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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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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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Local Atmosphere: Every type of student can find something to do in this town. Whether you're into the club scene, alternative music, or sporting events, your needs will be met.

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Local Atmosphere: I would recommend checking out some of the historical and geological parks in the area. I went on some field trips in a geology class to the Millhopper and stuff like that, and it was pretty cool. Sometimes it's good to just get away from town for a while and be one with nature. There are some really cool springs nearby-Ichetucknee, Ginnie, and High Springs are always fun to go to for swimming and floating on tubes when you don't want to make the drive to the beach. They are only a few exits north on I-75.

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Local Atmosphere: Some find Gainesville too small, while others think it's just right. Gainesville is not Orlando or Tampa, though both are within two to three hours' drive. Gainesville has a decent-sized mall and an active downtown for going out. There are also lots of restaurants and bars dispersed throughout the city.

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Local Atmosphere: Well, the city is pretty much the college-and vice-versa. It's kinda strange because you have very little connection with people out of your age range. FSU, UNF, and UCF are about two hours away each in their respective direction, so it's a good spot. The beach is also about two hours away or less, depending on which one you're going to.

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Local Atmosphere: It is a little town so everything revolves around the college; even the Wal-Marts have banners that read `Welcome Back Students' in the fall.

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Local Atmosphere: The town is as close to a college town as you can get. It's a good place . . . not too big, but still big enough to offer a lot of things to do. The mall sucks. There's a good cultural scene for a smaller city.

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Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is a quintessential college town. There's no question as to what fuels the city: the University and its students. I would suggest exploring every corner of town whenever you have the opportunity. The little restaurants and stores, especially along University Avenue, have so much character, and there are some beautiful parks and gardens. There's a treasure on every corner if you take the time to find it.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere here is what college dreams are made of. There are tons of clubs and bars to go to, college kids everywhere, lots of bookstores, and on football days, there is an electricity that is palpable.

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Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is the prototypical college town. It is vibrant and alive in the fall during football season, and relaxed and casual year-round. Most of the roads around the University are canopied by the branches of trees on either side which further gives it a collegiate feel. There are no other universities around, but UF is one of the largest in the country, so it can get a bit crowded. Stay away from 13th Street whenever possible, unless you're walking.

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Local Atmosphere: I'd say the atmosphere is pretty laid-back and chill. We like to think of ourselves as a party town, but there is so much more to it than that. There are definitely not any other universities present (not for, like, hundreds of miles) and we don't really welcome any sign of them in our presence, either.

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Local Atmosphere: One of the best things about UF is that Gainesville is really a quintessential college town. Almost everything revolves around the University. One of the big reasons why I decided to attend UF was just the college atmosphere of the University and surrounding area.

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Local Atmosphere: Gainesville has a great atmosphere, one in which students can find almost anything to do. While UF is the only university present, its 40,000 students, and those from Santa Fe Community College, make Gainesville an exciting place to be for people under 30.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are good and plentiful. Some are locally-owned and others are chains. I suggest Chop Stix Cafe and Harry's.

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Off-Campus Dining: Good eating in Gainesville. Very good eating. Steve's Café Americain is my favorite restaurant, but it's pricey. Gainesville has every fast food joint you can think of, but the best eating is done at local venues. Farah's on the Avenue has good Mediterranean food; Harry's does great smoked sausage with red beans and rice, and Leonardo's is good for a date-night when you don't want to spend too much.

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Off-Campus Dining: Aside from maybe drinking in Gainesville, most of my money has gone toward eating in Gainesville. At any point in the day someone will be going somewhere to eat and ask if you want to go, too. All along one of the main roads, Archer, there are the major chains like Chili's, TGI Friday's, Outback, Carrabba's, and more. Also, there are a lot of local places that have food to die for, such as Maui Teriyaki (order their chicken bowls, they are so good), Café Gardens (a great place for lunch or a date).

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Off-Campus Dining: You're not a Gator if you haven't had a pizza from Leonardo's or a burrito from Burrito Bros.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are excellent. You have your chains such as Chili's, Friday's, Outback, and so on. You also have local spots such as Café Gardens and the best coffee spot around, Maude's. Along with Maude's you have your usual Starbuck-type chains.

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Off-Campus Dining: Anyone who has driven down Archer Road knows that there are plenty of run-of-the-mill restaurants that are in every other town in America. Undoubtedly those will be the first to pop into your head when you are trying to decide where to eat off-campus. They are all well and good, but don't forget to explore a little while you live in town. It is quite possible to live in Gainesville for four whole years and only ever drive on four main roads. Don't let that happen to you.

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Off-Campus Dining: There is basically almost every big-name restaurant and a bunch of local places that are great, too. I think I eat out way too much.

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Off-Campus Dining: I generally get good service. The only thing is that this is G'ville, and you're not really going to find five-star dining, if that's what you're looking for.

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Off-Campus Dining: Gainesville has every restaurant under the sun. They also have a lot of delivery services open until like four and five in the morning to suit college needs. For great sandwiches, there's a place called Leonardo's. Wing Zone has the best wings, and you can't die without trying Burrito Brothers. They also have all of your large chain restaurants like Chili's, KFC, Outback, and more.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great restaurants in Gainesville. Leonardo's, Maude's, and Burrito Brothers are not to be missed. Hooters and Smoothie King are two lovely places to stop. There's just about every major chain you could ask for, and they're all great, but expect to wait 45 minutes to an hour during busy times of the year, like football weekends.

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Guys & Girls: At UF, you have so many different types of people-it's not even funny. You're sure to find someone to get along with. In my opinion, there are lots of really hot guys. There are also good-looking girls, too.

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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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