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  • 11/28/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 of 575

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    In three sentences

    This school is a great for students who like to have a good time but still get a higher education. I recommend this college to hard workers looking for fun and relaxation.

  • 10/21/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 575

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    Food and Dining

    I haven't looked into their dining options, but there is a variety of supermarkets around the community.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't looked into their dorms, but I plan on living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The university seems to have a great reputation with its news about their new research findings and successes.

    In three sentences

    This school is really beautiful! And the community around the campus looks amazing too!

  • 10/09/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 3 of 575

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    In three sentences

    I've researched this college and found that I love it.. this college caught my eye when I first researched the different majors they have there

  • 09/29/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 of 575

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    In three sentences

    I love the campus and the amazing technology available at this university.

  • 09/11/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 575

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful! The students and faculty were really helpful, polite, and patient. It really intrigued me and I am hoping to attend.

  • 08/14/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 575

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    In three sentences

    my cousin goes here. the campus is so nice.

  • 07/21/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 575

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    What to do for fun

    there is endless clubs and groups to be a part of in the university of florida.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life seems great seeing as though you will meet smart individuals that will be you friends beyond the university setting.

    Academic Rigor

    from what i've seen this school is highly regarded, not only while you attend, but also in careers of the future. it is that way fro a reason. its because the academic rigor is highly rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    without a doubt, visiting the school and being taken on a tour is essential when deciding whether or not you're going to apply. you will either love it and not settle for any other school, or you will not want to attend at all. i fell in love with it when i saw the campus, but everyone is different. i urge you to visit.

    In three sentences

    i should start by saying the campus is beautiful. however, i urge you to visit the campus before making any drastic or final decisions. seeing the campus will surely be the buy or sell factor with this school.

  • 06/14/2016

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 575

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    Campus Safety

    uf pd is all around and they do send out updates on a more or less regular basis, i felt pretty safe on campus but like with any university you can never know what might happen so everyone is advised to be aware of their surroundings.

    Greek Life

    super expensive but it seems really fun and the networking connections seem awesome.

    Clubs and Activities

    again, most of this info is from orientation but all the clubs i met there and have heard about from family or friends was really cool, you can find basically anything you want as a club at uf.

    Great for these types of students

    really social, if you like parties the greek scene is for you, outdoorsy students, willing to be challenged.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    homecoming has a pep rally/concert with really awesome acts (last year had echosmith, other years have had acts like the fray or comedians like gabriel iglesias), a bbq, there's two statues, the potato and the french fries that are used as landmarks to find your way.

    Bang for the buck

    the school (like many others) tends to try to squeeze money out of you as often as possible ($15 id cards at orientation, $5 activity cards at check in, etc), but especially if you are an in-state student, the overall cost per year isn't too bad. the biggest cost is housing so if you can find somewhere you like it will likely be a lot cheaper to try to find somewhere off campus and sublet a room from an upperclassmen leaving for that term than staying on campus unless you don't mind the steep prices for some or you really want the typical college experience and being extra close to your classes.

    What to do for fun

    there's a lake nearby, lots of group classes at the campus gyms as well as access to the regular gym machines, the reitz union has a ton of activities like bowling and free movie nights on fridays with food, the best options are usually clubs.

    Food and Dining

    the food at orientation is said to be a lot better than the one that is normally at the dining hall but honestly it wasn't that good. you're better off eating off campus or cooking for yourself. it's not that it's totally awful but it's just not the best. think: a few tiers up from typical high school cafeteria food

    Dorm Life

    broward hall is considered one of the smaller freshman dorms but when i stayed there at orientation it seemed pretty large and it was quite a nice dorm. the hume dorm for honors is also very nice. jennings is recommended by a lot of freshmen and it is highly sought after. the best area for dorms is in the murphree area because it is closest to mid-town but for proximity to classes, the freshman dorms are usually recommended (broward, jennings). communal living isn't that bad, don't freak and have an open mind (and shower shoes).

    Academic Rigor

    from what i've read (i haven't started classes yet) it depends on the professor if the class is super tough or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus if you can because it's the best way to know if you'll feel comfortable there. if you are applying, do it asap because if you get in and decide to attend, housing selection is determined by when you turned in your housing application deposit. usually if you submit that housing application later than mid november you probably won't get a dorm you want unless you do a living learning community (llc) like the honors dorm.

    In three sentences

    very, very beautiful buildings and general atmosphere/aesthetic, though it does get very hot. the students are nice and not snobby. the staff is really hard to get a hold of as far as financial aid and housing goes, it's tedious if you have a problem you need taken care of.

  • 06/07/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    uf is a very challenging insitution, so you will definitely be forced to work very rigorously for a degree here. aside from academics, the school offers numerous clubs (over 1,000) to be involved in, and the athletics are always a great experience. gainesville is a beautiful city with many conservation areas that allow you to unwind from the hectic college life.

    What to do for fun

    sit around lake alice, hang up a hammock somewhere around campus to relax, go on a bike ride, go bowling at the reitz, go to devil's den or ginnie springs

    Food and Dining

    although the restaurants on campus are fairly average, gainesville is home to many amazing local restaurants. just the other night i ate at satchels and i had a great time! after dinner we went through the museum/gift store that was connected to the restaurant. another personal favorite is sandwich inn, i can't leave gainesville without stopping there.

  • 06/03/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 575

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    Campus Safety

    there are a lot of incident around campus. i have never felt unsafe on campus, but i also never walk alone at night or off into the sketchy areas around campus. like any college town or city, there are plenty of crazy things that happen like robberies or sexual assaults. upd is a little slow to respond sometimes, but are always willing to help keep you safe. there are also uf alerts sent to your phone to keep you updated during emergencies or safety concerns like shootings or gas leaks.

    Greek Life

    greek life runs uf, even though there is such a small percentage in greek life. you are able to get involved in so much more, plus it is your best bet at getting involved in student government. you get to participate in tons of philanthropy events, and go to lots of parties. plus you meet so many more people than you would not being in greek life (trust me, i didn't join a sorority until i was a sophomore). plus there isn't only ifc and panhellenic sororities and fraternities. there are academic based, cultural, and religious ones you can also join.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs and organizations to choose from. there are over 200, not to mention student government and all they do. there is literally everything from dance, to humans vs. zombies, to college councils, to religious or volunteer groups.

    Great for these types of students

    great for all types of students, but especially those interested in a large school, huge into sports (especially football), want to get involved in greek life, want to get to go out and party, want to be able to join any type of organization, want to go pre-med (shands hospital volunteer anyone?).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the best part about campus is that you can go in the stadium almost anytime you want. everyone takes their grad pictures there and there are always people working out in there by running the stairs or taking a stadium class. lake alice is another awesome part about uf. there are always gators swimming and nature trails you can take. across the street there is the bat houses which is awesome to go watch just around sunset when all the bats go flying out of the house.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is not that expensive if you are coming from in state. i also have bright futures so that makes it cheaper. but the dorms and classes and meal plans were not all that expensive in comparison to other schools.

    What to do for fun

    go to ginnie springs or devils den nearby, or even lake wauberg for the natural springs, lake activities like kayaking or canoeing, and snorkeling. see all the nightlife at the bars in midtown and downtown, especially piano bar. eat at all the cool local restaurants like southern charm kitchen or bagels and noodles.

    Food and Dining

    there are two dining halls. brossard is much better than gator dining. there were always a lot of options and the food wasn't terrible at all. there is always dessert and the broward cookies were always amazing.

    Dorm Life

    i lived in the honors dorm my freshman year. the building was very new and the rooms were spacious, with walk-in closets and suite style. other dorms were not as great, but had a better social life. mine was good, i made a lot of friends on my floor, other floors in my building were not like that.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are generally difficult the farther you get into your major. there is definitely a lot of easy classes you can take, but there are also classes that will have you pulling all nighters just so you can pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved in your high school, whether that be clubs and organizations, or sports. also work hard to make those good grades.

    In three sentences

    an amazing school, there is great social life, diverse cultures, and organizations. gainesville is very much college town, but it has such a wide variety of local restaurants from ramen places, to indian, to southern style. there is also a lot to do in and around gainesville if you like adventures or bars, or music.

  • 03/18/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UF police never seems to catch anyone, but overall the campus is fairly safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life runs deep within campus. Not a day will go by that you don't see at least 30 people wearing their letters. Rushing is something that I would consider for everyone to do, just for the experience. Even if you don't plan on joining. It's a great way to meet new people and test your small talk skills. Which surprisingly becomes a pretty good tool to have in college.

    Clubs and Activities

    JOIN SWIM CLUB!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Swamp on game day is unlike anything you will ever experience. Football fan or not.

    What to do for fun

    There are some many ways to be active outside. Lake Wauberg is a great day trip to go to with friends. You can have fun in kayaks or paddle boards, or you can hang out on the beach. The South West gym is HUGE. There are 5 basketball courts and tons of gym equipment, and has tons of stuff you can rent out to go have some fun with friends. There are a few pools on campus people like to go and tan at or swim a little bit. Whatever floats your boat. If you're not the outdoorsy type then there are tons of clubs on campus that have people get involved. Normally those clubs organize fun events for members. Aside from campus involvement, within the city of Gainesville, there's not much to do. The nightlife is probably something I should mention too. In the fall Mid-town gets very crowded and, lets just say interesting, so be warned.

    Food and Dining

    Off campus food is WAY better than the dinning hall food on campus. There are a lot of great places to go in Mid-town, right across the north side of campus. FAIR WARNING. The meal plan, which ever one you consider, is over priced and the food is not that good. Getting declining balance on your Gator1 card is the way to go.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of people complain about dorm life on campus. To be honest it can be really messy and loud at random times in the day. RAs are suppose to enforce quiet hours when it gets late, but not all of them do. There is a big discussion when it comes to dorm life that many of the dorms don't have air conditioning. Which is a problem with it's 80 degrees outside everyday in the summer and fall. But that statement isn't entirely true. Some of the old dorms like Murphree and Cyrpress hall had AC problems for awhile, but most of them have been, are are being fixed. Living off campus is cheaper as long as you have some sort of transportation, be it a scooter or a car for your grocery runs. Overall I will say that living in the dorms has many drawbacks, but if i'm being honest there are many positives too. First off, it's extremely convenient to be relatively close to everything on campus when you live in a dorm. Secondly, you'll make a lot of friends on your floor. Most of my close friend group came from living on the same floor of Trusler hall. If you asked me to redo my Freshman year and ask me to decide between a dorm and an apartment, I would go dorm with the dorm over again. Just for the experience. But as an incoming college student, if one of your main priorities is to save as much money as possible, try to find an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    The reason I give UF a 4 star rating for the academic rigor is because college academics and high school academics are completely different. Sure the information you might be familiar with, but the way things are presented in college can throw you off your game just because of the learning cure of being in college. I will say though, there are great places on and right off of campus to help you with your classes if you are ever having difficulties. HINT HINT, Study Edge.

    Tips for prospective students

    If UF is your dream college, be sure to do well high school (but that's a given). Many of the students I have talked with about their high school days were heavily involved with something outside of academics. This could be sports, clubs, class office,volunteering, whatever. They love well-rounded individuals. So if you don't think that you've done enough outside your academics, start!

    In three sentences

    At the University of Florida it always seems like something fun is going on, which I enjoy. There are so many resources on campus for students to network and get involved with clubs or rec sports, so many opportunities that emerge in that regard. The one issue I will say is dorm life, it's not bad, especially if you're an incoming Freshman, but be warned it can get messy and loud in the halls at a moments notice.

  • 03/17/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 575

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    In three sentences

    This school is my ideal school. It offers many classes and opens the path to many opportunities for later on. I will be applying here for my incoming year in 2017.

  • 03/07/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 575

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    Tips for prospective students

    I'd be grateful if admitted. Thank you.

  • 03/04/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 575

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    Bang for the buck

    Bottom line, UF is the top public school in Florida, so if you are looking for a large school, have been accepted to UF. and want to save money, it's a no-brainer to join the Gator Nation.

    What to do for fun

    Athletics are HUGE at this school. We pay for our football tickets, but I don't know a single person that regrets buying season tickets. Basketball is free if your RSVP! Everything else is completely free. I love the gyms and fitness classes offered on campus. We have a lake nearby that offers rental supplies for recreational activities, St Augustine is a small trip away if you want to make a day of going to the beach, and there are lots of off campus dining options. The Reitz Union is neely renovated and has new fun activities. The bowling alley is great! I've only been to one frat party and it was a little too big for my taste, but there are many other party options I plan to try out during my time here.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options for on campus eating, but I do not recommend the meal plan. My friends who live on campus and have the meal plan often do not use it as much as intended and waste money. You're better off learning to budget food, and it will help in the long run. The campus has a couple Chickfilas, many Starbucks, Moes, Chomp It, Jamba Juice, Subway, Wendys, Pollo Tropical, Panda Express, Croutons, Einstein's Bagels, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived on campus, but I have many friends that do. Your dorm experience depends on which dorm you end up in. Conduct your research and try to reserve a spot in a newer dorm. A friend of mine lives in an older dorm and it has mold issues, which is a major health problem for her since she is allergic. The floor shares and old, disgusting bathroom. However, there are dorms that are much, much nicer. I have another friend who lives in Beaty and has an apartment-style unit.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very challenging and it upholds its position as a top public university in the nation. Many valedictorians enter the school and get caught off guard by how rigorous some of the classes are, and it is that way by design to weed out. Do not fall behind and look into tutoring options (StudyEdge, Smokin' Notes, etc.). If you don't do well at first, don't panic. Many courses are curved and you have the opportunity to drop classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before attending this school, make sure that you want to attend a large institution. It is easy to get lost in the crowd if you don't make the effort to reach out. Be prepared to know your TAs well and your professors very little.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is the ideal school for a Florida resident searching for a large campus with a highly respected name. The entire town of Gainesville is centered around the school and caters to the students. Class sizes are large and course material is challenging, but rewarding.

  • 02/29/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 575

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    Campus Safety

    It's a pretty safe campus with its emergency buttons all over campus. And there is a SNAP bus system which will transport you wherever you need to go if it is late at night so that you are not walking around school by yourself late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY. DEFINITELY SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the University of Florida emblem or stamp on the floor or you will not graduate. Go to the DNA bridge. Spraypaint something on one of the two graffiti walls. Get season tickets for the football games.

    What to do for fun

    On Fridays, there is Garor Nights where there are activities and movies at the Reitz, the new arcade at the Reitz where there is bowling/ foosball/ board games/ pool tables/ etc., many places in midtown and downtown for clubs and bars, Lake Wauberg for water sports and activities, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous food places on campus and you are close to one no matter where you are on campus. There's also a great range of food categories. It's dining hall food but it's pretty good considering it is dining hall food. It is good some days and not the best on other days

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, I've lived off campus my entire college career and I plan on continuing to do so. But from what I've heard, dorm living is not bad. There are different styles which cost differently but they all have pros and cons in terms of their location. They each are close to some good places and whatever places.

    Academic Rigor

    UF professors vary. But the grading scale is usually 93 or 95 is considered an A. So a 90 would be an A- which is not a 4.0. The grades usually consist of a couple of tests and then the final so every grade is important, for the most part.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an idea of what college you want to be in. Not exact what you want to do yet, but have an idea of what field. Also, get involved in your first year by joining clubs or intermural sports. And go to sports games. All of them.

    In three sentences

    It has an amazing bus system which accommodates off campus living students and they are constantly running from early hours in the morning to late hours at night. All of the buildings are relatively close to each other and it feels very much like a college campus. Of course, there are many places to meet and socialize with friends, like the new Reitz with the arcade room.

  • 02/25/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 575

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    Food and Dining

    They have a great buffet line

  • 02/24/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 575

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    In three sentences

    I'm looking to major in mechanical engineering, would this be the right school for me?

  • 02/15/2016

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 575

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are sports of all kinds to watch and UF is one of the best schools in the nation for many sports. There are plenty of clubs and people to meet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the campus and take a tour, for many they are discouraged because of the age of the buildings as to some it can be annoying and it may not be for you.

    In three sentences

    My whole family has attended UF and I plan to attend as well. It is a very prestigious school and by far one of the best in Florida. It has a great music program and some great people go there. The campus is old but other than that it is a beautiful school.

  • 01/20/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Whether you are not how you will be able to be financially stable on campus, there are hiring positions for students left and right! If you do have a Federal Work Study Permit, you have the opportunity to work on campus as well and your supervisor will accommodate your work schedule with your school schedule. Academics first! If you are worried about the tuition being too pricey, you can apply for Financial Aid at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ where you will be offered grants and even scholarships to pay your tuition. All in all, your education is valuable and a student should not have to stress about paying for their education when you want to chase your dreams.

    What to do for fun

    Fun Works, Night Clubs, Holiday Event Activities, The Grog for great and cheap drinks (if you're 21), Cantina, Hookah lounges, Go Karting, Roller skating, High Springs, FL if you are planning a social with friends and would like to take a road trip outside of Gainesville.

    Food and Dining

    If cooking is not your strong points, don't fret, UF has your back! The Fresh Food Company and says its quality in it name. Dishes accommodate meat eaters and vegans! Amtrak Company provides the campus with Chic-Fil-A, Subways, Pollo Tropical, Wendys, Pizza Hut, Freshies, Croutons, Panda Express, and the list goes on and on. For the late night munchies, the campus provides small markets near dorms to benefit students. And yes, you can call Papa Johns or Jimmy Johns is you do get tired of campus food, they don't mind delivering to dorms :)

    Dorm Life

    The campus dorm life accommodates people from social butterflies or solitude sarah. Some of the dorms are a little bit old but as of right now the campus has been building more grand dorms throughout the campus. The major plus about living on campus is that you are super close to the major activities. You also have the opportunity to be more inclined to make friends if you live in a communal dorm. And don't worry parents you kids will be safe thanks to our determined UFPD and blue emergency call towers that have been provided around our campus grounds.

    Academic Rigor

    In my opinion, majority of the class you take with carry on some sort of rigor whether you are majoring in Theater or in Biology. Many students will complain about how hard a class may be but no student has given up because they were able to find a major that they love because of our wonderful advisors. Although the classes may be tough, it prepares you in the long run for the graduate college you aspire to be in.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school's diversity has expanded tremendously and has great efforts to continue to do so. The school is very open to accommodate every type of person whether you are outgoing or shy, adventurous or studious, the school has something to provide for you. From orientation to become a student, your excitement and spirit for the school will expand as you continue to become a student as UF. I was very nervous at the idea at being at college. The idea was overwhelming and I was more concerned about being homesick more than ever. But because of the warm atmosphere the school provides for its students, it felt more like a home away from home.

    In three sentences

    What do you call a person who is gator bait? An FSU student. Because being at UF is just that great!

  • 01/17/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 575

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    In three sentences

    I was wondering is UF did delayed/deferred decision? Or do they only do accepted and denied?

  • 01/14/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 575

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    In three sentences

    What are the dorms like and which dorm halls do you recommend or don't recommend that freshman live in? I am waiting to hear from UF in about a month and I am just curious about the dorms. Please let me know!

  • 01/14/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The SNAP vans run at night to help you get across campus in a safe manner. The only caveat is that they are sometimes a little slow at peak hours. The buses run as well, but not as frequently. I've never felt unsafe on campus, especially with the police station being right across the street from my dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of things to get involved in. You can play intramural sports through RecSports or join an academic honor society. There is a club for nearly every interest ranging from your more major specific clubs to cultural and religious groups.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At preview every student receives an F Book chalked full of traditions. For each set amount of traditions you turn in with the Alumni Association you receive different things, from a pin to a medallion you can wear at graduation.

    Food and Dining

    Personally I do not have a meal plan. I have eaten at the dining hall and it isn't terrible, but I can see how it would get old after a while. I have declining balance where there is money preloaded onto my card and I can use it at the dining halls or any of the restaurants on campus. I find this works better for me because I like to cook my meals more using the floor kitchen.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly, you get used to it. I live in Rawlings, which is a little older than most, but it is not that bad. The rooms are average size for a dorm and there is adequate space for each person. The only issue I've had is the lack of electrical outlets. The bathrooms can get a little gross when they aren't cleaned on the weekend, but that's more the people on your floor than anything. If you're lucky you'll get a great RA who decorates your floor in cute themes each semester.

    Academic Rigor

    The general education courses, such as Chemistry and Calculus, are difficult. There's no denying that. But I do think the courses here challenge you in a way that truly helps you learn and grow. You actually learn and remember things well after the test.

  • 12/28/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 575

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    Bang for the buck

    uf is known to be the "ivy of the south." i have learned a great amount, education wise and about myself, since my time here at uf. the university offers so much, from knowledgeable professors who are always available to help, to research opportunities, to many ways to keep their students active and involved.

    What to do for fun

    football games are the go to for the fall semester. they take place each weekend either home or away. for away games, many dorm common areas have viewing parties. directly north, and across the street from campus is midtown, an area that lights up at night and during the weekend. there are many restaurants, bars and clubs here. entry is at an affordable price of usually around $7-$10. the place is always being patrolled by ufpd, so it is very safe. downtown lies east of campus and is accessible by rts. like midtown, there are clubs, bars and restaurants, and there are also some boutiques. gainesville has more to offer than most people think. archer road, directly south of campus, has many restaurants and is host to places such as the movie theater. a popular weekend getaway usually includes a trip to lake wauburg or ginnie springs, where students can relax on the shore, take a swim or paddle board. on campus, many students promote gator nights, a weekly event held in the reitz. i have never attended, but i have heard good reviews from students who have.

    Food and Dining

    broward dining and gator dining are the two dining halls on campus. broward is the one i eat at most, due to proximity to my dorm. the food is alright. it's not gourmet, 5-star restaurant material, but it's pretty good. sometime's they experiment with their options, something i am not too particularly fond about, but they have everyday options, such as pizza. also the cookies are amazing. included in the meal plan are restaurant options at the reitz or around campus, usually at a $6 value. this means you can get any option on the menu that is either included in the meal plan or that costs $6 and it is paid for by your meal plan. some options include, subway, croutons hand-crafted salads, papa john's, moe's, and my personal favorite chomp it. there are several meal plan options. most come with a certain amount of flex bucks that are replenished each semester. these allow a student to make purchases at places such as pod markets or chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life all depends on the dorm you pick. i suggest doing research on the buildings before picking one to live in for an entire year. broward area and yulee area is by far the most popular. broward is newly renovated, and has nice dorms, whereas its counterpart, rawlings (where i live) is noticeably older. the only perks of living in rawlings is having the bus station, pod market and subway right outside the building. broward/yulee areas are close to turlington plaza, marston science library and broward dining center. it is also close to all of my classes (takes about 10 minutes to walk to my classes). murphree area is the oldest residential area on campus, and right across the street from midtown. it is also right behind the stadium. the dorms are nicer than rawlings. i don't know much about the dorms in graham or tolbert areas since i do not venture to that side of campus often (it's kinda far from rawlings). as far as living in rawlings, it was what i expected when i picked a traditional style dorm with community bathrooms. i did not use random roommate matching, as i am rooming with my cousin. the bathrooms are cleaned daily. rawlings doesn't have as much of a social scene as broward hall (common area is usually empty or only has a handful of people). rawlings hasn't been bad to me, but it is not a comfortable living situation for my lifestyle. its perfect for anyone that want's a traditional dorm life for their first year.

    Academic Rigor

    classes aren't impossible if you apply yourself. everyone has their strengths and weaknesses (general education classes will make these clear to you), and what one student finds easy, another might find challenging. you get what you put in. if you study hard and apply yourself, it isn't hard to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved. this goes for all universities/colleges. admissions councilors like to see well rounded students. make sure that when you're getting involved, it's something you love and do for several years. do not get involved in so many clubs that you cannot keep up with them. rather, get involved in a few that you have a passion for and can get very involved with. volunteer/find a job. this will show that you are contributing to your community. it also helps you figure out what you like and what you don't like. building a future for yourself consists of way more than sitting in a classroom. do well in school. grades still matter. getting involved and finding a part-time job isn't an excuse to not try in school. overall, grades are a very important factor when admissions is making a decision. the essay matters. this is true for all universities, but especially uf. on my campus tour, my cicerone (the uf ambassadors), told me that the essay is how the admissions office gets a feel for the student. the admissions councilors cannot interview 50,000 students. instead, they assign an essay as part of the application process to see if the student fits the image they want for the school. from personal observations from friends who had similar grades/extra curriculars/scores, and did not get accepted, the only difference was the essay. anyone that goes on a campus tour will tell you that the essay is the most important part of the application. don't get discouraged. many people believe that they do not have what it takes to get into a school because they do not have the grades/scores to get in. do not let this get you down! if a school is your dream school, apply. you never know what might happen.

    In three sentences

    not only am i getting an education at the best school in the state (and one of the best public schools in the country), but i have also been able to enjoy my time through the many opportunities the school offers. i have made many friends through the several organizations i am a part of, and have been able to find both a research opportunity and a part-time job on-campus. i knew from the moment i visited uf that i belonged here.

  • 12/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 575

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    Campus Safety

    UFPD is everywhere which is good if you want to stay safe but they always make sure you get a parking ticket if possible, that's how safe it is.

    Greek Life

    Top tier chapters and always a party you can find if you know the right people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs that event the remotest idea could already be a club you could join (competitive under water basket weaving).

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone

    Bang for the buck

    The college experience of a big school, the academic experience of an ivy league school, at the cost of a state school. Your dollar cant stretch further anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things you can do for fun and in your spare time that unless i wrote a six page paper on it i wouldn't even scratch the surface.

    Food and Dining

    I opted out of the meal plan because chicken tenders and burgers are not healthy for you on a long term basis. Groceries can get pricey and there are not too many options but the moment you step foot off campus the bang for your buck skyrockets and the restaurants in UF are the bomb.

    Dorm Life

    Its a good experience to have and a great way to make new friends but for someone who cares about hygiene and personal space it can be a tough year. You can only be as clean as your roommate and the washers and driers smell of things that i cant explicitly say on this site but its a fun and social undertaking none the less.

    Academic Rigor

    Regardless of your academic aptitude there are classes that will put you to the test here at UF weather its advanced public speaking or honors differential equations you can always make sure you are mentally challenges every semester here at UF.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, get to know your teachers, sit in the front of the class, go to office hours, go to office hours, GO TO OFFICE HOURS and most importantly enjoy your time as a Gator.

    In three sentences

    Few state universities deserve to sport the University of _____ title like The University of Florida does. It's not just the hyped up SEC vibes that come from fall season, or the passing down of traditions from generation to generation in such established clubs and Greek chapters, but the culmination of all this in an area that takes no more than a few minutes to travel across via the excellent free bus system. There are flaws of course in the University, the meal plans, IUF1000 (what is the good life? a course that is mandatory for all incoming students to take) and bureaucratic inefficiency but with all that in mind, its harder to find a better college experience better that this.

  • 12/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are exactly what one would expect, and the meal plans are probably not worth it unless you're eating five meals a day. The options for other food on campus, however, are excellent. We have a huge range of fast food options all around campus that are open a wide range of hours, so it's not impossible to find food later in the day. Campus also borders University Ave, which has a huge stretch of restaurants that are within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    It's a major part of the college experience, and UF offers many different options for students. From the honors dorm, to traditional styles, to apartment styles, there are plenty of halls to choose from to best match your interests and schedule. Our RAs and housing staff are also experts at planning programs and host all sorts of activities throughout the semester.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a reason that UF is so highly ranked among undergrad institutions--our academics are no joke. Students study more than they ever have in their lives, but walk away from classes with so much knowledge and understanding. Many professors here are also beyond willing to help you; they want us to succeed, not fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as you begin your time at UF! It can be intimidating to be in a sea of 50,000 students, but once you find your niche you're going to have the most wonderful college experience. Try as many new activities and clubs as possible (we have over 1,000)!

    In three sentences

    The most amazing part about UF is the pride and sense of community; you will never meet students more passionate about their university. The faculty are some of the best in the country and extremely knowledgeable about their subject areas, but also love to assist their students. Furthermore, we are one of the best schools in the country, but we also know how to have a great time including campus events, sporting events, and the activities around Gainesville.

  • 12/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 575

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    Campus Safety

    UF always sends out alerts whenever someone is attacked, and I can walk around at night and feel perfectly safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and sports for everyone to join, for students of all majors.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students, really, though each student has to be willing to put himself or herself out there and try new things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Krishna lunches are something each student should try once, as there is hardly an atmosphere quite like that one. Game days also have a number of traditions centered around them, such as watching the Gator football team go past while the marching band plays. For fans of classical or instrumental music, there are concerts held at the University Auditorium.

    What to do for fun

    Gainesville is relatively small for a college town, but there are plenty of outdoors-type of things to do. The trails and forests are beautiful, and RecSports has many events such as rock climbing and ziplining available.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food tends to be hit-or-miss, and does get old after a while. There are other places on campus to eat when you take advantage of your meal plan, but they often have very restricted hours and are all parts of large chains.

    Dorm Life

    It largely depends on what dorm you live in and whether or not you like your roommates, but on the whole, the structure is well-set and the Resident Assistants are always very friendly and willing to talk and help you with whatever they can.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be tough, but they are usually within reason and the professors sincerely want you to do well on the exams and help you with whatever they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things--sign up for clubs and student groups that sound fun, or even a sport that you haven't tried before! And when exams roll around, don't be too nervous to go to the libraries and study--as long as you aren't that guy who talks while others are working.

    In three sentences

    The sheer size of it can be overwhelming, but it also has plenty of clubs and student groups so that no one will be left out. The faculty are always willing to help and highly encourage students to pursue whatever drives their passions. It has a very welcoming presence and incorporates students from all backgrounds.

  • 12/15/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 27 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UF police sends out alerts whenever a crime occurs and is reported, and then sends out more texts when they have more information about suspects or when the scene has been cleared. UF also has many blue emergency poles around campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On home game days, the marching band meets around the Bull Gator statue behind the University Auditorium. Afterwards, the trombone section runs off and sings a song in the street by tail-gators before lining up to march to the stadium.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that UF is definitely worth the cost of attending.

    What to do for fun

    For fun on Friday nights, check out Gator Nights. They change the program every week and it is always tons of fun. One week, they had an around the world themed night and it included henna tattoos, didgeridoos, and an African drum circle!

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat on campus, but I have heard that it is ok.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have anything to say about dorm life because I live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically speaking, the classes here are fantastic! The enormous lecture classes are broken into smaller discussion groups, where it is easier to ask questions. Online classes are ok, as long as you have excellent time-management skills and can keep yourself on track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour; the campus looks big, but most times, the buildings you are going to are closer than you think.

    In three sentences

    This is a great university! The faculty really cares about their students and their success, but you also have to be willing to put in the necessary work. Also, plenty of fun stuff to do on and around campus!

  • 11/10/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 575

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    In three sentences

    A lot of people from my high school attend UF. In what way can I make my application stand out from the crowd? I am looking to major in Environmental Science.

  • 08/27/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 5 people found this review useful. 29 of 575

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    In three sentences

    I'm hoping to find to find some people who have been accepted. What was your ACT score and GPA for acceptance? This is my top choice school!

  • 07/06/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 30 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's generally good. We have SNAP program, which is a van that will drive you around campus at night. There is also an escort program for individuals walking alone at night. However, this was implemented fall semester last year after a series of rapes that happened.

    Greek Life

    UF is a huge party school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    A hard working student that enjoys extra curricular activities. You must be able to tolerate the heat, Florida in August is no joke.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Turlington Square, a big open square for students to gather. Events like Bug Fair, clubs tabling and even protests happen here. Century Tower is right across the street. It is a large clock tower. It rings at every hour. There is also the Plaza of the Americas, a big field where Krishna Lunch (a vegetarian Indian food lunch) is held every day.

    Bang for the buck

    UF has a lot of clubs and facilities you can use/participate in for free. Including Lake Walburg, which is a lake exclusively for the use of UF students. You can go there and rent a kayak and climb the rock wall. UF also has several nice libraries and a beautiful campus. However, it is an expensive school.

    What to do for fun

    UF has hundreds of clubs to join. Every student gets free gym access, Uf has three gyms. There are lots of nature related activities in Gainesville. There is a mall for shopping. There is also a lot of partying. There are usually sports events to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are alright, but UF has many other options. There is a food court with a Wendy's, asian food place, salad place and a Starbucks. There are multiple Starbucks around campus as well as an Einstein Bagels. Across from campus is mid town, which has many places to grab lunch.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but manageable if you study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study before finals week. If you are struggling, take advantage of your professor's office hours. They want you to succeed!

    In three sentences

    UF has a beautiful campus. The classes can be hard, but the professors are generally very helpful. There is lots of activities to participate in both on and off campus.

  • 06/24/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 31 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have gone through several safety presentations, including a very thorough one at UF Preview. The campus is super safe, and I have been unafraid to walk it at night because you are always within a short distance of a blue light tower that can alert the police immediately if you have trouble. Lots of safety services on campus as well

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a ton of weird architecture pieces on campus, such as the giant rock that they call The Potato, and the statue that has been dubbed the French Fries. Also the trees in Turlington Plaza used to be painted blue. There are tons of fun gameday traditions as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Best in the state for this. Cheaper than all the other major schools but it also has the best academics. Also lots of free stuff comes with the tuition you pay so it's totally worth it

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, because it is not an easy school to get into. If you do get in, be proud of yourself because you just got into a great school

    In three sentences

    University of Florida was definitely the best fit for me. With the combination of strong academics, a social atmosphere, and of course great athletics I was sold. So glad to have been admitted here.

  • 06/19/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Burrito Brothers is a magical place!

    Academic Rigor

    UF has a reputation for acedemic excellence. Humbly be proud to be part of the great institution you are a part of!

    Tips for prospective students

    UF offers so much to students! Take advantage of all there is! Be proud of being a Florida Gator!

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is not just a school. While physically IT IS a campus, and academically IT IS among the greatest in the nation, it is a strong community of students and people committed to the Gator Nation.

  • 06/02/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 2 people found this inaccurate. 33 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cops everywhere

    Greek Life

    There is greeks?!

    Clubs and Activities

    None at all

    Great for these types of students

    Bad ones

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gators yo

    Bang for the buck

    I love it

    What to do for fun

    Nothing

    Food and Dining

    Good enought

    Dorm Life

    Maybe ok

    Academic Rigor

    Really hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Run fast be smart

    In three sentences

    This is a cool school. We love pizza. Please come.

  • 05/21/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 575

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    Bang for the buck

    Low tuition for in state students

    In three sentences

    One of the very best colleges located in Florida. Positive environment and lots of things to do on campus.

  • 04/29/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 575

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    Food and Dining

    They have okay food.

    Dorm Life

    I am not in love with their dorms, most of them are a little old.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a hard school to get into and the classes are hard as well.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida has an amazing campus! All of the professors I have talked to from the university have been so helpful and so have the advisers. I am looking forward to hopefully transferring here soon.

