Gainesville, FL
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Reviews 4831 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone is really into varsity sports, especially football, basketball, and baseball. The stadiums for games are always packed. Every student and professor is full of school spirit! Most of our teams are also highly ranked this year!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is free for students, and it is very reliable. The buses are usually always on time. They don't run very often during the weekends though, so that's not too convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: UF is a tobacco-free school, so you rarely see anyone even smoking on campus. Drinking is more of a big deal, but that happen during the off campus social scene.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: they are pretty lenient, if you were to commit an offense the first time and had no idea of what you had done, you would be told by an officer and given a warning instead of an automatic ticket.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I personally enjoy living on campus. The housing signup process is very simple and fair to students. Lowerclassmen are best suite to live in Broward, Rawlings, Beaty Towers, or the Yulee Area. These buildings are close do dining halls and have a great social atmosphere. Upperclassmen will find better options to be the Murphree and Lakeside Areas. These areas are a little nicer, and offer much more privacy. However, these dorms are much less social and residents can feel slightly isolated.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek has many parties, but you have to know the right be people to be invited. Greek has saturated our student government system, so being involved in a fraternity or sorority comes hand-in-hand with being in Student Government. I'm not involved in Greek Life, but most of them are all-around nice people. The Greek houses are all very nice, though Sorority Row can be a dangerous place to be at night.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Crowded, but makes up with free 250 pages of printing.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Decently strict about parking and drinking in dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: UF has numerous academic programs that encompass a wide range of majors. I am in the ProTeach program which turns in to a Master's degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in ESOL. UF has an amazing restaurant right off campus called the Swamp. It also has a butterfly garden which is amazing. There is a bat house and a cute little church like thing next to Lake Alice (home to all of our gators). Campus life is laid back with the library's at your convenience. Krishna is an amazing vegan lunch offered on campus tuesday's and Thursday's. It is only $4. The Reitz Student Union also hosts many fun events for students.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The athletic centers and Libraries at UF are very nice. The campus is filled with nature. The Samp (football stadium) is impressive. Many things have been recently renovated and are modern. There are numerous campus events, dining halls, and places to hang out. There is also an art institute as well as a performing arts center.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is really good at UF. The buses go just about everywhere in the city, on and off campus. It's also free to ride the bus, with a student ID. The buses also run at all times of the night! So whether you need to go to the mall, Best Buy, or the doctor, it is possible to do that with RTS transportation.

5 College Senior

Majors: As a Journalism major, internships are extremely important! These internships will help you out with your future endeavors and will give you the opportunities to gain experience. Some do pay and some will also look good on your resume for a certain job you want to get. Depending on hat internship you get, it could be very time consuming . My internship experience has been a multiple radio/TV stations and this takes up a lot of time.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: If you already have Bright Future's, grants, and etc. then your college experience will be a breeze. If you have any problems, you can go to the financial building and they will clear it up for you in a matter of seconds.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: I love the weather in Florida. It is sunny most of the time with occasional showers. During winter it gets chilly.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is good but not completely reliable.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sitting in my favorite study area on campus, I always hear people talking to one another in many different languages. There is a wide variety of backgrounds. It is so refreshing to not be constantly surrounded by WASPs.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics at the University of Florida pretty much run the school. The athletes pretty much get a lot of respect but that is because we have some of the BEST athletes from around the world, that win Olympic Gold medals. The students here really get pumped out and show support in every sport, because every one of them are bout to win a National Championship, which UF has a tradition for. UF has a pretty good turnout and diversity of fans that come out to support the athletics, which shows that everyone enjoys the sports at the University of Florida.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: UF is very skimpy on financial aid. I received the statewide Bright Futures Scolarship, which is a good bi of money. My grants averaged out to around $100-$200 a semester, and there's not much you can do with that even though every dollar counts.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs at UF are great. There are often more than enough computers for students to use, but during busy times it may be tight. They offer printing services there for both plotter prints and regular 8.5x11" or 11x17" prints, but if you print there a lot it may get expensive. The upside is that at the Reitz Union each student gets 200 free B&W prints per semester. Many of the computers also offer a choice of Windows or Mac operating systems, which helps if you're an art student like me who uses Mac programs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen tend to get stuck with the worst dorms on campus, and when I say the worst, I truly mean the absolute worse. However, I (currently a freshman) got way lucky, and I scored a dorm in Hume Hall, the honors residential college.

Hume is the most expensive dorm on campus, which is obviously a downside. Another perhaps major downside to living in Hume is the fact that it is quite far away from the central area of campus, where most classes and the libraries are located. The bus system is incredible on campus, though, and there are multiple routes that stop at Hume and take students to the center of campus.

Most of the dorms in the building are traditional doubles, and they are set up suite-style, with two doubles (4 girls or 4 guys) sharing one bathroom. Each room has their own sink, as well. This was definitely a perk, as I personally prefer not to share a communal bathroom. Another unique, nice feature of Hume is the fact that all floors are co-ed, and I really enjoyed the variety of getting to live with both boys and girls. My floor luckily gets along very well. The maintenance staff is wonderful, and every week, the custodians clean each suite's bathroom and sinks. The common room and the kitchen are kept very clean, and this area is quite spacious.

Hume also features a small library, as well as a 24-hour study room conveniently located in the Commons. This is very helpful for students who need to study at very late hours but may have a roommate with an early class. The laundry room in the Hume Commons is nice, though it can get very crowded, and the machines are very faulty in terms of payment methods. No major complaints there, though.

Overall, Hume is a great place to live, especially for freshmen in the honors program who are looking for a place where they can easily adapt to college life and make a lot of new friends. I would recommend it to anyone in the UF Honors Program.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: If you are interested in Greek life, UF is the place to come. I am not personally involved, but there are SO many sororities and fraternities on campus, and they are very involved in daily campus life.

1 College Senior

Parking: UF parking decals go by how many credits/your classification at the school. If you were a freshman/sophomore, you got the worst places to park with your decal (and it cost $160 a year), and juniors and seniors get a little better ( but thats only if you're living on campus, and its still $160 a year). If you're off campus, you don't qualify for a decal unless its for the parking lot basically off campus and you still had to take the bus to your classes. I take the bus and don't even bother parking on campus. Not to mention they close practically ALL parking on gamedays, so you can pay someone who has a house off campus $30 to park there or just walk like 2 miles to the stadium.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are a lot of good options as to where to eat. However, the number of healthy choices is limited, but there are ways around it! Also, it tends to be expensive. But again, there is a lot of variety and options.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Football here creates a sense of unity and it is who we are. We are the gators. Its an amazing feeling being in the Swamp, our football stadium, and seeing all 80,000 become one.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived on campus for 6 weeks and I personally did not like it. I am used to having my own room so sharing a room with someone was not a personal favorite. However, I lived in one of the best dorms called "Beaty Towers." The space and amenities were great and I was lucky enough to have roommates who understood the importance of shared responsibility. The cost is a bit pricy but living on campus is very convenient. If you would like more privacy, living off campus would be a better choice. I recommend Gainesville Place Apartments.


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Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
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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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