Location
Orlando, FL
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36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
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Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The campus is beautiful, and many of my professors have been great too. I have learned an enormous amount of information because of them and am looking forward to learning more.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Orlando Has Great Theme Parks. The major theme parks are always awesome to go to. The free pass there once a year is also a blast. Such parks include: Disney and Universal Orlando.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A Young Adults Paradise (Orlando) – The best theme parks in the nation, water sports, the best beaches in the world only an hour away. Perfect weather and everything seems "New." Many events happen all around Orlando that anyone can attend. UCF!!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Whether you enjoy the night life, theme park thrills, or just an intellectually stimulating day at a museum, Orlando has plenty of activities to keep you fulfilled! The downtown area is the place to be if you enjoy late nights, dancing, and live bands. But, if you're into more thrilling adventures, you can always try one of the many theme parks in the area. From Wet n' Wild, to Universal Studios or Disney, any adventurer can find a niche! But, if you rather a day of science and star gazing or appreciating the arts, The Orlando Science Museum, The Kennedy Space Center, The Enzian Theatre, The Bob Carr Center for the Performing Arts, and the Orlando Museum of Art has you covered! Any spectrum of the imagination can be stimulated while enjoying a day at one of these places. And, if you get hungry while discovering all that Orlando has to offer, there is a smorgasborg of restaurants wherever you go!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Biomedical Sciences – Biomedical Science is known as one of the toughest majors UCF has to offer. Luckily, with the help of advisers and professors, it's not ridiculously hard. With their help, getting into Medical School will be a breeze.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We've Got It All – UCF can be considered a as a little city in itself. With recreational, academic, personal, and social aspects, this university has a place for everything. As if that's not enough, UCF is located in the heart of Orladno, minutes away from Orlando International Airport, Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios!

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: My university is located in the big city of Orlando,Florida. It has a city vibe to it which can be a good and a bad thing. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to go to but there is not much nature or anything cultural such as museums and such. There are a lot of chain restaurants there and not many little mom and pop places that I like much better. The people are nice but around the college there are so many college students so its nice that it has a younger population. Another plus is that I am only about 30 minutes from Disney so you kind of get the best of both worlds. If only there was a beach that was closer than an hour away I would be set.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I feel comfortable with my chosen program, because I believe History relates to a lot of different types of careers. I'm glad that I have chosen this major, and am comfortable with finding a job after I graduate

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Very Helpful – I haven't had a ton of experience in my specific major yet, but so far all of my professors have been very helpful with any questions or concerns I might have about my workload.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – There is always something going on around campus, and so much to get involved in in the Orlando area as well. With many theme parks and attractions close by, it gives students an opportunity to relax and have fun while going to school. On campus there are always events going on that encourage students to get involved and contribute to the college living experience. Of course my favorite thing to do is go to all of the sporting events on campus, like football and basketball games. It gives me the chance to get together with my fellow students and cheer for our home team!

4 College Senior

Majors: Student Internships – I don't have one, but I do engage in undergraduate research. It is very easy to get one with the professors focusing so much on research. There is also an office dedicated to helping you find internships and co-ops.

3 College Senior

Academics: Professors Focus on Research – Being in the engineering department, most of the professors focus on research and rarely have time for their students. Some professors have pretty bad accents and weren't made for teaching. They know the subjects though, but just can't communicate efficiently.

4 College Junior

Academics: UCF is a research heavy campus with great academics. For the most part, professors are very knowledgeable and facilitate students' learning needs. The workload is manageable, as long as you are willing to do the work. Registering for classes is a breeze, but the academic advisers are not always the most helpful.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are many things to do here in central Florida. There are many tourist attractions, but also a good nightlife for students. They can go to Universal City Walk or trek down I-Drive for good food and entertainment. Dave and Busters also recently opened offering more attractions. Downtown has great clubs and bars for a good time chilling with friends. The University is located away from these shenanigans so campus life is separated from the parties.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The area is attractive with everything their is to do. Their are numerous malls and shopping plazas with everything you need. It's fast and easy to get to all of the main attractions such as Universal, Disney, Sea World, etc. There is an excellent nightlife in the downtown area as well as local clubs and bars.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It's Different – Applying for my Major in Religious Studies was easy but it was different. There aren't as many core classes I have to take and there are many electives that are available. All I can give for tips would be make sure you are ready to read.