  • 04/26/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 36 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are safety telephone poles everywhere you look.

    Greek Life

    I do not plan on rushing, but for someone who does, there is plenty of sororities and fraternities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    UF has many different clubs and activities to choose from (including intramural sports; clubs for sports, fine-arts, and pre-professions; and Living Learning Communities).

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At preview, you will receive the F book which tells you all about the different traditions UF has.

    Bang for the buck

    I have not received my financial aid letter yet, but I know it will be worth my money to attend the most prestigious school in Florida!

    What to do for fun

    There are many different activities to do on campus. Since UF is in the center of the state, it is very easy to drive to the many different cities in Florida.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning hall has pretty good food, but it can be a bit repetitive after a while. There are plenty of other restaurants on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on where you are staying. Some dorms are older and have not been renovated yet, but there is two new halls currently being built and most other dorms have been renovated. I would recommend Freshmen spend their first year in the dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    UF has the highest ranking in Academics in the entire state of Florida. They also have many graduate programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Academics is very important, but extra-circular activities are extremely important as well! From the start of high school, become involved in many different clubs and activities around your school as you can. Another big thing is volunteer service! Start as early as you can, and show consistency in your volunteering time (They want to see you stick with an organization rather than get your required hours and stop volunteering). 2.) UF is big in leadership and making a difference in your community, so try to earn leadership positions with the clubs, activities, and organizations you work with. 3.) (I wish I had someone to tell me this before I started applying to UF, so I am going to clarify now)... On your application, there will be a section asking you if you are interested in joining the Innovation Academy. This is what it is: The Innovation Academy accepts students who are innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers. They only have several majors so far, but you can go on a pre-professional track while in the program. Also, the IA program requires you to take special classes to receive the Innovation Minor (this looks very good on job resumes!). The schedule is Spring/Summer, and the Fall is open to internships (which is nice when everyone else is away at school), study aboard, and much more. You also get to stay in the Beaty Towers, which are hands down the best dorms on campus! I would definitely recommend this program to anyone with leadership/creative problem solving experience. Your first fall is called the Pre-Enrollment period and you can either stay home or stay at Beaty Towers on campus (which allows you to enjoy the fall activities) to take online classes. I am currently going into the IA program and wouldn't trade it to go back to normal secession!

    In three sentences

    UF is the top school in the state of Florida, and in the top ten public colleges in the country. UF also offers almost every major available, and has world renown academics. Go Gators! :)

  • 04/25/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 575

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    What to do for fun

    UF has many student events for entertainment, however people should know that the city of Gainesville itself does not have many activities

    Food and Dining

    I am a celiac, so learning that UF is very well equipped to deal with allergies was a huge deal for me. According to the tour guides UF is ranked one of the most allergy friendly colleges in the US!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were really pretty and kept up well. There are many different kinds of dorms and they even have apartment style where students get a room all to themselves.

    Academic Rigor

    UF is one of the hardest schools to get into in Florida, probably only behind Miami.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida is in a very cute town that has a nice old urban feel to it, and Gainesville is very supportive of the college, with many places named after the Gators and seeing orange and blue everywhere. It is a hard school to get into and requires dedication and hard work from its students. UF also has amazing school pride.

  • 04/24/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Through online reasearch, brochures, mail and one on one conversations with current and past students, this school sounds amazing and looks it too.

  • 04/03/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 39 of 575

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    What to do for fun

    Lots to do on and off campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early

    In three sentences

    From brochures and On-line, this college seems to be interesting.

  • 03/25/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gator Day Gator Growl

    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of restaurants in Gainesville. Also, the golf course is fantastic!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for early admission! Focus on extracurricular activities on your application. Also, do NOT leave a blank on the online application form! Fill out everything.

    In three sentences

    Fantastic school full of opportunity. One of the best state schools that offers a variety of majors and minors. Beautiful campus!

  • 03/10/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 41 of 575

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    Tips for prospective students

    It's great school with lots of club options. It has a lot of different people to meet. The best school in the state.

  • 02/02/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 575

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    In three sentences

    The University of Florida has a beautiful campus with an extraordinary amount of clubs and organizations to keep you busy. They truly are one of the top universities in the nation!

  • 01/19/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 43 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Lots

    Great for these types of students

    party goers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    frats and sororities

    What to do for fun

    gator nights

    Tips for prospective students

    organize

    In three sentences

    big, crowded

  • 01/13/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 575

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Excellent school for the price, especially if you have Bright Futures or Florida Prepaid.

    What to do for fun

    Always plenty of parties to go to. You can go to Gator Nights, where they show various movies, or if you have a HDMI cable, you can hook your laptop up to the dorm TVs and have a movie night with your friends. Lots of places to eat in midtown. Spend the night cramming at the library Club West.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plan isn't worth it. It's easier and cheaper to buy your own food.

    Dorm Life

    Your dorm is where you make all your friends and where you hang out in your free time.

    Academic Rigor

    I went to a private high school, so I am used to the work load. However, to other people, the work load might be something they have to get used to. You have to know how to procrastinate while still getting things done in a high-level fashion.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need to be in a fraternity or sorority to have a social life. Know how to study on your own. Ask upperclassmen about classes and teachers you should take.

    In three sentences

    UF has an awesome atmosphere. Everyone is really nice and helpful to freshman. Game days are the best.

  • 01/11/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 575

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    Food and Dining

    I have heard that the dining halls offer a wide variety of foods and are laid out in a buffet-style. Options within the city are numerous, with restaurants being within walking distance and delivery being plentiful. There should not be a problem with finding places where you can eat until fully satiated.

    Dorm Life

    Room and board is rather pricey, with $10,000 being the standard price. From what I have read on the Internet, dorm life is not the highest quality and the dorms are quite small, but it is convenient given that the dorms are located on campus and you can easily navigate around without having to drive.

    Academic Rigor

    UF is rated in the top 50 universities of America and is among the best of universities offered within the state of Florida. It has received many prestigious rankings and designations from various sources and is considered by many Floridians to be the best college that one can attend as an in-state resident. While researching this school, I am pleased to hear that they rank quite high in the majors that they offer and I will definitely be applying here.

  • 12/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UF has the blue light system in place where at the poles are about a mile apart around campus and if you are ever in danger you go there and press the button and a UF police officer is supposed to show up in less than a minute. We also have snap to take people across campus at night

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about 1,000 clubs that may spark your interest and if not you can always petition to start a new club as long as you have 25 members.

    What to do for fun

    The student recreation centers are always great. Plus, Oaks mall isn't too far away. Just hop on Bus 20.

    Food and Dining

    Broward dinning is better than Gator Corner but if you know how to cook I would suggest cooking.

    Dorm Life

    I love staying in the heart of the Gator Nation. I think freshman should stay on campus at least for their first year to get acquainted with the campus and the surrounding areas.

    Academic Rigor

    If you apply yourself to your full potential, your hard work will pay off even if the class is challenging. If struggling find help by going to teacher assistant office hours or the free tutoring centers around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come in thinking classes will be as easy as high school classes. Don't overwhelm yourself with extra curricular activities and forget the real reason you are there to attend the university.

    In three sentences

    The first semester is an eye-opener. It is an experience that will allow you to humble yourself what else is to come in the future. Otherwise, it is great to be a Florida Gator.

  • 12/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We had a string of assaults this semester, and UFPD never caught the person responsible. That being said, overall the campus is relatively safe. There are also measures put forth to make it more so. The SNAP van takes people to different places on campus at night so they don't have to walk. There are also pairs of students in bright yellow jackets to walk lone pedestrians where they need to go if asked.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is fairly prominent on campus. I personally am not involved in Greek Life, but many of my friends are. They are not the typical snobby sorority girls you expect, but instead, sweet friendly people. The sororities and fraternities are welcoming and their members are just like everyone else.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a wide variety of clubs, from ones involved with chemistry, ones teaching salsa dancing and ones competing for championships (sports clubs). There's a club for any type of person, you just have to see it out.

    Great for these types of students

    UF is great for any type of student, just as long as he/she is diligent with his/her schoolwork. Because the school is so large, anyone can find his/her niche. And, if your niche doesn't already exist, you can create one! There are thousands of clubs, and you could be the founder of a new one-- because I'm sure the uni-cycling club didn't always exist.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UF has a bat house on campus. It's a beautiful sight to see the bats flood from the house at dusk.

    Bang for the buck

    If you come in with Bright Future's, the school is generally affordable. However, Financial Aid can be stingy for middle class kids. However, if you do have to spend a little extra to go, it is still something I recommend. UF is a great school, and a stellar education is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Most Saturdays during football season, there are games, of course! you cannot be a true gator and not attend football games! Every Friday noght there are activities put on by the school, and on other nights occasionally. There are many clubs, either to do with your major, something just for fun, or sports clubs. And, if you think that stuff just isn't for you, you can gather up your friends and go to Midtown on any given night, for a thriving club scene. There's always soething to do on campus, you just have to figure out what it is!

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall claims to be incredibly Vegan friendly, but they generally only offer a small assortment of fruits and a salad bar. However, there is a variety of options outside the dining hall where you can use your meal plan, or the Flex Bucks that come with it. When you get tired of dining hall food, these are wonderful alternatives. But, beware, the majority are not open on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, however, you may live on the floor with people you may not get along with. For example, on my floor there are several kids who like to play video games well into the early morning hours. And, even though video games shouldn't be a noisy activity, they make it one. The facilities themselves are clean, and accommodating.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes appropriately prepare you for work in your field, which is likely going to be difficult. Thus, courses are challenging, and require time input on the student's part.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not think the classes will be easy. You NEED to study, even if you didn;t need to in high school. Failure is a very real thing. so don;t let it happen to you.

    In three sentences

    Campus life at UF is constantly buzzing. The students are not only intelligent, but warm and welcoming towards all. Most importantly, the students in the Gator Nation know how to pack a stadium and support all of our amazing teams.

  • 12/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many ways to get involved and hundreds of clubs give you so many options to get busy on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Honestly, there isn't too much to do on campus. There are parties every weekend as long as you know someone at a frat, but they're also easy to avoid if that's not your scene. Gator Nights at the student union every Friday are nice; they give out free food and show a movie that's not on DVD yet and have some other miscellaneous events. There are plenty of fields for sports if you want to play football or ultimate frisbee, and when it's hot there are some pools. There are some nice nature areas if you like that sort of thing, but there isn't a whole lot else unless you either have a car, or want to spend your nights clubbing downtown or midtown.

    Food and Dining

    I personally don't have a meal plan, and that was a great decision on my part: I saved a lot of money and never had to eat the dining hall food, which I don't think is very good. Friends of mine got the meal plan though and ate at the dining halls four times a day, so it all depends on whether or not you're a bottomless pit. The other dining options on campus are where I spend my money, and I like a lot of the places.

    Dorm Life

    I've met so many wonderful people in my dorm, and though the floor lounges may be sparsely furnished, I still spend most of my time there, hanging out with friends. If you contact maintenance because of bugs, a leaky faucet, ect, they'll usually get to your request within 24 hours. In my dorm, there's never a shortage of hot water (and I take incredibly long showers) and though the rooms are small, you can cram in everything you need.

    Academic Rigor

    Though I'm sure there are harder schools out there, UF has a very rigorous curriculum (at least in STEM fields, which is what I'm familiar with) and you better hope you have a good foundation of English, science, and math in high school. I was one of the people that never studied in high school, and now I put in about thirty hours before every test and sometimes still don't do well. It's hard, but you learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Though your GPA, test scores, and the classes you take are important to the admissions committee, you also need to make sure you're in a few extracurriculars (they love leadership positions!) and write a good essay. If you can, apply to the honors program because a lot of doors are opened for you (like smaller class sizes, early registration, and exclusive classes just for honors students).

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a place full of smart, hard-working kids! Since there are so many students, there's a group where you'll fit in somewhere, and most of the students are friendly. There are also lots of fun events on campus that'll give you something to do when you're not studying.

  • 12/27/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Indoor rock gym

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overwhelm yourself first year.

    In three sentences

    I love the amount of school pride!

  • 12/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There a lot thing to do in Gainesville and the best part is that you do not need a car to enjoy the town because the bus system can take wherever you want.

    Food and Dining

    I wish we had more options on campus but there a lot of restaurants close by.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in a dorm but from what I have heard they are okay.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the University of Florida is known for being on of the best schools in Florida. The university takes pride on that and makes sure that students graduate with the highest standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend starting in the summer because it gives you the opportunity to get to know the campus and meet more people.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida offers its students amazing opportunities. Everybody I have met is very friendly and there are tons of students organizations to get involve.

  • 12/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We had a few assaults on campus earlier this year, but the school and the local PD stepped up in a big way. Night walking programs to have people walk students to their cars/dorms/buses began to pop up, more officers patrolled campus at night, etc. I definitely feel safe being on campus at night. Plus the Tap Shield app, SNAP and blue 'Emergency' pillars were already a thing before the incident.

    Greek Life

    Very greek life active, it's not something I'm interested in, but if that's your thing then this school will embrace you with open arms.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lake Wauberg and the various Rec Centers on campus make for fantastic possibilities as far as activities are concerned.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a public university with public university tuition but with the prestige of an Ivy League school. Look on any website for tops schools in Florida. UF is always #1.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of great restaurants on campus, if you're living on campus then meal plans here I've heard are delicious!

    Dorm Life

    I live in an apartment, every school has the same basic design when it comes to dorms. Sharing a bathroom, bedroom and shower with other people bothers me. I prefer the privacy of my own room and facilities, although don't let this turn you off from the school, pretty much every university's dorms are like this. Also it depends on personal preference, you'll make friends and learn the school much quicker by living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's the best school in the state of Florida for a reason, or maybe I'm just saying that because I'm an engineering major.

    In three sentences

    A huge campus with a lot of school spirit and positivity. The classes are rigorous but very worth it. Despite the difficulty, the prestige from graduating as a Gator will be life-changing.

  • 12/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on campus as well as near campus. The food is pretty good as well. You have your standard Subway and Chick Fil A, and there is a Starbucks everywhere you go with discounted prices on campus just for students and faculty!

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in a dorm during preview, they were small and cold. However, the friends you make and your floormates will last you a lifetime. It can also teach you valuable life lessons such as patience and to be humble.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, there are the weed out courses which are proven to be much harder than others. However, this is just so you can determine if your major is right for you at the beginning instead of taking all these courses then getting stumped at passing a particular subject. However, if you were able to academically compete with all the applicants and get in, then you can totally complete the rigorous courses offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    University of Florida may have some tough course loads, and some courses may be tougher if you take them here than at another college. However, this is a way to show your strengths and weaknesses in order to determine a good career choice for you. It is totally doable, so you shouldn't be afraid to go out and try new things.

    In three sentences

    There are so many opportunities offered at the Univertsity of Florida. Whether you have an odd interest or like to participate in arts or sports, they have it ALL. The campus is magnificent and you can tell that there is greatness happening.

  • 12/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is always a sensitive topic to talk about. Every parent wants to know that their pride and joy is safe when they send them off into the unknown, and for good reason! You didn't just spend your energy, time, and money for the last 18+ years to send your future off to a place that could take everything away from you. No! But let me reassure any of you doubting parents out there, the campus is safe. I've never gone a single day in Gainesville without spotting patrol cars, or campus security, bike patrol, even the odd horse rider. They are literally everywhere. But let's get down to brass tacks, because that's what really matters in the end. It doesn't matter where you go, you're always going to have to exercise caution when going anywhere from the store, to the gym, to school, and UF, or Gainesville for that matter, is no exception. It's a very large campus, and the Sun stills sets over Gainesville. There are always going to be threats out there. UF provides the fastest campus alert sytem I've ever seen. And yes Mom and Dad, you can be thousands of miles away and still get that alert. And an alert you will get, immediately! UF prides itself on safety, I would know, I heard the president of the school say it himself. But the fact remains that no matter where you are in life, you have to be aware. If you are worried for your son or daughter's sake, breath easy, 1.. 2.. and know that things that do happen here are few and far in between and are often times not very serious at all. They're going to be fine... You're going to be fine. It's too busy of a town at any point in time, ESPECIALLY DURING REGULAR SEMESTERS!!! for anything to really go unnoticed. Trust your adult! They've been raised well.

    Greek Life

    I will be honest, I don't know much about that Greek life. But I can vouch a little bit for what I've seen. Fraternity and Sorority row are by far some of my favorite roads to drive down, well, that and Solar Walk, but I'll let you find that one out for yourself. If you've seen any ridiculous sorority movie, it's probably not like that despite what you might have heard. There are never any giant volcanoes behind the two stories with tiki huts and virgin sacrifices. But if that was what you were expecting, let me reiterate; the fraternity/sorority life is a rush; both literally and I guess as a pun, but you won't be let down. The Greek's go a long way to help make the great UF even better by hosting, sponsoring, finding sponsors, and putting on some of the universities most beneficially rewarding events. They're even responsible for some of UF's biggest undertakings. They've always been pretty respectable any time I've been around, and I even have a few friends who have gone through the motions and they don't seem to be any less responsible than they were when they arrived. In fact they actually seem to benefit from all of the volunteer work. And who knows, there might even be a toga party or two in there for ya.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't state enough the complexity and variety of clubs and organizations to get plugged into. It would be futile for me to even attempt to try and list them because for every program there is any number of clubs, groups, organizations, student bodies, teams, troupes, assemblies, and structures to be involved in. I don't want to overwhelm you, no, the exact opposite! I want to encourage you to come and see it for yourself. You will be surprised at the amount of opportunities that you can plug yourself in to as I would strongly suggest. The benefits that UF has to offer through it's various organizations is boundless. THAT is not an understatment.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student who loves large class sizes (who doesn't?), beautiful architecture and an even more beautiful campus, state of the art facilities and student resources, stellar programs to get attached too, an endless array of student body organizations (some of them even student governed), and an absolutely amazing atmosphere that you will find NO WHERE ELSE, then you will find that the University of Florida is even better than YOU can imagine and that I can describe. It's truly the greatest college in these United States.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions are rampant throughout the UF scene. You can't really throw a stick without hitting some sort of passed down, long since been, this is how we've always done it stint. But you'll figure all that out once you get here. To give you the basics, football season is the bright and shining star of tradition. The Swamp is electrifying on game days, and you'll be hard pressed not to find some tail-gating, and I mean REALLY hard pressed. School spirit abounds, you'll dawn your Gator gear and show you're undying support for the Gators, if you're into that sort of thing. And don't get me started with homecoming. Gator Growl is always a sight to see. Besides that, I don't want to give to much away. I believe it is a part of the incredible experience to come and see for yourself the incredible traditions and locations the University of Florida has to offer. Although I will say this for you newcomers. French Fries... that's right... French Fries!

    Bang for the buck

    Florida is ranked number 1 currently as the best bang-for-your-buck school (Washington Monthly). Granted, if you're living out of state, that might not be true. But for those of you who have Florida residency, you'll be pleased to know that you could do a lot worse. You have to think of college as an investment into your own future. And this one comes with little risk. Depending on your duration of stay, and your ability to pay upfront; you probably won't be handing your college debts down to your children. That said, it's always best to try and get as much of it out of the way upfront as possible. Interest can be killer. But it's not impossible, it's all been done before.

    What to do for fun

    If you grew up in a small town, like me, you're in for a treat. If you didn't, then you'll feel right at home. Mid-town is the perfect place to be any day of the week. You'll find your bars and your nice restaurants and even some dance clubs to pick and choose from. Oh! and don't forget about Archer avenue! Anti-social? Well you'll find some cool music shops, laid back specialty places, and incredible hole-in-the-wall dining. Plus there's an amphitheater in the park with live free music just about every night of the week there in Downtown. Not to mention the handful of natural springs that are only a short drive away and a flurry of extra-curricular activities to take part in. I mean, after all, it is a college town.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Florida has a HUGE selection of food and dining options. The great thing about Gainesville is that everything is pretty much right next to each other. University Avenue, and Archer will have everything you need from burger joints to tex-mex, asian wok to fast food. As for on campus, besides the many many food options dotted around the univeristy, the Reitz offers a great selection of food and it's centrally located to the entire campus. But don't take my word for it, come and see for yourself.

    Dorm Life

    Let's be honest. Dorm's suck. No matter which way you spin it. But, there is a silver lining. This campus is huge. And the upside to living in a dorm is that you are incredibly close to campus. Which isn't easy or cheap for anyone trying to live outside of the dorm life but still close by. If dorm life isn't your thing, you'll be pleased to hear that Gainesville has an excellent apartment selection ranging from close to rural and it's very affordable comparatively speaking.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Florida is just that. It's a university. So expect bigger class sizes, expect intensive classes, expect professors who know way too much for their own good (that's a good thing). UF offers amazing resources to help get you underway and on the right track with your classes. You're going to have to work hard, but it will be more than worth it, this I promise. The risk is low, the reward is high. You didn't come here for the community college experience, no, you came here because UF is a one of a kind experience, and that experience will make, mold, and shape you into a better overall student than you previously thought possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be relentless. If you are trying to get into this college, it's imperative that you do your research. Be willing to go the extra mile to find out what it takes to get accepted. It can seem overwhelming, yes, but it is more than worth it in the end. Research your program, know what it's going to take to get you there in one piece, and if you aren't sure, well you'll be pleased to know that Florida offers a wide variety of programs to choose from all with top notch staff. I wouldn't say this if I didn't mean it. I too am paying this college for an education that I hope will support me the rest of my life. I wouldn't say it if I didn't absolutely believe it. You're going to love it here. Just inform yourself with what you'll need to assure your acceptance into a great school that's even greater when you're here.

    In three sentences

    This school is absolutely stunning. If you love campus life, and diversity than this is the place for you. It offers a wide variety of courses and is located in the most beautiful part of Florida.

  • 12/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things here. The amount of activities here are endless. Each residence hall may have separate activities. Because we are a sports school, there are different sport games throughout the week, and they are all free (except football). Gator nights is every Friday in the reitz Union. There are so many clubs to join. You will never have nothing to do!

    Food and Dining

    It would also depend on whcih dining hall you go to, but overall my dining experience here is great. I have not yet got tired of the dining hall food. But you have to watch out because that freshman 15 is not hard to gain.

    Dorm Life

    It definitely depends on the type of dorm you live in. I live in an apartment styled dorm, and I love it! Although living on campus may seem a bit awkward, the convenience that it provides outweighs any negatives.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging, but the reason you come to college is to prepare for your career. UF does a very good job at over preparing their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus! It is very convenient and helps you learn more about the university.

    In three sentences

    Attending this university is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The spirit and love that we have for each other and the gatornation is incredible! The classes here are very rigorous, and it becomes very obvious why UF is known as a public ivy.

  • 10/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University Police Department (UPD) is always vigilant about what goes on around campus. Be it a football game day, concert event or an ordinary evening, there is always at least one or two cars patrolling the campus and making sure that people are safe walking around at night. Text message and email alerts are sent out the moment a campus crime occurs to promptly notify students and make them aware. There are also plenty of student initiated programs to assist with transportation around campus late at night, such as the Student Nighttime Auxilary Patrol (SNAP) which will pick you up from a location and drop you off at another to avoid walking alone at night. They have even developed an app, providing a service similar to Uber or Lyft, that you can call from. Volunteer student officers will also come to your location and walk with you to wherever you need to go. Bright blue emergency call boxes are also abundantly placed around campus in the event of any emergency.

    Greek Life

    So many sororities and fraternities, at times it can be annoying. However, they are so diverse that if that's your thing, you have options. Rush weeks are always a fun time to see sorority girls and frat guys walking around on campus in their respective Greek clothes.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone here, and I mean EVERYONE. Do you like camping? Dancing? Gaming? Acting? Design? Hiking? Intramural Sports? That's not even a short list. What about underwater hockey? Yes....it exists. I'm not kidding....everyone and everything. If you can't find a club or activity for you, you can create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Our nursing, various research and engineering programs are top notch! I have plenty of friends who have graduated and gone on to be highly successful, and the network of Gators out in the work world is extremely abundant which can help land you a job right after graduation.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The French Fries is a favorite sculpture near the Marston Science Library done by artist John Henry that was placed on campus in February 1989. Though the actual name of the piece is Alachua, named for the county which the city of Gainesville calls home, it still remains a notorious landmark often referred to when giving directions to campus visitors and Freshman. Another popular sculpture around campus, The Potato, is located near Turlington Hall and serves as a popular meeting point. Krishna Lunch, a full vegetarian meal, is served daily in the Plaza of the Americas for dirt cheap, and it is delicious!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a high school student living in Florida and qualify to receive Bright Futures Scholarships, the cost of attendance is extremely affordable. I was able to complete my Bachelor's degree with little to no debt using these scholarships combined with other grants for which I qualified. Florida resident tuition is a pretty sweet deal.

    What to do for fun

    North Central Florida is known for its vast amounts of land, making it a great place to spend quality time outdoors. There are tons of various activities students can partake in when they are not studying, such as camping in Paynes Prairie, biking along Hawthorne trail or tubing down the various rivers and springs, located in High Springs, 20 minutes North of Gainesville. For those who are not so inclined to spend their time outdoors, the various local restaurants and bars do not disappoint!

    Food and Dining

    So many of the restaurants around Gainesville are one of a kind. Whether you are in Midtown, Downtown or near Butler Plaza,there are a plethora of cuisines. Local food is where it's at, and with so many options you may find yourself eating out more than you intend. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, especially downtown. The Top, Boca Fiesta and Civilization are some of the more popular local spots that come highly recommended.

    Dorm Life

    I am fortunate enough to say that I have never had to experience the dorm life. Though from what I have heard, depending on which dorm you are placed in, it can be a great experience or a not so great one. Most of the stories I have heard typically revolve around roommates however, so the best advice I can give if I had to give any would be to get a good one!

    Academic Rigor

    If you walk into any of the libraries or computer labs on campus, you will see students studying all day, all night. However, Gators are notorious for studying hard and partying hard. We balance work and play, and we do it well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have an idea of the field you would like to study, come to the university, visit the college your major is in and talk to someone. More than likely, you will always find someone willing to show you around and steer you in the right direction. It is also a great way to become more familiar with campus and really understand what you might be learning should you decide to continue with that major.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is the top public educational institution in the state of Florida, which means a lot for those looking for top notch school for academia. Sports are a big part of the Gator Nation, and football game days are something unique to the UF tradition. Best of all, the weather is great the majority of the time and pools are available all year round.

  • 10/12/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Excellent food.

    Dorm Life

    Good dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty hard.

  • 10/06/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    This school is great and challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up this is a great school!

    In three sentences

    I think this school is were I am going to go apply know.

  • 09/15/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    After visiting the campus my first impression is that the University of Florida is a very welcoming campus and would be a great school to attend!

  • 08/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very on top of safety. There is even a van that will pick you up on campus and drop you any where on campus, that you can access through an app called SNAP. This is especially useful for getting around campus at night.

    Greek Life

    There are over 60 fraternities and sororities at UF, so Greek life is a huge part of the university.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life is huge on campus, and a ton of clubs to get involved with. There are gyms, outdoor recreation and lots of sporting events to attend.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of meal and dining options at the university. You can but meals for 7 days a week, 5 or get a declining balance. UF is also one of the best universities for catering to vegan and vegetarian students.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are nicer then others, especially the ones that are newly renovated. They're not so bad either way, and good for the first year.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not an ivy league university, but UF offers a variety of courses that aren't super easy. If you put in the effort, there's no reason you can't do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that the school has a good program for what you're interested in studying first. But also know that students here both work extremely hard, but also have fun. Be prepared to bleed orange and blue as well.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida has a huge campus with a diverse student-body. With so many students, it may seem like you'd get lost in the masses but once you find your niche, you can really make the four years count.

  • 07/30/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The University offers a self defense class against rape for females, has a blue light system for police response in 90 seconds. Three different police forces are responsible for UF's campus. There is a service to take you back to your dorm late at night so you're not alone and the police department sends messages to your cell phones about possible threats.

    Clubs and Activities

    UF has more than one thousand clubs and a HUGE SGA budget to operate them with. If you don't find the club you want, you can start one!

    Bang for the buck

    This University was actually rated #2 for Best Bang for your Buck. The University costs are extremely low, especially for in-state students, and their career center is top-ranked. If you attend the University of Florida, the gator nation will make sure that you leave successful

    What to do for fun

    Lake Wauburg! UF offers free services at a huge lake where you can paddle board, sail, wakeboard, water ski, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    As a vegetarian, I love the dining hall options. They always have vegan/vegetarian options and they're always delicious. There are also lots of restaurants near campus that are vegetarian friendly like Clippers or Chipotle.

    Dorm Life

    Campus life is very active and the best way to take advantage of it is to be near campus, in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Although, I've yet to start at the University of Florida, I've emailed some of my professors and spoken to past students. Your time at this school will be academically challenging, but it will leave you well prepared for your departure.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Once you have gotten into the University, if you're planning on applying to the Honors College, do not delay! The deadline comes up fast and if you miss it, you'll have to apply laterally during the fall semester and your high school achievements will not be considered. - The students who are admitted are extremely diverse, find your own personal way to shine, whether it be leadership, academics, service or a job and this University will take into consideration your personality when reading your application.

    In three sentences

    This University offers prestige and academics, while maintaining one of the cheapest tuition rates in Florida. If you're planning on staying in Florida to take advantage of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, but want a high-ranking and affordable University, the University of Florida is your best option. No matter where you're coming from, the University of Florida has tons of top tear programs and a beautiful campus to match.

  • 07/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you are from Florida, it's already pretty cheap, but with Bright futures, this college is very inexpensive and is of similar caliber to your private colleges. Defiantly worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Participate in traditions. Go to events. Get friendly with people. Party, but don't be stupid. This school has no shortage of activities. There's underwater hockey for god's sake. Join a freaking club.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of non-school food on campus like Subway. I recommend getting as many flexbucks as possible, but the dining halls are unlimited food, it's just not as good.

    Dorm Life

    My limited experience in dorms doesn't allow me a lot of room to say much, other than the beds are squeaky and loud and noise echoes. Most people live off campus and you have a bit more freedom them.

    Academic Rigor

    An easy class here still requires that you study and do your homework. Its not like the freshman year of high school were you can slack off a lot. Truely is worth the money you pay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club. UFAA is one of my favorites. Listen to those around you, including teachers, alumni, and fellow students. Never buy your books from the campus bookstore. Enter with as many credits as you can manage.

    In three sentences

    Very welcoming to new students. An innumerable amount of activities to participate in. Actively making sure you simultaneously have the time of your life and become prepared for the real world.

  • 07/06/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Activities on campus

    Food and Dining

    From the campus tour, I saw many places to eat all around campus. I have not experienced the dining hall food.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard that the dorms are somewhat old and outdated, but I have not lived on campus so I cannot properly review.

    Academic Rigor

    University of Florida is one of the most prestigious public universities. It is considered to be a public Ivy.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida has wonderful academics and it is a beautiful campus. I am excited to apply here soon.

  • 07/02/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own Police system

    Greek Life

    16% of students enroll in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    With almost 1000 clubs, everyone has something!

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many resources available for students to use!

    Food and Dining

    SO MUCH FOOD

    Dorm Life

    Kinda old, but not in bad shape.

    Academic Rigor

    Most prestigious school in Florida, UF has a great staff and course selection!

    Tips for prospective students

    Orange and Blue will multiply in your closet, don't try to stop it! The stadium is a great place to study on days there isn't a football game. Make sure you use all the campus resources available (you're actually paying for most of them anyways). Don't be afraid to try something new.

    In three sentences

    The most prestigious college in Florida. The school with the most school spirit I've ever seen and I've been to quite a few schools. The only school I know that uses Exploratory to replace the word undecided to make students feel better about themselves for not knowing exactly what they want to major in which is a huge confidence boost.

  • 06/17/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Safer than UCF for sure.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea, except the sorority houses are grouped together and are mainly composed of typical rich white kids.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are free classes and activities everywhere you look. Even in four years, it would be hard to do them all.

    Great for these types of students

    From what I've heard and experienced, its great if you are sociable, have a college spirit and have the brains to keep up in the classes. Typical characteristics of a good college student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bat house that bat fly out of every evening. Sounds pretty cool. They have some nature tails and outdoorsy things you may not find in a big city.

    Bang for the buck

    They were rated number three public school in US for most bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of intramural sports and anything else a division one public school normally offers. They even have Humans vs. Zombies and a Quitage team if you enjoy Harry Potter.

    Food and Dining

    You got your typical restaurants to choose from, with plenty of options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are typical on the inside, but campus life seems pretty cool.

    Academic Rigor

    Haven't attended any classes yet, but they are one of the top schools for a reason.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out their website for scholarships to see if there is one for your county or high school.

    In three sentences

    Campus has very nice scenery and people are very friendly. The town is much different than any Florida town I've seen and has many historic buildings at UF. Campus is very large with a nice gym and plenty of things to do.

  • 06/12/2014

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    In three sentences

    The campus is amazing, and my family went here. Im definitely hoping I get accepted but as a sophomore in high school with a 3.7 GPA do I have a chance?

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's all sorts of options to do for fun for all sorts of people. There are gator nights on fridays at the Reitz where there are various activities and free viewings of current movies. There is Lake Wauburg during warm weather. There's all sorts of intramural sports which you can form your own teams for or join a random team. There are free yoga, zumba, and other types of work out classes free to students at the recreational centers. Joining clubs or organizations can be purely fun oriented. Joining Greek like can be fun if you're interested in it! There's tons of bars and clubs at Midtown & downtown if that is the scene for you. There is a museum, performance center, and butterfly museum on campus! The possibilities are endless regardless of what you're interested in, you just have to look for them!

    Food and Dining

    Although the meal plans are expensive, (maybe overpriced...), having one is so, so, so convenient. Unlimited dining is a dream, at least for me. The food isn't your typical five star restaurant, but it's more tasty than fast food and there are tons of options. Also, there's food court style places at the Reitz and near Student Rec, along with other fast food restaurants and P. O. D.s (Products On Demand, similar to a gas station without the gas) all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is not necessarily something you would want to do all four years of attending UF. However, living in a dorm is a key way to meeting all kinds of people and making friends quickly. Dorms are very convenient, eliminate waiting on nearly full buses to take you to class, and are a huge part of starting college! I highly recommend trying it out.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, but not impossible. If your professor recommends- or makes it mandatory- to attend class, GO! For more difficult courses or weak areas, many students use Study Edge & Tutoring Zone. Going to lectures or exam preps are really helpful and necessary. One thing is for sure, UF's academics are respected for a reason, they're not a piece of cake.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Make sure you physically attend class whether you want to get up in the morning or not. Attendance is more important than it may seem at first. *If you do skip class, you soon see the consequences of doing so. 2. Find a job on campus. Campus jobs are more convenient to get to and more likely to understand you are a college student. 3. Get involved immediately. Don't wait until sophomore or junior year to start joining organizations. Start as a freshman. Involvement is critical. 4. Don't overload yourself. Time management is so vital in college & maybe registering for that extra 3 credit class can wait until next semester. Give yourself time. Challenge is great but don't hurt yourself by putting more on your plate than you can actually handle. 5. Meet people!!! Make friends with your classmates, professors, club members, and even the lonely person eating alone in the dining hall. It's important to have good relations so that you can have connections everywhere and for everything whether it's studying, a letter of recommendation, or even someone to keep you company at any meal! Networking is rewarding throughout your entire life, and it's never too soon to start making connections that will reward you later on.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is better than I could have imagined. There are hundreds of student clubs & organizations, and plenty for any individual attending or planning on attending this wonderful university. There are so many opportunities at this school and chances to get involved and grow as an individual if you're willing to try.

