Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 4831 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are numerous computer labs available through out campus; however, they do seem to fill up during finals and midterms. The campus WIFI is excellent and constantly improving so if you have your own computer its an advantage. Only one computer lab allots 250 free prints per semester. In the libraries each student will have to pay for his/her prints. I believe this is a setback, your allotted free prints should be accessible all throughout campus.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The UF campus is known as being one of the safest in the country. Not only do the police of our universities police department constantly roam the campus, but they also send constant updates to students about any situation that occurs either on campus or close to the campus's vicinity. Also, there are emergency poles found all over campus in which the police will show, if pressed, within seconds. Moreover, SNAP (the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol) picks up students from 6:30 pm to 3:00 am and drops them off at their desired destination. Also, there is a campus system known as GOTCHA that picks up and drops off students anywhere in the Gainesville vicinity up until 5:00 am.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I have only experienced the Greek Life once but from what I hear they have awesome party. The diversity isn't very existent. They do well with recruiting.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I have had the pleasure of enjoying a couple of off campus dining spots. The Swamp is a great hangout for anytime of day (besides breakfast). Relish Burgers are amazing! Mochi is a frozen yogurt store and it is awesome! I literally get it once a week. There is a Krispy Kreme right down the street from campus and also a Beef O' Bradys. I love eating out and the off campus dining is pretty good. Even Downtown has great food. Try Lou's pizzeria!

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I will give the weather of Gainesville a B because it has been raining alot here but it is also summer. It's always good to have a mini umbrella just in case it rains. One that fits in a book bag or purse. If its not raining, its pretty sunny. Not that much humidity.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: So far, I have had no issue with financial aid or scholarships. UF offers many scholarships. Future tips: Apply for any scholarships or grants you can! It's better to have some debt or no debt than debt!


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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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