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Gainesville, FL
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30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
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Average
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4 College Senior

Academics: The Forensic Distance Program is very supportive. The professors are great with communication and with any assistance you may need. They try to have a community forum, but it doesn't seem to be updated very often.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The Forensic Science Graduate Distance Education program is really well respected within the Forensics community. The program is fully accredited and you actually learn something!

1 College Sophomore

Academics: I was majoring in Art History. While all of my friends are talking about how challenging their classes are, I felt like I was in elementary school. Most of my classes had a survey class feel to them even if they were a higher level. The material was generally taught in "memorize and repeat" sort of way.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Some of the professors are great, some don't care. Some classes are HUUUGE, like in the hundreds. Many classes are taught mostly by TAs that don't speak English very well... seriously.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: UF is rated as the Top US party school in many circles. There are always clubs, and parties happening on campus for those who want to stay close.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There isn't a whole bunch of people doing the same major in my major. There are so many people who are doing the same majors like engineering or biology where at some point, the market for these majors are going to get saturated and people aren't hiring the amount of people that is coming out of college. I chose Anthropology because I like learning about different cultures and they differ between them. It gives a unique perspective of the world.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is probably a sports event going on every night. The biggest thing is football season where 90,000 people come and join in at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to watch the Gators play. The games are fantastic and the weekends are even better. This only occurs in the fall but in the Spring, college basketball is the biggest thing. You have to register for these and for football, it is $15 for UF students.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are computers everywhere. They aren't abundant but you could probably find some across campus, especially in the labs. The lab in the Reitz Student Union offers free printing up to a limit per semester. There is no blockage in websites from what I have seen.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always the option of going out and partying but other than that, you have to make do with it. There aren't any local attractions but there are the occasional events around town. If you are able to make friends, you will have a good time without the need of attractions around town. There are some shady areas in town but not in the main college locale. On a typical night you see sluts strolling around midtown or Ryan Lochte trying to pick up college girls in downtown. It is all about finding that niche.

3 College Freshman

Weather: When it's cold or raining, I don't want to go to class.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Most of the facilities are old and a lot of them need remodeling, except for the new SouthWest Gym. Also, there should be another dormitory built to house more students.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is beautiful. The College of Journalism and Communications has provided me with an abundant amount of opportunities as well as great professors. There are so many different ways to become involved that it's almost overwhelming. The atmosphere at UF is amazing, and you can tell just from walking around campus that everyone loves being here.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a lot of things to in Gainesville, but going out to bars for guys under 21 is extremely hard. It is definitely easier for girls under 21. This rule makes fake IDs something that more people, especially guys, seek to obtain. If bars and clubs allowed guys 18+ it the number of fake IDs used would go down. Also, SNAP should pick up people from midtown.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm currently an accounting major and I enjoy it. UF has an amazing business school and provides a 3/2 option which allows me to graduate in 5 years with a Master's and Bachelor's degree upon qualifying for the program. The accounting school is a beautiful building and the internships and job opportunities that the advisors can set up for students are amazing. The advisors are very friendly and are working with you to help set up your schedule and allow you to have an awesome experience at UF.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Registering for classes is not difficult, it is all online but most majors require an advising appointment before registration. Freshman pick last and sometimes have a tough time getting the classes they want or need since they are general requirements or critical tracking courses. The curriculum and workload is often rigorous but is in the student's best interest. UF has a policy that if a student earns a C- in a class, he or she has to repeat the course. This makes courses tougher but is beneficial to the students. It helps make UF a prestigious university in Florida. Popular study areas are either Library West or the Marston Science Library. Library West is almost always crowded and is usually very silent. Marston is nice because not as many students go there and you can maintain small conversations with people at their table.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The academic programs at UF are outstanding. Professors and advisors work with students to provide the best opportunities they can. Students graduating from UF generally have gained experience throughout their UF career and find jobs right out of college. Gainesville is a college town so there is always something to do. Many students go to Midtown or Downtown for nights out to have fun. The facilities on campus are generally in good condition. There could be some renovations or better furniture in some buildings but for the most part they are fine.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus. The majority of UF alerts sent out to students are safety issues that are happening off campus. On campus is very safe. Students run a service called SNAP that will take you wherever you want to go as long as you remain on campus. Although I feel safe on campus, UF alerts are stressful because they do not always find the suspects and students frequently get UF alerts stating that the scene is clear but the suspects are at large.

1 College Freshman

Parking: As a freshman, you get the worst parking. You often have to park far away from your dorm and it is difficult to find a spot. UFPD is very strict on parking tickets and if your car isn't moved by 7:30 am Monday morning, you're most likely going to find a ticket on it.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system can get confusing sometimes, and the App is not always up to date

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are clubs and parties but they are not very wild

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The guys are usually pretty decent, the girls on the other hand are few and far between.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants around campus are plentiful, due to Gainesville being a college town. The University of Florida puts out coupon booklets every so often, which helps make cheap food cheaper. If you and your friend or date wants to eat in a classy but inexpensive place, Olive Garden's 2 for $25 deal is the way to go. Loads of food, for only $25. And even better, it's only a mile or so from campus, and is directly located on the 1 and 12 bus routes. Or, if you want take-out quick, there's McDonald's, Checker's, and tons of Chinese restaurants to choose from.

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2 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs are almost always busy. Thankfully, people usually come to print only, so the lines go at a decent pace. Wireless on campus is shaky. If you're in a building, it is usually decent. I have 4/5 bars at the moment, which is good. But if you're trying to catch some WiFi outside of a building, it's very low, or non-existent. I enjoy having my own laptop, because you can frequently check e-mails, e-Learning (Sakai), and any announcements the teachers make on their websites. Most people have a laptop, so in a classroom, the only issue you run into is the possibility of your laptop dying, since there are few to no outlets in the classrooms.

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: I went to the Gator Dining by Beaty Hall during my orientation, and liked it. However, I went to the Gator Dining on Stadium and Gale, and it was bad. The food was stale, and they had made way too much extra food. A lady that was making an omelet coughed into her glove, and then touched the omelet, without replacing the coughed-on glove. A chocolate cake dessert that was put out, had been sitting there so long, that it stuck to the plate when I turned it upside down. I don't recommend this facility at all. The variety of food was decent; it just didn't taste good. I personally find it cheaper to actually make your own food, and suggest it, but most people don't have the time for this. Since I don't have the money for meal plans, I make time for cooking.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is fantastic. There are always activities all over campus. There is a fantastic gym with well-maintained equipments and plenty of space. As well as a wide variety of selection for intramural sports from basketball and soccer to team racquetball. Many food joints and common area to relax or study. There are free weekly movies shown at the Reitz Union. Every Friday night during the semester there is Gator Nights which holds many fun activities and games for students to relax and have fun. Library West is open 24 hours during the weekdays for those who study late or dwell in the library. There is never a dull moment at UF.

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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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