Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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4 College Junior

Academics: Health Science PHHP – I'm in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, and I have been very satisfied with the majority of my classes. I am a general Health Science major, and all of my professors have been and are currently out in the health field and are very accomplished. My professors are very knowledgeable, and if they do not have an immediate answer, they will go and find it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Overall, the University of Florida takes a hands off approach to strictness on campus. Other than parking, students are allowed to go throughout the majority of their day relatively unmolested by law enforcement and or security guards. That is unless, someone is causing some sort of disturbance, in which case it is dealt with relatively swiftly.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at the University of Florida are very highly competitive and on a national scale, we are definitely one of the most talented Universities in the NCAA. Also, it is very clear that both mens and womens sports are evenly distributed.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: As far as cultural diversity at the University of Florida, there has been a great shift in the ethnicity of its students in the last ten years from predominantly white(non-hispanic) students to a large number of students of Asian decent. Despite this shift, the overall diversity of the school has not increased. It is in my opinion that the school does not fully represent a correctly distributed cross section of our American culture today. Blacks, hispanics, and middle easterners are all underrepresented at this university.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Easy, Easy, Easy – Apartments are easy to find in Gainesville. There is something for everyone. If you have pets, already have furniture, want a gym, don't have electricity included, gated community, there is something for you! Just do the search and I think waiting until the last minute is the best option. Apartments are desperate for you to sign a lease with them!

3 College Freshman

Weather: What appears to be a crisp, windy morning may turn into a tsunami by the end of your 50-minute block class. It's always encouraged to keep an umbrella in your backpack or check the weather forecast before you leave for the day, because the weather is unpredictable. However, if it's not raining, the weather is usually beautiful, sunny, and warm.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Gators – Many anti-Greek students argue that the Greeks hold a monopoly over the Unite Party, the largest political organixation on campus, which is currently running our government. They are correct, but critics of the system also do not realize how intertwined the Greek system is with our school. Also, many anti-Greeks are oblivious to the non-Panhellenic sorrorities and fraternities that offer honors students, students within a specific major, ethnic students, and even religious students opportunities to network with students just like them.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Gator Nation Dining – There is an extensive variety and availability for off-campus dining in Gainesville. Many college students look for cheap, fast-food restaurants to facilitate their hectic college schedules. Gainesville offers students eating options ranging from fast-food to family-owned sports pubs to classy and expensive restaurants. Although you may have to drive 15-20 minutes to get across town, it would take a year of eating at a different restaurant every day to be exposed to the entire Gainesville cuizine.

3 College Senior

Parking: Unconvient, Unless After 4:30PM – Parking is based and given priority to Upperclassman and Faculty. The basic parking permit for a semester is around $100. Meter Maids, of a sort, circulate all day and give out parking violations relentlessly. After three violations in a semester, your vehicle gets a boot placed on it. Parking is free campuswide after 4:30PM.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Great Variety, but Price Gouging. There is a great variety of cousine choice during breakfast, lunch and dinner times. There is a choice for every budget on campus. The only complaint I have is the fact that the University seems to tax the restraunts on campus, which thus increases the prices of the food and directly affects all students and faculty.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus Is Secure--Petty Theft Is the Only Worry – Never have I felt unsecure on campus. There are some wooded and unlit paths through wooded area, although signs are present to warn against after-dusk use. The Campus Police Department is centrally located and quick to respond. Petty Theft of books and other school supplies from the library is the only complaint I have.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Love the Buses – Public Transportation is very good. Gainesville is a small town so its easy to get around. You can always catch a bus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms.. Not So Great – This is a very old school and the majority of the time you end up in an old dorm. Some dorms do not have airconditioning. Very old school. Maintence is efficient and quick.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless internet is available almost everywhere. The Computer Lab is small, however printing is free.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is horrible. It is the biggest pain in the butt. There is no parking near any of your classes. Your best bet is to park near a bus stop and just ride a campus bus, because you will get a ticket.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Clubs Very Guido Bars Are Nice Though – Most of the clubs downtown are very guido, but that isn't my scene. The bars aren't bad can get pricey but have pretty good deals on some nights. It depends on the scene your looking for. House parties are usually a joke, especially if not through by a fraternity.

3 College Student

Weather: I'm from Miami. Gainesville Sucks in Comparison. It gets cold here. Really cold.
And it gets hot too. And when it gets hot there's no beach.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Oversupply of Housing in Gainesville – Unless you want to live across the street from campus, you can find houses or apartments really cheap. If you can room in a 4/4 with other people you might be able to get rent as cheap as $300 a month.

4 College Student

Facilities: Libraries and Union – Campus is well kept. There are many libraries, and tons of resources. The student union is getting old, but it will probably be renovated or rebuilt soon.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Walking and Buses Before 4:30 – UF has a good bus system and many housing options close to campus. The cheaper apartments are further away so buses are necessary. There is almost no parking for students on campus before 4:30pm, and fills up fast after 4:30pm.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are many choises depending on what you enjoy doing. The clubs are very diverse, with different clubs for country, rap, hip-hop, and alternative/hipter lovers alike. Some are only 21 and up, but those are mostly bars. If you like house parties there are always many going on fridays and saturdays, especially with the fraternities. There are also several church groups who offer fun alternatives to nightlife activities for students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Good for Freshmen – The dorms are a nice transition from living at home to living on your own. Most students in dorms are underclassmen. They are a little pricey and cramped, but eliminate transportation time to classes if you choose on campus dorms. I prefer, however, to live off campus as a sophmore. It's cheaper, cleaner, and I have A LOT more space.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not So Bad – Most people who do drugs some marijuana, or drink alcohol. The dorms on campus try to enforce the drug policies. I don't personally hang out with people who do drugs so in my opinion I don't think the drug problem is that bad.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very diverse group of students – There is a very diverse group of students at the University of Florida. We have a lot of international students which makes our campus unique.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: There Are Tons of Options – UF offers so many dining options you'll never get bored eating the same
thing. They also have flex bucks in certain meal plans that you can use towards on campus food not regularly included in meal plans. There are several dining halls around campus so you never have to hunt for a place to eat. There is a lot of variety in the dining halls too.


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Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
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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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