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

Academics: UCF offers a wide selection of majors that I knew would be beneficial to what I hope to do in life.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Local whether effects the campus experience quite a bit because some pathways flood when it rains. Also the large size of campus makes traversing it in the rain quite a pain. (cip: carry an umbrella in your backpack).

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm currently enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at UCF. I cannot fathom a better program. We have very helpful T.A.'s who lead the laboratories, and our lectures consist of speakers who guide and inspire us every week. I'm still a freshman so I'm only taking core classes, but I believe that UCF is a great catalyst for anyone wanting to get into engineering, whether it be mechanical or aerospace. Although I'm only a freshman and have little obligation to my major at this point, they have inspired me to join a robotics club and go all out on any projects within their program that get thrown my way.

This week I'm making a GPS guided yacht I'll be printing up on a 3D printer. Two months ago I didn't even know what arduino was. Their program has truly had a positive impact on me (and the workload isn't bad at all).

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is amazing! There are so many different clubs, and areas you can go to study, hang out, relax, or just walk around. The athletic gym is the biggest gym I have ever been to with many classes to take to get into shape along with basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a track! You are also able to join intramural teams in any sport you can possibly imagine. You will never get bored being on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: My school is unique from others for a variety of different reasons. To begin we are one of the largest schools in the nation and continue to grow every day. We have many school traditions that bring us together as a school as well. For example, every year we have an event called Spirit Splash for homecoming week where all the students crowd around the reflection pond and count down until we can all run and splash into the pond with music and friends all around. Faculty members throw ducks into the crowd as well and if you catch one you are said to have good luck for the rest of your UCF career.

College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into the Biomedical Sciences major wasn't a very difficult process. The work came once I started taking classes for my major. Keeping up a high GPA is very important, and the work load can become difficult and very time consuming. Doing well in math and science courses before applying for the major is quite helpful as well as being in contact with the department heads and making sure that you meet any criteria.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: UCF is officially the largest school in the nation with over 60,000 kids. I believe that there are many different types of people here and all are accepted.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think that the drug use at UCF is very small. We just recently became a smoke free campus, so any detection of smoke will go noticed.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Orlando is an awesome town with a lot to do. We have the college, and many different types of nightlife around here, and just 20 minutes away you can go to theme parks, shopping malls, and several different museums.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of choices for off-campus housing, but none of them are really that great. In August I moved into a 4/4 for a little under $600 a month, which is a great price, but the apartments aren't that great. They do a terrible job matching you with your roommates. Since here we have had 2 fires, I never heard the alarms. The ground level apartments were getting broken into, and some guy "fell" off the 4th floor balcony of an apartment and none ever heard anything about it. My roommate saw it and told me what happened. Me and my roommates have both been followed in the parking garage, and once I had to call the police and it took them over an hour to show up. But it's Orlando, and you'll have problems any where you go. The nice part is that I am literally right across the street from the school, so I can walk, and they do try to do events and such for the tenants.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The UCF campus is generally very strict because they like to ensure their students and staffs safety. They are especially strict about drinking on campus, parking, and J-walking. They are strict about smoking because UCF is now a smoke free campus. They are strict about J-walking because someone died J-walking on campus a few years ago and they want to make sure no one puts themselves in avoidable danger.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on the UCF campus during the day. At night, I do not see as many police officers and security around, but I trust that my school has proved me with a safe environment.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have heard stories of people feeling unsafe and UCF disassociating with housing for periods of time due to their terrible reputations for safety. There have been some improvements lately though, and there is an excellent alert system in place for breaches of safety. The housing is very close to convenience stores, school, and the bus, but there is not a lot of availability and you need a co-signer even if you have good credit on your own.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is usually something going on downtown for the older crowd, particularly a lot of shows and events. On campus there is something going on literally every day and night and there are a lot of student organizations. Everyone seems friendly, they welcome you to join in games they are playing on campus if you would like, and the campus is about 45 minutes away from the wonderful world of disney! Who could be unhappy at the happiest place on earth?

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I have had occasional problems with printing, but they were fixed right away by the staff. Overall the computers are very large and easy to use, particularly in the study rooms.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is mostly beautiful because we are in Florida! The beach is not very close, but there are a ton of pools, especially on campus and it is usually sunny and warm outside. Perfect for tanning or studying outside on the grass. Campus is well-groomed and beautiful, so it is fun too.

5 College Senior

Majors: I am very happy with my program. My career goal is to be a lawyer

5 College Senior

Majors: I really did not had any problems transferring into UCF everything was a smooth process and i had no worries. the only thing i advise always look into your UCF account to make sure you have no hold.

5 College Senior

Majors: I just started on my Criminal Justice bachelor program, but so far i like it and the staff are very helpful.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The shuttles run to apartment complexes within a certain radius and they operate fairly smoothly. If you live outside that radius, it's easiest to travel by car, though parking can be annoying depending on the time of day. If you live on campus, you will have to walk a lot because it's a very large campus. There's now a ZipCar service where students can use special cars to get around when they want, but I've never used it so I don't know much about it. I recommend a bicycle or a skateboard to get around campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Univerity of Central Florida has a rediculous variety of off-campus housing. All of the campus-affiliated housing is amazing. In my opinion, it is like staying in a hotel. You have your own privacy, yet you also have the convenience of being able to walk to school nd having the securiy of living on campus.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not just there for parties but they also do philanthropies and give back to the community through fundraisers and volunteering. They take their grades seriously and they have a sense of community in which they all help eachother.

3 College Senior

Parking: it's bad to find a parking at ucf. pretty have to get to the school an hour before class starts in order to find parking.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: it's not too bad theres tons of restaurants and other things to do around. nice apartments

4 College Junior

Transportation: there are shuttles usually from and to most places and the campus is fairly easy to navigate and walk around

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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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