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

Campus Dining: The meal plan is expensive and most students don't use it. The dining halls offer okay food, but generally fast food is better. We have a Subway, and the Reitz Union has lots of places including a Burger King, Papa John's, and Starbucks. Firehouse Subs is right across the street from Library West, so it's not technically on-campus, but it's close.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are buses that run between certain hours, but they can be unreliable and sometimes make students late for class. At night, SNAP, a student-run service, can give you a ride on campus so you never have to walk alone at night. GatorLift is available for students with permanent or temporary handicaps. The handicap-accessible vans can take you anywhere on campus, including all your classes.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The Southwest Student Recreation center has state of the art fitness equipment, a massive basketball court, and changing rooms that are big enough to live in comfortably. The University invests a lot of money to keep its students happy and healthy. But the infirmary needs to be expanded into a 24-hour service. It currently does not offer ophthalmology services, which we highly need.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think security should be more present and visible. We need an education campaign with the goal to deter people from sexually assaulting each other. Instead of saying 'don't get raped,' the message needs to be 'don't rape, or else.' We also need to raise awareness about examples of cultural, social, or racial intolerance in dorm life, so others don't fall into this trap. Safety and social tolerance are my main concerns everywhere I go, especially here though, with the attempted stabbing of another dorm girl over a boyfriend and sexual assaults taking place on campus, and discrimination against minorities

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Univerisity of Florida is an extremely diverse campus. In my nuclear engineering classes, a large proportion of my classmates are conservative, religious, republican, and extremely successful in the academic sense. A significant proportion of my nuclear classmates are catholic. Outside of my classes, I meet people of all races, religions, accents, and nationalities. I like meeting random people. Its okay to talk to strangers here because you feel immediately feel welcome. I also meet some Greek People. Fraternity boys tend to be attractive, but I am definitely not attracted to them. Many of them are gentlemen and nice to girls. Many sorority girls are friendly. Students here tend to be friendly and outgoing. I love UF: Variety truly is the spice of life!

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: As far as I can tell off campus restaurant option is overall good.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Pubic transportation is overall good. There is a bus that specifically runs to the campus in a fairly reasonable time frame.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Very expensive, not covered in the tuition, and are always filled up

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are various places to use computers at the University of Florida. The speed is pretty good. At Library West, the computers are usually all being used after around 11 AM. In the morning though, there are usually various computers available. At the Fine Arts Library I have had no problems finding available computers.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No one pressures anyone into doing anything unless they are a shady person. Everyone is very nice at UF because everyone there has earned their spot for the most part.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast food chains but their are alot of interesting little shops with different foods.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The University will offer some but it is best to apply to any and all scholarships. Loans really are the bane of college students' existence.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: didnt get a meal plan but food tastes like cardboard

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville is definitely a college town. Even though there isn't much going on in Alachua County, downtown and midtown are definitely places to be and there are many culutral activities to take part in around Gainesville.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are definitely people who partake in smoking and definitely drinking with the extensive club ar bar scene near campus. I don't really think it's a problem sincle people at UF HAVE to get to good grades to stay in the school.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the College of Health and Human Performance. The only time I have had guidance in which classes to take is during Preview. I was giving a guide to all the majors that the University of Florida offers. I have been following that guide book, and been doing pretty ok. I think the advisers are there for once you are entering into a specific program. However, the professors have been real fun people. They are very well connected with others in their field and have no problem writing letters of recommendation for their students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, except sometimes walking alone very late at night when no one else is around. I have heard stories about people getting attacked walking late but have never experienced anything personally. Keep dorm rooms and apartments locked and always walk with a group or call SNAP or Gotcha.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There is a ton of student pride at UF and student life is great.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are lots of blue light security stations and the campus is well lit. SNAP is available to pick up students at night.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is easy to navigate. The buildings are all unique and beautiful.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got the financial aid that I needed, however I am still looking for more to cover my growing expenses.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: My program is competitive, but this competition helps me to strive to be a better student. In addition, the Nursing program at UF is ranked as one of the top in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining hall hours did not immediately fit my schedule, as I woke up earlier than the dining hall opened. Other than that, there were many options and the food was of good quality. And if I didn't like anything, there were always supplies to create sandwiches.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public Transportation is good, but some of the specialty bus routes frequently are out of service, making it less convenient for those who use those routes on a regular basis.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a small amaount of frinancial aid, but it was easily disbursed without any issues. One should definitely be aware of the financial policies and requirements prior to applying.


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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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