Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5282 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I've only been an Information Systems major for a semester, and because it is my first semester, I haven't taken that many major-related courses. So far, I love it. The College of Business has its own study abroad programs, and I plan on enjoying the one in France this summer.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR! The atmosphere on gamedays is like no other. Sometimes fans get over their heads and lose sportsmanship, and when we play poorly, it's a lot harder to support, but eventually we all come together to support the Gator Nation!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of different options for off-campus housing. There are both apartments and houses at fairly reasonable prices, depending on your budget and who you want to live with. Some are far, some are near, but most have bus stops nearby.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Parking is very difficult. The bus is kind of slow, but it's better than nothing. A lot of people bike or have scooters.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love Gainesville! It's an adorable little town; you just have to beware of a little crime and lots of homeless people who aren't afraid to ask for money. There's much to do on the weekends. The only downside is there's no mall and the beaches aren't particularly close.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's very easy to find something fun to do every night. A lot of the fraternities have themed parties to mix it up; it's easier to get into their parties if you know somebody in the fraternity, even if you're not Greek.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Though everybody has that unavoidable paranoiac feeling of being followed or watched, it is still relatively comforting to know there is always help nearby and that the campus has implemented ways to keep me safe, and have health services available for men when i need them.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school and I there is no other school I would rather be at. Our academics are held to a high standard and the level of education achieved by our students is evident in our alumni and post-graduation opportunities. There are many things to do for students whether it be parties or going to the rec and just playing ball. Though the campus could use a bit more upkeep in some aspects, it is still a beautiful, friendly, and inviting place to go to college.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of things going on all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Facilities both for athletes and students are kept up-to-date and well maintained. Obviously the athlete only facilities are much nicer because the receive much more attention and therefore money, but the facilities for students are still very nice compared to other schools I have visited.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city is very student oriented, however there are not many forms of recreation that are low cost that are applicable to everybody. Safety is a large priority, but due to the large amount of lower income people in the city it is not very safe for students to be alone at night.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places off campus that are cute and quirky.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of students here, and many of us take the bus, bike, or walk around to get from campus back home. Parking decals are decently priced, but you can never find a parking spot at the peak time when most of the students are on campus. It is much easier to take public transportation.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Coming to UF, I was not an athlete and I hated doing any type of sport. With the amount and variety of sports available though, it does get hard not to find a person who is involved in some type of sports. SW Rec and Student Rec are the two main gyms on campus, and they're pretty decently sized and equipped. Sports are huge here, and a good majority of people watch football and basketball.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: After a certain time, every food option available closes, so you have to eat earlier in the night. Other than that, it is like a typical campus, with overpriced food that can vary in taste.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus in a dormitory. Everything I put reflects a friend's opinion.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's always something to do in Midtown and Downtown, whether to go clubbing or just go to bars. Underage people do get carded. A good way to get there is to walk, take the bus, or have a designated driver, although parking is horrible.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is pretty safe walking through campus at all hours of the night. However, areas around SW Rec are unlit and not many people pass through there. If you need any help, student health is available. If you want to see a doctor, you do need to make an appointment, and it isn't always at the most convenient of times.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses take a lot of students from Point A to Point B in no time. There are buses running almost everyday, and are free to UF students. If you are on campus, you can take SNAP, which picks you up and drops you off at various locations on campus for free.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you aren't appearing to be actively committing a crime, no one bothers you.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are tons of people here, so you can encounter different people of different faiths and religions, as well as different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

College Freshman

Majors: Engineering majors have it tough, since the work load is a lot.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet. However, I do plan on getting one sometime in the future.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's been pretty good, there are a ton of things to do here even if you aren't an athlete or Greek.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't want to be a part of the drug and alcohol scene, you're not alone. You have to actively look for drugs. Not many people openly drink alcohol on campus, but it is apparent in the amount of people who go to bars off campus.


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Chris Kirschner
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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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