Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 4819 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Weather: It doesn't rain often, but when it does, it POURS. The campus is very hilly with uneven terrain so some parts will flood with an all-day or all-night downpour. However, most of the time it is bright and sunny (though extremely humid). We are in the Sunshine State after all.

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3 College Senior

Computers: The computers in the printing center are decent and it's nice that you get 250 free sheets to print every semester. I just had my first experience and it wasn't too bad. It would've been nicer if their were directions when you logged onto the computer on how you have to accept the copies printed on another computer before they actually printed though.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Gym: Group Classes – The group exercise classes offered by the gym are great. All the instructors are high energy and motivating. They change things up in every class, so you never feel like you are getting the same workout. There are multiple classes to choose from starting from high-energy kickboxing to back-bending yoga.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers at the University of Florida are all pretty much up to date with Mac computers in Library West, which is the main library.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Whether you want to dance at a club to meet new people or go to a house party thrown by the fraternities and sororities the nightlife is usually pretty busy at the University of Florida. There is something for everyone depending on what you like and there is always a way to get home safely.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The surrounding area outisde of campus i actually quite ghetto, alot of crime is common and last year a few people were killed down town at clubs.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are police everywhere and blue light poles make me feel safe and protected.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: i received little financial aid and the per credit hour amount seems to be decreasing rapidly, i have finding it hard to pay my day to day bills with school and lessening financial aid. I would suggest a smoother fafsa application and a less intrusive one when it comes to parents conditions when it is not warranted.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are great classes and professors, especially if you know where to look. There are also many opportunities to work in labs and do research!

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think that on campus the alcohol abuse is pretty well managed, except on game days. The Gainesvile and UFPD do a good job of trying to enforce and ensure the saftey of the UF students.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Academics will be what you make of it. If unsure of your passion, start off undecided and explore. Always pursue what you like. Don't take classes just because your friends are taking them, make sure it benefits you too. As long as you don't cheat or don't get caught doing anything you shouldn't be doing, you will find favor in your prof's eyes even if you're struggling. Definitely form relationships with the staff so you can have access to research opportunities on campus (there's plenty if only you wish for them). The school will host career conferences every semester, so attend each of them to increase your chances of finding internships and summer jobs.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is straight. Make yourself some friends, hop in a car, go visit some spots and you'll have fun. Even as a city girl, I have a lot of fun here. The local restaurants are the best. So give them a chance over the big name places. If you're an outdoor person, check out some trails or go to Lake Walbeurg for a good bbq with your friends. Most apartment complexes will host lots of events for you if you live off campus. And of course, UF will have tons of events year round. The night life is just what you expect for a college town. When you're ready for some slow paced fun, check out the museums...there's plenty of them on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: At this University, there are several opportunities for internships. All of which are very organized and effective. They all aim to help you gain the best experience in your desired field.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms are not bad at all. Although they are not as modern and updated, they are spacious and have great community and networking options. They are also convenient distance from classes.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Over Crowded – Parking is pretty bad on campus. There are various parking lots but not enough of them. Because of this it is a hassle on game days of major sports or even big events on campus. Although parking restrictions are lifted on weekends, there is still a lot of students and alumni ready to tailgate. This leaves the spaces to a minimum on atleast saturday

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Night life in gainesville is pretty great. Everyone has an opportunity to go to various types of clubs depending on your interests. I would definitely recommend.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The more you put in, the more you'll get out. If you do nothing, you'll find that the teachers are jerks, the exams are pointless, and you're entire academic experience will be mostly a waste of time. Invest time in office hours, become friends with the TA's, and everything will be better. You will understand the material, which will give you friends since everyone will want to be your study partner, you'll get great grades since the graders will know you, and most of all, you will actually enjoy your academic life.

1 College Senior

Parking: To keep it short and sweet, you're probably better off just catching the bus. Otherwise, either buy a commuter decal and catch the bus from the commuter lot parking, or get to the Reitz parking garage at 8 am to find a spot. Another option is for you to have a friend sit in your car while you go to class because if you drive your car to campus in the middle of a regular weekday during Fall or Spring, the only available spots will be tow-away zones. so watch out! they WILL give you tickets!!

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The rules here are strict but there's nothing to make your life miserable. I had all the fun I wanted to have because I was reasonable. You can't hate all the rules because the truth is, some people do need to be protected because they don't know how to control themselves. So don't worry. You are free to drink and have fun and do whatever you want to do, as long as you don't overdo yourself and publicize your actions to the wrong people.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Finding scholarships offered by the school is difficult. You really have to be the best (academically) or have to demonstrate financial need to get any money from UF, which are both difficult.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: There are many different cultural and religious organizations on campus, which allows any student to really fit in. I have never felt that there is any discrimination or any prejudice toward a certain group.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There are many styles of dorms to choose from and they're all in different areas of campus. There are good options for both underclassmen and upperclassmen and there aren't any limitations as to who can live on campus. Each dorm has their own "clubhouse" where weekly events are held as a way to attract the residents and for them to mingle with others and meet their dorm-mates.

5 College Junior

Academics: We are in the top in a lot of our majors. Many of the professors are nationally known and/or have had their work published.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Some places are great and some places just need to be leveled and re-built; it just depends where you look and who you are living with. There are places for everyone's price range.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is very unpredictable. It can rain when you do not see it coming. It can also get pretty hot, but you are in Florida so that's nothing new.

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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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