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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is almost always something going on, no matter what day of the week.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You have a lot of choices to pick from without having to pay ridiculous amounts.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They are lenient in most places you want it, but strict when needed.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are limited as it is such a large school. Talking to people about financial aid is not a hassle, and they can be helpful. However it is up to you to force the issue of finding aid. I would suggest talking to them in person, not email as they probably receive nuerous emails a day.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: During the week many students go to midtown which is not preferable as venues are small and overcrowded. However on the weekends there are usually good frat parties as well as lots to do downtown.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall gets really old towards the end of the year. I would suggest not getting the unlimited plan, after a month or so you don't use it as much. Otherwise, you do have a decent amount of options that are included in you rmeal plan if you plan the use of your flex bucks right.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many great restaurants in Gainesville. University drive has Kebab house, karma cream and many other great quick eats.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration helps ensure the safety of the student body without being too overpowering.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great because you are in close proximity to the various events on campus. It also allows you to form some close bonds to people. However, as we are somewhat of a party school, if you live in a dorm with community bathrooms, be prepared to deal with the after effects of others' partying. Fair warning, custodians don't come in during the weekend and most of your peers won't want to clean up after themselves. Other than that, the rooms are adequate for what you need during school. The AC units in my experience were always working well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are numerous restaurants on campus such as Chick Fil A, Papa John's, Subway, as well as many others. Many of them are inexpensive and quick in theory but when lines are long the on campus places take a long time in order to get food. There is a good variety but it would be better if the variety included more healthy options because much of the on campus food is pizza, Mexican food, and other unhealthy options.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus at UF definitely has its perks. The dorms especially on the east side of campus, such as Broward, Rawlings, Mallory, Beaty Towers, and others are very convenient to get to classes. The dorms towards the center of campus such as Murphree as well as Graham are close to the stadium and gym facilities. The dorms in general are moderately clean and the room sizes in most dorms are decent. The RAs usually do nice things for the residents like baking cookies or having fun meetings.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am going into my first of-campus apartment next semester, so I can only rate the experience so far. Touring the apartment and signing the lease was a very easy process, and the cost is extremely reasonable, especially compared to dorms and how much more off-campus housing has to offer in terms of privacy and independence.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not a huge partier but I know there is plenty available and they're pretty much always a good time.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most dining options are right between the highway and campus, so they're typical highway-strip kind of places. There is fast food, restaurant dining, sandwich shops... a really good variety. Cost is average and student discounts are nonexistent outside of some clothing places.

3 College Freshman

Administration: School policies are average for academic/social lives. Very typical for college campus.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid UF provided was exactly what I needed and I had no problems.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food and dining on campus is pretty typical for a large university. A lot of fast-food and convenience. Dining halls are decent but loaded with sodium, so if you like that then you're good. Meal plans are a waste of money - it's a lot easier and less expensive to go without one.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is as convenient as it gets. You're close to just about everything you'd need, and if you feel walking or biking to your destination is too much there is always a bus stop nearby. Dorms are decent, though I'd definitely recommend not living in a community dorm if you like your privacy. Amenities are great, especially for fitness and activities. Social atmosphere directly relates to who you hang out with, and can be both fun and studious.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I am not the type of person who is about the party scene but if you want to party, it's not hard to find one!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Gainesville is primarily a college town so the number of apartments/ rentable houses is nearly limitless. However, convenience and quality do come with a price so it really depends on how much you are willing to spend on proximity and quality! Usually: good quality and close proximity $$$, Good quality and relatively close proximity $$, not so good quality but close proximity $. There is also very good quality but not very good proximity: $$. Although be careful when looking at prices because some places are unfurnished and/ or don't include utilities in their monthly cost. There are also places that are joint lease only (usually places more for town residents than college students) so don't be fooled by the prices and be careful on where you sign!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of restaurants on Archer to choose from!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't do much to break the rules so I have no problems with it

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Unfortunately I am in the awkward financial situation of not having a low enough income for financial aid and not having enough money to pay for school so I have to take out loans. I am also a white, American female with a little above average grades which doesn't help.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Luckily everything on UF is relatively close so even if you aren't a huge fan of chick-fil-a, subway or the Pod, Midtown is not far from the Hub and has a good variety of food choices but they are not affiliated with UF so you cannot use the meal plan to pay for it!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is very convenient depending on the dorm you choose. Lakeside and Springs are a little out of the way but the bus system is pretty reliable and can get you to the center of campus in about 5 minutes.

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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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