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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 Freshman

Academics: Serious Stuff – Being a computer science major is no joke. However, they made decision-making just a tad bit easier by drawing a diagram concerning which classes are required. They also have special tutoring programs for challenging courses called AllKnight Tutoring.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The stereotypical of rude Floridians are demolished by the residents in Orlando or specifically, the area outside of University of Central Florida. During daytime, it's a homely environment with strangers smiling for no apparent reason and having manners that was one thought to be extinct. During nighttime, neon lights glow where everyone gathers to enjoy the night life.

4 College Junior

Majors: Accounting Internship Hopes – I have not yet had an internship, but I do hope to get one next year. I don't think it will be too difficult to get one becuase I belong to a business fraternity that helps you build relationships with fims to make connections

4 College Junior

Academics: Ucf does a really good job offering high quality classes. The school offers a variety of classes so you can find what fits you best. Also the registration process is very clear and easy.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Orlando Is Like a Playground – There are so many things to do in Orlando all the time! Ucf is very close to so many attractions. Many of my friends have passes to theme parks such as Disney, Islands of Adventure, and Sea World. The nightlife is great in the downtown area and there are always nice places to eat. Also if you like sports, Orlando is home of the ORLANDO MAGIC NBA team. There is never a dull moment in O-Town!!!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The area around where the University is located is truly a college area. There is an immense amount of students and also school pride. Near the school, there is a shopping center called Waterford Lakes, it offers a plethora of stores, restaurants, and even a movie theater. Within minutes you are also able to go to the amusement parks close by such as, Universal Studios or Disney World. Not only is there campus police but there is also a lot of police patroling the area because there are also families with young children in the area. Safety of the students and everyone else is very important. The school is always hosting cultural events such as taste of UCF. You get to learn about other cultures and learn about there culture. Not only is there culture but there's also sports. Orlando has an NBA team and the college teams that get a lot of attention.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Great busing system. Living is exceptional. Many things to do off campus.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Orlando Living – Orlando is an enjoyable place to live. In Orlando you get a good balance because it has downtown Orlando which is similar to a mini New York City where I am from and then you also have all the amusement parks just twenty minutes away. Also near the University of Central Florida there are many places to have fun and great places to eat.

2 College Senior

Academics: Biology Major – I was a transfer student, so I did not get the same treatment as a Freshman does. The orientation was literally a joke, they did not give a tour of the campus, they took us to a building put people in groups based on major and told us to sign up for our classes. Brand new school and I felt like everyone expected us tranfers to already know what the school is like and the tools that are available. I love my major. The only thing I am not happy with are some of the professors, really, you cant get a fluent english speaking teacher to teach math, physics or chemistry, the harder subjects? Its ok because there are plenty of tools around campus, that the transfer students arn't told about. I found a lot of the tools the hard way, by getting close to failing before the professor mentioned anything.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of things to do around town. There is Disney and Seaworld close by, come on it's orlando, Fl. Beaches are less than an hour drive, Even if you don't have much cash there are fun events around town.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The school academics at the school for me as been great. The professors are awesome and always do whatever they can to help you do the best you can. The registration process is easy and doesn't take long to do at all. The workload at the school isnt to bad at all but you can get a lot work in classes the higher up you get there. The school offers all kinds of different study groups for students to attend to get more help if needed for all there classes.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere around UCF is amazing. There is so much to do around the campus and throughout Orlando as a whole. The campus is always putting on events for the students to attend that are always fun and enjoyable. It is impossible to be bored there. If your not doing anything around campus, you could go to downtown Orlando and go to all the different malls or go to the amusement parks there. There are a a lot parks in the area and if you enjoy to golf, there are a ton of golf courses to go play. There are always sporting events going not around at the school and they are always fun to attend, especially football games on Saturday. The community around UCF is great towards students and always have deals and are kind to them all and always willing to help out. The school is always worried about the safety of the students and do whatever it takes by taking them safe and looking out for them. UCF as a whole is amazing and I love it there. Its a great atmosphere and I would tell everyone I know to give it a shot because I know they would love it there just as much as i do.

