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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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3 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Okay. UCF offers variety of classes, but they fill up quickly. By the time I can register for classes, the classes are already full. Therefore, I have to take summer and fall 2012 classes online.

3 College Junior

Computers: the computer labs in the new buildings are great. for example, the classroom building has a very nice lab. I wish it were open during the summer terms though because now people must walk farther to use computers.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everything You Want, Like or Desire – Whatever your taste is when it comes to men or women, UCF offers it. Due to Ucf's tremendous ethnic diversity, there's nothing you won't like. Ucf is full of spanish, american, asian, african american, even european men and women. There is no one set typical student look, interest or dress, therefore giving everyone a unique yet admirable aspect to pick from. You have no worries of not finding someone you will like.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Amazing Dining Options, Nothing You Won't Find – Off- campus dining options at the University of Central Florida can not get any better! When directly leaving Ucf, no matter if you turn left, right or go straight, you will find an enormous variety of great tasting places, very close by. Dining options range from your everyday fast food restaurants, such as McDonalds or Wendys, to your more upscale restaurants, like Azteca or The Tilted Kilt. If one day you feel like eating Spanish food, go to Azteca. They're huge, delicious and fulfilling plates will perfectly compliment they're great prices. If one day you feel like eating simple american food, go to Panera. A you pick two from their menu is both affordable and healthy. Being that all these places are so close to campus, many of them such as Jimmy Johns and Huey Magoos offer great student discounts. There is nothing you won't find around the UCF area, I greatly recommend you check them all out.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great Variety, If You Are Smart About It – To many, the food and dining options at University of Central Florida might seem repetitive, but in reality, there are a lot of small hot spots that many of the students tend to overlook, leading them to such an impression. In the main dining area in the middle of the Student Union, students are given the choices of Sbarro pizza, Burger King, a salad bar, a wraps bar and Asian Chao. Not only is the service great in all these places, but there is variety within each of them. As you can see, the food choices vary from fast food, to healthy food to hot food. Outside the student union, UCF has a Chick-Fil-a, a gyros place, a pita pit, a smoothie king, a small convenience store where you can find small snacks, drinks and sushi, a 24hour subway (which is both very convenient and healthy :) ) a restaurant called Wackadoos and a q'doba. Unfortunatley, most of these places are a bit pricey, but if you'd like to enjoy your food without causing any harm to your wallet, you can always bring a drink from home, to avoid those 2-3 extra dollars or you can bring a small snack so instead of buying a whole meal, for example a slice of pizza with 2 bread sticks you can only buy the slice, or instead of having 2 sides at Asian Chao you can only buy one. Also, if you don't constantly eat at the same places, and actually switch your meal options daily, you won't get tired of eating the same thing, thus not finding the menus repetitive. The only thing missing that would give the University of Central Florida an A+ in food would be a hot foods place. At least one locale that offers soups, rice, beans, plantains etc. would be perfect! Other than that, there's not much you can ask for, it's all great!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttles Aren't Bad, but Not the Best. I lived off-campus my first year so I depended on the shuttle service to get to and from campus all the time. Bad thing though: I lived in a complex that was one of 3 stops. That meant that rather than the assured 15-minute wait, one had to wait around 30 minutes for the shuttle to pick one up and get to campus. One gets used to it, but they stop running at 10 pm so it's not too early if activities end early.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Being Hispanic, I thought there was not going to be a big diversity on campus. Boy was I wrong. I have met people from all over the world and from different cultures. Being among the biggest schools in the nation helps a lot.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Many Options – There is a free bus shuttle that goes around campus and to the off-campus student housing. Another company, Lynx, goes all over Orlando and has a stop on campus, however you do have to pay to use it. Mostly everything you need is within walking/biking distance though. If you want to leave campus whenever you want and go to the beach or explore Orlando then bring a car. Many people commute to campus and there are many parking garages to use. There is also an airport about 30 minutes from campus. Transportation all depends on where you live and what you want to do, but there are many options available.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Active and Amazing – I have really enjoyed my time so far at UCF. There is always something to do and there are numerous ways to get involved, whether it be the Campus Activities Board, Knights of the Round Table, 150+ clubs, or the intramural sports, just to name a few. Being the second largest college in the country, there are always new people to meet and become friends with. Central Florida has given me the chance to explore and experience new things.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Smooth Process – The process of getting financial aid is pretty easy. The people at financial aid office are very helpful, and your papers get processed very quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What an Experience – The university of central Florida is a great school to go to. The campus is very diverse, there are many clubs and extracurricular activities opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Affordable – Finding an apartment near the university is an easy process, they are a lot of options. The university provides shuttle service for most of the apartments that are near.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I always feel safe on campus. I have taken a lot of night classes and never had any problems. Although, I have never seen any campus security.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses at UCF arrive every fifteen minutes at their stops, or so I was told. Be sure to give yourself at least thirty minutes for a bus to pick you up, and always have a back up plan if they do not show up at all. Buses here are tricky, one day they'll be there every fifteen minutes as stated before and sometimes they won't show up for an hour at best.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a Wonderful Experience – The University of Central Florida is a great school, however you cannot allow your social life to dominate. There are several thousands of students enrolled at UCF, so making friends is easy, sometimes even too easy. Some of my favorite experiences have been here at UCF, such as the ropes course, swing dancing and just reading a book or hanging out with friends near the reflection pond. There are so many great things to accomplish here, you just need to keep your priorities in tact.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: While being a part of Greek Life may seem glamorous and partying every weekend with large groups of people sounds like fun, it may be detrimental to your education. UCF is occupied by several frats and sororities, all neatly placed along Greek row. It's not important to be apart of a frat or sorority, but it's also not a bad thing to be apart of one. It all depends on how you choose to spend your time. Many non-Greeks are indifferent towards Greeks, but several non-Greeks are completely appalled at the thought of Greek life. They do help out around UCF with different tasks, which I have yet to see or experience, but they also are mainly known for their parties and get-togethers.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The Gym – The gym is awesome! There are so many machines and weights. I really love the group exercise classes! I also really enjoy the lap pool.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Pretty Good Selection – As far as bars and clubs go, there is a pretty good selection in the plaza (library, dungeon, fubar, and scoop), then not in the plaza there is devaneys. They all usually have pretty good deals, either on cover or drinks. They are open for anyone 18+. Although, I'm pretty sure that the plaza is being shut down pretty soon, so I don't know what there will be then. I've heard rumors about the station opening soon, but I don't know many details.

