Location
Orlando, FL
Undergrads
36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Good – Compared to other schools I've been to, University of Florida and University of South Florida, the food at UCF is like a five star restaurant compared to three stars. The food is good and they usually keep a variety out and open for all. Also there are a bunch of restaurants and fast foods on campus and in the student union that you could go to.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Pretty Good – I feel like there is a lot to do. Orlando has a ton to do around campus. The theme parks are just 30 mins away as well as downtown Orlando. Finding something to do is really easy at UCF and in Orlando.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process can prove to be a bit daunting at times. While UCF is okay with paperwork they tend to require a lot of verification before they give out loans and such. However, once you get it, they do deliver and you get your money as promised. It comes about two weeks after the beginning of the semester, which can be a pain when buying books but overall it is okay.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I Feel Pretty Free. I feel pretty free around campus to do whatever. There is even a free speech lawn where you can pretty much say whatever you want. The religious fanatics tend to use that quite excessively. In terms of partying, there is an average amount of strictness. By this I mean that you will get kicked out of your dorm for possession of illegal substances, which makes sense. Otherwise, it isn't too bad. The campus police and RA's too much of a pain.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Good – I would say that the security on campus is pretty good. They do a monthly emergency test to test all their email and text message notifications in case of an emergency. Also throughout campus there are the blue lights which I've heard have a quick response time from campus police. I've never really felt in danger on campus and I feel like they have it pretty much under control. Even living off campus at a UCF affiliated apartment, I feel safe because the police patrol and there is security around.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Absolutely Love It – UCF is an absolutely fantastic school. I was originally a little nervous about going to such a big school after being at a reasonably small high school, but all the people and staff helped make it a great transition.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Smoking Is Big – There are a lot of smokers all around campus, however there isn't a big drug problem. And alcohol is too popular either, but if it is being done it's probably hidden well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Everything Is Great – Living on campus is pretty fantastic, it's is little pricy, but the opportunities to network are excellent and there is always something going on on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Once you fill out the FAFSA form, you'll likely be offered a lot of grants, especially if you're an undergrad classified as an independent

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: School has offered many scholarships/grants and has a decent engineering school. They do, however, have too large of class sizes and my main concern with the upper-level classes is that they don't seem to always adequately prepare you for the next course (in one classes I had, the professor was complaining at us for the lack of preparation the previous professor gave us for her class--that was neither helpful nor encouraging)

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Horrendous parking. Best time to park is before 8:00 AM and after 2:00 PM. If parking before the "best time to park", prepare to arrive on campus at least half an hour ahead of time. Traffic is a NIGHTMARE during rush-hour. Also, student decal fees have continuously increased every year (for the past several) and just last year it jumped up to $94 (yearly fee).

If there is no student parking available anywhere on campus, and you park on the grass, get ready to pay a ticket. I have never seen so many people out writing tickets as I have seen at UCF.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: In terms of racial and gender diversity, it is very diverse. In terms of ideological diversity, the liberal arts section is very liberal (in the political/ideological sense) and will be moderately to extremely offensive to students with a more conservative background.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Throughout the day shuttles come through campus taking students to and from their homes and highly used shopping/dinning areas. They are extremely helpful, free, and convenient.

5 College Junior

Computers: Computer Availability – UCF gives its students an abundance of helpful studying centers which each provide computers. Among these extremely useful centers are free printing areas and speedy networking which allows for all students to successfully complete all task that they feel need to be done.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – All around campus are little towers with bright blue lights on top. If in an emergency, or just feeling unsafe, a person can click the button on one of these towers and call a UCF police officer to come help them out. Because of this, and many other on campus safety procedures, I feel that UCF is a very safe campus and allows its students to feel a sense of personal safety.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Very Populated and Vibrant – There is always something to do or someone to hang out with. The school is huge and the majority of students are out and about. There's downtown or any one of our theme parks or home sports games or movies.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Mostly Clubs – There are really only clubs to go to so if you are not into that then you are out of luck

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The variety of dining options at UCF is acceptable. There are even healthy options for students to choose from. The dining options for students include a mixture of fast food places and restaurants. Students will not get bored of the food on campus.

2 College Student

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – The only thing that I like about living on campus is convienence. All your classes are only 5 minutes away.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Always Something to Do – There are many options of theme parks which offer student discounts. There are also many options to chose for shopping.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Some garages are more crowded than others, but there is always somewhere close to park.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computers at UCF are excellent. They have laptops you can rent out for free, they a\have multiple computer labs around campus with really fast WiFi.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The are many different sorts of both guys and girls due to the school being so large. So whatever you are looking for I am sure you could find.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of off-campus housing avaiable very close to campus. The safety of these places are pretty good since they are all so close to campus. They hold an expo every once in a while where different places come and try to sell their places to help students find off campus housing. A lot of new housing is coming off campus and more and more places are just now opening up with great amenities and reasonable prices. The availability can be tough because there are so many srudents at the school but the prices are affortable for most students.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Usage – Our wireless network is good because you have service everywhere on campus and anyone can use it. It is sometime hard to get connected to the server if there are a lot of people around you that are already connected or in a dead spot on campus. There are plenty of computers to use on campus so it is not necessary to bring your own computer all the time. Printing is hard because the school makes you pay to use thier printers on campus and I think that is innecessary. The computers can get a little packed during finals time but other than that they are free to use and not that crowded.

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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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