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Facilities: The facilities on campus are all in excellent shape. The Reitz Uniond is updated often.

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Campus Dining: Every dorm resident has to at least try Gator Corner. Even if the food's not great, there's a lot of it. And I suppose if you're really ambitious, you can pay for breakfast and hang around `til dinner.

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Campus Dining: The dining halls aren't bad. The cool thing about them is you can get a good, balanced, hot dinner every night of the week, and make a few friends with the staff (they will recognize you after a while) while you're at it. It does get old after awhile for most people, though.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is, well, typical dorm food. Don't expect it to be something it's not. If it's not fast food (and there is plenty of that at various places), it's cafeteria food. There are a couple of all-you-can-eat places, however, that offer a good variety for about six dollars.

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Campus Dining: I have only eaten at Broward Dining, and it is excellent. In high school, I refused to eat at the cafeteria, but Broward Dining is excellent for breakfast. They have the best fruits and waffles I've had in a long time.

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Campus Dining: On-campus food sucks, but it probably does everywhere. Get the meal plan if you live on campus.

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Campus Dining: I don't think the food on campus is anything to complain about. Gator Dining has a ton of selection, and it's big enough that you don't have trouble finding a seat. Broward Dining is a lot smaller, but it still offers quite a lot, and it's more convenient to a lot of classes.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is very good for cafeteria food. There are also many well-known restaurants like Wendy's and Chick-Fil-A on campus. Students have many options when it comes to a food plan. You can choose a certain number of meals a week, a declining balance, or keep food in your dorm room.

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Campus Dining: They have your regular fast food places as well as different dining halls. The different dining halls have food that is healthier and tastes pretty good. Plus, there are vending machines and little quick-stop stores on campus so if you just want to grab a quick bite between classes it's no problem.

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Campus Dining: My favorite dining hall is at Broward. The food is more expensive if you don't have a meal plan, but I love eating there occasionally. Gator Dining near the O'Dome is okay, but not my first choice. The Arredondo Room isn't bad either. I like making my own salads there.

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Campus Dining: To be honest, the on-campus food isn't that great. I got a meal plan, but I won't recommend it unless you really can't cook. I ended up eating out a lot and cooking although I had a meal plan. There are tons of sweet restaurants around here.

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Campus Dining: The cafeteria-style places on campus are okay, although my roommate claims to have gotten food poisoning from one of them. Besides that, there is Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, and other fast food-type places close by.

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Campus Dining: Food on campus ranges from decent to really good. There are several dining halls which are the best bang for your buck on campus, but they do get really old if you eat every meal there for more than two semesters. They usually have `themed' stations and you can eat all you want while you're there-and more if you can stash it in a bookbag.

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Campus Dining: As far as I'm concerned, our campus food is satisfactory. One thing UF students never have to worry about is available options. Everything you could ever want-within reason-is available somewhere on or off campus.

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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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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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