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

Computers: Fairly Good Technology – There are a good number of computer labs, the network is pretty good, and you have an allotment of free printing. Just be aware if you have your own computer and you log into the network, make sure you are not violating any of UF's policies.

4 College Junior

Majors: There are so many possibilities for majors at UF, everyone can find what they are interested in. Additionally, students can be "exploratory" for their first three semesters to have some time to figure out what you want to do.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Everythings is kept up on the university's campus.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus as a college student.

5 College Junior

Diversity: we are a very mixed crowed at the University of Florida and are very diverse in our religious beliefs and economic backgrounds.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The campus is tobacco free and no one uses drugs or drinks excluding football games and certain restaurants on campus that serve beer and wine. you hardly ever see anyone smoking anything on campus.

4 College Junior

Facilities: We have some of the best schools in the nation including our School of Chemistry and Engineering. We also have a great variety of possible Liberal Arts majors to choose from and some of them are in the top 5 programs in the nation, specifically our African History and African Languages Department as well as our Classical Studies Departments.

4 College Junior

Facilities: the transportation system is great and the school pride is great, but there are things that could be improved on campus. the biggest thing that should be addressed is parking on campus. It cost ninety dollars a semester to park, but there are never any parking spaces. nonetheless there is still a bus that comes every three to five minutes that will take you where you need to go. Go Gators.

3 College Junior

Weather: I am not going to lie, the weather during the last few weeks of spring and the beginning of the fall semester is a terrible experience. Florida is a sunny state, but gainesville is extremely humid and muggy all the time. Walking on such a big campus while experiencing a sweat before you get to your next class is not something I would say is appealing.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The academic aspect of the University of Florida is by far one of the best I've seen. The campus has a great atmosphere and the professors are well put together. There is such a variety of courses to take, making it a great college for anyone to attend and make a career out of it.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining at the University of Florida is pretty typical, compared to other colleges I've experienced in my life time. Cost is fair and convenience is a plus because Gainesville is a small town. UF does give a fair amount of discounts to students, saving a buck or two along the way.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is almost impossible. Permits are only given out to those that live on campus and those that live off campus are forced to buy city parking permits which are costly and are limited and a far distance from classes.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: THere is some attempt at diversity but it is not usually visible when walking around campus or in classes.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is minimal and usually takes place off-campus.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It's pretty busy and the parking really is irritating. If you commute as I do, its super inconvenient to park where you are allowed. I usually end up paying to park in the Reitz anyway.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: musty and humid at times, cold but no snow is a plus, can see season changes

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking is probably the most popular, but I don't hang out with that crowd. Technically, you cannot have open containers OR smoke on campus, though I have seen both. We do, however, have the campus police, city police, and county police that all patrol the campus, so do either of those is ridiculous. The drug scene is likely centered around prescriptions, like Adderall, that students believe will help them be more successful/study harder.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: This is the beginning of my third year living on campus and the third dorm I've lived in. As a junior, it is difficult because the dorms are 90% freshman and I am already considering a predominantly upperclassmen dorm for my senior year. The freshman dorms are very social and quite noisy though one can learn to tune it out. The upperclassmen dorms, I have heard, are quieter with students just wanting to complete their work in quiet spaces. How much space you get is probably the biggest issue and you will definitely be paying a pretty penny if you want more of it. Off-campus housing might seem cheaper initially, but one has to account that the dorm rate includes water, electricity, cable, internet, bathroom cleaning (daily or weekly depending on the dorm), security, and, most importantly, convenience; even the closest off-campus housing is across a very busy street that you don't even want to be around at night (it's littered with frat houses and bars). Sometimes I am frustrated with the noise level and disruptions, but the dorms here are all right.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: I gave this grade because I am not part of Greek life. Yes, there are many frats and sororities and housing for almost all of them, but that really means that the Greeks dominate the school. They control Student Government each semester (which receives an annual $15 million budget that can be distributed to clubs at will) and the Senate. Former and current Greeks have written articles in the Independent Alligator about how they are forced to vote (and strongly pushed to vote for certain parties/candidates) by being required to produce an "I Voted" sticker on a communal board everyone in the frat/sorority house can see. Some non-Greeks probably feel indifferent towards them, but there are a group of us who don't view them too highly. As most of the students running for political bodies on campus are preparing for a career in politics, it's unnerving to think about how they will treat the government of a state or country.

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4 College Junior

Weather: It doesn't rain often, but when it does, it POURS. The campus is very hilly with uneven terrain so some parts will flood with an all-day or all-night downpour. However, most of the time it is bright and sunny (though extremely humid). We are in the Sunshine State after all.

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3 College Senior

Computers: The computers in the printing center are decent and it's nice that you get 250 free sheets to print every semester. I just had my first experience and it wasn't too bad. It would've been nicer if their were directions when you logged onto the computer on how you have to accept the copies printed on another computer before they actually printed though.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Gym: Group Classes – The group exercise classes offered by the gym are great. All the instructors are high energy and motivating. They change things up in every class, so you never feel like you are getting the same workout. There are multiple classes to choose from starting from high-energy kickboxing to back-bending yoga.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers at the University of Florida are all pretty much up to date with Mac computers in Library West, which is the main library.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Whether you want to dance at a club to meet new people or go to a house party thrown by the fraternities and sororities the nightlife is usually pretty busy at the University of Florida. There is something for everyone depending on what you like and there is always a way to get home safely.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The surrounding area outisde of campus i actually quite ghetto, alot of crime is common and last year a few people were killed down town at clubs.

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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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