Intramural sports are great and vary from kickball to volleyball.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Not Have a Decal. As long as you have a decal you will be fine. Of course, at a larger campus a car is not the way to go. Just go on foot or use a bike.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: You Are an Individual That Adds to the Whole. Everyone at UF is so diverse. I thought I was an eclectic part of UF however, you get to see so many different stereotypes there that it overwhelms you at times.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Every computer that I have been to at UF is up to par.

3 College Senior

Weather: really hot in class and sometimes really cold so I will give C+

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: Social Life – In Gainesville you encounter all different types of people but this adds to the fun of living in a college town.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are not very roomy but it is a part of college that students should go through.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a great deal of diversity in the off-campus housing selection. It is worth it to live off-campus and pay for transportation rather thamn living on-campus.

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: Because we are such a diverse group of students, the look goes from one extreme to the other. It's really not just one look. You wear what you want to and other people don't really care. They even except you for who you are and what you choose to wear.

5 College Student

Diversity: In my opinion, UF is super diverse! I love it there also. I've met sooo many people from so many different eithnic groups. From French to Italian to Columbian to my roommate who was Greek. Actually from Greek. I thought I would be amongst very few who are diverse but there's so much out there and so many awesome people to meet. I absolutely love it and thank God for it!!!!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Homeliness and Family Type Atmosphere – Everyone on campus is really friendly and willing to help you out in anyway. It's very easy to find people with interests that match your own and make friends. Although many colleges say they create a homey atmosphere, the University of Florida legitimately creates an amazing nation you can be a part of. The Gator Nation definitely makes you feel at home and loved.

4 College Freshman

Computers: All of the computer labs on campus are absolutely fantastic. Both in the libraries and in the Reitz Union, the computers are efficient, up-to-date, and extremely convenient. Also, each computer lab has scanners and printers that work very well. All in all, the network speed and efficiency of the computers are well enough to the point that students can depend on them and use them at anytime.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I decided to attend the University of Florida initially for its architecture program. However, when I decided that this major was not for me, it was very easy to figure out what to do and look at my options based on the wonderful help the advisors gave me. My current major is Japanese Language and Literature, and the department is absolutely fantastic in terms of professors and how helpful and successful at teaching they are. The only reason why the University of Florida would not get an A+ is because of the Fine Arts College and how, because they would not let me double major in art, I won't be able to take art classes. Overall, the U of F has an incredible academic program and wonderful advisors in the Liberal Arts Department.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's What You Make It – I honestly what you make it. If I got involved in a lot more campus activities and came here with an open mind, I would have probably had a lot more fun. I concentrated a lot on having a job and juggling my academic life, therefore my social life was usually conducted out of town or not at all. The town is gator centric, so if you didn't really want to come here then you may leave as a full blown gator, or a gator hater!

3 College Senior

Weather: Always Be Prepared – It is Florida weather, without the cool breeze attached. I would always suggest packing a bottle of water for our hot days and summers (like deathly hot). As well as packing an umbrella for the thunder storms that decide to show up out of no where. The only time when winter clothes are needed are late December to February... other than that, shorts and flip flops are the daily trends.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Decals Are Insane – The Parking situation on campus is strictly enforced. The ability to obtain a decal is first decided on your credit hours and then if you actually have $100 to spend on a decal each semester. You could then park in one of the parking garages, but a quick park for one of your classes is not guaranteed. If you don't find a spot then you probably will have to waste $5 parking in the "All Day" Spots. In this case, make sure that you do not get back 5 seconds after your space is expired or you will receive a $30 ticket. The best idea is to NEVER BE LATE and run for the bus by your apartment complex/ dorm. Hopefully the bus isn't packed, the driver doesn't decide to stop for a donut, and you will be able to make it to class on time (because parking is definitely not an option)!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UF has a practice field and stadium for every sport! There's a range from lacrosse, soccer, football you name it, we have it. They excel in all sports. Intermural sports range from spring and fall semesters and are very popular.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UF campus is relatively safe, its a really big campus so there are things put in place to hel security. There is the SNAP van that comes and transports students to there destination until 3 AM. and the later gator (bus) runs until 3 AM to transport students from different clubs to their homes (on campus or off).

1 College Freshman

Parking: off-campus undergrads must park far far away and ride the "park and ride bus" to campus. the parking is very hard to find a spot. the police give out tickets like candy.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Athletic centers are great! They are redoing the SW rec gym now, it's huge. Library West is a very popular spot and there are other smaller libraries scattered around campus that are great too.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life at UF is huge. They run almost everything and it encompasses the lives of many students who seem to enjoy being a part of something greater.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is a scene for everyone in gainesville. There are country bars, irish pubs, south beach style clubs, indie clubs and there are always house parties. There are options for everyone. Getting around is easy because the later gator, a bus service, takes you anywhere you need to go.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There have been big changes at the University of Florida's dining facilities. There are several new places and plenty of options for junk food. On a healthier note, unless you want to become the size of a whale i probably would not eat on campus, I would suggest buying your own food from a close by grocery store or one of the several farmers markets located around gainesville.

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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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