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

Facilities: The facilities at the University of Central Florida is truly state of the art. The buildings all look brand new! The Recreation and Wellness center is definitely one of the best I've seen out of every school I've visited. The fitness classes are incredible! The student center is always full of life throughout the day with more than 10,000 people walking through the door during the school week! The library is a progressive one. The harder you need to study, higher level floor you may want to study in. There are always students in the library studying. Campus activities are definitely the best I've ever seen at a university. With over 58,000 enrolled student at the University of Central Florida, it is imperative the UCF has ample campus activities to keep the students involved and in touch with their campus. Ultimately, the overall atmosphere of the campus is a good one. Everyone is friendly and the campus is definitely inviting. It's great to be a UCF KNIGHT!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Spirit Splash! One example of the UCF difference is Spirit Splash. Every year at homecoming time, students are allowed one day to run into the fountain, and thousands show!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Towers Are Nice but Pricey – I lived in Towers last year. It was nice but high on the expensive side. Living in apartments off campus is much nicer with much less expenses. Of course, if you are a freshman living on campus is a better way to stay involved.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Buildings Are New – Most of the buildings on campus are new and in very good condition. The school is always under construction so that there are the latest technologies available. It is great to study in a place that feels safe and welcoming.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overral Great Atmosphere – I love the laid back vibe and the overall welcoming atmosphere. It's a public school so there's so much diversity in religious and ethnic background. I didn't apply to any other school. There was just something that drew me into University of Central Florida that made me say, "If I don't get into this school, then I don't want to go anywhere else."

4 College Junior

Transportation: Shuttles Are Awesome – There are shuttles that run from the time classes begin to ample time after they end during the week. Most, if not all of the major apartment complexes within close proximity to the school have this option. It saves on gas, a parking permit, and it runs every 15 minutes. Sometimes they do come a little late, but leave with an ample amount of time before your class begins and you'll be just fine.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Too Bad on Strictness – Of course the things that are made illegal by law are enforced, but at the same time, it's not like you're anymore prone to getting caught on campus then you would off campus. Often times there will be news of a robbery or crime of some sort and police will patrol for the safety of others, but they don't random checks to see if people are breaking the law. What's done is to ensure safety and regulatory guidelines.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Like most schools, UCF isn't going to just hand you money. However, there is money to be had, so it's worth your time to fill out the necessary paperwork. It all starts with FAFSA! FILL IT OUT ASAP! The sooner you do your FAFSA the more likely you are to get financial aid. Go to UCF's website for a list of available scholarships. Also, go visit the Financial Aid office and stay persistent!

3 College Senior

Facilities: The University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) is quite a grand campus; not only is it home to over 50,000 students, UCF offers a great college experience as well. The campus itself is well manicured and very aesthetically pleasing--the buildings are up to date and most classrooms are very technologically advanced. There is always something fun going on at campus and whether it's a music concert or a UCF student organization event, there is something for everyone! The student gym is out of this world and has everything you could want. The library hosts a wealth of information and offers lots of great study space. All-in-all the University of Central Florida is very worthy of your tuition dollars so come and take a campus tour and see for yourself all that UCF has to offer!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Limited, but Effective – I have only spoken to the financial aid office once or twice during the past two and a half years. Each time, though, they have been very helpful and informative about any options I might have. You do feel a little rushed to wrap up your appointment, so if you have a lot of questions it could be a little frustrating.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining options at UCF are what you would expect on a college campus. You have the option of a meal plan, dining dollars, both, or none. Freshman year I had a meal plan of 10 meals per week and $100 in dining dollars for the semester. Sophomore year and now, my junior year I do not use either.
There are two dining hall/cafeterias on opposite sides of campus so no matter where you are, you aren't far from one. They both have the options of pizza and sandwiches each day, along with 3 or 4 other options such as pasta, burgers, brisket, etc. They options seemed to repeat themselves quite often, however I was generally impressed with the food.
If you do not wish to eat at a dining hall, there are several fast food places in the student union. Burger King, Sbarro Pizza, and Asain Chao are a few of the choices. You can also find a Chick Fil A, a couple Subways, a sushi restaraunt, and a few sport bar type of places on campus. The best places to eat in my opinion would be Corner Cafe - a small place in the student union that offers a variety of wraps and paninis (the best being the buffalo chicken wrap) and Tailgaters - a sports bar near the stadium that has what you would expect, but at great prices and the food is delicious.

