Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 4847 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Weather: It is Florida. It changes from one extreme to the other. Sunny in the morning and thunderstorm in the afternoon.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Some financial aid officers doesn't care, and gave a horrible advice. Some do go beyond

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: A lot of crime near the campus, but on campus crime not too bad

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I do not live on campus, even with the strictness of policies, students will always finds a way to break it.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Older buildings has their own history, nice orange bricks building

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Eventhough its against the university code, but majority of students takes part in drugs and alcohol

4 College Senior

Diversity: Very diverse. a lot of people from different cultures, religion and sexual views

4 College Senior

Nightlife: One of the best party school in the country. Parties can be easily accessed

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Very big in athletics as a big football college. GO GATORS!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: On campus housing is great to be close to campus and the amenities offered. but off campus gives more freedome

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of attractions from nightlife, bars, scenery and sports

4 College Senior

Transportation: Free buses, and buses runs everywhere around the city

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol availability and visibility are very present. For the amount of alcohol sold the price seems reasonable. Students always find a way to get alcohol. For underage students it is almost as available as for legal drinkers. It is an unspoken truth that on the weekends half of the school will get drunk. It is also very noticeable at clubs and parties. In terms of peer pressure it seems a minimal cause to underage drinking. Most underage college students will willingly drink, however, the amount they consume will depend on peer pressure. Policy enforcement of underage drinking is strict, but will happen regardless of efforts by police and campus enforcement.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The night life at the University of Florida is one of the best. That is why we were known to be the best party school in the nation. There are multiple clubs near the school students can go to. Every night there is a theme at a club ex: Techno Tuesdays, Latin Thursdays. One of our most popular party scenes has to be the Frat parties. Here students can socialize, dance, and drink for free. Parties are usually at the Fraternities house, which have enough space to accommodate many people. Gainesville is also one of the best places for underage nightlife. For the most part most clubs will allow underage students in, usually before a certain time. Transportation to these part areas is also very good, Later Gator Bus transportation runs periodically and efficiently.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process is tough sometimes. To receive aid you can apply through your college since they have a lot of scholarships to offer. The bigger the college, however, the tougher it may seem to be awarded a scholarship. Most scholarships have very specific requirements, but it seem there is a scholarship for every major and interest.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The local weather is always changing and most of the time unpredictable. This does not affect the campus experience too much since Gators don't stop due to a little weather foul.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: If you are a science major and are pre-professional you will have to endure 'weed-out' classes. These courses are not as difficult as the professors make the tests to be. The tests and homework's are made harder than they should be to 'weed-out' students, since these course have a large volume of students. In such courses professors will see you as a number unless you make the time and effort for them to know you, and grade policies are very strict. The workload is sometimes overwhelming, but manageable. There are some courses and majors at the University not offered, but there are alternatives to this. The preprofessional courses get tougher and more time-consuming.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding reasonable off-campus housing all depends on how much time students are willing to invest in finding the perfect place for the perfect price. If you are on a budget and would like to live as close as possible to campus you should start looking early. If you just want to live close to campus or in a luxurious place, with no budget, there are always options for that as well. Off-campus housing provides personal space, amenities, and more freedom than on-campus housing. Buses are a great form of transportation. There is a route that reaches any and every student residency. The only down side is the distance to campus. Make sure you are always on time for the bus, since it does take a while to reach campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is convenient, for the most part. Students are closer to classes and campus dining facilities. They are able to stay late in libraries and rush to classes when late and still be on time. However, campus housing does not fair well in amenities and space. Most dorms are small, having to use communal bathrooms, and no personal space. Most buildings are older, posing an issue with the piping and water quality. I must admit, though, it does provide a very social atmosphere in which you can meet numerous neighbors and get to know students of different backgrounds in different areas of studies.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Gators are the best fans of their teams. They always go to games and meets, regardless of weather conditions, popularity of rival team, or school work. We like to believe we are number one in the nation for our school spirit. Athletes for our major winning sports are regarded as Gods. We are also doing very well in sports. Our basketball team is on its way to winning another championship. Athletics is taken very seriously, almost religiously, at our school. It is during these games that I realize what it is to be a Florida Gator: overarching spirit, fraternal bonds, and performance.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Printing lab on campus is very helpful and its hours are fair. The network always works and does not give difficulties. The network speed is also very good. Only when you are in a crowded area where there are a lot of people on the network may you experience some slowness of speed. There are always computers available on campus to use. Only during exam weeks may they be more occupied than usual. For the most part, personal computers are only necessary for convenience.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation options are very good. Buses run regularly and makes it easy to move from home to school. However, some buses take longer to arrive, which makes it a problem when students are late to class or a meeting and rely on the bus as their only for of transportation. Also, the buses stop running fairly early on Saturdays which poses a big problem for students, since Saturday is the designated day to run errands and accomplish tasks that are otherwise hard to do during the week. Snap, the other form of transportation, is also very good. It provides a safe form of transpiration during late nights. However, sometimes it may take almost an hour to pick up students and the drivers can decide whether you are within distance of picking up. If not they can easily cancel your ride, and you may need to resubmit another form, wasting valuable time.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The parking and transportation policies are strictly enforced and executed. This sometimes causes a problem for most college students as not many may know the rules and regulations of parking on campus in terms of permitted areas and restricted areas. They do not allow warnings, which in my opinion, is unfair. College students are always in a rush to get to class or meetings, so they may sometimes make mistakes as to where they parked, even if it is only for a few minutes. I think warnings are fair, and when given college students will adhere to them since they are not financially able to pay a parking fine.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The school offers a great infirmary for students as well as we have one of the best hospitals in the entire nation attached the the school: Shands.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Although the dorms and other living places on campus are extremely old and outdated , the opportunities and relationships you get from living in them and participating on campus are more valuable the probably anything else on the entire campus. Living on campus truly makes the college experience.

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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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