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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
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Drug Safety: I think it is pretty typical of the drug scene on other university campuses. There are, of course, drugs on campus (mostly pot and alcohol). Sneaking a joint out the window of a dorm was not uncommon when I was living on campus. Sneaking a shot in your room was even more common.

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Campus Strictness: The campus police become involved when it is obvious to them that someone is a serious risk to themselves or others. I don't believe they go out of their way to make students' lives difficult.

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Campus Strictness: The police are as strict as you would imagine them to be. Don't have an open container, unless there is a football game going on. Then, pretty much anything goes.

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Campus Strictness: I believe campus police are very strict when it comes to drinking. They arrested a star player who was underage and crossing the street with a cup in his hand.

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Campus Strictness: Campus and city police are definitely strict when it comes to drinking and drugs. My advice is to party at a friend's if you are underage, and don't drive!

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Campus Strictness: The campus police are strict about drugs, alcohol, and the like on campus, but the residence hall staff will be the ones making sure students don't use these substances. If you get caught, it will go on your permanent record and you will have a judicial hearing. It's not worth it.

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Campus Strictness: Don't drink or use drugs in the dorms! Other than that, you are okay. There are late night bus systems that take drunk people home from clubs for free. The rest of it, you'll learn-eventually.

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Campus Strictness: Nothing is hard to get away with, and you'll learn to go party and have fun all night and make it home safely. It only gets bad when situations get out of control; then people get in trouble. However, they don't mess around with that in the dorms. Just trust me, party elsewhere and then come back to crash.

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Campus Strictness: Truthfully, it's pretty easy to drink at bars and clubs and stuff around campus. On campus, it's not that hard either (frats have parties all the time), but in dorms, it's kind of discouraged.

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Campus Strictness: One of my friends got a DUI on campus when he crashed into a tree, and they made him leave school until the end of the semester (two months or so), but then they let him back into the school.

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Campus Strictness: Some RAs don't care, but if your RA does, you could get punished if you're caught. I had some other friends caught driving drunk on campus, but the cops were cool about it, so it just depends.

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Campus Strictness: If they find you drinking in the dorms, you can get in big trouble, but believe me, you can get around it.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are very strict with driving on campus. It's hard to get caught by campus police with drinking and drugs because it's usually done indoors; you have to worry more about the RAs in dorms.

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Campus Strictness: Out-of-control parties usually get broken up, but not always. I don't do drugs, but underage drinking isn't that hard. There is a 2 a.m. closing time downtown, though.

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Campus Strictness: Do they raid places to find out if you are drinking and doing drugs? No, but if you're caught in some way, they aren't going to let you go with a light slap on the wrist.

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Campus Strictness: I know that the dorms are alcohol and drug-free. If you get caught doing any of these things, you can get into a lot of trouble. However, I know people that do it and get away with it.

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Campus Strictness: I think the police are pretty strict about the drugs (I wouldn't know), and you technically aren't allowed to drink in the dorms, but some people risk it.

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Academics: Almost all of my professors were very interesting and willing to help outside of class. Although some of my general education classes weren't my favorites, I loved the classes in my major.

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Academics: The teachers are excellent. They're all experts in their respective fields and are very knowledgeable. They all have office hours available and are glad to help. Granted, some are easier to talk to than others.

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Academics: Most of the teachers are really accessible and check their e-mail all day long, which is very convenient. It's always good when you go out of your way to meet with them or talk to them, because then you're more than just a face in a chair in a lecture hall.

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Academics: You will get good and bad [instructors] just like any other school, but I haven't had a totally bad experience yet. Most of my teachers have been totally awesome and made the class more fun.

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Academics: I feel that I have had the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes here. I have done multimedia projects for visual anthropology, taken pictures for an ecology course in Mexico, learned about black holes in astronomy, and read fascinating short stories in Caribbean literature. The exposure to new ideas and information has been very exciting. I was able to take these classes because I didn't just take what everyone else was taking. I did a little reading in the course catalog, asked older students, and sat in on a few classes to decide if it was the class for me.

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Academics: The professors are professors. You get some you like. You get some you hate. It's really hit or miss.

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Academics: I think everyone has different experiences with classes and professors depending on what type of student they are, what major they've chosen, and whether or not the major they've chosen is the right one for them. I was lucky enough to find my passions and pursue them at UF. The majority of my classes were great. The ones that were less than stimulating and led by readers rather than teachers were easily compensated for by those that taught me more than I could have hoped for and provided wonderful mentoring relationships.

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Academics: Most freshman-level classes are so big that you might not get to know your instructors personally. The teachers are good though. In smaller classes, you'll get a chance to know them more personally . . . but they always have office hours when you can see them or their TAs.

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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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