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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: I never loved the parties associated with the majority of students my age at my school. After hearing much about fun times from my suitemates in the summer, I was excited to experience my first frat party. While there, despite the open space outside, it just felt overblown and crowded; everyone was already involved in their pre-made cliques, so it was hard to make conversation with new people. When it got to the stereotypical point of a poor sap trying to down a funnel and ultimately failing, spitting his beer all over a beautifully-dressed girl, I knew I had had enough. I bonded over this loathing for frat parties with two new friends I met at the school, and we spent most of our weekends downtown, checking out bands and shows. House parties (off campus) became more up our alley, as they usually involve a smaller amount of people, and there's a calmer feel to it, with people you can actually strike up a talk with. The same goes for tailgates, before a football game. They're fun with a small group of buddies. Frat parties are still very popular here, occurring a few times a week, along with that same fraternity/sorority group of people partying in midtown (in places most are to young to actually attend) or at clubs downtown. Police officers tend to stick around the midtown area on the weekends, but there isn't usually any serious conflict with them and the partiers.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I'd say it ultimately is worth getting the meal plan for at least one's first semester, just to see how it plays out with the student. Some will find it very convenient (which it is; it's generally just a walk away from your dorm), while others will find it to be paying for poor quality food. The dining hall food isn't always the best, but it is pretty consistent with its breakfast options (eggs, potatoes, sausage), and there's always a salad bar and a sandwich station that you can't go wrong with. The vegan and grill stations usually have pretty good food. I don't eat much around campus, like at the Reitz Union food court, though the Croutons place can make you a great salad. If you don't get the meal plan, flex bucks are certainly worth it, as they can pay for certain items at the food court not necessarily on the meal plan, as well as other amenities, like any item at the P.O.D. markets. Gainesville does has some good, legitimate restaurants off campus (The Top, Burrito Brothers) that are definitely worth checking out.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: In my freshman year of college, I have already lived in two dorms, one in the summer, another in the fall and spring. My first dorm experience, Springs, was a rather good one, with the rooms being quite spacious. It's not a very social hall, which, for the time being, was nice, as I was able to bond with my suitemates, and study for exams peacefully. It's not very close to the main part of campus, though the bus system is very efficient and can take you across campus in no time. Plus, the isolationism is nice in the summer when there aren't many students attending. My current dorm, Reid Hall, is more traditional in its style, with smaller (mainly) double rooms across each floor, which, along with the lounge area at the end of the hall, contributes to making it a social dorm, which, in the fall and spring, is almost crucial; I've become friends with almost everyone on my floor. Reid is part of the Yulee complex building, which includes the dorms, Yulee, Mallory, and Reid. With social events at the beginning of each semester and onward, there being a whole complex with multiple dorms opens windows for people to meet others. And, it is in close proximity to much of the campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is better than on-campus housing, its much cheaper.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is as good as any dining. There are many options

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I have not been not been to any parties with the exceptions of tailgates and those are fun

5 College Freshman

Administration: The school administration is adequately strict....

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school gave me more loans than scholarships...

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: All of the food you can think of is on campus, but dining halls are a little expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The amenities for dorms are alright, but the most frustrating are the rules involved and the limited options you have to decorate.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's really affordable and are at a great proximity of campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is very convenient, especially on those late night runs for good food in midtown.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's a great party school since there is not much to do.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I like how they are strict on certain policies because it shows how great the administration is.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was a hassle because you had to get everything done in a timely manner.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really enjoy living on campus, it gives you a great opportunity to meet new people.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I did not live on campus my freshman or sophmore year, but the housing seems okay according to my friends. All of the dorms are close to classes and centered around the heart of campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you can find the right place it's great.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you're willing to travel a bit of a distance their is a lot of options.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It has its ups and down, but overall it's good.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: A lot of fun and safe.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got some aid, but not as much as I truly needed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's pretty average. None of it is tii bad, but it gets old pretty quick.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are clean and the RA staff is friendly. Sometimes i wish I had more space or quiet time though.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: I am paying for school my self although I am dependent of my parents and their income is too high to qualify me for aid, which I am not happy about because I am paying for it my self . Not with my parents income.

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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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