4 College Junior

Academics: Psychology is such a fascinating and diverse field of study, and UCF has wonderful professors that do their best to prepare you for your future in any field. Every professor in the program has been more than willing to help in any way that they can: in office hours, answering emails promptly, and giving advice about graduate school. Some classes, especially those with a focus in the physical and research aspects of psychology such as Physiological Psychology and Research Methods of Psychology, do have a heavier course load, but I have never felt too overwhelmed to do well in each course. With Psychology being such a naturally intriguing subject, the curriculum is as interesting as one would suspect. I have really enjoyed the classes that discussed disorders, such as Abnormal Psychology, Childhood Psychopathology, and Clinical Psychology. Finding the right career in the field of Psychology can be a little daunting due to the wide variety of options, but the Office of Experiential Learning offers a great deal of assistance in finding internships that will help you pick your niche and later find a job.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personal Safety on Campus – During daytime, it feels great to be on campus. I feel like im completely safe and protected. But at the late hours, it doesn't feel the same. I had to stay on campus until 10 o'clock a few times and to be honest, I didn't feel too safe. It was empty, with only few people walking around. I felt like if something happened to me, nobody would hear me if I was screaming for help. Students say that there is a security guy walking around the campus, but I didn't see him any of the times that I had to stay late.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Help for Students – I think that student government at University of Central Florida is doing a great job at helping students. They have two printing labs on campus, where you can print up to 20 pages front and back! That is so helpful, especially because many students have trouble with their printers. With the printing lab, they can print anything from the sport application to a lecture notes for class.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people of many different races, religions, and sexual orientations around campus. While UCF is still a mostly white campus there has not been any intolerance that I have seen and there are many clubs aimed towards the continued diversification of studetns.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Variety of Places to Eat on Campus. There are many places to eat on campus including dining halls and restaurants. It is not completely needed to have a meal plan because two of the dorm communities have a fully stocked kitchen in every room and the prices at the on campus restaurants are not very expensive.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Many Computer Options for Honors Students. As an honors student I am allowed many different computer labs on campus, including one that just opened in my dorm. Free printing is available so the need for a personal computer is not great and now that the computer lab in the dorm has opened I cannot even justify it as a need for printing during crunch time.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I am unable to truly speak about night life. I am not one that goes out, but my roommates do and they seem to love it. Even though it is aimed towards students that are 21 and older, they still find ways to have fun without having to drink. They also go to house parties which are sometimes more convenient since they are in our apartment complex and walking is much easier than having to drive somewhere.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Sports Are Amazing! We have a great athletic program. It is hard since we are a developing our athletics still, but the marketing department is doing a great job. It is hard to think of Orlando and be excited about a sport like other schools. For example Alabama is known for football just like Gainesville for the University of Florida. When it comes to Orlando, we think of Disney. UCF is in a great location and with a beautiful campus the athletic program has been doing great in the last couple of years. With a new stadium and arena the school spirit has definitely been great. All our facilities are beautiful which helps makes the experience of each game that much more enjoyable.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is crime on campus just like there is anywhere. UCF is very good at informing us by email about any crime that goes on within the school as well as what happens on off campus apartments. These crimes are committed around campus and they still inform us through email when they truly don't have to.

Safety on campus is great. It can be scary at times though at night being a girl and parking garages are empty and huge. I personally think each parking garage should have security guards at night especially.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at UCF is caotic at times. I hate the fines and fees, and sometimes its hard to find parking

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on the campus of UCF is pretty diverse, the student body is fairly friendly and I havent had any problems in this area.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food and dining option at UCF is great. Their are plenty of options to choose from and the pricing is affordable.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer and Reliability – There are plenty of computers on campus, but the internet speed is relatively slow. On given days it takes quite awhile for a webpage to load, and it can be aggravating.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I've always felt safe on campus. Mostly because we have a SEPS service which is "Safe Escort Patrol Service" that provides us an escort at night to our cars or wherever we need to go. Also the police department is always on duty, patrolling the garages to ensure no harm to the students.

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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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