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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: At first, the housing issues got me down, but now I am loving it. It's hard work, and sometimes stressful, but worth it! There is so much spirit and so much to do. The football games are amazing and eye opening. You can't help but smile at the beauty of the campus and the intrigue of the classes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Housing Is Stressful – As a freshman, it was stressful trying to find housing the first semester due to the new housing portal system the University of Florida is using. Most freshman were placed in small triples, regardless of applications. However, once settled in, the housing staff and other floormates became like family. Fun events, friendly faces, and a comfortable atmosphere made the cramped space liveable.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Computer Review: Internet Hassles and Computer Availability – The computers at the University of Florida are pretty conveniently located. The ones in the various libraries are reliable and usually available. The internet in the dorms is sometimes a hassle because of connection difficulties. The printing labs are typically packed, but still useful.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Number 1 in the Nation – Athletics are amazing. School Spirit throughout the Gator Nation. Awesome gyms and open access to stadium

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: College Town – College Town. Everything is geared towards 18 and older crowd. lots of things to do. Awesome football game tons of parties all the time.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: To tell you the truth, most of the classes I have had are mainly girl dominated! The guys are usually in some male-dominated major but when you catch a glimpse they aren't bad.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – When entering as a freshmen, the dorm activities allowed you to make friends and have fun in the dorms.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus Security – I feel very comfortable on campus. There is a shuttle that when called will transport students after dark to on-campus sights. Besides that, UFPD is very vigilant and always making rounds.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I passed through two other Florida colleges before settling in Gainesville, and the past two years have been the best in my life. It's academically far more challenging than the other schools I've attended, but well worth the work. The social scene is much better, and generally a great mix of people. Highly recommended.

3 College Senior

Weather: Hot Wet Sticky Summers – The summers in Gainesville are tough. Otherwise, weather is mild. The winters can get chilly, but nothing like the north. The only real gripe I have with Gainesville is the terrible, humid summers.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Gainesville Green Is Everywhere – DUI and underage drinking enforcement is very high around town; underage drinking on campus (dorms) is also difficult. But the university/city is very accommodating otherwise. And Gainesville green rules this town; the city is generally very relaxed when it comes to drug enforcement.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The main transportation option is the RTS bus system, the availability of which depends on where you live in the town. Where I live, two buses go buy, every 30 minutes. If you miss a bus, you're late for class, which sucks. To park on-campus, you need a decal. But if you don't live on-campus, the only place you'll be able to park with you're decal is still at least 20 minutes away from most of your classes.
Lastly, there have been various parking protests from students at UF before. Students have asked for more parking for students and lowering the cost of decals. Non of which really have been realized. There are 50,000 students that go to UF, of course parking and transportation would be a problem.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The Greeks are there to party. At least most of the people who enter that system. It's a great way to get to know people, make quick and meaningless connections. But there is little to nothing of substance to what the Greeks do. All of their rules seem very superficial and immature.
Though there are a few houses, I'm sure, that devote themselves completely to the philanthropy and community service, that would not be the case for them all. Most Greeks just want to drink alcohol and get laid as many times as possible.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Foods Offers Variety in Cost, Cuisine – The off-campus dining scene at the University of Florida is one of the most diverse. There are lots of different options for people of all kinds of backgrounds. Gainesville has everything from cheap fast food joints, like McDonald's and Taco Bell, to reasonably priced local restaurants, like Leonardo's Pizza and Liquid Ginger. The gourmet scene includes places like Dragonfly, which offers top-notch sushi, and The Top, which has a huge selection for the vegetarians and vegans.
Gainesville also has some amazing local restaurants. One of them is Satchel's, which has an outstanding pizza and salad selection. Also, Its interior design will leave anyone puzzled and astonished.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of Variety – You never know who you will meet on campus at UF. There are a lot of international students and people of all races and all ethnicities.

4 College Junior

Academics: Lots of Opportunities – I love being a psychology major at the University of Florida because it is the largest major of the school. This provides many more resources that other colleges do not have available such as major-specific guidance counselours. There are also multiple interniship, job, and research opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Lots to Do – Gainesville has quite a few places for the shopper especially at the mall. There are parks available for those who like to hang out and play sports and for those who want a place they can play with their dog. A lot of places enjoy having the students even going so far as to give them discounts.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Can Be Pretty Strict – There are certain policies that can get a student kicked out if broken like the ban on hazing. However there are very few and of the ones that do exist all are for the safety of the students, faculty, and guests on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Way Too Much – There are tons of condos and apartments available all over Gainesville. So much that each complex does all it can to grab the students attention in order to actually get people into the available housing. Most are pretty close to campus and /or have a bus route that comes pretty close that students can ride for free.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The University of Florida has everything a student looking for the typical American college experience could ever want. It's in a small town where the university dominates not only the social scene, but the economy. The athletic teams are excellent and we'll make a football fan out of even the greatest non-fan. School spirit and traditions are alive and well--on game day it's tough to find ANYONE not wearing school colors. The campus is gorgeous (and the student body is as well). It's everything I was looking for in my experience.

Being a part of football season during the Fall semester makes Gainesville a place like no other.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Food Was Good but Not Great; Decent Selection – I never got a meal plan, because I heard from other students that it was overpriced and that I'd be sick of the food halfway into my first semester. Every time I ate in the dining hall I enjoyed it, but I could see the food getting repetitive if I had to eat their every day. The dining halls try to have theme nights (Latin Night, Jewish Night, German Night, etc.) and I think they're actually pretty successful--even though I didn't have a meal plan, I would never miss a Latin Night at Broward.

My favorite part of the on campus dining was breakfast during the weekends. It's served all day and they even make Gator waffles! Great to stumble in around 1 or 2 PM after a long Friday night, still in pajamas, and look around and see everyone doing the same.

The dining options on campus where a meal plan is not accepted are excellent. The Reitz Union just got a major overhaul and now includes places more in tune with what students want (Pollo Tropical, Panda Express, Croutons--a designer salad place, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Subway, Taco Bell, and Orange & Brew, a coffee and beer-serving panini place that often has live music, comedy shows, or other fun activities).

3 College Junior

Technology: Labs Are Great, but Free Printing Is More Trouble Than Its Worth – The labs are great--they're numerous, they're spaced out well over campus, and they have new, functioning computers. Free printing, however, is offered only in one of the labs, in the most hidden one, during hours that are convenient to no one, and there's always a line out the door. Better to just print at home or pay for printing at one of the other labs.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking at UF sucks if you're not a freshman or someone who works at UF. They basically say "Screw you," BUT I do have to mention the bus system is pretty decent so it's not all that bad.

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4 College Senior

Administration: Policies are very good on campus. They passed a ban on all smoking on campus recently.. awesome.. Or when in th library or the HUB food is pretty well accepted.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Available Student Areas – UF has fantastic amenities for the students. The gyms on campus are awesome and include nice swimming pools and all the exercise equipment you need as well as a room for any sport you can think of. Late hours too. Free bus service, printing services, computer help services, tons of amazing libraries with access to computers and any other electronic equipment you need, for example they have video viewing stations.

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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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