  • 06/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends no matter what makes everything fun. Go to some movies, the mall, a few college activities that are always happening around.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of variations in terms of food, so you won't starve lol.

    Dorm Life

    I love living on-campus. Dorms are great, floormates are great, and the activities and connectivity make living on-campus so much better.

    Academic Rigor

    UF is known for it's academia. There are some tough teachers, and definitely some tough classes, but it's meant to be that way. Otherwise, UF would not choose the best students to be admitted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't Procrastinate! High school is easy compared to college, so procrastination won't necessarily work as well here at UF. If you keep yourself organized, have a plan, and schedule, you'll do great. Also join clubs and organizations, or volunteer on your free time. As a new student, this is a perfect way to make friends.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida is an amazing school. Incredible campus and amazing fellow classmates. And although the classes may be hard, it will definitely help you develop as a student and as a person.

  • 06/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Gainesville Police Department is located on the campus and there are patrol cars all over campus. Also from 6:30/8:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. their is a student night auxiliary patrol van that picks up and drops off students at different campus locations.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities for students to get involved in. Many that people are familiar with and others for people to familiarize themselves with.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 organizations on campus for students to get involved. It is possible for a student to find the right fit for them or create their own organization.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students looking for a fresh start, students who love diversity, students who love sight-seeing, love to explore, most of all students who are prideful in their school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Taking a picture in the Swamp, the home of the Florida Gators, where many students not only go for football games but they also work on mental and physical fitness. During the daytime the stadium is open to the public to run stadiums or do homework. The stadium is place of leisure. Walking through Turlington Plaza, which also called the set by students. It is something every student is going to get a chance to do. It is where most foot traffic is and a lot of greek performances are held. A lot of advertising and promotion is also done in this area.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a quality education with a lot of resources and opportunities to prepare a student for their post undergraduate career.

    What to do for fun

    Join different organizations and attend events that are being hosted by a variety of organizations. For example, Gator Nights every Friday Night and food socials/ mixtures for different holidays.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is okay for a first year student when trying to balance your time to eat with your new busy schedule of classes and involvement. There is a variety to choose from and depending on your meal plan the student is not limited.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life in Beaty Towers is a great experience for freshman to get adjusted to the campus climate and atmosphere. When living in a living and learning community you are amongst other students who share a common interest and goal while being on campus which makes the social experience more welcoming. Which is a great start to a student's college career.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum at the University of Florida is challenging. It is great for students who do not want their college career to be a breeze. It gives students the opportunity to get real focused in their school career and develop cognitive skills and improve on their time management and study skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make great use of your resources. Start networking as early as possible. Remember the 3 S's (Socialize, Study and be Safe).

    In three sentences

    It is a place to develop school spirit. A place of academic excellence. A place to make a difference.

  • 05/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 clubs and organizations on campus, I'm sure you can find one that will suit your needs! And if not start your own club! There are also plenty of club and inter-mural sports!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You must go to Stachel's pizza! It's a great pizza place in Gainesville which must be accessible by car since it's like a 15 minute drive from campus. Keep your eyes peeled for all the Satchel's bumper stickers I'm sure you will see around. You have to try Krishna lunch at least once (Wednesday is my personal favorite, its spaghetti day!) The Krishna house has been serving the UF community lunch for decades, and it is $5 for all you can eat. This is in the Plaza of the Americas in front of Library West. Attend the Housing Fair to get a ridiculous amount of free stuff. At the end of the 3rd quarter of football games, everyone stands up and holds onto the person next to them and sings We are the boys from old Florida. The rest you can discover on your own :)

    What to do for fun

    Daytime: Hang out with friends, go to different club and organization events, go to the lake, go to the natural Springs, volunteer work, go to the museums, go with a group of friends to theme parks such as Busch Gardens, Disney, or Islands of Adventure/Universal Studios. Nighttime: Hang out with friends, go to the movies, go out to eat, go out for a night on the town either in Midtown or Downtown, attend events at the performing arts center, Gator Nights in the Reitz Union.

    Food and Dining

    I had a meal plan for Summer B and though it was convenient since I didn't have my own kitchen to cook it was a bit pricey and you do get tired of the food at times. The best time to go to Broward Dining Hall is when preview is there! That is when they have the BEST food and Cookies! Aside from the dining halls there are also several Subways, Einstein Bros, Chick-Fil-As, Pollo Tropicals, and other restaurants on campus that do take the Meal Plan. There are also plenty of other restaurants to eat at off campus that are walking distance in Midtown (if you are a late night library studyer then this is most likely where you will go to grab a bite when you need a study break).

    Dorm Life

    - Apply early for on campus living!!! You DO NOT want to get stuck in Overflow Living in Beaty East because it requires that you have to move out again around winter break time and then move into another location for Spring semester. Trust me when I say you want to have to minimize moving as much as you can because it is a pain to have to store your stuff over the breaks and is an extra pain if you don't have a car. Luckily there are many storage companies in Gainesville such as Haulbox that can help you make this process painless. - The dorms are generally pretty well kept, and communal living is not too bad if you are even a slightly sociable person. Its a great way to meet new people, and is a great way for first year students to immerse themselves into college life. I enjoyed my first year on campus, but I'm also looking forward to moving off campus for my following years here at UF.

    Academic Rigor

    This is college. You cannot simply cram for an exam or write a paper the night before without losing your sanity and without putting a damper on your health.You have much more free time now that you are not in school for 8hrs a day plus all your other extra curriculars and responsibilities you had in high school. You have more time so use it wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    - The best investment you will ever make if you attend UF is buying a pair of rain boots and a good umbrella. This is specifically if you are attending during the Summer. It will be a beautiful day one minute and the next there will be hurricane style downpour, followed by a beautiful clear sky. I promise you regular sneakers do not suffice for the Gainesville rain! GET RAIN BOOTS! - Don't be afraid to get involved! As you walk through Turlington plaza you will be bombarded with flyers and people offering you free stuff, don't be afraid to take the flyers (and the free stuff of course) and actually attend a meeting or event. Getting involved is a great way to make new friends and to explore different passions and new issues and things that you may have been oblivious to before! - We have a 24hrs library (Library West) with a 24hrs Starbucks, I promise you start asking all your family members as of NOW for Starbucks gift cards!

    In three sentences

    Very diverse. Offers a plethora of opportunities for professional and personal advancement. It's great to be a Florid a Gator!

  • 05/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Good luck finding something to do if you're not in to the college bar scene.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think honestly about what you want from a school and program.

    In three sentences

    Personally I've found the UF graduate school experience to be far from my expectations. Peers are generally difficult to get to know and 95% of my cohort went to UF undergraduate so social networks are already established and not open to outsiders. I wholly regret my decision to come but as I'm 50% done, I'm soldiering through it.

  • 05/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are enough activities and organizations to fulfill any type of interest you may have. Whether its outdoors, arts and crafts or even dancing there's something that will interest you and help you get involved. If for any reason you do not enjoy any of the current organizations on campus feel free to start your own.

    Food and Dining

    If you do not know how to or just do not like to cook there are multiple eating locations on campus. I recommend getting a meal plan for your first semester and from there you can determine if you want to continue purchasing meals or making your own.

    Dorm Life

    If you enjoy sharing a bathroom with over thirty girls then dorm life should not be a problem. Also be ready to become open minded to new cultures, food and people. Like anything in life dorm life is what you makes it. Feel free to search for roommate matching website before finalizing anything.

    Academic Rigor

    Remember you came to college to get an education, therefore it important to always put your school work before anything else. It is easy to get caught up in the social aspects of college but at the end of the day grades come first.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask for help. In high school you probably excelled in all of your courses without putting much effort in the curriculum,but classes at UF are challenging and it is important to stay on top of lessons and study regularly.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a institution that prepares you for your future endeavors. If you take the initiative to seek information, make goals and achieve those goals you will be well off in the university. With a faculty of over 200 and more than 950 student organizations it is important to find a balance between academics and extracurricular; there are numerous resources that are available for help.

  • 05/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's always some type of sport season and often times the tickets are free for students.

    Food and Dining

    It's campus food, what do you expect? It'll taste great for the first few weeks, then you'll realize the dining hall rotation and get sick of it. There's a lot of on campus options too, such as Starbucks, Boar's Head, Chik-fil-A, Panda Express, and so many others in the Reitz.

    Dorm Life

    Life in Broward, Rawlings, or Jennings your first year. These are the main freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely some joke classes, but they're needed to balance out the difficult ones. It's not uncommon for students to have to take a class twice, or to drop a class. If you're studying engineering, good luck.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is HUGE. Everyone says to get involved to make it smaller and find your friends. This is so true! I can walk the same route to class each day and continue to see unfamiliar faces. Join Greek life, an intramural team, get an on campus job, do something and get out of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    I feel like I'm living the ideal American college life. Gainesville is the perfect college town that revolves around student life and the school. This worried me at first, as I feared there would be no escape, but coming back home to Miami is boring after being away.

  • 05/08/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    While staying on campus for a week with 4-H, we got to eat dinner and some times breakfast at the gator dining and their food was the best school food I have ever ate.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms we stayed in were nice. Equipped with two beds, AC, showers in the hall, dressers, mirrors, and closets. My stay was delightful.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard great things about UF's academics.

    In three sentences

    I am looking for a good school to get a great start on life and I've heard only good things about UF.

  • 05/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although things do happen around the University and sometimes small incidences the UFPD keeps the student body very safe and have a van called SNAP just so students don't have to walk home at night by calling the van to pick them up through a phone app.

    Greek Life

    Definitely something you want to be a part of it is very strong at this University. Your new brother or sisters will be your new family. And the house will be your new home. As well as all the fun things you will be able to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 1000 clubs and organizations to be a part of you just have to choose your niche.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are hard workers and can still have fun and also have plenty of leadership skills and are humble and open minded.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gator stompin is also our multiple night and paint runs. As well as Dance Marathon where we raise millions of dollars for the kids who deal with cancer.

    Bang for the buck

    Very well priced for the money ranked by the Princeton review as the number four bang for your buck university in the nation.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go to midtown or downtown for night life. Also if possible join Greek life because it is an amazing thing to be part of at the university of Florida. Sporting events are also a good time to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of places to eat and has plenty of variety because o the dining areas at and surrounding the university.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay most of the dorms are outdated, also picking dorms is a hassle but it you get a good roommate all that does not matter and you will love the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a rigorous university that will challenge you all the way to the end and it does not get easier. If you don't put in the work it will make you fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard because you will have to study. Leave your egos at home because the university will challenge you and it can hurt you if you dont come in humble. Make sure to have fun because you have to have a college experience too.

    In three sentences

    The University is very efficient in bringing in world class professor. It is combined with a fun atmosphere with rigorous coursework. The University definitely shows a student how to become an adult.

  • 05/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The area surrounding campus is super sketchy. Never walk alone at night. This past semester the Gainesville Urinator was on the loose. (what?!)

    Greek Life

    YES. DO IT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many! Graffiti on the 34th street wall. Go to football games. Get a picture with Albert and Alberta. The list goes on

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarships, apply for scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Go greek. Seriously, you will never have a dull moment. And its not always that wild-crazy college kid fun. There are lots of other ways to have fun!!!!

    Food and Dining

    I never have had a UF meal plan, but I hear it is not good. (One more reason to go greek)

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm at UF, but all my friends that do love it.

    Academic Rigor

    It is difficult but still do-able. Be ready to study a lot and learn a lot. Do not come to UF if you aren't ready to be challenged academically. There are weed out courses to be aware of as well; this is when the university purposefully makes a class harder than it needs to be. (NOT cool.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Do NOT purchase textbooks from the book store, find them cheaper on Amazon, Neebo, or Chegg. DO purchase smokin notes for any classes that they offer them for; well worth every penny. (Some classes you can skip buying the textbook altogether!!) Go GREEK! It may not be for everyone, but my decision to go greek has made my college time more wonderful than I ever imagined.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a competitive school in both academics and sports. As with any college experience, it is a lot of fun, however there is also a great need to stay focused on studies to keep up with classes. There is always something to do and many many many ways to get involved in leadership positions on campus.

  • 04/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are awesome!

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS of different clubs on campus to join.

    Bang for the buck

    The price you pay for the education is well worth it for the experiences you can have while at the University of Florida.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Gator Nights on Friday nights. Every Friday, free food, movies and more and always a good time on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good selection to choose from on campus. Everything from healthy to pizza, and even vegan food.

    Dorm Life

    I have never stayed in the dorms myself, I have visited friends who have lived in the dorms and they seem to be pretty nice and there is always something going on. My friends that have stayed in the dorms have liked it.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes take ALOT of work and studying to do well. Really want you to put in the effort to achieve a great grade and makes you work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY STUDY STUDY! Try not to procrastinate on your work or it will get the best of you

    In three sentences

    Fantastic atmosphere and campus. Professors are excellent and are always caring about their students education. While college can be costly, I feel that the education I am receiving here is well worth it.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus is very safe! We have our own police force right on campus! They are trained very well and can even rangle wild alligators! if you are out late partying or studying, hopefully the latter, you can call SNAP. This is a student run service that can pick up students anywhere on campus and take them to anywhere on campus between 6 pm -3 am everyday of the week. Also, we have an application that you can download on your phone that can contact the police in case of emergency. You set a timer of how long you estimate it will take you to get to a certain location and if you do not deactivate it before time runs out, the UFPD is sent immediately to your location. Also, if you have your headphones in, if anyone grabs you, you can pull your headphones out of your phone and it signals the UFPD to come to your location. There are a lot of security organizations in place to make sure every gator is safe and sound.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course every university is going to try to squeeze as much money out of you for as long as they can! University of Florida is just the same! They will want to take as much as they reasonably and legally can. But, the rewards for these high prices are evident. There are so many Student Government run events that are free for students to go to! of course they are not free, but you are paying for it with your tuition and fees! They have Gator Nights, where different activities such as Carnival Nights, Pep Rally NIghts, Salsa Nights and every week they show a new movie! Recently, we have shown Frozen, Saving Mr.Banks, The Wolf of Wall Street and countless more! Also, by just being a Florida Gator you have free admission to every home game except for Florida Football games. And generally, at Swim Meets, Gymnastics Meets, Lacrosse Games, they give away authentic drinking glasses, t-shirts, tank tops, sunglasses and more! A lot of the money that we pay for can be given back to you if you go and look for it!

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Halls at University of Florida are eater-friendly. Some days the food is completely amazing and you want to gobble up everything you see. Others, you have to look hard before you find anything that you are really interested in eating. I myself am not a picky eater, but sometimes I just don't find any of the options appetizing. So, you can go to the salad bar,omelette bar, or sandwich station where they can make you whatever you would like. Overall, the food is good, but the price for a meal plan is very high. If you have the time and will to cook for yourself do it. If you are a voracious eater and are always pressed for time, get yourself the meal plan. As well, the meal plan offers flexbucks to use at coffee shops, or restaurants on campus. Some of these restaurants even offer meals up to $6 can be paid for merely by having the meal plan. Restaurants such as Moe's, Subways, Pollo Tropical etc.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm here at UF, can either be a great one or an awful one! When you choose a dorm definitely try to room with someone you know very well and know . Do not room with old friends or acquaintances because these generally end up in broken relationships. I have seen this happen many times, where old friends room with one another and detest the other by the end of the year. If you are having problems with your roommate, request a room transfer immediately. As well, definitely do your research into where the dorms are located and what kind of living environment it is. Here we have dorms dedicated to Pre-Med students, engineers, ROTC, fine arts etc. Also, make sure what prices you want to pay and what you want in return for your money. If you would rather live in a double rather than a single, make sure you check the size difference and the price before committing.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared for the tough professors that everyone warns you about. The rumors about General Chemistry and Calculus being weed-out classes, they are one-hundred percent true. There of course will be classes that will be a breeze, but the majority of your classes here at the Univeristy of Florida will be difficult. If they weren't, it wouldn't be the number one university in Florida. The material you are tested on is harder, and there will be more material to test on than in most universities. Yet, the reward of knowledge is greater than the amount of effort you have to spend studying, and that is a lot!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do not come into the University of Florida with senioritis. You have to come in ready for a challenge. Whether you are science, math, humanities, all of the above oriented you will be in for a true test of character and resolve. Make sure you are ready for the academics and for being on your own. You need to be able to depend on yourself and be an independent person. Of course you will make great friends, but your friends will not be the ones taking your exams.

    In three sentences

    The school is honestly challenging, academically rigorous and worth the trouble. The teachers here are unlike any other, and so are the students. The school has so many activities and organizations that are extremely diverse and draw much attention.

  • 04/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UFPD responds fairly quickly

    Greek Life

    Theirs a lot of Greek life on and off campus, i would definitely recommend !

    Clubs and Activities

    hundreds, if not thousands of clubs and organisations choose one!

    Great for these types of students

    great fro white people, great for black people as well

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none that i can think of

    Bang for the buck

    classes are extremely expensive as compared to most colleges in florida, or even the south east

    What to do for fun

    go to bars, clubs or play socccer

    Food and Dining

    lot of intereting restaurants in town!

    Dorm Life

    just like any other college in the united states, you have fun dorm mates, and you nagging / oring / frustrating dorm mates. home is where you make it.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely difficult, alot of people opt to do some of there core classes at the local community colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its always good to have fun, but its very easy to land on academic probation, simply by not meeting the minimum requirements in one or two classes. Its an exciting school, so don't loose track of your academics!

    In three sentences

    this university is really great in many aspects, in terms of the atmosphere, the collegiate teams, and the level of education provided. This university's course works are very rigorous, they might not seem that way at first, but you will soon realize how tough it is. Awesome school, its in a great city, and the surrounding cities are very different.

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    From what I've seen the food and dining is okay at the school but being apart of the campus definitely makes up for it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a little older.

    Academic Rigor

    With this school you definitely get bang for your buck. One of the best academics for a public school, but you have to work hard to get the grades you want.

    In three sentences

    Growing up in Florida,The University of Florida is my dream school! The campus seems so vibrant and the school spirit is out of this world. Go Gators!

  • 03/12/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Totally a college town. Parties, Downtown, and Football.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent variety of on campus and off campus options.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorm but had friends in dorms. I think they are small, but there are a few newer dorms that are more spcious.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what you major in, but planning and being open to help will get your through most obstacles. Be aware of weed out courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are an undergarduate student, learn to manage your time. You will find you have a lot more free time then in high school. You must discipline yourself to study during those hours.

    In three sentences

    It's is an impeccable institution with a rich history and tradition that influences UF students to have a Gator Pride that they carry with them for a lifetime. Because the campus is so big, specialized needs are minimally met, but the shared culture of being a Gator, surges diversity and influences ethic, social, and educational excelence. In a nutshell, it's Great to be a Florida Gator!.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining is pretty good, however, options for vegans are available, but there isn't much variety for them.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on your schedule and your personal preference there is a lot of options to choose from. Make sure you get your choice in early though.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are incredibly competitive and rigorous. Be sure to study hard and possibly get a study group going.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get your application done early, be well rounded rather than just having the grades.

    In three sentences

    Being in Gainesville is different from being in any other area. Going to the University of Florida is going to be such a great opportunity, and is the obvious choice of Florida school for a math/science major. Hope to see more of you next year in Gainesville!

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have great options and are well located.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are clean and nice. Honors students get preferential housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Florida's best public college. There are many opportunities for majors and research.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep applying for scholarships even once in college! I know someone who went here and applied for numerous scholarships her freshman and sophomore years. She won may of them because there is less competition, as fewer people know about these scholarships!

    In three sentences

    The campus is large, but very friendly-seeming. There are lots of clubs and opportunities for students to get involved. Also, the Honors College is a great opportunity for those students who qualify.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It says estimated cost is $20,000 but I probably pay $10,000 tops for 2 semesters.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of fun places around, parks, state parks, rock climbing, roller skating, bowling, movies.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of good restaurants but dining halls and meal plan is not worth it. Maybe declining balance but not the meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Community is great but I don't have the money to continue with the dorms, and that is popular opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough and challenging school but you learn so much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't buy a meal plan, and don't buy books until you know you need them. Study hard, work hard and you will do well.

    In three sentences

    Great school, beautiful campus with lots of great classes and professors. It's tough and requires a lot of work, but overall it has been worth it. Start off right with a good GPA and you will be golden.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are buses every night that runs until 1 am or 3 am. There are also blue lights that you can tap on if you feel like you are in a dangerous place. There is a student carpool service called SNAP that will pick you up and drop you off any place on campus at night and there is also an APP for your phone that sounds an alarm if you don't get to your destination in the time you plugged in for. This app alerts the police and then tracks your phone if you end up in a dangerous situation. There is a low crime rate, and a lot of people feel very safe on campus!

    Greek Life

    Greek life plays a huge role on campus however if you are not in Greek life you can still be very successful. A huge variety of fraternities, and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 clubs as well as sports teams and intramural sports. There is a place here for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are go gettings, wanting to meet new people, adventurous and willing to try new things. There are over 900 clubs for people of all types though.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is one spot called the French Fries that is pretty iconic and a lot of people take pictures with the Bull Gator that is in front of the Football Stadium.

    Bang for the buck

    If you have Florida Prepaid or Bright Futures then it is definitely a good price. I am getting everything out of college that I wanted and don't have to pay much out of pocket. It is number 17 on the top Public Schools list and is definitely a great school to attend.

    What to do for fun

    On campus there are intramural sports, the gym, beach volleyball courts and an arcade. There is bowling and pool tables, as well as other social rooms throughout campus. Off campus there are clubs, larger arcades, bars, restaurants, a lake where you can canoe, rock climb, and swim. There is also a local mall as well as movie theatres and other attractions

    Food and Dining

    There are restaurants like Chick-fil-a, Pollo Tropical, Panda Express, complex dining halls, and other great places! Off campus, there are a ton of restaurants, bars and fast food places.

    Dorm Life

    There are many types of housing, but I love how close housing is to my actual classes. They are safe, has all the resources I would need, and I have met some of my best friends from dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    UF has some difficult and easy classes. Depending on your major, you will certainly work hard, study lots, and prepare for your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to UF ready to meet new people, gain a better perspective of the world, and engage in tons of activities. Branch out and try to do something new!

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a great school with a lot of opportunities and a lot of ways to meet people. There are great dining places, housing is in a convenient location, and all classes are in the same general area. Overall, UF is home for thousands of students, and there isn't a day here that I don't enjoy!

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The nightlife here is very entertaining and constant. Theres also a wide variety of day time activites.

    Food and Dining

    Dining in Gainesville is perhaps the best in all of Florida.

    Dorm Life

    I've never stayed in a dorm so I cant speak to this. But from what I've heard, they're very old and uncomfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic quality is amazing. Also, UF has more degrees to offer than most other florida universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend students to join Greek life. It is the easiest way to meet people and network.

    In three sentences

    Attending UF is the single best decision I've made with my life. I find it superior to all other Florida universities in terms of community, quality of education, and student involvement opportunities. UF is diverse enough for any student to feel welcomed.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is full of old buildings with different architecture. I am always finding something new.

    Bang for the buck

    There are lot of secrets to unfold in this old university. They are only yours to open the door.

    What to do for fun

    kayak trips and trips to the forests.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep your nose to the grindstone. work on a daily basis. believe in yourself.

    In three sentences

    It is a top school. I am excited to be in a school of such high esteem. It is a top choice for research.

  • 02/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Later Gator buses that run Thursday through Saturday night that take students to popular location and home safely. There is also a blue pole every 100 yards on campus where if a button on it is pushed, the police will be there within 1 minute. There is also a free app called Snap UF where you tell put in your location and a driver will come pick you up and drive you home safely. I have never once felt unsafe on or off campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Florida is the 14th best public school in the nation. In my opinion it is very cheap for kind of education you get here.

    What to do for fun

    I never find myself bored here on campus. There are almost 1,000 clubs to join here so there is something for every one to get involved in. There are recreational and competitive sports for all levels of experience. There are a variety of study groups and tutoring opportunities to keep the grades up. An area called Mid-Town, right outside of campus, has a variety of restaurants and hang-out spots where there are always people. Downtown Gainesville has many different types of clubs and bars that are fun any night of the week.

    Food and Dining

    There are a wide variety of restaurants that are conveniently located on campus. However, they are open very limited hours, especially on the weekends. The dining halls change up there menus and are also located near where many of the classes are, but I find that they have more unhealthy then healthy options. There are also convenient store- like stores near some of the dorms and in popular locations that sell various snack items that are great for on-the-go college students. Unfortunately, the price of these items are much higher than standard price.

    Dorm Life

    I am in a economy triple room, meaning three girls in one room meant for two people with the bathroom down the hall. Despite this, I feel that I live comfortably and always have enough space. The room came equipped with a very nice desk that I definitely get my use out of. I also like that the bathrooms are cleaned multiple times a day, I have never seen the bathroom look too dirty. The dorms are right in the middle of campus and only a short walking distance from the classes and dining halls. However, this great location comes at a pretty steep price.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the reasons I chose to go to the University of Florida was because of its challenging courses that I would really learn a lot from, and it has not disappointed. There are a few gen-ed courses I have to take before I can get into major specific courses that I find to be easy and somewhat of a waste of time, but other than those few the courses are very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always keep in mind that time management is much more important in college than in high school. You will have a lot more homework and a lot more free time. It is impossible to get everything done the night before. Also, I highly recommend joining clubs and sports. It is a great way to meet friends and be active. The leaders are always friendly and helpful even if you have no experience with the activity you are doing.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a welcoming, lively and beautiful campus with many activities. I am especially impressed with involvement of the professors, TAs, and course coordinators. The abundance of office hours, tutoring opportunities, and their willingness to give individuals extra help shows how committed they are to help you succeed.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Call boxes and transportation services at night.

    Greek Life

    A place for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Social or studious students wanting a great education and degree, but also looking for a great college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a UF book with a list of traditions to uphold, such as taking pictures in front of the French fries or participating in a mud fight. The bat house is unique where you can see thousands of bats flight out at dusk.

    Bang for the buck

    Competitive education for the price with many amenities including the gym, museum entrance and bus services.

    What to do for fun

    Midtown, downtown, university clubs, dollar theater, zoo, science museum, art museum, butterfly garden, movies, performing arts, dance lessons, the gym, and the arts and crafts center. There is also Ginnie Springs, basketball games, intramurals, and football games.

    Food and Dining

    There are the dining halls with all you can eat buffets, or there are delicious restaurant chains such as Moe's, Chili's, Subway, KFC, Chick-fil-a, and Pollo Tropical.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus for the first few years so you can meet students and be more involved in campus activities and events. Also, really take a look at all of the prospective majors as you may find yourself liking something that you didn't consider before.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida has the best education in a wide variety of majors. The teachers are knowledgeable, there is a diverse mix of students, as well as a great social environment. The University of Florida is especially great for health professionals since UF Health is conveniently located on campus.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    They admit based on a point system and I believe it is out of 800 points. These points are based off of GPA, SAT/ACT, Extracurriculars, Essays, etc. Make sure these areas are strong!

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's everything for everyone. Trust me. And if they don't have it you can make it.

    What to do for fun

    I do not go out to clubs and frat parties or drink alcohol so I do not know much about that life. However I have a lot of fun with my friends going to trips for concerts, having parties at our houses and just taking on random adventures. Fun is what you make of it, you don't need to be drunk to have a great college life.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't get the meal plan and I survived. I heard the food wasn't good so I decided not to get it and I am glad I didn't, it's pretty expensive. I know how to cook so I just cooked all my meals and then just went to the food court when I didn't feel like cooking. I had a declining balance and that really help. Before you go to college please learn how to cook!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Jennings and I really loved it there. I had great floor mates and great RAs. I know other people that had really sucky dorm life so it just depends really.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't speak for any of the other colleges but I am in the nursing school program and that's when college got hard for me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry so much! And do not slack on your work! Yes you did AP classes, IB and Dual Enrollment, but it still was not college! College is a totally different animal.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida is really awesome and I love it here. Sure it has it's problems like any other school but I feel like I have made the right choice. It has really help shape me and mold me to the person I want to become.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Night life is expansive and all-encompassing. Different clubs host different music nights. For example, there are indie music nights, electronic music nights, country music nights, hip hop nights,and R&B nights.

    Bang for the buck

    Combining nightlife, academic rigor, the professors, and the types of students, UF is in my opinion, the best public university.

    What to do for fun

    Every friday night the student union, the Reitz, hosts Gator Nights, which is a fun family type atmosphere with movies and games. The nightlife in Gainesville is fantastic - there are too many clubs and bars to count, and they are all clean and packed every weekend night. Midtown is immediately across from campus, and Downtown is a 10 minute walk or a couple minute bus ride. Later Gator buses run until 2:15 AM, making getting Downtown very easy.

    Food and Dining

    UF offers two dining halls, and a multitude of meal plan-accepted places such as Moe', Papa John, Croutons, and Home Zone.

    Dorm Life

    Making friend with floormates is part of college. Also, the RAs are fantastic. The bathrooms and kitchens are clean for the most part, and the sociability that dorm life allows for cannot be replaced.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very large and very tough. To stand out to professors, a lot of work is necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors - networking for future research opportunities and letters of recommendation is truly why you are here. Getting good grades in classes and visiting professors office hours,while emailing with professors and deans and advisers, is how you land internships which create your career resume.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida campus is gorgeous and expansive. The students at UF are some of the most dedicated and genuinely considerate people I have ever met, while the professors thoroughly enjoy talking to students and letting students pick their brains for information. The school is very competitive, in the best way possible.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has many Emergency towers around campus that you can go to in case you feel in danger. They also send out alerts when there is crime around town. There is a transportation service that will pick you up if you need help.

    Greek Life

    There are a ton of sororities and fraternities at the University of Florida. I am not part of the greek life (yet) so I am not very familiar with it. I do know that they volunteer at many events around Gainesville.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus. I am joining the AgEcon club which specializes in agriculture. I am also rushing a local sorority. It is one of the only two in Florida.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is good for all types of students. Anyone can find their place at UF. I am a small town country girl and I found my home in the big city my joining the college of agriculture and life science.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many locations on campus that are legendary. There is also artwork throughout the campus that are unique and well know. Such as the yellow statues called the fries. If you don't know what the fries are then you need to find out!

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Florida is one of the cheaper schools when compared to other schools throughout the United States. When you are paying for your own education it still feels like a lot of money. It does seem like there is a better quality of teaching at UF so I feel like I am getting my moneys worth.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on the campus! There is a bowling ally and a few arcades open for students. There are also many activities on campus for students such as gator nights.

    Food and Dining

    I have never eaten at a dining hall on campus but there are various restaurants throughout the campus. Restaurants include Chick Fil A, Moes, Einstein Bros, and many more. The restaurants seem to be very clean and orderly.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm so I don't know how dorm life is.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Florida is not a walk in the park. When teachers suggest two hours of studying for everyone one credit hour they aren't kidding. Being a full time student really is a full time job.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should really get involved with the college. Find clubs that are within your degree and get to know the teachers and staff on more of a personal level. If you get more involved in your college you will be more successful.

    In three sentences

    So far the University of Florida has impressed me. The advisers and teachers have been so helpful and seem to actually care about the students. I actually feel like this school is where I am supposed to be.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Large and important in meeting other people and gaining connections with alumni

    What to do for fun

    Play golf or go to Lake Wauberg. It's Florida, the weather's always awesome.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are alright. The food just gets old after a while.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are new and renovated as are most of the buildings on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes range from rigorous to fairly easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you like larger university with a lot of people.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school with a lot to offer. The campus is awesome and there are always people around. The classes are interesting, stimulating, and fairly rigorous.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I only paid for one semester out of pocket, and it was less than $1000 for sure. It sucks that they make you take summer classes though, so be prepared for that. Financial aid doesn't cover summer.

    Food and Dining

    Arredondo Cafe is awesome!!! So is the restaurant at HARN. Broward is gross and Gator Corner isn't much better. Skip the meal plan and learn how to cook for yourself; it's much cheaper, healthier, and tastier.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in my dorm was friendly, though the rooms were old and out-dated.

    Academic Rigor

    School is tough. Lots of tutoring available on campus and professors are usually more than happy to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Number one priority is school--not dating, not partying, not being a member of every student organization available.

    In three sentences

    I couldn't have picked a better school to attend for undergrad. There are so many classes to take, and you can even create your own major! Classes are tough, but that's why we have such great drink specials.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a diverse and well rounded university that accommodates all majors and interests. This university prepares you rigorously for the post college life. University of Florida constantly tries to meet the academic needs of students.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge part of UF.

    What to do for fun

    Sleep.

    Academic Rigor

    Although there are a few easy online classes, the majority of your classes will be very difficult and will require proper study skills. Cramming for exams does not work in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    At UF you are surrounded by the best of the best. Students are all leaders from their community and hand-picked by the university. Your freshman year you need to get as involved as possible. Apply to every organization and club that interests you. Although you will receive a lot of rejection at first, you will eventually find an opportunity which will serve as your stepping stone for your further endeavors. Don't let the failures affect you because you're competing against some of the most amazing students in the country.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is one of the most amazing and diverse colleges. No matter what your interests include you can find a major, minor, organization or club that focuses on it. It is also an amazing education without the price tag of an Ivy League school.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lake Wauberg and the nearby springs are great options for outdoor fun.

    Food and Dining

    Many different restaurants, and they change every year. I wish they didn't get rid of Taco Bell!

    Dorm Life

    Just live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The weed-out classes in the beginning are torture, but the professors want to see students succeed once they get to the 3000 and 4000 level classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pass your AP exams and skip Chem 1 and 2 and Calculus! The teachers are hoping not everyone will be able to pass those classes.

    In three sentences

    UF can seem quite large at time, but once you get into your major, people in your classes will start to look familiar. Because of its size, it offers more opportunities to get involved in research than many other schools. Gainesville is a small town, united in its love of the Gators.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UF PD is fantastic. It has set up call buttons all around campus. If the button is pushed, someone will be there within 45 seconds. It works very closely with Gainesville PD to ensure that everyone is safe. It offers defense classes, too. UF is an open, non-gated campus; this is both good and bad. It means that you will thrown into the rich culture of Gainesville, but Gainesville citizens will also be able to be on campus. Over all, you don't need to worry. The police departments are amazing at what they do.

