Location
Gainesville, FL
Undergrads
30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of varieties for off-campus housing that range from 1 bedroom to 4 bedroom apartments and condos. The price ranges are mostly average with some that are very expensive. It is easy to find an apartment if you plan ahead and allow yourself time to look around and lock down a contract.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife is fun and available for students who are 18 and above. However, you can only drink if you are above 21. There are many clubs around downtown Gainesville but they all close around 2 am.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is one of the best at UF. There are numerous bus routes that allow you to get all around Gainesville. Also, busses are provided during late hours and also on game days to allow football fans to get to the games.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: UF has the innovation academy which are students who do not study in the fall. Their school year begins in spring and ends with the summer semester. The school spirit here is unlike any other. I was never someone who had much school spirit but being here, the spirit is contagious. After being a week in Gainesville you will also be chanting "It's great to be a Florida Gator."

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors here are well informed about their topic areas. Even though many classes have over 100 students, all of the professors have office hours where they are very easy to speak to. In large lecture classes students are assigned TAs and they are very helpful. The school has many free tutoring options for students who need extra help. I have visited the tutoring centers when I need help on homework and I have always been helped. The registration process is all online but very easy to complete. The first time you register for classes you are with an advisor who explains the process and website. The study areas here are amazing. The library being the obvious choice has a floor dedicated only to studying and it is designated as the quiet floor. After exploring campus you will find many other study areas which are great to focus in.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: There are so many things to do around campus. The Reitz Union is home to so many activities. Every Friday the Reitz has GatorNights which changes every weeks but includes first run movies, arts and crafts, and so much more. There are so many traditions that every year the freshmen get an "F Book" with all of the traditions we should get involved with. The main library is huge and is filled with more books than I have ever seen in my lifetime. The school puts a lot of importance in athletics and every sport event is important but nothing like the football games. The noise that comes from the Swamp (stadium) is unlike any other.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The places on campus are great. There is a very huge variety of restaurants. There are even more restaurants around campus. The only thing that could improve is the dinning halls. The food isn't always great but it is an all you can eat buffet.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Honestly, being a part of any major here would be great. The school makes sure you stay on track for your major and there's virtually no way to get behind. You are given all the information you need to know about your specific major. My major falls into the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and it is the third largest college here in the university. This means that they have many organizations and opportunities for every student.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: A lot people come here to party, and there is quite a lot of freedom here, but also safety.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics is very high standard here. The expectations are high and the courses are rigorous all through out the semester, but hard work can pay off very well

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is undecided but the classes I am taking there is a lot of work behind them and a lot of expectations to be met with the professors!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A lot of people use flex bucks. Personally I have not tried the campus services so I cannot judge.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: University of Florida has a lot of spirit and charisma, especially towards the football team! There is always something going on and some place to be and people to meet!

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Typical internships require the skills that not just college classes give you. You need to be friendly, confident in yourself, and confident in what you know. The pay is fine, but the real reward is the experience you gained and how it will apply to your career.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: It is rigorous to be in my program, but I do enjoy it. I like it because it is more self taught than anything else. I practice by having enough time to sit and code until I conquer the goal.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It was fairly easy to get into my program. I got a lot of experience from high school classes that have helped me greatly with my major.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am fairly happy with my program that I chose. I am a computer science major, I have taken multiple classes to learn new languages and data structures from professionals. If I were to do it all over again, I wouldn't because I am happy. My career goals are to work for high companies like Apple, Google, or Microsoft. I do not have any concerns finding jobs in my field.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: always felt safe. there are many safeguards on campus, such as phones, lights and patrolling regularly by police. they also offer a service that you can be picked up in a van and taken home safely if you are at the library late and don't need to be walking home alone!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: like almost anywhere, alcohol and drug use is available but it is up to yourself to deal with it. meaning, who you hang out with, situations you put yourself in, etc.. surround yourself with people who have high standards and care about themselves and others and generally you will be o.k.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's very easy to find drugs at UF. It's even easier to find a fake ID. Bars are pretty relaxed, especially if you have a second form.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: All Gainesville buses are free for those with a valid student ID. RTS (regional transport services) have many buses with very efficient routes. The longest I've had to wait was 5 minutes. Another great service is the "Later Gator," this bus runs from midnight to 3:00 AM. Apart from the bus system, there is SNAP, a free taxi service that can be used around campus from 6 PM until 3:30 AM. You can call for the rides through an easy to navigate app. The last option is "Gotcha" which is a taxi service (not through the University of Florida) that is free, but you have to tip. Typically a dollar per person, but they will take you further off campus than SNAP.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Coming to the University of Florida was somewhat of a culture shock for me and my friends. Being exposed to varying political, sexual, and religious viewpoints helped me to become a well-rounded individual with a much better view of the world that exists outside of my bubble. Not only do the students come from diverse backgrounds, so do the staff and educators. each professor offers a unique outlook on their field of study. I appreciate this diversity and cannot imagine my college experience without it.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Personally I take great pride in UF's sports nutrition program. As a future dietitian, I have great goals to work with athletes and educate teams about the importance of nutrition. Volunteering through UF's nutrition team, I have learned valuable skills I could have never learned in a classroom setting. I also appreciate the diversity of clubs offered on campus. I for one have a passion for Student Government and as a Freshmen in college, I got involved right away through a new program, "Freshmen Leadership Outreach", which taught me just how important it is to be organized and self-motivated.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The University of Florida is unbeatable when it comes to academic standards. I take much pride in the education I am being given here at the University of Florida. The numerous study centers and locations meant to help each student find their way to success is outright astonishing. I also appreciate the Health and Wellness center because it comforts me knowing that the staff is concerned with our personal well- being as well as our education and professional growth.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't mind dorm living at UF at all. I love the social aspect of it and getting to know other people at my school. The only part I don't like is the communal bathrooms. I would just prefer to have my own personal bathroom so I don't have to worry about things like shower shoes.

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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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