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Orlando, FL
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36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: We are fairly diverse, though most people from here are from florida. It depends on what groups you plug in with. As a whole, we have a reputation for not really caring about ethnicity or race or much else. In short, we are really "laid back." As with most colleges, UCF tends to lean heavily to the left politically, and as a whole, religion is not huge. I am around more people that do not know what they believe than those that do. Sexual orientation wise, it is fairly mixed, or at least appears this way, because of how vocal that group is. Mostly, as far as diversity, we tend to be locals that try to get along with everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking passes are very expensive, but it's the way it is at most universities. It sucks, but at least your pass is good for the whole year and you don't have to buy one each semester. Finding a spot can be difficult in the afternoon, but if you schedule early or late classes then you won't have an issue finding an ideal spot to park in. If you do have to park in the middle of the day, I find that parking in garage A is usually a good bet because not a lot of people park there.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school is extremely strict about plagerism. Most instructors use a website known as "Turnitin" before any paper can be submitted for grading. If a student is caught cheating, there is a great chance they can be expelled from the university.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The best clubs and bars are in Downtown Orlando. Although the area is only about 15 minutes away from campus, students must have a car (or at least a friend with wheels) to party. "College Night" is usually on Thursdays and the promotions include free admission and free drinks before a certain time.

4 College Junior

Majors: As a biology major, there are plenty of internships that you can be part of to gain experience. I personally as doing pre-med which i am going to do an internship in the hospital to gain experience. Pay wise is decent when you work in the hospital and there is a lot of time commitment to do. You have to sacrifice some of your social time to study time if you want to be successful in this major because it is a long career to take.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Orlando is a big town in Florida with a lot to do. Being the second largest school in the nation makes the atmosphere excellent. Every student and staff member shows their pride by wearing the colors or shirts or sweaters with the UCF logo. When their is a home game, all of the students come out and support the team and make it a good time being there.

3 College Freshman

Weather: If you love classic florida sunny weather this is the place to be. The winters are not bad at all. Some feel like the heat is too much but personally I like the warm weather. The worst part about the weather is the afternoon storms that happen in the summer.

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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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