    Greek Life

    The Greek system is unique at UF. There are many different types of sororities and fraternities, both social and professional. Not sure if it is for you? Be sure to rush, it will give you the chance to meet a whole bunch of interesting people while giving you a real taste of the things that you will have to do if you join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally, there is something for everyone. With over 975 clubs or organizations, if you cannot find something for you, you are not looking hard enough. Like Harry Potter? We have a quidditch team. Like traveling? Then the program Trip is for you. Greek organizations, volunteer opportunities, RUB, intramurals, anything you could think of, we have it.

    Great for these types of students

    UF is great for anyone who is determined; it does not matter what you are determined in. UF has a spot for everyone and is very helpful. If you have the academics to get into UF then you probably are perfect for the campus. Athletes will also find that this school is catered to them. We are a D1 school, and club or intramural activities can be just as exciting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions at UF are very important. The Alumni Association even gives out an F Book that has a list of all of the traditions in it. If you complete a certain amount of those traditions, you become a certified tradition keeper at UF and are gifted a medallion to wear upon your graduation. An unusual location on campus is Turlington Plaza; this is wear nearly everyone goes to give hand-outs for anything from Greek organizations to the biggest club events in Midtown or Downtown. In Turlington, you will also find that a lot of preachers shouting their beliefs at you in ridiculous ways, if anything it is more entertaining than successful.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a Florida resident this school costs pretty much nothing to attend, just your housing. If you are out-of-state, the price is honestly not as bad as the brochures make it seem. The cost the school gives out is projected, including meal plan and the average cost of a computer. If you look into the costs a little more, you will find that the school does not really charge as much as you think. For those paying out-of-state, look to see how much it would cost to attend an in-state school for you, UF usually only costs about 5K more total, which in perspective means that it charges a decent price.

    What to do for fun

    The best part about the University of Florida is the location. An entire city was built around this university. Midtown has the best food and entertainment. Downtown is the culture scene; free concerts and so much more are located in downtown. The university, itself, throws free concerts and sporting events for the students. The mall has anything you could possibly want, and Butler plaza has even more. Don't have a car to get around? No big deal, the bus system is completely free for students with a valid ID.

    Food and Dining

    The dining plan, while not necessary, is definitely a nice thing to have. It applies to more than just the dining halls, and the food, while it is not your mom's homemade meals, is better than most college's or universities. The best part, the dining hall does cater to vegetarians and vegans. There is a meal for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    There is actually a new dorm being built for students to come out in 2015. The dorm life is one you want to experience, if only for a year. While communal living anywhere can be an interesting experience, the dorms are clean and fun. Each area has a government that caters to the students that live there; they throw fun parties and activities like shaving cream wars and movie nights on the lawn.

    Academic Rigor

    This is not an easy school; no college or university is easy, but UF has a strict academic ranking to uphold and it expects its students to show that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour first. The campus is huge and a big school is not for everyone. Also, on the tours, the cicerones can help with any questions that you have about the history of the school or even the classes that you might need to take. If you have the time, meet with or email an adviser; if you think you know what you want to do, email that college's advising staff, if you don't, email the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; its staff is designed to help students find the right path for his or his future.

    In three sentences

    UF is by far one of the most diverse and interesting colleges around; you will constantly be immersed in knowledge and activities throughout the campus that enhance your experience as a student. The Professors are the best-of-the-best and continue their learning through research and internships that they offer to their students. At UF there is something for everyone; the University genuinely wants to see every single one of their students succeed.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have alerts of when something happens. Every month there are a few incidents like robberies and so forth.

    Great for these types of students

    You can find whatever you are looking for whether you are interested in partying, or studying.

    What to do for fun

    Good night life! Food: Leonardo's Pizza. La Tienda Activities Reitz Bowling, billiards... Free women's soccer games.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there are sources of healthy food, especially if you do the meal plan through your Gator1 card.I have personally not signed up for the plan.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on professor and courses, but usually very rigorous. Taking courses here and at a community college I realize sometimes UF makes courses harder than they should be. But, you definitely learn a lot more not even necessarily academically but about life skills (time management...). For example, taking Calc 3, I had an online Quiz or Assignment due every other day, but poor materials and instruction. Definitely pick your professors wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take too many courses at once. Pick your professors wisely!

    In three sentences

    Best in Florida. You may be very busy or not depending on your major. A lot of opportunities for involvement.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Check out the butterfly gardens at the museum, or the bat house by Lake Alice.

    What to do for fun

    If you can think it, the university has it. If you are bored here, than you are just a boring person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready for greatness.

    In three sentences

    This is probably the best university in the southeast. There is no other like the Gator Nation!

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus and it really brings people together to help with academics, social life, and it carries on into the future

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students are really dedicated to their academics and those who want to be involved on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have weird statues around campus, but it's fun to tell someone to meet you at the french fries.

    What to do for fun

    Midtown and downtown is filled with trendy restaurants and bars. There are so many clubs on campus that you can get involved in, as well as watching the sporting events! They have festivals and art shows almost every month.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try new things and join a club. School is so much more inviting when your involved in a campus activity

    In three sentences

    UF is one of the most amazing universities in country. There is a great variety of activities to do. Academically it is very challenging and prepares you for the real world and graduate school

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus police department.

    Greek Life

    A huge pare of the university. Some kind of frat party happening is nearly a daily occurrence.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and activities. Too many to name them all, but a few are equestrian, tae kwon do, quidditch, rock climbing, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who know how to work hard and balance their social life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is one frat house that paints the lion statue in front of there house quite often. There are rumors as to why they do that, but to know for sure you would probably have to join them.

    What to do for fun

    Parties/Clubbing Lake Wauberg offers rock climbing, skiing, canoeing, etc. Get involved in clubs (I started tae kwon do)

    Food and Dining

    I wouldn't get a meal plan. It's not bad, but you get tired of it really quickly. Also, it starts seeming like a waste of money when you want to eat out with friends, or even just eat at places that aren't on the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I like it. Sometimes it might get a bit cramped, but I got lucky with having two awesome roommates. So, just make sure you choose your roommate(s) wisely. There are social networks that allow you get to talk to a prospective roommate before choosing him/her.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to having to study hard. It's definitely level beyond high school. Also, as far as partying goes, know your limits and don't put partying ahead of studying.

    In three sentences

    Great university to attend. Challenges you academically, lots of activities to do for fun (especially being a part of the Greek life), and a lot of amazing opportunities that range from studying abroad to numerous research positions. All in all, this university is a combination of everything you could ask for.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are cops around every corner and emergency call buttons within sight at all times. As long as you don't walk through the woods alone at night, nothing can happen to you.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life can be very beneficial if you join it for the right reasons. There is definitely a sense of family within each fraternity and sorority, but if there is a very wide variety of people in Greek Life, some of whom you can look up to and some of whom you can have a little too much fun with. You just have to be careful with the decisions you make, especially when it comes to partying. Greek Life has tons of benefits socially and also educationally as long as you use them correctly.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are something like 500 clubs to join including christian ministries, juggling/unicycle-ing, sky diving, surfing, robotics, car-building, and more. Every group is like a family and is very active and fun. You can definitely find a club that you'll enjoy. UF also puts on tons of random activities just for people to come to as well if there's nothing else to do which is rare.

    Great for these types of students

    You have to be committed to school. People who are shy often don't like the school at first but there are so many welcoming groups who would love to be your friend so once you find that you're golden. Social butterflies will be right at home though because there are so many cool things and cool people around to meet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Plaza of the Americas is a cool park-like area right in front of the one main library called library West. Krishna lunch is there every week which serves surprisingly delicious all-you-can-eat vegan food for $5 around lunch time. That, lake Alice, and the Broward rec. area are my favorite places to hangout.

    Bang for the buck

    UF is definitely worth the money. There are so many things that the school offers once you're there. It's almost a challenge to use all the resources that UF offers because there are so many for everything including education, health, employment, career advice, advising, entertainment, and more!

    What to do for fun

    There are a million things to do for fun like joining clubs, doing intramural sports, hanging out with friends, random events around campus, etc. Watch out for posters and try to get into a club or group early so you can hear about fun things going on from other people.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are a little pricey and not the best quality ever but there are definitely some great tasting options as well as healthy ones.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on which dorm and what your RA is like, but it's great to be on campus around everything that's going on (which is always) and close to all your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging work but it's definitely not too challenging if you put in effort and spend time trying to learn/keep up with the material as you go.

    Tips for prospective students

    The adjustment is harder than you'd think so don't expect your first semester to be a breeze. Everyone struggles to make the adjustment early on but it gets a lot easier and more fun when you learn how to manage time and your studies. Study with friends who have the same classes as you and talk to your teachers, they can help a lot. There are limitless free resources to help you with your classes like tutoring and such so use them!

    In three sentences

    UF is a great place to learn! It's built to make everyone succeed as long as they have the drive for it. There are so many opportunities there to start your life in the right direction!

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like big campuses and enjoy meeting new people constantly and always want something to do

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The HUB is where it's at.

    Bang for the buck

    I pay $3000 per semester for my dorm and it's not all that great (I live in Tolbert). I suggest living in an apartment after your freshman year. The meal plan is around $4000 for the year and is great because you can access the dining hall whenever it's open. However, the dining hall service is terrible and they have the worst hours and can be frustrating.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs downtown and buses that will take you there or most anywhere around town. There is a movie theater not too far away and a free movie theater in the welcome center that plays movies on the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for heavy coursework. I didn't know this before I committed to UF but taking a summer semester is required to graduate.

    In three sentences

    Very large campus with something always going on. The dorms are fair. Classes are large but discussion classes tend to be more personal.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is generally safe, but there are some incidents that happen every semester off campus. In my opinion, stay away from the northeast side of campus and live in the southwest side of campus, it is safer and better.

    Greek Life

    There are numerous fraternities and sororities that you can join. There is a whole fraternity and sorority row dedicated to greeks. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy sister/brotherhood, be part of its tradition/history and get access to an excellent alumni network. However, some students could find it expensivee!

    Clubs and Activities

    As said earlier, there are 947 student organizations that would probably have something you are interested in. Do join them as it would help you meet new people, grow you professionally and if you get a leadership position, it would look great on your resume!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who work hard and party hard! --------- This defines a UF student. nuff said.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Taking a picture in front of Albert the alligator in front of the Ben Hill Griffin stadium is something every gator does at some point in his college career and there wont be a game day in which you wont gator chomp.

    Bang for the buck

    UF is consistently ranked in the top 3 for best value college in the states. You get so much value for the money you pay. They dig IB students and give you so much credit, which helps you save thousands of dollars. Here are some tips to save at UF: 1) Save on textbooks: never buy from the UF bookstore, they rip you off. Rent them from sites like chegg.com which both buy and sell textbooks. Or buy it second hand from other students. There are many uf textbook exchange facebook groups that you can buy and sell textbooks for cheap. 2)Go off campus after freshman year: off campus dorms are twice more spacious and half as cheap as on-campus dorms 3) take the buses; Bus system and routes are great and cover basically the entire nook and corner of college town, GET TO KNOW IT WELL! dont waste money on a car or bus. To say the least, get a cheap bike from target to help you maneuver on campus IF YOU WANT.

    What to do for fun

    This depends on what you personally like to do for fun. In my opinion there are a few ways to have fun in college: 1) Go Greek: Join a frat or sorority, make new friends, party hard and enjoy brotherhood/sisterhood. However, this option can be expensive for some! 2)Go to Lake Wauberg: This is a UF sponsored free outdoor activity hub, free for UF students. There is a huge lake, in which you can boat and sail. You can kayak or rockclimb too. There are free greenspaces to play some football, soccer, frisbee or even barbecue! 3)Do a leasire course: Eevery sem, UF offers free cheap leasire courses such as hula dance, guitar, ceramics, ballet and many many many more. This is a great way to learn something new! 4) Join a club: Join a club or organization to volunteer or grow yourself. UF has 947 clubs which probably has something you are interested in or has something related what you are pursuing. This is a great way to meet, mentor, mentee students from your major or field.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining is generally pretty bad. You will get bored of gatordining and broward dining at some point. Plus, the service is pretty bad too! Having said that, do get a meal plan for atleast the first semester as it is simply convenient and will avoid you the stress of making food while you need to be studying for those midterms. However, UF's mealplans are improving by including many foodchains as part of the meal plan, ex. in 2014 subway is supposed to come under the ambit of the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms at UF are expensive, small and inconvenient. Therefore, be sure to move out of dorms after freshman year. I would advice you guys to stay in dorms for freshman year simply to be comfortable with the campus and meet new friends. Make sure to apply for UF housing EARLY. I made this mistake of applying late and had to pay for it by living in the late application triple at tolbert. Generally, the good places to live on campus are Keys, Springs and dorms in the northwest side of campus. Get to know your roommates and be in good rapport with each other, roommate fights are not worth it and could put unnecessary stress on you, affecting studies and serving as an unnecessary distraction.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes after freshman year will be hard and thats what college is meant for, to give you the meat in subjects and help you learn advanced topics necessary for you to be successful. Therefore, be sure to pursue what YOU really want and what YOU will be happy/enjoy purusing in the long-run. Make sure to start early, see TA's, take organized notes and use resources such as Studyedge, Tutoringzone and smokin' notes to help you succeed. Make sure to be disciplined in study habits right from day 1 of freshman year as this discipline will really be helpful to get those A's in difficult classes. Also, know your priorities, sometimes life and work will demand that you spend friday nights in libraries studying for that exam on monday. Therefore, know what you really need to do to be successful. Be ready to put studies in front of social life at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your freshman year to identify what activities, clubs and social groups you want to be part of. Give yourself the freedom to make mistakes in freshman year and identify what you really want from your college experience. In sophomore year and so on, assess what activities, groups and clubs you feel is right for you in the long-term and stick to it.

    In three sentences

    An institution that gives students an opportunity to advance themselves intellectually, enjoy a vibrant social life and explore themselves in setting that would be hard to find anywhere else.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Good options of food on campus just high priced.

    Dorm Life

    I attend from out of state. Do not use dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Academically its great, just heavy work if you have to work full time and raise a family.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about all your options of colleges if you are seeking a Post Master's Certificate

    In three sentences

    Heavy coursework if you have a family and a full time job, it is difficult. Must read like 3-6 chapters in 2-3 books per class weekly. Work load not very flexible and no financial aid available for Post Master's Program. Traveling back and forth for one class very expensive with no financial help.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus cops are only good for giving out tickets.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is great if you're in it. If you aren't you probably won't like Greeks.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students with Bright Futures, you should mostly be set.

    What to do for fun

    Bars and football games.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are okay, but there are plenty of on-campus chain restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are fun but definitely not luxurious. It's a good experience though.

    Academic Rigor

    Especially if you're pre-med, UF will challenge you. Many lower-level classes are to weed out the students that don't really want to be in that major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very rounded. Take as many APs as you can. Get as many AP/IB credits as possible. You'll save a lot of money in the end.

    In three sentences

    You will be challenged. You will have fun. Your degree will take you places.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt very safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    One of the biggest parts of the university other than football.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't even name them all. Over 200 clubs at UF; including sky-diving, rowing, dance, frats, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love football and the football tailgate atmosphere. If you want to feel like everyone at the university is your family. If you love to had fun. Most importantly, if you love getting challenged academically, this is the school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football season lasts all Fall semester, tailgates are right in campus, very fun experiences.

    Bang for the buck

    It is one of the most economic universities in Florida. You pay the same amount of money per credit as you would in any other university in Florida, but you get an even better education!

    What to do for fun

    Clubbing, Gym, Rock climbing! UF has many facilities that students can use for recreation for free.

    Food and Dining

    Food is better outside campus, it's a good thing there are many restaurants near by.

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely have to study and try. UF does not give out grades As, you have to earn them. Anything that deals with the sciences and engineering is really tough, like suicidal tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your first year seriously, don't think you know it all because this can affect how you perform your first semester. You are smart (that's why you are there) but you don't know it all. Study every day and focus on getting a routine that works down. Don't stress yourself too much if you can't maintain a 4.00 GPA, most people can't.

    In three sentences

    One of the best universities out there. UF will challenge you mentally in every aspect, but the struggle will be worth it. Great environment and amazing overall.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of clubs available for students to join. There are organizational fairs every semester for extracurriculars, volunteer opportunities, study abroad, and more. There is an office with the Reitz Union that houses information about the clubs and a specific organization whose mission is to help students get involved. No matter what you are interested in, you can find a club that is tailored to your interest or you can easily start one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undy Run! Every year there is an Underwear Dash that takes place on campus. It's about a mile long route that participants run. The idea is that the clothes you wear to the run and take off are donated to charity. You don't have to get down to your underwear, it's whatever you feel comfortable in and whatever you are willing to take off to donate. It's a campus tradition and a lot of fun.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events! Even you couldn't care less about sports, it's a great way to get to know people and you can at least learn a little about the event. Explore downtown Gainesville. There are a lot of little shops and great eating places there. Go outside! There are a bunch of awesome parks and trails in Gainesville and on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The POD Markets are great for a quick snack or treat. There are a wide variety of options available on campus, from Burger King, Chick-Fil-A, Pollo Tropical, and Subway, to the dining halls and Arrendondo Cafe that offer a sit-down experience with freshly prepared food. UF is also great if you are a vegetarian or have any allergies. The dining halls participate in Meatless Mondays and there are vegetarian options available at the markets including a locally produced tempeh.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus for three years and thoroughly enjoyed it. For freshman, I recommend Jennings Hall. It's relatively close to everything, the rooms and lounges are really nice, and it's close to the dining hall and Beaty Market. There are always events hosted by each hall for the residents and I highly recommend going to those. I met some great people who lived in my building that way and got free food.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on your major. If you a biochemistry major, your classes will be hard. If you have a major that is not as science or math heavy, it might be easier. However, there are a bunch of free tutoring opportunities available on campus and groups on facebook, in dorms, and in your classes that can help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your classrooms before the first day of classes. It can get hectic, especially if you have back-to-back to classes and you don't want to get lost. Get involved your freshman year. Not necessarily join a bunch of clubs, but make sure you go to events, even if you wouldn't normally be interested in the topic. Everything is geared toward freshman so take advantage of the opportunities.

    In three sentences

    UF is an amazing school for many reasons. The care of the faculty, the beauty of the campus, and the opportunities to get involved are just three of many reasons. The many chances to have fun and live a little are another.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ultimate frisbee is a college sport

    What to do for fun

    Chill with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    So many great options and a variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    My floor feel like a family. You just have to make the initiate and make friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a place you can see yourself.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Florida. There is a great atmosphere here and it feels like a real family community. We work hard and play hard here in the gator nation.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I believe in safety. In order to be safe, people in campus needs to act safe too.

    Greek Life

    I don't know what Greek Life is....

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities always around the school.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a great place for any Florida students who are prepared in higher learning and wants to be educated. There are variety of mixed students so no one feels left out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since its located at Florida, you can always visit many attractions of Florida like Everglades, St. Augustine, or Kennedy Space center. If you're more of out going person I recommend Universal, Disney World, and Busch Gardens.

    Bang for the buck

    Sadly, for international or other students alike, UF is very expensive school. I'm hoping financial aids will help me out.

    What to do for fun

    Other than partying all week long, there is calm and serenity in the air around the campus. A nice picnic will be fun.

    Food and Dining

    I gave it a three because nothing is better than your moma's home cooking.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms are not far away but close enough in walking distance or from a local car.

    Academic Rigor

    Almost everyone in UF is ready to learn, most are very intelligent students.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is an astounding library offered in the campus with all the available research projects and very clean dorms that offers relaxation at its best.

    In three sentences

    It is an excellent school with wide varieties of activities, sports, and academics. It is the center of the town or a city of Gainesville. It has the quite demure of natural environment.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety of its students are of utmost importance to the University of Florida. The campus has Blue Lights strategically set up at different points on campus if anyone were to ever feel unsafe. The school also uses SNAP or the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol which will take you from point A to point B on campus during the evening and gives students a safer option for getting around at night. And if anything were to happen on campus the students are immediately notified through text messages from the police department.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things for students to do on campus, even if you don't have a car. UF has over 700 clubs and organizations so you're sure to find something that interests you. But if not, no worries. You can start your own club with just a few other friends and the signature of a teacher or faculty member. For those who are of legal age, the campus is lined with clubs and bars that are open most days of the week. Downtown Gainesville also hosts many bars and restaurants that many students take advantage of and enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Although I love most things about my school, I'll have to admit that the food is not the greatest, the meal plans are way overpriced, and your options are somewhat limited. There are two dining halls and a cafe on campus that you can access with a swipe of your ID card plus other fast food options that you can choose from. The food in the dining halls are ok but not great so many students opt for fast food. The problem though is that many of these restaurants are not part of the meal plan so you pay for your meals out of pocket or with Flex Bucks which will eventually run out whenever you choose this option. My advice would be to just skip the meal plan and choose the declining balance account if you live on campus, but buy most of your food from the grocery store.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms my freshman year has been the best decision I have made as far as housing and I highly recommend it for most freshman. It gives you an opportunity to connect and make friendships with the people that live around you. Although a few roommate issues are inevitable, their are plenty of resources available to help you work through problems or change rooms if necessary. Also, the dorms are generally clean and most have air conditioning. Every RA that I've met has been very nice and very helpful. In general, dorm life at UF is pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Florida is considered an Ivy League school to many Floridians. It is Florida's top school and only the best of the best get in. Florida's academics are very challenging and reflect their high expectations for the students. The school does have a few easy classes to offer for general education requirements, however in general, the school aims to challenge their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    First of all, don't forget to apply for on campus housing as soon as possible. Living on campus your first year will probably be your best option and one you won't regret, however the school does not guarantee housing for all freshman. Because Florida is such a large school and there are so many students, you want to make sure you stay ahead of the game. Get things done as soon as possible. This includes submitting any necessary applications, paperwork, and even signing up for an early orientation or preview session so you can make sure you get the classes you need or want if you decide to go there. At a huge university like UF, the earlier the better.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is an awesome school. I love the atmosphere, the classes, and the kind of students that attend the school. When you step foot in the campus you can just feel a sense of pride and passion from all the students.

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never really felt unsafe on the actual campus. There are a few areas a block or two away from campus that it would be smart to avoid, but most people know that and it's not a big deal. The police in the area can be a bit overbearing at times, but it really is a case-by-case basis.

    Greek Life

    The greek life at the university is really strong. I would recommend going greek to most freshman as long as they have the right mindset about it. It is a great way to meet people with similar interest and have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am involved with a few clubs, and they are great. Personally, I am involved with Theatre Strike Force, which is the biggest collegiate improv group in the country. There are a lot of other great clubs that the school offers, and people can definitely find a club for almost any hobby.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Florida is great for students that take their education seriously, but also want to have a good time. It can be difficult to manage both, but the school offers the best education in the state of Florida, and can still offer a lot of options for students to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think the most unusual location on campus is the plaza of the americas. It's a free space where people can do anything, but most days the Krishna people come and give out all you can eat meals for five dollars while playing really odd music. They are a religious organization and they are good people, but I don't know of another school that has this.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of education people receive at the University of Florida versus how much the cost is relative to other schools is actually amazing. I was in one of my classes, and the professor showed us that we were currently ranked the second best overall value school.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of options for fun. Personally, I am involved in a few filming/comedy clubs on campus, because that is what I find fun. The school also offers a lot of intramural sports for students to take advantage of and the nightlife around the campus can be really interesting.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for food. There are a few places on campus that offer meal plans, and students can also use their student IDs at a lot of places off campus. It might not seem nice, but sometimes being able to get chic-fil-a instead of the meal plan is nice.

    Dorm Life

    Never actually lived in the dorms, but I've been in them a few times and they are really bad. I am glad that I skipped that experience, because they are really dated and gross.

    Academic Rigor

    It is relatively difficult, but as long as you have a good work ethic and manage your time well, you should be fine. The difficulty obviously depends on your major, but I think mine is relatively middle-of-the-road as far as difficulty and I do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do something that sets you apart from the rest. The school denies a lot of people who have great grades, because there is so much demand to get into the school but only so many spots available. Do something that makes the people reviewing say we need this kid.

    In three sentences

    Attending the University of Florida was the best decision I've made. The school offers a lot both from an academic standpoint, where it is the best in state school, and from an entertainment standpoint, where you can always find something to do. I love everything that the university has to offer.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lake Wauburg is free for students and has kayaking and canoeing available as well as a rock climbing wall and a lake. There are almost 1,000 student organizations on campus that do a lot of volunteering throughout Gainesville so that is fun too. Football games in the fall as well as the other sporting events in the spring and very entertaining. UF has a lot to offer, you just have to be open to trying things.

    Food and Dining

    UF has many dining options available on campus as well as right off campus. Campus is filled with Starbucks and Subway as well as Moe's, Jamba Juice, Burger King, Pollo Tropical, and Panda Express, as well as the dining hall locations. There is a great variety of food available between these places and the places throughout Gainesville.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at UF is great. Most of the dorms are very close to the center of campus where all of the classes take place. They are all spacious and nice and clean. All dorms have a bathroom on the floor and a kitchen. The bathroom and kitchen are cleaned every weekday so you never have to worry about it being a mess. Overall, I think dorm life is very nice, especially since you're living right in the heart of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes at UF can be very difficult. There are a lot of students in the same majors who want to do the same things so competition in classes is common. Classes definitely require a lot of reading and work, but they are all manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind! Gainesville is a small city, unlike many of the larger cities students come from. You have to find things to do and look around the university. There is always something going on so don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is an amazing university with a lot to offer. There are plenty of majors and minors as well as a large variety of fun classes. UF is a great home away from home filled with friendly people.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs that interest you, see the bats fly at dusk, go to the observatory, the art and science museum, Satchel's pizza, dance lessons

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is a bit overpriced, but it is unlimited food everytime you go. There is a great vegan section and the cookies are delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are nice, clean, and there aren't too many problems. The halls are divided into communities (engineering, arts, ROTC, etc.) and most people are friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the pre-med classes are weed-out classes. Generally speaking, these classes have a bell curve and it is very difficult to get an A unless you work as hard as possible and attend all of the lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your application shows that you are a well-rounded student. Look into the majors and programs offered by UF and see if they align with your own personal interests.

    In three sentences

    UF is overall a very good school. There are plenty of resources to help students and so many ways to get involved on campus. Like most colleges, your experience is what you decide to make of it.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    They have been getting a lot better with their food options. I personally dislike Aramark (the company owning EVERY food establishment here) but the food options are nice. Very vegan friendly, which is a big plus.

    Dorm Life

    I recommend doing it for one year just so you can get a feel of the campus before running around Gainesville. Jennings was the best of the dorms, in my opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the professor. Make sure you research heavily on the professor beforehand. It really is a hit or miss on what you can get; although, I do find the weed out classes to be the most difficult.

    In three sentences

    There is always something to do on campus. Avoid Turlington when possible. I met two types of people: very kind and intelligent people and...the opposite

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    What can't you do for fun? There are variety of different clubs. Not interested in any that currently exist? Make your own with five friends! It is awesome and amazing.

    Food and Dining

    So many delicious choices! It makes me never want to leave campus

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in a dorm

    Academic Rigor

    If you thought you studied hard before, think again. UF has set a very high, reputable standard that we aim to achieve at a great, fast paced level.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a prospective student myself, I would say to others, Don't be afraid because we are all in this together! Transferring to a new college may be tough, but you're not alone and that is the beauty of it.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is so caring and sweet, the transition is almost like a culture shock. It's a different environment, but an exciting one at that. I am so excited for the opportunities that this college has in store for me.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Blue lights need to be updated to call for police.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is amazing! Do your research and join one that will fit you!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 different clubs and organizations that uou can join. If you do not find one that you like, you can always make one of your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love diversity and love to be challenged.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to know how to Gator Chomp!!

    Bang for the buck

    Yea right! Books are so expensive at the bookstore. Just go online and get them for half the cost!

    What to do for fun

    Gator Nights - every Friday night at the Reitz Union, there are movies, activities, and art and crafts available every week!

    Food and Dining

    There is food everywhere!!

    Dorm Life

    I only lived in a dorm for my first year. After that I went straight to the apartments. It all depends on where you live.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many tutoring services at UF. Yes it is rigorous but it is doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore and try different things. Always remember you are here for school and though you want to have fun, keep your academics at a high level. There are many opportunities provided, so take advantage of them!

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a college that truly cares about the needs of the students. There are many resources that one can acquire that will help them academically, mentally, spiritually, and physically. The University is also the home of the amazing Gator Football team!

  • 11/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Personally, I got involved at the Gator Wesley Foundation, which is the Methodist presence on campus (a church basically). Without a doubt, it has been everything I have looked for in college: a home away from home where I have met some of my best friends and formed some of the best relationships of my life. Gator Wesley would not be possible however without the University of Florida since it is after all there for college students.

    Great for these types of students

    1.) Are not afraid of big classes/a big campus. 2.) Can step out of their shell and get to know other people on campus. 3.) Serious about studying and acquiring a well-rounded education. 4.) Sports fanatics

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The garlic rolls (with the garlic sauce) are a must at Leonardo's on University Avenue. They are out of this world! Also do not forget to stop by the Swamp outside of football games. It is always an inspiring place to be, so check it out!

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Florida definitely fulfills everything it promises: a rewarding and enlightening experience both in and out of the classroom for college-aged students transitioning from high school to the real world.

    What to do for fun

    GatorNights is always free for students. They have different events on select Friday nights throughout the semester. Also shows and events are always happening on campus (e.g., The Rocky Horror Show live version being shown at the Reitz or Chicago shown at the theater on campus). And do not forget about the sports events! Basketball, soccer, baseball, gymnastics, and of course football!

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is just what you would expect: fairly decent but then tiresome by week three. However, different options are always offered and health concerns are taken into account.

    Dorm Life

    Not going to lie, the dorm life is just what you would expect: fairly good living conditions with all right dorm area events and floormates. The dorms themselves are fairly typical: not bad, not good, but so-so. Honestly, the university is so big that you can definitely get to know some of your best friends-to-be by being friendly with your neighbors while remaining complete strangers with half your floor. However, it is definitely great that the dorms are another opportunity the university offers to help transition into college life and to get to know people at school.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Florida is not ranked #17 in the country for nothing. Without a doubt, you have to work for your education! You have to read the material and attend class religiously. However, you are also soaking up the best education Florida has to offer, so do not let it get you down! Keep working at it!

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Join an organization!! Plenty of students feel lonely at first because UF is definitely a giant school. But the only one who can get you to meet people and form some of the best lifelong relationships you will ever have is you. It's scary, but you've got to do it! 2.) Attend sports events! Students get in free to every sporting event except football games. Use this opportunity to see sports that you would never otherwise see. Get the chance to rep that school spirit and cheer for the best team ever, the Florida Gators! 3.) While you should always maintain a studious work ethic, do not forget to stop and have fun once in awhile! This is one of the few times in your life when you have so much freedom and yet so little responsibility (no kids, no house/mortgage, no 9-5 job yet). Use this special time to make some of the best experiences and memories of your life!

    In three sentences

    UF is by far the best place in the world to attend college! From a varied student life to school spirit when it comes to sports, UF has it all and more. There is never a dull moment while you enjoy the best education experience the state of Florida has to offer.

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food options are somewhat limited because there are multiple food locations.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are not the best, but many dorms are being renovated. It's a great to get to know other students.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a great number of available majors and minors with so many courses to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be sure to submit all necessary documents early.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The best thing to do at UF for fun is watch their foot ball games or go tail gating with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    The campus offers a wide variety of food courts and some small restaurants near the campus.

    Dorm Life

    When i visited the campus, the dorms were crampted but if you are a friendly person then I would recommend them.

    Academic Rigor

    From my research, I have found that UF is the best of the best in florida for their science feilds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs or organizations. They kill time and help you make connections which is super helpful in college. Plus you never know you could make some friends out of it too.

    In three sentences

    From my friends, teachers and peers I can say that UF sounds like THE university to go to. My teachers rave about the welcoming,vibrant campus and don't forget the swamp (foot ball stadium)! I dream to be accepted to UF to major in Biology or Animal Medicine and become a veterinarian one day.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is everywhere. The school also has an e-mail alert in cooperation with the Gainesville Police. Whenever something happens, we get an e-mail alert.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club and activity for everyone. I joined the flag football team that meets at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who can handle rigorous academic programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tower that chimes songs every hour. There is also the Gator Growl in the Swamp. The Swamp is the stadium on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally, am proud and honored to have attended the University of Florida and been a part of the Gator Nation.

    What to do for fun

    I go to one of the school's gyms. I also hang out with my friends at the apartment complex's pool. At night, we go out and party.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of well-known fast food restaurants on campus. There are also markets and convenience stores as well as nicer sit-down restaurants. The prices are higher than normal though. Students can also buy a dining service provided by the school. This might be a cheaper route.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak about the dorm life. I live off campus in an apartment complex. I love living at that complex.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Florida's Finance program is very challenging. I have learned a tremendous amount during my time here.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Florida is very large. Buy a bike or scooter. There is plenty of bike and scooter parking, but no student car parking spaces. Be prepared before class begins every day.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a top rated school in the state of Florida. Some of the schools within the school is top rated in the country by U.S. News and World Report. I highly recommend this school to everyone.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is very good quality and there is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great and very clean. New students should stay at the dorm their first year to truly immerse and integrate into the school.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't fall behind on course work. With so many students, it's easy to lose yourself in the crowd.

  • 10/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    beach is an hour and a half away. night life in town is good. lots of good restaurants. oaks mall is a good mall. lake wauberg free for UF students, so you can go rent boats and kayaks etc for free. can bring guests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you see your departmental advisor each semester, something I wish I'd known to do.

    In three sentences

    UF has a lot of great programs. Great energy on campus and very large student body. Facilities are great.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! Gator nights are always fun and a great way to meet new people. The union has a bunch of stuff to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food centers are full of great healthy food, there is a great variety to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is extremely nice. Campus life is great! You'll be able to get most involved living on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes may be a little hard, but as long as you commit and go to class and study, you'll be okay!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved, Study Study Study, Make Lots of Friends, Have a great time!

    In three sentences

    UF is an amazing school. They have lots to teach you and so many opportunities to get involved! Everyone has a place on campus, treats you wonderfully, and its always great to be a Gator!

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never personally felt unsafe while on campus, but I have read about instances that have taken place on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not affiliated with Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as well as many others are recognized nationally for their success. They are a positive representation of the students that attend UF.

    Great for these types of students

    Gator nights and on-campus events are always fun and welcoming!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Krishna lunches are an unusual tradition to me but portray how diverse and welcoming the UF campus and it's students are.