4 College Junior

Majors: Realitvely Easy – The history department did not have any special application process when it came to applying. There is nothing special you have to do to declare a major in History, the only thing you're expected to do is to turn in a portfolio of your written work when you graduate.

3 College Junior

Majors: Learn to Take Standardized Tests! While you go through the trials and tribulations of everyday academic coursework, spend extra time studying for that GRE or whichever standardized test you need to get into your graduate program! While my GPA and work experience where great, I did not get into my program of choice because I can't take standardized tests. Get over your test anxiety and fast because this will be a deciding factor! As far as undergraduate admissions goes, stay on top of the registrars office and any other office that you need to go through to get your classes underway! If you don't stay on top of everything, no one will. UCF isn't called U Can't Finish for no reason...

4 College Junior

Academics: History Department – While the history department may be small at UCF the quality of the professors is beyond measure. The school has some of the best minds in the field, and while they are often very busy having to teach so many classes, its very easy to build up a relationship with them which will definitely help in both applying to graduate school and in the job market.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Secular Religious Studies – It is particularly interesting that I should be studying Religious Studies at a secular university. I always have people ask me, "Are you going to be a priest/pastor/minister?" It's actually amazing that people think those are the ONLY jobs you can obtain with this major. However, the program itself is much more like history and philosophy than learning to run a church. The workload is fairly easy to complete but that's only because I try not to procrastinate. And I can say whole-heartedly that I have learned a great deal about other religions than my own which I really enjoy.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Always Something to Do – With the theme parks just around the corner, Orlando always has something fun to do on the weekends. Around the campus there are various bars, restaurants and cafes for students to visit. Downtown Orlando is beginning to come into its own and has more to offer than it did just a few years ago.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Knight Life All Night – Orlando is a very interesting city. I came from a much smaller city so to come to one that is bustling at night is new to me. There are many attractions in the city including comedy clubs, shows on campus, concerts, and Disney World along with Universal Studios is only 45 minutes away. At night, each of these places and activities are crowded with many students having fun.

5 College Junior

Academics: We Boast the Best – We have world renowned professors in all subjects of expertise. I know personally that we have the largest Psychology department in the country and the largest Modeling and Simulation department in all the world! Everyone that I have come across in my time here has been excellent at pointing me in the right direction and helping me achieve academic success. I know the professors really take care in finding the time to be available to students and when they can't they find teaching assistants to be there for you, so you always have someone to turn to with questions or concerns. UCF has a big online community as well, with Facebook groups, online classes, and TA's and professors alike who give out email addresses, so you are never more than a click or in some cases a phone call away from anyone!

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Too Young for Me – There are a lot of things to do if you like drinking and clubbing all night. The atmosphere is too young for me or someone who doesn't like an "up all night" lifestyle. There is really no sense of community here. There are really no cultural events unless they are on campus property. Safety is another issue, it's not the best in certain areas and these areas often include off campus housing, WHICH SHOULD BE SAFE! The only thing I have found that interests me is the running community. I have run several 5k races now and there is always a big crowd. Also, if you like to shop, good luck, the nearest mall, Oviedo Mall (formerly known as Oviedo Marketplace) has about 3 shops now, all the rest have packed up and moved. The closest mall that has the things you want would be 30-45 minutes out of your way. If you like the movies, Victoria's Secret and Charlotte Rouse well then the Oviedo Mall will do just fine for you. Nearby attractions include Disney, Universal, Seaworld, Busch Gardens (Tampa), International Drive, Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach. Again if you are centrally located near the UCF campus, these attractions will take 45+ minutes to get to. Crowds are awful at touristy places like all the above mentioned places. Find a local spot to hang out at if you don't like long lines, hot sticky rides, and overpriced food and drink.

4 College Senior

Majors: I love my program at school! Health Sciences Pre Clinical is a great major if you are looking to go into the health field.

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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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