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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Personally I'm not a small town or college town person so I don't find the city particularly appealing but for those who like less bustling and more quaint of cities - Gainesville is probably the place for you.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am in the honors dorm which is the most expensive although I get my money's worth by sharing a bathroom among four people total versus an entire floor. The rooms in general are small but that's to be expected from college dormitory life. The social atmosphere is honestly what you make of it. Almost all dorms hold floor- and building-wide events that are meant to build a sense of community of the residents. Almost all dorms are decently convenient with the exception of Lakeside which is far from the heart of campus.

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Health & Safety: We have these blue emergency boxes every so many feet that if you press the button, a police officer should be over in a couple minutes time. You can generally spot a police man every couple hundred feet on campus so the school definitely feels safe. There is generally a blind-eye directed towards Greek life (whether intentionally or not) so that scene can become unsafe but overall the school appropriately makes its students feel safe.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, my school is great. The only problem is that my school is not for me. I am looking to transfer because I desire a larger city type of surrounding which Gainesville just does not provide, although if you are looking to attend school in a college town, this is the school for you!

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Although the off-campus dining options are quaint, there are not that many, not to mention that they are a good 15-20 minute bus ride off of campus which is not exactly convenient.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not a huge sports person but there is an extremely large fan base for the Gators here that carries our school to a high level nationally. School spirit is both intense and immense.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is definitely diversity on campus and there is a fairly general acceptance of said diversity although there is room for improvement on the extent to which our campus is culturally diverse.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I really enjoy my placement in the Liberal Arts and Sciences College as a Biology major while simultaneously being in the Honors Program. I love that I can do interdisciplinary classes such as X-Lab which combine lab credits for biology, chemistry and physics into a single 3-credit course.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: My favorite place to eat off campus is the Indian restaurant by my apartment. It is a little pricey but the food is amazing and the service is great! I have never had such amazing indian food until I tried this place. Other than indian there is also Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cuban, Colombian, Mexican, and Steakhouses around campus. There is something for any appetite. The costs range from about $5.00 to $20.00 a meal depending on how fancy you want to be. However, the costs really do work out for a college student. The more you pay, usually, the larger your portion. There are always leftovers, no matter where you're eating.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Almost everything at UF revolves around the football season. It's so much fun to see all your fellow gators dress up and cheer on the team in matching colors. It provides a lot of school pride and union within all the groups. Other than football, all athletic events are free for students and provide even more chances for school pride. Not only do you get in for free but a lot of athletic events on campus provide freebies and prizes. The Rowdy Gators is a perfect way to get involved with the athletics in school. Not only is it a great group to join but it also brings students together to admire the athletics at UF. Almost every student is involved in a sport, goes to one of the many athletic facilities for exercise, or loves to observe competitions and events.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live 3 miles away from campus and that's considered to be too far! I love how off-campus living seems to be the norm in Gainesville. The University of Florida has its own department that only focuses on off-campus life. They have activities for students to get involved and meet other students. It's one of my favorite things about UF. No matter how far away I live from campus, I have plenty of ways to get involved with other students and administrators. It's also very safe to live off-campus. Most communities are gated and have their own security systems within each apartment. Sometimes living off campus can also be more affordable than living on campus. There is a supermarket within a mile anywhere you are so you can always do a quick shop and feed yourself affordably.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I personally don't drive my car to campus, but after parking regulations are lifted it's great!!! Everyday after 4:30pm I know I can drive to campus and park wherever I want without any difficulties.

4 College Freshman

Technology: In the libraries and computer labs there are always plenty of computers to spare. Personally, I have my own computer but it is nice to know that if I forget my laptop at home I can always stop by library West and work for a few hours. printing is also free at certain locations on campus! It's great to know that if I'm ever stuck in an emergency I can go to the Reitz and print my assignment. Wireless access is also great on campus! No matter where I am I know that I can connect to the UF wifi network.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love Gainesville. Coming from Miami I feel like everything is at my doorstep. All of the restaurants serve exceptional meals and it's all within 5 miles. As long as I have transportation, I feel like living off campus is one of the best decisions I have made. Everything is so close Gainesville almost feels like a very small town. You almost forget that there are actual residents living in the area. There are tons of activities ranging from the movie theatres to Lake Warburg. For a small town Gainesville is also very live and eventful. There are always weekend events in town right around the corner from campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life gives the University of Florida it's own kind of vibe around campus. It's nice to see sorority sisters walking around campus together and the same for frat brothers. My best friend is in a sorority and I feel like although she is now busier than before she has grown into a greater person. Greek life allows people to branch out and meet others. In a campus of 50,000 students having a way to branch out is an excellent way to enjoy the college experience. My best friend will always be a great friend of mine no matter if they're Greek or not.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Every Thursday to Saturday night there is always something to do around campus. Have it be a night out in Midtown or Downtown there are plenty of locations to find your individual scene. I personally love the midtown area because it reminds me of home. It's very relaxed in some areas but there's always somewhere to have fun.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I love how at UF we all have something different about ourselves. In Miami, it is normal to be Hispanic middle class, but at UF being Hispanic and middle class almost seems exotic. It's nice to finally be somewhere where I am not considered average but different to everyone I see on campus. It really gives you a great feeling of being unique.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus has very accessible facilities that are easy to use.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There are many great local restaurants. The local places are very kind to students and can provide students with hands on experience if needed.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A lot of girls and guys fall into stereotypical fraternity and sorority characters.

3 College Freshman

Weather: During the summer months it almost always pours in the afternoons. The summer months are incredibly hot. The weather doesnt start getting cool until at least november and even then there can be days with highs in the 80s

3 College Freshman

Administration: The worst is the parking. Campus is incredibly strict with parking.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The classes are okay and some I enjoy more than others. What is the good life is awful. The extracurriculars are great! Theater Strike Force is a ton of fun. There are clubs in almost anything you can think of which makes campus a ton of fun. There are always events going on.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Most of the core business classes are online. There are tracking classes that keep you on track to graduate.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The only class that is awful as a freshman is What is the Good Life. Although it depends on the professor, What is the Good Life is one of the worst classes I've ever taken and it is required for all freshmen.

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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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