Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Being an in-state student from a popular area in Florida it makes it easy finding rides to make it back home by hopping in with someone else. However I know of buses that people can take to also drop them off without the need of depending on someone for ride

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus as a freshman is a phenomenal experience for meeting people and becoming accommodated at the school! It can be pricey compared to being off campus but the experience is well worth its value!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Like any college there is alcohol on campus however it does not take over the lifestyle. Plenty of people are able to go out and have fun without the need of alcohol. And I personally have not witnessed any drugs occur around college.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are enough options to have a different meal from a different place every night for well over a month!

5 College Freshman

Majors: The business school here at UF is one where everyone is there to help each other with plenty of great organizations to help people with their major!

5 College Freshman

Majors: Finding internships is possible for everyone because there is a wide array of ways where people may get internship with help or themselves!

5 College Freshman

Academics: UF leads the pack in mulitple sports! This year having the Gators ranked number one in basketball with a chance at the national championship!

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I had no problems getting aid, but some students had to wait weeks until aid arrived. I would say to be a little patient, because they do have a lot of students to go through.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We do have UF Alerts that are sent to us whenever an incident occurs. Because are campus is so open, anyone can just come uninvited.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I've lived on campus the past two years and I love that it is close to the library and classes, especially when i don't have a car. The building I live in is one of the oldest on campus, so every year it has to be updated. I personally like having the area government put on events that enable me to meet other students, but sometimes I feel like I'm left out because most of my friends live off campus.

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College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't pay attention to the drug scene at school, but I do not think its much of an issue.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I like going to either of the two gyms on campus. They are state-of-the-art and can accommodate students and athletes alike. Intrammurals are not something I'm interested in, but I do understand that they are fun for students who still like to play sports if they aren't on a sport team here. There is lots of school spirit on game days. For football, the entire city is a painted Orange and Blue.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. During the day there are plenty of students walking about, and you see the occasional campus police officer. There were some odd things during spring break (when I wasn't in town). There was a stabbing near the building where I go do my chemistry lab; I guess that was a bit disconcerting, although I don't feel any less safe.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I found a Humanist group to join, which is something I couldn't do at my smaller community college (there were only religious clubs there).

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus, so I have nothing of value to say about the dorms. It looks nice to be able to walk to classes, though.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I don't really get out much (that sounds so pathetic! but studying is time-consuming). But I do know that there's always something going on outside or in the campus. Butler Plaza is a good place for all your shopping/eating/movie needs.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I try to avoid the Greek life. I'm really not interested in the parties they throw, or the strange clique qualities of women all wearing the same color dress during Rush.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't go to parties, so I have absolutely no idea.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are ads on the buses encouraging students to take it easy on the alcohol (they use quotes from anonymous students that talk about how drinking too much messed up their night). I don't go to parties or such, so I don't know how peer pressure is. A good policy that I heard about is... I forget what it is called, but I think of it as "immunity." If an underage friend has been drinking too much and looks really bad, you don't have to worry about them getting in trouble if you seek medical attention for them. I think that shows that UF is more concerned about making sure students are safe than it is about being "tough." They prioritize medical attention over punishments.

I've never seen anything to do with drugs, but I'm sure they're around.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Honestly, I pay very little attention to sports at UF. I know the Gator football team is a big deal, and I see tons of other sporting events going on, but I'm so focused on academics that it's all a blur to me.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I live off-campus, so it's hard for me to judge things like dorm policies. In terms of classroom strictness, it really depends on the professor. Many take a hands-off approach. They assumed that you're an adult and treat you like one; attendance of lectures is obviously a good idea, but often not required. The exception of course is labs and test days; you have to go to those! You also miss out on quizzes and extra credit opportunities if you skip class, even if the professor doesn't require attendance.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm pleased with the biology program; so far the professors have been good, and the classes are interesting. I'm still deciding what I want to do after I graduate. My concerns about finding a job are more to do with the current economy than the quality of the education at UF.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The challenges I encountered as a transfer student included several places in the application process that assumed I had graduated high school (like your sign-up form!). I have a GED and AA, so it was a bit stressful trying to figure out how to fill out the application. It also took a while for my permanent residency to be validated, so for a while I was accepted as an international student.

As a transfer student, the most important criteria for admission were an AA degree, a good GPA, and having all the right classes taken for biology (like Chemistry 1 and 2). The essays were short (in fact it was hard to fit all I wanted to say in them!), and probably pretty different from the freshman application process.

Tip: leave enough time to go through the application form. It wasn't nearly as straightforward or user-friendly as I expected from such a large institution.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The fall and spring are great, but in the summer the weather is brutally hot. But that's what you get in Florida!

5 College Junior

Athletics: our football team was awful this season but usually it's a force to be reckoned with. Sio far our basketball team has yet to lose a match this season.

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Chris Kirschner
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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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