Four-year public research university
Distance from home: 150 miles north. High school friends can come up on
the weekends and you can go home to do laundry sometimes.
Admission difficulty: Very random
Size: Bigger than most of the professors’ heads
Tuition: About $5,020 a semester (in state)
People: Frat bros who party all the time; students who thought they were going to be pre-med but never made it; crazy sports fanatics who will be at every sports game all season; hippies who wear TOMS shoes; fitness gurus.
Places: Stephen C. O’Connell Center to watch basketball games; Southwest Recreation Center where all the fitness gurus hang out; Midtown, a haven for great food right across the street from campus; Lake Wauburg, where you can chill on the weekends and go water skiing and rock climbing.
Athletics: Great sports teams, including: football, volleyball, gymnastics, basketball and baseball. The games are popular hot spots to hang with friends and support the Gator nation. There are also tons of intramural and club sports teams to join.
Pros: All types of groups and clubs for a student to join; the pride of being a Florida Gator; great food on and off of campus; things to do including: great underground concerts around town and clubs you can go to even though you are 18; you're only a short drive to Jacksonville or Orlando for weekend fun.
Cons: Crazy traffic and fans during football weekends; hard to walk from one side of campus to the other without dealing with heat exhaustion; need a car or have to take the bus to get to the grocery and other stores.
Reviewed by: Liz Nordlinger, a 2010 graduate of Lakewood High School and a soon-to-be sophomore at the University of Florida.