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

Health & Safety: My friend had scraped up his knee while longboarding and visited the clinic, where he was treated immediately and given a generous amount of supplies to dress and clean the wound.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus has many paths that were built through the woods keeping as much of the surroundings in place as possible. As a matter of fact, I will warn you that you should look foward when walking through the woods as I have witnessed many people running into the trees that the deck paths were built around to walk over the standing water/small ponds around campus! There were new medical buildings recently completed and the buildings next to the football field where some of the on campus living resides, is next to a community that makes you feel like your in your own little town - and you are! It is very comfortable and fun!

4 College Senior

Facilities: UCF has a plethora of opportunities to its students whether its internships, co-ops, clubs or just activities. There is always something to do everyday most often for free to any student. There is also a higher standard set by professors in most of the classes I have taken since graduating from both high school and community college.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do in Orlando and surrounding cities. The community thrives on the school spirit and the locals provide a safe, clean area for the students to work, eat and enjoy the night life! There are always local events to participate in in addition to the events hosted by the school and the typical movies, shopping (so many outlet malls!) and an abundance of restaurants. I have experienced the local housing for the college students and there are so many options within minutes of the University. The school is very supportive and the opportunities it offers to the students makes it a win-win to pass and be proud of your accomplishments. Truly, no student is left behind! I love the campus, the atmosphere and the school spirit. It has been a great experience for me. GO KNIGHTS!

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is no shortage of virtually every kind of restaurant that you can think of. One drive down University Blvd and you will see all kinds of Mexican places, sushi, chain restaurants and sports bars. Just a few minutes ahead and you will go into Waterford Lakes, a shopping plaza filled to the brim with even more eateries.

1 College Senior

Parking: Not enough spaces, the university is the second largest in the US.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe walking alone at UCF. Even if I did there are security "pols" located throughout the campus where you cab press a button if you feel unsafe and someone will be there shortly and can escort you to wherever you need to go. The only bad thing; there have been reported robberies. So put away your things in your car trunk, don't leave hem visible in the car.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: UCF's Orlando campus is in a great location. Their are many things to do off campus, all the attractions (Epcot, Universal, Wet'n Wild etc) are only 30 minutes away by car. Everything you need is less than a 10 minute drive away; supermarkets, banks, restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The atmosphere at the football games is absolutely amazing. The fitness center on campus is fantastic and there literally is a club out there for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are many different bus stops around campus both to other locations on campus and also to off-campus housing.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Being at the University of Central Florida has been a blessing. I have really viewed different aspects of life coming here, I have met many different people, and I have learned a few personal things since I have been away from my family and my boyfriend. This experience has taught me that I can accomplish a lot things on my own with God on my side, and there are many encouraging students as well as advisers.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The safety and the security around the campus is pretty good. You see security and police officers as needed and monitoring things here and there so you feel pretty secure, yet when its night time with the campus being so huge it is a little scary walking alone but I just keep a well watch of all of my surroundings.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The shuttle transportation at the University of Central Florida is very convenient. As a student we must pay for transportation cost as well as parking decals so I just choose to take the shuttle and not buy a decal while also saving gas. They run every 15 to 30 minutes so you must schedule your timing correctly and be in place.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is a little ridiculous at times not only in the garages but in guest parking as well. They give students or vehicles that do not include a UCF parking decal, a $30 fine and there are a lot of students who are very inconsiderate at times. In order to get any where on campus on time, when driving, you must allow 30 minutes or more to avoid traffic, and to find a descent parking space. I would suggest taking the shuttle transportation that is provided to school from student housing which runs every 15 to 30 minutes.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt threatened at all here. There are a bunch of emergency phones that you can use if you do feel threatened. All you have to worry about is the people you don't realize that the sidewalk is made for walking and not driving.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a TON of off-campus, nearby housing opportunities for anyone interested. Having experienced both on-campus and off-campus housing, I can gladly share my experiences. UCF is located in the Orlando area, and Orlando isn't exactly known for it's safe community. However, if you select a good area, you can avoid any hassle and worries. Cost is based on how high of a quality you desire. Price ranges can be as low as 800$ for a two bedroom apartment each month, to 800$ for a single room in a multilevel apartment complex. Generally, they're all nearby UCF, which is a big surplus, and most (if not all!) have pools, gyms, and shuttles to UCF.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: UCF has many shuttles continually running around a fifteen minute schedule. The only problem, however, is that generally the buses don't follow their own fifteen minute schedule, and can fall off that pattern as much as ten minutes (give or take!) They do have many stops, however, and riding them is generally pretty leisurely.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are plenty of different cultures and the ethnic diversity at UCF is splendid! Everywhere you look you can see different faces and different backgrounds.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Personally I found the financial aid process, like applying, very confusing. It has so many levels, at least for FAFSA. However, once I got it done it's freeing and I know I'll have some money coming in. So it's helpful in the end to put in all the work.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The students are very good looking if one knows where to look, but if not it can get a little scary. That's college though, a lot of people don't seem to care about looks as much compared to high school.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is truely horrible. It takes about thirty minutes to find a spot and it tends to be on the top of the parking garage. That makes my car a sauna by the time I want to leave. I find it is easier to walk to class, and faster too.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Definitely seen worse. I've heard a lot of dorms get roaches and ants. So far, I've been in the clear (I'm in Libra), usually dorms with kitchenettes are at risk for roaches and ants. Sans your personal touch the dorms sort of look like prison, but honestly it gets the job done. Just sleep and shower here. It could be worse, but definitely could be better!

2 College Freshman

Transportation: There's tons of shuttles to off-campus housing. On weekends from 8:00pm-3:00am there's Knight Lynx which is a shuttle service to either around campus hotspots or to Waterford Lake Town Center, these are free when you show your UCF id. But you definitely need a car to get around anywhere. Zipcar is $10 an hour (or $60 for the whole day I believe), and from what I hear parking is a pain. So beware, parking and transpo is a huge problem here. Not a fan.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are expensive and it is hard to find spots on campus.

5 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs at UCF are very up to date and reliable. It is always easy to find one to use.

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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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