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Reviews 5619 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Best – Greek life is amazing at UF. We dominate the scene. If you are not in the Greek life it is quite difficult to find parties or good tailgates.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are quite nice. But the roommate system isn't the best. There isn't any that matches you two on personality basis.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: So Much to Keep You Busy – Gainesville has so much to do. Whether you want to work out at the gym, go out on the town, or grab something to eat you are only a quick bus ride to your destination. The Greek life makes Gainesville even more fun, providing a lot of things to do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: RTS Is Great – Buses are the way to go around campus. It is free for students to ride the bus with a student I.D. however, the do fill up pretty quickly in the busier parts of the day. There is usually a bus at a stop every 10-15 minutes but if it gets full for that route, you may be waiting for awhile. The Later Gator is great, safe alternative for students who want to go out at night, as opposed to driving.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There are limited opportunities for students to park on campus and these spots generally fill up quickly. Students do have to pay for decals to park on and off-campus in designated lots but this never guarantees that they will have a place to park.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Gatornation - School Spirit – There is a tremendous sense of school spirit at the University of Florida - both on and off campus. Once you are a Gator you are always a Gator - regardless of what you did your time there. Huge fan support of the athletics programs and the athletic facilities are top notch.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: At UF we have a WIDE variety of students on campus, all different races and ethnicities! People tend to think

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Dorm Life – Great securely, good food, great place to hangout and make friends

2 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: They are there if you want them, but there is not peer pressure to use.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: 5 libraries, each one with a different field of study, each unique, but with more material than could ever be imagined.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus meal plans are great. You are able to select the plan that fits you and some include flex buck which allow you to eat at places off campus as well

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great Experience – I can't complain about anything. If you like state of Florida, you will Love UF

4 College Senior

Academics: My program which is music was easy at first and then progressively got harder. The first year is weed out classes where you are only expected to have good attendance.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: I think the combination of all the programs, social scene and facilities makes this school unique

2 College Senior

Parking: The parking on campus is tough to find. There is usually parking that you have to pay for and even then it is pretty far from places you have to walk.
If you park on inappropriate space you can get a ticket. Sometimes you can protest the ticket and they might reduce the fee depending on your explanation

4 College Senior

Party Scene: The Social Life of the Gator Nation – The nightlife at University of Florida can vary. Gainesville is a college town and we do not have a luxury of being near a big town. Most clubs and bars are located on the same street. The bars are great and sometimes 18 year olds are allowed. Clubs atmosphere is great too but not as good as in the big cities. Underage nightlife is more strict that it used to be so it is better to just have a house party. Transportation is excellent as you have taxi, buses and even a program called SNAP that will take you anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The only time UF really cracks down on anything is speeding and in the dorms. The campus-wide speed limit is 20mph, but it's not hard to stick to because you'll probably get stuck behind a slow bus anyways. As to underage drinking, if you're drinking on campus, cops don't really care because most of them are alumni of fraternities at UF and understand.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: No Money? No Friends. UF is a school that thrives on greek life. If you are not in a sorority or fraternity, you aren't welcome at most parties on campus. Most of the activities that happen on campus are philanthropies held by the greeks, which you have to be greek to enter. There is a large portion of the school that is not greek, but they are looked down upon. Go greek or go home.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lunch in the Garden – The best place to go of-campus for lunch is Olive Garden. The "All-You-Can-Eat Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks" deal cannot be beaten. It;s much cheaper than eating on campus and a much healthier option. It's right down the road, no more than 5 minute drive away. It is not very busy at lunch time, as most people are either in class, sleeping, or eating on campus. If you're looking to save a buck and eat well, the Olive Garden is the place to be.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Students Ride Bus Free – City buses are full of students! You ride free with your student ID. Buses are always on campus and have tons of routes.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Bright Futures – Most students are on some sort of financial aid. Fill out FAFSA before UF's on-time due date to get the most aid.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: For the most part, people are super casual for classes. Girls spend hours getting ready to go out at night and on weekends though. Orange and Blue are highly prevalent wardrobe colors.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Gainesville and Surronding Areas – Gainesville is a nice town. Very college friendly. Great atmosphere. There are various restaurants, clubs, and bars around. Just overall, a great place to live and study. GO GATORS!

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities on campus are always clean, accessible at all times and contains top ranked technology.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: UF offers numerous merit scholarships to incoming freshmen, but they're diversity scholarships, meaning you have to be an ethnic minority, in need of financial aid, or from an extremely underrepresented group--in addition to being academically outstanding. If you qualify, however, the scholarship amount is extremely generous.


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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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