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Gainesville, FL
Undergrads
30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Athletics: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!!!!! Gator football is the most fun ever!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I really enjoy how conveniently located all of the dining location are pertaining to campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: good selection of computers at each of the libraries and campus computer labs, there is at least one lab in the architecture building that is open with some computers 24/7, free printing at the SGA lab in the Reitz Union upto 250 pages per semester I believe. Bring your own computer though, and you can print at any library of course too but you have to charge your ID card.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: bad quality food, lack of extended hours, closed often on campus holidays, price is way too much to justify paying for that type of quality, but you do get flexbucks to spend at the other restaurants on campus, though it still doesn't quite justify a meal plan

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: good selection of properties, gauranteed you'll find a place to live, transportation may at worst be a hassle but won't be an issue as dedicated bus routes to campus, proximity to shopping may be an issue but if you live near campus it won't be too bad. The Walmart near campus does not sell produce and the Supercenter Walmart is at the other end of town, so that's far no matter where you live off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This school is very diverse. It is nice to be around so many students that have a different background and a different ethnicity. You can meet so many diverse people living in the dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The University of Florida has some of the best athletics. All of the sports are fun to watch and are pretty good. Fan support is huge here, you will nit find a single sport that doesn't have school spirit. The athletic facilities are very nice and big enough to fit many fans. Some of the best memories are made here.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus can be very difficult, but it is possible to get a parking spot at certain times of the day. If you are a freshman, it is a nightmare trying to get parking until you advance to the next level. The parking is not very close to classes or to dorms, though.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is mostly about partying. It is difficult to be friends with Greek students, but not impossible. They give a bad reputation to a school. Many of the Greek students look down on people that aren't in the Greek system. They only care about you if you like to party every night.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: While there are many scholarships offered, many of them do not meet the needs of the students that go there.

I found myself having to take out loans and research grants and scholarships just to stay in school

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There is a pretty good number of scholarships available at UF

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Extremely Diverse – No matter what your interests are, there is always a group for you on campus. There is literally a group for everything from juggling to automotive engineering. You don't even have to worry about finding the groups for yourself! All you have to do is utilize IDEAL. The people there will help you find a group that fits your interests. On the off chance that you don't find a group for you, it's also extremely easy to make your own! Just get a group of friends and register with the university.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are tons of recreational activities to become involved with. with UF campus life, you really do feel part of a big family. Campus life is in my opinion one of the greatest experiences a college student can have. And there are tons of opportunities to get more involved with your career choice both on and off campus. I am on my second internship as a freshman already! UF really allows you to just put yourself out there and dive in to the next chapter of your life.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of hangout, good-eat spots off campus. From Cantina, Mochi, and Schlotzky's to Chuey's, Ale house, and Copper Monkey. There are too many great places to count on two-hands! The Reggae Shack is one of my favorite places. They have delicious caribbean food, and the environment you can only get here in Gainesville. Places to eat around here range from relatively cheap to moderate by today's standards. Overall, I love the bounty of options available around Gainesville.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: UF's campus life is like no other. The student union known as the Reitz is very modern filled with many students working hard, at one time, and playing hard the next. There are fast food joints, places to study, convention rooms, an art gallery, and a very popular hangout arcade/games area. There are so many organizations to join, and there are always fun activities and events going on across campus.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always Busy – Gainesville is always busy including at night but I have not yet experienced it all myself.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: There is plenty of parking, but you must have a permit.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: RTS buses run every 15 minutes on weekdays, and every hour on weekends. Use the app for maximum efficiency.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville has a decent nightlife with a few clubs and bars scattered throughout midtown and downtown. However, there is not much to do outside of that.

4 College Student

Nightlife: It's pretty good I guess. I didn't go out much so I don't have much to say about it.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: The dining halls have pretty good hours except for the face that they don't open till 10:30 on saturdays and sundays which is kind of annoying for those of us that don't sleep late. The food is decent, nothing spectacular but edible enough. They always have a sandwich making area and cereal if you don't want what they're serving. The food they make as a whole is pretty oily. I don't know why, but they seem to dump it on there.
There are quite a few options for restaurants though which is nice. There's Einstein, Chick-fil-a, Subway, Starbucks (everywhere), Pollo tropical, Moes, Croutons, Panda Express, Pizza Hut, Burger King and a couple others.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is not exactly a huge town. Everything is pretty spread out which makes it more difficult to go to the store or even to hangout at the mall. The people are nice, but it's just not very big or a 'happening' place.

5 College Student

Athletics: Sports at the University of Florida are a huge deal. Basically, the entire student body gets involved..especially the football. The gyms are great, lots of facilities for everyone, not just the athletes to use.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I find that a lot of what you will see at UF are students in greek life. For example, if you go out to bars in our main strip called midtown you won't find the nerdy guitar playing "hipster," you will find a preppy fraternity boy who likes beer. Around campus a lot of girls like to dress comfortable in what I call the "sorority" look consisting of running shorts, nike shoes, a "frat" tank, but a fully made up face with curled hair. Others, like myself, prefer to dress in clothes that actually exude my personality from floral maxi skirts to high waisted shorts. UF has a variety of students and anyone can find someone or something to suit their taste. There is no one type on campus, we just think we all see one type.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I really struggled with financial aid for the upcoming year. Many of the required deadlines are not announced and it makes me upset that I missed out on something I deserved because my school didn't feel the need to advertise their requirements properly. I've never had a problem before, but they really disappointed me. While I am at fault for missing the deadline, they are at fault for causing many other students each year to miss out on the one thing that allows them to stay at this fantastic university. I suggest checking up with the financial aid office at the beginning of each semester to write down important deadlines so that these things do not happen to you. Failing to check up on deadlines is not worth losing money to go to school. It is also definitely not worth the hassle now of applying for new scholarships and dealing with dead ends in regards to financial aid.

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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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