Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's not a metropolis but for a country college town it's very impressive. Lots of hipsters contributed great stuff, and weirdly the best place is Reggae Shack? Idk get the ox tail. Homemade vegan ice cream at Karma Cream, fancy study time lattes at CMY (owned by part of the band sister hazel???) hungover brunch at Flying Biscuit, pizza in a van at Satchel's, anything from the top, barbecue from Pearl's... Y'all are welcome.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are endless groups for every minority available, even the super-rude westboro demonstrationists are allowed to speak their mind in the main plaza. People may naturally flock together but I've never seen any discrimination.

5 College Junior

Athletics: One of the most athletic schools in the country. Obviously. Intramurals are easy to dabble in, facilities reflect insane athletic success. Run stadiums in the swamp at sunrise.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: No complaints but a lot of parking tickets, there's a big spot shortage which is annoying.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: UFAlert sends out messages in any event of crime within the whole town, student government installed light sensors, developed an app to send pings if you feel unsafe, bus billboards promote safe drinking habits, free health center staff is super nice and discreet. Cops are posted during late night library hours as well as always patrolling sorority row, SNAP is one of two free "taxi" services around campus late night, and they're responsive to complaints, extending drop-off locations, adding tracking system. There's some bad neighborhoods on the outskirts but they do what they can.

5 College Junior

Facilities: 24/7 main library with Starbucks across from the center of the bar scene (Midtown) and just a ton of tradition and things to do in general. Renovating the student center and adding some elaborate building right now, some are a little old but beautiful brick surrounded by Spanish moss. Greek life is where its at but there's clubs for everyone, and I mean everyone.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Beautiful big campus, gym, athletic facilities and enthusiasm, massive alumni base filling football and baseball games and expanding the campus. Best place in the world.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So many places to eat down on Archer: chains, fast foods, and some quality places. Eating out is a bit pricey once you add up all the times you go out to eat.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Majority of students are affiliated with Greek life, mainly PC and IFC sororities and fraternities. Multicultural sororities and fraternities also exist, however, campus lacks great Greek unity between all the councils.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is very much a college town and other than that a swamp. Many restaurants to choose from; a lot of fast food. Midtown and Downtown are some main attractions as well as Lake Walburg.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Anything pre-med or prehealth major requires a lot of science and math coursework. Many of the intro classes are difficult only because they are weed out classes. One realizes you really have to practice and practice before your exams. Students should take advantage of office hours and most importantly the TAs! They are always willing to help out! Go to advising early; the wait time for advisers can take hours of your day.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Intro classes are large lecture halls, so professors won't know you unless you go to office hours. Registration is a pain because it goes by credit hours and restricts you until your appointed time. The demanded and good classes always fill up quick!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many are affiliated with Greek life. Honestly, people wear whatever they want in college. Some common looks are athletic wear, Greek shirts, leggings, running shorts, Sperry's, Jack's and of course anything orange and blue.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The benefit of attending college instate is Florida Prepaid and Bright Futures which helps with financing the price of college. The lines waiting for the Bursar and Financial Aid office become packed, so get there early if you need to clarify with anything!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: College is about freedom and independency. The choice to go to class or do the right thing falls upon the student. Most rules and regulations are reasonable. Parking and speeding regulations are highly enforced.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly, first year transitioning to college was a little difficult at first. After school really settled in and the work load among other obligations and extracurriculars, I learned that college is very different from high school. However, college has been a great way to grow, meet new people, and experience and learn things. Second semester definitely was more enjoyable.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many choices available when it comes to living off campus. Some are walking distance to campus, while others are farther away. Regardless, most students choose to live in apartments after their first year for more space and pricing among other reasons.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Being part of the Gator Nation, a great sense of community and spirit exists and binds students and faculty together for a lifetime.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Many activities and opportunities to get involved in. Campus is a little unmaintained, but new developments and buildings are being constructed. Many spacious libraries on campus including Library West, which is open 24 hours. The two gyms on campus offer tons of recreational activities to work out.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not a great amount variety although there is variety nonetheless. It is rather convenient although I believe the hours of operation should be extended.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: With almost 50,000 students, UF has to be one of the most diverse universities in the country. We seem to have every race. We have tons of political and LGBT organizations. As a public university, we have a lot of kids who don't come from much economically, but because the education is so good, we still have a lot of "rich kids" too. You can always find a group to fit into at UF

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat out much. I'm on a budget and I purchase flex bucks, where you can eat at on campus fast food chains. I go out occasionally with my friends for a treat, but we usually hit the fast food places, and that is fine with me.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Probably about the same on every campus. There are security escorts, if needed, and security phones all over campus if you feel threatened at any point. I have not had a problem, even when I sometimes walk the campus late at night, but I am a guy.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I like it because it is a real college town. Almost everything in Gainesville revolves around UF life. Whether you are on campus or in town, students are treated well. Locals recognize that students bring in a big economic boom and they are usually pretty decent toward us.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very strict in some things (parking) and very good about security matters, like walking the campus late at night. Pretty laid back about partying, but maybe that's because I haven't been to many heavy duty, drug or underage alcohol parties.

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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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