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Orlando, FL
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36,775
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$22,345 ($6,247)
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Average
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Reviews 15658 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Maybe, Maybe Not. There are equal amounts of students who are either into drugs, or totally against them. Being the second largest university, you're bound to find tons of both kinds of people.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People Are Great! Guys and girls are relatively attractive, outgoing, and always looking for ways to meet new people and have fun.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Growing Teams and Possibiliteis – The gym is awesome! It's recent renovations have proved this school is growing constantly. The waits for the exercise machines aren't as long anymore and the gym doesn't seem as crowded as it used to seem. The athletic teams are growing rapidly and getting better every year. The intramural teams are easy to find and have a wide selection of sports to choose from.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Cheapish but Not Healthy – There are very few healthy food options, which actually makes cooking at home a much easier decision except when you're in a rush or are just feeling lazy. Food isn't so bad but it would be better to have more of a variety of different types of foods

5 College Freshman

Academics: UCF is the best! I have never been disappointed with the learning process, the professors, or the curriculum. Professors are always willing to answer questions, even outside of class, and there are so many ways to seek help if you are struggling. They won't let you fail!

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have only been at UCF for a semester and so far it has been an amazing experience. I am originally from South Florida and had a pretty amazing job at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach. I decided to leave the job to pursue my education in Hospitality management. UCF is in Orlando and is known for their tourism and hotels. I am in school full time while working at the Peabody hotel. UCF helped me find this amazing job opportunity. I cam here without knowing a single person, but UCF provided me with enless possibilities of meeting people through events, clubs and organizations.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Nice – The guys at school are nice, but some of them still have a lot of growing up to do.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Possibly the Best I've Ever Attended – The off-campus dining is great! There is sooo much to choose from. Basically, that entire area of Orlando was built around the university. It meets the needs of the students not just for dining but also for healthy entertaining. This is why I LOVE main Campus!

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: It's Good, but the Options Are Not as Broad. The dinning is good, and the food is great. But the options for many of my friends who are vegans and vegetarians are not as broad, except for salad. But a person can only live on salad for so long.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: They are not HORRIBLE... however, they are not available for students like myself who attended another university and transferred back once the program I was attending for opened up in my town. Basically, at this point I have run through my fasfa options. The school does not really try to help you find more Aid if you need it. They basically leave it all in your hands. Which I find could be difficult because a lot of Scholarship websites are filled with Spam and junk mail instead of helpful things.

5 College Senior

Transportation: I am not going to lie. It is very difficult to know where all the routes are heading. Specially if you do not know your way around. However, once you get the hang of it buses are traveling all day round around the school and you do not really become late for ANY class.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Overall It Is Average – UCF is a giant school that does not seem at all large when you're on campus; however, student funding and access to classes are difficult if you aren't completely stressed about registration times. That is as an undergrad of course, as for graduate student; access for funding and quality study spaces are limited as of yet.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Usually Noisy – I've lived in The Edge which was never quite from 8PM-5AM. Since all student housing is cheaply made using the thinnest of drywall, I heard everything from sex from my neighbor above to crying and screaming from my lateral neighbor. Not to mention people hanging out at 3AM in the courtyard yelling for no real reason.

Just stay away from off-campus housing

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many places near campus that are not directly in the university are chains like McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts; however, in those very strip malls are some good Jamaican and Indian restaurants. There are also pizza places like Lazy Moon that have specials everyday and are moderately priced at $3 for a slice of pizza and PBR. Besides the previously mentioned location, everything near UCF will not cost more than $10 for a meal.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – I have never once felt unsafe on campus, day or night. There are police officers and security constantly circling the campus, so you see them everywhere at all times of the day. At night, the campus is brightly lit, making it feel more comfortable for people to walk around feeling a sense of comfort and security. If that's not enough, we have "phone booths" on campus at various locations. You can call a security officer, and they would come and escort you to where you would like to go if you don't feel comfortable working by yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Cant Believe Im Driving to My Classes! Going to a school that is a couple miles wide it makes getting from class to class a little hard sometimes but almost everyone has a long board or a bike which makes things a whole lot easier. For the studens who dont have that luxury the school offers a free shuttle that runs all around the school and a local city transit that runs off campus giving all students an opportunity to make it to class on time.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Class or Disney? Although Orlando houses such a massive school it is still more well known for its amusement parks and attractions such as Disney. UF is also a short drive away which is a more well know school for its sports and parties. Orlando however, as much to offer with the beach only 20 mins away something many schools cant say, and it also has an amazing nightlife. The Blue Man Group is one of many shows that will leave your jaw on the floor!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: How Many Students Did You Say? Going to a school with close to 65,000 students housing in general can be a little difficult. With being the 2nd largest school in the nation UCF does a good job with off campus housing options. There are many good deals with housing if the time is taken to go out and look for them, but many of the good deals follow the old saying "you get what you pay for". As far as location its ideal for any student taking classes, with hundreds of appartment and housing complexes within walking distance of the school. Like any major cities there are the rougher parts of town but for the most part Orlando is very clean and safe. One thing you do have to keep an eye out are the hidden fees that come with the leasing agreements for apprtments and houseing such as moving in fees or pet fees.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: $20 Drinks – UCF is the second biggest schools in the Nation with over 65,000 students, which seems to give the local bars the right to charge $20-$30 a drink. Most undergrad students stick to the house parties and school events, which there are plenty of any day of the week. The hundreds of local off campus appartments give stdents tons of options to party without the risk drinking and driving. However, the university does offer multiple forms of transportation that run all throughtout the school and near by hot spots in Orlando. Between the constant school events for the underage students and numerous possibilities of off campus parties UCF has one of the best nightlifes I've experienced.

