Location
Orlando, FL
Undergrads
36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: As a student there are plenty of options regarding majors, classes, style of class, style of professor, etc. Just be smart about it, use rate my professor wisely as it can be the difference to a semester where you're spending the entire night buried in the books in your bed or dorm room or being able to put in some quality study time and then enjoying what Orlando has to offer. Choose classes wisely because from personal experience not all classes are offered every semester and once again we're 65,000 strong with 47,000 undergrads so be prepared to sit in an auditorium with 299 of your not so-closest friends. Alternatively I've had classes with 10 students enrolled, but the majority of these are later in your major.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Orlando is filled with diverse career prospects, but lets be honest, not everybody who is graduating college now a days is getting that dream job. The hospitality field is the dominant one as all of the tourist have to have somewhere to stay when the visit "The City Beautiful" so there's a hotel seemingly the distance from one camera light to the next going down Colonial Drive. Internships on the other hand are abundant, if the staff in your major aren't the most accommodating there's the career center on campus that specializes in helping students get prepared for life after graduation and making sure students get the internship experience they so desperately need.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: This is a public university in Florida with an undergraduate population ranging somewhere around 47,000. I.E. there's plenty of girls to choose from. You have a wide array of types, of course you have your typical "I live in a bikini or at least that's what my instagram shows" because this is Florida, the girl who you never see out without her 5 inch heels and dress that's so tight she's struggling to breathe, but you also have many down to earth regular girls, plenty of nerdy or hipster types as well. The average girl on campus is dressed pretty low key, but once again this is Florida...when it's 92 degrees with major humidity out, the amount of clothing is pretty scarce, so you'll know what she's working with.

For guys it's much of the same, very diverse with a wide range but one thing is consistent...it's Florida so the majority of guys try to keep themselves in at least Tank-top shape. One major point worth making, this school may be in the top 5 for most superficial student population at least when it comes to appearance. Because we're 65,000 strong there's going to be a match for every type, however it's not uncommon to see the Rec Center/Gym twice as packed compared to the Library.

You'll find relationships on campus if you want, but if you're looking to just be casual, there's more than you're fair share of guys and girls looking to join you.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: So you have your run of the mill fast food joints such as McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Checkers/Rally's which are great for being open in some cases 24/7 for that late night craving or needing to sober up from a night out, however the real value is in the abundance of local eateries, you've got Mexican, Italian, Asian, and my personal favorite Caribbean restaurants all located within 2 miles of campus off of University drive and they all offer discounts for UCF students. But the kingpin of all off-campus dining is Lazy Moon Pizza, you aren't a real Knight if you make it through your time here and don't go to Lazy Moon. The old location was very ummm "intimate" which is really code for tiny and got real cramped at nights, but that's what made it special, a bunch of students gathering for a slice, beer and great conversation. The new location thankfully is bigger, but still has the same qualities that makes the place special. Best deal is the 4 dollar slice of cheese and a beer, you can get an array of toppings and a New York size slice of pizza for roughly 7 bucks if you want to be fancy.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: UCF is located in Orlando, Florida....nuff said. Well since I'm being forced to elaborate, do the words Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, or Sea World ring a bell? They're all located here and although it's about 30-45 min to get to those attractions coming from campus, the student discount we receive more than makes up for the amount you will spend in gas and tolls (nobody takes local roads here, unless you are one of those people who actually enjoys sitting in ungodly traffic.) In addition to the major theme parks, you have plenty of options such as Wet N' Wild, dozens of mini-golf establishments, two major malls in Mall of Millenia and Florida Mall in addition to the outlet malls, Orlando Magic and Orlando City Soccer games, etc, etc. Most people are friendly towards students and as stated above we get discounts to basically everything. But beware, this is a major tourist destination so be prepared for all of these places to be crowded.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The most policed thing on campus is by far parking, you may get away with it for half of a semester...but at some point in time if you're parked in an area that you shouldn't be in or especially without a parking decal you will get caught. This increases exponentially during sporting events or concerts. Following parking would be underage drinking and public intoxication during tailgate before football games. It's just as possible to make it through 4-6 hours of tailgating without getting caught if you're underage as it is to get caught, the key is not to be obnoxious or bring attention to yourself, which sounds simple but plenty of freshmen struggle with it. Also you can smuggle booze into Bright House for games if you're discreet, however if you get caught....there will be hell to pay.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I think people on my campus dress relatively well

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4 College Junior

Academics: Excellent opportunities to learn and volunteer in several hospitals and clinics around Orlando

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: All Knight Study and Study Union (during finals) are great resources to give students a place to study on campus at any time

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4 College Junior

Majors: Advisors are very helpful and easy to communicate with

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: I'm just starting the program, but everyone has been incredibly helpful thus far

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Police are easily accessible and quick to respond

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: For the amount of students at this school and the amount of ground to cover, the campus strictness is fairly decent. However, it seems easy for many students to get away with things.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The campus is located in a large city, so it is not very hard to find good off-campus dining.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was given $40,000 in aid from another school, and given $0 from UCF. All I received were loans from the government and bright futures. Quite disappointed with the lack of aid from UCF.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are many options for every type of lifestyle. Later hours would be more beneficial in my opinion for the night owl college students.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not participate in Greek life, but I know some people who do and they love it. The only downfall is the expense.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live in off-campus housing, but I have looking into some apartments. Quality varies.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our teams are fantastic and rank highly nationally. Tail-gating is very popular, and most students have great school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: This school offers plenty of academic programs and the social scene is fantastic. With 625 student organizations, its not hard to find ones niche.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The students are very kind and helpful to one another. The campus is beautiful, and there is plenty of space to either have fun or take a study break. Campus events are very fun to take place in. There is an overall positive student attitude.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are a myriad of majors for students to choose from. Definitely a great aspect of this school. Variety keeps things fun.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not yet been an intern. I plan to be in the future, but a rating from me would not be applicable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You get what you pay for. If you spend a lot of money on housing you will have a high end residence. If you don't, then you won't.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I just wish there was more security on campus. It's a big school with a lot of ground to cover, but safety is important.

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Nathalie Desdunes
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Major
Marketing
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UCF is growing by leaps and bounds. The students love to hang out, and they all know how to have a good time. There’s so much to do and there’s something for everyone. Do you really need any more reasons to go to college in Florida?

Orlando is an exciting city with tons of attractions and activities available to all. In many ways, going to school at UCF resembles a four-year vacation (Disney on Sunday, classes on Monday!). Downtown Orlando on a Friday night can, at times, seem like Mardi Gras, and City Walk on a Saturday night isn’t to be missed. Also, Floridians are welcoming and friendly and most students at UCF make friends quickly and easily. Friendly faces and sunny skies, what more could a college student ask for? The stellar academics, up-and-coming sports teams, and state-of-the-art facilities are reason enough to spend the next four years of your life at UCF; the city of Orlando is just one big fringe benefit. Come join us!

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