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

Scholarships: They tend to loose a lot of paper work and then you have to submit the lengthy paper work again.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: We have a good athletic program, but they do not do their best in football.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments around the Gainesville area. There is no way you won't find one you won't like. The prices are fair. They depend on how nice the apartment is, how far from campus it is, and what style it is. I would tour all the apartments to see what you like best, but you will definitely find something.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Overall the food on campus is average. Personally, the amount of money you have to pay is not worth getting a meal plan. If you live on campus it is worth it only because it is the easiest and fastest option. However, if you don't mind cooking I would recommend you do that instead of the dining plan.

4 College Senior

Majors: I'm in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and I am majoring in Criminology. All of the criminology professors are super helpful and are very knowledgeable. They are willing to meet outside of the classroom to give you pointers and overall it is a great major to be involved with.

4 College Junior

Academics: Courses Offered – UF offers a wide variety of courses for students interested in studying many, many topics

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Overall, the campus is pretty safe in terms of drug use. Just like at most colleges, college students are going to use drugs. Since it is a public state university with a very large enrollment, numbers are going to be a little higher than some others.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Unfortunately, there are not a lot of academic scholarships at UF for students. You really need to search for them. If you know where to look, you can get a good amount of money. The financial aid awarded through the government has always been reliable. I haven't had any problems receiving my financial aid.

5 College Junior

Transportation: There are so many public buses running throughout campus, that during the day, you can get anywhere you need on campus very quickly. The off campus buses are also very reliable. The best part is that the buses are free for UF students, so that adds to the convenience.

4 College Junior

Computers: Every computer I have ever used on campus has been equipped with the latest software and has run fast and effectively. The computer lab in the Reitz lets you have 150 pages of free printing per semester, which is really helpful for class notes. The internet is always reliable, and is very fast.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: UF does a great job supporting fitness throughout campus. Hosting many fitness classes such as yoga, zumba, kickboxing and the list goes on. With all of the oppurtunites the campus provides it hard for one to say they are not satisfied with their body.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Dining off campus can be a pain. Just depending on where one decides to eat timing and comfort may become an issue. Not all resurants have the best service.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police at the school can be a little annoying. They will stop you for going 1mph over the speed limit. The constant UFPD alerts can get a little annoying also, but I believe that just to keep students up to date with the crime going on around them.

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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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