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 Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is pretty noticeable on campus but other drugs aren't very popular, at least on campus

3 College Junior

Academics: There are always lots of students so there are lecture hall classes. Its easier to do things on your own but there are those few smaller classes with group projects. Pretty good school and workload depends on your major.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Football has gotten better, I guess but the other sports are really good.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: 2 Dining halls with average food. There are hubs and convenience stores around campus with Subway, Chic-Fil-A and KFC but these close early. Then there's the Reitz Union where the portions are a bit smaller than when you eat off campus and the food is average too. It gets boring eating from on campus locations and expensive too.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is a college town with not many things to do besides what's provided by UF, eating at restaurants, shopping, going to parks, and the mall.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I would say that the diversity is pretty great at UF. We have an entire International House, although its not required that you live there if you're an international student. There are many different houses/clubs/organizations that represent cultures and religions such as Krishna, Hillel, Chabad, Muslim Student Organization, Caribbean student organization, and so many more. A large majority of the students are liberal, and accept and support all sexual orientations through clubs such as GSA and LGBTQ of UF. Although a large portion of the campus is liberal, I have seen many advertisements for "Gator Republicans" and groups for other political parites.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I think that the strictness is pretty fair. As long as you're not throwing loud parties in your dorm, the RAs pretty much stay out of your hair. Police aren't too strict except for parking if you respect them and stay out of their hair. If you do get caught for drinking in the dorms or being drunk while you're in the dorms, the RA has to write you up and call the police so DON'T get caught.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports at UF are great! School spirit is super important to every student at the school, no doubt! Even if you don't have football tickets, you go to tailgates! GO GATORS!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Lots of frat parties on the weekends, lots of clubs/bars are 18+ and some are even free on some nights of the week. Buses go downtown so its easy to get around before 3 AM and midtown is easily accessible walking from campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Compared to UCF and FSU, the clubs are smaller and not as popular. Most students over 21 go to midtown and enjoy the bars.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very popular. Although "rush" is very stressful for new members. Greeks are very involved on campus and can live in the house, in a dorm, or off campus. Greeks and non-greeks kind of do their own thing.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Good environment, lots going on, chemistry department is a bit unfair.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into my major was a breeze. I told my old advisor I wanted to switch from my old major and then I went to my new advisor and she switched me on the spot.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The public bus system is catered to the University. Also it's free for students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls food is not terrible but it's also not something you want to keep eating for more than a semester or two. There's a good variety of chain restaurants on campus though.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great local restaurants in Gainesville. Most are the hidden gem, mom and pop type places.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are typical but a bit on the pricey side. However most of them have very good location.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: They classes are very challenging and some teachers are not helpful.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: It is average due to the flex dollar system, which is not really useful. no one but freshmen use it.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The occasion UF Alert from the security system tells students who to watch out in the event of recent crimes, and the on-campus police station is accessible and offers safety programs for students. Gainesville itself can simply be dangerous at times.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Since it is an open campus, not much hasn't been seen or occurred on campus, but it is in some lights a positive influence, as students should see what the real world could be like.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on the UF campus. Police are always around, and there are emergency lights throughout the campus. I usually walked with a friend if it was late, however the few times I walked alone at night I still did not feel threatened.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Because UF is such a large university, Greek life does not dominate the student population. I was personally involved in Greek life for two years, and ultimately decided it was not for me. Those who are involved seem to enjoy it to a great extent. There were great friendships and many opportunities for outreach, volunteering, and networking.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School Spirit is unmatched at the University of Florida. We are often ranking near the top in almost all sports that we take part in. Our football stadium is the #2 loudest stadium in college football according to Bleacher Report, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/470624-power-ranking-the-50-loudest-college-football-stadiums/page/50

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Although the places to use the meal plan offered to students is plentiful, the food options at the campus dining halls are often sub-par. The staff that works at these locations are often trashy individuals who do not like coming to work and they make sure that people know it.


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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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