    Bang for the buck

    I am receiving a grade-A education for half the price of some private schools! I definitely am receiving bang for my buck!

    What to do for fun

    Spend time with my friends, play sports, exercise and participate in athletic competitions hosted by UF RecSports.

    Food and Dining

    Always delicious food around and easily accessible even if you do not own a vehicle.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm only during my first year at UF. The residence hall was clean and a great way to meet new people!

    Academic Rigor

    As an Industrial and Systems Engineering major, my classes challenge me everyday. I am constantly forces to reach outside my comfort zone which I love!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by how large the university is! Find your passion and become involved in campus organizations, and you'll see that UF is a large school with a small feel. Also, seek a mentor to help guide you through your time at UF!

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida prepares you for the real world. There are so many opportunities for students of all majors and disciplines. The Gator Nation fosters student leaders and successful professionals.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun around UF. For those who are under 21, you can participate in the Gator Nights put on by the Reitz Union. They offer free, first run movies, midnight breakfasts and BBQs, and fun activities every Friday night. For those who are over 21, you can enjoy the dozens of downtown bars and clubs that Gainesville has to offer. UF has a little something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    UF has a plethora of restaurants and dining centers to choose from. You can eat anywhere from Chipotle, to Panda Express, to Papa Johns, as well as two dining centers which offer healthier food options for the health conscious. There are also a lot of nearby grocery stores if you do not have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm has its pros and cons like everything else. Perhaps the biggest drawback, in my opinion, is having to share a bathroom. However, the bathrooms are cleaned once a day so you kind of feel like your living in a hotel. Also, attend the events around your hall. They are a fun way to meet people in your hall as well as get free stuff. Other than that, just be mindful of the other girls/boys on your floor and you can make some great, long-time friends.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has a firm no easy classes mentality. However, you can and will find classes that are easier than others. It depends on your major, so don't worry yourself. The classes here will definitely keep you busy so don't overload yourself your first year, especially if you want to get involved in organizations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to fill out and send in your application EARLY. The earlier the better. Also, if you are serious about coming to UF, send in your room application and fee ASAP, so you can get a good spot in the line for a room you want. Also, try to set yourself apart in your application--but don't lie.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a college that is wholeheartedly dedicated to its students. The opportunities that UF provides are countless--with everything from a Career Research Center to thousands of clubs and organizations. No matter what your major, you are guaranteed to graduate from UF confident in your future.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safty is great we have cops everywhere. A van that can pick you up from campus and drop you of at your dorm, and there arealways cops patroling around.

    What to do for fun

    There is alot to do for fun it al ldpoends on your personality. We have rock climbing club to having a harry potter club to even a computer club if you like to make machines. There are alwasy people around campus adversiting and giving you invites to there events so be scaerd to try alittle bit of everything.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and they give you alot of varity, but sometimes they do give some of the same food which can get tring.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is prety funny and near all the dining areas so you never really et hungry.

    Academic Rigor

    The school overall is pretty tough and requires alot of devotion.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips I would give to students is to use up all of the resources that your University has to offer. Don't give up when times get rough or when are exam grades are not what you wanted them to be that only means you just have to work harder. Also as an incoming student you are excited and nervous at the sametime. Don't spend all your time partying every friday and forgetting about homework from all your other classes. Like I always say Play Hard, but Work harder. If you want to go out thats fine just make sure you put tiwce as much effort into your classes as well.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida has a vairty of resources to help the stuents out both academically and sprituality. There is plenty of oppuniorty to look for research and get expereinces in any filedof study. The school also has great advisors that only wants the best for you and is trying to help you as much as possible.

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many safety precautions taken on campus. I have never felt unsafe on campus, even at night. Campus security is everywhere, and there are security call boxes all over the place. All you have to do is press the button and an officer will be there within 90 seconds. Residence halls have electronic keys to get in the building and into your hall. There is a free taxi service that will pick you up and take you anywhere on campus at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone here. No matter what you like to do there is a club for it, and if for some reason there isn't, you can make your own. Many clubs don't even have dues because they are sponsored by RecSports and have fundraisers.

    Bang for the buck

    So much is offered for free. Your tuition goes a long way here. There is free bus transportation, free wifi access all across campus, free use of many very nice facilities. There is also free tutoring available for many courses.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are fast and challenging and they require efficient use of your time. If you do not put in the necessary time to learn the material, you will not do well. Freshman courses are very large, some with 300+, but even though your professor may have over 1500 students, there is opportunity for individualized help. Each professor with that many students will have multiple TA's that are available and there are many free tutoring resources. Also, it is a myth that the TA's teach the class. The professor does all the lecturing, the TA's are there just to be extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and look into honors, if you think it's for you, apply there as well. Tour the campus, it will amaze you and the tour guides are very honest. Don't be afraid of the size, it doesn't feel as big as it is.

    In three sentences

    Amazing campus with more amenities than you can imagine. Great academic rigor with ample opportunities to be successful. Between the activities available and the work load, never time to be bored.

  • 09/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. There is a police car everywhere you turn.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved but those involved are very passionate about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Club tennis is a competing team that travels to different places around Florida.

    Great for these types of students

    Interested in Greek life. Agricultural majors. Anyone, really. UF has a little bit of everything.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GO TO A FOOTBALL GAME

    Bang for the buck

    The amount of opportunities UF gives you to meet people, become involved, and much more may seem very intimidating but the hardest part is taking the first step.

    What to do for fun

    Campus is right across the street from midtown and buses are running at night to both midtown and downtown if you are into the nightlife scene. The gyms are great and free. Rec sports offer group fitness classes including: yoga, Pilates, zumba, corefusion and more.

    Food and Dining

    I chose the declining balance option over a meal plan and it worked out well for me. Food is somewhat repetitive but not the worst food ever.

    Dorm Life

    I believe that it is very beneficial to a student to life at least one year on campus. It will not be the most luxurious time of your life but it will be memorable. The closeness to classes allows you to wake up 5 minutes before class and get there on time and residential assistants (RAs) are always very helpful and open to questions. Broward is the best location and Lakeside is the best living area.

    Academic Rigor

    You get what you put in to each class. Some classes require more study time than others but it helps if you are interested in the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with classwork, attend free events associated with UF, and get to know faculty and staff.

    In three sentences

    UF is a wonderful school with many opportunities to get involved and further your career as a student. Advisers and faculty are kind and helpful and very available to students. Make sure you go to a football game!

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I would suggest you participate in clubs that hold activities for its members or do community service projects or participate in sports.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining experience is fair.

    Dorm Life

    In my experience, dorm life is good.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is high. Science classes at UF are not like science classes in other Florida universities from what I have been told.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study many hours but make time for clubs, sports or other activities so that you have some balance and a way to release stress.

    In three sentences

    UF offers a challenging environment with many opportunities to develop critical skills needed during college years and beyond. There are many resources to help you be successful. The administrative and financial aid staff I have dealt with have been very responsive and helpful. Students that I have met all have a strong academic background and are here to learn and make a difference.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    THE BEST!

    Bang for the buck

    GREAT education for the cheapest in-state tuition in the country.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events are free (except for football, but the lottery is easy to win) and they're the most fun you'll have in these four years. Every night there is something different going on at the Student Union, from bowling to pottery lessons.

    Food and Dining

    We have a great selection of on-campus restaurants and our dining halls are pretty good as well! A lot of places in Gainesville have cheap deals every night.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms suck, they're small and the nicer ones are off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    UF considers itself to be the Ivy of the South, classes are hard but getting a degree from UF pays off well in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    UF really looks at leadership on their application, get involved early! This goes for attending UF as well, whether it's rushing or joining clubs related to your major, anything helps!

    In three sentences

    A great university; we have great athletics as well as extracurricular activities. Our academics are taken very seriously and our teachers provide quality education. UF has great transportation services as well, everything is accessible to anyone.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many opportunities to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Determined, driven, and interested in learning.

    What to do for fun

    The gym is very nice. Also, there are always events going on from different organizations and clubs. There's never a shortage of things to do. Football games are fun, even if you don't like or understand the sport.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but there isn't too much variety. However, a lot of the restaurants on campus accept the meal plan, and that's great.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Hume, and it's a lot of fun. We're always hanging out in the common area, either to watch a movie or study together. It's a great atmosphere. The rooms themselves are nice too.

    Academic Rigor

    For me, UF courses are moderately challenging and I love it. There's a lot of homework and reading, but it's not too hard to manage it.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. BRING AN UMBRELLA. 2. Pay attention in class. 3. Do homework when it's assigned, not when it's due. 4. Get midnight cookies. 5. Bring a bike.

    In three sentences

    UF is pretty, fun, and just difficult enough academically. Professors are generally helpful, and classes are interesting. It is extremely humid and rainy and hot though, so bear that in mind.

  • 09/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Lots of people go here that are friends of mine, many people say it's awesome, and definitely one of the most prestigious schools of Florida! Awesomeness!!!

  • 09/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning was also pretty good. I myself did not go to them often because I would cook my own food, but the times that I did go there where a lot of options that were healthy and tasty.

    Dorm Life

    On campus housing is amazing! Living on campus my first year was the best decision I could ever make. I was close to everything on campus classes, food, and my job. Also the best thing about living on campus is the experience and the bond one gets to create with other students in the residence halls, that was the best part for me.

    Academic Rigor

    There are multiple classes at the University of Florida (UF) that are very rigorous. However, these courses are not things students cannot be successful in. Most professors offer office hour which is free, also there is plenty of on and off campus recourses to help any one in need.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I could give any prospective student is to learn/have time managemen0,t because without it college WILL be very difficult.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is an A+ School. We are a huge gator family that prides ourselves on integrity, scholarship, honesty, and so much more. The on-campus environment is great, and the professors here are amazing.

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UF police department has a large presence on campus. UF Alerts are sent to students via e-mail and text message whenever there is a campus emergency. Officers patrol campus at night, and emergency call boxes are located wherever you go. There is also a resource known as SNAP (Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol) which escorts students around campus after sunset and into late hours.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is prevalent on campus. Social sororities and fraternities are a popular way to get involved on campus. Multicultural sororities and fraternities play a large part in Greek life as well. Professional co-ed fraternities are also present on campus and allow for national networking and specified academic interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every student can find an organization or two that they are passionate about at UF. There are so many opportunities for leadership positions and interacting with other students in a non-academic setting enhances the college experience tenfold. UF has an exceptional amount of opportunities for students interested in sports clubs and teams, intramurals, Greek life, alternative breaks, service and honor groups, campus ambassadors and tour guides, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically driven, aspiring leaders, self-motivated students, people who are outspoken and passionate (or who want to be), social butterflies

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All of the chants and songs at Gator football games are a strong tradition that don't show any signs of slowing down. Students go all out to tailgate football games, especially our Homecoming game every fall semester. Homecoming weekend includes Gator Growl, a student-run pep rally, as well as a parade and many other university-wide activities. On any given day you can see students and visiting families alike taking pictures at the Bull Gator statue in front of the stadium.

    Bang for the buck

    The atmosphere of the University of Florida is what sold me when I was looking at colleges. The students have an insane amount of school spirit, and it is evident throughout the entire city of Gainesville. Dedication to sports and recreation is almost as strong as dedication to academics at this school. There are so many resources on campus that students can take advantage of, so many organizations and volunteer opportunities, and so many activities that are Gainesville-specific that students should partake in while attending UF.

    What to do for fun

    Take advantage of the beauty of UF's campus. Walk around campus on a self-guided weekend tour. See the bat house, Lake Alice, and the Baughman Center. Explore Gainesville. Go to Kanapaha Gardens, visit Payne's Prairie and UF's Lake Wauberg about 10 minutes south of campus. Check out the nightlife downtown and midtown, and walk around downtown on a weekend to see the Hippodrome, Bo Diddley Plaza, and the historic district.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Florida offers a multitude of dining options both for on- and off-campus students. Wherever you are on campus, you have access to many restaurants, cafes, and to-go eateries.

    Dorm Life

    On-campus living is convenient, social, and an integral part of familiarizing yourself with the University of Florida and Gainesville in general.

    Academic Rigor

    The cirriculum, the professors, and the academic relationships you develop with your peers fully enrich the academic experience at UF.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are proactive about time management. The programs at the University of Florida are rigorous and require a lot of attention, but they are manageable. Build a relationship with your professors early on, get involved with on-campus activities and take advantages of all of the resources that the university has to offer. Include time to socialize and have fun because your college experience should be well-rounded. Set goals, and strive to achieve and surpass them.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is more than just a university: it is an experience that is unmatched by any other. UF has excellent staff, programs, and an atmosphere that is easily the best feature it has to offer. After attending UF for 4 years as an undergraduate, I had no doubt that I wanted to continue my education for graduate school here as well.

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is SNAP to drive you around at night time until the wee hours of the morning, and UFPD is always around making sure campus is safe.

    Greek Life

    Im not Greek, but its massive here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Nearly 1000 clubs, so you're bound to find something.

    Bang for the buck

    For all the resources that are included with your tuition, you get a ton of stuff.

    What to do for fun

    Midtown is right there with all of the clubs you might want to go to. A lot of things are free for UF students, such as the butterfly garden. We have Lake Wauberg, the Bat Houses, free movies and popcorn every friday, and so much more. And the city buses are free for students, so you can always get to where you need to go.

    Food and Dining

    I had the meal plan, and while it is expensive, it was worth it while I lived on campus. I didnt have to buy a fridge for my dorm room, and I didnt have to cook. Hours are excellent, choices are excellent, and you can even take food to go!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great, especially for your first year. But after my first year, I was ready for my one bedroom apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    There are easy and hard classes, just like every college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask questions, of everyone! You can never ask too many questions here.

    In three sentences

    Great support all around for students, between your professors, your advisors, the Student Wellness Center, the Student Health Care Center, and Disability Resource Center if needed. Everyone here is extremely friendly, and always ready to help. You will be lacking nothing here!

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is taken very seriously. Because bike theft is so common on college campuses, the campus police department offers to register your bike in case it is stolen so they have a greater chance of retrieving it. The campus police also offer a free tracking software for you computer in the event it is taken. Your chances of getting you computer back improve from 3% to 97%. There are blue emergency towers on campus. If a student finds themselves in danger or they just don't feel safe, they can press the button and officers will be there shortly. Despite the presence of the campus police, the area is also home to the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriffs Department.

    Greek Life

    There are so many sororities and fraternities on campus - an entire section of the campus is set aside for their houses. During rush week, students and members alike observe one another to see if they are interested in the other party. If they are a match, students can pledge to a sorority of fraternity and become a part of a family.

    Clubs and Activities

    More than 980 clubs exist at the University of Florida. This includes everything from dance clubs, to academic teams, to intramural and club sports. Students definitely have the opportunity to become a part of an amazing organization and make close friendships and even professional relationships.

    Bang for the buck

    You receive an amazing education and have the experience of your life at a very reasonable cost.

    What to do for fun

    Fun is everywhere on campus.The Reitz Union has a bowling alley. The lake nearby offers a variety of water sports and activities. All kinds of organizations host parties and events that are available to most students. Students can attend pancake palooza or even a zombie run. There are movies on the lawn. Just know, that there is food at just about every fun event.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing. There are so many dining halls as part of the meal plan. To be honest, the best part of food and dining on the campus is the franchises that are all over campus. Starbucks, Subway, Chik Fil A, and Burger King are just a few of the dining areas you can find between classes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not that bad. You make so many friends and have a great time. The rooms seems kind of small but students are not in their rooms all that much. For the most part, the dorms and common rooms are clean. Just remember that you are sharing space with other teenagers who are just as raucous and fun as you so not everything is as pristine as it could be.

    Academic Rigor

    Students learn so much its crazy. While the classes are challenging, you still have time to fulfill other commitments in your life. The best part is students are receiving an amazing education from some of the best professors available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply quickly: make your final decision on acceptance as soon as you can. This way you can apply for your ideal room and get the best dorm for you. Visit the campus. You don't fully understand the beauty of the landscape and architecture until you see it firsthand. Visiting also gives prospective students the chance to recognize the closeness of everyone on campus and in Gainesville in general. The sense of family is astounding.

    In three sentences

    The school is amazing, plain and simple. Not only is the location absolutely beautiful, the faculty and students are very pleasant, kind, and hospitable. Definitely a great idea when thinking of going to a university.

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency columns that put you in direct contact with the campus police (yes, UF has its own police) in view at any point on campus. Also, you can call a university-provided driving service (taxi) at night, and it's free.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you go to a football game at least once. UF has an incredible amount of school spirit, so it is definitely a fun experience.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club/association, they've always got some fun things planned. There are clubs for athletics, volunteering, basically any sort of activity you can imagine: I can almost certainly guarantee you'll find it at UF.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options as far as food on and around campus. There are different meal-plans to choose from, and also a varied selection of food-places on campus. In Gainesville you can find almost any restaurant imaginable, and there are several different grocery stores close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm myself, but I've heard both good and bad stories. The good outweigh the bad, but I would refer to other surveys (from people that actually lived in a dorm) all the same.

    Academic Rigor

    UF is a challenging school, but that doesn't mean that it's equally hard for everyone. Subjects that come easily to you, and some of the Gen-Ed courses will be a breeze. There might be some required classes that you don't enjoy, and that will make them harder for you. Overall, the staff is very competent, and if you study, you'll do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a campus map on you, and get to know the bus schedules. Because the campus is so large, you need to know how long it takes you to get from one class to another, especially if you need to take a bus. Having a bike/skateboard helps a lot. Scooters are very practical for getting around campus and Gainesville in general, too. Make use of the Library. As you go up in the levels, the 'allowed volume' decreases. If you need a quiet place to work/study: this is it. It's open almost all the time. DEFINITELY go to your professors' office hours. I have yet to meet a professor that was not willing (and happy) to help me with any questions I had. Also, if you're planning on going to grad school, you'll need teacher-recommendations, so you'll want to have a good relationship with your professors, and you want them to know you, in case you need a letter of recommendation from them one day.

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge, but that just means that you have a large selection of courses to take. There are also lots of good professors willing to help you (Go to office hours! You won't regret it!); so as with the variety of courses, you usually have a selection of different professors for each course. Basically UF gives you lots of options, even within the requirements for your major.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful, big campus with tons of diversity. Friendly and full of school spirit. Plenty of activities to do.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to get involved in...just walk through Turlington on any normal day or go to the RecSports Extravaganza and you will see that is very apparent.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, academic, atheletic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Look at your F book for a complete list of traditions...but some weird ones include the Semi annual Undie Run. Unusual locations include the Potato in Turlington or the French Fries outside of Marston Library.

    What to do for fun

    There are always sporting events going on (that are free for students, except for football). Become a Rowdy Reptile, join a sports club, or get involved in Greek life. There's never a dull moment in Gainesville.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't have a meal plan but from the few times I ate in the dining halls I could tell that Gator Dining was definitely better than Broward Dining.

    Dorm Life

    Traditional dorms are very social and great if you have trouble making friends. Apartment style dorms are great if you want to become close to your roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at UF are very challenging and you will most likely have to change your studying habits, especially if you did not study much in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a very diverse resume. If you have a good mix of GPA, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, and volunteering participation, you will be good to go.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is an all around excellent school. It excels in academics, athletics, and tradition. It has a beautiful campus and it is a pleasure to attend school here.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Gainesville is a college town. Everything is tailored to cater to the needs of college students.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. Nothing special.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are small, and sometimes feel cramped.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many majors to choose from, and there are even exploratory programs for those who are undecided.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out and explore the campus, make friends, and join clubs!

    In three sentences

    Although I have only been to campus once, the impression I get is one of fun and acceptance. Everyone seems kind and willing to help. The buildings here seem old from the outside, but is filled with new technology.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    If you are ever walking around campus by yourself and just feel unsafe or tired of walking, just dial 352-SNAP and a van sponsored by UF will pick you up anywhere on campus! The drivers are paid to pick up students and it can also be used to keep those who walk around by themselves safe. Best of all, it's FREE!

    Greek Life

    I'm not really involved in this yet, so I do not have any information to share with you!

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I previously mentioned, there are almost 1000 clubs and just about anything you can think of. There are tons of intramural sports and workout facilities all over campus!

    Great for these types of students

    This University is great for any student who wishes to excel his or her academic excellence, have fun, connect with others, and get involved all at the same time!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a couple of odd spots around campus that I am familiar with so far. One spot happens to be called the French Fries area. You can't miss it, it looks as if Ronald Mcdonald created the masterpiece himself! The art program originally put it on a different location of campus, but it was moved to the center for all to see. Also, there is a place known as the Free Speech Zone on campus. Here, all of the trees are painted blue to honor the only place on campus where free speech is promoted. Here, you will find many people expressing their viewpoints on religion, politics, etc. and there's absolutely nothing you can do to stop them!

    Bang for the buck

    For being out-of-state, I must say that my first year here is rather costly. However, if I would've stayed in my hometown, I would be paying the same rate in-state for four years as I would here for four years. So whether you are in-state or out-of-state, you definitely get the bank for the buck at this fine University.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of night clubs for people to hangout at! Also, many lounges or places to study or just connect with other students. With over 900 clubs, there is just about anything you could think of when it comes to finding an activity or group of your interest.

    Tips for prospective students

    I haven't really attended here yet, but from what I experienced at Preview, the students coming in are very nice, and everyone is in the same boat. Try to get involved in one of the 900+ clubs, they have just about anything you can imagine. For those who love to have fun, the night life here is incredible! With the many clubs and activities going on throughout the whole day, it's easy to connect with others. After just having been here for a month, I've already made five friends. It's great to be a Gator!

    In three sentences

    The campus is very large and there is plenty of scenery to look at while you patrol. The advisors and counselors are extremely helpful and actually WANT to help you. With an atmosphere of 50,000 students, it's hard to NOT make friends!

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I'm interested in learning more about UF. Is there anything specific i need to do that would help increase my chances of getting in?

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police department on campus. Police patrol heavily at night. The school also sends out alerts when events occur to make students aware.

    Greek Life

    Greek life seems very exciting. There are tons of socials and philanthropies that are facilitated by each greek organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an area called Midtown where everyone goes, especially during he first week of school and after the first few football games. This area is more for socializing and hanging out. If you're looking to dance until you drop then, you need to go downtown to the strip of clubs that are also highly favored by UF students. There will also be parties by sororities and fraternities to attend.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're an individual who likes to meet a large amount of diverse people, make a difference on campus, and show your school spirit every chance that you get, then The University of Florida is the school for you. If you're willing to be a small fish in a big pond and use your resources to be successful, then UF is the school for you. If you are willing to bleed orange and blue, then UF is the school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Swamp is our football stadium and it's probably the coolest thing you've ever seen, especially because it's underground. UF has an Undie Run twice a year wear students show up, donate their clothes, and run a few times around campus. We also participate in Dance Marathon wear students work all year to raise money for children with cancer and then they spend a weekend dancing nonstop to continue raising the funds and meeting the pledge amounts. This year UF raised $1.2 million for the kids! These are just a few of our amazing traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Florida is definitely a bang for your buck institution. It's one of the highest quality public universities we have in Florida. UF has great talent and this recognition shows through the amount of companies that come to recruit at our school.

    What to do for fun

    Lake Wauburg is a recreational site a few miles form campus that UF bought for its students. There you'll find lots of picnic areas, obstacle courses, and water activities. It's also great for retreats. We also have music concerts, famous speakers, invitational step shows, fashion shows, talent shows, the largest student run homecoming celebration in the nation Gator Growl, and much more. Let's not forget about our amazing sporting events!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have great ice cream and other desserts! The actual entrees vary based on the day. If you are a frequent eater, then the dining halls are great to go in and grab a snack. There are two dining halls, but we have other pod markets and dining opportunities throughout campus. There's Moes, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Burger King, and Einstein's to name a few. Our campus is also right across the street from a strip of restaurants, which is very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are always fun and they provide the opportunity for you to meet many people. The dorms have special events such as Midnight Breakfast, Movies nights in the lounge, shaving cream wars, barbecues, and more. The dorms on the West side of campus are nicer than the East because majority of them are newer.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on your undergraduate program as well, but overall you're not going to get the grades if you don't put in the work. Also, no professor is going to personally reach out to you if you're falling off in class due to the amount of students enrolled. Study hard and you'll do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important thing to remember in college is to stay organized and prioritize accordingly. Tons of opportunities are going to appear, but you will have to be proactive in seeking them out and pursuing what you want. When looking for internships/jobs don't forget that GPA and communication do matter. Everyone is going to have the same resume as you. If you have exemplary grades and a personality to match, then it'll be much easier for you to get an offer.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida provides a well rounded college experience through academic and athletic excellence. This institution provides a plethora of resources and opportunities for students in regards to campus involvement, career planning, and academic success. Lastly, UF students are exposed to a vastly growing network because the Gator Nation is everywhere.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus has a security system that alerts students of ongoing activity and situations

    Greek Life

    I didn't rush my first year. But Ive decided to give it a try. Great for networking, staying busy, and surprisingly on top of things.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 1000, and activities are endless

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like to party but get their crap done.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gator football, some of the most intense crowds/ group of people to be part of.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best in the nation, period.

    What to do for fun

    There are over a 1000 different clubs to join here. There's every possible type of gyms, fields, or courts to exercise. Parties go on every week, and the night life is fun but not too crazy.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent, a little expensive but very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not very appealing. But its a great experience and makes the high school to university transition much smoother.

    Academic Rigor

    If you thought you were pretty smart in high school, wait until you meet most of the people here. Most of the students you'll find here are very intelligent and dedicated. You'll realize that being simply smart makes you average here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not joining greek life, then make sure you just join something. Take advantage of whats already available, no need to make up excuses for not having anything to do.

    In three sentences

    UF is a big school, but have no fear the staff is readily available and very helpful. Classes are challenging but great free on campus help is easy to get. Fun school to attend as well as a good environment to stay focused.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It is a college town so everything, such as bars and clubs, are within reach.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of restaurants and cafe around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are overall very good. Greek life adds tremendously to the dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    All majors are offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and ensure you have overall good grades.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida is a large school with countless students. It has great college experience environment. There are a variety of opportunities for research.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    A huge percentage of students take part of Greek Life. If you want a vivid social life, you should join in!

    Bang for the buck

    University of Florida gives generous aid for in-state and out-of-state students.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, parties on campus, and school sporting events are just a few of the amazing entertainment UF has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat on and off campus and you can use your meal plan on many places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are what you would expect from college. You meet a lot of interesting people though!

    Academic Rigor

    University gives a quality education thus you must work at it. Your first year is pretty easy, however.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit the school! You'll surely fall in love with it.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida knows how to party. At the same time, you get a quality education. Finally, the school spirit is impeccable.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe, I haven't felt any danger since I've been here.

    Greek Life

    All about partying and making close friends or sisters/brothers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything so you'll a lot of options to pick from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't seen or heard of any unusual traditions or locations on campus but I'm sure there is some.

    What to do for fun

    Join as many clubs as you can until you find the ones you really want to stick to, attend as many events and activities as you can and go downtown for the nightlife because it is so much fun.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have the meal plan so I have to go grocery shopping about once every two weeks so it is kind of a hassle. But I personally prefer it because it ends up being cheaper than if I was on the meal plan (I don't eat that much and personally don't like the majority of the food offered at the dining halls).

    Dorm Life

    I life off campus and it is probably the best decision I have ever made, I love it.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently enrolled in only two classes due to the Summer B term and they are extremely easy and I have had absolutely no problems. But don't expect that in fall because it will get challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind why you decided to come to UF in the first place, hopefully it is for a great education and to graduate with an amazing job opportunity. Don't be easily influenced by those around you because I guarantee you that no matter what you decide to do you are not alone. Drinking and partying isn't everything, discover yourself while at UF and meet new people, join different clubs, be spontaneous.

    In three sentences

    Most of the people here are very nice, some of them seem kind of fake though but never the less I have not yet had a problem with anyone. Since I am currently enrolled in the Summer B term the school is pretty deserted and there isn't much to do. But the nightlife is pretty nice if you go downtown.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Not only are there parties all the time, Gainesville has tons of things to do outside of the University. Movies, paintballing, bowling, Go Kart. Gainesville has it all.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is pretty good for it being a cafeteria, but the location of the campus is surrounded by places to eat that are as close to campus as you get.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to meet people and make quick friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging, but nothing that is impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors

    In three sentences

    It is wonderful. The school has a great environment and wonderful teachers. It makes me proud to be a Gator.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many blue safety poles around campus with contact buttons to reach 911 and the police, and the campus is well-lit at night. I never felt threatened while walking there.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join as many clubs as possible! The Vietnamese and Korean clubs throw incredible fund-raising events where you can learn more about their cultures through cuisine. The dancing club is really encouraging and a good way to wind-down after stressful classes. Shakespeare in the Park is also a great way to meet people and relax. Whatever you do, don't just hide in your dorm!

    Great for these types of students

    Sporty kids, Science & Math kids, and theatre kids.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The potato. A strange, malformed beige structure in front of Turlington Hall, where the Arts and Sciences hold most of their classes. Don't ask me what it was supposed to be, but it's now a popular meeting place on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    UF carries with its name serious prestige. It's expensive, but its professors are incredible and its atmosphere is healthy. Definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, campus clubs, dancing. My favourite were the swing-dancing lessons and Shakespeare in the Park, which takes place every Spring in front of the library. There's a farmer's market by the Hippodrome theatre on Wednesday afternoons and during the summer, you can drive just beyond the university to pick fruit at some of the pick-your-own farms in the area. The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is a welcoming environment, as well, for those students seeking a stress-relieving, fun acting experience downtown.

    Food and Dining

    They have sushi, smoothies, and sandwiches. They can be pricey, but at least they're tasty. I found it was more cost-effective for me to just grocery shop and make food, myself.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are pretty good about organizing events for students, especially first-years, to help them meet people and join the campus community. My dorm, Reid Hall, definitely had a family feel by the end of my stay at UF.

    Academic Rigor

    The English department at UF demands the very best from you. The more you give the program, though, the more you will get out of it. The professors expect a lot but give just as much back in return--if ever you need help in class, they have a reputation for going above and beyond to help students understand and enjoy their classes. This is especially true of Dr. Jim Paxson.

    Tips for prospective students

    Email professors you are interested in before applying. WAY before. Try to get to know them and ask them questions about the program to which you're applying. Also, it helps if you're interested in student life on campus. UF wants people who enjoy being active in the student community, whether it's clubs, Greek life, volunteering, sports--that's a big factor in how they look for new students.

    In three sentences

    UF is a strong school with a dynamic atmosphere and healthy student life. The more you put into your experience on campus, the more people you will meet and experiences you will have! Whenever the Gator Fever is too much, there are plenty of places off-campus to unwind (like Maude's Cafe) and enjoy the city's social sphere, as well.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never been worried to be on campus. The university does a great job of letting us know whenever there is something crazy does go on around campus. You'll get an email and text messages keeping you updated to any potential threats.

    Greek Life

    It's pretty prominent here. I'm not involved with them directly, but they seem to be everywhere and are very influential in campus politics.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's plenty here for you to get involved with and as I said above, I absolutely encourage you to get involved

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can find their niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the largest student run homecoming in the nation. There's a ton of traditions and locations that I could list, but incoming freshman should look into The F book. It's a book that outlines all of the traditions and locations around campus and lets you accrue points for going to them. If you finish them all by graduation, you're awarded a medal from the alumni association (I think that's who issues them).

    Bang for the buck

    You really can't beat the value here. The University of Florida is a highly respected institution around the country and it really is quite cheap for what you get. I haven't found that the university or Gainesville is lacking anything that I want or need.

    What to do for fun

    The student union has pool tables, a bowling alley and a small arcade. They also have movie screenings Friday nights at the Reitz. There's plenty of partying and social gatherings going on around town and campus. You won't be bored.

    Food and Dining

    There's plenty of dining options all over the campus. It's a big campus, but they've done a good job of making sure there are dining options reasonably close by where ever you are. The selection is pretty standard to what you'll see at most major universities.

    Dorm Life

    I was a transfer student so I never lived in the dorms. I've only been to the dorms once (Beatty Towers), and overall they seemed average from other colleges I've been too. They seem to do a better job of security at the dorms here though.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of the academic programs will differ depending on which major you select like anywhere. Do your research on your specific major. It'll pay off in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus. They'll tell you this during preview (orientation), but a lot of people will ignore the advice. I ignored it for my first year here and I regret it now. I recently got involved with one of the campus and it really does enhance your experience here.

    In three sentences

    The academics can be challenging (as they should be), but you'll have a lot of fun here too. The University of Florida provides a great overall experience and value for your money. The career services here are top notch and almost everyone in the southeast comes here to recruit.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We get text and email alerts when there is something happening. However, most of the time, the suspect gets away. There are policemen everywhere and we have our own police department.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge here. There is always a frat party going on to attend and the Greeks take part in everything on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs and other activities that happen all over campus.If you can think of it, odds are that there is a club for that.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like small and large schools, this is the place for you. You can still get individual attention and enjoy all the perks of attending a large university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You need to attend football and basketball games. Everyone takes a picture in front of the Bull Gator in front on the stadium. Gator Growl is also very fun and they bring in big name musicians and comedians to perform. Finally, Florida/Georgia game in Jacksonville is a must. That will remain one of the best weekends that I have had in college.

    Bang for the buck

    It is one of the cheapest tuition schools for in-state students in the state of Florida. The dorms are a little pricey, but they are worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL GAMES!!!! The campus shuts down when there is a home game. This is one of my favorite things to do during the school year. The energy from the crowd when you attend them is unbeatable. The basketball games are also very entertaining to attend but do not draw in as many guests as the football games. The night life is also huge. There are fraternity parties going on almost every night and all the clubs are within walking distance of the campus. And for those who do not want to get all dressed up and go out, every Friday they have Gator Nights! and they show a movie for free that has not been released on DVD yet. They also have fun activities you can attend as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options on campus. There are countless fast food restaurants and other chains that cater to whatever kind of food that you want. There are also 2 dining halls on campus. The food there is nothing spectactular expect for the ice cream, cookies, and the waffles (they waffles even have a little gator face in them!). There are many meal plan options and they are not mandatory to have. You pick how many meals you want per week (or unlimited) and depending on which plan you choose depends on the amount of Flex Bucks that you receive. Flex Bucks work as cash at the fast food places and all other places not covered by the meal plan so you do not have to pay extra to enjoy Subway every now and then.

    Dorm Life

    I met some of my best friends living in the dorm. You should definately live in the dorm for the first year. The bonds that you make with people when you live that close to one another is unlike any other. If you are worried about sharing a bathroom with 40 other girls, it is not that bad. Sure, there were a few days when I wished that I had my own bathroom, but I do not regret choosing that lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major. Every major has their tough courses, some more than others. A lot of classes are offered online so you can do the work at your own pace. As a double major in Criminology and Sustainability Studies, I would have to say that Criminology is harder but Sustainability Studies can have its rough patches too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not believe it when people say that the university is so large that you will be just a number here; it is easy to make relationships with professors. Office hours are great because you can get one-on-one time with your professor. It might be a little overwhelming at first, but as soon as you make some friends and get into a routine, you will have the best four years of your life. I would suggest making your first semester in the summer because it is a better transition from high school. I did it and it made college that much easier to get into.

