Location
Orlando, FL
Undergrads
36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 15626 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Diversity: It's Decent – I do see a lot of people form different backgrounds. UCF is very diverse

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Could Improve. It could be better. The food is too expensive for a typical college student. I think they are targeting the wrong customers. Perhaps they should open a restaurant at Disney. Tourists don't mind spending extra dollars on their vacation.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Like most areas in Florida you're gonna have rain at times. Sometimes for long periods of time. The other thing to worry about is the heat. Certain times of the year it will b so hot and humid it's difficult to remain outdoors for very long. These are things i am familiar with, and they don't bother me a whole lot, however i can see people from up north having some problems with this type of weather.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UCF is an extremely safe place to be in my opinion. I have never felt threatened or unsafe. I have not experienced crime in any way. The school has many emergency poles in place, not to mention police who circulate the campus. If that isn't enough, there is a service provided over-night that allows students to call a number and have a lighted golf cart come and deliver you to your destination.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Work Hard, Play Hard – Like any other University, you can't just coast and expect to get by. UCF has earned a reputation for having very difficult undergraduate classes, and it is well deserved. The classes are difficult, but all one needs to do well is focus on education rather than social experiences. The area and campus are outstanding for college students and the school has many programs to help students succeed. Overall UCF is a fantastic school and place to be as a student.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Okay Experiences – Off-campus apartments near UCF are reasonably affordable on a college/scholarship budget and almost always available. Every complex is willing to help you look for a roommate, which is sincerely generous. There's accessible transportation from almost anywhere and nearby food and attractions. Decent parking depends on the apartment, but I've never had bad luck with that.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid needs to do better communication in getting in touch with students.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Was Long and Hard to Keep up With – I received a good amount of aid from the school, but a few times I had to turn in multiple copies of something because it was lost. They were helpful most of the time though, telling me exactly what I need to resubmit and how to do so properly. I would suggest really keeping up with your to do list as far as aid goes.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Bad at Sports – not the best atheletic programs but still fun to watch

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: D grades or lower will cause you to be on academic probation if in sports.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UCF's logo is that UCF stands for opportunity. It's a little cheesy, but I've been offered so many opportunities by going to this school. Because of my great experience as an undergrad, I chose to remain here for my Master's degree, and the job opportunities have been wonderful for me (even while I'm still in grad. school). This is huge considering the current job market and how most of my friends from other schools haven't been as lucky & had to move back home.

The school has progressively gotten better during my time here, and should be a top ranked school within the upcoming years. We've received national attention both for our size and recent achievements. I have both good and bad memories here, but the good outweigh the bad by far.

Would definitely recommend this university!!!

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2 College Senior

Transportation: Shuttles Are Great, Parking Isn't – There are shuttles for off-campus housing as well as on-campus shuttles at UCF. My advise: use them! Any student, faculty, staff, etc. who buys a parking permit (which is $$) can park on campus. There are more cars than spots, so parking is a nightmare! This is a huge problem here. However the shuttles are a great feature so I gave it a C.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Never Had a Problem With Safety – I've never felt unsafe on campus, whether it's day or night. The campus is well-lit, and there is a free Student Escort Patrol Service (SEPS) that will drive you from one part of campus to the other if you don't want to walk alone.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: A Little Above Average – The school is a strict no drug use school. With that being said they do not drug test you but if you are caught with contraband you can face serious consequences.

3 College Junior

Diversity: To be honest this campus is predominately white and for more information i suggest checking UCF.edu for the previous years enrollment history.

4 College Junior

Academics: Overall the registration is simple and very easy to do. workload depends on your Major. The are MANY study areas to use the 4 story library or the Student union are the two most popular.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Above Average – University house is a brand new building and pretty upscale. Knights Circle is Brand new restructure (it was gutted and rebuilt). The lofts is upscale but has a possible black mold problem. And the rest of the apartments are average and reasonable price. I have seen as low at 450 to 675 a month for a 4/4. Sign early for the best deals.

3 College Junior

Academics: The Curriculum workload is pretty heavy and transfer students aren't really given too much wiggle room for time. They are organized and strict which is a plus.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Average Distribution – Campus is mostly caucasian, preppy, there are all types of people though. Decent amount of cute guys all around, lots of pretty girls. White girls have a lot of ass in Orlando.

1 College Senior

Weather: Being in the heart of Central Florida, it's hot most of the year, but gets pretty cold in the winter compared to South Florida. Summers are filled with rainy days, it's impossible to go a week without rain. Hurricanes happen, its florida.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: UCF is a wet campus, so they do allow and serve alcohol on campus. The only time you will really see alcohol on campus (other than restaurants that serve it) is during tailgating, which students take very seriously. Police do patrol tailgating and are strict at enforcing the drinking age. There have been a couple of drug busts, but campus pd is pretty good about that. People use weed and never get caught, but such is life. Campus has recently instated a no smoking policy.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Best Dorms I've Seen in Florida – Among Florida State universities UCF has the best dorming options. There are apartment style options that include individual bedrooms and kitchens and living rooms, usually with a shared bathroom. But an option for your own bathroom exists as well. There are also traditional style dorms that usually have a bathroom shared between two rooms. No communal or floor bathrooms/showers. Co Ed dorm buildings. All dorms have central air (some at schools like UF do not have air conditioning, and require window units). Amenities are all included in the price of housing, no overages. Roommate matching is practically non existent, but they will reassign you if you complain enough. Security in dorms is pretty great, need a key to enter any actual room, some buildings need a key to get inside. All doors lock on their own upon closing so you won't "forget" to lock it. Visitation is never a problem, guests don't need to sign in or anything, people can spend the night as long as your roommate doesn't have a problem with it.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Strict but Not Overbearing – The campus has rules about many things from hazing to drinking, smoking and etc on campus. They are enforced but nothing too serious. These things obviously still happen, as they do at most schools. There is an extremely strict plagiarism/ academic dishonesty policy and UCF will not compromise on kicking students out. Professors take this very seriously too, so your chances are slim in sliding by if you are the person that likes to plagiarize.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining at school is very good but if one is looking to expand their options there isn't a huge selection outside of your meal plan. The places to eat that are on campus are a good selection but there is not a huge variety.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Fun People – The people on my campus seem very fun and friendly, like they could just chill with everyone. I look forward to hangout with some of them!

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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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