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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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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are greatly sought out and supported by the majority of faculty, staff, and students. There are some workout facilities that are absolutely eye-opening including a room dedicated to biking. Theres a lot of room to workout on your own or with other students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Professors are almost always passionate about the major. I'm a Sociology major and I am always learning something new each day. Professors are usually easy to talk to and engage in conversations over Sociology career options, such as research, teaching, medical field, law, etc. Workload consists of much reading and writing. Not too difficult, pretty easy to handle. Internship opportunities are usually found off campus. Typically small classrooms compared to other majors, so it's easy to have answers to your questions and engage in conversations with other students. Major consists of many class discussions and a couple group projects. A couple research papers here and there. Need to take Stats 1 and 2 for the major, and a couple other required Sociology courses such as Research Methods and Sociological thought and theory. Many options for courses, interesting subjects such as sociology of masculinity, sociology of women, poverty, society and the individual, etc.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: My school is one of the top public universities in Florida. Every student here is proud to be a Florida gator. We are filled with school pride, we take pride in our sports and its accomplishments, along with academic accomplishments. Even though he's somewhat of an embarrassment to the school, Ryan Lochte is a gator and he is an Olympic champion. Even in the movie Parenthood, the University's Turlington plaza is shown. There's always something to do on campus. There is Krishna lunch, and we have all kinds of options for dining such as Moe's, Papa John's, Subway, Freshens, Burger King, Panda Express, Starbucks...We have a non-smoking campus and are a green school. We have an amazing Career Resource Center that provides students with resources for internships and other career related opportunities. They also help with resumes, applications, cover letters, etc. We have a great bus transportation system. You can always find something to do for nightlife around midtown area and downtown.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics is really important at UF. Everyone is somehow involved and attend games.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: You have access to high quality equipment. You may have to travel to reach a level of quality equipment, but it's always provided.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a number of diverse and small mom-and-pop places along with traditional chain restaurants. A majority of them surround UF campus, making it convenient to grab a bite if you live on campus or surrounding it. There are a lot of places that stay open later for late night prowlers.

3 College Senior

Weather: Fall semester is perfect if you don't mind the heat. Winters are mild and all of my out-of-state friends walk around in shorts and t-shirts while the Floridians are bundled up. Unfortunately, during the summer it rains almost every day.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: As a student at the University of Florida, I am allowed to use the Gainesville bus system for free as long as I have my UF ID card. Buses arrive at each bus stop every 20 minutes, making it a convenient way for me to get to classes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The University of Florida is a non-smoking campus, and violators are fined accordingly. Also, on campus drinking is frowned upon.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The University of Florida is considered one of the best college educations that a student can receive in the United States. It has multiple majors that rank in the top 10 of the country and is also known for extensive research opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: While Greek life is generally viewed as a "must" at most universities, that is not the case at the University of Florida. At UF, there are hundreds of other clubs that are not associated to Greek life that enable students to become involved.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is very hard to find a good apartment with everything you want and/or need but there are some great ones out there. APPLY EARLY!!!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus rules are not all that strict, the only one anyone can really complain about is the 20 mile per hour speed limit on campus that bikes have been pulled over for.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife is pretty good especially if you include frats, the only downside is the cover and age limit on some bars

3 College Junior

Academics: I gave the academics a B+ because I have had some great teachers who really cared about the subject and about me learning it. However, sometimes I feel like the whole system is set up to watch you fail. For example the traditional weed-out classes with 75% fail rate but with the same teacher for 6 years because no one else will teach the class.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Security is pretty good, but some theft and robbing still occurs.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I think they do a good job of teaching everyone to be safe.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lot and can be hot, but I'd take it over being up north anyday! I love the Florida sunshine!

4 College Junior

Computers: We have labs equipped with either macs or PC's so it doesn't matter which you prefer, both are available. Some labs on campus are crowded so I recommend having your own computer. There is always a computer available though, it just might not be at the most convenient location on campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most people I have met are incredible. They are smart, outgoing, kind, hardworking, and fairly attractive. A graduate from the University of Florida certainly has a bright future ahead of them.

3 College Junior

Diversity: UF is a very diverse campus. I like that we have people from all over. You can freely be yourself and feel accepted. It does not matter where you are from, what sexual orientation you are, or what you believe. Everyone varies an that is why it's so cool to go here.

4 College Junior

Facilities: They are renovating the Reitz Union. It already had a lot to offer and should have even more when it is done. The student rec center is top notch. There are plenty of fitness classes and opportunities for club sports and intramurals.

4 College Junior

Facilities: They are constantly upgrading the buildings at UF. Some are a little older but all seem to meet the needs of the students.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are plenty of options for nightlife around campus. I think there is something for everyone.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very accessible for students of all ages and can be seen at all times. When it comes to the drug scene, it mainly depends on the people you are associating yourself with; even so, people tend to focus on only marijuana usage. Underage drinking is something the police tend to focus on and prevent very well. Numerous written arrests are given to students each semester.

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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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