    In three sentences

    It is the best public college in the state of Florida. I have enjoyed every minute of it here. Whether you like big schools or value individual attention, you will fit in here.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Every UF student MUST go to Lake Wauburg! It's free for all UF students. The lake has many activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, beach volleyball, and much much more! It's definitely a nice way to relax on the weekends! During the fall the Swamp is swarming with football fans! UF football is a way for all students to come together and bond over football and the fact that we go to the greatest school in the nation! Gator Nation!!

    Food and Dining

    The food at times is questionable but there are plenty of chain restaurants on campus to keep you from starving!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is something every college student should experience! You make the memories you tell your grandchildren in dorms and they're also another way to meet new people!

    Academic Rigor

    You'll definitely spend at least one all nighter in Library West (also known as Club West among students) but thankfully there's a Starbucks to give you the energy you need to study. Just keep up with your studies and don't hit MidTown every night and you should come out alive with at least a 3.5 GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Go to campus activities fairs and step outside your comfort zone! There are a lot of students on campus so getting involved is the easiest way to meet people and make new friends!

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida encompasses everything wonderful about college! I have found my home away from home at UF and can't imagine going to any other school! Not a day goes by that I regret my decision to go to this wonderful school!

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is a major part of UF but its not the only part, it is a wonderful thing to be member of but I could be happy either way.

    Great for these types of students

    Excellent for sport fans!

    What to do for fun

    SPORTS, go to any and all games! Gator fans are the absolute best out there. Gainesville itself has every college town experience from local restraints & bars to movie theaters and malls. Lake Wallburg is awesome for most water activities that are free to all students.

    Food and Dining

    FOOD IS DELICIOUS

    Dorm Life

    A dorm is a dorm any way you put it. Not the greatest living quarters but great for meeting people. You form a bond your freshman year with the people you share a dorm with and hopefully can grow from the experience, whether good or bad.

    Academic Rigor

    College is tough, nothing like high school. Not only is the amount of material more rigorous but the pace of classes are much faster. You have to adapt to new study habits and ways of learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    As sad as it is to say, my biggest tip is to not come in thinking you are the smartest kid around. In fact, come into college with the idea that you don't know anything because classes and the way you need to study are completely different than what you are used too and it can be difficult to adjust. Its easy to get discouraged but hard work and dedication will pay off.

    In three sentences

    The Swamp is the most exciting, fan filled, and awesome college and town. Orange & Blue look great on everybody, but not only are we the greatest looking students we are the best students. So far, going to UF has been the greatest experience of my life.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Turlington Plaza aka The Set: hangout spot in the center of campus, where weird, fun, and interesting things happen... The Swamp: the nickname for the football stadium, where Gators come together for games, working out, or just reading/studying during the day

    Bang for the buck

    Going to this school, you will get a once and a lifetime chance to become a Gator, which goes beyond your four years at the school. At UF, you get a great edcuation, many opportunities for networking, great people to meet, and fantastic school spirit.

    What to do for fun

    On campus: movies (Gator nights), organizations, shows, dance classes, sports etc. Off campus: night life (downtown, midtown), clubs, bars, Lake Wauberg

    Food and Dining

    I never had any complaints about the food on campus, except that the freshman 15 will sneak up on you! There are two dining halls with great food and a large selection. In addition, there are plenty of food options on campus, like fast food places and food markets. Overall, the campus has great on-campus food options, and if you don't mind a little walking, there are a whole bunch of restaurants right by campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms for two years, and they are not bad. Community bathrooms and sharing a room take some getting used to, but they are not horrible. The rooms are a good size (in some dorms). Most are located close to classes and the dining hall. I always felt safe in them, and my RA's were nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at UF are not impossible, but they are challenging, depending on the major. I spent most of time in the science department, and those classes are time-consuming and challenging. You can't just slide by with an A for most of these classes. However, there are a couple of easy A's.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of your professor's office hours. Get to know them, it will help you in the long run with grades and recommendations. Join a club or organization that interests you, to have fun, meet new people, and take your mind off of classes. Even if you are not a sports fan, you have to go to at least one sporting event, especially football!

    In three sentences

    From my experience and phrases like, The Gator Nation is everywhere and Go Gators!, confirms that the University of Florida students have great school pride. The University of Florida is academically challenging, which was very important for a student like me who values her education. Being a University of Florida student opens up a lot of opportunities for networking.

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You'll be super safe here. The police send out UF alerts to your email if they even see someone suspicious. But still don't go out alone at night though, because there's always a few that slip through the cracks

    What to do for fun

    There's Midtown. There's Downtown. There's parties. That's it. Oh, and there's a couple museums around campus and a zoo at Santa Fe for the non-party animals.

    Food and Dining

    If you can afford a Meal Plan go ahead, but if you're tight on money go ahead and save your bucks by going grocery shopping every week. A lot of people say the Meal Plan is only worth it if you go every single day, and with your busy schedule (and you will have a busy schedule) that's not happening. Don't spend all your financial aid money on Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle. It's tempting but don't do it.

    Dorm Life

    Your dorm experience will basically depend on how great your Resident Assistant is (that's like mom/dad of the dorms). Social dorms are the best, where you can talk to everybody on your floor. If you're sharing toilets and showers with these people you might as well know their name and their major. Cooking will almost never happen in a dorm unless you choose an apartment style dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It is the best school in the state of Florida for a reason, but if you can get into the University of Florida you can also thrive at the University of Florida. All it takes to be successful is self-motivation, and lots of Smoking Notes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't function well in large school settings be very weary of the Gator Nation. However students are quite friendly and will not hesitate to lend a hand to lost freshmen, which make the transition a lot more welcoming.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is orange and blue themed version of the real world. It's a highly team spirited miniature city full of 50,000 smart kids, and just like in the real world it's not about what you know it's all about who you know. If you're not a Gator, you're Gator Bait, but if you're a young Gator you still might be Gator-Bait.

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You'll find things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Don't expect much from the on campus dining halls, but the chains and local restaurants are really good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms can be crowded, but you meet cool people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes range from hard to easy. You'll find the courses you want to take here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your hardest. Also, get an umbrella.

    In three sentences

    A great college, in a great town. Teachers and students work well together. Go Gator nation baby!

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For the most of it i felt safe. When you get off campus it can get scary walking alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Fun, but personally not in it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a million off different clubs and activities that you can join or do. There's definitely something for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for dun. There's always a place to go out to at night! Other than that, theres the gym, the lake, fitness classes, and intramural sports. Sporting events are always fun and students get in free to all sporting events except football games. I recommend going to football games because they're a blast.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. Always have salads and wraps available, a lot of the rest of the food can get greasy and not very tasty. Usually have a lot of fruit such as banana's and apples. Dining halls close at 11 and there are very few other places open after that.

    Dorm Life

    I did not have the best of experience in the dorms. If you get lucky you get good roommates, if not well then that sucks. Some dorms are significantly better than others. Some dorms have pluming issues at times and makes everyone's life a headache. There are many rules, and they're strictly enforced.

    Academic Rigor

    Overall, the classes are very doable. If you try, do all your work, and pay some attention in class straight As are possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to stay up late every night. If you're not staying up late studying then you're staying up late parting.

    In three sentences

    Is a lively campus, in a small town that lives for the Gators. Campus life if very active and students can easily meet people and get involved. Overall, UF is a great university.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Selective

    Clubs and Activities

    So many are offered and for all types of students.

    Great for these types of students

    Ones who like to be involved in sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The 34th street wall, Odome, Florida field, homecoming parade.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive everywhere. I believe I am getting a great education for the price.

    What to do for fun

    Work out, go outdoors, swim, join clubs, eat out, party.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is expensive and not that great.

    Dorm Life

    Not too shabby but they are getting old.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very challenging academically. It is preparing me to work hard in my future job.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard but have fun too. The years go quick.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy attending The University of Florida. I have met amazing people and made valuable connections all while receiving an excellent education. It is an enjoyable school academically, athletically, and socially.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out to eat with your friends, join/participate in club activities, Greek life, the list goes on...

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat around campus. The meal plan is a great option for freshmen, but the food isn't necessarily great... However, I would say it is definitely worth it as a freshman.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are tiny, but the social experience is unbeatable.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be very difficult at UF, such as General Chemistry which is often referred to as a weed-out class for freshmen. Regardless, the classes are absolutely doable if you are willing to work hard and stay organized.

    Tips for prospective students

    DEFINITELY DEFINITELY DEFINITELY keep your grades up, and do your best on your SAT's. Write an admissions essay that really reflects who you are and what you are passionate about.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen. It is huge which I love, and the town is really centered around the college. The public transportation is also amazing.

  • 07/09/2013

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    What to do for fun

    The University of Florida has close to 1000 different clubs and organizations on campus, which all but ensures that there will be at least one for you. Also, by being in the heart of Gainesville, the campus is just minutes from downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The University has two dining halls, one on each side of campus. It also has multiple chain restaurants scattered throughout the campus, including Burger King, Subway, Einstein's Bagels, Starbucks, and Chik-fil-a, among a myriad of others.

    Dorm Life

    The University of Florida has an outstanding residence hall system. There are more than a dozen different residents halls that range the entire campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want a challenge in academics, UF has it. They are consistently ranked in the top 20 in multiple disciplines. Research opportunities are also abundant here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you emphasize well-roundedness. Just having good grades won't suffice. In order to have a chance to be accepted, you have leadership credentials, solid test scores, and a strong, meaningful essay.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is one of the best schools I have ever seen. The campus is gorgeous, the staff magnificent, and the students helpful. I have never seen a group that includes such unity despite vast diversity.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Eat and hang out with friends. Play volleyball, tennis, and join clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to enjoy your time here.

    In three sentences

    The highest ranked public school in Florida. A huge school with an overwhelming amount of amazing opportunities. A school with a lot of (Gator) pride.

  • 07/07/2013

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to join and events going on inside the school. Students will set up stations on campus on some days in order to advertise. There is also a game hall, along with sports and music events scheduled.

    Food and Dining

    The campus cafeteria is very big and there are many places to choose from to eat. There is also a meal plan available for students. This school is great for people who enjoy food choices.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms look good and the building is a nice place to hang out. I would like the rooms to be a bit bigger, but there are many other places to do daily activities.

    Academic Rigor

    I know many people who are working very hard at UF, and I have heard that the classes are very tedious. I have attended a music class at UF myself and enjoyed it thoroughly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before school begins to learn all the routes to places you will be going. The streets can become confusing during the night, so bring along a friend in order to help find your way around.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida has a beautiful campus and the advisors are very helpful. I enjoy the variety in the food court. The buildings on campus are well kept and are extremely inviting.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    They have free food on friday's which is amazing. The food is good too so thats always a plus

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really small and cramped up.

    Academic Rigor

    University of Florida is filled with academic scholars renowned for there research. The professors a lot of times are hard and make the work load intense.

    In three sentences

    The Gainesville campus is rather nice and the town around it enhances the college experience. The student and staff are also nice intelligent people. I rate this school a 8.5 on a 10 scale.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's an on-campus ride service that will take you anywhere on campus from 6pm until 3 am so that you are not walking alone!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is really big here and many students join!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many student Organizations, over 900, that anyone can find a club for any activity they want to do.

    What to do for fun

    There's so many places to have fun! You can go to Lake Wauburg, Ginnie Springs, an event put on by student organizations, the movies, out to a restaurant, go to Downtown, have fun at a party, bowling, the arcade, laser tag...basically you can have fun anywhere.

    Food and Dining

    The restaurants on campus are good: Subway, Chik-Fil-A, Panda Express, Pollo Tropical, Starbucks, Moe's Grill, Burger King, Croutons, etc. The UF dining halls are good too except they may get tiring if you have a meal plan but they are definitely a great place to pig out!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great! The Inter-Residence Hall Association always puts on events every week where you have the chance to meet other students living on campus and make new friends! Not to mention that if you have any problems with your housing or roommate, the UF Housing office is extremely helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    How hard your classes are definitely depends on your major. Of course, every class requires work and some might be easier than others but no class is a joke.

    Tips for prospective students

    Here are some tips before the first day of school: learn where the buildings are so that you aren't late or lost on your first day of classes, find out whether the meal plan or just buying your own food from the supermarket works better for you, get involved (there are so many organizations on campus that you can find a home in), sign up for the football ticket lottery and enjoy UF preview!

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is too great to just describe it in three sentences! There aren't enough adjectives or words to describe how proud I am of calling myself a University of Florida Gator!

  • 07/06/2013

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do! When you come to orientation you will be encouraged to look into different organizations to find one that you like. The office of student involvement helps students find clubs and organizations that they would enjoy based on their current hobbies and interests. The obvious thing to do for fun in Gainesville is to go watch a gator football game in the swamp. It is a very unique experience for students and a memorable one.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is amazing at UF. There are multiple dining halls on campus as well as your popular franchises such as starbucks, burger king, chick fil a, dunkin donuts, etc. UF offers different meal plans to accommodate for different student lifestyles. There are the 5 or 7 day all access meal plans that offer complete access at any time during those 5 or 7 days. There is also the declining balance that allows for you to put a designated amount of money into an account. As you make purchases the balance decreases. This type of account can be connected to a credit card and will auto reload your account for seamless access. The food quality is great and diverse. There are also many restaurants in Gainesville that have amazing cuisine.

    Dorm Life

    UF is unique in it's dorm life. Some dorms are essentially their own communities. For example one dorm is a community for health students and another for engineering students as well as others that emphasize student health. Resident assistants try to make dorm life interesting and easy for incoming freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not attended a class yet but I can certainly believe others statements about the rigor of classes. They are at a higher level than most colleges but if you communicate with professors and teaching assistants in classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I would say good luck. This past year their were around 30,000 undergraduate applicants. Of those 30,000 only 6,500 were accepted. It sounds intimidating but if you were a great student that also got involved then you shouldn't be worried too much. I would recommend that if you are planning to live on campus and you are confident that you will be accepted then apply for housing and complete a housing contract. It is a risk of $225 but if you apply after tou are accepted you are most likely going to be late and will have to be manually assigned for housing which is a pain. The university of Florida is a great place with plenty of perks but it also has it's hitches like all colleges do. You have to look out for them by staying informed.

    In three sentences

    In my opinion the University of Florida is the greatest, put simply. The sense of community on and off campus makes students feel welcome hence the reputation of being the gator nation. The school is rigorous in terms of academics but it helps prepare their students for their lives.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UFPD is always present on campus and available to help in the case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is absolutely rampant at UF. Dance Marathon is UF's largest-run philanthropy and the fraternities and sororities are very skilled at raising a large amount of money for this huge and exciting event.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are HUNDREDS of clubs on campus. You will find something for you, and if you can't find the club you want, you can simply make it yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    Every type! Greek, shy, outgoing, smart..YOU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Every student should once, if it's during a football game it's even better.

    What to do for fun

    The night life of Gainesville is the stuff of legends. Midtown is packed with clubs and places to eat. It's perfect to kick back and relax with friends, and there are plenty of other clubs available to. There's always a party going on. If you're not into that type of thing, there's GatorNights at the Reitz Union every Friday night and they always show a great free movie along with other fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are average. While they're nothing special, the alternate dining options on campus are great. There's Pollo Tropical, Burger King, Papa John's, Moe's, Panda Express, and so much more. They have almost anything for any taste.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and friendly. There's always an opportunity to make great friendships and the RA's are the absolute best you will find on any campus. There's a huge variety of dorms to choose from, whether you want to stay in the freshman dorms or something more traditional, or something that offers perks that others don't. There's a dorm for whatever kind of lifestyle you want, and a roommate as well.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is reputed for its mathematics and sciences, and as a student who has taken classes in both of these fields, I can promise you that these classes are no joke. While they aren't easy, they aim to make you a critical thinker and take your learning to a new level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your academics because the newfound freedom and partying can detract you from what you're in college for. So work hard and there will ALWAYS be time to party, no matter what time of day it is.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida offers a superior education in a great environment. There are plenty of opportunities to further yourself as a student, a friend, and a person. Not only are the academics top notch, but the social scene is top notch and there is something for anyone and everyone.

  • 06/28/2013

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    Bang for the buck

    Cheap for in-state students

    What to do for fun

    Good nature and wildlife in the area, sports, clubs galore!

    Food and Dining

    Many great places to eat in the area, and the student union has great smoothies!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms didn't look too great, but pretty typical. Honors Housing is supposedly better.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't go there so don't take this for much, but from what I have heard it is challenging, especially in the Honors College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be a well rounded student, they emphasize the holistic approach to admissions.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very pretty....campus tour was much higher quality than the ones I received at UM or UCF. Very friendly students, and a professor even opened his door without a scheduled conversation to discuss my prospective major! Great visit!

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of fast food on campus and lots of options nearby.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm communities are very close nit, especially Beaty Towers and Jennings. The dorms aren't the nicest or newest, but they are clean and well maintained.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at UF are DIFFICULT! Especially sciences. You have to earn the grades you are given in your classes.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There seems to always be crime around sorority row, but UF does a good job of alerting the students via email and texts. I get frustrated seeing cops giving out MIPs when students are being assaulted near campus. The campus police should be more focused on being proactive about our safety then giving out tickets for underage drinking (which is going to happen regardless of how many tickets they give out).

    Greek Life

    If you want to be on top of the social calander and know where all the going out hot spots are, Greek Life is for you. It controls the student government and most of the decisions made around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club and activity for everyone!!! It is very easy to meet people and get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to work hard but know how to have fun are perfect for this school.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state is so expensive it's ridiculous. The price for instate is more managable.

    What to do for fun

    There are a wide variety of clubs and intramural sports available throughout the year and summer. Both gyms offer fitness classes and there are 2 pools available. Greek life is very popular and Student Government has a huge influence on campus as well as other student run organizations.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans are definitely not for me due to my food preferences. However, if you don't like the major food dining areas, there are many options in the student union and around campus. Other options include Moe's, Subway, Taco Bell, Planet Smoothie, Chick-fil-a, Chilie's, Panda Express, and tons of Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    It is a good experience for most freshmen, but not one I would recommend for much longer than that. I still don't keep in touch with my roommates and didn't meet very many people. I liked being close to my classes but enjoy living across from campus instead.

    Academic Rigor

    I only gave the academic rigor 4 stars because depending on your major, certain classes can be too difficult. I think that with such a smart student population, the number of people withdrawing from classes or failing is quite ridiculous. The hardest classes are the major weed out courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you end up going to UF, be prepared for the difficult classes. It is easy to get distracted in a college town and managing the parties and gamedays and school can get overwhelming. I would definitely get involved as soon as you step foot on campus by going Greek or joining a club or even intramurals.

    In three sentences

    It is a very fun campus in a small college town with a huge student population. The Greek life is awesome, the sports are even better, but the academics can be challenging. It is a very diverse campus that offers a little bit of everything.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is usually safe but there are the few occasions where crime does take place on or near campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty live here. You hear a lot about them and they have a lot of performances, gatherings, and parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    UF pretty much has every club one can think of on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UF is great for students who specialize in science, math, and liberal arts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We are one the biggest schools for vegetarians and we have the F Book where students take pictures of themselves at the traditions around campus for a medallion when you graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Florida is worth your investment. It can be costly but UF offers a variety of educational values.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can either visit the arcade in the Reitz Union or do various activities at Lake Wauburg.

    Food and Dining

    I can't really say much about the food and dining, seeing that I do not eat at the dining halls that often. The campus does have good selections such as Burger King, Subway, Chick-fil-a, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is excellent for making new friends and getting new students used to the campus. However, some dorms can be very expensive if you do not receive a lot of financial aid. The cheapest dorm rooms come with no air conditioning as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are fairly easy but most of the classes require lots of concentration and work.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise talking to advisers constantly and stay focused. The campus can be very intimidating because of the size but with guidance everything should be fine.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the University of Florida a 7 on a scale of 1-10. 1 being the lowest and 10 as the highest. The University of Florida is a great school but student and financial advising could be better.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They say you should always be able to see a blue light (if you press the button, campus security will be there within 5 minutes) everywhere on campus but certain areas, there isn't. Also, the campus is completely open so anyone can just walk onto campus. It's a little scary when you have an exam at 8 pm and get out at 10 pm and there's strange people who definitely aren't students hanging around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's close to 1,000 different clubs on campus so you'll definitely find something that interests you.

    Bang for the buck

    The facilities are really nice and it's one of the cheapest schools in the south for the education you're receiving (which is a pretty good one).

    Food and Dining

    There's a lot of fast food on campus but also a lot of healthy options. There's also a Starbucks usually within sight.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms close to most of the classrooms aren't the best. They were all built in the 50's or before and it shows. Some don't even have air condition! You have to share a room with one or more people and then share a bathroom with 20+ people. Don't worry though, none of it is co-ed. The dorms farther away are a lot nicer (you get your own bedroom and only have to share the bathroom with 1 person). Unfortunately, they are pretty expensive and you can find apartments off campus for the same price and much nicer.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a little difficult to adjust to the rigor of the coursework straight out of high school. Many classes are online and students need to develop the discipline to not fall behind. After about freshman year, you get used to it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Diversify your application. UF wants to see that you can handle getting good grades as well as participate in extra curricular activities. I would suggest getting involved in a few clubs and sports your freshman and sophomore year and then during your junior and senior year, hold a leadership position (Vice president, treasurer, team captain, etc). Also do a decent amount of community service.

    In three sentences

    UF is the first or second best school in Florida for almost every major. It has a great athletic program and tons of extra curricular activities. Also, it's close to Tallahassee, Orlando, and Tampa.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD is everywhere and on their game! Always feel safe and secure! They definitely go the extra mile in everything they do.

    Greek Life

    Very present on campus but also very rewarding!

    Clubs and Activities

    Upwards of a thousand clubs and endless activities!

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, partiers, brainiacs, laid-back students, pretty much everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many to even write! UF is so interesting and offers so much!

    Bang for the buck

    Great education, post-graduate opportunities, experiences, activities, and atmosphere for not a whole lot.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun. Between sports, arts, libraries, coffee shops, and so much more that you could never do the same thing twice.

    Food and Dining

    So many different places are offered on and around campus. It's great! The dining plans are not as great though.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it. Being involved in floor activities makes living on campus fun and memorable. A lot of the dorms at UF are old and a pain to live in but the location makes up for it.

    Academic Rigor

    If you put effort and time into your classes you'll be golden. Realize the difficulty of some of these classes you may take. Start the semester strong and end strong because once you fall behind, you may not catch up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved here; don't just party or hide in your dorm every night. This school is fun and exciting as well as intellectually fulfilling. Take advantage of everything offered to you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a warm and inviting institution that is diverse and opportunistic. Everyone can find their niche easily amongst the crowd of over 50,000. Between the amazing athletic teams and first-class educational programs, UF is definitely one of the best public universities in the country.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    huge variety that it can be overwhelming

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lake Walberg is good if you are missing the beach. The stadium is open during the day and is a great place to go.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a well ranked school - highest in the state for public school and is known world wide. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    What to do for fun

    Gator nights are usually not worth it because so many people go that you don't get to do anything. The Philips Center has some good stuff though. Sporting events are always awesome- sometimes free tshirts. Dorms also put on events.

    Food and Dining

    never tried it...did not hear good things. It gets bland after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Depends where you live. I recommend Lakeside because it is apartment style. Its distance from campus is not a big deal because the bus system is awesome. With Lakeside you get the pros of living on campus and having your own space.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major really.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everyone says get involved, I agree. Those first few weeks are the best because you barely have to cook because everyone is giving away free food. Go to the housing fair - free stuff. Pick a major and get started working towards it, even if you change majors at least you will have been productive. Don't waste our first few semesters.

    In three sentences

    UF does well managing a large student body population but that does mean that it can be bureaucratic when you are trying to file paperwork. Gator football games, really any sporting event are always good for free entertainment even if you are not into sports. You need to want a big school and understand the advantages and disadvantages that goes along with it.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty much all of campus is well lit, with emergency stations within sight pretty much everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Not interested, but they seem VERY active

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UF bat house.

    What to do for fun

    With hundreds of student organizations, you'll find one doing something fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off, keep studies a top (but NOT only) priority.

    In three sentences

    Big school, never boring, AWESOME career resource center

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a big campus. But take the appropriate precautions and it is okay.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club and activity for everything you could possibly imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart. Dedicated. Involved.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in one of the MANY clubs and organizations.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated to school and learning, motivated.

    What to do for fun

    Basically anything you want- you just have to ask.

    Food and Dining

    Again- there is something for everyone. A lot of great places to eat and hang out while studying or between classes.

    Academic Rigor

    There's always a challenge, no matter how easy you think you will have it in a certain class; you always get your money's worth. The professors and other staff are simply exceptional.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared. Make every moment count. Put academics before anything else.

    In three sentences

    I love everything about UF. It's so diverse, there's something for everyone, no matter what you're interested in. Everyone is very focused on their classes and motivated; it's a great environment.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Everywhere and huge part of campus culture

    What to do for fun

    Go to athletic events! Go to clubs and bars around here too if that's what you're into

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major. Obviously the pre-med track and other programs are more rigorous but overall, the difficulty of this school depends on the class you are enrolled in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open and willing to try new things, even though that sounds cliche. The Gator Nation is truly diverse, so no matter what your niche is, you'll find it here as long as you are willing to look for it.

    In three sentences

    UF is diverse, accepting, and exceptional. At times, it can be a reminder that it is in the South. Gator athletics are a huge part of the culture here and the campus is dynamic.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is good. UF alerts students via text & email when there's a problem (robbery, threat, or other danger in Gainesville). There are panic buttons scattered across campus in case students need help out in public at any time.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prominent. I've heard that only 15% or so of students participate, but it seems like every other person you meet is involved somehow.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a plethora of clubs and activity organizations. If by some miracle a student can think of a club that doesn't already exist, that student can establish it.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is ridiculous. But then again, so are prices at every college. I chose this university over a cheaper one because I felt I'd receive a quality education. So far in my third year, I haven't regretted it.

    What to do for fun

    The RA's offer programs in the dorms. The housing areas also put on programs often. If you want to go off-campus, there are different places for different tastes. Midtown offers bars and casual restaurants. It is located on the edge of campus. Downtown offers clubs and fancier restaurants. It is a half an hour walk (or a quick car/bus ride) from campus. And of course greater Gainesville offers what any other city might - movie theaters, malls, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall provides a lot of food daily. There's a large selection for a variety of dining styles. The only problem with the dining halls is that the quality decreases as the semester goes on. By the end, the food is not made as quickly or as well. On-campus restaurants that aren't the dining hall are as you might expect. They are chains (Chik-fil-a, Burger King, etc.) and they are as good as any other off-campus location.

    Dorm Life

    There are rules for dorms which would not apply to off-campus housing. This is slightly inconvenient. But when living on-campus, class is so much closer! And the conditions in the actual rooms are very good.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very difficult (at least for my major). It seems though that a curve is introduced to the grading scale for many of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to handle the different ways teachers utilize technology. Depending on the class, you could need any of the 4+ clickers that are available. Also, you'll need to learn how to differentiate between (and use) the different UF websites such as Sakai, ISIS, Webmail, and the HousingPortal.

    In three sentences

    The school is very challenging and the coursework is rigorous. The other students are fun to be around. The general atmosphere around campus is traditional and it encourages education.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus and the surrounding area has so much to offer. You can hang out at the University owned lake and take a canoe out at no cost. You can go to one of the many bars or hookah lounges off campus. There are many walking and biking trails to explore the outside.

    Food and Dining

    Defintely delicious and I am NOT a fan of cafeteria food. There are plenty of options and the quality is fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, have never lived in a dorm. The dorms are small. Some are better than others and freshman get the worst of them.

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate studying in advance, way in advance. Get involved outside the classroom and your academics. If you need help, there is plenty if you just look. From counseling, tutoring, to working out there is someone on the University who can help at no cost to you.

    In three sentences

    UF is a place where many very talented and intellectual students thrive together. We are known for our outstanding achievements in athletics. Professors push students to work harder than they ever thought they would to fulfill their potential.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    They control the student government, so they sort of control the campus, even if they are only 14%

    What to do for fun

    Step 1: Make friends. Step 2: Do things with said friends.

    Food and Dining

    Hated the meal plan food. Lost 9 pounds in 6 weeks just because I couldn't eat it. Not that great of a selection of on campus restaurants either.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms will push you to find out what your limits are. They are very conveniently close though, even if the AC is really really loud.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes themselves aren't hard, just badly taught with exams that are nothing but tricks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find books cheaper on facebook or amazon. Also, don't go in expecting to learn anything from a professor if it's a science class.

    In three sentences

    Overly excessively hard weed out classes, with horrible professors who can't teach. Difficult to meet people if introverted. But a lot of fun once you get the hang of it.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The blue light system is helpful but there are constantly issues on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge deal at UF, if you aren't a part of it you're an outsider.

    Great for these types of students

    Party go-ers, Athletes, Pre med students, academically sucessful students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Florida F book is a fun way to learn about campus and there are tons of great statues everywhere.

    What to do for fun

    There are gator sporting events every weekend to go to and there is always an event taking place.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, you can find better food really close off campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are disgusting but it's all part of the freshmen experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are really intense but you don't go to college for easy classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with clubs, if you don't you'll just blend in with everyone else.

    In three sentences

    It's a great university with a lot of diverse people. If you're looking for an Ivy league education without the price this is the school for you. The classes are very rigorous and intense but upon completing your degree you know you will get a job.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Joining the Greek community was a great decision. There is always someone to hang out with, study with, and help you pick classes. If you are interested in getting involved with something on campus I know there is a sister that can help me do it.

    Food and Dining

    I did not use the dining facility but friends told me the food was good.

    Dorm Life

    Try and get to room with someone similar to you. I personally went completely random and barely talked to my roommate. However, I liked being in a communal dorm because I got to meet a lot of people, always had someone to hang out with, and had people to study for classes with.

    Academic Rigor

    I did not study much in high school but at UF I do study for classes.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a great school. There's a lot to do and be involved with on campus. The classes are also interesting with a wide variety of subject matter to choose from.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The UFPD is very alert. They send out text messages and emails whenever something of notability has occurred, and there is a blue light system on campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a multitude (62) Greek institutions at the University of Florida. Most rush in the fall, so if you're interested in the Greek life then you should have no problem finding the right sorority/fraternity to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    With 900+ clubs to join, it's very improbable that you won't be able to find something you like.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, involved, outgoing, and spirited students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you go to Preview (orientation) you are given a book called the F Book which lists numerous traditions on campus, including: tailgating before a game, painting the 34th street wall, and the dance marathon which benefits a children's center at Shands Children Hospital.

    Bang for the buck

    If you were a student like me who planned to go out of state, this place definitely fits under the bang for your buck category. You get to go to school for a fraction of any out of state tuition, and you are blessed with a high quality education which is equal--and arguably better--than many out of state institutions.

    What to do for fun

    Go to any sports game here, and you are bound to have fun. There is also the famed party scene, and the Hippodrome, Philips Center, and movie theaters if you like the theater and films. Also there is the Florida Museum of Natural History and Gator Nights at the Reitz Union.

    Food and Dining

    There are 19 places to eat on campus--some with multiple places to eat. Likewise, there are many meal plans you can choose from, including: the 7 day unlimited, 5 day unlimited, 14 meals a week plan, and declining balance (debit card for food). Each meal plan comes with allotted flex bucks you can use around campus. Moreover, there is a Chipotle on campus and numerous Mochi stores if you're in the mood for frozen yogurt.

    Dorm Life

    Finding housing at UF is the most frustrating part about being a Gator--but once housing is settled there is little to irk you. The housing department gives out more housing contracts--a promise guaranteeing housing for students--than there are dorms. When you apply to UF be sure you submit a housing contract that way you have an early time slot for dorm selection--but if you don't, you'll get housing one way or another. Other than choosing where to live, the dorms range from new and very nice to the traditional college dorm. There are two dorms which lack air conditioning (Thomas and Buckman), but portable air conditioning units are allowed so living in those areas is comfortable. Moreover, there is a housing association called IRHA which organizes activities within each dorm area--so there great opportunity to engage in your housing community.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Florida offers one of the best educations in the state. The classes are top-noch and the libraries are consistently active with students studying and writing papers. UF is the place to be if you want to be academically emerged in your college career.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning to apply to UF, be sure to take your studies seriously and be involved. The University of Florida is raising the standards for each incoming class entering; if your sister or brother got in with unimpressive scores/grades the same luck may not be bestowed to you. The average GPA for the class of 2017 was 4.3--that means the average student was engaged in more than just the traditional classroom setting. If you want to better your chances for getting into UF, take AP/IB/AICE classes or dual enroll. Also, get involved in at least one or two extracurricular activities. UF wants students who know how to actively engage at their school and community.

    In three sentences

    UF is wonderful. The campus is great, the students are friendly, the education is one of the best you can receive, and the spirit is like no other. People are proud to be Gators for a reason.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Point blank: its worth it. Just saying you graduated from UF almost promises you a job, and there are so many opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    If you like the outdoors, there's a great lake. If you like the night-life, there are plenty of clubs and parties. If you like to chill, there are plenty of people to just chill with. There's stuff for everybody.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be really great or really bland. Meal plans can be a little expensive, but they are convenient if you're on campus. I would recommend for your first year, but not after that. There are great restaurants all over Gainesville though.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in a dorm simply because I have found the greatest friends I have ever had. My random roommates and I plan on living together again next year, and everybody in my hall (Beaty) became a family; we called ourselves the Beaty Bunch. Only thing to worry about, try not to catch your dorm on fire, it never ends well.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses and majors can be very, very challenging, but it is balanced well with courses that are fun and exciting. Make sure to take the advice of others, and in your first year, don't over-do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to put yourself out there; college is scary, but you end up meeting some of the greatest people and having the most memorable of moments. Also, and more importantly, understand time management, its essential to succeeding.

    In three sentences

    Everything from amazing academics to phenomenal people, UF has practically everything anyone would need. There are clubs for any type of person and classes for any type of mind. I've never been happier.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    They have hundreds of clubs and recreational sports to get involved in.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not an easy college. It challenges you in every way possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful place full of opportunities. It provides one with a great education. It's the perfect place to grow as a person and find yourself.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    UFPD, ACSD, GPD, campus student assistance and apartment security.

    Greek Life

    62 to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    975 options. I will begin testing them out in the fall.

    Bang for the buck

    I plan on trying new things and watching sports I know nothing about. I want to volunteer around the community and meet other ASL students. All FREE!!!

