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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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College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship yet but I plan on having one before I graduate with my undergraduate degree. With engineering, it is very important that you have practical work experience. Having an internship also enables you to find out what you do and don't like, so that you can pursue more concentrated subsets of your major if you find something that interests you.

4 College Junior

Majors: There wasn't any application process to get into my Mechanical Engineering major. You just had to take the core math/science classes that all Engineering majors have to take (Calculus, Physics, General Chemistry, Differential Equations) and get a minimum grade of C within two attempts. Therefore you could be an "Exploratory" Engineering major for the first two years before you had to officially declare which type of engineering major you wanted to complete.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The university is really widening the campus meal plans. This upcoming school year, students can use their meal plans at Pollo Tropical, Burger King, Papa John's, Moe's, Chomp It, Home Zone, Croutons, and Camelia Court Cafe in addition to the two dining halls on campus. This allows much more variety in food choices compared to the options I had when I was a freshman (we only had the dining halls, Croutons, and Home Zone).

4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy the mechanical engineering program, but if I had to do it all over again I probably would not have chosen this as my major. UF did not have a biomedical engineering program when I applied or I might have taken that route instead since I want to do something in biomechanics.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are alright here. Most that I come across are the typical douche fraternity guy who will attempt to woo you by how fast he can chug his beer...go you!

5 College Freshman

Weather: It can be hot, but it is Florida so that is a given. It is so beautiful and spring is just wonderful!

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are disgusting and old. The best one is Jennings because it is newer, but it is still not great. The dorms are good for freshman to live on campus and be close to everything, but after that I think it is best to move off campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are several computer labs. They can get pretty crowded, but I've never had to search too long for a spot

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: During spring and summer, it's not unusual for there to be an afternoon shower. It can also be extremely hot in the summer walking between classes, but if you aren't taking summer classes this isn't an issue.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The nightlife is great whether you are 21 or older or not. There's always something going on on the weekends. House parties are always easy to find too, and they're much cheaper too. :)

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Varsity sports are huge! We have won several national championships in several different sports. IM sports are popular as well, and anyone can play.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The University is strict about restricting alcohol, drugs and other illegal things. I find it to be very fair and helps keep the campus safe. Students still drink at frat parties and in their dorm but they are not stupid about it and if anything goes wrong the University Police/ fire department will be there right away.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Unless you need financial aid there are not many scholarships UF offers to middle income students.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are so many areas of specializations at UF. I am a aprt of the engineering depatement, mechanical engineering. the staff is amazing and there are many small study spots around the engineering buildings as well as common study areas in the mains libraries.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments walking distance to the University are very old and the new ones are very expensive. The apartment that I live in is fairly priced for the location but is slightly old. the good thing is that It was renovated

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is highly important in Gainesville, both on and off campus. They run late, and start early. All bus transportation is free with student ID. There are many bus routes and plenty of stops making travel convenient. UF also offers shuttle services to Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, etc. for a reduced fee.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Gainesville is more or less an oasis of food. There isn't much else in this town, and theres a place for everyone's cravings. Fast food, chain restaurants, local eateries, places to get a snack or full meal, and plenty of wi-fi hotspots. The options in this town will satisfy anyone, from all corners of the globe. The prices are also decent, most places are averagely priced, but it is possible to go anywhere here and get a full meal for $10 or less.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: My school has plenty of programs available, there are thousands of student organizations, many "leisure course" options are available to take for fun, and internships and job opportunities are always shared with the students. Some of the grounds and buildings are dated and dirty, but the staff is working hard to keep things on campus beautiful overall. Everyone is friendly, most students put aside their differences to help a stranger.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Campus parking is highly limited. The only reason it gets a c+ instead of a lower grade is because there is plenty of scooter parking, and most parking limitations are lifted in the evening. It's not so bad, except most classes are in the morning/ early afternoon.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. Everything is walking distance, especially the library. I lived at Jennings and it was when it just got renovated so it was very nice. The only thing I didn't like was that it was a little far from the library. If I could go back, I would either dorm at murphry or Buckman. The only bad thing about those dorms are that they are a bit old and some rooms are fairly small, but they are very close to classes and libraries.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is great. I currently live off campus and the bus to go to campus comes inside my housing community. It is very close to campus and grocery stores.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a strip of dining options located right off campus

5 College Junior

Computers: There are good quality computers available in every corner of campus.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of frat people here. If that's your thing then UF is for you. Unfortunately, it's not mine.

2 College Freshman

Academics: They're alright. The classes do not go very in depth and the professors are average.

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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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