5 College Junior

Majors: Awesome Instructors and Lots of Options! All of the psychology instructors are awesome! They're really willing to help every student that asks for help and are willing to meet up to discuss anything that will help you with classes or majors. What I recently discovered that I love is that you can major in psychology, but also elect to receive a certificate in something such as behavioral forensics, which will make your path more clear for either graduate school or going straight into a career.

1 College Junior

Parking: Be Expected to Walk – Finding a parking spot is very difficult. So expect to walk a good distance to wherever you need to go..or better yet, live on campus!

5 College Senior

Facilities: Different Perks – Our school has so many perks that make it unique. For starters students who live on campus and do not have a car can rent cars at UCF if they need to run errands or just have a car for the day!! I have yet to see another university that has that! Also, the UCF recreation center is so big, I do believe it is one of the top 5 recreation centers in the nation! The machines are all really high tech, some machines even create energy with every stride a student makes on it (like the eliptical), There are clubs for anything and everything that you may be interested in also!

College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms? No Thanks! I do not have any experiences with dorms or living on campus. I never lived on campus.

College Senior

Greek Life: Relations Are Neutral – Greek life at UCF isnt overbearing. It plays a role in "uniting" certain aspect of the school but it is not expected nor required to be a part of one in order to contribute and enjoy the school. There is a balance with the Greek life around campus, and for the most part with the exception of extremists, people in the greek life are usually pretty down to earth. Greek students are sometimes viewed as cocky or even shallow. Different types of Greek housing is available, some people even make out of school apartments into a Greek building!

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Whats Meant to Be Will Be! UCF is an amazing school! Each individual is in charge of creating their own experiences and opportunities and it is what you make of it. Choosing UCF was what was in my life plan, and every experience, educational, social, mental and spiritual has been wonderful, regardless of the struggles that came along with them! UCF provides a fun, youthful and motivating environment that allows you to enjoy being on campus to participate in extra curricular activities or even to study. Though its a youthful campus, you can study anywhere on campus, and it is clear that UCF promotes education first, and with that comes all the secondary opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Academics: When you first get into UCF and list Nursing as a major, you are a nursing pending major. You are not completely a Nursing major until you apply to the program and get accepted. There are prerequisites to the major and some are hard and some are easy, it all depends on how much work effort you put into it. However, always remember that there are TAs (Teacher Assistants) and professors themselves that are there to help you. If you have a question feel free to ask because they are there to help you and make sure that you understand. Also, the school provides many tutoring opportunities so make sure to look into that when you attend UCF.

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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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