Big State Universities in the United States are kind of an institution. Many are located in little podunk towns and basically make the town’s population and certainly its notoriety such as College Park, Maryland where I went to school. However, this past weekend I was in Gainesville, Florida which is home to the the University of Florida, which was recently voted the number one party school in America and most likely has the best big time athletic program in the country. In my book that’s a pretty good combo and wouldn’t be a bad place to spend four years.
Gainesville itself is a typical college town, especially by SEC standards: it’s in the middle of nowhere, the campus is very nice and revolves around the football stadium; there are several bars and tons of little local restaurants. The difference is Gainesville has a really cool attitude about it and a ton of school spirit. Everybody cares about the football and basketball teams which have won 3 national championships in the past three years combined-including the first ever football/basketball double championship. The sports teams really make up the soul of school, not to mention UF has the hottest dance team around as well.
I have been to many college towns and campuses around the country and Florida is certainly up there at the top. The only place I may put ahead of it for all around college atmosphere would be the University of Texas at Austin which may be the best town in America but with Florida’s recent championships; Gainesville being a real college town as opposed to a real city like Austin; a huge Greek System; the great weather, party school title, and all around fun energy-Gainesville would probably be at the top.