Location
Orlando, FL
Undergrads
36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 15707 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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Recent Alumnus

Parking: Not Sure – I will be enrolled for online degree, parking won't be an issue

Recent Alumnus

Weather: Never Been There – I have never been to Orlando but heard it can get pretty cold there

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCF is a great school. I enjoy going to class, and the professors are very helpful. I do however, hate parking at UCF. It's awful. But that's my only complaint!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My school doesn't give me any issues as far as financial aid goes. Tuition is just so expensive so sometimes the money isn't quite enough, but that isn't the schools fault.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They are very roomy, and I was not expecting this... the shower is terrible! It sprays everywhere and the whole floor ends up drenched in water. But it is safe and I feel happy here.

3 College Freshman

Weather: it has been non stop rain, I thought Orlando was sunny! I know it rains everywhere but there are not many covered walkways so you get soaked getting to class, and if you live on campus you are far from them so bring a poncho and umbrella! But if it isn't rainy it is HOT!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: No matter your mood or your craving, there is something for you to munch on in the UCF area. Most places have a great atmosphere, provide specials, and have student discounts. There is such a spectacular variety of restaurants that it's always easy to find somewhere to go. If you love sweets like I do, check out the frozen yogurt/cupcake place called Sweet! There is a flavor to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They state that everything is available online but it is a pain to find there are so many links and when I went down to the office it was a terrible mess. There were to many people and not enough people available to help. I got some aid but not enough to cover my tuition.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safer Than Safe – As big as the University of Central Florida is, they have a great way of managing campus security. Not only do they constantly send out email alerts (of any possible on-campus/near-campus danger) but they also provide a program by the name of SEPS (Safe Escort Patrol Services) which transports students anywhere on campus after dark, so it makes all those late nights at the library a little less threatening.

5 College Junior

Transportation: In addition to having your own car to use on campus and off campus at UCF, the shuttle buses used by the University is beneficial in several ways. It helps to transport students from off campus apartments who do not have any other modes of transportation to get to their classes at UCF. Also it helps to save gas money for the college student in addition to allievating traffic around UCF. The best part about the shuttle buses for students is that they are free.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Fast Food Galore – If you are into fast food then you have hit a gold mine, UCF is located in a very populated part of town covered with Steak N Shakes, Burger Kings, Wendy's, and the list goes on. If you are looking for a more upscale restaurant it is a little further into the city.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Never Leaving – UCF has been the highlight of my time in Orlando. The students and faculty are personable and professional. Everyone strives toward a common goal, succeeding. It is refreshing to be around so many people who are fighting for their dreams.

5 College Junior

Majors: Im in the School of Visual Arts and Design, and the professors I have been studying with are top notch. They have been able to push me past my limits while keeping me on the right track to success. They seem to care for their students and pride themselves in their ability to teach.

4 College Junior

Computers: Just Right. The computer labs at University of Central Florida are usually moderately full with just the right technology to assist with the classes provided. The internet is not sluggish or intermittent and the labs tend to be relatively quiet which allows for studious behavior.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Unusual Mix of People – The guys and girls here range from every race, ethnicity and physical appearance. This school is a melting pot and it is impossible to tell what you're going to find.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Florida Is Florida – Florida weather is very unusual, it is its own definition. It's hot almost all the time. Summer time is hurricane season, when it's not raining torrentially with wind it's humid and muggy. Very uncomfortable but you get used to it. In the fall it is very hot until about mid November when it starts to cool down and we get nice winds. Winter can range anywhere from warm, like fall, to freezing cold. It changes almost every year. Finally, spring is a mix of summer and fall. It is usually cooler but also rains frequently.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is a tricky topic because you either get a great deal, love your place and your landlord or it is totally awful. Alot of this also depends on your personality and experiences but the best off campus housing is usually advertised by UCF such as the Pointe.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I expected there to be very few computers and that they would not work very well. I was wrong, the library has many computers available and they run fairly fast. Problems include the difficulty to navigate the home page. I have not personally done research yet, but I hear the research center is excellent.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Lots of Minorities – There is a veritable smorgasbord of people from different culture groups in my classes. Even when just walking around on campus, it's not hard to see the different types of people. UCF is a large school with room for such diversity, and it shows.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys Could Be Worse – I originally hail from Cincinnati, Ohio and the guys there aren't much to talk about. The selection to choose from isn't really of outstanding quality, either. The guys at UCF offer a better selection and better looks. A girl can find any type of guy to suit her tastes - whether that be goth rocker or pious momma's boy.

4 College Junior

Diversity: UCF is one of the largest universities in the United States and draws students from all over. There are not only people from all over the U.S, but from all over the world. If you'll looking for a diversified university, UCF is it.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great College Town – Although UCF is not far from Disney and University Studios, it still has that college town feel. There are a variety of supermarkets, and shops in the area, in addition to many restaurants, movie theatres and clubs. There is always something to do on campus and off.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not all of the off campus housing is that great, but what UCF has is choice. If you don't like one place, you can go right next door and get a completely different place. Price might not always be the best but you will have so many choices you're bound to find a good match for your individual needs.

3 College Junior

Academics: 1 in Sea of Students – I'm in Digital media-Game design. So far I've liked my classes, and I've learned a lot, but there are so many students. I have yet to be in a class with less than 150 students. It's really hard to get to know your professors personally. Upper level classes are different though, because they usually have around 30 students. I know it will get better, but the first two years are very crowded.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is Popular – Drugs didn't seem like a big problem at UCF. If anything people were just smoking, but alcohol is huge. If there was a gathering, there was alcohol. It wasn't uncommon to see someone at night returning from a party puking/stumbling back to their dorm/apartment.

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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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