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

Drug Safety: The drug scene at University of Central Florida is not very big. However, it all depends on the kind of people that you hang out with. If students are doing drugs they usually keep it to themselves and walk around the campus smoking a cigaret or something, even if we are a "smoke free" campus. Even through smoking isn't a very big scene drinking is, especially during tail gates.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Nice recreation center. New stadium brought in a lot of new facilities and upgrades to the campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The choices are endless when it comes to off-campus. The city is booming with choices and entrepreneurs.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The selection of majors and degrees are generic. There are popular ones that the general population can concentrate and choose upon, however, others that are wanting specific education and interest are limited to these generic classes and choices. This university in particular is competing with surrounding institutions that do offer these specific education courses and experiences.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I know there's Greek life, but I honestly don't get involved. I'm a single parent and go to school, work, and home.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Waterford Lakes is less than a five minute drive south from campus. There, the outside mall has various restaurants to chose from: Red Lobster, Smokey Bones, Olive Garden, and California Pizza Kitchen. Amongst a lot of restaurants, there are a lot of fast food joints as well.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus; as a female however, I prefer to walk in groups. I know that the use of drugs and illegal drinking is forbidden on campus and frowned upon.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It' is central Florida. The temperature is moderate most of the year. The summers tend to be warm to very hot. Bring an umbrella, it can rain at anytime, especially during the summer. A bright day with clear skies will still drop rain at any given moment, so always keep an umbrella close during the summer.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I have used various on campus dining services. Compared to other institutions I previously attended, they have a great variety of options to choose from. I got excited by all the options and new things I probably would not have thought of trying. The food is also good.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Yes, the dining halls are all-you-can-eat-buffet-style, but there are so many times that you can eat two-hour-old pizza slices, sandwiches, and salads. For the on-campus student, I highly recomment a scaled down meal plan, so that they have a guaranteed meal for the day, but also the option to check out some of the great places on campus, such as the Student Union (including Sbarro, Burger King, Asian Chao, a salad bar, and a market-style place that makes delicious sandwiches and wraps), the downtown area (including Kyoto and Jimmy John's) and University Boulevard itself (which has as many restaurants as you would find in the heart of any college town). With that said, the meal plan also includes the food served in the in-library coffee shop, which includes yummy sandwiches. So it is not terrible, just a bit of a bore when considering the great food in the area.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are spacious and clean. The housing process is fairly easy, just go to the campus before you choose a community for the best results. When you need help Housing responds fast. All communities have a kitchen somewhere near by.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is the best on the first week and holiday, but it gets a little repetitive. There is plenty of space and they cater to student's diets and allergies.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: UCF has strong policies on academia. They stress on the UCF Creed. Before you start classes you have take quizes on integrity and plagiarism.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am assuming Greeks party alot or aleast tailgate everygame. I havent meet any greek students.

2 College Junior

Athletics: We need more fan support for the football team. Plus UCF football is very good need more work.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: UCF has strong spririt and a "brotherhood" feel to it. Even though I don't live on campus, I feel part of a community when I'm there. The only tough part is that many of the activities are on campus, and since I work and live with family, it can be hard to get involved.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are not really seen on campus, however we all know it is there. I've been approached before about buying, but overall, it's not that big. Drinking is seen much more often.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Cell phones and texting is rampant in classes. Every class I'm in has people texting, even if it is "against the rules". This is very disruptive to every else who's trying to pay attention.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I was offered both drugs and alcohol so I do know it exists on campus, but it is not easily noticeable. I also know that if you do not partake in such activities, it does not affect your social life. I still had a blast and was not treated differently. But as in everything, it all depends on the group you select to relate yourself with.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: My experience with greek life has been excellent. From community service activities, to recreational activities, and even parties. But all within the UCF code of conduct. They are proud of their school and they show it. Incidents of hazing and other negative news is far a few if any, as far as I know or have heard.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am a freshman for the 2012-2012 school year. I absolutely love the school, campus and faculty. There are plenty of organizations to join. The only thing I don't like is that they fail to enforce the new non-smoking policy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Most of the stuff on campus is pretty good, though some of the best has closed. Skewers was amazing, though i dont think it will be coming back. Chick fil a is great, though it is not owned by the company, therefore it has a limited selection and doesnt take gift cards. The union food is good, just depends on where you go and when. As far as the cafe style places, knightros and marketplace, they are both good and in theory unlimited buffet style. The portions are tiny, so don't feel bad for going back. and back. and back. Price wise it is decent. If you want somewhere quiet and good to relax, go to knightros. Marketplace is more social.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Im from florida, so to me, the selection here is better than anything I have ever seen. They're doing a lot of construction at the moment, so a few of the good ones have moved, but there are a lot of different things to try. Orlando has a mall on practically every block, so food options and prices vary from fast food to some very high end steakhouses. Keep in mind too that if you are up for the drive, the main tourist spots are about 30 minutes away, you you can find just about anything. Just ask around and find the good local spots. There are a lot. Most places have/had a discount, though for the most part most are priced fairly. Check out the BBQ here. The prices are really great, they serve you a ton, and the atmosphere is really cool. Lastly, coffee houses are in plenty.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got absolutely nothing. From everyone I have talked to, unless your parents are very good at this, the only people that get much help are "minority" groups. Most people in the offices are clueless and only do their jobs when threatened. As far as payments, they are completely on top of that process. You are pretty much guarenteed not to miss a payment.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking just depends on when, where, why, and how. You need a pass to park on campus, and they're not exactly cheap. You can take the bus from most housing though if you just need to go from home to class. Tickets and fines are not a problem unless you plan to do something stupid. Campus is huge, but once you park, i would not plan on moving. You can park most of the time, though plan to go garage hopping say around lunch or so. For huge events, like a concert, you can find parking, just park somewhere on the other end of campus to avoid costs and endless searching.

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Nathalie Desdunes
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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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