Location
Gainesville, FL
Undergrads
30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Junior

Transportation: I am part of the online program, so no traveling is required.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Most of the attractions go through the university since it's a smaller town. There are a few national parks within driving range and the school always has competitive sports teams (though nothing professional is really close). A student can typically find something to do if they are looking to kill some time.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I don't regret my decision at all when deciding to transfer here. The University of Florida is the best degree in the state (University of Miami is comparable, but they are a private school that costs way more), and is constantly ranked in the five (usually higher) in total value, when comparing the quality of education verse the cost of attendance. I also like that the University of Florida is in a college town, rather than big city, because I feel that allows for a better overall college experience. In a college town you are constantly surrounded by people with similar interests and the town itself is built around the university and the fact that most of the town attends that school, rather than just being another thing in a big city.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I never actually lived on campus due to transferring into my college and then getting an apartment, but I have been in and out of the dorms. They are very well located, but they are all super dated and offer very little other than the proximity to classes. Most people try to get out of the dorms as soon as they can.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I think this is a case-by-case basis. Some administrators are pretty easy going and will let you get away with quite a bit as long as its within the bounds of reason, but some administrators are just awful human beings. It really just depends on who you get that particular day.

4 College Junior

Weather: Most people think that the weather is perfect in Florida all the time, and usually it is, but that is definitely not the case. The problem with Gainesville is that in the beginning of the fall semester and end of the spring, it is too hot to walk on campus for longer than a couple minutes without being drenched in sweat. It gets very hot in Gainesville during the summer, and it rolls in on the back end of the other semesters. Other than that, the weather is typically amazing. I am writing this now in the middle of December and it's been in the mid 70s the last three days, so it does have its perks.

4 College Junior

Diversity: You get a wide range of different cultures at my school. I have a pretty diverse group of friends from the different groups and clubs I am associated with, but even outside of those, I can tell from just walking around campus and going to class, that our school has a little of everything going on and is kind of a melting pot.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: It was really easy at the University of Florida. I transferred in from a community college where it was a nightmare, but when I came here it was super easy and most of it was laid out conveniently. I do wish they had a few more options as far as scholarships go (wink, wink), but overall, they did a great job guiding me through the process.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There typically aren't many campus police strolling around. I'll see one walking around every so often, but for the most part they seem to stick to the same few spots on campus. The problem with Gainesville isn't so much the crime that goes on. on the actual campus as much as some of the areas around the campus. Some areas just a few blocks away can get pretty shady, but a smart person would know to avoid these areas.

4 College Junior

Computers: I don't use the computer labs that often since I brought my own computer from home, but I know there are a lot spread out across campus. The WiFi network on campus is really strong and I've yet to have a problem with it. As far as printing goes, they give you a set amount of prints based on your major. Telecommunication and journalism majors have a lot more prints than most other majors, but really it's never a problem as long as you are not printing color (most majors don't have any color printing), but you can always find someone in the journalism school to print some out for you since they have so many available.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The Swamp is constantly rated one of the toughest places to play (excluding this 4-8 season) and is a lot of fun. We also have a very competitive basketball team every year. As far as intramural sports go, they offer a lot of options, and there is usually some kind of tournament or league play going on somewhere. I don't participate much intramural sports (though I do take advantage of the athletic facilities a lot), but most of my friends do and they seem to enjoy it.

2 College Junior

Parking: A car really isn't important in Gainesville, because the bus system is really solid, but if you do have one, it can be annoying to go certain places earlier in the day. Pretty much everything on campus and near the hot spots is impossible to park at without a permit until 4 or 5 o'clock (depends on the place). The running joke is you aren't an official UF student until your car gets towed. It can be annoying, but the bus system can typically get you anywhere you need to go in a reasonable amount of time.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife is really good, but you have to live to the North or the East of campus to truly be near any bars/clubs. Anyone living on the other side has to take a pretty long bus ride to travel back and forth, and it isn't exactly convenient. Once you are at the bars though, it is a pretty good scene and you can definitely have fun if you know what you are doing.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Truth is, with a campus of fifty thousand students, there truly is a wide range of types of girl. I would say overall, most of the girls are smart due to it being the best school in state and many are down to earth, but there's always a few bad apples. There's a lot of great girls at my school.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is a meal plan for most students (that I don't use), but from what I know, it does allow students to use many of the restaurant options in the area by using their student IDs.

5 College Junior

Facilities: There is a place for everything you need on campus. If you want to study, there are multiple libraries across campus. If you want to work out, there are a few great options that are somewhat convenient to get to (you can take a bus or run to them, but you might as well run if you are headed to a gym anyways). There are a few areas on campus to hangout, but really the bests places to hangout are the spots right next to campus that are conveniently located just across the street.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is currently going a lot of construction to improve what were already great facilities. They are building a new undergraduate business school (which I will only have the pleasure of enjoying for one year) and a new student union (which I will get for a semester). They are still nice facilities overall, despite the construction going on all around.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have only seen one student high on drugs. If they are, they keep it to themselves.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: what I have seen so far is good and I hope to be safe where ever I land.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I see all walks of life on campus and around town.

4 College Junior

Weather: Gainesville has a change of seasons, so it is great to me.

College Junior

Nightlife: I am not in school to party. I am here to learn and that is that.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Since U of F does a lot of research, it is a great place to go to school for agriculture.

4 College Junior

Majors: I hope to pursue the internship program.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: does not apply to me.

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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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