Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5282 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: The accounting school is one of the top 10 in the country. It is difficult but will pay off in the end. Excellent program but difficult.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UFPD circulates the campus at night but Some incidents

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free bus service for students when you show your ID. There are plenty of buses/bus routes usually every 15-30 minutes. Navigating around Gainesville and the campus is not a problem at all. Public transportation is the preferred method of most students as opposed to driving because there is limited parking on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is not as convenient as living on campus because of distance, but the privacy and independence are worth it. The costs vary but most places off campus are much cheaper than dorms. Be sure to sign your lease early! Availability and parking are usually not a problem. Plenty of buses at all times. There have been stories of break ins and burglaries but they are rare. Gainesville apartments are overall a safe and convenient alternative to dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are tons of options at the dining halls, and they have different items every day but they tend to get boring. Gator Corner Dining is the best dining hall on campus though paying about $9 per meal (if you don't have a meal plan) may not be worth it, but unlimited meal plans are only worth it if you eat a lot, otherwise you might as well spend the money on better food at off campus restaurants. Flex bucks are usually accepted everywhere on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Midtown and downtown have the best restaurants. Both casual and fine dining. Quick, conveniently located, and cheap places to eat especially on a student budget.

5 College Senior

Computers: As far as I can tell technology is vital at University of Florida. There are computer labs as department computer available for use and research.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are huge at UF and students are very into it.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife is overall good. If you are over 21 you can certainly have fun at the bars and clubs. Under 21 maybe not as much fun, however, there are campus parties.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Go Gators! Team performance and fan support are big around here.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I am not interested in Greek life, and am not familiar with Greek housing arrangements.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Hot and humid for the majority of the year, but it never gets that cold.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a wide range of off-campus housing available. Where a person lives is really up to him or her and any restrictions, preferences, or requirements he or she might have. My off-campus apartment is close to my classes and my place of work, so it is very convenient for me.

3 College Junior

Academics: My major is difficult, especially as an upperclassman with increasingly complex chemistry courses. To succeed as a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, a person needs to budget his or her time and learn to study effectively. There are many resources at the university, though, to help someone study and learn the more difficult concepts of each course.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is a very strong and active police presence on campus with an average response time to an emergency of less than one minute. The police are stern but fair and try to work with students when a problem arises. Their policy is more focused on preventing crime rather than punishment, although they do enforce the letter of the law.

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4 College Junior

Academics: UF has a wide range of academic subjects available to incoming and transfer students. It is especially strong, though, in science, math, and technology. The professors are accessible and take the time to work well with their students, so even though a particular major or area-of-study might be difficult a student has a high likelihood of at the very least passing in their subject area. There are a wide range of tutoring services offered by the school that are run by or employ students, so a person who might be struggling with a concept has personalized options for receiving assistance.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at UF is the pride of the Gator Nation. Everyone gets so excited for football and tickets through the football lottery are super easy to get. There's also a Rowdy Reptiles program that rewards students for attending and supporting varsity sports other than football.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Definitely the best thing about the off-campus dining options, is the cost and the hours of operation. Many places that are very close, close around 2 or 3 am. There are a decent amount of options and each restaurant does their best to accommodate everyone. Students also can pay no more than $6-$8 for a meal. Almost everything nearby delivers. Five Star Pizza is open and delivers until 5 AM, so that's definitely something to check out!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is a textbook definition of a college town. Everything's centered around the Gators. There's definitely a strong sense of school spirit and there's always something to do. Midtown is right across the street from Murphree area. The area near the school is pretty safe, but cops are more worried about catching underaged drinkers than suspicious people. Going east on University Ave a few blocks away from campus is a pretty sketchy area even during the daytime. Just never go anywhere by yourself.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't give it an A+ because the dorms are ugly. But everything else is great

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I personally think Gainesville is ugly and not very safe. It is all about UF and super small. Fortunately there are events and activities organized by the school.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: it's impossible to reach your financial aid counselor.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are a lot of fraternities and sororities to join. In fact, many students are part of one. I find them completely pointless but some people have their lives rotate around them so it depends on what you like.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: there is a lot of technology available to the students but in the afternoons it is hard to find a computer available in the library

4 College Junior

Computers: Computer labs are constantly being renovated. There are many computers available, I've never had to wait to use one.


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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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