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Computers: There are labs to use, and you can use them, but the biggest college investment you make (besides tuition) should be an up-to-date computer. Honestly, that is my biggest recommendation! We have Gatorlink, which sllows you to use all online resources from the library from home using a proxy server. It saves so much time and is an amazing resource for class!

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Computers: The computer labs are great. The computers have the most recent technology, and there are a lot of them. It is nice to have your own computer, though, so you can stay home and work on it.

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Campus Housing: Lakeside was built in 2000 and is really nice, but it's on the outskirts of campus. You have to take a bus to the middle of campus. It has four small rooms, two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen.

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Campus Housing: Most of the dorms on campus are at least decent. I would avoid the dorms without air conditioning because it gets very hot! Of course, the newer and more expensive the dorm, the nicer it is.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are all very different. If you like communal living (much more social, but you share hall bathrooms) the Tolbert area is fun; it's also close to classes. Springs, Keys, Lakeside, and Hume are newer, more expensive, and a little less social. Your chances for fewer roommates and a bathroom shared with only a few people increase in these halls. East and Springs were my favorite places to live.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are a lot of fun. You meet so many people and have a great time. You can check online; some don't have air-conditioning. Avoid those. Some are suites, like apartments, and others are normal dorms, depending on preference. Dorms are an experience that I'm glad I tried.

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Campus Housing: I lived in Jennings and Broward, two typical freshman dorms, I think. They were both okay-pretty representative of the others. The rooms are small, and sharing a bathroom with 50 other people sucks, but that's dorm life. There are awesome dorms for honors program kids, so I would take advantage of that if that applies to you. I have heard mixed complaints and praise. Overall, I'd say the dorms are no better or worse than at other big universities.

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Campus Housing: Hume is kind of new, and nice. It's an honors dorm, though, and I think it's built like Lakeside. Lakeside, Beaty, and Springs are the nicer dorms, but it's not like dorm living because you don't have to share a bathroom. I don't think you get as close with your floor.

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Campus Housing: One awesome thing is the cable. If you live on campus, you get great channels, and in addition, there is a movie channel that shows Pay-Per-View-type movies all month. It's great because you get to watch newer movies all the time. I think it's great to live on campus at least one year.

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Campus Housing: There are some good ones and some bad. The original dorms don't have air-conditioning, so that's bad, but the school tries to keep them historic. I would steer clear of the non-air-conditioned dorms.

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Campus Housing: The dorms aren't bad at all, and they're getting better all the time. I lived in Broward for all four years of school, and it was conveniently close to a lot of classes, very social, and neither too small nor large. The new dorms, like Springs and Lakeside, are supposed to be pretty nice, but you'll pay a lot to live there.

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Campus Housing: The most conveniently-located dorms are Broward and Rawlings; if you want a suite-style you can try for Beaty Towers. You want to avoid Buckman, because there is no air-conditioning and it is really, really old.

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Diversity: I would say we're pretty diverse. I'm going to be in my second year, but I have met many people: Latino, white, black, Indian, and more. You can definitely meet so many different people.

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Diversity: It's quite diverse. There is a blend of people here, but we are all Gator, we all get along well, and everyone seems to look past differences. This is something I wondered about myself until I came to UF. I was very impressed by the diversity.

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Diversity: I came from a little hick town so, for me, this is a whole different world. You'll find all kinds of people here.

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Diversity: It's very diverse . . . All types of races and ethnicities.

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Diversity: There are many different types of people. In my opinion the campus is extremely diverse. One good thing is that everyone seems to be open-minded about different lifestyles, so that no matter how you live or what you believe, you aren't going to have too many problems.

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Diversity: I think it's very diverse, since I came from a very small town, but some people complain it's not really diverse enough, though.

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Diversity: Campus is probably not that diverse compared to others. They're trying to attract more minorities. Most minority students here go to the smaller schools for some reason, the directional schools like West Florida, South Florida, and North Florida.

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Diversity: UF is quite diverse, but it definitely has its cliques based on race. Ever see the scene in Higher Learning where the quad is divided by races? It gets that way around Turlington Plaza.

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Diversity: It typically reflects the national makeup. It's very white for the most part, but it's much more diverse in the graduate programs.

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Diversity: UF is pretty diverse. On a given day you might run across someone from almost every country and culture in the world . . . statistically, the population does not seem as diverse as it is once you walk around the campus.

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Diversity: UF is a diverse campus. Students come from every part of Florida, every state, and many countries to attend this university. Students also practice many different religions and work for various causes. I think almost anyone who attends UF at least becomes a bit more open-minded.

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Diversity: The campus is not as diverse at some campuses in major metro areas. The racial makeup is not as diverse as some places. As a minority, I don't think there are as many people here like me as at some other schools. That is okay for me, because I have met people from Brazil, Taiwan, Florida, Haiti, Ohio, and so forth; I have learned words in new languages, eaten new foods, and developed an appreciation for different kinds of music. You can meet new people of all races if you make an effort.

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Diversity: Despite reports to the contrary, UF is highly diverse, and not just racially or culturally. You meet people from all social classes, ages, political affiliations, educational backgrounds, and general life experiences! There is as much to be learned from your fellow students as your professors, if not more.

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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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