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Orlando, FL
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36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
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Average
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4 College Junior

Weather: It's generally pretty warm and humid but not all the time. It actually does get cold here in the winter, which is nice considering we're in Florida. Hurricanes might be the only downfall, but those don't happen too often and if they do, class will just be postponed.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: UCF campus police are a bit of a pain and they're pretty mean but just try and keep your head down and you'll be fine. If you do get caught doing something, it's pretty serious. Word of advice: don't carry around your open containers on the way to the football games. The cops are everywhere.

5 College Junior

Academics: I came to University of Central Florida because I was accepted into their traditional BSN (nursing) program. It's a 2-year program with acceptance conditional on completion of a list of prerequisites and general education classes which take about 2 years to complete. I'm in my second semester now and I love it! The clinical experience so far is amazing and the teachers are top notch. They have amazing work histories and there's a teacher from every background if you want advice from someone with whom your goals as a future registered nurse align. The classes are very challenging and your day will begin and end with nursing, but it's so worth it. Our NCLEX pass rate is above 98% but you'll be way more than competent to take the test.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: While downtown is a bit far and parking is a hassle, there's a killer place to listen to music called House of Blues that you should check out if you're into that. They have really good live music and good bands come through there. If you don't have a car, UCF has other fun things to do right around campus. They're always hosting awesome concerts and events. Of course, the theme parks aren't too far either, and you get discounted tickets just cause you're a student, which is awesome.

4 College Junior

Academics: I'm in the traditional BSN program right now at UCF. It's great! I've gained much knowledge and experience from the classes and instructors. The only thing keeping me from rating it an A+ is the class size of 125 students, which can be overwhelming at times.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are cops and security all over campus but things still happen from time to time. We get emails about such occurrences.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is a lot of variety on campus but there isn't a lot of late night options. The dinning hall food is very repetitive and there is only two dinning halls. It gets too expensive to keep eating whatever without paying for a meal plan. The best thing to do is buy your own food at a grocery store. You end up saving a good amount of money.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: IM sports at UCF are really big. Everyone gets involved and there is a lot of school spirit. The gym here is huge and there is a second one in the process of being built. It will be open fall 2013. Everyone loves going to the football games and basketball games. Our school has a large amount of school spirit. We have all kinds of sports for everyone

4 College Freshman

Academics: Pre-Clinical is a large major here at UCF. It is also a difficult one which requires you to complete many science classes. Its competitive as well so you have to keep up with your studies.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: UCF is now the largest campus in the nation so you can imagine there are always new people to meet and fun things to do. It is also a very safe campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Night life at UCF isn't the craziest but there are definitely ways to have fun on and off campus. And of course there is always safe transportation opportunities.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at UCF definitely opens up many doors for new opportunities for those who join; from community service events to internship opportunities. Greek life also provides their sisters/brothers with on campus housing that is both safe and affordable. It is also an awesome way to get involved on such a large campus.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics on campus are fantastic! I am a film major and all the teachers I have had thus far are very engaging, understanding, and knowledgeable people who are committed to your learning and growing in the field of study you wish to pursue as a career! I have had no negative interactions with any of my professors or counselors or advisers!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The police force can be pretty strict about underage drinking and drug use but they sometimes overlook a lot of illegal activity on campus. Off campus they seem to be more pushy about the rules. During events like tailgating, it is very easy for underage students to drink and have a police officer look the other way.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are a huge deal at UCF especially since our teams are all getting better and better each year! We have an awesome Rec and Wellness center and awesome Intramural sports that are easy to get involved in and so much fun to participate in! All the sports games are highly populated with UCF students and everyone loves to go out to cheer on our Knights!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: This town, so it seems, was built around this university because there are numerous malls that are located with-in a 5-10 mile radius, Universal studios, Disney, and Sea World are all the down town area which is about a half hour to an hour from the main campus. And if you are one to stay on campus there is always activities being held that are hosted by affiliated clubs.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Arond campus, there is a plethora of places to eat. The uniersity is at the heart of the community, and thsi brought many bussiness and restaurants. There is always somewhere to eat.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think its pretty safe. There are cops everywhere 24/7. theres also a these neon poles that "can be seen from anywhere on campus" that can call the police at any time of the night. you can use them in an emegency or if youre walking at anytime and dont feel safe, they will send someone to walk you where you need to go.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I like the off campus housing. There is awide range of possibilites. From very cheap to very epnsive. I think ever neighborhood tries to be the best they can within their budget. It also helps that the community is quite friendly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There is a diverse range of majors to choose from and each quite interesting.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation is certainly there and pretty high quality and safe normally. The UCF shuttle for off campus apartment living is excellent! The bus drivers are on time, friendly, and safe. It's highly convenient for someone who doesn't have a car or doesn't want to deal with parking! The buses also transport students on game days. We also have the Lynx transportation system throughout the area, which I have heard mixed things about and keep in mind that the Lynx system is not free and shared with those besides other students. Also UCF offers a Knight Lynx service on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 pm to 3 am which is free for students and takes students to the local shopping center/restaurants/movie theater and also to off campus apartments and to campus. Its super convenient when you don't have a car! The area around UCF isn't very pedestrian friendly and the area within walking distance of UCF consists almost strictly of off campus housing. A car, a friend with a car, and/or Lynx is needed eventually. Maybe not freshman year, but once you get more acclimated in the area and need to work in the UCF area and need to stay during breaks it becomes a greater need to have a car to get to your job, or drive to the store to get what you need, etc. Hope this helps!

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am going to give a disclaimer and that this question popped up on my survey and I am not really into sports so I may not be qualified to answer this. That being said, the most popular varsity sports here are basketball and football. Even they don't get as many people as UCF would like to attend the games. UCF has a broken school spirit--several people here would have rather gone to UF but they got into UCF not UF and walk around campus wearing gator gear...or supporting other colleges. The school is a commuter college for several people who just don't prioritize supporting UCF Athletics. The teams have mixed performances from what I've seen. The athletic facilities are new and excellent.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus does a good job of including organizations and opportunities for a variety of religious, political, national, and economic backgrounds while simultaneously providing financial aid, scholarships, and high quality education to those of backgrounds typically unrepresented. This campus does an incredibly good job of reaching out to the LGBTQ community with several support groups on campus. The campus also has several religious organizations, political organizations, and ethnic organizations for students to join. There is great diversity within every field of study at UCF. Even Greek Life shows diversity in what it offers students. However, sororities or fraternities themselves tend to be quite homogenous in the kind of students each accepts. Most of the social sororities and frats take mostly those who are white and are wealthy (to pay the high costs of joining the sorority or frat). This is the only area of weakness for UCF, though I think this is pretty standard for most universities.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Be careful with your aggregate limits. Its easy to be overpaid and then you have to pay back money. The office help doesn't always catch it so the student should be watchful.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Psychology program has AMAZING instructors. The majority are still working in their field and are a huge help when it comes to understanding the assignments. They do not look at the major as others in the world view it. They have a passion for their teachings.

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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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