    What to do for fun

    Gator games, gator growl, homecoming, Friday night socials, apartment gatherings and downtown. Tons to do!

    Food and Dining

    Lots to do in Gainesville. Already tried some of the local favorites, can't wait to try some others.

    Dorm Life

    Can't wait for my off campus apartment living, meeting my roommates and the other tenants.

    Academic Rigor

    I will be taking 15 credit hours so this will be a challenge as a transfer student but I'm up for the challenge and will take advantage of the great staff and students at UF to help me succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stick to your dreams and keep trying. I did and my dream of being a UF Student came true.

    In three sentences

    The UF staff, volunteers and students are so welcoming and helpful. It's like a day at Disney. Can't wait for the fall term.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is open, but safe. GPD and UPD keeps the reasonablystudents safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge, tons of fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs to join and activities to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types, except those who are afraid to leave home. There are so many people here, you will easily find your niche.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UF has tons of traditions, too many to name. At orientation, we received the F-Book which lists the traditions. The goal is to take a picture of yourself doing the traditions and you get pins and stickers for your diploma after so many.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive and it only keeps rising. The professors are great, for the most part, and always enthusiastic about their subjects. You can't beat the experience.

    What to do for fun

    There is almost always something going on, whether it's put on by the school, the city of Gainesville, or organizations. There's a huge nightlife, you'll never have to waste a night at home, if you don't want to.

    Food and Dining

    Food's pretty good, as long as you aren't going to the dining halls...

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are all right. You'll meet tons of people and you'll learn to get along with a roommate or get out.

    Academic Rigor

    This will depend on your major. The classes, for the most part, only get harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring an umbrella! If you need an easy bio credit, take Man's Food. In classes the count for your major or minor, don't just phone it in, you may need recommendations from those professors. Make sure to ask your professors or TAs early on if you don't understand something. And don't be afraid to argue a question from an exam, especially in large lecture hall classes. Chances are others had the same question.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a great school. It has a great mix of academics, sports, and clubs to choose from. There are few opportunities to be bored.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is safe. There are multiple cop cars throughout campus to monitor things. If you are stuck for the night, there are posts that are used to contact police officers to escort you to your destination.

    Great for these types of students

    Those that want to study hard but at the same time play hard.

    What to do for fun

    If you want to have fun, there are a variety of options for you. If you want to gout to dance at night or just go to the nearby lake and kayak, you can practically do everything.

    Food and Dining

    Even though it may be a little expensive, the variety of foods present here in the University of Florida makes it worth it every dollar.

    Dorm Life

    I did not apply to be in a dorm, but I was in an apartment complex. Let me tell you, I bet there was no difference. You meet freinds here and there are a bunch of activities you can do.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are more challenging than those you find in your average community college; however, they prepare you to be the best if you put in the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to become a student, be sure to have an idea of what you want. You also need to show that you deserve to be a student in the University of Florida.

    In three sentences

    The University is possible the best decision I have made in my life. Sure, the classes are challenging, but they prepare you to be the best. Moreover, the fact that everyone is so open and friendly makes this a great place to be.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots to do for fun! We have Gator Nights that offers games, movies, food, etc. all for free! There is always something happening on campus from celebrities, to talent shows, club meetings, and of course parties!

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining places on campus. We have meal plan options that are great for Freshman students and students that do not like to cook.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in a dorm all four years in school. I love dorm life. It helps you connect with other students and get a feel of campus. I enjoy it and our dorms are actually very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Our course are not for the faint of heart. It doesn't matter if you are taking honors, electives, or major course work, the class is going to be difficult. It helps you grow as student and helps you realize your potential.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would make sure that I apply early, it really does help with admission and transitioning into the school. I would also attend Summer B instead of waiting to attend in Fall. Lastly, make sure you get involved once you get on campus!

    In three sentences

    University of Florida is an excellent school to attend for any student. The school provided excellent opportunities for students such as study abroad, research, and top of the line professors. There is great mix of students and many chances to develop a booming social life.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    Academics are obviously hard because its such a prestigious school; however, at the end, you will benefit from it.

    In three sentences

    UF is an amazing school.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police, the mandatory emergency call boxes, and SNAP will come pick you up if you need a ride on campus at night

    Greek Life

    Was not a part but from what I can tell it is a good experience but separate from non-greek people

    Clubs and Activities

    UF FCA was great! There are so many clubs and groups, stuff for anyone, it is really hard to choose actually.

    Great for these types of students

    Medical, engineering, athletic, any type of religion, sport fanatics

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Just making sure you go out and see and do everything there is in Gainesville. The F-Book.

    Bang for the buck

    No one can take away my education. Everything, the money, the studying, the reading and writing, was worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, bowling, bars, night clubs. Getting involved with a club or organization is the best thing you could do.

    Food and Dining

    Good, but can be pricy and the dinning hall is not the healthiest food.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in dorm, too expensive and most of them are old

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult but with good time management you will graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study and work a lot. Remember grades are not everything, building rapport with teachers and relationships with your peers is helpful (you will want a strong community around you). Take classes that may be out of your comfort zone or something you have never learned about but could be interested in. UF is challenging but it is good to be challenged and you will be better prepared for furthering your education, your career, and life.

    In three sentences

    UF is very challenging and at times difficult. However, the challenge prepares you to succeed in life. I loved my four years here and everything the campus had to offer.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There needs to be more security patrols along the fraternity and sorority houses. Students there are most vulnerable to be both victims and perpetrators of serious crimes.

    Greek Life

    Have not experienced in and my social circle does not extend that far, but I know some people really enjoy and it gives valuable networking opportunities and many way to become involved on campus in positive ways.

    Clubs and Activities

    People here tend to be very socially involved. A variety of professional organizations associated with specific majors are based in UF. One can also become involved in student government and represent the interests of UF students for the well-being of the university. There is a wide variety of both professional and social extracurricular activities here.

    Great for these types of students

    UF is great from extremely social people. Nature-lovers, partiers, athletes tend to greatly enjoy their college experience here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    *Gator-chomp: students move their arms in a way that mimics and alligator snapping its jaws. *Gator Growl: one of the largest pep-rallies in the world, student-run, with lots of entertainment...

    Bang for the buck

    Everything tends to be more expensive on campus. Gator green-back coupons can only be used off-campus in specific places. Some affordable places to eat off-campus: Dunkin Donuts: Always cheaper than Star Bucks, and extremely yummy Tijuana Flats: Mexican-American style restaurant; no tips required or expected. Copper-Monkey: Bar and pub also known for its massive $3 burgers on Monday nights Relish: These burgers are worth the money: extremely unusual, very ingredient rich. Its like subway but for burgers. Mochi: Frozen-yogurt place that gives you your ninth cup of frozen yogurt free (8 ounces, I think)

    What to do for fun

    For fun, you can... *Go to gator nights for free snacks, arts/crafts, and entertainment *Attend a sports game *Go to the bat house *Visit the butterfly museum *Go to gator growl, a very large, entertaining student-run pep rally

    Food and Dining

    Food tends to be expensive here. The most popular restaurant in the Reitz Union is Pollo Tropical. The dining hall with the highest-quality food tends to be Broward Dining. Meal plans general aren't worth it unless you have a HUGE appetite, and dining halls are worth exploiting. Sometimes, they serve such high-quality food that not even the fanciest restaurants can offer- I mean it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be chaotic because of the clash of contrasting living habits in a very cramped space. You have to be more considerate of others. Living on campus is recommended but not required for first-year students because helpful academic resources are much more accessible this way.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not be surprised if you fail all of your first exams here. University-level courses have more depth to them and therefore require a different approach to studying and high school classes. I recommend to put in 40-60 hours of studying a week, depending on your major and credit load.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Make school your first priority: Now is the time to sacrifice yourself to reap the benefits later. You do not come to college simply to have fun and mess around. 2. Study in groups 3. Make regular use of professor and teaching assistant office hours 4. Have a regular sleeping schedule. 5. Stay organized and use a planner/daily study schedule.

    In three sentences

    UF is for everyone!!! Students here tend to be fun, smart, athletic and friendly. There are always fun things to do on campus, but don't get carried away to the point that you neglect your academic responsibilities. Professors and teaching assistants are most willing to help those who are willing to learn.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is fairly expensive specially for students with low socio-economic backgrounds. The university does provide several benefits even free bus rides all around campus and off campus just by showing your university ID. The gym is also included with your tuition.

    What to do for fun

    For fun one can visit midtown which is right across campus it is in walking distance and check out clubs and bars for the nighttime. During the day one can play sports and join an inter mural sports league, competitive or noncompetitive. Also one can go to the university's gym which has a variety of equipment able to be fit and work out on anything they desire.

    Food and Dining

    The dining on campus is very good but the downside to it is that the price for a meal plan isn't great. Cooking for yourself is time consuming but it teaches you how to cook for the future. There are a variety of restaurants and dining halls. The food is great but the price isn't worth it specially if you're a college student. The dining areas are fit to a uniform design and accessible by walking or biking.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a very important part of campus. There are several dorms away and close from your actual classes. Being friendly with your roommates is key no one likes to fuss with each other causing a stressful environment. Getting to know your neighbors is key to gaining a social life and going out to have fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Very hard classes specially if you are in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. There are weed-out classes that determine those from pre-med to non pre-med students. Time and perseverance are needed in order to pass with the adequate GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the online portion of the school and visit the school as well. Check out the benefits of being a Gator is and also don't get a meal plan because cooking on your own is more economical.

    In three sentences

    The campus is really nice and has its classical university look. The students are very intelligent and you will fit right in if you make time for it. Classes are tough but they are meant to test your knowledge and see if you can be outstanding in the field.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many options on campus as far as food goes. There are two large dining halls, which have a large variety of meal choices. There also many fast food places throughout campus, so wherever you are, you can almost always find something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are wonderful. Most of them are centrally located to many class buildings. They are a very good way to meet people, especially your first year on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    UF is known for being a tough school to get into, and therefore it is expected that the academics are fantastic; and they are. The professors are fantastic, always very available for their office hours. The courses are challenging but doable with time and effort put in. There are also many classes of interesting topics, such as vampires or sports in ancient Greece.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. It is easy to get lost in such a big college, but there are so many ways to get involved, whether its Greek life or a club that interests you, you definitely have to take advantage of it.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty things to do for fun on or off campus. I love the fact that UF ALWAYS has something going on. Events, shows, parties, you name it. Very college friendly and fun events for all of your friends. Off campus there is Lake Walburg where you and your friends can go kayaking, canoeing, walk through trails, play beach volleyball, go rock climbing, or even go on a zip-line course. TRIP and HUB are just some of the organizations on campus that are strictly made for making sure campus life at UF is as great as possible.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty places to eat on campus that are great! However I was never a fan of the dining hall or the staff that worked there (hence the new incoming staff). Watch out for meal plans because they are an expensive 2-semester commitment. I would go for declining balance if your trying to save as much as possible.

    Dorm Life

    Many dorms on campus are nice. But like any new place, it takes some getting used to. Most dorms are very nice whereas others could definitely use some upgrades. I lived on campus my first year and it does wonders with establishing relationships, so I suggest dorm life for at least a year (try Tolbert area!). Next year I am getting an apartment with some good friends I made last year (University House) which is gorgeous. Dorm life has many perks and I suggest you take full advantage.

    Academic Rigor

    UF has been called the Harvard of the south and is no joke. Time for studying may greatly outweigh your time for fun, but balance is key to any successful person. There are plenty of ways to receive help if you are struggling, so do not let your weaknesses be your downfall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go where your heart leads you. Whether that may be where you are receiving the most scholarship money, best education, etc. You will often be put in situations that require you to 'rise to the occasion' so I suggest getting a head-start with clubs, extracurriculars, teacher-student relationships, and internships.

    In three sentences

    UF is a great campus and I would encourage many students to go there. It is a place where you can flourish and really figure out your future plans. It is very rigorous but I know the end result is well worth the struggle.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students it is highly important that you attend class always and use all the campus resources that are available to you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is has a very friendly diverse campus. The staff puts in so much time and effort to help students succeed. UF offers so many campus resources for students to reach out to when in need.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Tennis, swimming, billiards, bowling, parties, and studying.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be better, but there are so many outside dining options that you shouldn't have a problem finding something that you like.

    Dorm Life

    If you like beautiful dorms than you'll love UF.

    Academic Rigor

    Not difficult at all, and certainly easier than many lower-ranked schools in Florida.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out your dorm applications early and once you get there, join a lot of clubs.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida is an amazing school, and for the dirt-cheap tuition costs (that are the same for all state universities in Florida), you really can't go wrong. Compared to the next best university in the state, University of Miami, the only career path that Miami might beat UF in is Medical. You'll get plenty of debt from graduate school, so there's no reason not to pay anything for undergraduate.

  • 05/19/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    I'm not a fan of Greek life, but they definitely have a strong presence on campus. To me, their presence gave me a negative impression of the University, and their control of Student Government is a little absurd.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, pre-med, and telecommunication majors may find UF to be a good fit.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Smathers library was one of my favorites. I'd also utilize Lake Wauberg--a free park and lake for students.

    What to do for fun

    Other than football games or campus events, there isn't much. Sororities and fraternities might have a different take on this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research majors before hand to see if this University is truly a good fit for you. Also, be aware that at an institution as large as this--and as athletically dominated--you are not of the highest priority to them. You'll have to really search for internships, jobs, and opportunities on campus.

    In three sentences

    Very large and traditional school that is rich in University culture. The city of Gainesville revolves around the University, and relishes in Gator pride. Be sure to compete against some of the State's best students.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    AMAZING! Definitely not regretting joining.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNDIE RUN! It's a one mile run around campus. Students strip clothes and throw them into a donation pile where, in return, all the clothes are donated!

    What to do for fun

    Definitely find a club or intramural sport that will pertain to your liking. There is actually something for everyone!

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan SUCKS, but all of the other dining places on campus are amazing!

    Dorm Life

    I was lucky enough to live in a dorm two years in a row and meet amazing people and having my entire floor get really close and make amazing friends and future apartment-mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely super hard. The work never stops!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get too carried away going out to midtown or downtown. Defintely join a sorority, fraternity. or other organization to help you meet people. Use supplementary tutoring companies like Study Edge and Tutoring Zone, it definitely helps.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a beyond impecable school. Not only is it challenging, but also being a part of the Gator Nation is one to take pride in. Definitely worth the work for.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    University of Florida has beautiful grounds and many people pack picnics or play frisbee on the green. There are a number of clubs that do fun things off campus and girls there is a shopping mall five minutes from campus. Ultimately, Gainesville is a college town and there is always things for the students to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is food everywhere; college kids love to eat! Of course, Chipotle is my first choice; it is right across from campus, but it does get crowded during lunch. Student options within the university are great and there are various different plates students can choose.

    Dorm Life

    I am planning on buying an apartment in Gainesville. I am trying to keep cost down for the duration of my time at UF. I have heard that dorms are a lot of fun and administrator tend to pick good roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes have not started for me but I was nervous about huge classes and enormous stadiums where the teacher does not care. While talking to a consular at University of Florida he assured me that huge classes can be difficult. However, there are always teachers assistants willing to help, online resources, and other tools that can help students pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask questions about scholarships, maps, or classes. The most helpful information is directly from the students and staff who experience the college everyday. Also join as many groups as possible and do not be hesitant at grabbing leadership positions; they are a huge boost in a resume.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida's campus is beautiful and the people are so friendly. They have no problem helping you get wherever you need to go. Everything is structured and easy to find.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    UF is not very expensive and there are tons of financial aid opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Attend concerts, dine with friends, and shop.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not a big fan of UF's dining halls but when I get hungry on campus, I usually stop by Chick-Fil-A, Subway or one of the many Starbucks.

    Academic Rigor

    As expected, classes get harder as you get closer to your degree. However, there are many resources to help to prevent you from failing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not slack off; remain on top of work, stay busy, network and get involved. It is very easy to fall behind and get lost in such a large place.

    In three sentences

    The university is extremely large with hundreds of different classes to accomodate all students' interests. There are always things going on and it's fairly easy to get involved.

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I love the sports at this school. I've also heard many good things about the campus life.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UFPD is a strong force on campus. There are numerous officers on foot, riding bikes, and in cars at any given moment. 4 am leaving the library? They're stationed what seems like every 100 feet from the library to your dorm. There are also blue-lights stationed ALL around campus. If you are in any trouble you push the button on the light and UFPD is said to be there in 30 sec or less (luckily, I've never had to use one).

    Greek Life

    UF's Greek system is one of the strongest in the country, welcome to the SEC. You can't go wrong with any of the organizations. UF has four Greek councils. Panhellenic Conference and Interfraternal Conference are the traditional Greek organizations people tend to think of. UF also offers two multicultural councils and numerous academic Greek organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus offes more than 1000 student organizations. You can get involved in everthing from a service-oriented club to Quidditch club. There are also more than one club offered for every major.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically-driven

    Bang for the buck

    Bright Futures!!!!

    What to do for fun

    UF is centered around the Gator Nation. On Saturday in the Fall it is all about football. At night students flock to mid-town. If you're into the club scene there are tons of clubs downtown, too!

    Food and Dining

    There are two traditional dining halls: Broward dining and Gator Corner dining. Gator Corner is cool because the student athletes eat there all the time. Broward dining is conviently located. The food is better than decent. On top of the dining halls, you can use your meal plan at places like Panda Express, Croutons (if you're into salads- this place is a game changer!!! so good), Moe's, Burger King and much more.

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm is clean! UF provides two types of living styles: community and apartment. The most modern community style dorm is Jennings Hall. Along with Jennings, Rawlings and Broward are the typical freshman dorms. The apartment based dorms tend to be a little more expensive. The perks of living in these dorms are the private bathroom and kitchen area (good if you do not like the dinning hall food).

    Academic Rigor

    UF bosts some of the most qualified professors in Florida, if not the country. Each professor is highly knowledgeable in his or her respective field. Take advantage of the professors, they love to get to know the students. The professors truely care about UF and want to see their students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early Strenghten your teacher relationships (they will write a more convincing letter of recommendation) Find something your passionate that is offered at the school

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a diverse, colorful campus with superior faculty. The university attracts Florida's best and brightest students each year. UF provides students the best resources and opportunites to be successful in the future and carry on the Gator Nation legacy.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Plenty to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bat house and lake alice with alligators.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, night life, thousands of clubs and organizations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a high GPA and test scores.

    In three sentences

    A great school. Beautiful campus. Great people.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    always felt very safe like home

    Greek Life

    overbearing, too much power, expected though

    Clubs and Activities

    plenty of opportunities to get involved or start yourself, good luck with the politics of it though

    Great for these types of students

    pre-meds, care about research opportunities, want large class sizes, wide variety of diverse people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    everyone

    Bang for the buck

    decent value, state's flagship but you get the sense that it doesn't quite meet expectations

    What to do for fun

    explore nature around Gainesville, go to local eats, midtown, downtown, get out of UF bubble

    Food and Dining

    dining halls are utter crap, but on campus dining options are pretty decent (esp. Chic-fil-a and Moe's!)

    Dorm Life

    convenient except when it's not, lots of buses, small spaces, drabby campus appearance

    Academic Rigor

    pretty damn easy

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't buy a meal plan, don't bother bringing a car on campus, apply to better private schools first that give more aid and/or are less corrupt

    In three sentences

    Make the best of it. You're kind of just a number, and the gators and orange and blue get annoying. Research opportunities galore.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Hanging out on campus, getting together on the avenue and planning parties in general are always options at UF.

    Food and Dining

    The campus meals are alright. I've heard good things about the meal plans,so I'm curious for myself.

    Dorm Life

    My best friend says that the dorm life is amazing. You get to meet so many new people, it's just an amazing overall experience.

    Academic Rigor

    UF is tough and necessary. You better be prepared for these classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you sign up for housing early! Because I was a little late, I have to wait for cancellations to get my room.

    In three sentences

    UF is the epitome of college life. While it is fun and enjoyable, it is also rigorous. I am so excited to be attending!

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UFPD is not my idea of perfect security.

    Greek Life

    The best thing I have done at UF by far. I have made so many wonderful friends and the support is priceless.

    Clubs and Activities

    It can be tough to find the right club sometimes because there are so many (I believe 900), but don't worry! There is a club that helps you figure out which club to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven, social, and most importantly smart (we all know the dumb ones go to FSU anyway).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Library West=Club West. If you go there to 'study' be prepared to run into every person you have ever met and chat with them the entire time instead of studying.

    Bang for the buck

    I think if you are an in-state student this is the best option. It well worth your money.

    What to do for fun

    Gator football games! There's nothing like them.

    Food and Dining

    Average food. I only ate in the dining hall for Summer B my freshman year and never went back...

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are disgusting. Even the nicest ones are just crowded and not ideal. As long as you find a decent roommate there won't be any problems, but if you find yourself unluckily stuck with a bad one...good luck!!

    Academic Rigor

    UF makes courses ridiculously difficult for no particular reason. Especially the sciences! Prepare to be challenged, but it is not impossible by any means.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as possible. It is easy to get lost in a crowd of 50,000 students, but joining a club or an organization can make the campus feel like home.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school full of school spirit and academic excellence. Best school in Florida. Beautiful and wonderful.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    always felt safe on campus, nighttime safety rides available until 3AM by SGA, good campus bus routes until 3AM most nights

    Greek Life

    always present in student affairs, controls student government almost excessively, though only about 15% of student body

    Clubs and Activities

    many clubs for all sorts of interests, many choices to pick per interest as well, large clubs and small clubs

    Great for these types of students

    pre-med majors, going to graduate school, engineering, computer science, looking for research opportunities

    Bang for the buck

    excellent value for a state university, consistently ranked highly and always improving

    What to do for fun

    enjoy the nature around Gainesville, the many springs, explore downtown, go to midtown at night, explore local restaurants, observatory, museums, gardens, Lake Alice, hiking trails

    Food and Dining

    on campus dining halls are pretty bad, but paid dining options are plenty and delicious

    Dorm Life

    depends which dorm, is convenient especially first year, make some friends, people to eat with, less space however

    Academic Rigor

    pretty easy classes, A's are decently easy to get in most except in hard major classes you really have to work hard for them

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't buy the meal plan, living on campus first year can be fun and convenient, make yourself stand out from the massive general population

    In three sentences

    Solid university with decent education and sense of school spirit, especially in fall semester. Summers are fun and hot, good value for a state school yet has its problems like other massive schools do. Lots of opportunities for growth and research, etc.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a chipotle on campus (:

    What to do for fun

    the student union always has the happenings around campus! it was recently renovated, so the bowling alley is back! there are also excursions off campus that really show you what gainesville is actually like outside of campus.

    Food and Dining

    the meal plan wasn't the greatest for me because i am a picky eater. but for someone who doesn't have as selective of a palate as i do, i would definitely recommend the meal plan

    Dorm Life

    being in a dorm is an experience. you meet many people and get to be in the middle of the gator nation

    Academic Rigor

    the class rigor depends on the class and the amount of work that you put on yourself. there are no "easy classes" at uf, but there are some classes that are easier than others, while some are misleading and seem easy but are actually very hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for housing as soon as you get notified to do so. it will help in the future. it is okay to be placed with a random roommate. there are ways to get out of that situation if it doesn't work out, but it most likely will work out.

    In three sentences

    uf has the old college feel. if you want a true college experience, here would satisfy those needs. i totally recommend joining the gator nation!

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UFPD is the second best campus police force in the country, only beaten by Yale's PD.

    Greek Life

    Dominates political power on campus and are the driving force of involvement at the university

    Clubs and Activities

    1/5 of the students here have some sort of Greek affiliation and most other ones are involved in the over 1000 club organizations the school has.

    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent students truly passionate about studying even if they might not find their passion yet. UF has many oppurtunities, so it's great to be involved on this campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We kiss a statue's foot for good luck upon graduation

    Bang for the buck

    UF has one of the cheapest tuitions in the country and is one of the US's top 10 cheapest cities to live in. In the heart of Gainesville, UF serves as the primary employer for the residents of Gainesville and nearby Ocala, so students are truly the lifeline of this region, and businesses show a lot of love to students through sales and promotions just for us.

    What to do for fun

    This is a college town, so we have cheap food, bowling, movies, and a huge university with many resources for all of those things to happen for free!

    Food and Dining

    Exquisite. We have a great vegan station (2nd best in the country) and a great reusable take out box initiative. Food is delicious, especially on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    Bathrooms are cleaned daily, some dorms have elevators, and air conditioning is supreme. Furthermore, we have an online service for requests to have something cleaned or fixing a bug problem.

    Academic Rigor

    Here is where you learn to truly study. If you're in the right major for you, the professors are nice but definitely make classes challenging for students. You become a better version of yourself through the education earned at this university for it teaches you discipline and responsibility.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't know what you want to major in- don't fret. UF has many colleges and many majors to choose from. Follow your current passion, become involved, and make a difference in someone's life.

    In three sentences

    UF encourage strong academic standing as well as high spirited involvement leadership. Here you earn top-notch education while also exploring your passions and creating yourself. Students from here become citizens of the world and the truest version of themselves.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This school looks like it offers me a lot! At first I didn't want to go because of the Hurricane blood that runs in the family. But this is the place to be!

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Didn't participate, but sororities and frats abound!

    Clubs and Activities

    Didn't participate in many, but Pre Vet club was really great for info about vet school!

    Great for these types of students

    EVERY kind of student. The population is really diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Be sure to check out library west, a great study place! And the smaller study rooms in the Hub are really cozy.

    What to do for fun

    Check out midtown and downtown. There's usually a lot of different events and concerts, and there's always so much to see!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard, but you will definitely have fun!

    In three sentences

    It's a great place with loads of opportunities for great experiences. It also brings lots of people together with the same interests, so you'll make friends that will last a lifetime. And it offers the keys to success in future endeavors like med school or vet school.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Many options that are not in the dining hall but quite pricey.

    Dorm Life

    Extremely crowded! If you are accepted and might be attending, pay the $25 housing fee in order to have first pick for you dorm. Many dorms are dirty and the Broward Hall has no air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    Students are very devoted to their work but know how to have fun.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go down university avenue and you will have a lot of options for food, dancing, music and bars.

    Food and Dining

    Do not go to the campus buffet, I worked there, not good food.

    Dorm Life

    Depends what style you get. The expensive apartments are good, the cluttered dorms not so good.

    Academic Rigor

    You must be serious about your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not live on campus, unless you necessarily have to. Craigslist is your best friend for finding affordable housing. Mingle and network!!

    In three sentences

    Great to study. Great to Party. Go Gators!

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have had a few incidents however the UF alert texts and emails are very descriptive and up to date. I feel safe here. There are police stations on campus and SNAP is a great service and contributor to safety.

    Greek Life

    There are numerous sororities and fraternities to look into including multicultural and co-ed frats. Greek life at UF is very popular.

    Clubs and Activities

    Go IRHA! There are many clubs and chances to get involved throughout the campus. I am apart of my area government which is one of the twelve that make up IRHA and it was my best decision thus far.

    Great for these types of students

    Accounting, Engineering, Veterinary majors and other science based undergraduate studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People like to dress up the potato located in Turlington plaza.

    Bang for the buck

    This is the best University in Florida and sometimes referred to as the Harvard of the South yet it is also one of the cheapest in the state considering the high level of education and it's upstanding reputation.

    What to do for fun

    There are cool outdoor but off campus places such as Lake Wauberg and Payne's Prairie. Many restaurants to get together for lunch or something and there is also a movie theater and a nice mall. There is a game room with a large bowling alley and billiard area and there are always events going on throughout campus with plenty of opportunities to get free pizza or snacks.

    Food and Dining

    The dining options could be better. I work at a restaurant on campus and personally would not eat there if I didn't receive a free meal as part of my benefits. Some of the food is rather unhealthy and gets tiring after a while because we have like five subways and many starbucks. Everything is definitely overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    I have enjoyed living on campus for the past three semesters and I plan on living on campus in the same area for the next two. I have met a lot of great friends and the conditions are more than bearable. Dorm living is going to be a transition no matter where you are from or where you go but UF and IRHA try to make the transition as smooth and comfortable as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are challenging because they strive to have each student reach their full potential. This is a fantastic and highly recognized university for academics and is home to some of the best programs in the country. Everything is manageable if you don't slack off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your work and train yourself to avoid last minute studying to cut down on the all nighters. Also, get involved! Joining a club or activity gives you a sense of community and makes your college experience so much better. Make sure to buy season football tickets as well, Go Gators!

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a great place to learn and grow. The spirit of the Gator Nation is undying as well as is our dedication to excellence. It's great to be a Florida Gator.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UF has late night transportation call SNAP free for charge that can drop you in front of your dorm. Just be careful at nights and walk with a buddy.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over hundreds of club and if you do not like any of them, you and a few other student can make up one.

    Great for these types of students

    One who likes the small town environment which has what you need to get.

    Bang for the buck

    Financially, the cost of going to UF is not as expensive as other Universities. Be financially smart and things can go your way.

    What to do for fun

    Gainesville is known for the Gators and only the Gators. Nothing spectacular about here, but you have to make the best of the situation.

    Food and Dining

    UF has decent food around campus, but just because you favorite food are all in one place should not give you an excuse to over eat.

    Dorm Life

    All I can say is that if you live on campus, expect to either get along or hate your roommate. However, there is a thing called being civil to one another.

    Academic Rigor

    Not matter what your major is, do not underestimate the classes you are in. Be prepared for the unexpected.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want and be prepared to do the work to get what you want.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is one of the best state universities in the country. It is a big school which is accommodated for everyone whatever their desires are. Everyday you are here in Gainesville, it is an adventure.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Great food at UF for the students.

    Dorm Life

    The people are fantastic and there's adequate living space.

    Academic Rigor

    You'll learn a lot if you go to this school, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep your grades up to par, and do well on your SATs and ACTs! Also, don't forget to get involved in extra curriculars as well.

    In three sentences

    I would love to go here. University of Florida, in my opinion, is the best school here in all of Florida. GO GATORS

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UF Alerts are a great tool.

    Greek Life

    Not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Students with a lot of time on their hands.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that all Universities are a little too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Football and Basketball!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good...although I must admit I only go up to Gainesville for football games.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very rigorous at the University of Florida...plan to study hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early...this is a difficult school to get into.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a very prestigious school. It truly cares about each of it's students and works to help all student's equally. It provides rigor and academic support when needed.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    motivated, leaders, creative, hard working, determined, journalism students, engineering students, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    For the kind of education you'll be getting, UF is very reasonably priced.

    Tips for prospective students

    -do well academically -take as many AP, Dual Enrollment, and Honors classes as possible -take the SAT and ACT as many times as possible. -get involved with all kinds of school activities and get leadership experience

    In three sentences

    This is the best school in Florida and one of the best in the country. The campus is beautiful and the learning environment is wonderful.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take lots of higher curriculum classes

    In three sentences

    I absolutely LOVE the University of Florida campus! Everything is so cheery and you just feel so much energy there! I would recommend this school to anybody on the college search.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is a safe place to be. There are UF police who send out e-mail updates if there is a threat on or near campus at any time. They are very present on campus should you ever need them.

    Greek Life

    I personally would not recommend Greek Life. faculty would tell you that hazing does not happen at UF but it does. It is easy to get caught up in an unhealthy lifestyle and the way i see it, Greek life facilitates negative decision making.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are academic, religious, sporting, social, ethnic and hobby related clubs. It all depends on what you are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    As a student just beginning at UF, It is important that you make new friends. A great way to do this is to join clubs. This allows you to meet people with similar interests. A club that was vary welcoming to me was CRU, a Christian organization.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The unusual traditions that first come to mind are the different 5k runs designed just for students. There is the midnight fun run, the color run (where participants are splattered with orange and blue paint) and the underwear run. I think these are self explainatory. There also is the traditional UF fight song, sung before every sporting event.

    Bang for the buck

    Some other services that the mandatory student fee provides are UF's two gyms with many group fitness classes. They also have four different pools and eleven libraries. As far as colleges go, at UF you get a good bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    The University offers many resources for students. Every Friday is Gator Nights where different movies and crafts are featured. They also provide free Midnight Breakfast. They offer movie nights throughout the week as well as many sporting events, museums and speakers all free with your student ID.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Florida offeres a variety of choices when it comes to food. They offer a meal plan and access to cafeterias with anything you could possibly crave. They also provide popular franchises and plenty of oppertunities for healthy eating on the go.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I have never lived in a dorm however, I have many friends that have. Communial bathrooms are difficult for some but overall I have heard of mostly positive experiences. The dorms are either a place where lifelong friends are made or where one can learn how to better collaberate with people different from themselvs.

    Academic Rigor

    Acedemic rigor depends on one's field of study. Being a nursing as well as a sociology major, I am familiar with both ends of the spectrum. My freshman year I concentrated soley on my nursing classes and have never worked so hard in my life. Sociology courses are a different story.

    Tips for prospective students

    With all of the activities offered to students, it is easy to overfill your plate. Set your priorities from the beginning, stick to them and learn to say no when it is time to buckle down in your studies. No matter how much is going on, do not sacrifice your sleep.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a wonderful institution that celebrates diversity. They offer a wide variety of classes, majors and extracurricular activities. I have been spoiled with all of the resources they offer to students.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have so many great programs for campus safety. Snap and gator night life help make sure students get home safe. We also have the friendly campus police and many lighted and safe places to be on campus at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a great way to become connected and make the campus feel smaller. Being apart of an organization can help you become more involved and find friends that you will keep in contact with forever!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities and clubs on campus for any one of your interests. They all are so opening and inviting to having new members and really help you get adapted to your new life on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is so many options for food on campus. They are not ridiculously overpriced and vary based on all students likes and dislikes. Also, they stay open late at night for ones that are studying and out! They also serve as a great opportunity for student work study and work with your schedule for classes and when you are able to work.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to meet new people. Your RA's are always very friendly and the IRHA organization always has a plethora of activities to get involved in and participate in.

    Academic Rigor

    Many people worry that the academic part of college is so hard, but it's not. The electives here are enjoyable and doable. They make them so interesting that you are able to find classes on about anything you can imagine. Also, once you start taking upper level classes for your academic major you will fall in love with the university and professor's even more. In my major, I feel that my classes are so easy because I just love and are so interested in all the information they have to offer.

    In three sentences

    This school is my home. The school and overall atmosphere is so inviting and will support you in any ways necessary. From professors to advisors they all help in your road to success.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Florida has taken many precautions to keeping the campus safe for students safe. They offer Later Gator and SNAP vans that run until 3am to make sure that students navigate safely around campus and Gainesville in the later hours. Guards roam the dorms at night and there are campus police always on patrol.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at University of Florida. Many students are a member of either a sorority or fraternity. These Greek establishments take part in many activities on campus and offer a sense of community to many students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are almost 1,000 clubs and societies on campus, so it is almost guaranteed that everyone will find their niche.

