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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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Reviews 5278 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: It is a party school but there is strict enforcement still

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have never run into any bad experiences fortunately, however, every now and then you receive alerts that something happened. Someone got robbed or assaulted. However, these things happen at night. So if you need to be outside at night make sure you are not alone. Stay in areas that have sufficient light and are not isolated.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: You can find different restaurant off-campus, and although some might be good, they tend to be expensive, especially for college kids!

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: UF is one of the top party schools in the nation, so we definitely know how to party. Adderall, alcohol and pot are probably the most abundant. But somehow despite all the partying, we still get to class!

3 College Senior

Facilities: Although the UF campus is very greek, there are opportunities to meet all different types of people through our organizations and clubs. You will find a lot of like-minded people to socialize with and network with for future job opportunities. Gainesville itself has a few different spots to go out to that will fit your personality (Midtown vs Downtown).

5 College Senior

Facilities: All common areas at UF are absolutely beautiful and modern with still the flare of historic brick. There is always something going on at the gym, intramural sports, the student union (Reitz) or some event going on for a club.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking, both unerage and legal, is the most popular drug sed. It is easily accessible. It can be seen at night life, parties, and tailgates before games. Marajuana is typically seen at parties. Many students admit to using adderoll during midterms and finals weeks in order to stay up studying for long periods of time. Some organizations in greek life have been rumored to be kicked off campus for drug use icluding alcohol, marajuana, and cocain.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Sports are huge at UF. During fall semester, football is the thing! It's the only sport where the entrance for students is not free. There are museums located on campus such as the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art. There's the Phillip's Center of Performing Arts where you can see shows, or guest speakers such as May Angelou. The mall is nearby and it has quite a variety of stores to shop in. Downtown is where you'll find the clubs and there's also the Hippodrome Theatre where Broadway-like shows are performed. Lake Wauberg is also pretty cool; there are activities such as sailing, water skiing, and wall climbing to have a fun time.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I'd like to say there's a little of everything on Archer Road and Midtown. You have your typical fast food places as well as other restaurants more rare to the eye.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The school has a lot of majors to offer students. And as an Architecture major I can say that the major is very hands on from the very beginning.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot of school spirits and quite a few of clubs to go out to at night, a lot of restaurants nearby as well, though it is a small city.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gainesville has a great atmosphere and you can never be bored because you can always go to a really great spot. Just 20 minutes from campus is a place called Lake Wauburg. There you can go canoeing, play volleyball, soccer, and other sports. There is an obstacle course, a rock climbing wall, and a great lay of sand perfect for laying out and enjoying the sun. There is always something to do, you just have to look around.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life at UF is pretty awesome. There is literally something going on every night. The renovation of buildings and construction of new ones like the Southwest Recreation Facility is really convenient for exercising and athletics. It really modern and very nice. The plaza, an open grassy square in the middle of campus is an area where many events are held, and many students just sit there on the grass, eat lunch, and just hangout between classes. And not too far from the plaza are many places to eat and shop for school supplies and Gator Apparel. The Reitz Union is also a large building that has fast food joints, a library, a shop, a gallery, free printing, a parking garage, and even a hotel on the top floor, all in one. It is very convenient.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Being part of a Division I school of the SEC, you can bet that the athletics here are pretty great. The workout facilities are top notch especially the newest facility, Southwest Rec. Facility. It is really really nice in there. People participate in various intramural and club sports. Since Varsity Sports are a big thing here, students take pride in that and being Gators. With that pride it is hard to not participate in any of the athletic aspects that the school offers. It is contagious.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is pretty do-able. Once you figure out the bus system it is very convenient if you need to get around campus or go outside of campus. Plus it's free if you just show the driver your student ID card. We also have a system here called SNAP. It is also free. If you need a ride anywhere at almost anytime going late into the night, you can page SNAP on your phone and the SNAP van will know your location and pick you up. You can also track your ride live as it arrives to pick you up. It is very convenient. We have rental cars as well called zip cars that the school provide. Walking is my method of getting to where I need to go, I am conveniently located to my classes and other buildings. Scooters and bikes are also very popular choices of transportation around Gainesville.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is an excellent amount of diversity. We have students internationally and from all across the nation as well as of all different races and religions.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at the dining halls is okay, not good not bad. Sometimes there are events at the dining halls that offer food according to a particular theme, so it is quite nice. I suggest not buying a large meal plan the first semester though. It is better for you to get a small meal plan the first semester and decide if you want a larger meal plan for the next semester.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are all amazing, and they seem genuinely happy to be teaching. Every teacher I've had so far has not disappointed me. The study abroad programs are great, I'm hoping to actually study abroad next semester. We have 8 libraries on campus, so finding a place to study is not a problem. The workload is a bit tough, but it's all worth it in the end.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus, and most of my friends do, as well. It's very convenient and there are many great benefits. Many bus routes pass through campus so you're never late to class. It's not noisy and loud and it's a great way to escape from school if you're feeling swamped from homework. It's also nice having your own room and bathroom.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The nursing program at UF is very competitive, but for good reason. I am a pre-nursing student, so I've only been doing my gen ed requirements and pre-nursing classes so far, but they've all so far been great and I've had amazing instructors! The nursing advisers are also very helpful.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking is pretty terrible. There is no way you can expect to drive to class, especially as an underclassman. They ticket like crazy. Permits dont cost too much though. If you park after hours, its not as bad, or if you are willing to park further away and then take the bus on campus.

5 College Senior

Facilities: If you are into exercising and athletics, the facilities at UF for students are top notch. Southwest Rec is in the middle of a multimillion dollar rennovation, and it is really a great gym. The school puts tons of money into its gyms, group fitness classes, intramural sports programs, etc.. There are plenty of employment opportunities as well.

4 College Junior

Academics: All instructors seem fair. Work is related to subject and activities are fun and interesting. Registration is fairly easy.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very prominent on campus, however there is way more to do than just being Greek. Only 15% (or something like that) are Greek. We're a very involved, dedicated, and hardworking group of people. Don't let the stereotype speak for the whole. It's not a big deal if you're not Greek, but it's a great way to shrink UF and meet new people. It's a large state school and joining something tight knit like a fraternity or a sorority makes everything easier.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Parking is inconvenient. There are a nice variety of places to live on campus, some nicer than others, hence the C+. There are really nice dorms and others are older. It balances out but either way, living on campus is a definite must!

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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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