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 Senior

Computers: The computers can be a little slow at the Education Library.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The buses are not readily available to me because I live off campus, so taking the bus is only slightly convenient for me.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is really good with buses running all day and take you all around the area of Gainesville. There are also other options with zip car and renting cars for a fee to travel around campus.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid can be a hassle when it comes to paying for things and you don't have the money but they work with you.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are a lot of frat parties and other small parties that people throw at their apartments and such and there usually is always alcohol involved. Drugs on the other hand don't seem to common but it is also depends on who you hang around.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful weather, who doesnt enjoy florida sunshine and some football!

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Although the permit costs isn't that bad, finding a parking space is just rather horrid. I do like, however, that they allow certain people with a specified amount of credit hours to purchase a different type of decal, which has better parking options. Although, those parking spaces still fill up quite fast.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments, but the bus rides become rather lengthy and, unless you want to pay for a parking decal or pay for parking on the side of the road (if you can find parking), then there is no free parking, except after a certain time. The costs are pretty ridiculous ($469 per person per month for four people? That's an apartment worth over $1,500 per month!)

1 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Florida can be either beautiful or annoying. You'd be surprised how cold it can get here. January-March are probably the coldest months, but don't rule out any cold fronts for the Fall semester. As for heat, it's Florida. There will always be a bit of humidity that makes things warmer. I have heard that summer here is awful. It's full of blistering heat and rainy afternoons full of thunderstorms. August is still pretty hot, but you get used to it. Bring an umbrella!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking here is tough. It's not that there aren't a lot of spaces, it's that they fill up. Fast. UF is such a big school and there are a lot of commuters or teachers that take up parking spots. I have friends who never find parking, and I have some who always find a spot. You just need to get to campus with enough extra time to find a spot, so you're not late.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: This school is great. I'm in the Journalism college, which is transitioning into one of the best schools in the nation, and I love it. I've only been here 2 years but I have learned so much about the "real world" and about myself. UF really has so many opportunities for students to excel and create a degree path that suits you best. Beyond that, the social atmosphere is awesome. You will never be bored, or alone. There are so many different clubs and organizations, and free events with free food or activities. If you live in Florida, tuition is basically free. This school is all around amazing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't really know much about Greek life, but they seem like they do more than just party. They are dedicated to service, but it could depend on what Sorority or Fraternity someone is in.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: All depends on your chosen major and the professor of the course. For instance I'm an engineering major so course load is normally difficult and heavy.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It all depends on the student and the professor, but overall the education received at UF is top-notch and is level with MIT and other IB Universities.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: There is not even half as many parking spots as there are people on campus. And its dangerous to drive on campus.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life at UF is the center of social entertainment at this school. The Greeks are responsible for the student body social life because they put on big events. This is one way students can indulge in fun things by participating in Greek life. Hence, Greek life is important to UF students.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you go down Archer any type of food you may want to eat is there. In fact, it is my goal to try every restaurant before I graduate. For the most part, everything is reasonably priced and some places give discounts to students. It's nice to get off campus every once in a while and take advantage of these places to eat.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people at UF are very diverse and since the campus is so big, you'll certainly find a group of people that you will fit in with. There's those who are nerdier and spend countless hours in the library as well as the party-goers who make their way to midtown or downtown every evening. There are also people heavily involved with their culture or religion. Most importantly, the people here are passionate. Whether it be about their major, a club, or something else, the majority of guys and girls are involved in something and stay busy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Girl: Lots of sorority girls; very beautiful girls
Guys: Most are average looking, lots of jocks, lots of geeks lol

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants like Chick Fil A and Burger King and Krishna (vegetarian lunch). Dining halls offer great breakfast (homemade waffles, pancakes), lunch and dinner options vary by day. Many people go off campus to eat (i.e. Cantina, McDonalds, Sushi Express) which are in walking distance to campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Need some renovations, yet there are numerous options for housing.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of places to live off campus, from single living places to multi quarters

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are two dining halls on campus that offer a variety of foods including pizza, pasta, salad, hamburgers, fish, vegetarian options, and endless other items. The food at the dining halls is not too great so the meal plans are not really worth it because you end up getting sick of the food after a few months. You get flex bucks with the meal plan but it still doesn't make it worth it. However, the University of Florida offers a HUGE variety of other food options including starbucks, burger king, panda express, subway, pollo tropical, chik fil a, and tons more. They do not have kid's meals which is a let down but there are plenty of places to eat. It is cheapest to just usually cook for yourself and then treat yourself to a fast food joint once a week or so.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug and alcohol usage at the University of Florida is not overwhelming but it is definitely present. It is hard not to start swaying towards becoming a "party school" when there are so many students attending such a big university who all feel a need to fit in. It is more of an unspoken peer pressure that influences students to drink and engage in drug use. There is not a person really saying "drink this or you will not be cool" but it is almost implied. I did not drink until my second year of undergrad and I honestly started drinking just so that I would not have to keep explaining to people why I did not drink. I never really had an interest in it before college but after a certain point, I just wanted to fit in too. I never felt any worry about being underage because I had been to so many parties where the cops showed up, saw how many underage drinkers were there and just told us to keep it down. Drinking and drug use is discouraged here but there is very little enforcement past "do not drink on campus where someone can see you." They could do a better job of making us more aware of the consequences and dangers of drugs and alcohol.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports at the University of Florida have helped define this school. Due to our division one school and due to the hundreds of thousands of students and alumni, the "Gator Nation" has grown tremendously over the years. The support for the sports teams that UF students and alumni gives is unparalleled and continues well after graduation. No matter where you are on this earth, when you see another person wearing a gators hat or shirt, you say "go gators" and they say it right back to you. It helps make this university into something much more personal for each of us. Students are incredibly involved in sports whether it's tailgating, going to games, becoming a rowdy reptile or traveling out of state to watch the gators perform. The students love it. It creates a sense of camaraderie and pride for all of us.


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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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