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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I Am Very Fortunate – I was fortunate enough to receive a full scholarship to the University of Florida, which was a big relief to me considering my lack of resources to pay for college. I did however, run in to a few roadblocks, but it was something that could have been prevented anyway.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: To be honest, going out at night to parties or clubs and bars was not a big thing this past semester. I have gone out with friends on some occasions, but in general, I would give nightlife in Gainesville an average score, as it is hardly any different from my hometown with even less variety.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – Although I have seen drug and alcohol consumption on the outskirts of town, UF has always proved to be clean of any kind of activity.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: A Mix – I've seen that the majority of students are white. Yet there are plenty of Asians, African Americans, and Hispanics as well. Since I live in the International dorm I am well acquainted with all the foreigners and I can say that they have never had a problem with anyone before.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: At the beginning of every semester, rest assured that students at UF will be handed out all sorts of coupon booklets specific to off-campus dining options. With the fact that the city of Gainesville is relatively small with several free transportation systems available to students, the additional advantage of student discounts and plentiful coupons are enough motivation to send us out for lunch.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: General Campus Aesthetics – The extensive, intricate gardening and brick buildings give UF a welcoming feel. The UF campus always looks in great condition, and with that comes a positive outlook for the day. Even on rainy days, the beauty of my school motivates me to get to class and carry on with the day.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: A Lot of Everything – From the physical programs that are free at the two gyms, to the one of many specialized libraries on campus the University of Florida has something for everyone. The campus and surrounding area is beautiful and well designed. The school is even pushing to being a "greener" school. Everything I need is easily reachable in the campus or the surrounding area in Gainesville.

3 College Student

Parking: Parking requires many decals but older students get priority

4 College Student

Technology: Printing Lab – You can get free printing for 250-300 pages of papers. Some labs are open until 10 pm.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love UF. Although I had a little trouble my first semester, my social life distracted me from my academics. But I think I am more balanced now and I'm enjoying everything UF has to offer. I love the people, my classes, etc. It's GREAT to be a Florida Gator.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus strictness I think is pretty good. From what I've experienced, the police force are looking out for the students' best interest. No "police brutality" or anything of that sort. If you get caught doing something you shouldn't be doing, the authorities usually let you off with a warning the first time.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Young and Trendy – There are many restaurants and eateries around campus. There are many cheap and affordable places for college students. Many are trendy and lively. Some close a bit too early considering it's in a college town but overall there are good off campus dining options.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Nice College Town – Gainesville revolves around UF so it's easy to integrate into the community.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Go Gators!! Football is huge at UF. Everyone wants to go to the games to cheer on the gators. Other sports are also fun to attned.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Libraries Are Neat – The libraries on campus should satisfy most users. The libraries have wireless internet and rooms for study groups.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Great Service – There are many computer labs at my school, and the one I use the most is located in the Reitz Union on the third floor. It provides 250 pages of free printing every semester for UF students and it is conveniently situated at the center of campus. I live in a dorm, and there are two wireless connections, one of them is the main UF internet, and the other is for the dorms. I really like this, because sometimes if one of them doesnt work, I can use the other. The connection speed is very fast and I've never had any problems with it thus far.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: My university (UF) is located in Gainesville, FL which is more of a rural area. UF basically makes up the atmosphere into a lively one because of the diverse and large amount of student population it has. It is definitely considered a party town because there are many clubs nearby that create the nightlife. During home football games, the town turns into a sea of orange and blue, as everyone partakes in tailgating. There are many fairs and local events, such as the art festival, which allows the students to become a part of Gainesville's community.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are different types of transportation on campus. There are the buses which go on and off campus and are free and there is a night time transportation which takes you anywhere on campus for free until 4am.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Variety of Options – There are tons of places to eat off campus, from Pita Pit, which is a very healthy wrap place, to Relish which is a very tasty, very different burger joint. There are also tons of smoothie/frozen yogurt places for people with a sweet tooth.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: very spirited campus. Everyone goes all out for football games

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of food options near campus: walking distance right across the street on University avenue there's Pita Pit, Designer Greens(salads and flatbread sandwiches), Relish (burgers), Tijuana Flats, pizza, Chipotle, bars, etc. On Archer Road there are most of the normal chain restaurants (Friday's, Chili's, Outback, Olive Garden, Carrabbas, etc.). The best places to eat in Gainesville are a little further away and downtown. I recommend The Top in downtown Gainesville, it's kinda indie but delicious food and really interesting drinks, and reasonably priced.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professional Opportunities – Uf offers many professional opportunities, which everyone should take advantage of. Every semester, UF offers huge career showcases where employers come to campus to recruit people. Student organizations are also a great way to network and find internships. UF encourages internships because they are the easiest way to finding a job upon graduation.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Many Options – The best option out there is the RTS bus system, which is free for all students and goes around town. Sometimes it sucks because you have to wait around to catch the buses, but they are pretty good. Scooters are also pretty big here in Gainesville, but you must pay a parking decal on campus. Bicycles and skateboards are some viable options as well. Cars aren't recommended as finding parking spots on and off campus is nearly impossible.

3 College Junior

Diversity: UF is very pro-diversity, which is reflected in its campus. People from many different backgrounds are seen everywhere. This is good because the different ethnic groups learn from one another and because students from the same groups feel identified with one another. However, despite the fact that there's a lot of diversity, white population is predominant.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Parties and Transportation – You can find a party on or off campus any day of the week. The city of Gainesville and UF are extremely efficient with on and off campus transportation. UF has set up the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) to transport students all over campus at night.

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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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