    Great for these types of students

    This University is great for students who love a strong sense of community and pride in their school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University of Florida holds many traditions on campus such as singing We are the Boys during the third quarter of every football game, the Undie Run, the Gator Chomp, the Gator Walk, hating on FSU, and many more.

    Bang for the buck

    Like every college, the University of Florida does rip off students in some aspects. The food and books on campus are very expensive, but the university offers many opportunities for scholarships and financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Many people who live outside of Gainesville assume that there is little to do in the small college town, however, there are plenty of activities to keep not only the students, but also the residents of the town. There are many fun things to do on campus such as hanging out with friends, bowling, arts and crafts, as well as many clubs which hold regular activities on campus and off. There is a great night life in Gainesville with many bars and clubs open every night of the week. There are many spots in Gainesville that are great for outside sports such as hiking, swimming, and kayaking.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining options on campus, though they are not the healthiest of choices. A large variety of food options are available right outside of campus, which is very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at University of Florida are very social and it's truly a rewarding experience. Though I would not recommend staying in one for the entirety of your enrollment, it's very good for incoming freshman and even sophomores to live in the dorms. Many bonds and friendships are formed when students live in such close quarters with each other.

    Academic Rigor

    While it's no ivy league, University of Florida's academic rigor is difficult. Students need to make sure and keep up on their grades, or else suffer the consequences of ruining their GPA. Students need to stay focused and devote many hours a week to class work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to concentrate not only on test scores and GPA, but also on extensive community service. Focus on having a well rounded application.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida fantastic university with a wide range of opportunities for its students. Everyone has a place and a path even though it is one of the largest schools in the state. It is one of the best public universities in the United States by far.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UF Police Department and Gainesville Police Department do a great job of protecting UF students and Gainesville residents.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of it we probably have it but if we don't then you have the ability to make your own club!

    Bang for the buck

    All colleges are expensive. This university is one of the cheaper in-state colleges and in my opinion provides the best education. It is worth the money spent to attend.

    What to do for fun

    Gator football games! That would be the number one choice. Football games are extremely fun as well as other athletic events on campus. One thing I love about UF is our school spirit; it truly makes me even more proud to be a Gator!

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on campus and in the surrounding areas. Food meets the needs of diverse eaters.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I do not live in a dorm. I did have the opportunity to spend one night in a dorm during my freshman preview weekend. Many of my friends that do live on campus enjoy it and wouldn't trade it for anything. There are multiple dorm styles to choose from to fit your specific needs. However, there are some older dorms, which is common, but many are currently being renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    I have received great academic learning during my time at this school and it is extremely applicable to my future career, which is ultimately the purpose of attending college.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school to attend. It is in a small city, Gainesville, Fl, which has provided me many opportunities during my time at the university. If you are from a large city I would prepare for more of a small town feel. This school has many opportunities for its students and is something you should take advantage of while you have the opportunity.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is absolutely amazing and I love attending college at this wonderful university. More specifically, the college of education at the University of Florida is the best. This university has prepared me for my future career extremely well and has provided me with many wonderful opportunities.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus. Never had any issues even walking home late at night.

    Greek Life

    I would recommend it because I had a blast in my sorority and made so many close friends, but it is not for everyone. If you want to be in student government, join Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great clubs for all majors and interested. I even checked out the board gaming club for a summer.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student can find their place here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lake Alice to see alligators. The stadium to watch a football game.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education. Free if you get Florida Bright Futures. Can't be that.

    What to do for fun

    I would recommend seeing the bat house, going to Southwest, visiting the butterfly garden and seeing the Harn art museum. Lake Wahlberg is always a fun afternoon of picnicking, paddle boating, canoeing or just laying on the sand. Bars at night in midtown and downtown are a good way to spend the evening.

    Food and Dining

    I wouldn't recommend getting a meal plan. The food is not bad but the restaurants in Gainesville are not to be missed.

    Dorm Life

    I only lived in the dorms for my freshman year (in Hume). My roommate was a little weird but she was fine for one year and we got along okay. After freshman year I moved to the sorority house and then to an off-campus apartment complex.

    Academic Rigor

    I studied Chemical Engineering. I had great professors who were very willing to help students. Some classes were definitely challenging but I learned so much after putting in the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip would be to join a club or join Greek life or else the campus will seem too big. You have to find your niche within the school to make it feel smaller and fully enjoy your time there.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida gave me the best 4 years of my life. I came out of undergraduate college with a superb education, lots of amazing friends, a national football championship season and endless memories. UF attracts smart, talented, motivated, and fun students and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering attending.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    My friend from IB did not get accepted to UF (my friend is also Key Club president of one of the biggest Key Club's in our county) but I did, I take AICE classes in high school, which is a hardly heard, but they are classes from Cambridge.

    In three sentences

    I hear it is a good school for students who are achievers and only the best get accepted; I got accepted so I guess I can agree. Also when you call the school, the call is picked up quick and the people are very nice. Gives strong points in their favor and makes me fell more secure about their organization.

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a very dedicated campus police force and safety towers with buttons that you can push if you are in need. Most officers get to your destination within a minute.

    Greek Life

    There are a variety of of professional, social, service Greek organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you could look for.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all. There is really something for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Watching the bats fly out from the bat house at dusk is an exciting experience. There is also a Farmer's Market every Wednesday in the Downtown Plaza. Every spring and fall there is the library book sale downtown. There is also the Midnight Underwear Dash that happens twice a year on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    There is something for every budget. You just need to keep an eye and ear out and open to learn about free or nearly free events. Look in the papers or listen to the radio to find out the deals.

    What to do for fun

    On campus there are clubs to join, recreation activities, dancing, sports, art classes, free lectures and concerts, and much more. Off campus there are music clubs, dancing, great dining, festivals, food truck rallies, concerts, comedy nights, and more.

    Food and Dining

    Not only does the campus feature many dining halls, there are many restaurants and food chains that surround the campus. There is also an awesome local food scene.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of dorms that can fit any taste and style. Find out what you're most comfortable with. Find the area that will make you the happiest.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your classes, they can be very intense but fulfilling. Stay updated with what you are doing and stay organized. It is a very fast paced college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out of your comfort zone and try new experiences. Try a new club, class, or explore the area. There is so much more to U.F. than just meets the eye.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a lively, intellectual powerhouse that contains some of the most diverse and interesting people from across the country. The professors are extremely dedicated to their craft and keep classes, lectures, and basically all forms of learning, fresh. The campus and the surrounding area contains natural Florida beauty and there is always something to do, see, listen to, or experience.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    for anyone looking to go to law school, i definitely recommend join the Mock Trial team. nothing can be more amazing for a pre-law student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ladies night at grog house on wednesday and techno tuesdays at 101 downtown; what i consider tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    i have never been to a more affordable college town than Gainesville.

    What to do for fun

    anything down university. from midtown to downtown there is always something to do every day.

    Food and Dining

    my only experience of the dining halls was during preview, but i absolutely adore the Starbucks in library west that is open 24 hours.

    Dorm Life

    i opted for living off-campus from freshman year, but the residential committees seem to be very interesting.

    Academic Rigor

    From my experience so far, all of my professors have made sure that you leave the classroom with full understanding and advance comprehension of the course material. the work is rigorous but it's worth it .

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to the school, try to become as interactive as possible ,because you will really benefit from the amount of social bonds that can be created through volunteer and club activities.

    In three sentences

    university of florida is a school that can not only pride itself off its academics but more on the fact that its student body is so devoted to the well being of the school. its a school that carries more school pride than the average university. I am proud to be a Gator.

  • 03/02/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Very prominent

    What to do for fun

    Downtown or Midtown

    Food and Dining

    They had a lot of options.

    Dorm Life

    Very varied.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I gathered it really just depends on the person.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Uf alerts, SNAP (Student night-time auxiliary patrol)

    Greek Life

    The BEST greek life in Florida! #1 Party school

    Food and Dining

    Great local restaurants. Food for all ethnicities. Amazing food overall.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of options, clean and convenient. Buses are amazing! They take you everywhere in and out of campus!

    Academic Rigor

    Much, much harder than high school or other Universities in Florida. Myriad majors and choices available to cater everyone's interests. Put you 100% hard work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Never procrastinate. Thats a must. Make sure you know that you're learning what you like and you are having fun with it!

    In three sentences

    It's an amazing place if you love big schools. It's known for its great education and professors, research opportunities and experience. And at the swamp, it's great to be a Florida Gator!

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest campus in the US. University police are always on duty and sending out campus wide text messages whenever there is trouble in the area.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at UF and becoming part of the Greek community is an outstanding accomplishment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless numbers of clubs to join. from intramural sports to filmmaking clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    UF has one of the best production colleges in the country. They have their own news station that is ran by students and they have state of the art equipment for video recording and editing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the plaza of Americas, everyday throughout the week Krishna lunch is served. People sit on on carpets on the floor and other places in the area and eat and play Krishna music.

    Bang for the buck

    The gym! Yes you do pay for a membership which is included in your tuition so you might as well take advantage of the facilities here. They are the best.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like going to the movies and hanging with my filmmaking friends around our college, in the editing labs or the production studios.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places where you can get something to eat. From italian food to spanish food if you want it you can get it.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms at UF throughout my entire undergraduate career. It is the most convient way to live. You are never to far away from class, activities, meetings or the library.

    Academic Rigor

    UF is the top school in the state of Florida. You should be extremely proud if your excepted here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Jump into the mix! Meet new people, join new clubs, become involved in different activities and find our niche. Once you have gained stability and you know exactly what you want to do as far as your career path goes then work on becoming a more competitive student in that field. You do not need to be in a rush to leave. This school has so much to offer you and 4 years is not enough time to soak it all in.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a place where the best years of your life are lived. It may be easy to get lost in the vast amount of opportunities here, but once you find your way you will be happy with your choice of attending UF. This school has become much more than just an educational institution, it has become a home.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are the occasional robberies but that is common with any large university. The UFPD and SG have set up a lot of safeguards to help stop any of that. As long as you are smart, you will be fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big on campus but it is not everything. There are plenty of ways to be involved and have fun without being greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    UF has over 900 clubs and if that is not enough you can create your own for others to join. SG also puts on a lot of events and a lot of famous singers, actors, athletes, politicians, and motivational speakers stop by campus to put on events.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all, it is a large University and all studetns can find their niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UF has a lot of hidden trails and great places to get away and take in the beauty of the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Graduating with a degree from UF is a great indicator of a hard worker to future employers.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on, Lake Walburg is a great place to relax and spend some time by the water, the bars and clubs are always bumping, and

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls lack creativity but their are plenty of options on the meal plan including Moes and Chomp it!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are social but if you are into quiet time there are quiet hours and plenty of places to study in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not high school anymore...

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and accept! This is a fantastic school. Definitely come visit and see the beautiful campus and all it has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a great place for students to call home. Gainesville has a great atmosphere for students with all kinds of interests and has many opportunities to get involved. Coming here is the greatest decision of my life, Go Gators!

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UF campus is really safe. They offer a service called SNAP which will provide you with free rides across campus at night if you don't want to walk alone. They also have a notification system that sends out texts alerts if anything is happening in the area that you should be aware of.

    What to do for fun

    At UF, there is always something going on. Almost every day a club hosts some sort of event, which you can most likely score a free meal. So obviously, there are a lot of clubs to join. There are also a lot of sororities/fraternities if you're into that. Off-campus there are a lot of hang-outs and clubs to go to.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of food places on campus! Chilis, Chick-fil-a, Subway, Burger King, KFC, etc. There's also a Starbucks and a few other coffee places. If you don't like any of the options on campus, UF is right off of University Ave. which houses many other food places: Mochis, Sushi Chao, Kay Bros BBQ, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived on campus in a dorm, but I've lived just off campus in an apartment for almost two years now. They're lots of options for off-campus housing if you would rather not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's really a mix. Some classes will really push you, while others you can mostly coast. It really depends how much you put into it. I've never had a class that I didn't feel like I learned anything, some classes just require more outside work than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    If large classes diminish your urge to get up and go to class, pay attention to the class size before you sign up. Some are cozy, but others have hundreds.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida offers a vast amount of classes and on-campus opportunities. It's a great place to get involved and make new friends. It's a fun educational experience.

  • 02/12/2013

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    What to do for fun

    Party

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow your dreams and if You fall always get back up and try again.

    In three sentences

    The following school seems very interesting. i haven't applied but I'm planing two next year as a transfer student. a lot of my fellow senior classmates have been accepted in this school

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    So many safe options. Buses run late, SNAP will drive you anywhere on campus, and cops are always patrolling the community!

    Greek Life

    I'm not in a sorority, so I wouldn't know! But they seem like a lot of fun if you can afford it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Join clubs! Find one you really like, and become an active member! You will make the best of friends that you never thought you could.

    Great for these types of students

    Well rounded, fun, but studious students will LOVE it here. Everyone is so nice and nonexclusive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to homecoming! And Gator growl! and as many sporting events that you can! Also, try Krishna lunch at least once!! (:

    Bang for the buck

    If you're like me and are paying for your own education, you go to school, work, AND volunteer. It's taxing after a while. Grad programs require you to have a lot of volunteer experience but it wears you down when you have NO time to study because you're working during the week so you to afford groceries! Any school where you have to pay your own rent is going to burn a hole in your pocket, but the experience is worth it (at least I keep telling myself that).

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs that fascinate you, and you will make the best friends of your life. Intramural sports are amazing too! Go out on weekends (and sometimes during the week if you're school work load isn't too bad)!

    Food and Dining

    So many options! Also, VERY vegan friendly!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a once in a lifetime experience. You should do it your freshman year, but after that, off-campus living is also great.

    Academic Rigor

    If you pay attention in class and participate, the work outside of class gets easier! Take advantage of your education and major in what you love. If you follow the path of what someone else tells you to do instead of what you love, you WILL regret it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a good head start. Pace yourself and only take on as much as you can handle when you first begin. College is one of the best times of your life, so seize every moment.

    In three sentences

    It's great to be a Florida Gator. Orange and blue become colors of your everyday life and mood. I still walk around campus and I am wonder struck that I am lucky enough to go to a school with such a beautiful campus and atmosphere.

  • 02/11/2013

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    Campus Safety

    Be careful or in a group around campus; it is big and easy to get caught off guard.

    Greek Life

    There is a great rushing process, however it is important not to commit too early to any specific organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    There should be clubs and organizations for almost every activity here.

    Great for these types of students

    Mathematically oriented.

    Bang for the buck

    UF is No. 2 in best value for cost by public school, according to USA Today polling.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a football game, or join in the Greek Life.

    Food and Dining

    UF is a large campus, and as such has a variety of food options

    Dorm Life

    Ask for the old dorms; they tend to be more spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    UF offers very rigorous courses, however it is possible to balance a student's priorities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the scholarship pages, UF offers many scholarships for specific students, especially for those who need financial aid.

    In three sentences

    UF is one of the top public schools in the nation. It is affordable and exceptionally strong in mathematics. However, it's a very large school, which could be a hindrance or a benefit depending upon the individual student.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With the emergency poles, SNAP and campus police, it is easy to feel safe while on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am apart of Greek Life and I love it so much! I am affiliated with the Multicultural Greek Council at UF and this has exposed me to varying cultures. It is a great way to meet new people and to have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 900 clubs, getting involved is easy if the opportunity is taken. I have already gotten involved and it is my only second semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to network and meet a lot of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition I love is during football season how the student section is united and bleed that Orange and Blue.

    Bang for the buck

    UF is somewhat expensive but it is totally worth it. As a student you are able to ride the city bus for free as long as you show your id. Gator Nights and even free tutoring are available. The amenities are wonderful!

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I enjoy my friends and sisters.

    Food and Dining

    UF has many different types of food from pizza to Chinese.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed in a dorm, but they are somewhat older.

    Academic Rigor

    The general classes are difficult so stay on top of your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to ask people for help. Don't wait until it is too late. Be you and get involved on campus. This place is a safe haven and is somewhere you can grow, so take that and run with it. There will be obstacles but always remember to believe in yourself.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a school of opportunity. This school has so much to offer and it is up to the students to take full advantage of that opportunity. Although it is difficult, attending this school is both well worth the time and well worth the money.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UF is protected by the UFPD as well as the GPD 24/7. There are blue emergency phones located throughout campus if you need assistance. This is definitely a campus you should feel safe walking though at all hours.

    Greek Life

    With 24 fraternities and 16 sororities, as well as numerous major specific fraternities and sororities, Greek life is not something the university of Florida is lacking in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 950 clubs so there is defiantly something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    The university of Florida is great for all students. Everything from the athletes, the comedians, the parties, the shy, the outgoing, everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before every football game there is basically like a huge party with the football coach getting all the fans excited. There is also Gator Growl which is the largest student run pep rally in the nation. There is always a famous host as well as more famous guest appearances and a live concert at the end.

    Bang for the buck

    The university of Florida is a great school and is worth ever penny you spend. Not only will you come out with a meaningful degree but you will also enjoy every moment you are here. The memories you make will be cherished forever.

    What to do for fun

    There are too many fun activities to count. There is a club for basically everything. Lake Walburg has skiing, swimming, rock climbing, sailing, etc... If you're into the night life, Gainesville is your kind of place. With midtown lining campus with tons of bars and clubs as well as downtown being just a short walk away with even more bars and clubs, there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Florida offers multiple dinning locations for people on the meal plan, as well as for those who are just looking to get a bite to eat. There are numerous on campus restaurants such as Subway, Star Bucks, and Panda Express, as well as 2 UF dinning halls. Although the food at the dining halls can have it's good days and it's bad ones, there are always tons of options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. The Residential Advisers for each dorm are always friendly and very knowledgeable. There are tons of events for you to meet others living in your dorm and more often than not, it is the people you live with or near that will be come your best friends. Dorms are by far one of the best places to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone's major is different, but as an engineering student, some classes can be very challenging and require some studying time. Some teachers are more difficult than others, others are better teachers, but as long as you put in the time you'll end up doing fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether you're interested in going Greek or creating a club, this University has something for everyone. When you get here, don't be afraid to try new things. There are numerous events going on at all hours that in most cases are free for students.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is one of the most iconic state universities in the nation. By joining the gator nation you are becoming a part of a wide mix of cultures, social groups, and interests. There is something for everyone and there is always an on campus event for your entertainment.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UF is an open campus but it is very safe if you are smart about it. The on-campus police is always sending alerts via e-mail and text to warn of any possible dangers and there are blue light emergency phones spread around campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular here. Many social events revolve around Greek life but it is by no means necessary to have a busy social life or eventful experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an infinite umber of clubs and activities but you have to put in the effort and time to maintain yourself involved. Simply joining a club or attending one activity once is not going to cut it.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to succeed in academics and get the all-American college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two local tutoring services designed specifically to help prepare you for the exams in several classes that are customized the the subject you are taking and the professor teaching the course. Many students find these services extremely helpful.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an in-state student, tuition is affordable compared to out of state or private universities. The education you receive is definitely worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    Football games are probably the most fun events here and everyone enjoys them even if you never liked football before coming here. The Reitz building has a game room with bowling alleys, pool tables, foosball tables, and more. The gym is really big and there are also tennis courts, a golf course, volleyball courts, ping pong tables, pools, and pretty much a field or a court for any sport. Off campus you can go to movie theaters, bars, and Lake Wauburg.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is better during the fall than the spring. The cafeteria offers a good variety but can become repetitive. There are plenty of restaurants and fast food places to satisfy different tastes.

    Dorm Life

    Levels of social activities vary between buildings and hall. There are co-Ed buildings but every floor is resided by only one gender. Only people who live in every specific floor have access to that floor. The cleaning and maintenance services are very good. Some buildings don't have elevators available for everyday use and some buildings don't have air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very academically challenging even if you graduated from a very high ranked high school or took many advanced courses such as IB and AP. Class difficulty varies between majors, the hard sciences probably being one of the most difficult. The pre-professional tracks are very competitive, business advising is really good, and the architecture program is very time consuming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Academically, keep up with your courses, avoid skipping class and online classes if you can, go to office hours, and start studying for your exams as early as possible. Socially, having one or two really close friends will be a life-saver.

    In three sentences

    UF has an incredible amount of resources to amplify your opportunities after graduation. Undergraduate classes are very large and impersonal, but you are offered many opportunities to get help and to get to know your professors if you want to. It's a pretty campus in a boring town, but you will have fun regardless.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to participate in many things, like to be busy, enjoy meeting new and diverse people and students who don't mind working hard.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every pinny!

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, clubs, fun events held by organizations, Gator Nights, downtown/midtown.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, but becomes repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very friendly and my dorm is very clean and up to date.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging classes, but if you stay o top of them it is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your assignments, do not procrastinate, and most importantly, STUDY!

    In three sentences

    There is always something to do. The classes will challenge you. The student body is very diverse.

  • 02/01/2013

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    Bang for the buck

    Has recently been ranked as one of the best Universities for your money.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! There is nothing missing here.

    Food and Dining

    I have eaten at the cafeteria and the food was very good.

    Academic Rigor

    UF has many program including Veterinary school, medical school, biomedical school, it's great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start preparing your information early including your essay. UF looks at the holistic person.

    In three sentences

    When I first walked past the buildings it reminded me of Hogwarts a little bit. It really at a comforting feeling and the surroundings were beautiful. I have heard that it is the best school in Florida.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't taze me bro.

    Greek Life

    Huge Greek presence on campus. Get involved early on if you can.

    Great for these types of students

    Sports-loving smart students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gator Nights every Friday evening.

    What to do for fun

    Watch school-related sports. Hang out around the Reitz and be updated on the latest activities. It's not possible to get bored on this campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    No need to have a car in Gainesville. Don't get suckered into living on campus. Off campus housing can be much cheaper, and far more liberating. Do study!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus Excellent Curriculum Great Staff

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food hall was nice

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms were a good size

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't attended

    In three sentences

    I'm interested in art education and was wondering what it is like here. Would University of Florida be a good choice to pursue Art Education?

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a texting system to warn students of suspicious and ongoing activity. There are blue light poles throughout campus in case students don't feel comfortable walking alone at night and need a ride. S.N.A.P give students free transportation around campus at night.

    Greek Life

    Was not a part of this.

    Clubs and Activities

    There 900+ clubs so there should be a place for you. There is tabling in certain places around the campus year long. Clubs are always looking for members. I was a part of the Vietnamese Student Organization. I wish there was more focus on culture education versus socializing events.

    Great for these types of students

    No sure by type. I have seen different students graduate. Balance is the key. You can have fun as long as you know when to stop and hit the books.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing unusual. Go to at least one football game. Eat Krishna lunch. Nothing I can think of at the moment. The thumb and french fries statue, near Marston Library, is a common place to meet.

    Bang for the buck

    I was able to attend for free thanks to the Florida Opportunity Scholarship. Thank you FOS. If you are a first generation student read about this scholarship. The program is supportive of their students and offers workshops year round.

    What to do for fun

    Lake Wauburg has fun activities to do like kayak, sailing, etc. It's also a common spot for club members to hang out, so if you're involve in a few clubs no doubt you'll find yourself there.

    Food and Dining

    Places varies, but there is always a place to buy food closed buy. Unless you don't have money there is no reason to go hungry. A must do for UF students is to try the Krishna lunch, which runs Monday-Friday in the Plaza of Americas. My favorite are Thursday. I don't know if the schedule has changed. The subways are good. Panda Express is okay. There are two. The one in the hospital is better. Starbucks in Library West is the best spot to study sometimes.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in a dorm, but from what my friends tell me there are good and bad dorms. I spent my first year at Jefferson 2nd Avenue and the last three at Cabana Beach Apartments. I liked Cabana more even though it was a 20 minute bus ride to school every day. Jefferson was too expensive for me and the year I lived there the hallway sometimes smelled like trash.

    Academic Rigor

    I give it a five star, but it all depends on the course. There are easy As with busy work, but if you want to be successful in the real world I advise not filling your four years of college with such courses. There will be courses that will challenge you and make you pull all nighters (shouldn't be the case if you steadily studied a bit each night, but sometimes this just doesn't happen). Spend sometime with the professors, TAs, and your expert friends if help is needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is getting more difficult to get into the university with the average GPA being a 4.2 (resource Princeton Review). My advice is find a balance in community service and difficult high school classes and build a good relationship with your high school teachers. The best scenario would be to take courses that not only are of interest to you, but challenge you. Keep notes of all your community service involvement. What did you do and how did the experience change you for the better. This will come in handy when the college essays come around. If your high school does not offer AP/IB take honors. Just take the most rigorous course offered there. Do the best with what you have.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is packed with resources to help every student be successful in his/her own way. We have an excellent career resource center, over 900 clubs, and activities on campus all year long. There is no excuse to not find your niche.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of organizations to join, activities, free movies and food if you look for them.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are okay, not awesome but there are several places to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are better than others but for the most part they are new.

    Academic Rigor

    Stay informed and on top of academic due dates. There is a lot to do here if you want to be competition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard because the academics here are not easy.

    In three sentences

    The school is very pretty and comfortable to be in. The classes are large but professors are available to be in contact with. There are many clubs to join and activities to be involved in.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great if in state

    What to do for fun

    Play soccer on the club team Society of Automotive Engineering

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs

    In three sentences

    A great school with tons of stuff to get involved in. It has a great engineering program and you will definitely learn a lot while having a good time.

  • 01/13/2013

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    Campus Safety

    They offer a service to students where you can call a certain number and you will be joined by another student if you do not feel safe, or just want someone to be with when you are say, for instance, walking to your dorm or car, or going on an evening run.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous services offered for entertainment, such as various clubs and buildings, for instance, a gym.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use as many of the resources this delightful college has to offer.

    In three sentences

    I went on a tour on the campus this previous summer. I loved how there was so many different places to study for your degree. There also seemed to be many opportunities to enjoy your time there, with a gym, special services offered such as A Walking Buddy and areas designated as quiet places to get work done or research for a class.

  • 01/13/2013

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    What to do for fun

    The University of Florida is an amazing school, but it seems that there may be a clique problem. My advice is to really get to know your dorm-mate and become close friends with them.

    Food and Dining

    Thier are different shops on campus, and the dining halls serve great food.

    Dorm Life

    Though the dorms are not as big as I would like them to be, they're substantial, and cozy.

    Academic Rigor

    The best of the best are admitted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since the best of the best are admitted, everyone is tring thier hardest to be on-top. Due to this I would fully recommend not fully giving into the party lifestyle and to spend more time studying.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is an amazing school. Only the best of the best are admitted to this school. The campus is also beautiful, that's always a plus.

  • 01/04/2013

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    In three sentences

    It was a pretty open campus when I went to go visit and it felt welcoming. The people there seemed nice and laidback, but still studious. I really liked the environment and the people and I would recommend it as a top state school choice.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Is abundant and alive.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that appreciate diversity, meaning various races, ethnicity, cultures, languages, etc.

    What to do for fun

    There is shopping at Oaks Mall, bowling at the Reitz Union, clubbing or bar hopping at midtown or downtown, going to the movies, going through trails at Payne's Prairie, or going paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking, or rock-climbing at Lake Wauburg. You can also go floating in rafts down some fresh-water springs that are located just under an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls aren't superb, but they are better than your standard cafeteria food and offer many vegetarian options. The food is of fairly good quality and is unlimited. The restaurants on campus are limited and crowded during the lunch hours, but there are several types of cuisine options and all of them are cheap. There are at least 5 Starbucks on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are newly renovated, while others are still without A/C. Dorms are more expensive than apartments off-campus and you get less bang for your buck. However, dorm life helps you to form quick friendships and gives you easy access to campus and classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are simple and don't require much take-home work. Other classes will keep you up all night studying, or doing research papers. If you take classes that interest you, you'll find them easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs and organizations on campus. Check out organizational fairs, online newsletters, list-serves, and the student organizations department on the third floor of the Reitz Union. Don't be afraid to reach out to older students for help or advice, and make friends.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is diverse, talented, and spirited. It is well-known for it's athletics and academics.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The university offers almost 1,000 clubs and organizations to get involved to keep you from getting bored and there is literally something for everyone. Plus gator football and basketball is just a great time to scream your lungs out. There are events all over campus that happen daily and the Southwest Rec Center is probably one of the greatest gyms and rec centers I've seen.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining centers is great. There is a lot of variety. If you are not a fan of the dining the school offers, there are numerous restaurants and brand name dining places like Subway, Burger King, and Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to meet people especially the freshmen dorms. Everyone is new to the school so it is very easy to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very demanding when it comes to academic achievement. That being said there are many ways to receive help with your academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    While you do have a lot of independence, due to the fact that most students live away from home, do not let that get to your head because you also have to be responsible

    In three sentences

    It is a school of very high standard. The school is focused on high achievement and excellence. The University of Florida sets out to make the students the best they can be so when they graduate they are ready to take on the world.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is swarming with safety patrols. Also, speed police dial stations are lit up and working for what it seems every 30 yards. At night a free service is set up to drive students on campus called S.N.A.P. If there is any suspicious activity, the university sends out both a text and an email so you can know what locations to avoid if there is a situation. Also follow up texts are sent .The university makes safety a huge priority at all hours.

    Greek Life

    Kinship, charities, academic success, Greek life is active and making a statement on campus. If going Greek is something you would like to do there's an option for you!

    Clubs and Activities

    Almost 1,000 clubs, need I say more? There are endless choices and opportunities offered for students. If you have an interest chances are a club is already made. If it's not made, you can make it! There is a division of the university set aside just for students to find an activity right for them.

    Great for these types of students

    There's so many majors and things to do on campus, and off that literally anyone can have great success at UF. Just put academics first, and look rigor in the eye and face it without fear, and the university is great for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition is each winter The Great Underwear Dash takes place on campus. Like the name states, students donate their clothes to Operation Cover-up Gainesville which gives the clothes to homeless in the city to bear the colder months, and then run through the campus bearing their down unders. A little obscene, but a loved tradition nonetheless!

    Bang for the buck

    The university is prestigious and the degree will look great for future employers and Gator enthusiasts, however many classes are online and paying the exact same price for online instruction for me is unnecessary. However, upper level courses are catered to your interests and are much smaller than the lower level courses.

    What to do for fun

    The university excels at offering activities for students for free or low priced fun. For example, on Fridays the university offers a free movie night for students. You can get soda, popcorn, breakfast at midnight, and also get free things that the university brings in. By free things: a realistic metal street sign with your saying of choice, caricatures, cotton candy, and many more! There are a ton of clubs to join (almost 1,000) that you can join such as a quidditch team for Harry Potter fans. There's also recreational sports, free water skiing and boat rentals at lake Wauburg, and if going to night clubs is your cup of tea, there's that as well.

    Food and Dining

    I'm biased because I found an amazing job with Gator Dining. The food options are somewhat limited because there are multiple food locations with the same fast food such as Subway, Starbucks, Freshens, and Chick- Fil- A, but the locations make it easy to get food when you need it, and the hours are decent. There are two dining halls which you can always find something to eat and it makes a great location to make study buddies as well! The university offers many payment options as well so you can find an option that not only works for your schedule, but your wallet.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are what you make of them. Living in a dormitory can open your college life up to a world of new friends, social events, and even study groups. It's hard to make friends in college since your peers will mostly change in each class you attend, so living in a communal habitat is the perfect way to make lifelong relationships. Just be sure to make ground rules with your roommate and respect those rules, and personalize your living space!

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes offered are easy A classes, allowing you to keep your G.P.A consistent. Your required coursework classes are large and because of this size your teacher will not be able to cater to your specific needs. Thus, study on a two hour per each lecture ratio (more if needed!), and look for study groups, attend office hours, and possibly get tutoring. The university offers free tutoring as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just like any post secondary choice you decide to take, apply for financial aid and scholarships and do not stop once you're out of high school. Also, think of college as a way of being whoever you want to be, it's your time to mature and find yourself and become independent, utilize this time!

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a prestigious public university dedicated on accepting prospective students with not only a yearning for higher education, but a passion for involvement in extracurricular activities which allows the student to grow socially, and learn about their self, which will enable a great success after college.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Florida has its own University Police Department. We have special transportation after dark to get around campus. We also have phone available around campus on which you can call the police for assistance.

    Greek Life

    We have many different councils that will cater to all students interested in Greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have an underwear march for charity in which students donate clothes and run around the campus at nighttime in their undergarments.

    What to do for fun

    Fortunately the University of Florida have many gyms, sporting fields, and activities on campus for students to embark in. We have over nine hundred students organizations aside from the intramural sports and numerous night clubs surrounding the campus.

    Food and Dining

    Students have a wide variety of food choices on and surrounding the campus. There are different meal plans available to students that will accompany them whether they stay on or off campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is a wide variety of on campus living made available to students at the University of Florida. The rooms and preferences are first come first serve so you must complete your housing contract very early.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum and coursework at my university will be as hard as you make it. There are some Professor who will challenge your thoughts and mind. You must be ready and prepared at all times.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to be successful at the university of Florida you must develop a keen sense of time management in the coursework and extra curricular activities.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is a renowned university down to its physical appearance. The faculty, staff and adviser's are all there to provide students with the support necessary to be successful at the university. Many resources are made available to all active students in which there is no need to look elsewhere for anything.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 257 of 575

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    Great for these types of students

    well-rounded

    What to do for fun

    lots of sporting events

    Tips for prospective students

    save money

    In three sentences

    awesome but expensive

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    For those prospective engineering major, it will be harder the more classes you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate, trust me in the short run it may be a quick thing, but as you get further into your major it will hinder you.

    In three sentences

    It's a very large university so you can find many clubs and activities to do. It's also a very diverse university; you can find many students with different background and ethnicity here.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 259 of 575

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    Campus Safety

    pretty safe. Have patrols around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are Too crowded sometimes.

    Bang for the buck

    Just had a 15% tuition increase. Tuition getting way up there.

    What to do for fun

    Lake Wauberg. Free Kayaking and Canoeing with your student ID. Gator Night. Good Night Clubs + Concerts. Football Games. Bowling, Ice Skating.

    Food and Dining

    Great variety of food choice on and off campus. Within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great. Nicely furnished. Only down part is you have to share bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Have a group of very highly professional and academic professors. Just be sure to seek Academic help from different sources when you needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time well. Stay on your readings or study topics. Have fun, and stay involved.

    In three sentences

    The Campus is beautiful and the crowds are friendly and cool. Especially on the football game days. Great variety of food choice on and off campus. Professors are friendly and easy to approach.

  • 01/01/2013

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    What to do for fun

    The beach is a bit too far to go at any time but the warm Florida weather makes many outdoor sports and hobbies available such as swimming or skateboarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to encounter both studies-oriented and party-oriented people. Also be prepared to be in classes with students who are used to a rigorous and competitive atmoshphere.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 261 of 575