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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is generally a hassle for me simply because of financial strains. I've also lost scholarships as a result of my estimated parental contribution going up. I temporarily lost a scholarship as a result of some extenuating circumstances, but was refunded the scholarship on the condition that I receive therapy. When I was undergoing the process of appealing that scholarship, my financial aid adviser gave horrible customer service, and at one point had given me false information on due dates adding more stress to myself and the adults involved in my case. It seemed like a miracle that I was able to get all the paperwork on time, because I was heavily dependent on that adviser. Once we managed to get all the paperwork in, a different adviser helped me easily and quickly. I relied on her instead for all my needs. Her kindness and depth of knowledge lifted a lot of weight off our shoulders and I'm happy to say that I can continue to afford attending this university with her help.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: UF has been known to be a party school in the past. A common motto is that the students here learn quickly to work hard and play hard. Not only is this quality a result of the overwhelming influence and importance placed on Greek life, but also the fact that not many students think they have many other fun options besides partying and substance abuse. This, however, is incorrect since there are plenty of other recreational activities both UF and Gainesville have to offer. Another contribution to the party scene is the fact that many students feel the need to destress desperately after each week of work. Personally I find that most parties are enjoyable, the only reason that I didn't check the "Frat Parties" box in the previous question was because I have attended some I didn't enjoy as much. However because of the prevalence of alcohol and drugs among the students, the partying lifestyle is an easy one to succumb to. I think that the quantity of parties that occur are too great to generalize in order to determine if they have a positive or negative impact. Plenty of parties can be successful in providing students with great memories and no regrets, or harm. However I do believe it is also true that a lot of students drink heavily, and may struggle with substance abuse as a result. Aside from unhindered access to alcohol, fraternities are infamous for huge supplies of marijuana, and sororities for a startling supply of cocaine. Often times these party atmospheres easily lead to physical harm and countless sexual abuse stories. Of course I don't believe these problems are unique to our university, I believe it happens in plenty of universities that have a relatively prominent partying scene.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I don't really rely on on-campus dining options so I don't frequent many of the places UF has to offer. Every now and then I will buy chick-fil-a, go to subway, or get a sub from Little Hall Express. I try to avoid buying food from campus because I find that the better value is easily any place else. The options are slightly more expensive than usual and refills aren't free. As ridiculous as the latter sounds it is a complaint I never cease to think, or hear from other students. I believe that a lot of universities are driven by monetary gain now more than ever, and the dining options are easily an example of that. If I purchased something on campus it would be something that was already pretty cheap, or I'd have to be desperately hungry (to the point of being physically unable to perform) and unable to walk to an off-campus location. As dramatic as that also sounds, as a college student every little purchase adds up, and I just don't have the money to afford to go out to eat. So not eating for the duration that I am on campus is something I find myself doing often. This is not unique to me, plenty of my working class- lower class peers practice similar habits. Spending more than 30 dollars a month on food is just not an option for us, if we want to be able to keep up with the other major expenses that going to university has (outside of the tuition) such as paying for books, for access to do homework, access to supplemental mandatory class materials, for tutors to teach the materials in certain classes that students generally struggle to learn from the professors themselves (studyedge, tutoring zone), parking decals etc.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The farther from campus or the older the apartment, usually the cheaper it is, unless it is on a bus route, and then the price quadruples.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You can eat at once place every week and not go to all the locally owned restaurants in town. These local places are often very high quality, great cost and provide large portions.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Very strict about ticketing students for parking outside their decal even though the parking situation is abhorrent.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Was never sure I would get financial aid until the day it came in.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The city is very college oriented, large party scene.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus has tried to get better about providing variety and healthy food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on campus is adequate for first year life, and allows residents to get involved in the freshman community.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: I live off campus so I can't say much about the campus housing, however, the lottery system could be better. It appears that graduate campus housing near the hospital is very limited.

3 College Student

Campus Food: This campus has a lot of fast food readily available. If you like Panda Express and Chick fil-A, then it's all good. Fortunately, there are Krishna meals (delicious) available as well as actual food in the hospitals (which is not cheap).

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of variety off campus, on 34th and University.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have Florida Prepaid and Bright Futures, but nothing specifically from Florida. So far they have, together, covered my tuition and housing.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If I go out, Midtown is fun, and it's easy to walk to. It's right off of campus. Anyone who goes downtown needs a car or a ride.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It serves its purpose, and it is better and cheaper than living on campus.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of great restaurants with many diverse options.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid was easy, I did not have any problems. I wish there were more scholarships available to students.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: I would prefer a greater variety. There is a lack of healthy options on campus, and too much fast food options.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of places to live off campus ranging from right next to the main part of campus to a few miles away. Obviously the closer to campus you are, the more expensive it is so its a tradeoff between price and location but it is overall not bad.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Midtown and downtown have a good number of diverse restaurants super close to campus that range from affordable to a nice spot for a nice date/ask your parents to take you when they visit. Butler plaza and Archer are a bit further but are also good options to grab food that is highly diverse.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They are very lenient about a lot of things as long as nothing is blatantly obvious. Mostly things like noise complaints are issued by fellow students so as long as you have a good relationship with your neighbors then you will probably be fine. Nothing really gets too out of hand as to prevent a person from being able to get work done when they want to. As long as things don't get too out of hand or loud, nothing is really stopped socially.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applying from out of state, I was already put into consideration for a variety of scholarships without needing to fill out any extra applications. I received a scholarship that covered a good portion of my tuition which is good. Definitely make sure you apply to the university early because obviously the earlier you apply, the earlier they can consider you for financial aid.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties at UF are awesome as long as you know where you are going and what you are doing. Parties happen all the time. Organizations will thrown house parties for its members. Fraternities will throw mixers with Sororities. Fraternities will throw house parties. Midtown is active tuesdays, thursdays, fridays and saturdays. There is typically a party going on everyday if you know how to find them. It is up to the student to decide how many he or she will go to or pass on.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: For college food I don't think it is that bad but it is nothing like what your parents are going to cook for you at home. The dining halls are actually really good somedays and there are others where nothing looks or sounds good, at least for me. We have five Starbucks on campus now which is awesome, but always expect a line at them. You can use your meal plan at places like Subways and Moes after 4 and you can use your flex dollars at the Pod markets or at any restaurant on campus not on the meal plan.

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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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