Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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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.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everyone told me that it was nearly impossible to get scholarships and financial aid at UF, but I actually got a good amount. I received a private scholarship, Bright Futures, and two grants.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus. I have to go through 2 doors secured with key-fobs and a door with a key lock to get to my dorm room, and there has never been a reason for me to feel uncomfortable. I also feel safe everywhere else I go on campus, but I do avoid walking alone at night, as I would anywhere else.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I'm majoring in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering at UF, so my band of knowledge is centered on engineering. That said, engineering is the largest field at UF, and mechanical engineering is the largest degree in that field. UF's degree program for engineering is extremely in-depth, modern, and knowledgeable. UF is known for its school spirit, which shows. The great thing about UF for an engineer is its relevance in Florida. NASA and Cape Canaveral are just south, Lockheed Martin shows up to most if not all career showcases. If you're an engineer at UF, you can be sure that you'll be presented with quite a few opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: As most Floridians know, UF is an extremely proud school, and we like to show off our school spirit with our gator logos and orange/blue clothing. This carries through, especially on campus. Most students are extremely spirited, and game days are crazy. UF is centrally located in Gainesville, and the college restaurants are to the north on W. University, while the big convenience shopping (Target, Walmart, the mall, etc) are to the south on Archer Rd. To get to Target from campus is a few miles on foot or bike, but the dedicated free busing can take you there every 15-20 minutes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Currently living in the Hume Honors dormitory. A bit on the pricier side for a 2 person room (3300/semester) even compared to single rooms such as Riker Hall's (2400/semester). That said, the people in Hume are great, the rooms are nice and clean, and the shared bathroom is extremely convenient. Hume's proximity to the New Physics Building (NPB) is amazing, particularly for those intending on majoring in engineering.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not receive financial aid through FASFA, but the University of Florida was very good about helping me since I did not qualify for FASFA. I was able to receive a grant through the university which has helped a lot.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics at the University of Florida are great! Classes are very rigorous, but most will help you in the long run.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus your freshman year is something every person should do! It is a great experience and you meet so many new people.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: At the University of Florida the nursing program is great! All of the classes will be useful for a job in nursing. The program is very competitive, so that makes it a very prestigious program to be accepted to.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is usually pretty nice at the University of Florida. Although, when it rains it makes it very hard to get to classes especially if your transportation in by scooter or biking.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: The wireless access at the University of Florida is great! Anywhere you go on campus there is wireless internet available. This makes using your personal computer something that is very easy to do.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are many majors available, so finding one that fits for you should be relatively easy. If you still don't pick a major, you can be exploratory for a couple of semesters.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of local and family owned restaurants in Gainesville which I really like. There is variety and forces you to leave campus every once in a while to explore. You are able to discover the ins and outs of this medium sized college town by exploring the foods and sometimes by talking directly to the people that grow or raise the food.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options but if you're looking for a viable option closer to campus you must be prepared to spend around $500+ a month. However, a majority of apartments are right next to public transit and within a reasonable distance of the campus. There are usually always subleases available if nothing else and the Office for Off Campus Living at UF is really helpful.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town revolves around the University of Florida, if there was no college the town would be nothing. There is gator stuff everywhere, and everyone has a lot of school pride. The public schools are even closed for UF homecoming!

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at the University of Florida, Luckily for me all of my classes are in one building and in 2 different classrooms so it makes it easy to find I am not just wondering around.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus or in an apartment at all, becasue I was raised in gainesville I still live at home with my parents to save money. But what I have heard from people who live on campus they generally love it.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The UPD is extremely active. Especially when writing tickets to Jaywalkers and bike riders.

3 College Junior

Weather: Can Be Fairly Warm – It's not going to snow, but it could be hot in the late spring and early fall

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3 College Junior

Parking: It can be tough to find spots around campus, and at times it can be really tough. It's a good idea to be early if you are driving and parking. On the other hand, the bus situation makes it easier to get around.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Unique Opportunities – Each major provides some unique opportunities and programs for students

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: With so many students at UF, there are plenty of people out there to meet.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics at UF are really excellent. They are usually very good on the field, but more importantly, the fan support is what makes it great.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It Is a True College Town and Area – There are many things to do in and around the campus of UF


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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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