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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are all kinds of ethnicities and religions on campus as well as clubs and organizations for everyone to feel comfortable in being themselves

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do in Orlando!! Not only is the campus of the University of Central Florida always busy and fun, there is a city full of entertainment, excitement, and activities that the campus is located in. In the city of Orlando, there are so many parks (i.e. Disney, Universal, ect.). There is downtown Disney and regular downtown. There are so many main, busy streets that there are many restaurants and mini-golfing. There is never a dull moment at UCF or in the city of Orlando.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: If you want to go downtown, you can use a bus system. Some days, it isn't there, which can be inconvenient. Other than that, however, it is very affordable and helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics here are good. I do have to say though there is a wide range when it comes to professors, especially in the gen-eds. I really advise using ratemyprofessor.com when choosing classes because I have heard multiple cases of people taking the same class but with different professors and one being impossible and the other being super easy. Workload isn't too bad. Most freshman start out taking 4 classes their first semester and then realize that they can handle taking 5. As a hospitality major, I have loved all of my professors thus far and the workload isn't too bad, its more hands on learning.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love that UCF is in the huge city of Orlando. Unlike other schools that are in the middle of no where, our location sets us apart in many different ways. As far as job opportunities, it is so helpful to be able to network and make connections with people in almost any field right here while we are in school. The amount of tourism in this area opens up many jobs, as well as the chances in Downtown Orlando. Socially, UCF gives you the best of both worlds. While on or near campus, you feel that "college-town" vibe, and have all the benefits of greek life, house parties etc. However, there is also a huge bar/club scene both around UCF and in downtown Orlando (which they run party buses to on the weekend). I also love that there is always something going on on campus. On almost any weekend, there is some sort of event going on at memory mall or at the student union. Our SGA is awesome and really does cater to what the student population wants.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think that we have a decent amount of diversity on this campus. There are a lot of different clubs that celebrate different ethnicities and backgrounds. There is the Asian Student Association, many different hispanic clubs, and also many that celebrate African American heritage. Even though the student body is primarily white, I have never felt a sense of hatred among groups. Also, I find that this school is predominately accepted of different sexual orientations, other than the rare cases of ignorance.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm from out of state, so I was lucky enough to receive a pretty decent scholarship from UCF. They're usually really nice whenever you need to ask a question in the financial aid office, just be prepared to wait a while.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Unfortunately I hardly ever even see the police on campus, some people may think that is a good thing but if something bad happens I want them to be around. As a student though they are pretty good about e-mailing you any security warnings that pertain to students and you can set up your emergency alerts to be texted to you as well. For example if there is a suspicious person reported on campus anyone on the texting alert will be notifies right away.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I feel there is a great deal of ethnic and racial diversity on campus, everywhere you go is like a big melting pot, although certain groups do tend to have their "cliques" people are fairly approachable for the most part. The tolerance for different beliefs is fairly good as well, as their is a free speech area in front of the library where various religious groups often hold public speeches (although it can get pretty annoying sometimes).

3 College Junior

Academics: I felt that the University of Central Florida's initial registration process is a huge pain to undertake, make sure when you get your high school and community college (if applicable) transcripts you get at least 3 copies of each because they WILL lose it, especially if you mail it in. Heck they even "lost" mine the second time I HANDED it in. I was a direct transfer too. Once you get in though as long as you check your online student account you shouldn't have too many more problems.

2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It's a mixed bag. As an older student, I find most people to be self-involved, uninformed, and shallow. But many people aged 18-25 are probably like this on colleges all over the US.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Pretty Well Done School – I applied to UCF because I heard they were a highly studied engineering and computer science type of university. The professors know what they're talking about and help out when they can. UCF also offers a huge array in majors, including their new program for Doctors and Nurses at the Medical City not too far from the main campus. In smaller classrooms, the professors really get one on one and some even learn your names, for a closer teacher-student academic relationship.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus. UCF has put in some emergency alarms all over campus, that you press if you're under attack. Each garage has a storm siren as well, for when potentially hazardous weather may come in (hurricanes, tornadoes, massive lightning storms, hail) and can be heard all over campus. They also have text/email messages to all students (who register for it) that keep them up to date on any security announcement.

3 College Junior

Academics: As an International and Global studies major I feel the University of Central Florida has more than adequate professor's who are extremely knowledgeable in their specific areas of study. Workload really depends on your professor but generally you will be busy, a lot of the Political Science degrees not only require quite a bit of readings, but you need to be able to understand the implications your readings have on policy maker's decisions. The facilities are great, no complaints here. Orlando area in general is not the greatest area for internships for political science but if you try hard enough you can definitely find something, especially if your willing to relocate during summers.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Although I am not naive enough to think there is no one on campus that uses drugs, In my experience at University of Central Florida, I have not seen any drugs being used nor have I been pressured to using drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely not as popular as other colleges, but there is a good amount of people who participate in Greek life. Greek houses are available on campus but there are also houses off campus. Greeks and non-Greeks get a long.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The only time that people here at UCF are public with drugs and alcohol is usually during tailgating. Other than that, it all depends on who you surround yourself with. No one really cares whether or not you drink or not. So there is no need to feel pressured but the presence of drugs and alcohol is more common than one would think.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: They offer many different places to eat at, and most of them are well priced and have good, decent food. Of course you will always have restaurants that aren't as satisfying, but I would have to say that most of the students here at UCF are content with our available options. They are affordable, and have good quality food and service.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: If it is one thing UCF has right, its the nightlife. There are 3 clubs right across the street from the campus, with Knight Library and Knight Lights usually having 18+ rules (less often for the guys, I am sure). There are many party buses that can take you to the clubs a bit more out of the way, and cover charges are reasonable. Parties are abundant both on and off campus, and its not too hard to stay out of trouble. I have enjoyed my after-hours at UCF, and I am sure most people will say the same.

3 College Junior

Parking: Permit costs are fairly reasonable, and give you access to every student lot (no parking based on undergrad/grad). They are working hard to add lots as the population goes up, but you still may have to park past the second floor at heavy load times. The ticketmen seriously enjoy their job, and I would not test their ability to find your car and slap a citation on you. Pay the permit cost and move on. That being said, the school, although large, is organized well so getting around on campus doesn't require you to drive from place to place (as most of the buildings are in the center where there are no cars anyway).

There could be some improvements, but overall, parking conditions at UCF are moderately underrated.

5 College Senior

Majors: The process of getting into my Legal Studies program is extremely easy. You can even do it online.

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.

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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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