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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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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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Academics: Teachers at the University are some of the best in the country, if not the world. Teachers can make the information fun and interesting, and draw you right in. On the other hand, they can be so boring you are counting down the minutes until the end of class. But I believe this is a combination you will find at pretty much every educational institution.

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Academics: I am amazed at the number of professors and lecturers who have profoundly affected my thinking and redirected the course of my academic life. I'm sure other universities have teachers like this, but I wonder if they have them in the same quantity.

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Academics: There are tons of online classes. There are good and bad aspects to that. If you do have online classes, just stay on top of them and you'll be fine.

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Academics: I've had pretty good experiences with teachers here. I would say that out of, like, 30 or 40 teachers, I've only had a few that I really couldn't stand. A lot of them are nationally recognized in their subject area and can come in handy if you need a good name on a reference or something. The majority of them have been very accommodating and caring when it comes to students' needs, which is more than I can say for some other universities in this state . . .

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Academics: For the most part, the teachers here are fabulous. Of course, you can always find a slave-driver or a snoozer, but if you talk to an upperclassman in your major, he or she can tell you whose class to take and who to avoid like the plague.

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Academics: You will have TAs for some smaller classes, and they're usually cooler about skipping class and giving off Fridays, because they're still students also.

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Academics: A few instructors even use their own textbooks, so they really know what they're talking about. It really depends on what field you plan on studying.

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Academics: I have had a wide variety of teachers, just like at any school. Some teachers lecture to large classes, while others teach smaller, seminar-style classes. In order to really get to know my teachers, I've gone to office hours. I have found that most teachers are interested and are willing to help when students make the effort to talk.

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Health & Safety: I feel very safe here. The University has its own police force that responds to calls. In the residence halls there are also nighttime security assistants who patrol the area.

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Health & Safety: I would say that security and safety are comparable to most colleges. But people do run into danger here. For the most part, a little common sense will keep you safe and out of jail in Gainesville.

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Health & Safety: UF has done a great job of lighting the campus (which is beautiful, by the way) with antique-style path lamps which provide plenty of light for walking at night without washing out the campus with artificial light. As well, student government and UPD have a system called SNAP which offers rides to those who do not wish to walk at night (free of charge).

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Health & Safety: Security is pretty good on campus. We have lighted emergency call boxes all over campus. We also have SNAP, which is a van, car, or person that takes you home to make sure you are safe at night.

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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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