Florida, United StatesRanked among top 40 universities in US
Founded in 1853, the University of Florida (UF or UFL) is a public research university located at Gainesville, Florida. In 2019, UF was ranked No. 8 among U.S. public institutions by U.S. World & News Report. It is consistently ranked in the top value for the low cost of education and great quality of living. There is a diverse Indian community at UF with dedicated clubs and organizations to make you feel at home. It ranks #107 according to U.S. News' 'Best Global Universities Ranking' list.
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Although Gainesville isn’t really a ‘big city’, it’s certainly not a tiny village either. It was recently voted the 9th best college town in America, perhaps because of its extremely student-friendly nature. There’s enough to do, and it’s pretty self-sufficient, so to speak. Of course, if you need a breather, you could always make the hour long journeys to Jacksonville or Orlando, and Miami is never too far (though it would take a good few hours to get there).
The University of Florida is built on a lovely 2000 acre campus in the heart of Gainesville (Well, naturally, considering that the school IS the heart of Gainesville). It has an excellent library system with 3 main libraries, which together have over 4 million volumes between them. The university has excellent recreation centers, with state-of-the-art facilities for all kinds of sports and games. Oh and the lecture halls, auditoriums and laboratories and pretty dazzling as well, of course.
Living on campus can become slightly uneconomical – the charges are about $5000 per year, plus a hell of a lot of other charges. Most grad students do the sensible thing and choose to live off campus, where they can get more (privacy, space, freedom) for less. There’s one major stretch where the majority of students live – between Archer Road and Williston Road, near Oaks Mall. The rent could range from around $500 to $1000 per month, depending on the size and the location.
Wasn’t Florida known for its weather? Summers are warm and sunny, but never hot. Winters are cool and more than bearable. It rains a lot, though, and it’s imperative that you carry an umbrella with you at most times.
Now, you wouldn’t normally expect the faculty at a public university to be out-of-the-world nice, but there’s something about UFL that brings the best out of even the most stone-hearted professors. As long as you take some initiative and make some efforts, professors are more than willing to help you out.
As far as the learning process is concerned, well it’s fun but it’s taxing as well. UFL has a reputation as a top university, and you ought to expect the workload to do it justice. So yeah, deadlines need to be met and classes need to be attended regularly, but all in all it’s an enjoyable process.
Not only is the fees low, but they’re also pretty generous with financial aid. Many students get some kind of scholarship, the amount increases with the quality of your profile.
Since University of Florida is one of the better colleges around, it certainly shouldn’t be a problem getting a pretty-high-paying job once you’re here. Where you get placed naturally depends on the course you’re doing, but more often than not, you can expect to get picked up by one of the top players in whatever field you’re specializing in.
For someone with a good profile, UFL is perhaps a good university to apply. It is a very recognizable university in the U.S. with thousands of alumni around the world, many in high-level positions. For the low cost of tuition and living, it is an excellent place to get a degree.
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