Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Between parties, bars, and clubs, you can find something to do almost any night of the week. The bars and clubs are pretty good about catching fake ID's and sticking to their rules and standards. There are few, if any, local bars, clubs, and restaurants that serve alcohol to people who are underage. Most people drink before going out if they are underage. The frat parties are lenient, but if anything gets out of hand, the police are likely to show up. Transportation can be found through fraternity pledges, the RTS bus system, friends, or UFPD's SNAP (Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol) which offers free, safe rides anywhere on campus after dark until 3AM. Student's safety and decisions are ultimately up to themselves when it comes to nightlife. UF has many resources to keep students safe through U Matter We Care. There are emergency telephones all around campus and a Medical Amnesty program as well. In the end, going out is really fun if you do it right, and if you don't, there is always a way to find help or assistance.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: - the campus is beautiful
- there are plenty of resources available to meet my needs academically, socially, and physically
- my classes are challenging, but still manageable
- it's an ideal distance from home - not too close, not too far
- there are endless organizations and clubs to get involved with
- the surrounding area has fun things to do
- the alumni are everywhere and extremely supportive
- we have great and competitive athletic programs
- it's an old school full of history and tradition

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I'm busy! But it's manageable. My program focuses on making connections among peers and professors, so we are a very close-knit bunch that provides each other with support whenever it's needed. Having the same classes with peers and professors allows close bonds to develop that will last a lifetime

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: One of the top research universities in the nation, top in the state. Wide variety of colleges and majors available, advising and tutoring support easy to come by, professors generally care about the well being of students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Florida! Mostly sunny all year around and very mild temperature. Right now, it's the middle of December and it's probably the coldest (61 degrees) it's been around 4 in the afternoon all winter long. There's beaches east and west of Gainesville that are only a 2 hour drive in either direction.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I ride my bike to class so I don't worry about parking. Parking on campus isn't bad: you can normally find a spot and there are buses to take you where ever you need to go once you park, and they run almost continuously. Don't park where you shouldn't be parking though, because you will get a $30 ticket! (that you can normally challenge and almost always get it brought down to $15) :)

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Make sure you complete FAFSA on time, or early!! Best financial aid goes to those who complete it first. Didn't have Florida prepaid but I did have bright futures, plus extra scholarships/grants given to me by the school. Definitely going to struggle to make ends meet for grad school

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I had a meal plan during my whole first year as a freshman. Convenient when you're living on campus so you don't have to have cooking supplies. Open late and usually pretty yummy. OMG COOKIES. After several months, the food got a little repetitive. Luckily, there's several restaurants on campus where you can use flex bucks throughout the semester

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life really does a lot of raising awareness and funding for a variety of causes/issues. Their always elected as student body officials for the school. Greek life is very cliquey and they tend to keep to themselves when partying/out on the town. Frats are known for throwing huge parties where everyone is invited (meaning frat brothers of that house and any girl - regardless of if they're Greek). Dance Marathon raises millions towards Children's Miracle Networks

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Always something going on in Gainesville either with the college or with downtown. Very active eco-friendly town with local produce and shops. Beautiful wildlife and scenic opportunities around Gainesville and good bike/walking trails.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Can find a club on campus for anything, and outreach programs within the community to support student life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Not as popping as Miami, but you can find several different types of nightlife throughout the city: Midtown is good for dive bars and cheap drinks, downtown has a variety of spots good for dancing (to all kinds of music), listening to live music, or relaxing with food and drinks inside/outside. Buses run until 3 Thursday-Saturday and there are a lot of companies using electric cars for free, just pay tip

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Everything pretty centered around the university and not too expensive. Late delivery for only $2 for most resturants, wide variety of options

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Many are influenced to do drugs/drink alcohol, especially in Greek life. The strip of bars called midtown is where you can find upperclassmen any night of the week, downtown is crowded on the weekends. Decent amount of rave culture

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Mostly new Macs, free printing at the student union, wireless has gotten a lot better throughout campus

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Education is top notch, athletics are varied and fun to enjoy, party scene is just as colorful and Gainesville can be a cool place to explore

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Proteach isn't easy work. Your time is spent between an internship and classes, and it can be a lot of busy work writing papers and such. But very rewarding

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: This semester, mine was a good drive away and didn't pay. School was lovely though

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: UF is a great school for athletics! (There's more than just our football team)

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It stays pretty hot in Gainesville, which is good for my bike ride, but I do sweat a lot.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UF has a great police department that monitor the campus all the time.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: They have what you need; however, subway will not take my gift card.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It has definitely been great at UF. The quality of education is great at my school.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus, but it should be easy to get to class.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not interact with Greeks that much, but they do have really nice houses.


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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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