3 College Junior

Majors: Tough Start but a Leg up for the Future – Some of the pre-rec's are standard weed out classes but certain classes like anatomy and physiology, which are taught separate, are taught at a med school level. At the time it was a pain in the butt, but looking back it has put me ahead not only for study skills in the future but giving me an upper hand on topics that come into play in future classes. Unfortunately those classes are hard to pass and can hurt a student's GPA, which is a huge down side for a class that is taught tougher than it needs to be. And that would be my only step back along my program is there are a lot of classes each semester that require most of your dedication and you can only choose a few to strive for the best grade in.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Everyone has to complete FAFSA, that part isn't difficult, but for financial aid this year I had to go through the verification process which took a while and weighed on me in addition to everything else I was going through class-wise. What really bothers me is that when I first turned in my FAFSA and the estimates for the financial aid that I would be receiving showed up it was a decent amount and I was okay with it, but then they went and reduced my financial aid by $4,000 dollars that I very much need for this next year considering I am starting nursing school. I don't know why they thought I didn't need the help but I most certainly do and now I am having a difficult time trying to find ways to get enough money for this year. I don't know why the financial aid office thinks my family can contribute enough to make up for this deficit but they can't. I am generally unhappy with the financial aid at this school but there are many scholarships out there that you can apply for, so don't wait until the last minute on those and you will probably be able to get enough financial aid in time.

3 College Junior

Computers: Some classes, like macroeconomics, require you to take tests in the COBA testing lab. The professors generally give you plenty of time to take your test at a time that works for you, but the day tests are due for those classes, the testing lab can become really crowded, so you should always plan to take your test as soon as you can after it opens; you also have to take into account that countless other professors also use the COBA testing lab for their students to take tests and they have different due dates, so don't plan to be in a rush. As for the computer lab known as the MALL for College Algebra students, the day that MALL hours are due (you must have 3 every week) becomes really busy and there is usually a line, so likewise plan to get those done ahead of time. Both of these computer labs are open at convenient hours to allow for students' busy schedules. While this is unavoidable if your class requires either of these things, I do not recommend relying on campus computers to get work done because it is not guaranteed that there will always be one available for your use. Similarly, I recommend getting a personal computer as well as a printer because, although I never used the printing lab, it always seemed to be crowded and have people waiting in line to use it. Even if you do use the printing lab to take advantage of all the free services, I would recommend having a printer in case there is an assignment you complete last-minute and don't have time to wait in line to print it out and get it turned in. As for the network, many have experienced difficulty accessing the on-campus wireless network, and sometimes the library wifi doesn't work with some computers.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The library is a great spot to get your study on, with private rooms offered for class group meetings, getting ready for a presentation, or just for some extra quiet study time on your own. Also, depending on your tolerable noise level to study or work, different floors offer different degrees of quiet, with the second floor (which is the floor you enter on) being the loudest, the third floor being relatively quieter but you can still study in groups if you aren't obnoxious, and the basement floor and the fourth floor being the quietest floors where people go to hardcore study in some extra quietude. There are quite a few computers available for student use at the library, but they are often in use so sometimes it may be difficult to find a free one, especially during midterms and finals. There is a coffee and food place available right in the library so you don't necessarily have to leave your study haven to get food or a caffeine rush. You can eat in the library, and the staff is understanding of spills (knowledge from personal experience) so be honest if something like that does happen. The library creates a great productive environment for getting work done and for studying.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Every professor, except for the College Algebra instructors, have made my two years at the University of Central Florida the best learning experience of my life thus far. I am completely satisfied with the workload and the amount of studying expected for each student to do. While some of the classes, such as Statistics 2023 and Anatomy with Samsam, were almost overwhelmingly difficult at first (for me at least), I felt that I walked away with valuable knowledge about how to study and manage my time so I may better excel at classes I take in the future. You have to work hard if you want good grades, even if you are reasonably intelligent, but you are guaranteed to have a great academic experience here. Also, if you are struggling with any class, every professor I have had has made it very clear that they are available at designated office hours, by email, and they also have TA's or GA's available if you need help sooner rather than later. Although the classes are generally all large, if you need the one-on-one experience to learn, you can still get the kind of help you need and get good grades. I feel that most of the professors here do care about your learning.

5 College Junior

Academics: Almost every professor I have taken for my two years at the University of Central Florida has kept an interesting lesson, a sometimes difficult but very much manageable workload, and, aside from the College Algebra teachers which made that class the worst of my two years, every class has been enjoyable and I learned a lot from each of them. Classes are large but there are countless opportunities to meet with professors outside of class and get help from TA's or GA's if you feel it is necessary. I love this school and everything it has to offer.

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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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