Campus Strictness

Gainesville, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: there are way too many police officers, so traffic ticketing is huge

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The University of Florida wants students to get the best education that they can. However, if you are caught plagiarizing or cheating on anything in anyway, they take that very seriously. This is not a bad thing, it shows that they care that you do your work so that you are learning, and that you aren't taking credit for anyone else's work. UF also wants its students to have fun but to be safe. There is a medical amnesty policy in place to keep students safe if there is underage drinking going on and if someone needs to go to the hospital, then there isn't the fear of being kicked out of the school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our school is very strict when it comes to drug use and parking. Drug use of any kind is never tolerated and results in high consequences. Police are stationed all around campus to watch for this kind of activity amongst both students and Gainesville residents. Parking is also very strictly enforced, tickets are 30 dollars and ticketing officers check parking spots from morning to late afternoon without rest.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Some of the rules regarding transportation is ridiculous

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Overall, UFPD and administration is pretty laid back. However, watch out for parking...they love to give out tickets.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 69th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1379th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1387th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
Grad Year
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Police reaction to law breaking depends on your record and what you’ve been caught doing. Underage drinking can get you anything from having your beer dumped out to being arrested, and if you’re a repeat offender who’s considered financially dependent, your parents will get a nice little letter from the Division of Student Affairs. Public drunkenness is not much appreciated, especially if you’re dumb enough to waltz across the UPD parking lot puking. Open containers (which are extremely common during football tailgating season) are most frequently just dumped out, although if you argue, you’ll probably get a citation. Drunk driving is likely to get you suspended from school, and drug possession usually means an arrest. One thing to keep in mind is that it’s not unusual for cops to bust down your dorm room door; more than a few RAs have been tipped off about illegal activities by the steady stream of noisy people with party cups wandering in and out of a room.

Also, it is pretty easy to drink underage at UF, and cops are somewhat lenient about that law. But beware: if you do get pulled over at night, be prepared to do a field sobriety test. Cops love to give these out for no reason other than just to be on the safe side. In addition, the University is supposed to be tobacco-free, but the cops never do anything about people smoking on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having an open alcohol container outside specified areas during football games
  • Parking illegally
  • Riding your bike at night without lights
  • Smoking in the dorms
  • Speeding
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
Opposite genders are allowed to visit each other in their respective dorms 24 hours Friday through Saturday. Sunday through Thursday, the visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 354 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 380 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 64% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 23% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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