Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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Reviews 5295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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!

4 College Junior

Facilities: At UF academics are held high and students use various ways to succeed. On campus there are tutors for math and English that are free and accessible to all students. There are also tutoring zone and study edge that help with exam reviews. Both are moderately cheap and are easily accessible. What is useful for students is the career resource center which helps in finding jobs, build a resume and help in preparing skills in a job interview. To take a break, Lake Wauburg is free and fun, with various activities such as canoeing, watersports and rock climbing. Ginnie Springs is another option to picnic and float down the lake. Lake Alice is a good way to see the bats at night or during the day go to the Butterfly Museum. A popular place to hang out with friends and eat is the SWAMP restaurant, good food and great for game days. The O’Connell Center holds many concerts and guest speakers that are enjoyable to see on a weekend with friends.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Here at UF there are multiple ways of getting around campus. You can personally bring a bike, a car or have a scooter. To have access to street or on campus parking you will need to buy a decal. The RTS buses run every 10-15 minutes which is convenient to get to class, the gym or the grocery store. There are also shuttle buses that take students home for wither Thanksgiving break or Winter break that are affordable in cost and convenient for safe travel. The university also has later gator and "SNAP" transportation for those wanting to be safe at night or do not want to walk home alone.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Here at UF there are constant UF alerts from UFPD. Updates and emails are directly sent for notification. Throughout campus there are safety blue lights which are used for any emergency. The police will come as soon as you press the button if you are unsafe. The “SNAP” is also used for late night transportation and is convenient for students who are far from the dorms or those not wanting to walk alone.

4 College Junior

Athletics: If you are an enthusiast of sports, rowdy reptiles is the perfect way to express the love of the gators. Waiting in line or sleeping outside the O’Dome to cheer on the Gators are true fans. Rowdy reptiles help illuminate and pump up the crowd by painting your face or whole body in orange and blue or making “Big” heads of the players. You never know, you may be seen on ESPN. The fans are great supporters and being in the SEC is very competitive. The athletics are very prestigious in football, basketball and baseball just to name a few. UF is ranked in the top 10 in the SEC and continues to produce and have successful seasons.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is very convenient and allows you to meet people. Parking is close and walking to class or games is easy and accessible. Many of the dorms have study areas that are quiet for exams and late night study sessions. The dorms are clean and are managed well. If ever there are problems, maintenance will come and fix it immediately.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different types of restaurants here in Gainesville. There are plenty of big chains, but there are many more local restaurants that offer great food at great prices. One of my favorites is Dragonfly, an upscale sushi restaurant. I also enjoy food from the Jones, which tries to incorporate locally-grown food into their menu.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Generally speaking, there is a lot of good stuff happening in Gainesville. It's great for people who have good ideas and want to start their own business. Many people are willing to help and even though more than 50,000 people attend the university, there is still a small town feel. There is a wide variety of things to do if you like hiking/biking/canoeing, especially with Lake Wauberg. There are always plays and small bands playing and the sports scene is HUGE. If you don't like football, this isn't the place for you. This is also a mostly safe city.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: When it rains, it really pours, but the weather is awesome 90% of the time. It gets really hot, but that's just how Florida is. During the "winters," the temperate is temperate and usually only a light jacket is needed.


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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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