Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5282 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's good for several weeks and then you get tired of it quickly because of the repetition. Often times I would find myself going in and spending $10 on just a salad because nothing else was healthy or appetizing enough. I feel if they included more vegetables and cranked down the amount of carby foods, it would be better.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love UF. It's beautiful, abundant in opportunities, the services and activities are of quality, and the schooling is amazing. Of course, like any other institution, it has its weak points, but I'm incredibly grateful to be able to attend one of the nicest universities in the country.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love all that there is to do in Gainesville, but it is mainly a college town. Because of that, I probably wouldn't live here afterwards for the sake of wanting to explore other places that don't strictly revolve around the universities within them.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing that's RIGHT off the edge of campus isn't the nicest and when it is, the prices are high. For housing farther off campus, you usually need a car. Almost anywhere is obtainable by a bus, but buses don't run a lot on weekends and may not be able to take you where you need to go at a specific time.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: The only problem is the rain. Because the campus is huge, very spread out, and doesn't have a lot of overhangs unless you walk quite a distance to find one, it's easy to get soaked. But that usually only happens in the summer.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think that while a lot of students drink/do drugs, it's not something that you're heavily pressured into doing or looked down upon for not doing. Many of my friends don't drink or do drugs, and we can all find similar people to have a good time with.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: I do not live on campus.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I'm currently applying for as many scholarships as I can. I do not have any loans.

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College Junior

Computers: I do not live on campus, and I own my own computer.

College Junior

Campus Dining: I do not live on campus.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is definitely that of a "college town." Gainesville's world revolves around sporting events.

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College Junior

Facilities: I'm part of the online program, so I'm not familiar with the facilities, libraries, etc.

College Junior

Facilities: I am part of the online program, so I do not know what the facilities are like.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I lived in Gainesville, and UF seems pretty open-minded to many different ethnicities, religions, etc.

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College Junior

Parking: I am part of the online program, so parking is irrelevant.

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.


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Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
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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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