Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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

4 College Junior

Diversity: With so many people at the University of Florida, there is a ton of diversity

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.


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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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