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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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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of nice places to live close to campus. We have a really nice shuttle running weekdays to the various offcampus apartment complexes that usually shows up every 20 minutes or so at worst and a shuttle to campus for football gamedays as well.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have never seen anything ridiculous on campus but then again it always depends on who you hang out with. If you want to find drugs I am sure you can. The nice thing about UCF though is that it is a Smoke-Free campus and all its regional campuses are as well. I am sure that helps a lot with it. Drinking is definately a lot more of a popular activity compared to heavy drugs but I think you find that at any college atmosphere.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great area. Its a plus to live in Orlando, if you have a car your options are endless. UCF is close to the Downtown Business district so there are a lot of places to eat there as well as just off campus on University Blvd. Plus there is a Publix grocery store really close by, Pub Subs are always a good choice.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live in one of the affiliated UCF off-campus housing complexes, I do live close to UCF though and found it much cheaper to rent a condo from a landlord. I moved right at the beginning of the school year and it was very difficult to find affordable housing close to UCF. I was not looking to do housing through the off campus housing because I am older student and I had my significant other I was living with so I did not room mate selection. The cost compared though is quite high for a roommate selection and not having your own place. UCF's actual parking is horrible so near by off campus affiliated complexes offer shuttles, highly recommend taking and owning a skateboard. The area surrounding UCF are some of the safest in town, but I recommend an out of area student look into crime reports before making a decision in any non-affiliated complexes and reviews on the complexes themselves because not all of Orlando is the safest.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: My friends are in sororities and they love it. There are always events and they regularly beg me to join.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computers are readily available but sometimes there is a wait.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Fill your FAFSA out early and apply for loans early on. You won't receive disbursements until a couple weeks into the semester but setting up direct deposit will slightly speed the process up. The financial aid office gets quite busy at the start of semester and wait times range from 15 - 35 minutes in my experience, so learn as much as you can ahead of time. Try contacting them over phone or via email ahead of time with any questions.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Recently they hosted a "Drug Take Back" event in which expired or unwanted prescription drugs were allowed to be turned in with no questions asked which I assume is an effort to curb prescription drug abuse but I'm not quite sure how effective it was. At the campus bars two forms of I.D. are required and it's strictly enforced. On game days there are many cops around looking for underage drinkers which I've seen a fair amount of them busted and I myself have been carded on game-day walking around on campus but I was 22 at the time. NORML(reformation of marijuana laws) is a fairly active group on campus but I have yet to see any cannabis being smoked. I rarely hear about adderal or ritalin being abused but I assume it occurs. Overall it's pretty safe.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I would highly recommend having your own car, if possible. There are shuttles that take you from UCF to nearby student living apartment complexes but if you rent a house or something not school affiliated, you most likely will need a car. Lynx buses do come here but their stops and schedules seem fairly sporadic. The closest grocery store is a Publix approximately a mile away and the high traffic volume in this area is not conducive to walking or biking anywhere.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is hard to find, and the parking permits are expensive. The main parking garages next to class room buildings are usually full and you wont find parking untill the third or fourth floor. You should get to the parking at least 20 min before your class to make sure you get parking and that you could walk from your parking location to class and make it on time. The only other problem is the parking permits. Sometimes you cant park where youd like because its the wrong parking permit letter and you will end up being towed.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not many people do drugs. Alcohol is only visable during game days and even still its not as noticble because of the no alchol policy.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Im in college of buisness, and although i am only a freshman working on my prerequistes to be able to fully expierance the college of buisness education i love it so far. UCf provides clubs and organization that work with the college of buisness so that although i am not fully entered i can still participate and be a part of it.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The student life on campus is great. There is always something to do. The gym is huge and has so many great resources. The libraries also have plenty of books that are used in class and tons of computers. The writing center assists students with all type of writings and the campus events are a lot of fun.

College Junior

Drug Safety: I'm not really familiar with any type of drug and alcohol visibility. I spend most of my weekends with my family or studying.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus for the most part but I have heard some disturbing stories of students who have been robbed on campus. I have never had anything unsafe happen to me, I hope it stays that way.

4 College Junior

Academics: I came to the University of Central Florida because of their English department. They offer a writing center which helps all students become better writers. The writing center helps students with resume writing, conducts mock interviews and so much more. The class size is also small, so students have the opportunity of having more one-on-one communication with their instructors.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are several off-campus dining options like Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday's, Tijuana Flats and more. The cost varies depending on what is ordered. A typical meal costs about $12 or more. The places to eat off campus are very convenient and close by. However, not many places offer student discounts. The best place to eat at is Tijuana Flats!

4 College Junior

Academics: I'm in the College of Arts and Humanities. Everyone is very helpful in the English department. I am an English major with a Technical Communication track. My adviser has provided me with different job opportunities, which have helped me become aware of all of my options. The teachers are also great and willing to help you reach your highest potential, however the workload may be challenging at times. I have also been provided with different internship opportunities which I am excited to start.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: UCF has a "wet campus" which means that alcohol is allowed on campus, but only to be consumed and help by someone of the legal age. Drugs is not permitted on campus, it is illegal and therefor not allowed. This year UCF became a non-smoking campus, so no type of smoking tobacco, or any other smoking paraphernalia is allowed on UCF grounds.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Student involvement is great at UCF, students go tailgating almost all day before a football game, show their school spirit with Black and Gold, and on homecoming week everybody goes all out! Basketball games is another one of our packed athletic student events! Everyone who doesn't have an exam the next morning is at the athletic events.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are plenty of parking garages on campus, but depending on your class time you might want to come a little early to ensure a good spot, and to take time to find a parking garage with lower floor availability.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UCF is known for it's diversity, anyone and everyone who wants to expand their horizon is here. UCF has many clubs and organizations for people to join, and they're just as diverse as the people here. Every ethnicity and almost every nation is recognized here at UCF. We do not judge here!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: UCF is a very safe campus, I have never felt unsafe. There is always police or security walking around campus making sure everything's under control. Emergency e-mails and texts are received if there is suspected danger.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Kobé Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar my favorite! Entree's cost from $15-25. A little pricey but totally worth it. One of the best places to eat! Sushi Hi is pretty good too, they will make ANY type of sushi you desire and it's fresh. Lechonera is a Puerto Rican place with great food and prices. I got a ceviche and a drink for $6.00. Highly recommend these places.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have NEVER seen drugs when I am on campus. Alcohol is visible but not much on campus. It depends with what group you are hanging out with really. If your friends drink there is a higher chance you will do it as well.

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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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