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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at the University of Florida are very good! The classes aren't too hard but students definitely have to work for a good grade.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: There's two areas you can go to: midtown or downtown. Midtown is cheaper and right across from campus. Downtown is about a mile or so away from campus.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: At such a big school you get people from every stereotype. I'm in a sorority so most of the people I'm around are very preppy.

4 College Senior

Academics: Nursing major at University of Florida. Loved the program, wish the classes were a bit smaller though.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of restaurants around the city of Gainesville for students to choose from. There are also restaurants that are specific to Gainesville which gives students a sense of closeness.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are plenty of different types of people on this campus, meaning there is someone for everyone to meet and get along with.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are many dorms to choose from in all areas of campus. The bus routes also cover every area so students don't have to walk very far to and from classes.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are much older than other Universities in FL, such as FL state and USF. The quality of the dorms can vary, for example, some are very old and do not even have air conditioning, others are set up like apartments and have full kitchens and living rooms. However, the cost is good and it is safe. Also, you are close to everything on campus which will save you time and gas money.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The buildings are old and historic, which in my opinion is beautiful. However, the insides are far less picturesque. Although UF updates the classrooms, I wouldn't say that they are "state-of-the-art" facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at UF are excellent! It is awesome to be learning with such a high caliber of students and professors.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Gainesville is a pretty small town, because UF makes up almost all of it! But I would definitely say that there are many cultural activities such as museums and theaters that make Gainesville exciting.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are amazing at UF! On numerous occasions, the professors are the ones that wrote the textbook for the class. They are very intelligent. I know they could be doing other things with their degrees (and probably earning much more), but their passion is to teach, which is evident.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I think UF has numerous options that can cater to almost anyone's dietary needs

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of places to eat off-campus. There's a whole strip of restaurants just north of campus. Most places charge pretty much the same amount that on-campus restaurants charge

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments are definitely easy to come by in Gainesville. The further away you get from campus, the cheaper they get. The bus system is pretty good, you just have to deal with longer and more crowded bud rides if you live further away.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food in the dining halls can get tiring after a while, but there are several restaurants on campus, such as Moe's, Chomp It, etc., that you can use your meal plan with without dipping into your flex bucks. Otherwise, flex bucks are a great way to add variety with the other restaurants on campus

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2 College Freshman

Parking: While they do offer parking garages, spaces, and decals, parking isn't as viable as you would expect in a large university. Parking lots are often overcrowded during the day and sometimes even at night. Police will pull you over if they catch you unloading people/items in "wrong" places, like that spacious RESERVED area that's vacant and right next to your dorm for just a few minutes. They bar entrance to some lots on Game Days too. Overall, the campus loves bikes and buses a lot more, and offer bus routes to get to significant places. If you're the type of person who likes traveling long distances at night without using your legs, you'll need a car.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The Spring semester sometimes holds the 40 degree lingering cold of Winter, but other than that you're looking at sunny days in the 80s. Pack a pair of sunglasses as daylight hours are very bright. Nights are warm due to cloud cover trapping the day's heat. Nearing Summer can get quite humid, if you are sensitive to it. Fall semester is wonderful, 50s at the coldest and 90s at the hottest. 70s most of the time.
Being Florida, you may experience the rare hurricane. It is incredibly unlikely and the professors are often understanding on the off-chance it does hit hard. Rain comes and goes all year, nothing too torrential. Thunderstorms can happen but are rare. You will never see snow.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great because you are only steps away from awesome restaurants, shops, and of course-- classes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The University of Florida has many unique opportunities. For starters, Shands teaching hospital allows for many volunteering and internship programs in their state of the art facilities. Also, the Harn Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History are on campus which allow for many unique cultural learning experiences. Sororities and Fraternities offering life-long friendships and connections are available as well!

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received Bright Futures and it paid for my years at the University of Florida. As far as financial aid was concerned, it was a long yet pretty much hassle-free process.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: University of Florida's campus is beautiful and lush. Pair this with the superb weather and you have a perfect place to attend college. Library West has a conveniently located Starbucks and four floors of computers and marvelous study space. Healthy vegetarian meals are available at the Plaza of the Americas for just $4, or you can make your way to the Reitz Union which has just about everything else. The gym encompasses every exercise machine and class you can think of along with beach volleyball courts, lacrosse and soccer fields, and swimming pools. You would have to try pretty hard to not have an amazing student life at this school.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: University of Florida has its areas and people that I am sure do drugs etc; however, overall it is a very academically competitive school and not likely that many kids do drugs. If anything is done it is drinking for football games and weekend nights but the busy and popular thing that is done here is literally studying every night. Especially if you are in a medical or buisness related major. Even our sorority and fraternity environments are very academically and politically active and do not respond well to drug use if known.

3 College Junior

Technology: There are just so many students at the University of Florida and the computers in the labs and libraries offered are really up to date; however, there are normally never any available due to the amount of students on campus all of the time. So I recommend trying to buy your own laptop computer and bring to campus with you if you will need it during the day.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am in my fourth semester as a Music Education major in School of Music, College of Fine Arts. I have loved my time here thus far. The way the tracking for my specific major is laid out is that I take mostly music classes every semester with a Gen Ed course or two thrown in for the first few semesters until they're all taken care of. Being in the Music Building for all the rest of my classes is like being in high school again but smaller, and it's really easy to make friends because everyone is in the same classes together all day. The workload gets a little more intense in the fourth semester, but it's doable. The professors all really want their students to succeed and work hard to make that apparent and achievable.

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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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