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Reviews 5989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Best Computer Access and Accessories – There are many places around campus to get access to computer, there may be a few lines here and there; especially during exam weeks, but if you don't mind the wait there is plenty of opportunities to use computers. I find it very convenient to bring my own computer; also the bookstore gives great deals on computers and can setup great financing programs for you if necessary. I bought a computer from there and got a free printer; of actual good quality. Also there is internet access all around the campus through wifi/direct connect. I feel that having a laptop makes working on school work to be a lot easier, because i can setup where ever i like and have great internet access. Also if you don't have a printer but need something to print and don't have that spare change; the Reitz student union on campus offers free printing for anything you need!! Although it does close; fairly late 10pm.. And is also located in the central area on campus; very convenient!

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Great Support – There is a lot of help from the school and many scholarships given. Apply for FAFSA first and look at the colleges you are in for more scholarships there is so much money given out to help students but you need to invest in the time in applying for them.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: During the summer there are less students here gratefully but the weather is so stifling there isn't alot of wind as were not near the coast and there is alot of rain. It very unpredictable to know which side your going to get many times students at least the ones use to the floridian weather bring umbrellas and try to stay inside the college buildings until the weather subsides.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration Process and Advisors – Catalogs of our Departments are given out within a certain given amount of time to see the available classes and build your schedule that is preferable to one's taste. There are many advisors available during this time so that if needed to consult one of them an appointment or walk-in the registrar's office will schedule you to speak with one. This is a great method as the registration process can be quite frustating sometime in seeing what classes you need to take next. With the help of these advisors they explain more concretely what it is you need or what your degree requirements are.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Great EMBA Program – I think that the EMBA program is one of the best. The administration is top notch. They are very helpful for the students (all working professionals). I think this program is the best value for the cost.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Everything you need is close to campus. I walk everywhere so I don't have to deal with parking.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: College Town – Gainesville is a college town. There are many many options for anyone intending to move here for school at UF.

4 College Junior

Majors: College of Health Sciences – I am in the college of health science studying Pre-Occupational therapy. This program is great because it allows me to take 2 semesters worth of graduate level classes during my time here in undergrad. I have had some of the best professors that are very influential in law and policy making in D.C. during this time of great change in our health care system. The professors at the University as a whole really care about your success and are very willing to help you .

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Florida is one of the best universities that the state system has to offer. I love it here. Every student is very committed to their academics, and your social life will have plenty of options from Greek Life, to intramural sports, clubs and other affiliations.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: University Ave Is the Place to Be – Restaurants in Gainesvile are very diverse and there is probably anything that you could possibly think of. From gourmet sushi, to steak houses, ethic foods of all varieties from Indian to Thai , and vegan options. My favorite Japanese place is chopstix because of its wonderful view and you might even spot our mascot , an alligator!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Very Chill – Its hot the first few months but once october starts rolling in the cold becomes apparent. It will last like this until mid march- april. Then it will be sunny and breezy. But it's florida so be prepared for sporradic rain showers.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Fun for Everyone – Night life is available in Gainesville. There are 18+

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: No Way You Are Bored – UF is the best hands down in florida. Fall semester comes with football games, homecoming, concerts, and more. Also the downtown area is very classy. If you are looking for a way to stay fit, UF has innumerable ways, such as gyms, joining recreational club sports, etc. If you feel lost trying to find something to do, theres a club (IDEAL) that helps you find a club or volunteer work. You wont miss out on anything at UF.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Good Variety – There is a good amount of things to do in this city. The restaurant choices are great. There are many spots to appreciate nature, such as lakes and parks.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Fast Food – There is literally a fast food place on every corner. Not healthy for a student life. i really wish there were a whole foods or a grocery store that wasn't so expensive. The publix and wal-mart here are more expensive than thos in South Florida!

5 College Senior

Majors: English Program Is Amazing – If you're an English major, make sure to take classes with Professor Kenneth Kidd, Anastasia Ulanowicz, Avraham Balaban and Laurie Gries. They are AMAZING and will challenge you. Genuinely care about students and you will so look forward to going to class.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Semi Diverse – Lots of white students but you'll see your fair share of Asians, Hispanics and blacks. Haven't noticed any sort of discrimination against minorities (at least I haven't experienced any) but I am sure it occurs in small numbers. Overall feel at home, lots of organizations geared to different interests, race, ethnicity and are not excluding types. You'll find a group to click with regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, race, etc.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartment Prices Good! University Club apartments is amazing! I renewed my lease for my last and final year at UF. The staff get's things done, are friendly, and always make sure to make fun events for the community. Maintenance and parking are great. Price is 464 with utilities included. You do have to pay overages but mine is usually 24 dollars, even on hot summer months. Completely doable in my opinion. There are three different bus routes: the 9, 35, and the 36. Campus is only ten minutes away! We are far away yet close enough to Archer Road (main road here in Gville) were you'll find shopping centers, places to eat, and a movie theater. Best of all, you get your own private bedroom with a private bath and you have the option to lease it furnished or unfurnished. Overall awesome experience!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Dining Off Campus – I've lived in Gainesville since I was 6 and have been to many of the restaurants. Midtown has tons of places to eat and many places do offer student discounts as well. If you venture further off campus you can find delicious town favorites like Satchels or Las Margaritas.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Friendliest College – UF is one of the most friendly campuses I have ever been on. Everyone is very nice and helpful. Game days are the best because you can make new friends out of complete strangers, just because you are both gator fans

4 College Senior

Local Area: Gainesville is a college town, so much of the town life is centered around the college. The bus transportation system is pretty reliable and can get you to where you need to go. You can always go to the Harn art museum or the Florida natural history museum. All in all there is good food and a friendly environment in Gainesville and everyone is a Gator :)

1 College Freshman

Parking: Hard to Park – it's really hard to find parking. you buy a parking permit for about $144 and it doesn't guarantee you'll have a parking spot. it's better if you don't have a car on campus and to use the buses.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lots of Precautions – There is medical amnesty for students that may abuse alcohol or drugs and feel like they are in danger. I always feel safe because I could call to get assistance, and there are stations where I can press a button for emergency. There are street lights on campus whenever it is dark and there are vans you can call to pick you up late at night. The dorms had fire drills and they talk about ways to keep ourselves safe.

3 College Freshman

Academics: General Theatre – There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. There was a social at the beginning of the year so you could meet people within the other fine arts schools. If you do not get a part in the productions that the school is having, you could always go to the Florida Players club and try to get a part there. There is also a theatre improv group that everyone loves.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bring on the Change – It's taking me a while to adjust to the changes I have recently encountered. But if there's anywhere I'd like to learn how to adapt, it would be here in Gainesville


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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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