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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on where you go. There's always going to be a problem unless you rent a house but there is such a variety of apartment complexes. You can live in a mostly college student apartment or a less noisy family style apartment. Apartments aren't that far away and there is a bus route for almost all the apartment complexes off-campus.

2 College Senior

Transportation: Bus transportation is poor here, especially the off-campus bus routes. They fill up pretty quickly and it may take you an hour and a half just to get home. Downtown buses, at night, are pretty good though as they are constantly running. We have a transportation system called SNAP, who will pick you up anywhere on campus and drive you across campus. The wait is about 30 minutes but they're pretty reliable.

5 College Junior

Transportation: All bus rides are free for university students. A bus for each route runs every 10-15 minutes or so, making it easy to catch a bus. The buses span most of the town so it's feasible for you to take the bus pretty much everywhere you might need to go but especially the more popular stops like Walmart, Publix, etc. I didn't bring my car my freshman year (even though that is allowed) and it didn't limit me much at all. On campus you can walk almost everywhere within 15 minutes and there are buses that stop various places on campus if you'd rather not walk. There's also SNAP which is a van than runs from 6pm-3am that you can call and have pick you up anywhere on campus for free if you don't want to walk alone in the dark.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: These are typical dorms. Nothing fancy, nothing too bad. They're overpriced especially when you can get an apartment for much less each month.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: A Lot of Options – I don't know much about the sororities, so i'll focus on fraternities.
They range in size from 20 to well over 100. Some fill a stereotype such as guido, fake redneck, etc, but most are typical frat bros (sperrys, khaki shorts, polo shirt). I pledged at one of the smallest on campus, and not once did I see one of the 20 guys wearing something with a collar. The trouble is, in the end, all fraternities, despite aesthetic differences, are all about the same.
They do some good, but it's a lot of wasted money.

5 College Junior

Technology: Computers and printing labs are all over campus. There will always be plenty of open computers. The wifi security and reliability improved so much over the summer, and you can connect from nearly anywhere on campus.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Uf is fortunate enough to have a great public transportation system. The tuition funded buses are scheduled every 15 minutes. Then there's SNAP, which is a student run late night transportation system, and they're always available.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Excellent; best college in FL and for the money. Expect a big return on investment

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at UF is absolutely amazing. There is so much to do and if you think it's only parties then you are so wrong. Every weekend there will be at least one philanthropy to participate in, and Greeks contribute the most money and time to the community by far.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather's hot in Florida anywhere, especially in the Summer. But one of Florida's greatest seasons is late fall to early Spring where you can pretty much get away with little more than a long sleeve shirt.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I spent a lot of time working at the English Language Institute at the University of Florida, which is practically the heart of diversity. I saw first hand and even helped guide the acceptance of students from nearly every country. We had students from Saudi Arabi, South Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Venezuela, and even Iraq. While it might have not always been easy for each and every student, I'm confident it was full of great people willing to help others become a part of the UF community.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: They're wonderful. They are possibly one of the only reasons I would say *definitely* go to UF if you are offered a sports scholarship. That said, if you are not involved with their sports programs, it can be hard to find funding for research and attention from the University.

2 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: My car was broken into and it was parked on a well-lit street directly across from the entrance to my dorms! Also, some of the student parking lots are very far away and it's a bit scary to walk back alone at night. They could do a lot to fix this.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UF has a great many international clubs, such as the Vietnamese Student Union, the Italian club, etc. These clubs are accepting in that one does not have to be of that ethnicity to join, so it fosters cultural acceptance and understanding. That said, I do wish there were more of these kinds of clubs and that they got the recognition they deserve--you rarely hear about them when all that's talked about is the Gators football team.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Tons of options to choose from. Whether you choose Midtown or Downtown Gainesville, the amount of bars/clubs in both are impressive. Midtown is more of a bar scene, so many places you have to be 21 and up (especially if you're a guy), but there are some 18 and up places as well. Downtown has more clubs than midtown, but also a lot of bars. So many different scenes to choose from, you'll never get bored.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking definitely can be a hassle. Having said that, once you start to know the times when people tend to leave and the places that people often forget about, finding a spot is possible. If you do find parking to be miserable, there's a great bus system on and off campus that can be used as an alternative!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are emergency switches all over campus to alert authorities if you are in trouble. Hit the button, and they will be there within 60 seconds. The campus is pretty well lit at night, but it's still common sense to walk with a friend; you can never be too careful. Make smart decisions and you'll be fine. I feel pretty safe on campus, and students are able to subscribe to UF alerts when there is unusual activity in the area that students need to be aware about. There is the UF Police Department as well as the Gainesville Police Department, so safety is pretty much guaranteed here.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a lot to do in the city of Gainesville; there are many places to eat. The nightlife here is extremely active and there's something for everyone from partygoers to those who would rather stay in and watch a movie. Everyone here is so friendly and willing to talk about anything, whether it be personal or professional.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school cradles a balance between academics and athletics that far exceeds most other institutions. Library West, the largest library on campus, is just as impressive as Southwest gym, the largest gym on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Typically when walking around you don't notice it, but there's still a large amount of stoners on campus. Really depends on who you hang out with though.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains pretty often, but that's pretty typical for a Florida school. The temperatures also seem to get pretty severe, ranging from above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer months to below 20 degrees in the dead of winter.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The University of Florida is a luscious campus that balances athletic needs with academic needs. There are two major gyms and libraries on campus with many smaller ones dispersed throughout the campus. There are also numerous quiet, scenic areas on campus that are perfect for studying.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains a lot over fall, but it never gets too cold and spring is amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Other than bikes getting stolen around campus, there is not much to fear. Off campus can be more dangerous in some areas, but the immediate campus is usually free from anything of that sort.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Rated party school of the decade for a reason! There is always something to do, and midtown is a blast, even if you are not old enough to drink. The greek life, if you are interested, is also one of the biggest in the country.


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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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