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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 Recent Alumnus

Academics: UF is the only university in Florida that offers my major of Animal Science. The classes are extremely interesting and the teachers are very enthusiastic about their respective fields of interest.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are plenty of things to do at UF for both under and upper class men. Most of the bars don't charge cover and almost all of them allow 18 and up. Even if you don't drink there are plenty of places that have live music and good food.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Not only are there tons of diverse people on campus but there are also a variety of clubs and organizations centered around being proud of ones ethnicity,religion,hobbies etc. as well as organizations that bring people of all different backgrounds together.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Easy to find computer/printing labs, although often crowded. A personal computer and printer are highly recommended. Wireless access is largely good with a few spotty areas; however, on a laptop, updates are frequently required to remain connected to the wifi, which can be disruptive and annoying.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: UF's weather is mostly hot and humid, with a pleasant, moderate winter and a small degree of seasonal changes in the fall and spring. The heat can be problematic in the warmer months, especially when classroom buildings are excessively air-conditioned, requiring a jacket when indoors. The warm weather doesn't typically stop students from congregating outdoors, but it can be annoying when crossing campus for classes.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The variety of housing is really great. There are very high-end apartments and condominiums and then very low end ones as well. Usually, you get what you pay for. If you're paying $350 a month, you should expect being able to hear the people above and around you and having a lot of things break in your apartment. There are also lots of houses for rent but I haven't seen many nice ones.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking is the worst at UF. It's pretty expensive (like $75 a semester) and the student parking spots are nowhere near any of the classes. Unless you live in a dorm, you can't park anywhere close to the middle of campus. If you do have a parking pass, good luck actually finding an available spot. And never park somewhere where you're not allowed to, parking enforcement will give you a $30 ticket. If there's 40 cars parked in the grass for a gymnastics meet, they will all get a ticket, unless it's a football game day, then there's free parking for all.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is definitely a noticeable Caucasian presence. But living next to the international dorm and taking plenty of time to just wander around campus has shown me that people from all over the globe come to this school, from all different religions, ethnicities, and ages.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer lab in the student union provides 250 free pages of printing per semester, courtesy of student government. It can be pretty crowded at times, but this is mostly between class periods, as students are trying to print things for their next class. Also, avoid the lab on student government election days; it is used for voting and can become pretty chaotic.

4 College Junior

Weather: It's Florida. It's sunny. Occasionally rainy. Expect random winters. Some days you'll be layered in coats and the next you'll be in shorts and a tank top.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorm experience was great. Going from having my own room to having to share with two other guys and sharing a bathroom with a floor of guys definitely added to the college experience. The dorms are mostly centrally located, easy to find somewhere to eat and don't have to walk too long and far to reach many classroom buildings.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely a large part of the University of Florida experience. Sure the parties are great but the greek organizations do so much more both on campus and off-campus, giving back to the community.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is extremely expensive for a permit and doesn't even guarantee a spot. Parking signs are not very clear either.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I see a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and religion, etc. There are many groups on campus of varied interests that appeal to many different people. There are many students of different ethnic backgrounds.

5 College Senior

Majors: The process was easy to get into. There was a lot of support in my college to help me prepare for the entrance exam.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus. There are many things UF has in place to make you feel safe and secure. If something is happening on campus students are made aware of it via emails or text messages.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation is excellent at the University of Gainesville. They have buses running all the time. They also offer SNAP which provides students a safe ride home. Another way to get around is renting a zipcar!

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus isn't really encouraged because it can be difficult. Permit costs are reasonable and convenience depends on your academic year and credits. Most students do not park on campus because the bus system is extremely reliant at the university.

5 College Senior

Majors: I love my program! It can be difficult at times but thats what I love about it! It makes you work hard and teaches you not only about your major, but also how to manage your time to succeed. Being a pre-med student, there are several opportunities. You can volunteer in a hospital, shadow physicians, and also volunteer with local clinics and medical supply warehouses. I have volunteered with the hospital and clinics and have loved every second of it! It really helped me get a look at how the medical field works and what role I could play in that someday.

4 College Senior

Majors: I have not done an internship yet, but I do plan on doing one. I think, as a pre-medical student, it is very important to get involved and experience the medical field first-hand. The university and the hospital are both very helpful when it comes to providing us with internship information and opportunities.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Gainesville has a huge selection of apartments and it is quite easy to find one that suits you! Prices can vary depending on the area and quality of the place but most are incredibly reasonable. I found the perfect place with my roommates and have lived there for three years. The majority of apartments and housing have bus routes extremely close which makes getting to class very easy.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It is very difficult to compete with other students sharing this major, because a vast majority of them all want to do the same thing as you, being attend medical school or physicians assistant school. The most important thing is to have as high of a GPA as possible, and to be involved. The university likes to see that you are involved within the campus, and don't just study. They like to see that you can balance multiple things at once. There is no abnormal process, and the best advice I can give is to not take this program lightly. There are other students who would be thrilled to be accepted, so you want your application to be as hearty as possible. (extracurriculars, leadership positions, etc.)

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police don't tolerate underage drinking, but they will help you rather than ruin your life if your life is in danger, such as from underage drinking. The university has attendance policies, which can be a very big determination of your grade in a class. Drinking on campus is almost always criminalized, with the exception of when we have a home football game and everyone is tailgating through campus. They are a little more lenient at that point.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The social aspect is great for freshman. Everyone is new and trying to depict the campus and it's a great learning experience. The on campus dorms are very convenient in terms of location, you can walk to class or anywhere on campus with ease. The dorms themselves are overpriced I think, especially because most of them are old and there are problems with utilities often.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You won't ever walk through campus and see people doing drugs. However, it is not hard to find drugs. I believe this school is not very popular for drug abuse.

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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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