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Orlando, FL
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36,775
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$22,345 ($6,247)
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Average
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4 College Senior

Weather: IT IS HOT. From April until about September it is hot and muggy. Over summer it tends to rain more making the mugginess worse. You dont see a lot of sweaters and pants throughout the year.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: SO many options for off-campus housing. The prices are too high in my opinion for what you get. Better off leasing a house with friends because it is cheaper.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: A lot of options for students, faculty, and other work members on campus. No discounts really on campus occasionally free food will be given out.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: A lot of clubs and bars around campus. There are buses for students who want to go downtown. Overall, a lot of different atmospheres for anyone's interest.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Many of the dorms are a decent walk from the main campus for classes or other uses.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurants around campus with different food options and many have student discounts or weekly specials.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Orlando is an extremely fun city to live in if students are into theme parks. Universal Studios, Disney, SeaWorld, etc. are all within a 20 minute drive from UCF. If that does not interest people, the nightlife is also great in downtown Orlando. The famous "Church Street" is where you will find huge crowds of people every night of the week, especially on any holidays like Halloween or the 4th of July. And can't forget about the shopping malls located throughout the city! Regular malls and outlet malls are huge and amazing, you will not leave empty-handed!

2 College Senior

Parking: The parking at UCF is not pleasant whatsoever. It's nearly impossible to find a spot, and it is best to arrive 30 minutes-1 hour before class starts because that is exactly how long it will take to find a parking space sometimes.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection at my school isn't too bad. There is a lot of off-campus housing around the school. With that being said, you have a selection to choose from. However, some of the off-campus housing can be a little expensive. Majority of the off-campus housing has a shuttle that runs back and forth between the school and housing as well.

3 College Junior

Weather: Overall, the weather is very good. It is central Florida, so the summers are very humid and hot. Otherwise, the year is pleasant.

2 College Junior

Parking: UCF has insufficient parking for students, though one can almost always find a spot eventually. The permit costs and fines are very reasonable. If you live on campus, you will not need a car. There is even a busing service that periodically picks up students from off-campus housing and returns them.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The UCF campus has its own real deputized police force, including a SWAT team. Through email and (optional) texting, it keeps students informed about crime, law enforcement activity, and suspicious events. The walkways are lit at night. Also, for people who desire it, there is a service that helps drive people securely around the campus at night. As in many colleges, there is almost no crime that happens on campus, even though the area immediately surrounding the college actually does have a fair amount of crime. Still, I feel very safe both on and around campus.

2 College Junior

Academics: While most of the professors I have had at UCF are very effective teachers, most of them are also very slow to respond to email (or simply do not respond at all), which makes communication difficult. The registration process is very clumsily designed. Even when the student has figured out the process, it remains agonizingly inefficient and illogical. The number of courses, at least in the political science and philosophy departments, leave much to be desired. Even though I register extremely early, I find there are few choices to help me toward fulfilling my plan of study. I fear that I may end up studying an extra semester because of the unavailability of relevant classes. As far as study areas go, the campus has a lot to offer. I like to read by the Reflection Pond. The library also offers several small, quiet study rooms that a lot of people find helpful.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am an Interdisciplinary Studies major at UCF, studying political science and philosophy. The course load is quite heavy, though it leaves one with enough free time to reasonably work a part-time job. The professors I have studied with are very effective teachers and highly informed in their respective disciplines.
The Interdisciplinary program at UCF is very small- my class has a total of 3 students- though the actual classes we attend nearly always have about a dozen, since they belong to the philosophy or political science departments. Because the Interdisciplinary program is so little, it does not receive much grant money- so assistantship/fellowship opportunities are limited. On the plus side, applicants do not face much competition!

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life only makes up about %3 of the population on campus, but they are everywhere. Greeks on campus make sincere, conscious efforts to be active members of the community, both for social aspects as well as service. At all major campus events, there is a strong positive Greek population. Even with the issues with some of the fraternities hazing, it was such as small representation of their presence on campus, that it hardly puts a dent in the impact Greek life has on campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Florida weather is a bit temperamental, but all and all, the weather year round is warm and sunny, with a light chance of rain and temperatures varying from the mid 70s to about 90 degrees at the hottest. UCF also offers accommodation for rain as well as air conditioning that is exceptional.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The University of Central Florida offers a wide variety of parties and organizations that host events for students above and below the legal age. There is safe ride transportation in the form of taxi vouchers and pre-reserved buses to and from the downtown and surrounding areas as well as completely dry events, such as comedy shows, movies on the lawn, and completely dry dance parties and events every other week in the fall and spring semesters. There is room for improvement as far as making sure that underage students are safe during events such as tailgating, but all and all, the events on campus are way beyond par.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: it has been a bit of a struggle but figuring it all out and trying to finish the process now.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There was only one incident in my college career at UCF where I felt unsafe. There was a student that lived in my dorm building that was planning an attack on all the students that lived in that building. He had explosive devices and guns and ammo. He killed himself before hurting anyone else but it was definitely a terrifying experience. It was definitely something that I'll never forget and I felt as if UCF let us down in terms of our safety. I feel as if it could've been prevented but maybe that's just wishful thinking. Either way, it was scary.

3 College Junior

Diversity: While there are a variety of religions and races at UCF, the majority of the student body is white. I personally have no problem with that but it does make it harder for people of different ethnicities to find other people that they can really relate to in terms of their ethnic background.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at UCF dominates. It's not something that I personally support but there are a lot of supporters and the administration is at the top of that list. Students that participate in Greek life at UCF are snobby and stuck-up. I haven't heard about any philanthropy that they're supposedly doing. Honestly, all I hear about are all the "awesome" parties that happen like every weekend. It's kind of sad honestly.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are way too many self-centered sorority/fraternity students. I feel as UCF is mainly focused on Greek life which makes it harder for other organizations to shine. I am a neutral party seeing as I am not affiliated with Greek life or any other organization. I am just speaking from what I've observed. The only social life that I know about around here are the clubs/bars that are really close off-campus and frat parties.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We always seem to be winning! And I have a few friends on the soccer team and they say it's a lot of work but they love it. All games are played conveniently on campus, whether it's soccer, football, tennis, softball, baseball, or basketball, its all within a 5 minute walk from each other.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most everything is quick, and a chain within 3-5 minutes of campus. Some of the places are healthy like Hummus House or even Chipotle. There are of course fast food places everywhere near campus, but I don't eat that. My favorite restaurants are 10-20 minutes away in Thorton Park, Winter Park and Waterford. I love Sleepy Moon for coffee and music, Ethos and Dandelion for eating out on a budget (Vegan, no more than $15). And Firstwatch or Keke's for breakfast is great!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid because I transferred from a school out of state. It was a frustrating process that most scholarships offered were only for transfers from Valencia or BCC or students that came in as freshmen. If I was not in this situation, then I would probably applaud the scholarships because most everyone I talk to is receiving money from UCF.

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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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