4 College Junior

Majors: I Don't Regret Engineering – The engineering program at UCF is growing and it is slowly becoming one of the best ones in the state, maybe even nation. Although they could improve by bringing in better professors, there are so many great things about the department.

3 College Junior

Academics: We have two brand new buildings in the Engineering Department, equipped with amazing computer labs and study areas. There are some really amazing teachers and some awful ones. I think that is the most concerning thing. Sometimes you are stuck with the best of the worst, making you very uninterested in your class and even your major. UCF partners with a lot of large corporations to offer great internships to students.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: More Than a Tourist Town – Orlando is a moderate size town. Although it is known for it's theme parks and tourist areas, Orlando is so much more than that. Downtown Orlando is beautiful, clean and relatively safe. There is always something going on. Only 15-20 minutes away from UCF main campus, def. a good place to spend your weekends.

4 College Freshman

Majors: My academic advisor helped me a lot when i changed my major to biology. The online undergraduate course catalog list out all the requirements that one needs in order to complete this major.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are always available through email and are willing to meet during office hours. There are a lot of places to study and they encourgage you to form study groups.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Orlando Has a Lot to Offer Students. Orlando has lots of activities to offer Univeristy of Central Florida students. There are a lot of malls and theres also them parks to entertain students on weekends.

3 College Senior

Majors: Yet Another Psychology Major – I'm a Psychology major at UCF, which means there are about 3,000 other students in my same program. The lower level classes are packed with up to 400 students, and the upper level classes usually have between 50-100 people or more, depending on if it's a required course. The Psych building is very new, with lots of space, labs, and equipment. The workload is not especially challenging, though. I enjoy my classes, but the quality of the major is average, because it's easy to get lost in the crowd if you're not really ambitious. There are some great teachers, but it's hard to develop a relationship with them in 400 people classes. If you want to do anything with your degree, it's best to get into some of the research labs in psychology. It's competitive to get into the labs, because there's limited space for undergrad research assistants, but it is definitely worth the effort. In the research labs, you can work one-on-one with professors, grad students, and other undergrads, which helps to set you apart from the thousands of other Psych students. If you want a letter of recommendation, that's the best way to go, because the professors know you personally.
The Orlando area is a good place to be, though, because there are so many opportunities to intern or volunteer. You might have to search for these on your own a bit, but there are some great ones out there. Join the Psych Society or Psi Chi and talk to some other undergrads about where they're interning or volunteering.

4 College Junior

Majors: Masters in Urban and Regional Planning – I enjoy this program. Set up for working adults, all of the courses are offered in the evenings.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great Atmosphere – 20 minutes from Downtown Orlando, close to either coast for beach activities and lots of parks and natural springs.

4 College Senior

Academics: You Get Out What You Put in. UCF, like any university, has easy and hard classes or good and bad teachers. The best education you can receive from UCF is by stepping outside the classroom. I'm currently involved in several research projects, which keep me busy and excited about what I'm learning. Research also helps with resumes and preparing for grad school. UCF has gotten a reputation for being an easy school, but if you want to do something with your degree, UCF has so many options to expand your education. The best part about UCF is that there are so many mentors that are willing to help you. There are teachers, grad students, and undergrads who are friendly and available to ask for a little help or direction. I felt lost my first semester at UCF, because it's a huge campus with over 50,000 students. It wasn't until I got involved in things like research labs and clubs that I realized there is always someone to ask when I don't know what to do or which direction to take.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I Hope You Have a Car. UCF is located east of Orlando. There are lots of things to do in the Orlando area, but they are spaced far and wide. The immediate area around UCF is being built up, but it will take a few years before that area is more established. The best nightlife is downtown, which is about 20-30 minutes from UCF. Closest shopping is at Waterford Lakes, about 20 minutes away, and the theme parks are about 45 minutes away.
Orlando is a good place to live for a few years, but I wouldn't want to stay. It doesn't have a big city feel, but the UCF area is also not a college town. You have to be creative and search for things you're interested in doing.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Disney/Universal--Too Expensive – On a "Student's Budget," Disney and Universal are way too expensive

3 College Senior

Majors: Student Teaching – An an education major we are required to complete two internships. The first one is two days a week and our second one is five days per week teaching everyday. The only change that I would wish for is that these were paid internships.

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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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