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Reviews 6422 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lot and can be hot, but I'd take it over being up north anyday! I love the Florida sunshine!

4 College Junior

Technology: We have labs equipped with either macs or PC's so it doesn't matter which you prefer, both are available. Some labs on campus are crowded so I recommend having your own computer. There is always a computer available though, it just might not be at the most convenient location on campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most people I have met are incredible. They are smart, outgoing, kind, hardworking, and fairly attractive. A graduate from the University of Florida certainly has a bright future ahead of them.

3 College Junior

Diversity: UF is a very diverse campus. I like that we have people from all over. You can freely be yourself and feel accepted. It does not matter where you are from, what sexual orientation you are, or what you believe. Everyone varies an that is why it's so cool to go here.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: They are renovating the Reitz Union. It already had a lot to offer and should have even more when it is done. The student rec center is top notch. There are plenty of fitness classes and opportunities for club sports and intramurals.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: They are constantly upgrading the buildings at UF. Some are a little older but all seem to meet the needs of the students.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are plenty of options for nightlife around campus. I think there is something for everyone.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very accessible for students of all ages and can be seen at all times. When it comes to the drug scene, it mainly depends on the people you are associating yourself with; even so, people tend to focus on only marijuana usage. Underage drinking is something the police tend to focus on and prevent very well. Numerous written arrests are given to students each semester.

3 College Junior

Technology: There are numerous computer labs available through out campus; however, they do seem to fill up during finals and midterms. The campus WIFI is excellent and constantly improving so if you have your own computer its an advantage. Only one computer lab allots 250 free prints per semester. In the libraries each student will have to pay for his/her prints. I believe this is a setback, your allotted free prints should be accessible all throughout campus.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The UF campus is known as being one of the safest in the country. Not only do the police of our universities police department constantly roam the campus, but they also send constant updates to students about any situation that occurs either on campus or close to the campus's vicinity. Also, there are emergency poles found all over campus in which the police will show, if pressed, within seconds. Moreover, SNAP (the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol) picks up students from 6:30 pm to 3:00 am and drops them off at their desired destination. Also, there is a campus system known as GOTCHA that picks up and drops off students anywhere in the Gainesville vicinity up until 5:00 am.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I have only experienced the Greek Life once but from what I hear they have awesome party. The diversity isn't very existent. They do well with recruiting.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I have had the pleasure of enjoying a couple of off campus dining spots. The Swamp is a great hangout for anytime of day (besides breakfast). Relish Burgers are amazing! Mochi is a frozen yogurt store and it is awesome! I literally get it once a week. There is a Krispy Kreme right down the street from campus and also a Beef O' Bradys. I love eating out and the off campus dining is pretty good. Even Downtown has great food. Try Lou's pizzeria!

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I will give the weather of Gainesville a B because it has been raining alot here but it is also summer. It's always good to have a mini umbrella just in case it rains. One that fits in a book bag or purse. If its not raining, its pretty sunny. Not that much humidity.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: So far, I have had no issue with financial aid or scholarships. UF offers many scholarships. Future tips: Apply for any scholarships or grants you can! It's better to have some debt or no debt than debt!

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The police force, Gainesville PD and UF's PD are great. They are very strict about parking and jay walking. I feel safe when I'm late at night. SNAP is available to drive students to and from places on campus. UF takes their academics very seriously. If you cheat or plagarize, that could be it for you. The heath services offer contraceptives and condoms. There is no drinking or smoking in the dorms. UF is also an no smoking campus. The school is also an open campus.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Scholarships are few and far between at UF. Government aid is the only help that's really available unless you're out of state.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is my favorite part about Gainesville. I love the little cafe's that serve fresh locally grown produce. The chain restaurants are easily available too but the small restaurants are really what makes dining enjoyable. If I ever come home to visit I instantly miss the food options that are available in Gainesville.

2 College Senior

Campus Food: The food is greasy and definitely not healthy. All my friends with meal plans gained at least 10 pounds in the first semester. Very happy with my choice to not take that option, I'm healthier and happier because if it today.

5 College Senior

Academics: Academics are the focus of most students at UF but at the same time students know how to manage schedules so fun is still attainable and all time isn't spent studying. The professors feel the same, that school is important but so is a balance of all things in daily life.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The gyms and activity facilities are wonderful on campus. The equipment is very modern and allows you to get the most out of your workout.

5 College Senior

Weather: Normal Florida weather so it's great almost 100% of the time if you don't mind the heat. The winters aren't freezing so you can still enjoy the outdoors.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Most buildings on campus are very historic, and with historic buildings comes need for repair. The school is working toward making all repairs and updating the interior of buildings.

5 College Senior

Academics: Most professors and teaching assistants care greatly for students. The classes are challenging as well as engaging.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: I am a member of Greek Life at UF and couldn't picture my life without it. It really makes a school that is so incredibly large, a lot smaller. Greek Life gives you an opportunity to become involved in all aspects of student life, and always gives you something to do whether it be on weekends or during the week. They encourage involvement and connections. It is like being part of a family.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Every class I have has a very diverse student body. Greek life also has a very diverse student body. There are clubs for all sorts of interests, religions, ethnicities and orientations. I have friends that are very different from me and can be sure to meet more throughout my years at UF.


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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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